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Black students hindered by academic streaming, suspensions: Report

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Black students hindered by academic streaming, suspensions: Report

Black children in the GTA may start kindergarten feeling confident and excited to learn, but too many are “gradually worn down” by schools that stream them into applied courses and suspend them at much higher rates than other students, says a new report from York University.The report found that while academic streaming was supposed to…

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Is Toronto inhabited by a bunch of pigs? Readers think so: The Fixer

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Is Toronto inhabited by a bunch of pigs? Readers think so: The Fixer

If Toronto has a litter problem, it seems as though the other guy is to blame for it.On Thursday we reported on roadside littering across the GTA and identified the real issue: Until people stop throwing trash out of their cars, no amount of garbage cans or spring cleanups will make much difference.It struck a…

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Ward Museum celebrates immigrants from St. Johns Ward

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Ward Museum celebrates immigrants from St. Johns Ward

The working class neighbourhood of St. John’s Ward was a salad bowl of distinct customs and cultures.  From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, familiar sights and sounds of the old country — all the old countries — echoed through muddy streets lined with ramshackle, wooden cottages in this tight-knit enclave.The area — from College St….

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Roadside trash reveals the worst of the human spirit: The Fixer

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Roadside trash reveals the worst of the human spirit: The Fixer

The sides of our streets and highways in early spring reveal a lot about the true pace of intellectual evolution.How else to explain the annual rite of Spring Cleanup Days, required to remove the vast amounts of garbage that accumulate over a winter only to be laid bare when the snow recedes?The city always looks…

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TDSB appoints Abdul Patel as newest trustee

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TDSB appoints Abdul Patel as newest trustee

A retired imam from Scarborough who has worked closely with the Toronto District School Board on issues related to faith, equity and human rights has become the board’s newest trustee.The appointment of Abdul Patel, approved Wednesday night at a monthly board meeting, makes him the third person to hold the trustee’s position for Scarborough-Rouge River…

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York school board ousts controversial director

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York school board ousts controversial director

The York Region District School Board has dismissed its director of education. J. Philip Parappally is no longer at the helm of the province’s third largest board, according to an internal memo obtained by the Star, that was sent to all staff Wednesday morning — a week after trustees passed a unanimous motion to begin…

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Parents left hanging after private York board meeting

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Parents left hanging after private York board meeting

The future of York Region’s director of education — blasted in a recent report for his poor leadership and questionable conduct — is uncertain after a three-hour private trustee meeting that left both parents and staff waiting for answers. Director J. Philip Parappally had been given until Tuesday night’s meeting to respond to trustees’ motion,…

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Pedestrians tangle with utility box for sidewalk space: The Fixer

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Pedestrians tangle with utility box for sidewalk space: The Fixer

Sidewalks are meant for people, a fact that doesn’t seem to matter to some utilities.The encroachment of this, that and the other into Toronto’s pedestrian realm is relentless, with everything from bicycles and outdoor patios to sandwich board signs jostling for sidewalk space.It’s easier to cope with in roomier places, but when the space is…

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Small sidewalk holes could spell big trouble for pedestrians

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Small sidewalk holes could spell big trouble for pedestrians

A small hole in a busy sidewalk is a bigger problem than a large hole in a not-so-busy sidewalk, for two reasons:One: The bigger the hole, the easier it is to see — and avoid.Two: The more foot traffic there is, the more likely it is that someone will fail to see it and step…

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Once Upon A City: The 'evil' life of Peter Demeter

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Once Upon A City: The 'evil' life of Peter Demeter

Rarely has any murderer in Canada been so thoroughly castigated by a judge as was money-loving Toronto real estate developer Peter Demeter.“Your evil knows no bounds,” Mr. Justice John O’Donnell said in July, 1988 while sentencing the then-55-year-old Hungarian immigrant to two concurrent life terms in prison for conspiring to kidnap the daughter of a…

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