Toronto skyline

Bring on the summer: Toronto’s hottest music festivals

Check out the Observer’s rundown of notable music fests hitting Toronto this summer, including Riot Fest, Veld Music Festival, CARIBANA, Electronic Island, Edgefest, OVO, Digital Dreams, NXNE, and TD Jazz Fest.

TTC bus

No snow tires on TTC buses: Riders at risk?

Imagine being on your way somewhere and the TTC bus you’re in is not moving, because it can’t get up the hill in the snow. That is exactly what happened to many passengers on Monday February 2, when at least one bus on York Mills Road east of Yonge Street was struggling to get up the hill, due to the 22 centimetres of snow that walloped Southern Ontario overnight Sunday and into the morning commute. The TTC buses do not use snow tires.

Randy Bucao

Toronto’s new council: white, again

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.

Sami Jo Small

Women’s pro hockey moves to a bigger media pond

The Canadian Women’s Hockey League has signed a four-year deal with Sportsnet to broadcast the Clarkson Cup every March. The partnership will provide young female Canadians with a more visible goal to aspire to.

Leafs fans in Maple Leaf Square

Two decades of misery: A guide to Toronto’s losing generation

In many ways Toronto is a great city. But for all of its merits there is one way Toronto is a cesspool and arguably the worst city in North America: the quality of its professional sports teams. Over the last two decades this town has put on a clinic in sporting ineptitude, leaving an entire generation with no recollection of a major North American championship.

Providence Healthcare has a drop-off program for Alzheimer’s patients and their families

Though some people diagnosed with dementia may be apprehensive about joining, Elizabeth Davison and her staff employ a variety of techniques to help patients decide to give the program a try. “Sometimes to get them in there we’ll say ‘Why don’t you come for a cup of tea and we’ll see if you like it?’… We really try and promote that club atmosphere”

Blue MedicAlert bracelet

Technology can keep wandering Alzheimer’s patients safer

Technological innovation is helping some families in the GTA keep track of where their loved ones with Alzheimer’s are, from a GPS wristband in York Region called Project Lifesaver, to a special colour-coded MedicAlert bracelet. They are also using smartphones that incorporate geofencing, which is a software that administers and alerts the families of the individual when the tracked person leaves his or her arranged boundaries.

York Regional Police cruiser

Some GTA police forces using Project Lifesaver to track wandering dementia patients

More cases of wandering Alzheimer’s patients are appearing in the news. And experts are predicting the number of people in Ontario with Alzheimer’s to rise dramatically soon. Now a police department in the GTA is offering a new program to keep these at risk people safer. Observer TV News’ Jennifer Lee reports.