Mustafa, a Folk Hero for a Weary Generation

The 24-year-old Canadian musician memorializes friends lost to violence on his debut EP, “When Smoke Rises.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #folk-music, #mustafa-1996, #toronto-ontario, #when-smoke-rises-album

Mae Martin Embraces Ambiguity in ‘Feel Good,’ and in Life

In an interview, the creator and star of the Netflix comedy discusses the hazy line between fact and fiction, the value of uncertainty and the joy of finally getting to be a leading man.

#addiction-psychology, #british-academy-of-film-and-television, #content-type-personal-profile, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #feel-good-tv-program, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kudrow-lisa, #london-england, #martin-mae, #netflix-inc, #optimism, #page-elliot-1987, #pessimism, #ritchie-charlotte-1989, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #television, #toronto-ontario

The Toronto Carpenter Who Built Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Khaleel Seivwright built himself a wooden shanty while living on a West Coast commune. Then he started building similar lodgings for homeless people in Toronto to survive the winter.

#carpentry-and-carpenters, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #philanthropy, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #seivwright-khaleel, #toronto-ontario

The Joy of Playing Soccer With Strangers

Joining a pickup game can be a way of freeing yourself from the fear of failure.

#london-england, #soccer, #toronto-ontario

A Love Story Heating Up: Justin Bieber + Maple Leafs

Even the top team in the N.H.L. can benefit from the unabashed adoration of a pop superstar, with the league having much to gain.

#bieber-justin, #hockey-ice, #maple-leaf-sports-and-entertainment, #marner-mitch-1997, #matthews-auston-1997, #national-hockey-league, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #toronto-ontario, #toronto-maple-leafs

In Canada’s Long-Term Care Homes, Vaccinated and Still Locked Inside

“Right now, they aren’t living. They are existing.” As nursing homes in Canada grapple with the balance between protecting residents while preserving their rights and autonomy, time is running out for many.

#canada, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #toronto-ontario, #vaccination-and-immunization

Alek Minassian Found Guilty in Toronto Van Attack

The defendant was convicted of murder and attempted murder for killing 10 people and injuring 16 when he mounted the curb of a busy sidewalk in a van in 2018.

#canada, #decisions-and-verdicts, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minassian-alek, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #toronto-ontario

Surf’s Up. The Temperature Isn’t.

Growing numbers of surfers are taking to the Great Lakes — even when the weather is well below freezing.

#canada, #great-lakes, #lake-huron, #lakes, #snow-and-snowstorms, #surfing, #toronto-ontario, #travel-and-vacations

Canadian Woman Cited in Online Attacks Is Arrested in Toronto

Nadire Atas trashed the reputations of dozens of people. On Tuesday, she was charged by the Toronto police with harassment and other offenses.

#atas-nadire, #babcock-guy, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #libel-and-slander, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #toronto-ontario

George Armstrong, Who Led Toronto to 4 Stanley Cup Titles, Dies at 90

A 7-time All-Star and the longtime captain of the Maple Leafs, he was the first player of Indigenous descent to score in the N.H.L.

#armstrong-george, #deaths-obituaries, #hockey-ice, #toronto-ontario, #toronto-maple-leafs

Two Years After Legalizing Cannabis, Has Canada Kept Its Promises?

Legal pot has made Canadian justice a little fairer, with “heavily racialized” arrests for possession mostly ending. But vows on amnesty, illicit sales and Indigenous inclusion are works in progress.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #british-columbia-canada, #canada, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #ontario-canada, #statistics-canada, #toronto-ontario, #trudeau-justin

A Canadian ‘Buy Local’ Effort Fights Amazon on Its Own Turf

A website called Not Amazon was created to drive sales to more than 4,000 independent stores in four cities. The initiative aims to keep expanding.

#calgary-alberta, #canada, #e-commerce, #halifax-nova-scotia, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business, #toronto-ontario, #vancouver-british-columbia

Christmas Trees — an Elusive Bit of Happiness for Canadians

There’s been a run on Christmas trees as Canadians, trapped inside because of the pandemic, try, in record numbers, to shoehorn joy into their lives.

#canada, #christmas-trees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #toronto-ontario

In Canada, a Push to Keep Schools Open in Second Lockdown

Like many places in Europe — and in contrast to New York and other big American cities — school districts in Canada’s largest province and many elsewhere are finding in-class learning outweighs the risks.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #shutdowns-institutional, #toronto-ontario

From ‘Street Kid’ in India to Top Toronto Chef

After a rugged childhood, Sash Simpson realized his dream last year when he opened a high-end restaurant. Within months, the pandemic struck.

#canada, #chefs, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #orphans-and-orphanages, #restaurants, #sash-toronto-ontario-restaurant, #shutdowns-institutional, #simpson-sash, #toronto-ontario

The Ghost Was the Least of Our Problems

After spooky things started happening in our new house, a scary thing happened in our marriage.

#dating-and-relationships, #haunted-houses, #love-emotion, #parenting, #toronto-ontario

For the N.H.L. Bubble to Succeed, Everyone Had to Be Flexible

Broadcasters did interviews from high above the ice instead of rinkside. A popular cafe in Edmonton tailored its menu to athletes. And most players have gone weeks without seeing their families.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #edmonton-alberta, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #stanley-cup, #toronto-ontario

Forget TikTok. China’s Powerhouse App Is WeChat, and Its Power Is Sweeping.

A vital connection for the Chinese diaspora, the app has also become a global conduit of Chinese state propaganda, surveillance and intimidation. The United States has proposed banning it.

#censorship, #china, #chinese-americans, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #instant-messaging, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #toronto-ontario, #united-states-international-relations, #wechat-mobile-app

The N.H.L.’s Fights and Handshakes? Not Exactly Socially Distant

Home-ice advantage is gone and fans are locked out, but the games in Toronto and Edmonton still feel like playoff hockey.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #edmonton-alberta, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #toronto-ontario

Toronto Police to Pay $12.5 Million to Protesters Arrested During 2010 G-20 Summit

Brutal police tactics during the global meeting shocked many Canadians, led to 1,100 arrests and were found unlawful.

#canada, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #group-of-twenty, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #toronto-ontario

Blue Jays Can’t Play Games in Canada Because of Pandemic

Canada’s immigration minister said repeated cross-border travel among players and staff members posed a health risk. The team is likely to play the regular season in the U.S.

#baseball, #buffalo-ny, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #toronto-ontario, #toronto-blue-jays

Canada’s Largest Newspaper Changes Hands Amid Vow to Keep Liberal Voice

The Toronto Star’s new owners pledged to keep its tradition of championing liberal causes in a news market dominated by conservative views. Less clear? The plans for fixing the paper’s financial woes.

#canada, #liberal-party-canada, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #newspapers, #ontario-canada, #toronto-ontario, #toronto-star

Toronto Fox Family Transfixes City Under Lockdown

Canada’s largest city was politely abiding by a strict coronavirus lockdown. But when a family of foxes set up a den in a prime Toronto location, all bets were off.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foxes, #quarantines, #toronto-ontario, #urban-areas

Google Sibling Abandons Ambitious City of the Future in Toronto

Company cites economic upheaval caused by pandemic as it withdraws its plan for a data-driven community.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #privacy, #sidewalk-labs, #toronto-ontario

With Pro Sports Paused, a Women’s Hockey League Expands

The N.W.H.L. announced a new Toronto franchise with all-female leadership.

#digit-murphy, #hockey-ice, #johanna-boynton, #national-hockey-league, #national-womens-hockey-league, #toronto-ontario, #women-and-girls

Canada Goose Will Stop Buying Fur — Sort Of

As of 2022, the luxury outerwear brand will no longer purchase new coyote fur. But it is not giving up fur entirely.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #canada-goose-inc, #coyotes, #fashion-and-apparel, #fur, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #toronto-ontario