Author Archives: Ted

Toronto’s 200 Years of Black History

INTERESTING FACTS… He was a patented inventor, horse-drawn cab driver and one of Toronto’s most loved and influential politician.  The first non-white elected City Councilor in any major Canadian city, and continued to win 14 more elections. The Black presence in Toronto dates all the way back to 1799, when 15 Blacks were enumerated in the town of York (Toronto’s … <entire article…>

Finding Your Zen in the New Norm

As life slowly starts to show some semblance of normalcy, we know that for the time being life will be a little bit different. All aspects of our lives have been impacted in some fashion over the past few months. As the dust settles, we realize something; some positive changes are being made on a global and local plane. The … <entire article…>

Virtual Libraries

This year has been a year of getting reacquainted with each other. And also, getting reacquainted with our neighbourhoods, our local parks and our environment. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get reacquainted with your local library. The library has evolved with the times. Even during the quarantine, libraries were an important institution for keeping people engaged. There is … <entire article…>

Coming, Going and On the Move

Welcome to the neighbourhood: Amma Momo House – 2326 Queen St. E.  Beaches Therapy Group – 1052 Kingston Rd C Cubed – 1926 Queen St. E.  La Sirena Espresso Bar & Gelato – 1918A Queen St. E.  Luminaire Authentik – 1027 Queen St. E.  Punjabi by Nature – 1961 Queen St. E.  The Curated Market – 2116A Queen St. E.  … <entire article…>

Our Dear Neighbours

                Photo: Sorrento, Italy Have you noticed how lively our neighbourhood streets are with extended public space for diners and restaurants? Doesn’t remind you of street scenes of old fashion Europe, or vibrant New York City? What a way to enjoy our neighbourhood through out the hot summer! With many creative ideas and … <entire article…>

Helena’s Hope: Kicking Childhood Cancer to the Curb

Helena Kirk is likely one of the busiest Minor Niners you will ever meet. When she is not busy getting straight A’s in all of her high school classes, or doing martial arts three times a week, she is leading the charge on a cause that is dear to her heart and significant to the entire country. When Helena was … <entire article…>

Making a Family Routine

Parents across the country are doing their best to create a routine for teaching at home. Although schooling has changed these past few months, the life lessons remain the same. Whether equipped with a curriculum or not, there are some skills you can teach your kids that don’t require a textbook or Google classroom. In fact, these life skills can … <entire article…>

Making the Most Out of This Summer

For most people in the city, summer holidays this year will definitely look and feel a bit different this year. Perhaps your plans to travel have been cancelled, or your favourite music festival has been postponed. It is true, many of the summer staples, like having drinks at your favourite patio, have been modified this year because of social distancing. … <entire article…>

It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Hands Dirty

Since March, many Torontonians found themselves going back to the basics while spending so much time at home. There has been a big rise in popularity in baking (especially bread) and gardening. You may think it’s too late to start gardening, that the planting season is long over, but that is not the case. Here are six of the best … <entire article…>