Articles by Renee Allen

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Mental health and the newsroom

Ten years ago, then-Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong was sent to cover the Dawson College shooting in Quebec. After her controversial story was published, she received hate mail, death threats and a rebuke from her employer.

7 Toronto activities fit for a prince

In a tweet, it was announced that Prince Harry will be visiting Toronto in early May. While the prince will only be visiting a short time, The Observer has rounded up some places he should add to his itinerary.

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Journalist says cultural competence bridges racial gaps

At first, the racial slur his former boss made about him didn’t bother him. It had been 17 years since Hamlin Grange had worked with him at the Toronto Star. That’s when another working colleague, John Miller, told him about the derogatory remark.

“My wife knew something (had) changed inside me,” Grange said. “She said I looked vulnerable, as if I’d lost something. … She was right.”

This was a defining moment in Grange’s career. He went on to report and anchor on Global TV and CBC TV, and eventually to co-create DiversiPro Inc., a company dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion.

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Revamping Toronto’s community housing

The Mayor’s task force on Toronto Community Housing has released a list of recommendations targeted at improving longstanding issues residents have faced. Mayor John Tory unveiled the findings of the report in a press conference on Jan. 26.

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Celebration showcases Year of the Monkey

An auditorium at the Scarborough Civic Centre filled with excited patrons celebrated the Chinese New Year on Jan. 7. The event hosted by the Chinese Collective Arts Association featured many popular traditions.

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She sells poppies to honour her father

It’s rush hour. Amid the buzz of conversation and crush of passersby at Scarborough Town Centre, Sarah MacIntosh sits at a table adorned with red poppies. “My father belonged to the army. He was… in World War II and I just carry on his legacy,” she said.