Rescue crews attend to a paving worker scalded by hot tar in East York Monday, after the substance splashed over the man during a traffic accident.

Scalded by hot tar: Toronto worker in ‘critical condition’ after traffic accident

Police and emergency services were quickly on the scene after a vat of hot tar encased a 46-year-old worker at Logan and Danforth Avenue, early Monday morning. Emergency personal worked vigorously to extract the man, who became trapped in the back of a large paving truck.

Centennial course helps first-time businesses

An expert in starting up a business, says most prospective business owners need to start with a question directed at themselves.

The Story Arts Centre at the East York campus of Centennial College will stage a workshop called The Accelerating Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL) program on Sept. 28. One of the ACCEL business coaches, David Cowdery, believes the whole process starts by asking a key question.

“I ask them all the same question, ‘When was the last time you bought or paid for the thing you are about to do?’” he said. “If they say, ‘Never,’ then we need to think about it.”

Markham crowds get a glimpse of local Rio 2016 hero Andre De Grasse during parade Sunday.

Andre De Grasse cheered at Markham parade

Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse wasn’t participating in the city’s Terry Fox Run Sunday. The sprinter passed by the route of the run at noon, which was when the annual event ended. De Grasse was heading to the Markham Pan Am Centre for a ceremony to honour local Olympians. The city will name a street in De Grasse’s honour. The mayor, Frank Scarpitti, rode along in the convertible.

Wilket Creek runners faithful to memory of Terry Fox

Papito Wilson’s routine was altered in 1995. He lost his leg in an accident.

“It changed my life,” he said.

But it didn’t slow him down. Now 51, Wilson has learned to play wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, para-rowing and wheelchair tennis.

On Sunday, for the first time, Wilson participated in the 36th annual Terry Fox Run at Wilket Creek Park in east Toronto.

“It’s a great experience to do something to support others,” he said.

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.

New kid on the broadcasting block

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.

East Yorker Charles Sy is onstage at the Four Seasons Centre this spring in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Rossini's Maometto II.

From Barney to Rossini

“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.

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.