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It’s hip to be square on Square Root Day

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 3:18 pm
Today is Square Root Day, as the date is 4/4/16. People are doing mathematics-related activities and tweeting to observe the unofficial holiday.


Many Canadians view Internet as a necessity

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 2:34 pm
Access to the Internet has become a staple in almost every household across Canada, but for those living in rural areas, the cost of staying connected can come with a hefty price tag.


Seeing through the ‘Paper Thin’ challenge

Posted: Apr 26 2016 | 12:41 pm
Upon her introduction to the A4 challenge, also known as the Paper Thin challenge, Andrea Miller, a GTA-based registered dietitian called the activity that has gone viral on social media “crazy." To win, an A4 sized piece of printing paper must completely conceal a person’s waist when held up against it.


Multimedia

Sports

Canadian Paralympian Nik Goncin Is propelled by family pride

Wheelchair basketball star Nik Goncin is primed to lead Canada to gold in Rio this September.

Posted: Jun 7 2016 | 10:52 am
When Nik Goncin takes to the court for his first Paralympics this September, he won’t only take pride in playing for his country, but also for two of the people cheering him on from the stands: mom and dad. The wheelchair basketball standout’s parents will be sharing every moment with him down in Rio, making […]


Ticats’ Spencer Watt wants to show he’s healthy

Spencer Watt (89) prepares to run a play during a Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp practice being held at Ron Joyce Stadium, on the campus of McMaster University.

Posted: Jun 5 2016 | 12:57 pm
HAMILTON — Spencer Watt is a man on a mission. The 27-year-old Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver wants to prove that he’s fully recovered from a ruptured achilles that caused him to miss the entire 2015 season. He’s putting the CFL on notice. “I really want to make a statement to show that my achilles hasn’t bothered […]


Argos’ Diontae Spencer thinks he can fill Owens’ shoes

Posted: Jun 2 2016 | 3:04 pm
Diontae Spencer has a tough task this season. The second-year  Toronto Argonauts wide receiver, will most likely be the man responsible for filling the void left by the departure of the team’s face of the franchise for several years, Chad Owens. Owens, now with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, joined the Argonauts back in 2010, and for […]


Arts & Life

New kid on the broadcasting block

Bryce Turner is one of the on-air personalities on CJRU/1280 AM, a new radio station with East York at the epicentre of its coverage area.

Posted: May 9 2016 | 5:55 pm
Station manager Jacky Tuinstra Harrison and program director Elissa Matthews are programming CJRU accordingly, with shows like “Neighbourly News” — highlights from the pages of the East York Observer newspaper. That newscast airs for the final time this season on Wednesday morning, May 11, at 10:10. Students anchor the newscast, just like they prepare the stories and pages of the hard-copy edition of the newspaper. Although this Wednesday’s show is the season-ender, both it and the newsprint edition of the East York Observer will ramp up again in the fall, after the students’ summer vacation.


From Barney to Rossini

Posted: May 8 2016 | 1:16 pm
"The virtuosity and the Herculean nature of it is exciting, but opera singers also are storytellers and actors that must be able to have their techniques so lined up that they can communicate with an audience — while at the same time insisting on extreme particular demands from their instrument," said Charles Sy. In this case, that "instrument" is the voice of Sy, a talented tenor who lives in East York and sings for the Canadian Opera Company.


Features

New kid on the broadcasting block

Bryce Turner is one of the on-air personalities on CJRU/1280 AM, a new radio station with East York at the epicentre of its coverage area.

Posted: May 9 2016 | 5:55 pm
Station manager Jacky Tuinstra Harrison and program director Elissa Matthews are programming CJRU accordingly, with shows like “Neighbourly News” — highlights from the pages of the East York Observer newspaper. That newscast airs for the final time this season on Wednesday morning, May 11, at 10:10. Students anchor the newscast, just like they prepare the stories and pages of the hard-copy edition of the newspaper. Although this Wednesday’s show is the season-ender, both it and the newsprint edition of the East York Observer will ramp up again in the fall, after the students’ summer vacation.


From Barney to Rossini

Posted: May 8 2016 | 1:16 pm
"The virtuosity and the Herculean nature of it is exciting, but opera singers also are storytellers and actors that must be able to have their techniques so lined up that they can communicate with an audience — while at the same time insisting on extreme particular demands from their instrument," said Charles Sy. In this case, that "instrument" is the voice of Sy, a talented tenor who lives in East York and sings for the Canadian Opera Company.


Special Reports

2016 federal budget: transit, housing, seniors, Bombardier

2016 federal budget: transit, housing, seniors, Bombardier

Posted: Mar 23 2016 | 11:59 pm
On March 22, the new federal Liberal government released its first budget. The Toronto Observer’s Bradley Dobson, Daniel McKenzie, Cherry (Changhong) Liu and Amy McNeill take a look at what’s in store for Ontario’s public transit, social housing, old age security and Bombardier.


Families spring to Dunedin to bond over Blue Jays

Posted: Mar 10 2016 | 2:10 pm
For some, baseball is just a game, but for others it capsulizes decades of family tradition. Two seasoned Blue Jays fans were having a bite to eat at Marguerite’s, a fan hotspot outside the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, before the team hosted the Atlanta Braves. John McKague reminisced about his ongoing tradition at Blue Jays spring training with his wife, Jenny. “It was a sad story,” he said. “My wife’s father died and my brother died about two weeks later. We said, ‘I need a holiday, let’s get the hell out of here.’ We came down here, and we have come down here ever since. That was 25 years ago.


Opinion

TTC pub crawl: unknown, but fun

Posted: Apr 27 2016 | 9:41 am
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.


Choosing the Blue Jays leadoff hitter

Posted: Apr 22 2016 | 1:10 am
The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a less than ideal start this season, and are currently tied for second in the American League East with a 7-7 record.


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