From The Ashes

After an act of arson severely damaged High Park’s Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, Canadian Tire has stepped forward with $60,000 to help rebuild the popular wooden castle. Following extensive media coverage and community outcry over the early morning March 17 fire, Ward 13 councillor Sarah Doucette was ecstatic when she received a call from a … [Read more...]

New Cenotaph Vandalized

Less than 24 hours after the newly restored war memorial atMalvern Collegiate Institute was unveiled, it was vandalized. The cenotaph, originally created in 1922 by sculptor Emanuel Hahn, was wrapped in blue duct tape and had three letters knocked off the monument. They will cost roughly $2,000 to replace. The Malvern Memorial was built to … [Read more...]

No Bull: Michael Roberts’ Story of Redemption

This story originally appeared in the April, 2011 issue of Downhome. Michael Roberts’ face is a canvas of pain. Almost his entire body is draped in ink, from faces and flames to skulls and swastikas. Individually, he says, his tattoos are meaningless. Collectively, they once offered a mask to his misery — a means of therapy for a life of … [Read more...]

Toronto Fraud Case Linked To Spa On Danforth

A recently opened Danforth spa was forced to close after a massive police raid connected it to allegations that the spa’s furnishings were paid for with fraudulent credit cards. The Jung Spa, located at 257 Danforth Ave., opened on Feb. 8 and was raided by over 48 officers on Feb. 19. Four people now face a total of more than a hundred … [Read more...]