Sponsors of Syrian refugee family wanted to make a difference

The Toronto couple acknowledged that they had been moved to sponsor a Syrian family with children after the sheer tragedy of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who was found dead on the beaches of Turkey. The couple joined an existing private sponsorship group, Kensington Assistance for Refugees (KARE), last year.

Syrian refugee family about to move into permanent home in East York

Two former producers from the CBC are busy collecting furniture to help “their” family of Syrian refugees move to an apartment in Crescent Town in Toronto’s East end on June 1, 2017.
Jim Handman and his wife Renee Pellerin are a part of a Toronto sponsorship group called Kensington Assistance for Refugees.

Migrant workers in rural Ontario live in ‘slavery’-like conditions: activist

Imagine living in a garage, the size of two cars, with 25 other people. Imagine having to do that and also to share three washrooms. It’s an example of the modern slavery atmosphere in some rural Ontario farms that never gets talked about, according to Chris Ramsaroop, an activist with Justicia for Migrant Workers.

Why a Canadian pro wrestler calls his mom his ‘biggest hero’

Lionel Thompson’s mother has never seen him wrestle in the ring. Also known as Lionel Knight and nicknamed “The Amazing Canadian” and “Lavender Knight”, Thompson, 32, is a two-time A1 Tag Team Champion and a two-time BW Piston Champion. He is also a three time UWA Light Heavyweight Champion, who makes his home in Brampton, Ont.

Toronto man’s love for trains being passed along to his children

Jason Shron recalls exploring and building model trains with his own dad and brother; memories which helped shaped his passion and current career.

Shron, of Thornhill, Ont., is the owner of Rapido Trains Inc., a model train manufacturing company. He is famously known as the Guy with the Train in his Basement, but it was his father, Van Shron, who started his obsession.