Torstar News Service

Journalist uses G20 images for exhibit

A photojournalist detained during the G20 protests has turned the negatives from that experience into an art exhibit.Newspaper photographer Brett Gundlock was arrested June 26 while photographing police advancing on protesters at Queen’s Park. The exhibit is called Prisoners: The casualties of...

Monday, March 7, 2011, 5:31 AM

Olympic spirit soars in GTA

The Olympic torch made it’s way around the GTA yesterday, on its way to Vancouver for the 2010 Games. Father and son filmmakers Ivan and Jason Reitman, Olympic rower Marnie McBean, ballet dancer Karen Kain, Olympic figure skating silver medalist Brian Orser were just some who took turns carrying...

Friday, December 18, 2009, 11:18 AM

6 places you are likely to get sick in the city

1. Hospitals: It’s where you go to get well. But at least seven per cent of people admitted to hospital will get an infection, including from the antibiotic superbug C. difficile.2. Schools and daycares: Close quarters, lots of sticky hands and kids’ immature immune systems mean viruses quickly...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 6:54 AM

Decision time looming for JDG

It’s decision time for Julian de Guzman.The Canadian international midfielder from Scarborough has been offered a contract to join Toronto FC following the Gold Cup. With Canada eliminated from the tournament after a 1-0 quarter-finals loss to Honduras Saturday night, the 28-year-old, who has been...

Monday, July 20, 2009, 8:07 AM

NHL has plenty of questions for Balsillie

An NHL expansion team in Hamilton could be worth between $225 million and $265 million, according to documents filed yesterday in the bankruptcy case of the Phoenix Coyotes.The dollar figure is cited in a “Coyotes Confidential Information Memorandum,” but came to light through a publicly available...

Friday, July 17, 2009, 9:40 AM

Classic Coleslaw Plus

Stay away from the creamy stuff and you’ll be healthier and wealthier.We often toss the cabbage et al with a bit of mayo, but there’s definitely a place for this old-fashioned, vinegary dressing. What would a picnic or barbecue be without a tub of this frugal, crunchy, cabbage salad? Classic...

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 7:59 AM

Gay Pride funding provokes backlash

Toronto’s Gay Pride Week may have seen its last cheque from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government after this year’s $400,000 contribution provoked a backlash from within the ranks of MPs and Conservative supporters. And Tourism and Small Business Minister Diane Ablonczy appears to have been...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 5:30 AM

Jobs outlook much worse: Watchdog

Canada could shed a total of up to 1.2 million jobs this year and next, the parliamentary budget watchdog predicts.Suggesting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has vastly underestimated the impact of the economic recession, Kevin Page says the employment picture is much worse than the...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 5:30 AM

Golf pro hitting air with city strike

The two-week-old city strike has already cost Lianne Ritchie about $16,000. If the labour dispute continues into August, it might end up costing the 46-year-old golf professional her house in Whitby.“I just want the strike to be over so I can resume making a living,” she said. “Right now I’m just...

Monday, July 6, 2009, 10:47 AM

Big cheque: Prop or Tory promo?

There’s an old saying about politicians using your own money to buy your vote. In Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government this summer, that adage comes with a visual aid: Huge blue cheques emblazoned with the maple leaf logo of the Canadian government, the signature of a benevolent MP and, in...

Friday, July 3, 2009, 7:03 AM

Cops seek cellphone witness

At least two dozen people crowded around as Brendan Byrnes gets punched twice in the face, then collapses on the sidewalk. His head smashes on the Yonge Street pavement.One woman, horrified, mortified, covers her face with her hand. Another films the attack on her cellphone.Then they all flee....

Friday, July 3, 2009, 6:05 AM

Group denounces anti-Canada diatribe

The head of the Canadian Arab Foundation has distanced himself from an anti-Canadian rant posted on a Facebook site by an official of the group.Mohamed Boudjenane said the Internet posting by the group’s western vice-president Omar Shaban “is not the type of position we hold as an organization.”...

Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:56 AM

Strike saving you money?

What if a city strike actually put more money in your pocket? That’s the scenario in Windsor, where officials say their city’s 11-week municipal strike is saving taxpayers $300,000 a day in wages. Strike-related costs will lower that figure eventually, but a net saving is expected and officials say...

Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:50 AM

Restaurant patio stuck in the shade with strike

The chairs are ready for customers. The railings gleam in the sun. The liquor licence is approved. It looks like the perfect summer patio.But much to the chagrin of Sam Sinnthurai, owner of Scarborough’s McGradies Tap and Grill, and his many customers, the restaurant’s brand new patio sits empty....

Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:38 AM

GTA flu planning behind after walkout: Doctor

Public health officials are concerned that the Toronto civic workers’ strike will hobble pandemic planning efforts for the fall, when it’s feared the swine flu will get worse.“There is no doubt in my mind (that) this is a very inopportune time to have a strike. In terms of pandemic planning, we...

Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:36 AM

Spousal rejection rates raise questions

Almost half of the husbands and wives in southern China and central Africa who want to rejoin their spouses in Canada are refused, a situation MP Olivia Chow calls cruel and arbitrary.That this country makes it tough for some couples to be reunited is no surprise to a Markham, Ont., engineer and...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 11:06 AM

Pursuit of happiness

Talk about a hot-button issue: Despite women’s social and economic gains over the last 35 years, more American women report being less happy. In fact, a new gender gap has emerged: Men are now happier than women.That’s according to a study, The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, by two...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 7:37 AM

Sun-sensitive bracelet

The UV index is climbing.And just in time comes the UVSunSense, a plastic wristband touted to monitor sun exposure and tell you when to reach for the sunscreen, and when to get out of the sun.Place the band on the wrist, colour side up. Apply sunscreen to skin and the wristband, which then turns...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 6:59 AM

No garbage pickup leads to new ideas

Reduce. Reuse. Refuse to pick up the garbage piling up on people’s front porches. Environmentalists are quietly lauding the city strike for unintentionally converting people to their cause and living a lighter lifestyle. “It’s an unexpected consciousness-raising event,” said Mark Winfield,...

Monday, June 29, 2009, 10:46 AM

Accident prompts safety concerns at Bruce Power

Nearly half a tonne of steel plummeted 20 metres to the ground from atop a Bruce Power plant crane last month, narrowly missing workers below and raising safety concerns at the nuclear facility. “The fact that this was a near miss in human terms was mere luck,” says a plant safety briefing into the...

Monday, June 29, 2009, 10:44 AM