Gentrification: Why the owners of Pape Avenue’s Milk Mart are retiring

Three owners of a convenience store

Posted: March 25th, 2017
Every day for the last 19 years, Salim “Sam” Hadad, his daughter Mary and his son-in-law Emel were up at 7 a.m. to open Milk Mart Convenience at Pape and Cosburn avenues in Toronto’s Pape Village. Milk Mart serves hundreds of customers daily, all with different needs and wants. Hadad said they’ve been around so long they’re like […]


Trauma by the tracks

Commuter at train station

Posted: March 16th, 2017
TTC commuters are accustomed to delays on the subway, which are sometimes caused by suicides on the tracks. Though for most commuters the announcement might result in being late for work or school, some have the misfortune of witnessing a suicide. This can translate into either shock or trauma. People suffering in the aftermath of witnessing suicides have found refuge in online forums, with many coalescing on Reddit. The social media forum features posts from witnesses to TTC suicides.


Here we go again: City of Toronto 2017 Budget

Toronto sign

Posted: February 24th, 2017
Don’t be surprised if you get a sense of déjà vu as the mayor and Toronto city council wrap up the budget for 2017, this week. City council finalized the budget during a meeting scheduled for Feb. 14-15. On the chopping block for budget reductions are popular public services such as library hours, childcare and the potential closing of a men’s shelter in North York for people addressing substance-abuse. They’ve all faced similar threatened cuts in previous years.


Raptors 905: Making the Cut

Coach with basketball team.

Posted: December 2nd, 2016
Negus Webster-Chan joins fellow Canadian and Burlington native, Brady Heslip as the only two Canadians on the Raptors 905 roster for 2016-2017.


The G-Word on Danforth East: Who has a say in gentrification?

Posted: December 11th, 2015
Gentrification. Most people agree it's a loaded word. Depending on where you sit on the property ladder, it could mean enjoying the boon of higher property values, or the fear of being displaced by them. The latest neighbourhood in Toronto's east end to see this kind of change is the strip of the Danforth from Greenwood Avenue to Main Street, sometimes referred to as Danforth East.


Looking for love beyond The keyboard

Posted: November 23rd, 2015
Modern dating has become a minefield of options: Tinder, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish,, eHarmony, and the list goes on. All of them are digital, happening from behind a screen. What does meeting someone even mean anymore? Two young journalists decided it was time to find out by experiencing dating the old-fashioned way and actually meeting like-minded singles face-to-face.


Bring on the Summer: Toronto’s Hottest Music Festivals

Posted: May 20th, 2015
Check out the Observer’s rundown of notable music fests hitting Toronto this summer, including Riot Fest, Veld Music Festival, CARIBANA, Electronic Island, Edgefest, OVO, Digital Dreams, NXNE, and TD Jazz Fest. What event? Riot Fest When is it happening? September 19-20 Where is it? Downsview Park What’s it sound like? Punk, hardcore, metal and rock […]

Toronto politics: Stuck in the past

Toronto’s new council: white, again

Posted: November 24th, 2014
First-time candidate Randy Bucao never thought the colour of his olive skin was going to be a problem in his campaign during the recent 2014 Toronto municipal election. A mechanical engineer who moved to Canada in 1994, he’s been heavily involved with the city’s Catholic school board, and his Filipino-Canadian organizations in Toronto. Bucao knew he would face a challenge campaigning for a council seat in a heavily ethnic area, Ward 10, York-Centre, but not blatant racism from some residents.