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Seven News: A Selection of Articles

More than 6,000 articles were published in the 330 issues of Seven News that appeared between 1970 and 1985. All of the articles can be found by viewing the PDF version of the issue in which they appeared. A small number – fewer than 100, at this point, are also available individually as HTML pages. Below is a list of the articles and pages which are currently available in HTML format. A list of all the articles (more than 6,000) is available on a separate page, with a link in each case to the PDF version of the issue the article appeared in. View the full list here.

A History of Seven News - A history of Seven News by Lisa Horrocks. (1984).

Seven News: Principles & Purposes - 7 News’ statement of principles, adopted in 1978.


This paper is your paper - Introducing 7 News. (May 29, 1970).

Officials Boycott Public Hearing - Public officials stay away from public meeting to discuss waterfront. (May 29, 1970)

City trying to destroy area, says Trefann Assoc - The Trefann Court Residents Association has accused the city government of “Trying to destroy the area by making it so dangerous and uncomfortable that the owners will be forced to sell.” (May 29, 1970).

Local NDP Fights to Keep Waffle Movement in Party - The NDP’s St. David provincial riding association is working to find a way of keeping the Waffle movement in the party, challenging Stephen Lewis’s move to expel the Waffle. (August 26, 1972)

Bill Davis to Open Regent Health Centre - After 4 1/2 years of organizing, planning and numerous meetings with health professionals and governmental officials, Regent Park tenants have finally succeeded in getting their own community health centre. (December 14, 1973).

Expressway would destroy 71 homes in Riverdale - Proposed Scarborough Expressway would destroy homes and create noise and pollution. (February 9, 1974).

The Riverdale Zoo - It appears that the first exhibition of animals at Riverdale occurred in 1899. (April 21, 1975).

To be Gay in Ward Seven - To be gay in Ward Seven is, for most homosexuals, to play a role, to pretend to be straight, to hide their sexual orientation. (April 21, 1975).

Hospital should back local clinic - Just when the South Riverdale people seemed close to agreement with the province for funding their clinic, to be set up in the large, vacant post office building at Queen and Saulter Streets, St. Michael’s Hospital bought the old Loblaw store a couple of short blocks away. The Sisters of St. Joseph, who run St. Michael’s, applied for a building permit to make renovations for what they called a community clinic. (May 24, 1975).

Hospital threatens Riverdale Health Clinic - Without any advance notice to most community groups or political representatives, St. Michael’s has moved its “Broadview Community Health Clinic” from Broadview near Gerrard to the old Loblaws building at Queen E. and Strange. (May 24, 1975).

Provincial ministry stocks Don River with Salmon - Provincial ministry stocks Don River with Salmon (May 24, 1975).

Native group plans Ward 7’s first walkathon - To raise funds for their continued operation Ahbenoojeyug Inc. is planning Ward Seven’s first walkathon. Called “Moccasin Miles”, it will be held June 7 (May 24, 1975).

Regent Park Sets up Youth Employment Service - An employment referral service for unemployed teenagers is being set up in the Regent Park area, where the lack of jobs for young people is being felt very severely. (March 6, 1976).

People vs expressways battle is on again - After being beaten back five years ago, the expressway proponents are crawling out of the woodwork with their old plans, with only the tactics and the terminology changed. (June 26, 1976)

Don District death rate still highest in city - Death rates in the ward are still climbing, particularly in the Don District. Death rates in the Don are typically much higher than the city’s average. (August 7, 1976).

Riverdale resident protests bank addition - “Health Before Wealth”. That’s what one of Morris Silber’s picket signs said as he walked back and forth in front of the Bank of Nova Scotia at the corner of Broadview and Gerrard.. (August 7, 1976).

Too many die needlessly - We live in a crisis-causing, disease-producing and death-oriented society. (August 28, 1976).

Local schools perpetuate social inequality says survey - The more money your parents earn, the better you are likely to do in school. (August 28, 1976).

Survey shows varying prices at drug store - It pays to shop around before you decide with which drug store to do business. This is the conclusion of a survey of Ward 7 drug stores carried out recently by Seven News staff. (August 28, 1976).

South Riverdale approves NIP program - The South Riverdale Community Centre is scheduled to open in mid-October after an 18-month fight against apparent obstacles posed by Queen’s Park and organized medicine. Unlike most health facilities, it will be run by a board chosen by the people who use it. (September 25, 1976).

Don Vale Centre fights to survive - The Don Vale Community Centre is fighting for its life. On October 21st [1976], the Centre was informed that the United Church, which owns the community centre building at 80 Winchester Street, intends to terminate the lease on the building effective December 31. (November 12, 1976).

Norm Browne leaves Seven News - Long-time editor Norman Browne departs. (November 20, 1976).

Seven News news - Staff and board changes. (November 20, 1976).

More than one way to cover an election - City Dweller newspaper carries biased reporting to new depths. (November 20, 1976).

Preparing for Retirement - The time to prepare for retirement is when you are working. (December 4, 1976)

Many bridges have spanned the Don River - Early bridges across the Don River. (December 4, 1976).

Sewell and Howard re-elected; Barr and Holmes for education - Results of the December 1976 municipal elections in Toronto's Ward 7. (December 18, 1976).

Barr to be Board Chairman - Ward Seven school trustee Doug Barr seems certain to become the next chairman of the Toronto School Board. (December 18, 1976).

Sewell, Howard returned; Stamm loses decisively - The difference between the campaigns of John Sewell and Janet Howard, on the one hand, and Garry Stamm, on the other, was apparent as soon as you walked across the street from the one headquarters to the other on election night. (December 18, 1976).

Bain Co-op hit by rent strike - Minority of residents launch rent strike while majority pursues co-op ownership. (February 12, 1977).

Bain Co-op OKs evictions - Residents refusing to pay their full rent are to be served eviction notices. (February 26, 1977).

Spring sprung, grass riz, wonder where birdies is - Whether we’re ready to believe it or not, spring is upon us, and if we go out and look for it, we’ll come across signs that establish that fact much more firmly and decisively than the passing moods of the weather. (April 9, 1977).

Workshops airs youth problems - About 100 people came together at an all-day workshop on youth and agency problems in Regent Park. (April 23, 1977).

Taxes: a rotten deal for working people - A business is allowed deductions based on the actual situation, whereas for working people allowances are not realistic, but more in the nature of a gesture or a token. (April 23, 1977).

Wellesley report sharply critical - The Wellesley Hospital has come in for strong criticism in a brief written by a group of local residents, and presented to the hospital May 13 [1977]. The brief documents numerous complaints about the hospital, including Emergency Department staff attitudes, treatment of patients and their relatives and friends, follow-up and aftercare. It charges that although the hospital is a public institution, there is no visible or publicly known means of access to its policy makers, and no accountability to the community it is supposed to serve. (May 21, 1977).

He who pays the piper... - Community groups have become dependent on government money resulting in an erosion of their community base and their independence. (July 2, 1977)

Salmon – and canoes – in the Don River? - On a fine Saturday this spring a flotilla of 150 canoes made its way down the Don River from Serena Gundy Park to the river mouth. (July 16, 1977).

Death on Yonge Street - This city, which usually seems far too cynical and hurried to care very much about anything any more, has been deeply shocked and violently angered by the murder of the little shoe-shine boy, Emmanuel Jaques, on Yonge Street. (August 13, 1977).

This book explains why things don’t work (book review) - There a lots of guides explaining how things work. This one explains how they don’t – and why they don&’t. (August 1977)

A quiet walk along the Don - A river isn’t there just to be looked at. It is meant to have people walk beside it, listen to and even paddle feet in. If ducks and groundhogs can, why not humans? (September 24, 1977).

Make the Don a Museum of Horrors - The true horror of the Don Jail is not the ancient, decrepit, but guiltless building on Gerrard Street, but rather the philosophy it represents. (December 1977)

OHC tenants get mad - Fed up with the attitudes and policies of Ontario Housing, some Regent Park tenants have been meeting since late last fall to try to find ways to pressure OHC to recognize tenants’ rights. (January 14, 1978)

Political doubletalk - Perhaps the most striking thing about most politicians is that they seem completely incapable of giving a straight answer to anything, of talking in ordinary language, of communicating. Language for them isn’t a way of getting ideas across, but of confusing people so they won’t understand what’s really going on. (February 25, 1978)

Dow complains - Dow Chemical writes to 7 News complaining that one of its trademarks has been misused. 7 News editor Ulli Diemer responds. (March 11, 1978)

A Hot Night in Riverdale - It was a hot, hot night last Tuesday in Toronto. But it was hotter yet in the Riverdale Collegiate auditorium, where the heat came not only from the weather but also from upwards of 300 people crammed into the seats, aisles, doorways, and lobby, from the tempers of those people as they gathered to see what they could do about educational cutbacks. (June 3, 1978)

Major confrontation looms over rent controls removal - It appears that the government has every intention of removing the rent controls that have partially kept the lid on potentially massive rent increases over the past three years. Prior to the controls, rents had been skyrocketing, and it seems very likely that they would do so again if controls are removed. (June 3, 1978)

More than one way to strike - Rather than simply walk away from their vehicles, drivers could keep driving, but refuse to collect fares. This puts pressure on the employer without inconveniencing riders. (August 26, 1978)

A few decide where we live - We have to abolish a system whereby a tiny handful with a lot of money can decide how thousands of other people are going to live, how thin their walls are going to be, how much sunshine they’ll be able to get, where their children will play. (September 9, 1978)

Drug strike long and nasty - A strike by 400 workers against a Ward 7 company is entering its ninth week with no end in sight. (September 23, 1978)

Ward 7 NDP campaigns - After having avoided the civic arena since the 1969 municipal election, the Metro Toronto NDP is throwing itself into local politics in the 1978 municipal election. (October 7, 1978)

Democracy loses out - The people can say what they want, they can vote how they want, but the bureaucrats make the decisions. (November 4, 1978).

Now, if only the law was applied equally... - The law is applied harshly against working people, while businesses are treated gently, and police lawbreaking goes unpunished. (November 4, 1978).

Let Islanders Stay - Jane Jacobs makes the case for the community living on the Toronto Islands. (November 4, 1978).

Patton campaign tactics come under fire - George Patton’s campaign tactics created a great deal of anger among his opponents in the last few days of the Ward 7 aldermanic race, but they don’t seem to have done him any good: he got clobbered. (November 18, 1978)

Seven News: Principles & Purposes - 7 News’ statement of principles, adopted in 1978.

Gays beaten up - Where’s the Outcry?. (January 13, 1979).

An Inside Look at Our Penal System - A review of Go-Boy! Memoirs of a Life Behind Bars.(January 13, 1979)

Stop TTC fare increase - Governments apply a double standard. They demand that public transit pay for itself and that health care and education be judged by ‘cost-benefit’ analyses. But they apply no such standard to industrial policy where billions of dollars are shelled out. (February 24, 1979)

Legal decisions threaten press freedom - Press freedom in Canada has been significantly undermined by a series of recent legal decisions. (March 1979)

Leave Leslie Spit alone - The Leslie Street Spit is a success and should be left alone. (April 6, 1979).

Deserted wilds in city’s centre - This is the time when people develop an urgent desire to go looking for something green, to marvel once again at the first stirrings of life as it emerges from its long winter sleep. (April 6, 1979).

Profits: now you see them, now you don’t - A private developer seems to be moving quickly into the non-profit housing field. (October 5, 1979)

Memories of the Depression - Remembering the Great Depression, as seen from the decks of a lake freighter. (October 1979)

Not guilty means not guilty - The gay news magazine, The Body Politic, is organizing a public campaign to make Attorney General Roy McMurtry withdraw an appeal against the magazine's acquittal on obscenity charges. (January 11, 1980)

The Canada Metals Story: A chronology - The ongoing struggle against lead pollution in South Riverdale. (February 1980)

Ten Years of Seven News - A brief history + What is 7 News? + 7 News and the Community. (May 23, 1980)

The people behind 7 News - Profiling the people behind Seven News. (May 23, 1980)

Our Supporting Members - Supporting members for the 1979-80 year. (May 23, 1980)

By the people, for the people? - A tiny group of appointed politicians is ignoring the what the people have said they want. (July 11, 1980)

Something has to give - Emotional issues are potent. Left-leaning and reform candidates can be very vulnerable if right-wing groups are able to seize on emotional questions and make them issues during the an election campaign. (November 21, 1980)

STOL lands again - The proposal for a major commercial airport on the Toronto Islands appears to be back on the agenda. (December 1980)

Toronto’s finest - Too many cops seem to enjoy intimidating people and smashing things. (February 1981)

Why vote? - What difference will voting make?. (March 1981)

Don River Day points out pollution, abuse of river - As the Don River Voyageurs tell us every year, this is our river. Let’s work harder at protecting it. (April 24, 1981).

Anti-racist group on petition drive - Riverdale Action Committee Against Racism is running a series of petition blitzes in the Riverdale community (April 24, 1981).

The police vs. the law - In a democracy the police have to obey the law. In a police state, they don’t. (September 1981)

The Bomb won’t go away on its own - Our task is to break out of this closed self-justifying system by depriving governments of the passive populations they need, by refusing to accept the choices we are offered and instead becoming active participants pressuring them to accept our proposals. (June 1982)

Foggy fireworks don't flop - A special evening watching fireworks in the fog. (June 1982)

Toronto’s ravines — our to preserve - Toronto’s ravines are a treasure; it’s up to us to preserve them. (July 1982)

Marguerite has come a long way - Literacy student writes her own story. (April 1984)

Teaching adults to read - Becoming literate is an important way for people to gain more control and power over their lives. (April 1984)

150 Years of Dirty Water - Toronto’s water has been polluted pretty much since the city was founded – but that doesn’t mean we should put up with it. (April 1984)

Soil Removal a Possibility - It may be necessary to remove lead-contaminated soil in the South Riverdale area. (May 1984)

Chemicals in Your Water - There is reason to be concerned about the increasing amounts of chemicals in our water. (June 1984)

Community branch bank closes doors - Royal shuts down experiment in presenting a friendlier, more accessible face. (July 1984).

Worthington provokes election controversy - The Committee to Defeat Peter Worthington stirs things up in the Broadview-Greenwood election campaign. (August 1984).

Politics of Illusion - Elections have become a contest to determine who is the best actor. (August 1984)

The Capital Punishment Debate - The cold-blooded killing of a human being is horrifying. The existence of capital punishment make us all complicit in killing, and degrades us as a society. (Nov. 1984).

Does OHC care? - Ontario Housing Corporation policies threaten long-term tenants with eviction.

Seven News Selected Front Pages 1970 - 1985

Seven News Volume 1 - 1970-1971

Seven News Volume 2 - 1971-1972

Seven News Volume 3 - 1972-1973

Seven News Volume 4 - 1973-1974

Seven News Volume 5 - 1974-1975

Seven News Volume 6 - 1975-1976

Seven News Volume 7 - 1976-1977

Seven News Volume 8 - 1977-1978

Seven News Volume 9 - 1978-1979

Seven News Volume 10 - 1979-1980

Seven News Volume 11 - 1980-1981

Seven News Volume 12 - 1981-1982

Seven News Volume 13 - 1982-1983

Seven News Volume 14 - 1983-1984

Seven News Volume 15 - 1984-1985

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