Toronto the Good

By Admin 25.02.2015

When, on one of the coldest days on record, the call went out that a three-year-old boy had gone missing from his grandmother’s home, members of this city went out in droves, desperate to try to find him.

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Budget shell game?

By Admin 18.02.2015

In balancing the upcoming $11.5 billion budget, Toronto City Council has an $86-million problem, but one for which Mayor John Tory says he has the solution. With a request denied by the province for a grant of $86 million to fill the revenue gap and achieve a balanced budget, which is mandated by the province, Tory’s solution involves borrowing the money from the city’s capital reserve. His plan would be to repay it with interest over the short term.

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Trading liberty for security

By Admin 11.02.2015

At about the same time that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) laid charges against three men in terrorism related matters, two of them in absentia, came the news from the Conservative government in Ottawa about new anti-terrorism legislation giving more powers to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

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Our Canadian history

By Admin 05.02.2015

All across this great nation, our vibrant and diverse African Canadian population is now reveling in a full roster of events for Black History Month. Locally, the City of Toronto is marking its 36th official observance. However, beginning decades before, since at least the 1950s, organizations such as the Canadian Negro Women’s Association and less formal groups of railway porters had been honouring the history and lives of people of African descent in this country.

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Tory’s first budget

By Admin 28.01.2015

When the far left and the far right on Toronto City Council both share the same criticism of newly elected Mayor John Tory’s first proposed budget, we have to take notice. It is clear from items in Tory’s $11.5 billion budget proposal that he means to respond to every aspect of the most urgent needs of the city.

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We are not ready!

By Admin 21.01.2015

As the opening days of the Pan American and Parapan Games near, that familiar feeling when company’s coming, with little time to make one’s home presentable, is rising in this city. The largest multi-sport event in Canada will fill this city over the summer period with more than 10,000 top class amateur athletes, coaches and officials from the Americas. Yet, construction in and around Union Station will not be completed in time for the start of the Games.

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Don’t just suspend, end!

By Admin 14.01.2015

The surprise announcement that Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has suspended documentation of street checks, commonly referred to as “carding”, by patrol officers would seem to be a welcome one.

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New Year’s resolutions

By Admin 07.01.2015

It is still early enough in the New Year to make a commitment to New Year’s resolutions, both personally and in the interest of the community.

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Cuba, U.S. thaw welcome

By Admin 31.12.2014

The thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba that has recently come to light is yet another remarkable development under U.S. President Barack Obama’s watch. More so since it has become par for the course for opinions from just about every corner to knock Obama for not reacting aggressively to the many challenging fires that demand attention and resolution from his administration.

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No cause to resign

By Admin 10.12.2014

Heightened emotions are to be expected after two high-profile judicial decisions in the United States involving White police officers were let off charges related to the deaths of two unarmed Black men, 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and 43-year-old Eric Garner in New York City.

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