William Osler Health System introduces 5-year plan to public:Health system ‘feeling optimistic about the future’

With the recent release of its 2019-24 Strategic Plan, Going Beyond for Healthier Communities, William Osler Health System (Osler) is feeling optimistic about the future thanks to a set of priorities that will guide the [Read entire story]

Justin Greaves’ overcast Toronto horizon:Toronto: Through Your Lens is a space for user-submitted photography

For this latest Toronto: Through Your Lens, toronto.com's own Justin Greaves photographed an overcast Toronto from the water's edge at the bottom of Royal York Road. "I was parking for the Santa Clause parade and [Read entire story]

Junction family wants more support for adult daughter’s disability:OHIP doesn’t cover rehab; family can’t afford to pay for it

THE ISSUE: Limited subsidized healthcare options for adults LOCAL IMPACT: Family calling on government to extend coverage for dependent daughter [Read entire story]

Etobicoke Humane Society has purrfect gift for animal lovers:Shelter launches Home for the Holidays campaign

Attention animal lovers: the Etobicoke Humane Society recently launched its annual Home for the Holidays campaign to help make your shopping a little less stressful this year. [Read entire story]

PHOTO SHOOTS: Etobicoke cooking class has good taste:toronto.com is schooled at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy

toronto.com is schooled at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy [Read entire story]

Disadvantaged Weston students benefit from after-school program:Beyond 3:30 offered in 18 schools across Toronto

THE ISSUE: Supporting students from lower-income households LOCAL IMPACT: Weston middle-school students learn skills, get help from free after-school program [Read entire story]

Trailblazing Toronto program offers paramedic training:College course targets city, provincial social services clients

She was a single mother working for just above minimum wage. “I was raising a family, so it was quite difficult to make ends meet,” said Whitney Gittens, a longtime Etobicoke resident. “I was on social assistance, [Read entire story]

Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club founder hopes to strike blow to hate:Grassroots group hopes to make city more positive place

THE ISSUE: MINORITY GROUPS LIVING IN FEAR LOCAL IMPACT: MOVEMENT AIMS TO SPREAD MESSAGE OF LOVE AND START A DIALOGUE [Read entire story]

North York man holds 14th toy drive to give all kids a Christmas:’Everyone knows where a toy goes; it goes to a kid,’ says Neil Haden

THE ISSUE: Providing gifts for all children at Christmas LOCAL IMPACT: Neil Haden's annual drive has collected more than 250,000 toys so far [Read entire story]

East Toronto’s Shoebox Project brings holiday gifts to homeless women:Decorated shoeboxes can be donated until Dec. 14

Buying gifts during the holiday season is a luxury that many women in Toronto’s shelter system may not be able to afford. Reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness faced by these women is one of the objectives of [Read entire story]

The top 10 bars on Church St. in Toronto

The top bars on Church Street include some of the Gay Village's historic hotspots along with more recent additions. Expect some wholesome entertainment like board games, queer literature, and—of [Read entire story]

The Toronto Zoo might get a Magnetic Levitation train

The Toronto Zoo, home to myriad famous baby animals, wants to install a fully functional Magnetic Levitation (maglev) train atop what used to be known as the Canadian Domain Ride.It's exactly as cool as it sounds, [Read entire story]

Toronto Food Events: Drag Brunch, Veg Holiday Market, Winter Craft Beer Festival

Food events in Toronto this week have two markets full of festive goodies, a pig roast, free pasta and a Christmas dinner. There's also cheap cinnamon buns and two beer festivals to look forward to.Events you might want [Read entire story]

Toronto sandwich shop turns to crowdfunding to reopen after fire

After a devastating three-alarm fire in March 2018, Brock Sandwich is battling ferociously to reopen. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, the cause of the shop remaining shuttered isn’t: an outdated [Read entire story]

Someone keeps taking photos of people on couches in Toronto

There's an old adage that says the heart of a home is its kitchen, but is it really? In 2018? In a city where most of us live in sky shoeboxes or have multiple roommates to share the fridge with?I don't hang [Read entire story]

Toronto’s free outdoor skating rinks open this weekend

It's been quite the wait for those who love to skate, but it's finally time. This weekend, the majority of Toronto's public skating rinks are set to open. One of the most notable will, of course, be Nathan [Read entire story]

Here’s what the winter lights festival at Ontario Place looks like

The Winter lights festival at Ontario Place is back for it second year. Brave yuletide warriors are enduring the cold to catch a glimpse of the stunning show. Check out the photo gallery of the [Read entire story]

Holiday events to close down Toronto roads this weekend

Holiday events will be taking to Toronto streets this weekend. As a result, there's going to be a slew of road closures. If that's not brutal enough, there's a Line 1 subway closure.Here's what you need to know [Read entire story]

Toronto company just designed the hotel of the future

Imagine how much money you could save on a multi-city vacation if your accommodations and mode of transportation were one and the same?Introducing the robotic hotel room—or "Autonomous Travel Suite," more [Read entire story]

Hockey stars, execs sleep on the street for Covenant House Toronto:Paul Coffey, Brian Burke among 60-plus participants

Paul Coffey, Brian Burke among 60-plus participants [Read entire story]

Bay Street firms team up for giant Scrabble fundraiser:The event helped raise $70,000 for Childhood Cancer Canada

The event helped raise $70,000 for Childhood Cancer Canada [Read entire story]

TTC art exhibit showcases Life on the Line:Art shown on subway lines looks at mental health

Art shown on subway lines looks at mental health [Read entire story]

Winter safety tips for seniors from Providence Healthcare:’Ice, snow, cold weather and weather-induced isolation can make life challenging,’ writes Ramon Syyap

Ice, snow, cold weather and weather-induced isolation can make life challenging for anyone — especially older adults. The following tips from Providence Healthcare can help you stay safe this season. [Read entire story]

Mount Dennis BIA seeking artisans for holiday pop-up store:Shop opens second week of December

Shop opens second week of December [Read entire story]

Toronto police seek new leads in three brazen shootings:Suspects caught on surveillance video shooting defenceless victims

They have a total disregard for life. That’s how Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner describes the gangs involved in a spate of shootings in the northwest quadrant of the city. [Read entire story]

Olympic hurdler empowers Weston students with Believe Initiative:Sarah Wells spoke to grade 7 and 8 students at St. Bernard Catholic school

THE ISSUE: Building teen confidence LOCAL IMPACT: Olympian empowers students by sharing how she overcame hurdles to succeed [Read entire story]

PHOTO SHOOTS: Competition overruns Centennial Park:Toronto.com goes cross-country with the TDESAA

Toronto.com goes cross-country with the TDESAA [Read entire story]

North York playwright tackles mental illness in latest production:Romeo Ciolfi’s Animal being showcased at Alumnae Theatre

THE ISSUE: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS LOCAL IMPACT: A PLAYWRIGHT IS USING HIS ART TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS AROUND MENTAL ILLNESS [Read entire story]

Pop-up family and parenting centre underway in Etobicoke:Pilot project could transform delivery of community services in high needs areas

Pilot project could transform delivery of community services in high needs areas [Read entire story]

Someone created a TTC subway map with only accessible stations

Getting from point A to point B using public transit can be hellish, especially when you factoring in things like delays, overcrowding and... you know, other people.Imagine if there were also restrictions in [Read entire story]

Lawyers and Lattes is Toronto’s first law cafe

Looking for someone to help you with a rental agreement? A pre-nup, maybe? A divorce? Maybe you need to register a trademark, or write a legal will.Whatever the case, at some point in your fabulous adult life, [Read entire story]

8 notable Toronto businesses that closed in October

Toronto businesses that closed in October included a popular local thrift clothing chain, a Parkdale roti institution and a macaron cafe, amongst other spots. From Bloorcourt to the Danforth and Leslieville and [Read entire story]

Pop-up display in Toronto highlights evolution of food banks:More than just canned goods needed for society’s most vulnerable

More than just canned goods needed for society's most vulnerable [Read entire story]

The Museum of Illusions is unlike anything Toronto has seen before

The Museum of Illusions isn't your usual collection of trick-of-the-eyes and 3D walls. Doing away with the garish, dimly lit museums of yore, this 4,700 square-footer is the future of contemporary optical illusions [Read entire story]