Brazilian Soccer Academy in Toronto has become a home for LGBTQ soccer players

Members of the Brazucats, play futsal, a Brazilian version of soccer played on an indoor court, at the Brazilian Soccer Academy in Etobicoke on Nov. 27.Tijana Martin/The Globe and Mail At first glance, a drab, gray industrial unit in Etobicoke seems an unlikely cradle for the preservation of Brazil’s most famous export. But those first … Read more

Van life grows in housing-stressed Vancouver

Jaden King, left, and Baylee Talan, right, with their 2004 Dodge Sprinter in Langley, BC, on Nov. 27.Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail Jaden King, 23, and his girlfriend Baylee Talan, 24, have just given up their North Vancouver, BC, apartment so they can spend the next few months building out a van that will become … Read more

Children of former guard at Canadian embassy in Kabul attacked in Pakistan as family waits for help from Ottawa

Wahid Ibrahimi, a former security guard who served at the Canadian military base in Afghanistan, currently resides in a one-bedroom apartment that he is renting for his family.Saiyna Bashir/The Globe and Mail Inside a small room in a shared home in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, Wahid Ibrahimi describes hearing his 14-year-old daughter screaming from … Read more

Winter closing of Toronto shelter hotel presents impossible decision for residents

A pedestrian passes a person sleeping on a grate at the corner of Wellington Street West and Bay Street in Toronto on Jan. 4, 2021. Homelessness in the city has reached crisis levels, with shelter demand at an all-time high.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail As one of Toronto’s largest temporary hotel shelters prepares to close … Read more

Why Doug Ford’s broken vow matters

Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford (centre) sits in chamber after Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered the Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review at the Queens Park Legislature, in Toronto, on Monday, November 14, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungChris Young/The Canadian Press Let’s leave aside for the moment whether Doug Ford is right to want to take land … Read more

Canada has more family doctors than ever. Why is it so hard to see them?

Outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, people take part in the We Need Doctors Now rally, organized by BC Health Care Matters this past October. In 2021, Victoria’s average wait time to see a doctor at a walk-in clinic was two hours and 41 minutes.Photography by Chad Hipolito/The Globe and Mail The medical clinic in … Read more

Vancouver’s vacancy tax is capturing some of the wrong people

Steve McClure has appealed the vacancy tax on his Vancouver condo twice, winning back $7,870 he was taxed in 2020.DARRYL DYCK/The Globe and Mail Hani Eskandari understands all the reasons Vancouver decided to create an empty-homes tax. He’s no property flipper or investor wheeler dealer. He’s an electrical engineer and his wife is a scientist. … Read more

Former nurse donates $3.8-million for health unit in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where she worked in 1950s

Lily Lee’s first contribution to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Chinatown neighborhoods was as a 21-year-old community nurse in the 1950s when she was fresh out of the University of British Columbia. Lily Lee and her late husband Robert Lee in this undated handout image provided by the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.HO/The Canadian Press Based in Strathcona, … Read more

Ottawa takes first step toward creating stand-alone insurance program for dental care

The Liberal government is moving toward providing dental-care insurance directly to qualifying Canadians, rather than working with provinces and territories to bolster existing coverage. That will involve hiring an external company to process claims for the new stand-alone insurance program, Health Canada officials told The Canadian Press. On Friday, the Procurement Department invited companies with … Read more

Two people in custody after Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport evacuated due to discovery of ‘potential explosive device,’ police say

A Porter craft is photographed at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on March, 18 2020.Fred Lum/the Globe and Mail Police say two people have been detained after a suspicious package was found near the ferry terminal of Billy Bishop Airport in downtown Toronto. The discovery prompted the suspension of all operations and the evacuation of … Read more