MAP: How Toronto changed during the First World War

When Britain declared war against Germany and Austria-Hungary on Aug. 9, 1914, they effectively sentenced Canada to years of overseas fighting, internal conflict, and economic depression. Big cities like Toronto were transformed into military hubs, whose sole purpose was to build supplies and train troops.

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Ontario Elections 2014: Wheels on the Bus

This map tracks the party leaders week by week on their campaign stops during the 2014 Ontario election. Find out what they’re doing by clicking on the icons or scrolling through the interactive timeline.

Union wants CAMH criminally charged after nurse “beaten beyond recognition”

Ontario nurses and public sector workers are calling on the province to criminally charge Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) following a patient’s alleged brutal beating of a nurse while on the job in January.

Kitten rescued from Highway 427 after being thrown from a vehicle

When Mandi Howard suddenly found herself driving to the Toronto Humane Society, singing to calm a badly injured kitten she’d just scooped off a multi-lane highway, there was one thought on her mind: “If he were to die before I can get there, at least he will have known what kindness looks like.”

Canadian indicted in one of largest data breaches in U.S. history

Three people, including a Canadian from Montreal, have been indicted for their alleged roles in hacking email service providers throughout the United States and for conspiracy to launder money, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.

Seeing ‘Jesus on toast’ a normal phenomenon, study says

Hundreds of people claim to see the face of Jesus or the Virgin Mary in the shape of their potato chips or burnt into their toast. But before you dismiss them as crazy, a recent study shows the phenomenon may not be as absurd as we think.

Shiyloh Isobelle Hill—Giving and artistic, she wouldn’t pass a busker without offering a donation

hiyloh Isobelle Hill was born on Oct. 21, 2002, at 3:36 a.m. in the living room of her parents’ apartment in Peterborough, Ont., surrounded by friends and family. With the aid of three midwives, her mother, Patrice, an artist and musician, spent 10 hours in excruciating labour. Her father, Daniel, an art instructor, cut the umbilical cord. “It was a very sweet time in our life,” he says. “You know that concept of love at first sight? I really experienced that with her.”

Anne vs. Anne

In a province that takes its red-headed orphans seriously, the nearly half-century run of Anne of Green Gables: The Musical at Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre of the Arts is an institution unto itself. Billed as the longest-running musical production in Canada, the show attracts up to 30,000 visitors a year, many of them from Japan. The musical has toured the world, hitting Broadway in the 1970s (one grumpy New York Times critic called it “the kind of show that will appeal most to the unsophisticated in heart”), as well as London and Osaka, Japan, during Expo ’70. As for the Confederation Centre, which relies on federal and provincial grants for roughly one-third of its $12-million operating budget, the flagship Anne musical is its single most important production.

Explorer finds new waterfalls during accidental canoe trip

An explorer’s unexpected tumble down a set of waterfalls in Northern Ontario is being labelled a discovery that will “change the map of Canada.” Or, he might just be remapping already charted territory. It all depends on who you ask.

Toronto artist maps diversity, one portrait at a time

Living in what is considered one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, a Toronto photographer is taking it upon himself to map his city’s diversity using the faces and stories of the people who live there.

Deborah Marie Blais—A talented musician and golfer who loved the outdoors, she was a people person who beat cancer

Deborah Marie Blais was born on Oct. 25, 1957, and grew up on a farm in Gilbert Plains, Man., to Ukrainian-Canadian parents, John, a farmer, and Stella, a nurse’s aide. The youngest of three sisters, Deborah sported Coke-bottle glasses that magnified her eyes. The thick rims were the only way she could see past her nose, but she wore them proudly and without complaint. As she grew up, she used contact lenses and eventually had laser surgery to correct her vision. Besides her smile, her eyes became her most recognizable feature.

Toronto team wins human-powered helicopter competition

Three meters above the ground Todd Reichert was pedalling for his life. His goal was to go fast enough to keep his aircraft above ground, while still controlling the 55 kilograms of equipment surrounding him.

Reichart is part of a University of Toronto alumni team called AeroVelo, and on June 13th he piloted the world’s first human-powered helicopter during a test flight at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

The new barbershop revival

The simplicity of a cappella— singing without instrumental accompaniment—is in the midst of a revival, spurred on in part by reality shows that celebrate unadorned vocals. And the added attention has helped inject energy into an unlikely candidate: the traditional unaccompanied harmonies of barbershop.

“With shows like Glee and The Voice, the focus is that singing is cool,” said Steve Armstrong, musical director of Toronto Northern Lights chorus. “Shows like the Sing Off, which is a cappella, has been great to develop interest in barbershop.”

Astronomers discover “Godzilla of Earths”

Astronomers have announced the discovery of a new type of planet – a dense, rocky world they’ve dubbed a “mega-Earth.”

Majority House Leader Eric Cantor was set to sail toward a certain victory during the GOP primary in Virginia on Wednesday. He had a 34-point lead in the polls and millions in his campaign fund. But his congressional dream was unexpectedly crushed when it was announced that Tea Party associate David Brat would become the Republican candidate for Congress.

Now that the Progressive Conservative party has been sent back to the opposition benches for a fourth straight election, they will be looking back at what went wrong with Tim Hudak’s campaign strategy.

Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old paraplegic, dressed in Brazil’s home colours, walked out into the Arena de Sao Paulo stadium and performed the ceremonial first kick at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.His power-kick came with the help of a robotic exoskeleton suit, a new technology that is mind-controlled.

New tuition framework for Ontario set to cap increase at three percent

OTTAWA (CUP) — The Ontario Liberal government has released a new tuition framework that will see tuition capped at three per cent for the next four years. This contrasts the former framework that capped the increase at five per cent.

PC White Paper introduces new way of looking at quality education

OTTAWA (CUP) — On Feb. 12, the Ontario Progressive Conservative’s released a white paper on post-secondary education (PSE) called Paths to Prosperity: Higher Learning for Better Jobs. The report claims that the current PSE system is not equipped to meet Ontario’s employment standards.

Ontario articling shortage leads to creation of coop program for law students

Ontario law students will no longer have to article in order to becomes lawyers.

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), which regulates the province’s legal profession, is revamping the way articling works in Ontario in an attempt to make up for a shortfall in available positions.

No-money-down post secondary proposed during Ontario leadership campaign

OTTAWA (CUP) — On Nov. 3, Glen Murray, then the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced his resignation and his intention to run for the provincial Liberal leadership. Six days later Murray introduced his “No-Money Down University or College” proposal.

The “Education Premier” leaves behind a legacy of higher enrollment and higher tuition

On Oct. 15, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced some shocking news — he was resigning.

For many, it seemed unbelievable. McGuinty had been premier for the last six years and had just won the election in 2011. After a three-year reign — a record that hasn’t been seen by the Ontario Liberal Party in over 125 years — few expected this.

Battling the stigma of mental illness on Ontario campuses

OTTAWA (CUP) — “I had been struggling with severe anxiety for a while, but I didn’t really want to get help because I was embarrassed to admit that I had a problem, especially since I didn’t know anyone else who felt the way I did and I didn’t really … well, I didn’t know if it was even ‘a thing’, really.

 Sportspage: Rower Nurse carries capital’s best medal hopes

A two-time World Championships silver medalist, women’s 8+ rower Cristy Nurse is Ottawa’s best bet for a podium position in London, but a bad back may derail those hopes.

Sportspage: Jarvis switches roles to rower by day, lawyer by night

Morgan Jarvis didn’t always picture himself as an Olympian, but a move to the capital helped inspire him on that journey.

Behind the Olympic Rings

ON JULY 27, millions of people will be glued to their computers and televisions to watch one of the greatest sporting events in history. That’s right—preparation is underway for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, and Canada has less than five months to ensure its athletes are organized and ready to compete.

But what do we really know about the Olympics? Despite the ease with which the events run from a viewer’s point of view, a lot happens behind the scenes in order to keep the athletes organized and the events progressing smoothly. Preparation begins years in advance, coming to a head at the six-month period where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its working groups finalize their plans.


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