Death of a deli: Yitz’s latest casualty in Toronto’s race to bury its culinary past

Barry Silver, owner of Yitz’s, a Jewish delicatessen and catering shop in a traditionally Jewish nook of north Toronto, sat sipping on a Coke Zero on a late November afternoon while Yitz’s manager, Claudio Araujo, sat next to him, pondering the question his boss had just posed: “Who is the bulldog here, and who is the pussycat?”“I am the bulldog,” Araujo said, firmly, after a short...

Waiting for Samuel Opoku: Bail hearing for a viral crime draws crowd of gawkers in Toronto

It was less a line than a huddle, a mass of mostly young men and women spilling out from a doorway and into the hall. They crowded the vestibule. They overflowed the court. They mixed with the regulars — the radiomen, the TV talkers, the tabloid columnist in his cargo pants and cap. Together they filled the basement of Toronto’s oldest, and, on most days, saddest courthouse. They craned and...