The OHL to U of T: Aidan Wallace and the growing trend of university-bound CHLers

It wasn’t looking good for Aidan Wallace’s University of Toronto Blues men’s hockey team last Saturday night. They had just lost to McGill the night before, and now they were down 4-1 to Concordia with four minutes left in the third period. The smattering of U of T fans inside Varsity Arena had started to […]

How Syrian refugees are adjusting to their new lives in Toronto

As Syria continues to crumble, Syrian refugees in Canada have been quietly settling into their new lives. And although the initial wave of Syrians being processed through Canada’s airports is over, many more are scheduled to arrive in 2018. The Toronto Observer checked in with some of the recent Syrian newcomers to see how they are adjusting to their new lives — and also spoke with some refugees who are still waiting to come to Canada.

The surprising impacts of Ontarios’ minimum-wage increase

Business owners, employees and customers have all been impacted by the minimum wage hike to varying degrees; some much more drastically than others. The Toronto Observer spoke with both employees and employers as they reflect on their experiences.

Cannabis conundrum: edibles and all

The recent announcement of Ontario’s first four pot shop locations is a step forward in Canada making cannabis legal for recreational use — but you won’t find THC-infused gummies, lollipops, chocolate bars or brownies in government-run dispensaries for at least another year.

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Generations of Detroit Tigers’ fans come together for Spring Training

TAMPA, Fla— Generations of fans came together on Tuesday to watch their Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland Florida.

Gamble Avenue street sign

27 Gamble is getting better

The front steps of the apartment building at 27 Gamble Ave. in East York are crumbling. While residents say that it is not one of the worst buildings in the city, it still has its share of tenant complaints and a history of violations of Toronto municipal licensing and standards bylaws.

165 Cosburn Ave.

165 Cosburn Ave.: garbage in the garage

If you look up the city’s Municipal Licensing & Standings division, there are many buildings around the city being audited because of tenant complaints about building conditions. In 2011 the city audited the apartment building at 165 Cosburn Ave. in East York after residents complained about property standards pertaining to the parking garage. Six years later, the building still has problems.

165 Cosburn Ave.

New tenant bylaws may improve living in East York buildings

Effective July 1, 2017, landlords in Toronto are expected to register with the city for the units they rent out, and pay a $10.60 annual fee for each unit. Landlords are also subject to do cleaning, maintenance and implementing security protocols, and must regularly conduct pest inspections. The bylaws will affect over 3,500 buildings across the city.