How Olympian Jamie Salé became a COVID protest champion

CALGARY—When it comes to greeting a crowd of adoring fans, Jamie Salé’s still got it. She shakes hands and hugs, she smiles wide and, if you’re lucky, leans in close to whisper a few words. The crowd this day mills in front of her, the carbonated vibe of a high school reunion bubbling just below … Read more

TTC violence worries those sheltering in transit system

Last October, for the first time in his life, Dan Watson was “nameless.” He was sleeping on Toronto subway cars and in coffee shops. For one whole month, nobody called him by his name. “You don’t feel like you belong,” he said this past week, bundled in a beanie and a winter coat during a … Read more

Why some descendants of an ethnic minority in Greece still keep their identity secret

Eugenia Natsoulidou, 67, introduces herself as a Greek citizen. She was born and still lives in Edessa, a city in northern Greece, but has worked all around the country in the hotel industry. Her best friend is Greek, and like many Greeks, she speaks impeccable English — in her case, due to living in Chicago … Read more

When desperate and terrified Ukrainians flee the war’s front, this is the city that helps them mourn and heal

CHERNIVTSI, Ukraine—One day last March, Iryna Shabanova and 18 members of her family started running out of food. They were hiding near the burning Ukrainian city of Mariupol — which had been under Russian attack since the start of the war — and trying to survive the siege and the explosions they heard every few … Read more

Toronto doctor collects records pressed with bodily fluids

Dr. Michael Tau works in the Unity Health Toronto hospital network, serving patients at St. Mike’s downtown and Providence in Scarborough. Recently, he wrote a book in which he explores a certain obsessive behavior that might seem odd if not downright disturbing to the average person. But the book in question probably won’t make a … Read more

Mattamy buyers say they’re in a desperate situation

Dozens of buyers who thought they were buying their dream homes in two Oakville housing projects early last year when the real estate market was still riding high, say they never expected home values ​​would fall so low or that interest rates would rise so fast. Now their builder, Mattamy Homes, is selling the same … Read more

Injunction decision looms on future of trees at Osgoode Hall

Work to cut down centuries-old trees at Osgoode Hall began and was then halted Saturday as an interim injunction to stop the removal was argued in a Toronto courtroom. Lawyers for the Law Society of Ontario and transit agency Metrolinx — which says the trees must be felled for station work on the Ontario Line … Read more

A deputy chief with Durham police charged with deceit

A deputy chief with Durham Regional Police Service has been charged with deceit after an investigation by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC). Deputy Chief Dean Bertrim is facing one count of decision under Action 25 of the Police Services Act, the OCPC said in a news release on Friday. The OCPC added in the … Read more

TDSB and firm managing $20B in properties spar over transparency

The corporation that oversees billions of dollars worth of properties owned by the Toronto public school board is scrambling to replace board members after they resigned en masse last week in a row over transparency. The Toronto District School Board wants more transparency and accountability, while its subsidiary — the Toronto Lands Corporation — wants … Read more

Mother of ‘Jihadi Jack’ seeks redemption for her son

The last nine years of Sally Lane’s life have been a cascade of crushing disappointments. In 2014, her son, Jack Letts, a British-born Muslim convert, traveled to the Middle East to study his faith. His quest led him astray, to Syria and Iraq, the lands controlled by the Islamic State terrorist group. Lane sent her … Read more