Desmond Brown


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'It's very sad': Residents displaced by Gosford Blvd. fire allowed back to gather essentials

Scores of residents who have been displaced by a major fire at a highrise residential building at 235 Gosford Blvd. in North York, were granted escorted access on Sunday to gather essential items from their apartment.

Residents displaced by highrise fire in North York won't be allowed back in just yet

Hundreds of residents who’ve been displaced by a fire at a highrise residential building in North York have been told they won’t be able to moved back into their apartments just yet.

Toronto marks Remembrance Day with service at Old City Hall cenotaph

Toronto held its annual Remembrance Day service at the Old City Hall cenotaph this morning, honouring veterans of past conflicts and current members of the armed forces.

Man walks into North York police station with serious gunshot wound

A 30-year-old man was rushed to hospital Saturday afternoon.

City adamant shelters are not full, while video shows staff saying they're 'at capacity'

Senior managers are adamant occupancy levels at shelters throughout the city are below capacity, even though advocates maintain that people are regularly being turning away.

97-year-old woman feels 'exhausted and worn out' as eviction looms from Davenhill Senior Living

As time runs out for the residents of Davenhill Senior Living to leave, the last remaining senior says she intends to fight to the very end.

ETFO triggers countdown to potential strike saying it's 'tired of waiting' for government

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced on Monday a countdown to strike action.

More homelessness could spell trouble as winter approaches

As winter approaches, a prominent street nurse is expressing anxiety for the city’s many homeless people and their families.

103 people, 33 families, 13 countries. Toronto church helps refugees find 'a new place to land'

For 40 years, the Islington United Church in Etobicoke has been helping refugees from around the world find a new home in Canada. Rev. Maya Landell says the program offered by the church goes beyond helping the families with their physical needs.

Cellphone ban in Ontario classrooms starts today

A ban on the use of cellphones in Ontario classrooms comes into effect today.

'It's a scam': Toronto police urge vigilance as multiple people fall victim to bitcoin fraudsters

Toronto police are warning people to beware of criminals impersonating police officers and other government employees, after multiple people say they’ve fallen victim to bitcoin fraudsters.

Ontario town set to spend $70K on new Christmas lights — but its hydro poles aren't compatible

Staff in Georgina recently found themselves in a Christmas-themed quagmire after council approved $70,000 on new LED holiday decorations only to discover the town's hydro poles aren't compatible with the lights.

Toronto's Deaf Night Out brings hundreds together to celebrate community and culture

Saturday's Deaf Night Out gave members of both the deaf and hearing communities in Toronto the opportunity to connect and celebrate deaf culture and sign languages.

'Better late than never': City pledges $15M for project to make Bathurst Quay 'magnificent'

City officials on Friday launched a multi-million dollar development in the Bathurst Quay neighbourhood, which will see six key improvements coming to the area.

'I was very nervous': Teen describes heart-pounding moment when he was mugged by 4 people

A teenager has described a frightening encounter with a group of robbers earlier this month in the Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue East area. Police say a number of people have been swarmed and robbed in the neighbourhood and the local city councillor is telling residents to stay inside at night.