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Pothole patching crews are ahead of the game, so far: The Fixer

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Pothole patching crews are ahead of the game, so far: The Fixer

Some people see municipal employees as punching bags for everything that’s wrong with the city.But they’re missing the bigger picture, which we see almost every day: city staffers are a lot better at their jobs than the credit they get from the public, and take pride in their work.We came across an excellent example this…

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons titillating trip to Toronto

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons titillating trip to Toronto

Before there was “Bennifer,” “TomKat” or “Brangelina” there was “the world’s best-known romantic couple, Dickenliz.”It is the nickname the Toronto Daily Star gave the still married Elizabeth Taylor and her Welsh lover Richard Burton when the stars “snuck” into Toronto on Jan 29, 1964.The visit was scandalous, as Eddie Fisher was Taylor’s husband at the…

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Abandoned trailer adds trashy touch to Riverdale Park: The Fixer

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Abandoned trailer adds trashy touch to Riverdale Park: The Fixer

Be careful when complaining about the detritus of construction, no matter how legitimate your beef. Or you may be told to, uh, twist yourself into a pretzel.That summarizes the advice Jim Conchie says he got from a construction contractor, when he complained about an abandoned construction trailer near the corner of River and Spruce Sts.Drivers…

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New bell times at some Durham schools hit sour note with some parents

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New bell times at some Durham schools hit sour note with some parents

Cayden Nassar is bracing himself to get up extra early when he starts Grade 9 at Pickering High School next fall — no small challenge for your typical 13-year-old.While he’s dragging himself out of bed, his younger brother Ciaran will get an extra half-hour every day before he has to get to his classroom at…

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Parents scramble to make back-up plans amid John Fisher turmoil

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Parents scramble to make back-up plans amid John Fisher turmoil

When Colleen Rabie’s youngest daughter starts Grade 2 next fall, she could be walking through the doors of her third new public school in four years. Rabie is struggling to get her head around that possibility in the wake of controversial plans to erect a 35-storey tower next to John Fisher Public School near Yonge…

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Teens draw on experience to create mental health program for high schools

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Teens draw on experience to create mental health program for high schools

The girl with the ponytail and hightop sneakers looks like any other teenager as she grabs a book from her locker and trudges down the corridor to class.But the whisper of a violin signals there’s more going on behind the scene. Over the course of the next 13 minutes on film, the girl will race…

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Crumbling utility cuts make the best or worst potholes: The Fixer

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Crumbling utility cuts make the best  or worst  potholes: The Fixer

Potholes are bad, but when some of the worst are poorly patched utility cuts, it’s a pot full of corner-cutting indifference.With spring almost here, we are entering high season for potholes, when the combination of freeze-and-thaw weather, precipitation and road salt align to create more craters than at any other time of year.As winters go,…

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Bells new fibre-optic cable is burrowing into neighbourhoods

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Bells new fibre-optic cable is burrowing into neighbourhoods

Wondering about all those square holes surrounded by orange plastic fencing popping up on suburban streets?They’re a window into the world of Bell Canada’s new fibre-optic cable, which is being rolled out in residential areas across the city to improve the speed and quality of Internet service.We couldn’t help but notice a beehive of activity…

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Loose wires on Queen St. go wherever the wind blows: The Fixer

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Loose wires on Queen St. go wherever the wind blows: The Fixer

When wires that should be overhead are scattered across the road and sidewalk, it’s as if the world has turned upside down.The business of running utility wires between two points has mostly been done with poles that elevate them, to reduce the chance that someone or something will get tangled up in them.But it’s not…

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Rusty cover on hole in sidewalk is too close to home: The Fixer

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Rusty cover on hole in sidewalk is too close to home: The Fixer

When a hole sunk into the sidewalk is right outside your front door, it helps if it has a sturdy cover on it.And when rust has all but devoured the metal cover, it seems reasonable for the people who live there to worry about stepping on it, and wonder why it hasn’t been fixed by…

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