PLAY BALL! ACTUALLY DON'T

This is the first season adult softball players are banned from Trinity Bellwoods’ southern diamonds, their pop flies deemed too dangerous for picnickers and passersby.

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PROVINCIAL CUTS PUT PARKDALE LEGAL CLINIC IN JEOPARDY

A refugee’s worst fear is being deported. A tenant’s worst fear is being evicted. Since 1971, the Parkdale Community Legal Services, a.k.a. Parkdale Legal, has been a fierce advocate for both of those targeted populations. Now the clinic itself faces a dire existential crisis and may be homeless by mid-summer.

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IN CHARLES'S KITCHEN

Filmmaker Charles Officer learned how to cook from his parents, and how to fight from his three older sisters. While soaking fish and frying johnnycakes, he opens up about using his might, and his work, to help one of those sisters, who’s battling for her life.

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IN GREYDYN'S KITCHEN

Junction musician Greydyn Gatti is a maker of many things: zines (more than 50), record albums (his newest is his 60th) and no-frills spaghetti, which he learned to cook as a little kid to help care for his sick mom.

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SQUAD GOALS

In 1985, three women started a lesbian soccer league, called Pink Turf, to have a safe place to play. Over the years, the league and the community that grew around it became about a lot more than the game. Here, they talk about the difference a queer club makes.

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VANISHING POINT

Just as being the only trans woman at a party sucks, writes Gwen Benaway, being a trans woman in Doug Ford’s Toronto isn’t great either. It’s clear who belongs in his government “for the people,” and who that government is trying to erase.

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IN BRIONY'S KITCHEN

Briony Smith, an online writer and editor who does not cook – ever – undertakes a 24-hour family chili, developed by her grandfather in a Thai POW camp. While she stirs, she explains what it’s like to be a flashpoint for internet trolls and all that eats them.

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NUKE KIDS ON THE BLOCK

A facility that produces half the country’s nuclear fuel pellets sits beside a busy rail line in densely populated Wallace Emerson. It’s applying to have its licence renewed for another 10 years – so far, without any pushback.

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COUNCIL IS MAKING PROMISES THE BUDGET CAN'T KEEP

If there’s a gravy train somewhere in this town, it derailed a long time ago. Anyone, at any level of government, who promises both low taxes and no cuts to services is a charlatan. Unfortunately, one of the leading proponents of that muddy math is a former city councillor who is now the premier.

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WEST END PHOENIX AT THE HOUSE OF STROMBO

SOLD OUT!! Thursday, February 28th, 7-10 pm. Featuring master electric violinist Hugh Marsh (Bruce Cockburn/Rheostatics), guitarist Christine Bougie, Mike Eckert, and guests, plus Claudia Dey and Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

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NOISY NIGHTS

Noise complaints go up year after year – in number, not necessarily in decibels – and no one on any side of the debate seems happy with official responses.

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SWEAT LODGE

Ryan McMahon recalls the man – and the music – that saved his life at the corner of Queen and Bathurst.

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DEIDRE AND THE DOG

When I flew back to Toronto after the holidays in Vancouver, I brought my family’s rescue pup with me. These past few weeks, spent in the centre of the Marc Emery firestorm, it mattered a lot to not be alone.

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