First-time candidate Randy Bucao never thought the colour of his olive skin was going to be a problem in his campaign during the recent 2014 Toronto municipal election. A mechanical engineer who moved to Canada in 1994, he’s been heavily involved with the city’s Catholic school board, and his Filipino-Canadian organizations in Toronto. Bucao knew he would face a challenge campaigning for a council seat in a heavily ethnic area, Ward 10, York-Centre, but not blatant racism from some residents.
Articles by Soledad Vega
He has been knocking on doors for years. He knows his pitch very well by now. As he approaches one of the doorsteps at Roxton Road, in Little Italy, he gently knocks on a door and patiently waits for someone to open the door. “Hi there, I’m sorry to bother you,” he said. “My name is Mike Layton, I’m running to be your city councillor. I’m just coming by to say hello and see if there are any issues on your mind.”
As she gets ready for her day, Kiley May Longboat puts away the blankets of her makeshift bed in a corner of the cold, empty room. An old chair, two bags of clothes and some books lying on the floor are all that she owns. “Everything I got is from the garbage,” she said. After fleeing from domestic violence and living in shelters for some time, Longboat, 31, found a room for rent she can afford. She now lives on the top floor of a shared house with no heating in Kensington Market.
Regent Park School of Music is not the average school. The tuition is one dollar a lesson, and yet the students get to perform with legendary artists such as Roger Waters, Pharrell Williams and Broken…
Activist Russell Barth sips a homemade tea that’s been steeping in a cannabis solution for 10 minutes. “It tastes gross,” the 37-year-old says as the preparation cools in a refrigerator. Barth has been using 12…
City councillors began on April 1 the debate on the future of Billy Bishop Island Airport. After a proposal from Porter Airlines to allow jets in and out of the airport, councillors are still undecided…
A 28-year-old man was captured by police officers while attempting to flee from a sixth-floor window after allegedly assaulting a woman, police said.
The City of Toronto is issuing a snowstorm alert for March 11, which could bring up to 15 cm of snow through the day.
On Sunday, January 26, Rubert Munsch and other leading authors celebrated Family Literacy Day at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. Hundreds of events are taking place across the country for its 16th annual celebration. Check out ABC Live literacy for more information.