Articles by Raquel A. Russell

People skate at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

City announces free skating week

The City of Toronto and Toronto Maple Leafs’ announce six free skating locations for January in celebration of Winter Week and 100 years of hockey.

Goodwill customer offers a solution to Overlea store closure

Raj Khan has a solution to the problem he sees in the closure of the Goodwill store in East York. “I would start my own business,” Khan said. “(I’d call it) ‘Betterwill,’ better will than the Goodwill and (that of) the CEO.” On Jan. 18, Toronto Goodwill CEO Keiko Nakamura released a statement announcing the closures of 16 stores and 10 donation centres due to a “cash flow crisis.”

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Conference explores silence and wartime memory

For Elizabeth Olive, remembrances of war are sometimes few and far between. “My grandfather was a prisoner of war,” she said, noting his experience in Asia during the Second World War. “He died many years before I was born – I never met him – but I learned of his story through my mum and I knew that I needed to follow that up.”

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Downtown Liberal victor sees immigration and health as priority

The winner in the Parkdale-High Park riding, in Monday night’s federal vote, has put health care at the top of his to-do list as the new MP. On Monday, Parkdale-High Park constituents elected Liberal candidate Arif Virani over NDP incumbent, Peggy Nash. Virani attracted just over 42 per cent of votes, according to the CBC’s Canada Votes website, while Nash garnered just over 40 per cent of ballots.