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New green bins are a smashing success, but not with raccoons

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New green bins are a smashing success, but not with raccoons

Here’s the score so far on the city’s new green bins: 300,000 for the good guys, and, it appears, a big fat zero for raccoons.By now, most Toronto households are using the new organic waste bins, which the city began rolling out last year and which will be delivered to every home by the end…

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Embattled York school board looks to turns page under temporary director

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Embattled York school board looks to turns page under temporary director

For months, Kathi Wallace read the news and followed the controversy at the York Region school board from afar.Wallace, who recently retired as director from Simcoe County board, the northerly neighbour to York, said she was “surprised” and “rather taken aback” by what was happening.She never imagined she would be called upon — and pulled…

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Once Upon a City: Changing minds about mental illness

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When the 501 Queen streetcar rolled past 999 Queen St. W. in the 1950s passengers would hold their breath so they didn’t catch the fumes of mental illness, so ignorant was the general public of mental-health issues.The stigma of being committed to what was mockingly referred to as “the nut house” and the fear that…

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Sinkhole forces drivers into evasive action on Coronation Dr.: The Fixer

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Sinkhole forces drivers into evasive action on Coronation Dr.: The Fixer

Sooner or later, there’s going to be a traffic accident on Coronation Dr. if a sinkhole in the road isn’t properly fixed.With thousands of kilometres of storm sewer pipes under city streets, it’s inevitable that stuff will go wrong and need to be fixed, often requiring substantial digging and resources.So it is not unreasonable for…

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Sidewalk takes a creative twist to sidestep utility pole: The Fixer

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Sidewalk takes a creative twist to sidestep utility pole: The Fixer

When there’s a will there’s a way, even if it requires a novel solution to a vexing problem.Our May 13 column was about a newly-installed utility pole on Bayview Ave., near Post Rd., that conspired with a pipe sticking out of the sidewalk to reduce by at least half the real estate available to pedestrians.Toronto’s…

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High school girls line up to try hand at welding, plumbing and other skilled trades

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High school girls line up to try hand at welding, plumbing and other skilled trades

A dozen Darth Vaders cluster around a metal table in Humber College’s trade and technology centre. They watch as another masked member of the group presses the trigger of a welding gun, sending a dazzling spray of sparks in every direction.Less than a minute later when the smoke clears and all the auto-darkening helmets come…

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Current judges need sex assault training, critics urge

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Current judges need sex assault training, critics urge

Ontario needs to expand mandatory training on sexual assault law to all judges because it’s the current ones who “apparently need some upgrading in their education,” says NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“I would hope that the government and the attorney general make it really, really clear that that needs to be a priority, because there’s no…

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Sex assault case training now mandated for new Ontario judges

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Sex assault case training now mandated for new Ontario judges

In a first for Ontario, new judges will now be forced to take mandatory training that includes sexual assault law — but not those already on the bench. On Wednesday, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Ontario Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve deserves credit “for taking this very important step and now expressly mandating in the education…

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Sunken road around storm chamber a sign of bigger trouble

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Sunken road around storm chamber a sign of bigger trouble

When water bubbles up out of storm drains and floods the street — despite no rain for several days before — something is seriously wrong.It happened Saturday at the bottom of Woodbine Ave., to the amazement of local resident Robert Kelly, who thought he’d seen it all when it comes to local flooding.Kelly lives on…

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Utility pole and skinny partner hog Bayview Ave. sidewalk: The Fixer

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Utility pole and skinny partner hog Bayview Ave. sidewalk: The Fixer

Nobody likes to be pushed around, but it’s even worse when a fat utility pole and its skinny sidekick are the pushers.Our April 19 column about a Bell utility box that hogged too much sidewalk space caught the eye of Heather Cassels, who fears losing an eye due to a similar pedestrian squeeze.She often walks…

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