After 25 years as a megacity, what’s changed for Toronto?

After 25 years as a megacity, what’s changed for Toronto?

Twenty-five years ago on Thursday, the shotgun marriage that created the Toronto we live in was consummated. On Nov. 10, 1997, in the first election to lead the newly amalgamated city, former North York mayor and cartoonish advertising pitchman Mel Lastman edged out former Toronto mayor and champion sloooooow talker Barbara Hall. Neither of them … Read more

‘Jeopardy!’ champ Mattea Roach loves these places in Toronto

‘Jeopardy!’ champ Mattea Roach loves these places in Toronto

You probably know her as a 23-time Jeopardy! champion, an LSAT tutor, and native Haligonian. Mattea Roach, who will be back on TV next week in the Tournament of Champions — catch her Nov. 8 and Nov. 11, for sure, maybe after that, too, if she keeps winning — is about more than game-show success, … Read more

Toronto councillor Cynthia Lai remembered by family, friends

Toronto councillor Cynthia Lai remembered by family, friends

Toronto councillor Cynthia Lai, who died three days before the municipal election that was expected to return her to office, was remembered Friday by family, friends and colleagues as a woman who worked hard and embraced life fully, with infectious optimism and joy. “She loved her community and her constituents and the feeling was mutual,” … Read more

Toronto councillors who won face an agenda of messy issues

Toronto councillors who won face an agenda of messy issues

Just call her “Landslide Frannie.” Coun. Frances Nunziata: a calcified fixture of York South—Weston and a cranky landmark of the council chamber in the speaker’s chair. The last of the preamalgamation mayors left serving in Toronto, long after Mel Lastman, Michael Prue and Doug Holyday shuffled offstage. Thirty-eight years, and counting, in municipal elected office. … Read more

Why Toronto’s 2022 election is a wakeup call

Why Toronto’s 2022 election is a wakeup call

Toronto’s municipal race is almost run, but even before voters head to the polls on Monday there are lessons to be learned from the 2022 campaign. This election has been all about less — after two terms in office, Mayor John Tory faced no high-profile challenger; there were fewer debates, and if advance polls are … Read more

Toronto fans embrace ‘hate’ when cheering local teams on road

Toronto fans embrace ‘hate’ when cheering local teams on road

Walking into Scotiabank Arena has a level of quiet gravitas to it, that is, until the game starts. There’s nothing like the rising anticipation of a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter and the exaltation of the crowd as the ball swishes through net. The feeling you get as fans around you cheer and high-five … Read more

Toronto is flush with parks but not public washrooms

Toronto is flush with parks but not public washrooms

This August Trisha Keyes-Bevan was surprised to find the washrooms near a wading pool at Campbell Avenue Park locked on a Sunday afternoon. Keyes-Bevan lives in the Junction Triangle and frequents nearby parks with her grandson. “It’s really frustrating, especially for a young child,” she said. “I mean, what do you do when they have … Read more

Filling Toronto’s $1-billion budget gap will be painful

Filling Toronto’s -billion budget gap will be painful

Oh boy, this is gonna hurt. This hole in the upcoming city budget. You might have heard of it, you might not have. I mentioned it in an email newsletter last week. There have been a few stories about it in the press. Mayor John Tory has been mentioning it in campaign appearances. Something like … Read more

Review: COC’s ‘The Flying Dutchman’ is sharp and electric

Review: COC’s ‘The Flying Dutchman’ is sharp and electric

The Flying Dutchman By Richard Wagner, originally directed by Christopher Alden and conducted by Johannes Debus. Presented by the Canadian Opera Company. Through Oct. 23 at the Four Seasons Centre of the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St W. coc.ca or 416-363-8231 Christopher Alden rarely leaves you feeling indifferent. The American director’s unsubtle revisionist style, leaning … Read more

Two fixtures of Toronto jazz scene take artistic departures with new albums

Two fixtures of Toronto jazz scene take artistic departures with new albums

One experienced “Imposter Syndrome,” while the other is expressing pure “Joy.” Two fixtures of the talented Toronto jazz scene — singer Barbra Lica and drummer Ernesto Cervini — released albums Friday that represent artistic departures from what they’ve previously offered their audiences — and both are thrilled with the results. Lica’s “Imposter Syndrome” is a … Read more