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LIVE: The 2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco Vanier Cup championship game

Follow our Toronto Observer team of reporters bringing you all the coverage Saturday live from the Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. From the media box to the sidelines, and from the stadium to the tailgate parties, follow the first-ever Toronto Observer coverage of this marquee event in Canadian collegiate sports.

East York residents take stand against Alt-Right posters

Farah Mawani couldn’t stand idly by. She had to act.

“All of these incidents hit very close to home,” she said.

On Nov. 19, during a public meeting at the Stan Wadlow Park in East York, she spoke in response to the appearance of white supremacy posters on park property.

Toronto set for historic MLS conference final

This may not be the classic rivalry of the Leafs and Habs, but Toronto has a playoff date against Montreal on Nov. 22. The city rivals are set to square off in a historic Eastern Conference final in Major League Soccer after both clubs dispatched their New York City opponents in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final. Toronto FC […]

School glee club prepares for Remembrance observance

The sound of soft voices is echoing through the music room at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School, in East York. It’s the music of a famous Beatles tune.

“Let it be, let it be, let it be,” Alexandria Hunters, 11, sings with her classmates and vocal teacher, Patricia Hinschberger.

The Holy Cross student glee club is rehearsing for the school’s upcoming Remembrance Day ceremony.

Veteran distributes poppies and awarenss

Morris Polansky worries that Canadians don’t understand the relevance of Remembrance Day.

“I spend a lot of time with the Legion, and we spend a lot of time delivering great bags of poppies to schools,” Polansky said.

Polansky, 95, is a Jewish-Canadian war veteran, who works with the Royal Canadian Legion to distribute poppies to different Toronto schools and subway stations. He is the vice-president of General Wingate Legion, Branch 256, the only Jewish-based branch in the organization.

Thorncliffe food bank coordinator Zeeshan Modi sorting food and daily use items for food bank clients.

East York children suffer as Toronto remains child poverty capital

The crowd inside the small office of Thorncliffe food bank is nearly outside the door as it opens for service on Thursday. Zeeshan Modi, food bank co-ordinator, works to put together baskets of food to give to the waiting families — food that they can pick up once a month, but only lasts them a week at most. Toronto continues to be the capital of child poverty in Canada with 27 per cent of all children living in poverty, according to a report released on Nov. 14.

Afghanistan vet goes to brink on battlefield and at home

On March 4, 2009, Canadian soldier David Macdonald pulled ahead of his convoy on its way into Kandahar to ensure that a bridge ahead was safe. Fourteen days later he came out of a coma in a German hospital bed.

“I woke up … (and ) they told me about my injuries. I asked them where my platoon was and they said they were still back in Afghanistan,” MacDonald said. “That was far worse than hearing about any injuries I had.”

TTC pub crawl: unknown, but fun

TTC pub crawl — the concept is simple. There are bars, pubs and taverns close to every subway station along the TTC lines making it easy for commuters to hop off, grab a beer and jump back on the subway over to the next station where they can check out other watering holes and neighbourhoods. The trouble is that most people don’t know it exists.