Toronto’s LGBTQ community vigil shows resilience after serial killer arrest

A large group of Torontonians arrived bundled in layers of clothing Tuesday night at Barbara Hall Park in the heart of the city’s gay district for a vigil of solidarity with the city’s LGBTQ community,  and to remember the lives taken by an alleged serial killer. Many participants sported white kerchiefs tied around their arms with the words: love, heal, resist and rise. 

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Toronto’s gay village residents react to arrest of serial killer suspect

One of Toronto’s best-known drag queens says Thursday’s arrest of a suspect in the murders of two gay Toronto men, with possibly other victims yet to be named,  would not have happened without the LGBTQ community’s persistent pressure on Toronto police to solve these cases. Matt Coccia, who performs as Katinka Kature, was reacting to the announcement of murder charges against Bruce McArthur, 66, a self employed landscaper.

Summer’s gone, but lawn bowling’s not

Ken Wood realizes lawn bowling is competitive. But for him, it’s not about winning.

“I’m not athletic,” he said. “This is about as much athleticism as I’ll get.”

Summer may be gone, but the beautiful weather keeps beckoning East Yorkers to the Cosburn Lawn Bowling Club.

Speaking about consent

Staceyann Chin remembered how she was violated. “(He) pushes me against and wall and slides his hand all the way up in my dress. I’m so shocked that I can’t move my mouth to say anything,” recalled Chin, reciting from her memoir, The Other Side of Paradise. Because she was a child at the time, Chin said, her accusation was never taken seriously.