Senior builds park staircase for $550, officials who quoted $65,000 for the work tear it down

Stairs built by Toronto senior for $550 seen in a screenshot from Twitter. (Twitter/Screenshot)
Stairs built by Toronto senior for $550 seen in a screenshot from Twitter. (Twitter/Screenshot)

A wooden staircase built by a senior citizen for CA$550 (about US$437) to access a community garden has been torn down by Toronto officials who quoted...

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  • Tourists at Banff National park take photos of Mt.Rundle and the Vermillion Lakes as smoke from a forest fire in Kootenay National park blankets the area, July 15, 2017. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

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  • A house for sale in Ottawa’s Carson Grove neighbourhood on July 16, 2017. Average sales prices for such homes begin around $550K. (Rahul Vaidyanath/The Epoch Times)

    Boredom Over for Ottawa’s Housing Market

    Sometimes described as boring, Ottawa’s steady housing market is slowly gathering steam without the problems seen in Toronto and Vancouver. It may be the closest... Read more

  • Falun Gong practitioners march in downtown Vancouver on July 16, 2017, to call for an end to the persecution of their spiritual discipline ordered by the Chinese regime 18 years ago on July 20, 1999. A procession of practitioners in white hold memorial wreaths to pay tribute to those who have been persecuted to death. (Tang Feng/The Epoch Times)

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  • X-Uvia coach Richard Morris (dark top) stops play and explains what a striker should be looking to do during a practice game at Samuel Genest High School in Ottawa on June 27, 2017. (Rahul Vaidyanath/The Epoch Times)

    X-Uvia Soccer Academy Aims to Excel at Youth Development

    The name “X-Uvia” comes from the word “exuviate,” which means to shed your skin and thus renew yourself. “As a player, when they come to... Read more

  • Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr in Mississauga, Ont., on July 6, 2017. A new poll suggests 71 percent of Canadians disagree with the government's decision to settle a lawsuit with Khadr rather than fight it in court. (The Canadian Press/Colin Perkel)

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    A new survey has found that the vast majority of Canadians feel the federal government made the wrong decision in settling a lawsuit with Omar... Read more

  • Kelsey Thorne holds her daughter Nevaeh Porter as she views the remains of the home where they lived with her parents on the Ashcroft First Nation reserve that was destroyed by wildfire, near Ashcroft, B.C., July 9, 2017. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

    BC Wildfires: Hundreds of Fires Burning, No Reprieve in Sight

    KAMLOOPS, B.C.—British Columbia officials are bracing for a lengthy wildfire season as hundreds of blazes burn across the province with no reprieve in sight.  About... Read more

  • Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada, holds a news conference in Ottawa after the central bank raised its key policy rate for the first time since 2010 on July 12, 2017. (The Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand)

    Bank of Canada Raises Rates on Improving Growth Outlook

    OTTAWA—As widely expected, the Bank of Canada raised its key policy rate by 0.25 percent to 0.75 percent on July 12, reflecting its greater confidence in the... Read more

  • Canada's newest astronauts, Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk, wave to the crowd as they arrive at the Canadian Space Agency with Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains in Saint-Hubert, Que., on July 4, 2017. (The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)

    Canada’s New Astronauts Get Rousing Ovation at Space Agency

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  • Omar Khadr walks out of his lawyer Dennis Edney's home to speak to the media in Edmonton, Alberta on May 7, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)

    Anger Erupts at Word That Feds to Pay Omar Khadr $10.5 Million, Apologize

    TORONTO—Word that the federal government has agreed to pay former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr more than $10 million and apologize to him to settle... Read more

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    Care Home Worker Caught Hitting Dementia Patient 11 Times in Video

    A Canadian home care worker was caught punching an 89-year-old man with Alzheimer’s lying in his bed at the facility. The family of Georges Karam,... Read more

  • The RCMP take part in a Canada Day parade in Ottawa on July 1, 2016. (Jonathan Ren/The Epoch Times)

    Recognizing 3 Inspirational Canadians on Canada’s 150th

    For too long, Canada has been somewhat of an unsung hero among the world’s nations. But that has been changing of late. In the wake... Read more

  • A worker loads logs at Ledwidge Lumber Co. in Halifax on May 10, 2017. (The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

    Canada in the Right on Softwood Dispute, Will Keep Working With US: Trudeau

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  • Prescription pills containing oxycodone and acetaminophen. Provinces and territories are now able to import urgently needed medications that are not available in Canada to treat the growing incidence of opioid dependence. (The Canadian Press/Graeme Roy)

    Health Canada Allows Importation of Drugs Needed to Treat Opioid Addiction

    TORONTO—Provinces and territories are now able to import urgently needed medications that are not available in Canada to treat the growing incidence of opioid dependence... Read more

  • Two members of the Canadian special forces look over a Peshmerga observation post on Feb. 20, 2017, in northern Iraq. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    Sniper’s Record-Breaking Shot in Iraq Should Be Celebrated, Trudeau Says

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