We received the following report from one of our regular reader's in August 2013:
"I used to work for Torstar for quite a few years, which is in the Toronto Star building at One Yonge Street. I still stay in touch with many of my former colleagues; this story comes from one of them who is always insisting that she’s heard someone walking around the 6th floor office in the evenings when she knew that she was alone.
This incident occurred in early 2012 on a weeknight at approximately 11pm. An employee was working late and on her way out she reported to Security that strange sounds were coming from one of the offices on the 16th floor. She found it peculiar because she knew that nobody else was up there. The maintenance man, who I should mention, is completely level-headed, also told Security that he thought he heard someone up there too. Security, not thinking much of it, since nothing was conveyed on camera, asked the maintenance man if he could go and take a look. The maintenance man obliged and went up to the office with his flashlight as the lights automatically turn off and then go very dim (from the emergency lighting) at a certain time. He checked all around but heard no sounds and couldn’t find anyone. He made a couple of rounds, knocked on all the office doors, checked the men’s room, knocked on the ladies’ room but there was nobody to be seen or heard. Just before heading back downstairs, he decided to take a quick look in the ladies’ room. To his surprise, he saw a woman in her mid to late-40s with shoulder-length blonde hair, average weight and height, wearing what he recalled to be a beige or neutral coloured skirt suit (not of any particular era but he did note that the skirt’s length was passed her knees). She was just sitting on the toilet seat (with the stall door open) and her head was down – she was not using the facilities, but rather just sitting on the toilet seat. She looked up at him with a complete blank look, got up, straightened her skirt and walked out into the faintly lit office. It took him a couple of seconds to collect himself before he too walked out as something just didn’t sit right with him – why would she just sit in a dimly lit bathroom? When he got outside the bathroom, the woman was nowhere to be found. He turned on all the lights and searched the entire floor. At that point, he started to get a bit anxious as he found the entire situation to be particularly odd.
He returned to the security desk and told the guard what just happened. The guard was a bit perplexed as well because he said that nobody, let alone a blonde woman in a skirt suit, exited the building. At that time of night, a security pass is needed to ride the elevator up and down. The guard went up by himself and made a thorough check of the floor in question as well as the nearby floors and stairwells but didn’t locate anyone. When he came back down, they checked the cameras in the stairwells and hallways but there was no sign of the woman. The most bizarre part was, when they checked the security log, no pass cards were swiped on that floor or even into the stairwells. There was no logical explanation for what had occurred.
During the next few months, they learned that other employees had heard strange noises in the evenings coming from the 16th floor as well. A former security guard (again level-headed), swore that when she did her rounds at about midnight or so, she would occasionally hear the sound of someone in pumps quietly walking around the office on the 16th floor but, when she checked, nobody was ever there. She did, however, report that when she was on the 16th floor, waiting for the elevator, she had the feeling like she was being watched from a very close distance – like someone was waiting for the elevator with her. After that, she, admittedly, became too uneasy and decided to forego walking through that office. During her time at the Star, she also witnessed, about a handful of times, seeing a shadow-type outline of a tall man (again, not of any particular era) walking near the treasurer’s office on the 6th floor. When she went into check, nobody was ever there. She did mention that, unlike the 16th floor, she never felt any discomfort. She knew all the staff on the 6th floor and she claimed nobody fit the description of the man – she was convinced it was a ghost."