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New report highlights gaps between province’s poorest and most affluent schools

Posted on 05 June 2017

Equity has become a buzz word in education, with Ontario boards championing equal access to learning and opportunities for all students.But in reality, major gaps between kids from the most affluent neighbourhoods and those in high-needs communities are becoming entrenched, according to the latest annual report from People for Education.Although the gulf is widening, provincial grant ...

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One Charged, Two Wanted in Violent west-end Robbery

Posted on 15 May 2017

Police have arrested and charged one of three men wanted in a violent robbery in Toronto’s west end, with the two others still on the loose. The incident happened on Feb. 3, after one of the victims, a jewellery store attendant, had locked up the store in the Queen St. W. and Dufferin St. area.The man then made his way through the rear alley to his car, where he was met by three men ar ...

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On Mother’s Day, it’s off to Work for ‘Dr. Mom’ the Heart Surgeon

Posted on 15 May 2017

There will be no pancakes drenched in maple syrup, or rosebuds on the breakfast tray for Dr. Maral Ouzounian this Mother’s Day.Ouzounian, who has a 2-year-old son and is seven months pregnant with her second child, is the only female cardiac surgeon on the eight-member team at the University Health Network of downtown Toronto hospitals.Her gift from schedule-makers on this special day? On- ...

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Jonathan Kay Resigns as Editor of The Walrus Amid ‘Appropriation prize’ Backlash

Posted on 15 May 2017

Jonathan Kay has resigned as editor-in-chief of The Walrus, amid a highly charged controversy over an idea to create a so-called “appropriation prize” that has triggered intense backlash on social media and exposed deep divides within the Canadian arts and journalism communities. In an email, Kay said he “was definitely not asked to file a resignation.” He said he chose to step ...

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Sewage Plant Technology Hailed as Most Advanced in Canada

Posted on 15 May 2017


The municipality behind a proposed sewage treatment plant that will drain into the highly sensitive Lake Simcoe watershed says the technology it plans to use is the most advanced in the country.York Region is awaiting approval from the province on its $685-million Upper York Sewage Solutions project, which will release 40 million litres of treated sewage per day into the East Holla ...

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Toronto Police Detonate Suspicious Package Left at School

Posted on 15 May 2017

Toronto police detonated a suspicious package that was discovered at a local school.Police were called to St. Eugene Catholic school in the city’s northwest end on Sunday after reports of three teens playing with a package in the schoolyard.After several hours police moved the package to safe location and detonated it.Police say they don’t know what was in the package or whether it was d ...

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TDSB Students Teaching Themselves to Work Around Website Bans

Posted on 13 May 2017

The Toronto District School Board’s restrictions on its over-taxed Wi-Fi network have only been in place a few days, but tech-savvy students are already finding ways to beat the system. Students have been using virtual private network (VPN) servers to bypass the restrictions on Snapchat, Netflix and Instagram on school Wi-Fi systems. One person claiming to be a student even posted a Facebo ...

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City Cancels Tickets for Owner of Car with ‘for Sale’ Sign

Posted on 13 May 2017

The City of Toronto will cancel two parking tickets that were wrongly issued to a woman for putting a “for sale” sign in her car.Barbara Bell, who lives in a downtown building without a driveway, has had a city permit to park her car on the street for about 30 years. But when she recently placed a “for sale” sign in her Volkswagen, the result was two $15 fines.Toronto’s municipal ...

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Construction and Confusion on the Pan Am Path

Posted on 13 May 2017

Fair-weather pedal pushers of the city rejoice: Cycling season is finally upon us.I’m relatively new to Toronto; having been here about a year and like many cyclists, now that the weather is warm again I’ve been trying to find a place for an extended ride.Earlier this spring I discovered the Pan Am Path, the city’s arts-focused legacy of the 2015 Pan Am Games. Excellent, I thought. ...

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Cultural Appropriation Prize Fund was the Unkindest cut of all: Paradkar

Posted on 13 May 2017

Over-policing of your speech versus over-policing of your body, your existence. Guess which one infuriates supposedly objective Canadian journalists so much they’re willing to put money towards it?Cruel is the defence and glorification of a wrongdoing by influential people entertaining themselves by playing victim. You may be familiar by now with the outrage over Hal Niedzviecki’s editor ...