The Toronto Observer


Live: Shoppers swarm stores for Black Friday deals

Posted: Nov 27 2015 | 10:18 am
Black Friday is here and stores all over Canada are packed with anxious shoppers looking to catch the best deals leading up to the holidays. Toronto Observer’s Nicole Dawe and Radhika Bhardwaj bring you live Black Friday coverage from the Eaton Centre and beyond.

Fire damages Danforth business, apartment

Posted: Nov 26 2015 | 6:42 pm
A fire broke out on the second floor of a funeral home on Danforth Avenue east of Main Street this morning. The two-alarm blaze erupted at around 10:45 a.m. in the Giffen-Mack Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 2570 Danforth Ave. Traffic along the Danforth was disrupted when police shut down a section east of Main. TTC service was also […]

Longtime drug user and harm reduction worker says “miracle drug” is needed for regular opiate users

Posted: Nov 26 2015 | 12:27 pm
Raffi Balian sits in his office at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and casually recalls the day he saved his former girlfriend's life after she overdosed on Fentanyl, a drug more potent than morphine. The harm reduction worker and admitted drug user says that by making Nalaxone, a drug that can be used to block opiate receptors, more readily available, many overdoses will be interrupted.



‘The Chief’ gets hometown recognition

Posted: Nov 23 2015 | 10:04 am
In 1960, NHL player George Armstrong decided to move his family to Leaside, so that his children could all attend the same school. Meanwhile, each day he served as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the ice and off. Nearly five decades later, Armstrong has earned recognition in his adopted home – in the community’s sports hall of fame. “I chose Leaside to live in and I’ve never been disappointed with that choice,” Armstrong said. “And now the cream that comes to the top of the milk is me being inducted into the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame.”

A step away from the NBA

Posted: Nov 17 2015 | 4:28 pm
Like most teams starting from scratch, Raptors 905 hope to win a future championship, but for now the focus is on enhancing skills and creating NBA-ready players.

Hamilton Bulldogs battling through early adversity

Posted: Nov 16 2015 | 8:07 pm
When you’re a franchise trying to establish major junior hockey in a long-time AHL city, injuries are the last thing you need. Worst-case scenario became a reality for the Hamilton Bulldogs in an Oct. 4 game versus the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Just two shifts into his first game as captain, Justin Lemcke was carried […]

Arts & Life

What is black and white and loved all over?

Posted: Nov 26 2015 | 11:53 am
When you are driving east along the Hwy. 401, you may pass by some billboards with the cute, black and white creature on it. "Meet the giant pandas at Toronto zoo!" the slogan says. Meanwhile, pictures and videos of giant pandas appear prominently on the Toronto Zoo website with the question, "What is black and white and loved all over? The giant panda of course!"


Toronto cyclist relies on hand signals as key safety measure

Posted: Nov 20 2015 | 3:21 pm
Meredith Johnson is cycling with a friend down Midland Avenue. They both stop to make a right turn, and in unison they lift their left arms out and up to signal before they make the turn. “I first learned about signalling from a childhood friend’s parents who used to bring me along on their family bike rides,” she said. Johnson, 26, is a Torontonian who cycles everywhere. She commutes via bike year round, so she’s quite used to signalling.

New book chronicles Canadian aviatrix

Posted: Nov 19 2015 | 5:02 pm
When Mary Ellen Pauli wanted to become a bush pilot, the times didn’t encourage women in aviation. A man even discouraged her. “If women were meant to fly,” he said, “the sky would be pink.” But such attitudes didn’t stop her, for her mother told her, “Where there is will there is a way.” Once she’d saved enough money to pay for her pilot training, Pauli still shocked the manager upon arrival at the training centre. “We didn’t think you were going to show up,” the manager said. “We only have men in this apartment.”

Special Reports

Looking for love beyond The keyboard

Looking for love beyond The keyboard

Posted: Nov 23 2015 | 12:31 pm
Modern dating has become a minefield of options: Tinder, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish,, eHarmony, and the list goes on. All of them are digital, happening from behind a screen. What does meeting someone even mean anymore? Two young journalists decided it was time to find out by experiencing dating the old-fashioned way and actually meeting like-minded singles face-to-face.

Swimming in Canada: A new pool and a bright future

Posted: Nov 9 2015 | 4:04 pm
With the 2015 Pan American Games in the past, the pool at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough has turned its focus to the future of swimming in Canada. Coming off the most successful summer muti-sport event in the country’s history, the goal is to continue to grow the sport not only for […]


Video: Women in the workplace — The higher the level, the wider the gap

Posted: Nov 17 2015 | 4:11 pm
Across the globe, women are doing the same job as men, with the same qualifications, yet not making the same amount of money. The problem, known as the wage gap, is defined as the difference between male and female earnings. The gender wage gap is known as one of the modern feminism movement’s largest issues. @storyartscentre Story Arts Centre on Vine Story Arts Centre on Google+