Toronto is donating four emergency vehicles to aid Ukraine amidst Russian invasion

It’s been more than five months since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the city of Toronto recently announced that it will supply Ukraine with four end-of-life vehicles that could be used to respond to emergencies. Two end-of-life vehicles are from the city’s fleet services and two end-of-life emergency response vehicles—equipped with operational lights, sirens, and basic

Vikings star Katheryn Winnick fights for Ukraine

Popular T.O. actor Katheryn Winnick, star of Vikings and Big Sky, is focusing on the war in her Ukrainian homeland by starting the Winnick Foundation to raise funds to assist refugees, who are predominantly women and children, as war rages on. Why did you start the foundation? For me, it’s really just wanting to do

Here’s how Torontonians can get involved with #CookforUkraine

United by friendship and the need to bring awareness to the war in Ukraine, Ukrainian chef Olia Hercules and Russian chef Alissa Timoshkina began the (now trending) #cookforukraine movement. The global initiative raises funds for organizations involved in providing aid to the people of Ukraine. The premise behind the movement is to make traditional Ukrainian

The Soul of Ukraine immersive exhibition coming to Toronto

With the backdrop of an awful and cruel war, Lighthouse Immersive (Immersive Van Gogh), has arranged for Immersive Schevchenko: Soul of Ukraine to be available for viewing beginning March 15 in Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Boston, with all proceeds from ticket sales going directly to Canadian Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations working

Here’s how Torontonians can help support Ukraine right now

A Toronto-based entrepreneur is selling handmade stickers, with proceeds being donated to help support  Ukraine. Proceeds from the Saint Javelin Stickers, designed by Christian Borys, saw a 250% spike in sales in 24 hours, as Russian troops yesterday launched a large-scale military operation in Ukraine, in what’s being considered the largest attack on a European

Q&A: Serena Williams serves up a mean return at Rogers Cup, winning match against Ukraine's Bondarenko

While sister Venus may be out with an injury, Serena Williams is quickly rising back to the top. Forced to take an 11-month leave after hurting her foot, the 13-time Grand Slam winner played a strong match against Alona Bondarenko Tuesday in Toronto. We caught up with the legendary tennis star to get an insider’s look into her recovery, her match against Martina Hingis, and her journey back to number one.


Bank of Canada’s 1% interest rate hike doesn’t guarantee a recession, expert says

Canadians are going to feel the pinch from the Bank of Canada’s largest interest rate hike of the century, but concerns of a recession may be overblown, at least one expert suggests. On Wednesday, the country’s central bank raised its overnight rate — which influences lending rates for things like mortgages and lines of credit

Toronto actor of Vikings fame launches foundation to help Ukrainian refugees

Toronto-born actor Katheryn Winnick, known for her starring roles in Vikings and Big Sky, recently announced the launch of the Winnick Foundation in an effort to help refugees in Ukraine. Winnick, who is of Ukrainian descent, confirmed in the March 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter (THR) that she teamed up with her mom to

The best things to do in Toronto this weekend

No plans this weekend? Never fear! We’ve got you covered with a list of sports, events, live music, performances and more to fill up your Friday to Sunday calendar in Toronto. Alice Cooper Concert March 26 Meridian Hall, 1 Front St. E. | 7:30p.m. This one is not for the faint of heart! Alice Cooper

A Japanese chicken spot is opening its first Canadian location in Toronto

A popular fried chicken spot hailing from Japan is travelling across the world, opening its first Canadian location later this year. Headquartered in Osaka, the country’s street food capital, Torisho is known for its super crispy and flavourful takeout karaage chicken. Over the years, it has been rapidly expanding across the globe with over 300

Toronto’s latest spot for gorgeous custom cakes is run by a former automotive engineer

Another Instagram-based bakery business has taken its online success to the streets, opening up a storefront in Etobicoke’s Mimico area on Lake Shore called Aster’s Refined Cakes. Automotive quality engineer-turned-baker, Maria Lymarenko, is self-taught, learning different baking techniques and perfecting her skills via YouTube videos and a couple of classes. Whipping up stunning, celestial-themed cakes

Toronto mourns victims of tragic Iran plane crash

A vigil will be held Thursday night at Mel Lastman Square for victims of Wednesday morning’s deadly plane crash in Iran. Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport en route to Kyiv, killing all 176 people. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed there were at least 63 Canadians

Euro 2012: where to get your soccer fix in Toronto

The Euro 2012 soccer championship kicks off this afternoon. And, though the games are taking place several time zones away, they sure will be felt throughout multi-cultural Toronto over the next three weeks. Expect to see flag-adorned cars and bars packed at strange hours of the day (hosts Poland and Ukraine are six and seven hours ahead, respectively).

In defense of vodka

A funny thing happened to me this weekend: I was ridiculed for ordering vodka.

My usually passive strains of Polish blood erupted in indignation. 

“What fresh, elitist hell has this city become?” they screamed.