Honouring a Life of Service

Ask friends and family how they would describe Russell Mark Nelson and the answer is nearly unanimous: Dedicated. The former fire chief and long-time city employee died of lung cancer on Jan. 24. Nelson was so dedicated to those close to him that when he lost his son Greggory to a car accident in 2008, he still finished building a house he … [Read more...]

Author Offers A Bite From Childhood

Like many Meadow Lakers, Big River author Todd Devonshire’s childhood is defined by hockey in small town Saskatchewan. But there’s one thing that stands out. Rink burgers. The enduring memory of hot burgers in a cold rink is synonymous with Devonshire’s formative years, and also the title of his first book, which he shared at Meadow Lake … [Read more...]

Women Of All Trades

It’s easy for North West Regional College student Katie Sylvestre to explain why she entered a trade traditionally seen as a man’s domain. “I know there’re not that many girls in welding, so I wanted to prove that girls can do what guys can do,” she said with a laugh. And can they ever. Sylvestre is one of many young women entering trades … [Read more...]

Del Duca Ready To Serve

When Liberal MPP Steven Del Duca was campaigning with Premier Dalton McGuinty over the summer, he came to two major realizations. The first, he says, is that the premier apparently has no trouble connecting with everyday Ontarians. “I was struck by the sense of understanding in people’s eyes, once they got over the shock that our premier was … [Read more...]

Carving Coats-Of-Arms Is His Passion

Don Valley Village artist Donald Black can proudly say he’s carved the coats of arms for every Canadian province. After all, it only took him two decades. “I didn’t have any deadlines, so it took me about 20 years or so to finish the thing,” he says with a chuckle. The North York carver has lived in the neighbourhood for more than 40 years … [Read more...]

A Night At The Lanes

Danny Scherer and Dani Lunsky both love coming to Reena’s weekly bowling event for adults with developmental disabilities, but for very different reasons. Lunsky comes because she genuinely enjoys bowling. Scherer? He admits he finds it boring. But he has a more meaningful motivation. “I just come because my fiancée loves it so much,” he … [Read more...]

Kleinburg Aims To Retain Charm

A short distance from Vaughan’s super highways, megamalls and the massive roller-coasters (and parking lots) of Canada’s Wonderland sits the historic Village of Kleinburg. In addition to being one of Canada’s wealthiest neighbourhoods (According to Canadian Business magazine, in 2010 the average net worth was $2.5 million), Kleinburg’s … [Read more...]

Mochrie Gets Laughs The Lazy Way

Leaside improv comedian Colin Mochrie makes getting on stage without a script look easy. “It’s the best job for lazy people,” he said over the phone from Red Bank, New Jersey, where he’s currently touring. “You show up, the audience gives you all your ideas and you just goof around.” The Canadian funnyman, best known for his roles inWhose … [Read more...]

Toronto’s Lost Transit Dreams

It’s enough to make you want to buy a car. As city council debates whether to put Light Rail Transit on Sheppard Avenue or extend the current subway line, and Queen’s Park ponders when council will make up its mind, Torontonians have been left wondering when — or if — anything will actually get built. Now industry spokespeople are saying it’s … [Read more...]

Humewood House’s 100 Years of Help

When Kelita Smith gave birth to her daughter Serenity at the age of 16, she was all but alone in the world. That’s until she found Humewood House, which is celebrating 100 years of helping young mothers find their way. “I needed somewhere to go where I could finish my education and where my daughter could go to daycare,” Smith explained. “So … [Read more...]