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Police Officer Who Shot Sammy Yatim Nine Times Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

2 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

"I'm pleased today he received justice," says Yatim's mother. James Forcillo, the Toronto Police constable who shot teenager Sammy Yatim nine times in July 2013, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Forcillo has already filed a notice to appeal the sentence, and will be released on bail. Show More Summary

Why I Attend Caribana

8 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The festival has changed, but it's still one way I can still connect to my roots. I still remember the sound of vibrant Caribbean steel drums waking me up in the evening. It signalled that time of the year again: an opportunity for my family and I to participate in a celebration of our culture. Show More Summary

How One Famous Street Artist is Transforming Yonge and St. Clair

10 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A reason to visit the area aside from Service Ontario visits. BY: Phlegm INSTALLATION: July 2016 LOCATION: 1 St. Clair Avenue East Up high, 12 storeys above midtown St. Clair, an arresting figure is taking shape on a nondescript commercial building. Show More Summary

What It’s Like For LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

A new LGBTQ-inclusive foster care agency is aiming to improve experiences like my own. I wanted to get high. It was early 2008, and I was living at Withrow, a foster care home in Toronto’s east end. I asked two girls in my home if they’d take cough syrup with me, and they obliged. Show More Summary

Why A Woodlot Could Add Millions to the Cost of the Scarborough Subway Extension

A motion that Council passed at its July meeting could mean expropriating 10 homes and 13 businesses. The Frank Faubert Wood Lot is in the TTC’s way. The five hectare park at the northwest corner of McCowan and Ellesmere, and south of the Scarborough Civic Centre, features a mature grove of trees that was saved from development in the late 80s. Show More Summary

Why are Young Torontonians Moving into Tiny Micro Condos?

The inexpensive(ish) way to live downtown? Go small. When Sean Solowski saw his 27-square-metre apartment for the first time, he was struck by the huge windows and the flood of natural light. It was 2009, and Solowski had just movedShow More Summary

The LCBO’s New Delivery Program is a Winner

Finally, the opportunity to try new drinks without the hassle. Good news, Toronto booze lovers: you can now have your favourite drinks delivered right to your door. Yesterday, the LCBO announced the launch of its e-commerce site, which makes picking up wine or beer as easy as clicking a mouse. Show More Summary

Every Kind of Local Pokémon Story, Classified As A Pokémon

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

There are way too many Drowzees. It’s three weeks into the great Pokémon Go craze of summer 2016, and if you want to get into it, you’ve probably signed up for the game already. Everyone else can observe the game with detached bemusement by checking out the daily Pokémon Go stories that pop up. Show More Summary

TIFF 2016 Promises More of the Same, and That’s Okay

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The festival’s Gala and Special Presentations don’t offer much in the way of surprise, but make moderate concessions to diversity in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite. As 20-year-old clips from The Simpsons go, nothing scores on topicalityShow More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered Hillary Clinton and…Pokémon

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. It’s hard to imagine now, but once there was a time when Toronto’s daily newspapers didn’t provide front-page coverage of Pokémon. But this column...Show More Summary

Why the TTC Should Rethink Its New App for Harassment

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's not a catch-all solution for a complex issue. In 2016 alone, 35 instances of sexual assault have been reported on Toronto’s public transit system. It’s a major issue: as Torontoist‘s Viviane Fairbank wrote last week, women have been facing harassment and assault on the TTC for years, and deserve adequate safeguards against it. Show More Summary

The Political Families of Toronto City Council

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Welcome to the real family business, Mikey! A photo posted by Michael Ford (@michaelfordto) on Jul 1, 2016 at 2:59pm PDT It’s easy to be cynical about the Ward 2, Etobicoke North by-election to replace the late Rob Ford. It was a foregone...Show More Summary

Who’s Running in the Ward 2, Etobicoke North By-Election?

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

One of these quirky characters will become the new councillor of the former Ford Nation today. Etobians head to the polls today to fill the shoes of late councillor Rob Ford in Ward 2, Etobicoke North. After more than a decade of Ford...Show More Summary

Hanlan’s Point Beachgoers Shouldn’t Have to be Nude

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Nudists are vying for a bare-only beach. But the clothed deserve space, too. On a blazing hot summer day in 2012, a friend of mine and I made the ferry crossing to Toronto Islands. We trekked down a sun-dappled, treed-in path a few minutes...Show More Summary

An All-Too-Real Fake History of Toronto Transit

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. Even the most casual follower of Toronto transit news can come to one conclusion: it doesn’t always go well. In fact, our City has a very proud tradition of going nowhere fast on the transit file. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Mr. Show, Best In Show, and Showgirls

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Torontoist loves that you can go out and see or do something every day or night in our city, often for less per week than what a cable TV package would cost. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Show More Summary

Historicist: The Origin of “Toronto’s Cops are Tops”

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Exploring the evolution during the early 1970s of the clichéd phrase used to support law enforcement, "our cops are tops." Depending on your disposition, “our cops are tops” is either a rallying cry that honours the dedication and sacrifices...Show More Summary

Terrible Decisions Made in the Heat This Week in the GTA

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Hot temperatures = decline in better judgment, apparently. This week’s weather has been unbearable for many in southern Ontario. In the past month in Toronto alone, there have been eight heat alerts and two extreme heat alerts issued by the City. Show More Summary

Saying Goodbye to David McKeown, Toronto’s Unflappable Medical Officer of Health

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Why his position matters so much to the city—and how McKeown lived up to the hype. As Mayor John Tory and a number of senior politicians and health officials took turns giving him a light roast in honour of his retirement on July 21,...Show More Summary

New Art Exhibition Explores Muslim Women’s Experiences Living in Toronto

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Exhibition at the Gardiner Museum helps Muslim women find their voice against oppression. Terrorist, dirty, oppressed, ignorant: these are just some of the words that Muslim women say are often hurled at them in Toronto. These are also some of the words you will see written on works of art by those same women. Show More Summary

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