YouTube prank sparks discussion of online teen safety

A YouTube prankster has become an unlikely spokesperson for teen online safety, but experts say online child luring is no trick. Coby Persin, whose YouTube channel is known for prank videos with a touch of social commentary, tricked teenage girls he met online to meet him in person. SNAPCHAT: @cobypersin “What we found is something […]


Toronto trailblazer Zanana Akande given Key to the City

Growing up in Toronto’s Kensington Market, Zanana Akande, 80, learned the importance of banding together to build community. Those lessons would ultimately inspire her life’s work in fighting for equality and improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women, for which she was honoured on Saturday by Mayor John Tory with a ceremonial […]


Greyhound Bus catches fire on the QEW

A Greyhound Bus was engulfed in flames early Sunday morning on a Mississauga stretch of the Queen Elizabeth Way. Shortly after midnight, the Ontario Provincial Police and Mississauga Fire responded to the call for a vehicle fire near Cawthra Rd. All westbound lanes on the QEW were closed in the area, but have since reopened. […]


Two people killed in Etobicoke shooting

Two people were fatally shot early Sunday morning in northern Etobicoke, according to a spokesperson for Toronto Paramedic Services. Toronto Police received a call shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, and arrived at Lightwood Dr., a residential street in the Kipling Ave. and Albion Rd. area. The two victims, both men in their 20s, were […]


Woman dead after shooting in North York

A woman has has died after an early morning shooting in North York. Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, Toronto Paramedic Services received a call about a shooting on Replin Rd. in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood. The victim, a woman in her 30s, was transported to a local trauma centre with life-threatening injuries, where she […]


Civilian Toronto police employee jailed after conducting illegal database searches

On a winter day in 2015, Erin Maranan logged on to her computer at a police detachment in Toronto’s northwest corner, a trove of confidential information at her fingertips. A temporary civilian employee, Maranan had access to information classified by police as “highly restricted.” The job represented a sharp turn on her vocational path, which […]


My parents may find out I’m in the LGBT community because of this story, but these spaces make me feel accepted

By Evelyn KwongStaff ReporterKelsey WilsonToronto Star Sat., June 23, 2018 Following a “difficult year, including the discovery of deaths of several men in the community,” Pride Toronto executive director Olivia Nuamah is hoping to make safety and inclusiveness a priority. And it begins with safe spaces. We asked 7 Canadians in the LGBTQ community to […]


Greyhound Bus catches fire on the QEW closing down all westbound lanes

A Greyhound Bus was engulfed in flames early Sunday morning in Mississauga, blocking half of Queen Elizabeth Way, in the area near Cawthra Rd. Shortly after midnight, the Ontario Provincial Police and Mississauga Fire responded to a vehicle fire in eastern end of the city. All westbound lanes on the QEW are closed, with no […]


Nunavut’s new official name for cannabis — ‘surrarnaqtuq’ — leaves some with bad buzz

MONTREAL—There is a debate in the Arctic territory of Nunavut about how to translate the word that is on everybody’s lips these days. Cannabis will be legal across the country on Oct. 17 with the adoption of a bill in the House of Commons last week. Legislators in Nunavut passed their own local law this […]