The 29th annual Sikh Khalsa Day parade.

The 29th annual Sikh Khalsa Day parade of prayers and hymns sets out from the Better Living Centre at the CNE for Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday, April 27.


Toxic highways

The Board of Health wants to study design guidelines for residential towers near highways after a recent report showed elevated levels of nitrogen oxides and other contaminants from vehicle emissions along major thoroughfares. Separate studies have identified South Riverdale and Etobicoke-Lakeshore as particular hot spots. Some say T.O. should follow Halton Region’s lead and mandate an assessment if a development is within 150 metres of a highway or 30 metres of a major arterial. Read full story.


Cycle Spiritual

About 75 cyclists of all ages participated in the annual Blessing Of The Bikes at Trinity St. Paul’s on Sunday, April 27. Live music and free bike safety checks provided a heart-warming start to the spring cycling season.

Photo by Martin Reis


Regent Park Crescendo!

The Devin Cuddy Band rocked Daniels Spectrum in a benefit for the Regent Park School of Music on Monday, April 28. The school has provided music education for kids in priority neighbourhoods including Parkdale, Jane-Finch and Lawrence Heights since 1999.

Photo by Ryan Emberley


Mercer Report

WHO Rick Mercer, lovable provocateur

WHAT Recipient of 2014’s DAREarts Leadership Cultural Award, presented at Kool Haus on April 24.

WHY “Rick Mercer finds what’s the best in all of us, especially our kids,” says DAREarts founder Marilyn Field.

Photo by Tom Sandler

Book Burn

It’s not quite a book burning, but the Toronto Public Library Board’s annual review of complaints from the public is always good for a laugh. Here’s an amended list of the books that offended in 2013.

Killing Kennedy: The End Of Camelot, by Bill O’Reilly (of Fox News fame)

The complaint: concludes Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald alone. Everybody knows it was the CIA, right?


Hop On Pop, by Dr. Seuss

The complaint: encourages children to use violence against their fathers. Complainant in this case wanted board to issue an apology to fathers in the GTA and pay for any damages resulting from the book.

That’s My Boy, by Adam Sandler

The complaint: “Shows sick and illegal behaviour and depicts it as humorous.” The complainant only watched 10 minutes of the movie about an affair between a female teacher and a 13-year-old boy. And obviously missed the 18A rating on the package.

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