Toronto finds refuge on ice rinks despite shortage of Zamboni drivers

Toronto finds refuge on ice rinks despite shortage of Zamboni drivers

Even Monday’s massive snowstorm couldn’t shut down the community rink at Sorauren Avenue Park. Joseph Jeremy, along with dozens of other volunteers, helped dig the community-run natural ice rink near the Roncesvalles neighborhood in Toronto on Monday afternoon. It was a team effort, with kids and adults pulling together to make sure the ice skates … Read more

Featured readers share their snow good deed stories

Featured readers share their snow good deed stories

As most of Ontario continues to emerge from Monday’s winter slump, Star readers shared with us their stories of the kindness and quiet heroism of people across the province. LOVE FOR HEALTH HEROES A reader pointed to a tweet from Halton Healthcare about Georgetown residents clearing snow from all cars in hospital parking lots so … Read more

He got a ticket, then called the police chief. But suspension of Canada’s first black justice minister draws criticism from some

He got a ticket, then called the police chief.  But suspension of Canada’s first black justice minister draws criticism from some

EDMONTON — The swift suspension of Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu following reports that he called the Edmonton police chief after receiving a distracted driving ticket is causing concern of some members of the province’s black community. CBC News published an article on Monday detailing how Madu, Canada’s first black justice minister, was ticketed last … Read more

Toronto’s recovery from a snowstorm could take the rest of the week

Toronto’s recovery from a snowstorm could take the rest of the week

It will take the rest of the week to fully extricate Toronto from one of the biggest snowstorms in recent memory, senior officials said Tuesday. “Work continues 24 hours a day until the job is done,” Mayor John Tory said, speaking at a news conference the day after 36cm of snow temporarily paralyzed the city. … Read more

How did Monday’s massive snowstorm rank in the history books? You might be surprised

How did Monday’s massive snowstorm rank in the history books?  You might be surprised

It was the kind of snowy day that called for the tallest boots and the fluffiest mitts. A day of type shovel three times. Stay home and don’t risk the hike outside until the snow stops in the day. The guy Toronto simply doesn’t see too often, and the one who’s sure to make his … Read more

China’s Olympics app poses security risk, Toronto lab says

China’s Olympics app poses security risk, Toronto lab says

An app that participants in next month’s Beijing Olympics must install on their phones poses serious personal information security risks and raises censorship concerns due to more than 2,400 flagged words, according to an analysis by a Toronto research lab. The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public … Read more

Northern Ontario schools reopen for in-person learning as much of the south receives snow day

Northern Ontario schools reopen for in-person learning as much of the south receives snow day

Students in the GTA and other parts of southern Ontario enjoyed a day of snow or learned online, but elsewhere in the province students were back in school, in person, after nearly two weeks of virtual classes. Cathy Abraham, president of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, said she was on the phone with colleagues … Read more

Schools closed, power outages reported in Peterborough area after 26.6cm of snowfall

Schools closed, power outages reported in Peterborough area after 26.6cm of snowfall

A heavy snowfall in the city and county of Peterborough on Sunday evening closed schools and other services in the area. About 26.6 centimeters of snow was recorded at Peterborough Airport between 11 p.m. Sunday and noon Monday, according to Environment Canada. Local blowing snow is expected to continue Monday afternoon and Monday evening before … Read more

Blizzard conditions force school closures in the GTA

Blizzard conditions force school closures in the GTA

The snowfall has further postponed the return to face-to-face learning on Monday morning. The city of Toronto is now under a blizzard warning, according to the latest update from Environment Canada. “Dangerous blizzard conditions with heavy snow and high winds resulting in widespread near-zero visibility,” the alert read. About 30 to 50 cm of snow … Read more

Ontario parents and teachers have ‘range of emotions’ as in-person learning set to resume

Ontario parents and teachers have ‘range of emotions’ as in-person learning set to resume

Toronto mother Sara Marlowe spent part of the weekend helping her children prepare for a return to in-person learning on Monday, when schools across the province were set to reopen. Backpacks were packed, lunches were prepared and an outdoor dining program was in the works. “We will send them back, and that is with reservations,” … Read more