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Kids say, ‘Mom, that snack’s not healthy’

If you are browsing for cereal in a Thornhill grocery store, you may be stopped by a boy or girl from Mrs. Ciccarelli’s Grade 3 class.Her 19 students at St. Michael Catholic Academy have been learning about healthy eating and are eager to share their knowledge.Cereals — and how to choose a...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 5:31 AM

Two-thirds of city’s low-income families going hungry: Report

Like almost one third of families in Toronto’s poorest neighbourhoods, Patricia McKenzie has abandoned the mainstays of modern life for a far more basic staple: Food.The Dawes Road resident would likely find no surprises in a new University of Toronto study that suggests two out of three families...

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 11:11 AM

The return of geek chic

Nine years after the dot-com bubble burst, the Facebook kids are choosing computers as a career — in enough numbers to make computer profs lol.After losing up to half the enrolment they had during the boom, campuses say the drop has stopped and geek chic is back as teens and their parents spy a job...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 10:55 AM

Chen to appear before Hong Kong judge in Vancouver

Asian pop superstar Edison Chen, who fled Hong Kong in disgrace 18 months ago after nude photos of himself with other major celebrities were posted on the Internet, is scheduled to appear in an unusual court hearing in Vancouver today.Chen, who grew up in Vancouver, is to testify before a Hong Kong...

Monday, February 23, 2009, 10:43 AM

Leafs not done with makeover, GM says

As Darcy Tucker, Kyle Wellwood and Andrew Raycroft try not to let the door hit them on the way out of the Air Canada Centre, general manager Cliff Fletcher sits inside, ready to welcome the new faces he believes will lead the Leafs back to contention.Tucker will have his buyout papers in a few days...

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 6:20 AM

Canadian teams keep NHL afloat

A secret NHL report detailing the ticket revenues of its 30 teams reveals what Canadian hockey fans have long suspected and offers a compelling case for putting more teams north of the border.The six Canadian teams account for 31 per cent of the $1.1 billion US in league ticket revenue, and have...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 10:30 AM

Canada’s travel deficit falls

Canada’s international travel deficit — the difference between spending by Canadian residents abroad and spending by foreigners in this country — fell to about $3.1 billion in the first quarter, down $295 million from the record high set in the fourth quarter of last year, Statistics Canada...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 4:26 PM

Cross-border shopping stalls in first quarter

A brutal winter and soaring fuel prices kept Canadians from visiting or spending as much in the U.S. in the first three months of this year as they did in the last half of 2007.Canada’s international travel deficit — the difference between spending by Canadian residents abroad and spending by...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 4:21 PM

Sid gets Pens back in final

Penguins 3, Red Wings 2He’s not yet old enough to drink champagne from the Stanley Cup in these parts but leave it to Sid The Kid to rekindle the battle for hockey’s most cherished trophy.In a game the Penguins absolutely had to win, in a series in which they’d yet to score a goal, Cole Harbour’s...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 10:30 AM

A “hyperconnected” life

Sam Galet owns a BlackBerry, two laptops, two MP3 players and is an avid user of Facebook. He sometimes finds himself simultaneously monitoring work e-mail, watching a movie on his iPod, and rocking his baby to sleep.He’s “hyperconnected” – a newly emerging term that’s used to describe a person who...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 4:42 PM

Canada turns into nation of cashiers

Canada’s red-hot retail industry employed more people than the beleaguered manufacturing sector for the first time last year, according to Statistics Canada.Canada’s retailers employed nearly 1.79 million people last year to become the country’s largest employer, knocking manufacturing out of first...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 7:57 AM

Docs gaffe spells end for Bernier

Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier has resigned his high-profile post after he left secret cabinet documents at the home of his girlfriend, a woman with past links to organized crime.Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who for weeks denied that Bernier’s love life was a security risk, last night...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 4:21 AM

Green power seeing red

It could be lights out for renewable electricity in Ontario if the province goes ahead with new rules, industry officials say.The changes jeopardize several wind and solar projects, and is giving investors second thoughts about the province, critics said yesterday.“They’re not only throwing the...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 4:07 AM

Motorists told to watch for kids

Kimberlee Blunt, seven, spent a month at the Hospital for Sick Children being treated for the broken growth plate in her left leg last year.It was another month before she could walk again, which her parents attribute to mental, not physical, scarring.Yesterday, Kimberlee returned to the hospital...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 3:54 AM

Loss of numbers is couple’s $27M gain

Every Friday night for 10 years, Liz and Doug Kinsman played the same Super 7 numbers — until they lost those numbers last year.That was the first of two lucky days for the Etobicoke couple.The second was this past Friday, when they won $27 million on a Quick Pick.“We feel fantastic ... We’re kind...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 3:45 AM

Gun culture in crosshairs

Mayor David Miller wants to close recreational shooting ranges in Toronto, along with giving the city power to block gun manufacturers and wholesalers from opening new plants or warehouses.“Nobody can deny that hobby directly results in people being shot and killed on the streets of our city,”...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 3:37 AM

Beauty and the Ball

A participant of the annual Brazilian Ball flashes a smile during the event held Saturday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s fundraising gala was in support of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute.

Monday, May 26, 2008, 4:19 AM

Backlog burden

Ahmed Ramahi first applied to come to Canada as a skilled worker in late 2001. At the time, he was 28, single, and had just finished his MBA at Sam Houston State University in Texas.Today, the Jordanian-born mechanical engineer is 35, a married father of a two-year-old boy — and still waiting.It is...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 4:14 AM

Money for housing

Housing first.It’s an approach to homelessness that says the best way to help people overcome addictions, mental illness and other issues that led them to a life on the streets is to begin by putting a roof over their head.A concept long favoured in some American cities, it moved to Toronto three...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 3:23 AM

Toronto group taking earthquake aid to China

Using a felt-tipped marker, Bang-Gu Jiang carefully wrote the words “water purification materials” in Chinese on boxes headed to the earthquake zone.The Toronto lawyer was at an airport-area warehouse yesterday where members of GlobalMedic, a local aid group, were readying purification tablets and...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 3:21 AM