City team plans a dark future for Toronto

A team of experts, hand-picked by city planning staff, is looking for ways to help Toronto see stars. These astronomers, naturalists, technicians and businesspeople want to limit the excessive night time brightness of street lamps, buildings and outdoor lots. They know this as light pollution. Light pollution’s harm is in the visible spectrum. The glare […]

Andrew Lang to carry flag for federal Liberals

Andrew Lang, son of former cabinet minister Otto Lang, defeated retired businessman Edward Seysmith for the Toronto-Danforth Liberal nomination on Wednesday night and immediately set his sights on his main competition, federal NDP leader Jack Layton. “I am looking forward to the opportunity not only to take on Jack Layton but to take him down,” […]

Trustees vote to set guidelines on homework

The homework load of some Toronto students just got a little lighter. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) voted tonight (April 16) to adopt a new policy that will set strict guidelines as to the amount of homework teachers can send home with students. The Program and School Services Committee recommended the new plan to […]

Panel debates tax shifting as a greener way forward

A Green Party initiative to shift taxes towards environmental goals would most likely hit low-income families the hardest, economists said, especially if governments decide to go ahead with reducing income tax and increasing energy consumption taxes. At a public forum held recently at the St. Lawrence Centre, panelists debated the pros and cons of such […]

Homework blocks seen as solution to students’ workload

Emma Roeder has a busy life. A Grade 10 student at Riverdale Collegiate Institute in downtown Toronto, her day is full with school, soccer practice and hanging out with friends. School doesn’t end at 3:15 every day, though. Roeder usually has homework every night. “Sure, I don’t like it, but it’s not that bad,” she […]

Rally cries out for action in Darfur

If not now, when? If not us, who? Activists, politicians and artists used that message to urge the Canadian government to take a stronger active role in Darfur at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on April 13. London Liberal MP Glen Pearson, Sergeant Debbie Bodkin of Waterloo Regional Police and Canadian musicians Low Level Flight, and […]