Robyn Young

Watch out! It’s the invasion of the home snatchers

Metro reporter Robyn Young will be taking readers on a whirlwind tour of the trials and tribulations of buying her first home. Check back every week for her accounts.After months of friends, relatives and colleagues telling me, “It’s a great time to buy!” It turns out that at almost exactly the...

Thursday, July 2, 2009, 8:38 AM

Too good to be true then…

Metro reporter Robyn Young will be taking readers on a whirlwind tour of the trials and tribulations of buying her first home. Check back every week for her accounts.I’m beginning to realize that house hunting is a lot like dating: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.My first time out...

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 4:12 AM

The house isn’t for me, it’s for the cats

One thing I forgot to mention in last week’s column was that aside from my own eagerness to stop sleeping at different friends’ houses and carting my suitcase to new locations every three weeks, I have two lovely cats stuck in the basement of my parents’ Mississauga home. Mostly, I’m buying a home...

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 8:08 AM

Taking the plunge and buying your first home

Metro reporter Robyn Young will be taking readers on a whirlwind tour of the trials and tribulations of buying her first home. Check back every week for her accounts.Like the Littlest Hobo, I’ve been couch surfing between my parents’ place in Mississauga and friends’ places downtown for the last...

Thursday, June 11, 2009, 8:39 AM

Celebrating Big

Signing up to be a big brother was one of the best decisions Glenn Trotman ever made.It was something he’d always wanted to do and seven years ago, when he turned 30, he became a big brother to two young boys who had lost their father.“I think you may even gain more from the experience than the...

Thursday, June 4, 2009, 10:48 AM

Teens honoured for leadership

While most kids his age were busy cramming for finals or hanging out at the mall, Humza Nusrat was trying to help new Canadians at his school.“A lot of them were isolated and lonely,” he said.The 18-year-old started an intramural cricket league at his school and invited new students to join.“Sports...

Monday, May 25, 2009, 11:17 AM

Be realistic, Baeumler says

One of the most regrettable do-it-yourself renovation projects Bryan Baeumler has ever seen was a three-storey townhome with all of its load-bearing walls knocked out.“It was pretty close to collapse,” said the host of HGTV’s Disaster DIY.The woman who owned the early 1900s-built home had no idea...

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 8:17 AM

Cash for cricket grounds

Surrounded by strip malls, the 401 and towering apartment buildings, there’s not much space to play in north Etobicoke.The community, also known as Rexdale, or Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown, is one of Toronto’s most diverse with a high number of immigrants hailing from India, the Caribbean and...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 10:52 AM

Alternative medicine may work for pets too

When Paula Bedford first met Rainbow, the Papillon pup had a slipped disc pushing on her spinal cord, paralyzing her legs.She’d been taken to traditional veterinarians and been treated with a variety of medications but her condition didn’t improve until Bedford started acupuncture.“I wasn’t sure if...

Monday, May 4, 2009, 11:04 AM

Back where they belong

Jiha Humayun lifts the corner of a green towel covering a small cage and two round, black eyes peer out from the darkness beneath.It’s a six-week old raccoon who’s been abandoned by his mother and ended up in the 26-year-old’s care at the Toronto Humane Society.Humayun supervises the wildlife...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 11:27 AM

Crisis calls up ‘exponentially’

Toronto men are feeling the pressure of the recession.Since October, male callers to the Distress Centres of Toronto distress lines have increased exponentially, says executive director Karen Letofsky.“We’re hearing from two distinct groups: People that have newly lost their jobs; and we’re seeing...

Monday, April 13, 2009, 11:27 AM

Holmes makes it right in Big Easy

When Mike Holmes took his crew to New Orleans to rebuild a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, he was shocked by the damage that remained nearly three years after the destructive storm.“You go downtown New Orleans, it’s a beautiful old city and everything looks fine, you go ten minutes outside the...

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 9:30 AM

Paying it backward

More than 600 Torontonians lined up at a Queen Street West coffee shop Saturday to buy a cup of joe for the person behind them, breaking the record of 490 people set in Seattle, Wash., in 2007.Pay it Backward Day, organized by Darius Basher, the founder of social networking website Daily Challenge...

Monday, April 6, 2009, 6:01 AM

Paying it backward

More than 600 Torontonians lined up at a Queen Street West coffee shop Saturday to buy a cup of joe for the person behind them, breaking the record of 490 people set in Seattle in 2007.Pay it Backward Day, organized by Darius Basher, the founder of social networking website Daily Challenge, was a...

Monday, April 6, 2009, 5:37 AM

Rules of the road get an update

It’s no April fool’s joke.Starting tomorrow, drivers will have to put down their cellphones while behind the wheel and butt out when kids are in the car.Legislation making each activity illegal kicks in, and police will be watching for both infractions.The cellphone ban is the result of a Tory bill...

Monday, March 31, 2008, 5:54 AM

Probe of fatal rescue urged

There were calls for an inquiry yesterday after three men died following a Canadian Coast Guard rescue mission that went terribly wrong early Saturday morning. A fourth man is missing and presumed dead.Six Québécois seal hunters from Iles-de-la-Madeleine were aboard L’Acadien II off the coast of...

Monday, March 31, 2008, 5:38 AM

Failed rescue sparks outrage

There were calls for an inquiry yesterday after three men died following a Canadian Coast Guard rescue mission that went terribly wrong early Saturday morning. A fourth man is missing and presumed dead.Six Quebecois seal hunters from Iles-de-la-Madeleine were aboard L’Acadien II off the coast of...

Monday, March 31, 2008, 4:01 AM