Peter Biesterfeld

Canadian offshoot of U.S-based retailer Spirit Halloween has agreed to remove costumes with names like Pocahottie, Reservation Royalty, Naughty Navajo and Huron Honey from its Toronto stores more

Mar 13, 2018 8:47 AM News


Peter Biesterfeld

The mayor's "just right" financial blueprint for 2018 is not so magical for those forced to navigate the growing humanitarian crisis in Toronto's overcrowded shelter system more

Feb 21, 2018 7:41 AM News

Chopra was a hero of the non-GMO movement, best remembered for leading the resistance to government and industry pressure from agro-chemical giant Monsanto to approve bovine growth hormone in Canada more

Jan 14, 2018 9:09 AM News

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Peter Biesterfeld

Activists say mayor’s plan to place 400 more beds in existing shelters instead of opening up new ones will only make an already unsafe overcrowding situation less safe more

Dec 13, 2017 4:02 PM News

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Peter Biesterfeld

Council’s new advocate for the poor says the city has to have the courage to be honest with the public: tackling poverty is going to cost money more

Nov 16, 2017 6:22 AM News

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Peter Biesterfeld

Among the materials banned by city staff was an Ontario Coalition Against Poverty banner with the words Tory’s Lies Cost Lives, a reference to the mayor's record on poverty more

Oct 10, 2017 12:04 PM News

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty says private security hired by the BIA has been threatening homeless people, kicking them awake and banning them from the premises in some cases ahead of special events at the park more

Sep 7, 2017 7:44 AM News


Peter Biesterfeld

Activists say that delays in funding promised by federal and provincial governments to deal with inadequate mental health services in remote First Nations communities is resulting in youth going without care more

Aug 12, 2017 9:29 AM News


Peter Biesterfeld

"When it comes to what happened in the residential schools, the 60s scoop, the colonization of our territories, it’s the responsibility of Canadian citizens to understand and not cover it up,” says Davyn Calfchild. more

Jun 22, 2017 11:19 AM News


Peter Biesterfeld

Mayor who's tweeted photos of himself with homeless people has also been the overseer - some would say the architect - of the desperate crisis in our shelter system more

May 1, 2017 8:00 AM News


Peter Biesterfeld

"We're literally taking money away from the poorest to keep property taxes low for people who are wealthy," says Parkdale-High Park Councillor Gord Perks. "It's reverse Robin Hood." more

Feb 15, 2017 4:06 PM News

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Zach Ruiter

Through rain, snow and whatever else the city throws at her, Kneve is in Allan Gardens and on the streets fighting for some of Toronto's most vulnerable more

Dec 21, 2016 8:00 AM News

Prominent members of Toronto’s faith communities say the city isn’t sticking to its anti-poverty blueprint more

Nov 17, 2016 5:53 PM News


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Decades of austerity have eroded social assistance in the province to the point where people are unable to feed themselves. Now the Wynne government is taking poverty reduction cues from the International Monetary Fund more

Oct 26, 2016 9:00 PM News

The other Leafs franchise in town, the one that plays baseball, is in a league of its own when it comes to breathing life into the west-end community it has called home since 1969 more

Aug 5, 2015 5:56 PM News


Peter Biesterfeld

Why are the homeless dying? Some would rather take their chances outside in the freezing cold than risk the dangers of an overcrowded shelter system more

Jan 28, 2015 6:20 PM News

Small booksellers across the country are getting pummeled, but Conspiracy Culture lives on thanks to devoted followers with a yen for “alternative perspectives” on the world more

Nov 7, 2014 1:56 PM News

In church basement appearance, the former defence minister turned conspiracy theorist warns of government cabal keeping solutions to global warming secret more

Sep 29, 2014 2:56 PM News

Artists influenced by skateboarding, futurism and hardcore more

Aug 17, 2014 12:00 AM News


Michael Watier

In the T-dot, city of immigrants, World Cup fever strikes expats and homegrown soccer nuts alike more

Jun 12, 2014 12:00 AM News