From Brampton to the WWE: Ontario wrestler Lionel Thompson hopes to make it

From taking small gigs in Northern Ontario to becoming light heavyweight champion, “The Amazing Canadian” Lionel Knight has delivered neck breakers and piledrivers to some of the best in the wrestling industry. No matter how big or small the opponent across the ring may be, Knight, now 32, put them all in the dust with his highflying, no-nonsense style.

Yet, before facing some of the biggest and baddest names in small town North North American professional wrestling, Knight had to convince the toughest and harshest opponent of them all: his mom.

Weight-loss boot camp tough, but rewarding

It was Stephany Bruno’s first day at the Project O boot camp. But at her first workout session Bruno got frustrated.

“Right away, when I got there we started doing 10 pushups and then 10 jumping jacks,” Bruno said. “I was tired and in so much pain after five pushups, that I had to stop while everyone else kept on going.”

Korean War vet brings his story to life for cub scouts

The veteran has finished speaking. He’s told his life story. A young cub scout stands and asks a question.

“Mr. Lightstone why should we care about all of this stuff,” he asked.

Capt. Lightstone gets up from his chair and smiles at the young scout and said, “Because in Canada we are very lucky to live in a country where we have freedom and privileges. … That’s why Remembrance Day is important.”

Park enthusiast says Don River Valley needed facelift years ago

A Toronto hiker believes plans to revitalize the Don River Valley are long overdue.

On Tuesday, during a press conference at the Evergreen Brick Works, Mayor John Tory and Evergreen Brick Works announced details of a new Don River Valley Park. They referred to the project as the “super park,” which will stretch from the Brick Works south to Lake Ontario, making it, when completed, the second largest park in Toronto.

Allies and rivals offer praise for outgoing MPP

A long-time member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus offered personal thanks to retiring MPP Tim Hudak on his final day in the legislature.

Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean-Carleton, paid tribute to former PC leader Hudak, Thursday morning, during his last appearance at Queen’s Park.

“I was struggling with depression,” MacLeod said. “He would sit with me, either here at Queen’s Park or on the phone when I was at home, and he would try to boost me up. Sometimes that was daily. That’s the Tim Hudak I know: well brought up, always deserving of my loyalty, always a friend.”