Toronto may need emergency centres to house refugees, says Mayor Tory

With only 20 rooms vacant, Toronto is within seven days of evoking an emergency plan to house the growing number of refugees settling in the city after crossing the U.S.-Canada border, Mayor John Tory says. “We could not, cannot and should not be doing this alone. If these daily arrivals continue, as we expect them to, to some degree or another, we will be in a position within the next se [...]

22 May 2018

How Toronto is 'at the lead' in the effort to save its bees

The city of Toronto is taking the lead in the fight to save local bee populations, according to one of the country's top environmental groups — at a time when the pollinators are suffering from the use of pesticides, habitat loss and a long, harsh winter.Ontario beekeepers struggling after long winterThe city has over 360 native species and is on the forefront of [...]

22 May 2018

New online hub gives young Toronto professionals a way to give back

Dozens of not-for-profits have already signed up for the service Upon moving back to Toronto after graduating from Queen’s University a couple of years ago, Alexander Carbone wanted to find a way to volunteer his time and give back to those in need. The problem was, he didn’t know where to look to ensure his skills were being put to good use. Seeing a niche to be filled, Ca [...]

22 May 2018

Chinese international students are being targeted in kidnap scams, Toronto police warn

Toronto police are again warning the public of a scam targeting Chinese international students following another occurrence this month. Police were first alerted of the scam in November after at least three people were targeted. The students were told by a caller — posing as a Chinese law enforcement or government official — to go into hiding and not to use their cellph [...]

22 May 2018

Chinese demand for Toronto real estate on the rebound

The appetite of wealthy Chinese for Toronto’s real estate might now be recovering after “dropping like a bowling bowl” upon the implementation of the foreign buyers’ tax last year, according to the latest study conducted by international property portal Juwai.com. The analysis, which looked at Juwai’s index of Chinese would-be buyers of Toronto homes, noted that the number of inquiries [...]

22 May 2018

Clean-tech executives to Horgan: back off on Trans Mountain

More than two dozen clean-tech executives and venture capitalists have penned a letter to Premier John Horgan, asking him to back off on his opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Their main concern is the precedent it sets for a newly elected government to reverse a project that received regulatory approval by previous governments, particularly if conservative governments [...]

22 March 2018

Norman Armour, head of Vancouver's popular PuSh festival, stepping down

Norman Armour is stepping down as artistic and executive director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.He helped found the popular Vancouver cultural festival in 2003 and has been the festival’s leader ever since. He will leave the post officially on April 27.“In the early beginnings of PuSh, co-founder Katrina Dunn and I wanted to effect change with  the creation of [...]

21 March 2018

Howe Sound gravel quarry approved

A sand and gravel quarry in Howe Sound has been approved by the provincial government, a year and a half after it entered the environmental review process. B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister have jointly granted an environmental certificate to Calgary’s Burnco Rock Products Ltd. to build a gravel and quarry on the north shore o [...]

21 March 2018

How the Songhees Innovation Centre is helping Indigenous entrepreneurs thrive

Now, she's hoping the Songhees Innovation Centre will help her grow her business. The Gitxsan entrepreneur is considering renting space in the new co-working environment geared to Indigenous people. "As an entrepreneur, you're pretty isolated in your office," Wilson said. "So, when you come to a place like this, you're able to thought-purge, you're able to bounce ideas off [other people] if [...]

14 March 2018

Developer pitches plan for 50,000 units of affordable housing in Toronto, Vancouver

The federal government is looking at a real estate developer’s proposal to build 50,000 units of affordable housing primarily in Toronto and Vancouver — a plan valued at as much as $14-billion that could become a big part of Ottawa’s national housing strategy. According to a proposal submitted to Ottawa, the project would be led by the Creative Housing Society, an independent non [...]

14 March 2018

Sun is out! Record-breaking temperatures forecast for Metro Vancouver

Coming off of a sunny weekend, Metro Vancouverites could see even warmer and potentially record-breaking temperatures today. Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan said the agency predicts temperatures creeping up to double digits. Temperatures of 13 C are expected along the water and it could go up to 20 C inland. In Abbotsford, the mercury is expect [...]

13 March 2018

Sharing sexual images could land Vancouver man in jail

A Vancouver man's decision to share deeply intimate pictures of his former girlfriend without her consent could result in jail time under legislation designed to deter revenge pornography and cyberbullying.The man can't be identified under the terms of a publication ban on the name of the victim and witnesses in the case. Sentencing arguments took place Monday in the Provincial Cour [...]

13 March 2018

Four Tips to Create the Perfect Sleeping Environment

How much sleep you need to get each night changes throughout your lifetime. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough sleep, no matter what our age. Although there are situations that are out of our control, many of us are sabotaging our efforts to get more shuteye and we don’t even know it. If you want to wake up feeling rejuvenated, you need to do a little work to turn your bedroom in [...]

13 March 2018