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Recent articles by Jack:

Rat population ‘exploding’ near garbage enclosure at TCHC building, worries neighbours

Toronto Community Housing says it has an exterminator dealing with the infestation. → Read More

Link to Toronto’s distant past falls into disrepair on Gerrard Street bridge

The paint is peeling and large patches of rust are exposed along a 100-metre stretch of railing on the south side. → Read More

After hundreds of visits so far this year, fire crews will no longer be a daily presence at this Toronto address

A pumper truck with four firefighters went there about 500 times in the first three months of 2022, but the problem is solved. → Read More

Casino terms and glossary guide

Are you new to gambling or looking for a refresher on some key terms? → Read More

How to play baccarat: Rules, odds and strategy

Although it’s a common online table game, many people don’t know how to play baccarat. The good news for those who fall under that category is that it... → Read More

COVID-19 put this seniors bridge club on hold for two years. A community centre’s broken elevator has dealt them another losing hand

The only elevator at the Cedarbrook Community Centre has been out of service for at least a year. → Read More

Outdated signs point to Toronto’s indifference about street clutter

A development proposal sign is so old and plastered with graffiti that it’s barely legible. → Read More

Raised section of sidewalk is a major stumbling block for pedestrians

At least two people, both seniors, were injured after tripping over sidewalk hazard on Livingston Road. → Read More

Bitter cold, heavy snow the ‘perfect recipe for potholes’ on Toronto roads this year

A mix of frigid temperatures, lots of snow and freeze-and-thaw events is sure to create an exceptional crop of potholes. → Read More

Bell Canada likes to talk, but not about clearing its snow-covered sidewalks

Pedestrian paths in front of two of its facilities had not been cleared this winter, until the Star asked it to start shovelling. → Read More

Toboggans on a hill that hasn’t been ‘designated’? It’s a slippery slope, warns the city

The city says kids should go sliding only at one of 26 “designated” tobogganing sites. → Read More

A bicycle shelter at a TTC station would seem like The Better Way. Not in this case

Riders would surely be enthused about the newly installed shelter at Christie, if there was something to which they could lock their bikes. → Read More

‘Secret’ parking rule at this waterfront park has turned into a $100 ‘cash cow’ for the city

There are no signs anywhere to alert drivers to parking restrictions in the middle of the west parking lot of Marie Curtis Park. → Read More

A months-long effort shows that the city is cherry-picking who it tickets for parking violations

The city tried to hand off the ball to Toronto police parking enforcement, which can’t ticket a vehicle with no licence plate. → Read More

Missing transit shelter leaves Centennial College students out in the cold

The shelter was taken down months ago for construction work that’s delayed, but it won’t be replaced any time soon. → Read More

Ho ho no! Sidewalk plow brought a nasty gift to Lumsden Avenue homeowner

The plow tore into a stone wall along the edge of the sidewalk last Dec. 25 and badly damaged it → Read More

When you gotta go, you gotta go. But now it’s this porta-potty that’s gotta go

The job is all but done on Neptune Drive, yet a toilet put there for construction workers remains in place. → Read More

Why did the city leave the Bloor Viaduct sidewalk coated by icy snow — four days after significant snowfall?

The city says not enough snow fell to mobilize sidewalk plows. Tell that to people who hike across the viaduct. → Read More

Sign alerts hikers to trail closure — for construction that ended nine years ago; beaver baffle battle baffles Metrolinx

Outdated signs underscore the need for the city to be more attentive to them, if for no other reason than to avoid looking dumb. → Read More

Confused by the new bus lane and the lack of signage on The Esplanade? You’re not alone

Eastbound drivers aren’t supposed to go past Sherbourne Street, but there’s nothing to indicate they can’t go any farther. → Read More