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East York resident wants city to add rain gardens to basement flooding subsidy

Posted on 21 September 2017

A bee hovers over late summer blooms as Marc Yamaguchi admits he didn’t spray a single drop of water on his garden this year.Instead, he relied on rain water routed from roof to ground via a downspout. Known as a rain garden, Yamaguchi says it’s a green way to help prevent basement flooding, manage storm water and improve water quality.As one the founders of the Rain Gardens United initiative, ...

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Wanted: Families needing day care cash

Posted on 21 September 2017

Two GTA municipalities have a child-care problem on their hands, but not the one that normally comes to mind in the world of day-care woes.The region’s of York and Peel say they have no one on their wait lists for child-care subsidies, and a recent boost in millions of dollars in provincial and federal funding, means they actually have more money than there seems to be an immediate need for.York ...

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Firefighter injured after Scarborough fire

Posted on 18 September 2017

Fire crews spent the early hours of Monday morning battling two separate fires.A blaze in a commercial building in Scarborough started around 2:26 a.m.The fire broke out in the front office of a catering business and was quickly upgraded to a five-alarm, as flames continued to advance after crews arrived on scene.One firefighter sustained minor injuries to their hand as a result.The fire was too d ...

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‘Mommy wine festival’ ignores mental health risks, experts say

Posted on 18 September 2017

A Toronto woman who organized a daytime wine festival for new mothers has found herself caught in a firestorm over the pervasiveness of alcohol at a time when heavy drinking is on the rise among women.The weekday event, dubbed “A Very Mommy Wine Festival,” was meant to give new moms a chance to get together and have fun without the judgment and “mommy-shaming” they consistently face, organ ...

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What is the Kirby GO station and why did it get approved?

Posted on 16 September 2017

A series of Star stories has raised questions about how Metrolinx, an arms-length agency of the provincial government, approved a new GO Transit station in the transportation minister’s riding last year, despite internal reports that suggested it shouldn’t be built.Today we take a closer look at the Kirby GO station:What is the Kirby project?Located in an area largely surrounded by n ...

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5 facts you need to know about heating your home

Posted on 16 September 2017

(NC) As Canadians, we rely on heating systems more than most nations in the world. But our need doesn't necessarily translate into knowledge. If you're unhappy with the comfort or cost of keeping your home warm in winter, here are some things to consider.Insulation is key. While the kind of energy source and heating equipment you have can affect annual costs a lot, don't even ...

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Multi-vehicle collision in Vaughan closes part of Hwy 400

Posted on 15 September 2017

Emergency crews are responding to a collision on Hwy. 400 north involving at least five vehicles.Seven ambulances responded to the crash site. York Regional paramedics confirmed that six patients were treated at the scene, while five were taken to hospital for further care. Paramedics would not confirm the extent of their injuries.OPP officials and Vaughan fire officials said northbound lanes of t ...

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Upgraded health bus arrives at Sherbourne Health Centre

Posted on 15 September 2017

After a brief hiatus during the summer, The Sherbourne Health Centre’s Health Bus has a new look and team, its level of medical services bolstered to meet the evolving needs of east Toronto.The specially-designed vehicle was delivered to the hospital this week from the U.S., and in mid-October, it will roll through the streets once again, tending to those who need it most, said Chantel Marshall, ...

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Toronto judge stays charges in fatal Radiohead stage collapse due to trial delays

Posted on 07 September 2017

The father of the man killed when a Radiohead concert stage collapsed five years ago says a ruling Tuesday to stay the resulting charges against two companies and an engineer due to court delays is “beyond belief.”Scott Johnson, a 33-year-old British drum technician, died in June 2012 when part of a massive stage structure crashed downjust hours before the British band was due to perform ...

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Dozens of Toronto school bus routes delayed on first day of school

Posted on 07 September 2017

Dozens of Toronto school bus routes were hit with delays as elementary and high school students returned to classes Tuesday.Delays were reported on 139 routes in the morning, and on 90 in the afternoon.Kevin Hodgkinson, general manager of the Toronto Student Transportation Group, said that the numbers were higher than usual for a typical day.“On average, you’re looking at about 30 delays each ...