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Canada’s inflation rate soars to second highest amongst developed countries

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Posted: 9 hours ago
According to a report released today by the Bank of Montreal (BMO), Canada's average Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate soared to 2.4 per cent this year: a 1.5 per cent increase compared to last year's 0.9 per cent. The inflation rate in Toronto alone exceeded the national average to reach three per cent.


Greenland Public School kids kick off toy drive for police

Posted: 10 hours ago
On Nov. 25, students from Erin Silver’s grade 2 and 3 class at Greenland Public School visited the Toronto Police Headquarters to construct a toy box for the annual toy drive. The kids dipped their hands into paint and got messy to decorate the donation box. Now, a colourful box sits in the lobby at […]


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Sports

Toronto-Leaside Wildcats enjoying team spirit and international success

Posted: Nov 20 2014 | 8:40 am
When Caitlin Heale taught her girl’s hockey teammates the haka, she didn’t think too much of it. “It was just a thing that I taught that’s from my culture when we went to training camp,” she said. Last summer, Heale choreographed the tribal war dance, famously performed by the national rugby team in her home country, New Zealand. She shared it with her teammates from the Toronto-Leaside Junior Wildcats. The haka is meant to intimidate an opponent. Heale was quite surprised, however, when her Canadian teammates took it as seriously as she did.


Free agent Russell Martin to join Blue Jays

Posted: Nov 18 2014 | 11:46 am
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Toronto-born catcher Russell Martin from free agency. Martin, 31, is a three-time All Star coming off what is arguably his best season playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Arts & Life

Tattoos ‘a conversation starter’

Starbucks barista Myron Mayne's wrist tattoo

Posted: 8 hours ago
Starbucks barista Myron Mayne has tattoos on both his wrists, but until recently he had to cover them up with sweatbands at work. That changed last month.


Features

Tattoos ‘a conversation starter’

Starbucks barista Myron Mayne's wrist tattoo

Posted: 8 hours ago
Starbucks barista Myron Mayne has tattoos on both his wrists, but until recently he had to cover them up with sweatbands at work. That changed last month.


Special Reports

Toronto’s new council: white, again

Toronto’s new council: white, again

Posted: Nov 24 2014 | 8:58 pm
First-time candidate Randy Bucao never thought the colour of his olive skin was going to be a problem in his campaign during the recent 2014 Toronto municipal election. A mechanical engineer who moved to Canada in 1994, he’s been heavily involved with the city’s Catholic school board, and his Filipino-Canadian organizations in Toronto. Bucao knew he would face a challenge campaigning for a council seat in a heavily ethnic area, Ward 10, York-Centre, but not blatant racism from some residents.


Women’s pro hockey moves to a bigger media pond

Posted: Nov 8 2014 | 6:59 pm
The Canadian Women's Hockey League has signed a four-year deal with Sportsnet to broadcast the Clarkson Cup every March. The partnership will provide young female Canadians with a more visible goal to aspire to.


Opinion

Election Debates: how many is too many?

Posted: Oct 2 2014 | 2:42 pm
How many debates do you need to win an election? For the Toronto mayoral candidates it seems that the answer is: the more the merrier.


Treat students fairly

Posted: Feb 13 2014 | 2:19 pm
And if the broader membership goes out on strike, so, of course, do the students. And it’s the students who will be among the hardest-hit. There’s a huge financial difference between middle-aged employees who’ve had the opportunity to set aside some savings and students who are still paying off their loans and trying to make ends meet.


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