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Pirate Treasures -March Break at Casa Loma

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The search for treasure is on at Casa Loma! Follow the lead of Pirate guides on a treasure hunt through the castle.
Its a golden opportunity youll not want to miss.

Plus, you can catch gems of swashbuckling showmanship. Prepare to be astounded as The Pirate Baron reveals the mysteries of the high seas in an amazing and amusing magic performance in the Library.

TRANSPLANT PATIENT IS LIVING PROOF OF NEED FOR HEALTHIER FOOD CHOICES ON-THE-GO

Monday, February 25, 2008

Convenience foods compete for top honours at LIVERight Awards aiming to prevent Canada’s most prevalent liver disease

Toronto, ON, February 20, 2008 – March marks both nutrition and liver health month and this year, the Canadian Liver Foundation wants Canadians to connect the two health themes as they raise awareness of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), North America’s most prevalent form of liver disease.

Spa Week is back!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Spa Week is coming April 14th-20th.  We anticipate over 500 spas this spring, marking our biggest event ever!

Participating spas throughout TORONTO will be offering 2-3 full-service spa treatments for $50!!!!

Final Crime Writers of Canada Reading Series at Casa Loma, with Lyn Hamilton and Rick Blechta

Friday, February 15, 2008

Join Lyn Hamilton, internationally best-selling mystery author, to celebrate cold-blooded Canadian crime writing with an archeological twist. This event will be the last of the popular six-part series, which has featured Canada's top crime writers reading to a full house at Toronto's castle on the hill. Lyn Hamilton will read from the latest adventures of crime-solving archeologist-meets-detective Lara McClintoch, in her book The Chinese Alchemist. Hamilton's critically acclaimed first McClintoch book, The Xibalba Murders, received an Arthur Ellis Award nomination for the best first crime novel in Canada. Her sixth McClintoch novel, The Magyar Venus, was also nominated for an Ellis award for best crime novel.

CCRF CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF IMPROVING HEART HEALTH

Thursday, February 14, 2008

On Sunday, April 27, 2008, Torontonians are invited to celebrate 40 years of improving heart health by taking part in the 24th annual GTA Walk of Life. Cardiac survivors, their families and all those who support the rehabilitation of cardiac disease are encouraged to take part in one of the first ‘walks’ of the season.

Toronto Board of Trade - Power Breakfast Series

Thursday, February 14, 2008

With rapid changes in technology sweeping through the Canadian energy sector, companies will soon be facing new and complex options. With the right advice, the energy sector could benefit greatly from these technological changes.

Councillors' "free lunch" -- it's no big deal

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

It's a well known fact that there is no such thing as a free lunch. This is why Toronto City Council has voted to give themselves free dinners instead; they're not really as stupid as they look. Dinners from the cafeteria will be provided to councillors and bureaucrats on days that the entire council meets and the yearly estimates for council's very own private food bank is estimated to be $20,000 or $1,000 a pop.

Stay home and see the world in exotic Toronto

Monday, January 22, 2007

What with the high cost of fuel and the long security checks at customs, more and more Canadians are deciding to spend their vacations at home. Many of these stay-at-home vacationers are pleasantly surprised when they discover the wonders awaiting them in their own backyard.

Secrets in the corn

Sunday, January 21, 2007

I'm huffing and puffing like an old plow horse by the time I reach the crest of the hill. Shucking my heavy backpack as quickly as I can, I flake out in the shade of a huge old maple tree until my breathing returns to normal. The soothing sound of leaves rustling in the late summer breeze above my head caresses my city-frayed nerves, and in no time at all I'm revived.

A MONTH IN THE CITY THAT WORKS. NOT

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Torontonians love to think they live in a world-class city that works. We point out that the world's best-known urbanologist, the late Jane Jacobs, used to live here, and that the late, great raconteur Peter Ustinov once described Toronto as "New York, run by the Swiss." My how things have changed. The nightly shoot-ups, the increasing number of vagrants and the pot-holed, garbage- strewn streets are only a few of the things that threaten to turn "Toronto the Good" into Toronto the not-so-good. This is a cautionary tale for other Canadians who might think that Toronto's woes could never infect their own fair cities where, for now, every thing hums along nicely, Crime and homelessness are, of course, big issues, but sometimes it's easier to take a city's pulse by noting the small, everyday things that go wrong. Here then, is a month in the life of one befuddled Torontonian.

Miller salivates at new taxing powers

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Toronto mayor David Miller has announced that he is considering using the new taxing powers that were so graciously given to him by Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals with the passage of the City of Toronto Act. Miller is thinking about imposing a parking surcharge in the downtown core as well as at North York City Centre; areas of the city that are well serviced by public transit. This is not just a money grab for the overextended city you understand; the idea is to cut down pollution by “encouraging” more people to use the TTC, the alleged better way.

Toronto – the homeless nation

Friday, November 24, 2006

Earlier this week, the Bloc Quebecois introduced a motion calling for the recognition of Quebeckers as a nation. The motion was scheduled to be debated next Tuesday and its timing was set to coincide with the Liberal leadership convention that begins later in the week.

Not to be outdone by the separatists, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives introduced another motion to be debated on Monday that calls for Quebec to be recognized as a nation within a united Canada. The Conservative motion has gained the support of all of the federalist parties within Parliament. The Bloc are not happy campers.

Gridlock is here to stay

Monday, November 20, 2006

A report came out last week on the present and future state of gridlock within the GTA. Prepared by The Residential Construction and Civil Alliance of Ontario, the report estimates that the cost to the GTA in lost productivity due to gridlock could be as high as $2 billion a year. The report also estimates that by the year 2031, 25 years from now,there will be another 100,000 vehicles on the roads in Toronto. The report that was authored by transportation expert, Dr. Richard Soberman also indicated that roads must be improved; spending on improvements to public transit will simply not be sufficient to end the paralyzing gridlock.

The more they want change, the more things stay the same

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

It is an accepted principle of municipal politics that incumbent mayors and councillors very rarely get booted out of office. The lack of voter participation and the lack of organized political parties to focus contempt upon contributes to the ease that incumbents have in winning reelection. The only incumbent Toronto councillor to lose the election was Peter Li Preti who went down to defeat to Anthony Perruzza in Ward 8, York Weston. With the exception of former deputy mayor Case Ootes who managed to just squeak by challenger Diane Alexopoulos in Ward 29, Toronto Danforth, all other incumbents rode to victory with relative ease.

If you can’t stop it, legalize it

Monday, November 6, 2006

During Toronto’s municipal election campaign, graffiti became an election issue albeit a very minor one. One suggestion that has been made is to prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from buying spray paint in order to stem the proliferation of graffiti. This solution presupposes that all those property-destroying punks (or artists as some would prefer) are under 18 years of age.

Panhandling is here to stay

By Arthur Weinreb

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Toronto councillor and mayoral candidate Jane Pitfield proposed a new bylaw to prohibit panhandling on the streets of Toronto that was soundly defeated by Mayor David Miller and his left-wing cronies.

TorStar and truth:
exercise in fantasy!

By David Cobain

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Newspaper publisher TorStar is having such trouble conning people into buying, let alone reading, its products that it's decided to abandon whatever it's been doing for decades in favour of trying journalism. That was my second thought, anyway, after the front page of its Saturday Star grabbed my sceptical attention, shouting ASK WHY, as I passed a newsstand.

Eliminating violent crime — the solution’s so simple

By Arthur Weinreb

Monday, August 14, 2006

In Toronto, the number of murders that have been committed by guns so far this year had dropped to 20 compared to 28 for the same time last year. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair credits the work of the guns and gang task force and the fact that there are more officers on the street for the decline in fatal shootings. Gun related murder has decreased despite the fact that there has been no appreciable increase in basketball courts throughout the city; the solution to violent crime most favoured by Mayor David Miller and his left wing council whose response to gun violence is to try and spread that warm fuzzy feeling around amongst the killers, pimps and drug dealers.

Council's pay increase isn't the issue

By Arthur Weinreb

Monday, July 31, 2006

Last week, in a totally unsurprising move Toronto City Council voted to increase the salaries of its members. The increase is about 9% and will see the mayor earning $160,000 while councillors will take home $95,000.

Take a stand for Toronto business by signing The Docks online petition

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Politics puts people out of business and employees out of work in Toronto.

Three hundred plus employees will be out of work if The Docks Entertainment Complex loses its liquor licence on Friday.

David Miller’s fear of the Guardian Angels

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Guardian Angels began their patrols of Toronto streets late last week much to the chagrin of Mayor David Miller, his fellow comrades on city council and his puppet police chief. The mayor’s refusal to even meet with the New York based group is more proof that Miller’s interest in violent crime on Toronto’s streets is limited to how it will affect him personally in the next election.

No jobs for "at risk" youth

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Friday, July 14, 2006

A Malvern area youth worker was quoted this week as saying that a program set up to find jobs for "at risk" youth has been a failure.

Shootings down 16%

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Toronto Police recently released statistics showing that the number of shooting incidents in the city has declined by 16%. In the first half of the year, there were 137 shooting incidents (not counting those occurrences where guns are fired into the air or at targets) compared to 164 during the same time in 2005 which has been dubbed "The Year of the Gun". The bad news was that while the number of shootings was down, the number of murders rose from 30 to 33.

Where is Sam Jarvis when you need him?

Gary Reid

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Two centuries ago there was a thoroughly effective method for a gentleman to deal with a scoundrel who published defamatory material about him. The victim would challenge the accuser to a duel to defend his honour. If the accuser declined the challenge then he became the dishonourable one. If he accepted and were wounded or killed, honour was satisfied.

Stopping the violence — marches won’t cut it

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Last Sunday, several hundred people took part in a march to "Stop the Violence". Organized by the Toronto Argonauts and sponsored by the Toronto Police Association and other organizations, this and other similar "marches" supposedly has a purpose but it is hard to understand how a bunch of people marching does anything that will remotely end or reduce the violence that has plagued Toronto in recent years.

Jane Pitfield; what a babe!

Klaus Rohrich

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Some babe that Jane Pitfield is. Imagine a politician, a mayoral candidate for the City of Toronto no less, talking about "phasing out unions" in Toronto! That’s akin to Howard Moscoe wanting to apologize for the stupid things he says. It’s akin to David Miller wanting to save taxpayers money or Dalton McGuinty telling the truth!

Is that intolerance I smell at Ryerson?

John Lawrence

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Margaret Somerville has quite the resumé. She is a world renowned ethicist. She is Gale Professor of Law and as such, is the first woman in Canada to hold a named Chair in Law. She is the founding Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law in Montreal. She has received honorary doctorates from several universities and is considered brilliant by many of her peers.

Give Miller & McGuinty an Inch and They'll Take a Mile

Adam Taylor, CTF research director Canadian Taxpayers Association

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor David Miller are two peas in a pod.  Their response to any fiscal challenge is to blame someone else for their problems and to dig deeper into the pockets of taxpayers for more money.  The Toronto Sun reports that the City of Toronto will not pass on the lower GST to its citizens for services such as parking, recycling, and recreation fees — instead they will simply pocket the tax savings.  City officials say passing on the tax relief to consumers is just too costly.

The TTC is not an essential service

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Within moments of the walkout by TTC maintenance workers and the shutdown of the system a week ago Monday, there were calls to make Toronto’s transit system an essential service. In one of his more logical moments, Mayor David Miller pointed out that making strikes illegal was not likely to prevent illegal strikes of the type that took place on May 29.

Toronto "incredibly safe": Mayor

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

On the same day that Mayor David Miller met with the media to say how safe the city of Toronto is, shots rang out in a downtown residential neighbourhood. A 19-year-old man was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries while horrified residents looked on. Several schools in the area were locked down and train service on the nearby tracks was suspended while police looked for the shooters.

TTC union deserves no sympathy

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

"We are law-abiding people…" These words were contained in a press release that was issued by Bob Kinnear, the president of Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union when he announced that he was ordering his union back to work after the Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled that the transit strike was illegal and ordered the union back to work. His description of his union as "law-abiding" was laughable, not to mention somewhat dishonest since the order he decided to comply with was the second such order made by the Board within the space of a few hours. Kinnear ignored the first order while he tried to argue that his members were actually locked out; a difficult argument to make when some of his yahoo members were bragging in front of the cameras about how they walked off the job.

Judge orders Tweety Bird back to Granny

John Lawrence

Friday, May 26, 2006

I must admit that I am glad to have once lived in Toronto. It puts a great many things into perspective and after dealing with the most bizarre politicians and special interest usurpations of the same, almost nothing surprises me. Almost.

Only in Toronto

Gary Reid

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I wasn’t very long on the job at the Toronto Harbour Commission ("THC"), in the mid-1970s, before I got my first angry customer telephone call. Although I was not the person to whom the call should have been directed, it was bounced to me anyway. Gamely, I heard out the complaint.

Arresting the bad guys: what a novel idea

Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,

Friday, May 19, 2006

Yesterday about 600 police officers from Toronto and surrounding jurisdictions, the RCMP and the OPP conducted massive raids in the northwest section of the city. After the dust settled, 78 people had been arrested and over 90 search warrants had been executed and the total number of arrests is expected to top 100. Police also seized 15 kilos of cocaine, thousands of dollars in cash and several weapons including handguns, automatic weapons and an AK-47 assault rifle.