Few school boards have teacher dress codes

Students say it’s unfair that they must abide by dress codes when few Ontario school boards have any such rules for teachers. The issue is one teens in Halton have been talking about after video of a trans teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School went viral, showing her in shop class wearing oversized prosthetic breasts … Read more

Municipalities keep developers waiting longer, paying more to build housing, says study for GTA homebuilders

Toronto area municipalities are taking 40 per cent longer on average to approve housing development applications than they did two years ago, and the cost of processing those permits has soared more than 30 per cent in the same period. The fees and cost of delays are among the highest in the country and are … Read more

Justin Trudeau bends to health advice, public pressure and politics as pandemic restrictions wind down

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went before cameras to present his government’s emergency response Monday — not to the long-awaited end of federal border and travel restrictions, but to last weekend’s hurricane. Instead, it was left to cabinet ministers to announce the end of pandemic measures that had become increasingly unjustifiable in the eyes … Read more

Voilà, PC Express, Metro and Instacart: Which is best?

When it opened for business in 1989, Chicago-based Peapod offered something unimaginable at the time: fresh groceries delivered right to your door. The company’s operations were rather clunky. “Peapod’s web graphics were so rudimentary that customers couldn’t see images of what they were buying,” wrote The Atlantic in a 2019 profile of the burgeoning industry. … Read more

A Mr. Big named ‘Stephanie’: The elaborate undercover operation to catch a GTA double-killer

Traveling east on Highway 401 toward what he thought was a new career path, Trestan Brown opened up about his attempt to find the motivation to lead a better life by forgiving himself — even for the murder of an innocent person. Brown was going to use their death to tell himself, “I can’t do … Read more

Is the COVID pandemic over? Stakes high as debate over ‘the end’ heats up

The biggest public health crisis in a century had an unmistakably official start. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Now, almost 1,000 days later, and after millions of deaths worldwide, many millions more infections, and an unprecedented international vaccination effort, it’s becoming clear the end of the … Read more

Canada’s Green Party was on a mission to save the planet. With its credibility in tatters, is there any point in continuing?

OTTAWA — The federal Green Party’s two members of Parliament and its interim leader arrived at a news conference in Ottawa this week to talk about climate change. But when time came for questions from the media, the politicians were forced onto terrain that has exhausted and troubled their party for more than two years: … Read more

Foreign students face rental ripoffs

Foreign students face rental ripoffs | The Star n”,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Toronto area”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”Meanwhile, the same experts warn that these rental deposit demands, largely targeting foreign nationals and quietly enabled by realtors, are harming both Toronto’s numerous post-secondary institutions and its reputation as a welcoming place for international students pursuing higher … Read more

University-Rosedale has three progressives vying to replace Mike Layton

Progressive voters in University-Rosedale are being treated to “an embarrassment of riches” this municipal election, says Rory Gus Sinclair. The community activist and past chair of the Harbord Village Resident Association should know. He’s been organizing candidate debates in the downtown neighborhood for years, and says this year’s contest in Ward 11 will be one … Read more

Can Gil Penalosa beat John Tory to be Toronto’s next mayor?

Gil Penalosa is eager to share his ideas about how to fix Toronto with anyone who’s ready to listen. And even with those who aren’t. As the 65-year-old first-time mayoral candidate canvassed the shops on Roncesvalles Avenue on a rainy morning recently, he popped into a bakery to pitch his vision for a “Toronto for … Read more