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"17.01.2017 19:30:03" thestar.com CMHC to raise mortgage insurance premiums Increase will take effect March 17, and add about $5 to monthly payment for average homebuyer. The premiums are calculated based on the loan-to-value ratio of the mortgage being insured. The size of the increase in rates depends on that ratio.
"17.01.2017 18:30:02" thestar.com Extra funding sought to curb drug overdoses Request for extra $300,000 made by chief medical officer to increase resources for overdose prevention. Toronto has looked to curb the number of drug overdose deaths as an opioid epidemic grips western provinces and has contributed to a 73 per cent rise in total overdose deaths in the city in the last decade.
"17.01.2017 18:00:00" thestar.com Why today might be the best day to buy a Toronto-area house Seven years of sales data show that Jan. 17 is probably the day when buyers will pay the least for a home. If buyers' mortgage approval and financing is in order, January can be a great time to hunt for a home.
"17.01.2017 17:30:03" thestar.com Mexican resort town fears nightclub shooting means drug war has arrived Global Affairs has identified longtime Toronto bouncer Kirk Wilson as one of the five victims. Two other Canadians were injured. Investigators were trying to determine the motive of the shooting, but Quintana Roo state Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said the gunfire erupted when security tried to stop a man from entering the club with a gun.
"17.01.2017 17:00:03" thestar.com How to send restaurant food back the right way You may feel awkward, but restaurants want you to be happy. Sending something back is important feedback to have. It is an age-hold question: if you are unhappy with your meal in a restaurant, do you send it back?
"17.01.2017 16:30:02" thestar.com Trump crossed line with Nazi comparison to CIA, spy agency director says John Brennan brushes off the significance of personal attacks Trump launched directly at him but takes issue with Trump's remarks about his officers. “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to 'leak' into the public,” Trump tweeted on Jan. 11. “One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
"17.01.2017 16:00:03" thestar.com Veteran Halton police inspector now province's sergeant-at-arms Jackie Gordon becomes first woman to held post after 34 years in Halton as a police officer. Ontario's new sergeant-at-arms is the first woman to hold the position in the province's history.
"17.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com Why today might be the best day to buy a Toronto-area house Seven years of sales data show that Jan. 17 is probably the day when buyers will pay the least for a home. The choice of homes may be limited in the dead of winter, but consumers waiting for the hot spring market should know that January actually provides the best chance for snagging a bargain.
"17.01.2017 15:06:04" thestar.com Orphan Black, It's Only the End of the World lead Canadian Screen Awards nominations Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer will receive a lifetime achievement award at the show. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 12.
"17.01.2017 15:00:03" thestar.com Top Canadian military commander Mark Norman relieved of post Military experts struggled to comprehend the reason for such a dramatic personnel move. In a stunning move, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the second-in-command of Canada's military, has been relieved of his duties and the top general is refusing to say why.
"17.01.2017 14:30:03" thestar.com Jose Bautista's bat appears to be back with $40M deal: Arthur It has been reported as a one-year deal plus a mutual option that could total approximately $40 million (U.S.) for Bautista. Jose Bautista appears to be back. It has been reported to be a one-year deal plus a mutual option that could total approximately $40 million U.S.
"17.01.2017 13:52:28" thestar.com School buses cancelled, GO buses delayed across GTA due to freezing rain Environment Canada is warning drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution as 2-5mm of freezing rain is expected to accumulate throughout the day. GO Transit had a slow start to their early morning bus service with delays of 30 minutes as early as 5 a.m. A spokesperson said that it's only expected to get worse throughout the morning as the ice accumulates along with the traffic.
"17.01.2017 13:30:03" thestar.com U of T begins teaching ancient Ethiopic language The course in Ge'ez, which could be a first step to launching a larger Ethiopian Studies program, was helped made possible by a donation of $50,000 each from a prof, the school and the Weeknd. The Weeknd, whose parents moved from Ethiopia, “immediately” answered the call for support and donated $50,000 to help fundraise for a course at the University of Toronto teaching the ancient Ethiopian language of Ge'ez.
"17.01.2017 12:53:01" thestar.com Chilling evidence of organized child sex abuse revealed in survey Odette and her sisters Rosemary and Lucy are among the victims of what a new survey by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection suggests is a widespread tragedy — child exploitation rings led by parents of the abused. Odette and her sisters Rosemary and Lucy are among the victims of what a new survey by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection suggests is a widespread tragedy — child exploitation rings led by parents of the abused.
"17.01.2017 12:30:03" thestar.com Federal government vows action on mercury contamination Grassy Narrows 'once and for all' Working with provincial and First Nations leaders, Ottawa will address mercury contamination that has plagued Grassy Narrows for decades, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. The vow of action to deal with Grassy Narrows mercury contamination followed requests for help from Chief Simon Fobister Sr., a New Democrat MP, and the recent publication by the Star of new test results showing contaminated land.
"17.01.2017 12:00:02" thestar.com Barrie woman's suicide leaves sexual assault case in jeopardy Kassidi Coyle died by suicide months after she was allegedly the victim of a sexual assault. Kassidi Coyle died by suicide four months after she was allegedly the victim of a sexual assault, leaving her family and friends devastated and fixed on one question: Will her alleged attacker still face a trial?
"17.01.2017 11:30:03" thestar.com Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch is dead wrong about Toronto: Keenan Her assertion that the city lacks a sense of neighbourliness is belied by a zillion simple acts that reveal a genuine spirit of community. Toronto is indeed a friendly place, despite what Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch says about the city, writes columnist Edward Keenan.
"17.01.2017 11:00:05" thestar.com Serbian migrants endure week of frigid hell in Belgrade warehouse As the weather turned nasty in Europe last week some migrants had to fend for themselves as aid agencies scrambled to help. Men and boys occupying the sprawling complex — a vast crumbling building with few windows or doors — found themselves in danger of exposure while aid groups scrambled to help.
"17.01.2017 10:00:03" thestar.com Why Siri should sound like a cantankerous old white guy: Teitel Now is the time to ensure our artificial intelligence helpers' personalities and voices are modelled on something other than antiquated gender norms. Our columnist argues, because we're at the dawn of artificial intelligence, now is the time to set the standard personality of AI — to form something beyond traditional gender norms.
"17.01.2017 05:00:03" thestar.com Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map The cross-country celebration led by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra aims to give Canadian music the overdue respect it deserves. “With this project, we hope to foster diversity, openness and inclusion,” says TSO music director Peter Oundjian. “This once-in-a-generation opportunity offers the chance to do something truly transformative for Canadian music.”
"17.01.2017 04:30:02" thestar.com How these pink hats became the symbol of the anti-Trump women's march As word spread on social media, thousands of hats — knit with skeins of thick magenta or fuchsia yarn — have been made around the world. Knitters — mostly women — started crafting handmade pink caps with cat ears, an effort now called the “pussyhat project."
"17.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Canada's embassy to celebrate Trump's big day with exclusive party, poutine The embassy's unsurpassed view of the parade route makes its party a hot ticket on inauguration day. No, Donald, not Putin. Poutine.
"17.01.2017 03:35:03" thestar.com Jose Bautista and Jays both need another season: Griffin The slugger has to establish his value again, while the Jays need to protect theirs. Will he stay or will he go?
"17.01.2017 03:00:04" thestar.com Markham man arrested for impaired driving, collision, driving wrong way York Regional Police made 12 impaired-related driving arrests from last Friday to Sunday. The man blew over twice the legal limit of alcohol.
"17.01.2017 02:30:05" thestar.com 'The Wire' actress directs HBO documentary on Baltimore after Freddie Gray death Titled 'For the Love of Baltimore,' the film directed by Sonja Sohn 'explores a city divided' and 'grappling with its history of police brutality.' Told through the journeys of local activists, police officers, community residents and gang affiliates, it shows a city grappling with its history of police brutality, as well as crime and decades of economic disenfranchisement, as six law enforcement
"17.01.2017 02:00:02" thestar.com Women's sex-harassment suit against RCMP certified as class action Judge Ann Marie McDonald says she's satisfied the women have shown they have reasonable grounds to press their lawsuit. “Based upon the information provided by the RCMP, there may be as many as 20,000 females who qualify as primary class members,” the judge said.
"17.01.2017 01:30:03" thestar.com Eight men as rich as half the world, anti-poverty group Oxfam says Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg are among the richest eight men in the world, who collectively own as much wealth as 3.6 billion people. “We have a situation where billionaires are paying less tax often than their cleaner or their secretary,” Max Lawson, Oxfam's policy adviser, told The Associated Press.
"17.01.2017 01:05:36" thestar.com 11 things we've already learned about Donald Trump's presidency . . . before it's even started Trump will be sworn in is as America's 45th president with a speech he has suggested will be inspired by Reagan and Kennedy. President-elect Donald Trump has raged through the months since his victory, casting aside norms of decorum, policy and international relations . . . so it's reasonable to expect more of the same.
"17.01.2017 00:33:55" thestar.com How Canadian filmmakers are trying to make Heritage Minutes fresh again 'There's a lot of holes, a lot of things to do,' says Historica Canada's chief executive, Anthony Wilson-Smith. Historica Canada's chief executive says he's hoping to fill glaring omissions in the series, including stories about the LGBTQ community, young people, religion and the environment.
"17.01.2017 00:00:02" thestar.com Oh, please. Joseph Boyden not the victim in indigenous ancestry saga: Paradkar Celebrated author Joseph Boyden is the only one who knows the truth about his heritage, and whether or not he lied about it is relevant to us all. It's not about Joseph Boyden having multiple identities, it's about how they keep shifting — Mi'kmaq here, Ojibwe there, Nipmuc elsewhere, with more such claims he has made emerging. It would be the equivalent of Michaëlle Jean saying she has Canadian
"16.01.2017 23:31:26" thestar.com Ontario eyes stronger protections for workers who get sick on the job Province gearing up to have dedicated occupational disease response team in place by year end. What was once seen as a beacon of progress, the General Electric plant in Peterborough is now blamed by some as the cause of hundreds of cases of cancer developed in former workers.
"16.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com More red-light cameras coming to Toronto City set to expand program as data shows red-light infractions on the rise. Last year, 77 drivers, car passengers, pedestrians and cyclists were killed on Toronto's streets, the highest number of traffic fatalities in more than a decade.
"16.01.2017 22:30:03" thestar.com Hillary Clinton may be a good fit for mayor of NYC: DiManno There's a movement to draft her for New York's next mayoral race, and that has to be flattering after her humiliating loss in the U.S. presidential election. Most conspicuously, Clinton hasn't bothered to publicly rule out the possibility.
"16.01.2017 22:00:02" thestar.com Springsteen tribute band cancels gig at gala before inauguration Leader of cover act says Monday that reaction to band's participation 'got blown out of proportion.' The Bruce Springsteen tribute band's decision to cancel plans to perform at a Washington gala before Trump's inauguration was based "solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band."
"16.01.2017 21:30:02" thestar.com Conservative MPP accuses Liberals of secrecy on how businesses get government funding Share information on 'corporate welfare,' Tory MPP tells Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid. “Our government has absolutely nothing to hide,” Duguid said in a statement Monday, noting data on investments from January 2013 to March 2016 has already been released.
"16.01.2017 21:00:04" thestar.com St. Catharines family finds Advil pills in Iceberg French Vanilla ice cream Niagara police are advising resident to be alert after a family claims it found 8 Advil capsules in an ice cream container. After opening the sealed container, a family member began dishing out scoops before discovering about eight pills in the ice cream.
"16.01.2017 20:30:03" thestar.com Meet the biker hosting the largest pro-Trump rally during the inauguration 48-year-old chainsaw artist from South Carolina was an early and enthusiastic supporter of President-elect Donald Trump. Chris Cox is hosting the Inauguration Day demonstration for an estimated 5,000 motorcycle diehards.
"16.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com What happens to the dog when a couple breaks up? Pet custody disputes can be nasty, but some former couples have found workable solutions They bought him together, trained him together, and adored him together.
"16.01.2017 19:22:02" thestar.com Icy roads expected for Tuesday morning commute across GTA Environment Canada issued a special weather statement regarding 'poor' driving conditions expected after overnight freezing rain. Prepare for icy roads, Toronto! Light freezing drizzle is expected to start around 9 p.m. Monday.
"16.01.2017 19:00:02" thekit.ca Prince Harry Introduces Meghan Markle to Kate Middleton No stress, Meghan Markle No stress, Meghan Markle.
"16.01.2017 18:30:02" thestar.com Trump's Twitter tirades continue with inauguration just days away Trump lashed out on social media after criticism from outgoing CIA chief John Brennan and civil rights icon John Lewis. The tough-talking Republican questioned whether the CIA director himself was “the leaker of fake news” in a Sunday night tweet.
"16.01.2017 17:45:02" thestar.com Ethics watchdog opens probe into Trudeau's vacation at the Aga Khan's island Trudeau may have violated multiple sections of the federal ethics code, ethics commissioner Mary Dawson says. Trudeau and his staff have repeatedly justified the trip as a “family vacation.”
"16.01.2017 17:17:10" thestar.com FBI arrests wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen A person familiar with the details of the arrest said Noor Salman was charged with obstruction. Prosecutors had been weighing charges against her in the aftermath of the attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens.
"16.01.2017 16:30:02" thestar.com Senior who beat fellow resident to death gets life in prison, no parole for 10 years Peter Brooks had been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2013 death of Joycelyn Dickson at a long term care home in Scarborough. Crown prosecutor Donna Kellway argued that, despite Brooks having mild dementia at the time, he deliberately and intentionally attacked Missier and Dickson, for, in his own words, “sweet revenge.”
"16.01.2017 15:56:01" thestar.com Amber Alert cancelled as 15-year-old girl found safe | Toronto Star A witness told police two men leapt out of a silver van, forced the girl into the vehicle and drove off. #Update 10:59am: Missing 15-year-old girl found, Amber Alert called off
Peel Regional Police say a girl who was feared abducted in Mississauga on Sunday has been found in good health. More to come.
"16.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com Trump team considers relocating White House media corps Vice-president-elect Mike Pence says the idea is a response to increased interest in the new administration, to find a bigger facility “to accommodate the extraordinary interest.” Speaking on television on Sunday, vice-president-elect Mike Pence said the idea is a response to increased interest in the new administration, saying they're “giving some consideration to finding a larger venue" to accommodate more people.
"16.01.2017 15:00:02" thestar.com Experts question whether tougher sentences deter drunk driving Experts agree with Justice Cary Boswell's assessment that judges have been handing down harsher sentences. Experts are questioning whether a recent trend towards stiffer sentences for those who kill someone while drinking and driving are doing much to solve the problem.
"16.01.2017 14:23:23" thestar.com Shooting at Mexican nightclub kills 5, leaves 9 wounded The shooting occurred outside the Blue Parrot nightclub, which was hosting an event that was part of the BPM electronic music festival. The motive for the shooting was unclear. BPM wrote that “the violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue.”
"16.01.2017 14:00:02" thestar.com Cyclist hit by garbage truck hopes to set up trauma-survivors network Margaret Harvey is working with St. Michael's Hospital to launch new initiative, which could help connect outpatients with support services. Margaret Harvey is hoping a trauma-survivors network she's launching with St. Michael's Hospital, Dubbed My BeST (Beyond Surviving to Thriving), can provide trauma outpatients with more followup and peer support.
"16.01.2017 13:30:02" thestar.com Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure a bigger burden on women, advocates say The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the consent someone gives to sexual activity can be considered null and void if a partner fails to disclose, or lies about, his or her HIV status Advocates say the current criminalization of HIV non-disclosure ignores the power imbalance that can make it more challenging for women to reveal their status to their sexual partners, including the fear that it would one day be used against them.
"16.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com Mississauga veteran held in Ohio jail for crime he can't remember Lesko was charged on Dec. 8 with attempted murder, felonious assault and disrupting public services after he allegedly harmed his brother with a knife. Jason Lesko is accused of attempted murder but his wife says he cannot remember the incident because he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"16.01.2017 12:30:03" thestar.com Action plan for troubled York board 'a first step,' chair says Strategy sent to education minister Friday part of what will be ongoing dialogue between staff, trustees and the minister, Loralea Carruthers says. York school board's new chair says an action plan sent to the education minister Friday in response to concerns around racism and foreign travel by trustees is “a first step” and “wasn't meant to right all the wrongs.”
"16.01.2017 12:00:02" thestar.com Outgoing CIA chief rips Trump over tweets, Russia Appearing on 'Fox News Sunday,' CIA Director John Brennan blasted the president-elect for 'talking and tweeting' about easing sanctions against Russia. “Now that he's going to have an opportunity to do something for our national security as opposed to talking and tweeting, he's going to have tremendous responsibility to make sure that U.S. and national security interests are protected,” said outgoing CIA
"16.01.2017 11:40:37" thestar.com Amber Alert issued for 15-year-old reportedly abducted in Mississauga A witness told police two men leapt out of a silver van, forced the girl into the vehicle and drove off. #AMBER ALERT: A witness described the abduction, saying that two men jumped out of a silver van at St. Barbara Blvd. and Comiskey Cres. just after 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. They forced the girl into the van and were last seen heading south on St.
"16.01.2017 11:00:04" thestar.com Freezing rain to be followed by 'January thaw' Expect daytime highs above 0 C all week, but beware of freezing rain on Monday night, Environment Canada says. You can expect temperatures above 0 C this week, but first . . . Environment Canada is calling for freezing rain on Monday night. #StarWeather
"16.01.2017 10:00:04" thestar.com Cabinet shuffle creates Freeland-Putin odd couple: Collenette Putin/Freeland diplomatic relationship may not solely concern trade and sanctions. It could also have a far reaching effect for global justice and the protection of human rights. #Commentary Our columnist argues that last week's cabinet shuffle will effect the fight for global justice and human rights.
"16.01.2017 05:00:02" thestar.com Former pro wrestler Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka dies at 73 Attorney Robert Kirwan II said Snuka died “due to complications from his ongoing medical problems.” Jimmy Snuka, a native of Fiji, was known on the pro wrestling circuit for diving from the ropes and even the top of steel cages in a career that spanned decades. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. He died at home on Sunday.
"16.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the most Asian show on TV you've never heard of The superhero series is as close to a post-racial universe as you will get on TV, with visible minorities both in front of and behind the cameras. "For us, a way of empowering diversity is not highlighting it at all."
"16.01.2017 03:30:02" thestar.com Durham police search for missing Oshawa man On Sunday, police and volunteers spent the day searching the waterfront area near his neighborhood. Cameron Bailie, 27, was last seen in his Oshawa home on Oxford Street on Jan. 10.
"16.01.2017 02:58:25" thestar.com Two richest Canadians as wealthy as poorest 30 per cent, report says Oxfam International published its report "An Economy for the 99%" ahead of the World Economic Forum. Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians.
"16.01.2017 02:30:03" thestar.com Slain Orlando police officer remembered for serving her community Sgt. Debra Clayton was gunned down outside a Wal-Mart store in Orlando last Monday after she approached 41-year-old Markeith Loyd. Sgt. Debra Clayton read books to children at elementary schools, would clean the homes of elderly residents and was a motherly figure to young people lacking parental guidance.
"16.01.2017 02:00:04" thestar.com Staffers hold lengthy Inauguration dress rehearsal with U.S. presidential stand-ins The dress rehearsal features stand-ins playing everyone from Supreme Court justices and Cabinet members, to diplomats and former vice presidents, to Trump's and vice president-elect's children. The dress rehearsal included stand ins for judges, Cabinet members, diplomats and former vice presidents.
"16.01.2017 01:30:03" thestar.com Beaver's genome mapped out to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday The genome was sequenced using DNA from Ward, a 10-year-old male beaver that lives at the Toronto Zoo with its mate June. A team of molecular geneticists has sequenced the genome of the Canadian beaver — Castor canadensis — to mark the country's sesquicentennial.
"16.01.2017 01:00:02" thestar.com Scientists used light to turn mice into stone-cold killers The scientists used optogenetics to manipulate neurons, to help understand how large brain networks work. The mice stayed peaceful in the dark. But when the lights were turned on, crickets in cages were attacked and beheaded, and plastic toys that looked like prey received powerful bites that would have been lethal.
"16.01.2017 00:00:05" thestar.com Obama disappointed black Americans: Royson James But the fact he made it to the White House shows things have changed. "A black president — buffeted by historic economic problems, opposed at every turn by the Republicans, encumbered by a racial reality that interpreted every nod to black folk as reverse racism — was more politician than prophet, a ruler and not a
"15.01.2017 23:00:02" thestar.com Ontario drivers with unpaid speeding tickets to be denied licence plates With municipalities in the province owed a collective $1.4 billion in unpaid tickets, the Ontario government hopes the new penalty will encourage speeding scofflaws to pay outstanding fines. People with unpaid speeding tickets are already subject to licence suspension, but plate denial will be an added motivator to pay those fines, said Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca.
"15.01.2017 22:36:54" thestar.com 'Hidden Figures' stays at box office top; Affleck, Scorsese films flop Hidden Figures sold a leading $20.5 million in tickets in North American theatres over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend. Hidden Figures is about African-American mathematicians at NASA who broke down barriers, both at work and in the sky, in the era of the space race.
"15.01.2017 22:00:00" thestar.com CAMH study finds possible chemical link between migration and psychosis Groundbreaking study has identified a plausible biological mechanism that links the effects of migration to the risk of developing psychosis. Brain chemistry could change under the stress of migration, increasing a newcomer's risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses.
"15.01.2017 21:30:02" thestar.com Outgoing CIA chief rips Trump over tweets, Russia CIA Director John Brennan blasted the president-elect for 'talking and tweeting' about easing sanctions against Russia. With Trump being sworn in within days, the CIA director had this to say about the president-elect's "talking and tweeting."
"15.01.2017 21:00:02" thestar.com Brampton car crash kills 24-year-old man Driver apparently lost control of his car and slammed into a traffic light post, Peel police say. Police say the man was alone in a yellow Toyota Celica, which was travelling eastbound on Clark Blvd., east of Dixie Rd., before “losing control” and crashing head-on into a traffic light post on Saturday night.
"15.01.2017 20:30:04" thestar.com Researchers find link to Anne Frank in remains of Nazi death camp Archeologists excavating the remains of the Sobibor camp in Poland have found a pendant that appears identical to one belonging to the famous diarist. The triangular pendant has the words “Mazal Tov” written in Hebrew on one side, while the other side has the Hebrew letter “heh,” an initial for God, as well as three Stars of David.
"15.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com Dark clouds threaten Justin Trudeau's sunny ways in 2017: opinion The coming year will prove a challenge for the prime minister as he faces tough issues and must please increasingly upset provinces. Outlook not so good? Trudeau's harmonious relationship with the provinces promises to be disrupted in the next year.
"15.01.2017 19:00:02" thestar.com Advocates blast secret manual for prosecuting HIV cases The guide to prosecuting HIV cases is "undermining" public health, critics say. What's most chilling about the manual is that it risks undermining the goals of public health, argues one Toronto lawyer.
"15.01.2017 18:00:03" thestar.com Retirement will look like anything but for President Obama Expected to keep a low profile for the next few months, Obama is looking ahead to the book he wants to write and possible speaking gigs. As of next Friday, Barack Obama will be out of a job. He's ruled out running another campaign for political office — so has his wife — but he has pledged to stay active in the national conversation.
"15.01.2017 17:00:03" thestar.com He says freedom, they say hate: The professor and the pronoun fight Prof. Jordan Peterson has angered many in and outside U of T, but he sees himself as a potential martyr for free speech. The U of T professor who refuses to use gender-neutral terms is back lecturing with a growing — and lucrative — base of support.
"15.01.2017 16:00:08" thestar.com Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years "The Greatest Show on Earth" has been hit with declining attendance, especially after the elephants left. Send out the clowns.
"15.01.2017 15:00:03" thestar.com Online holiday shopping drives surge in returns What happens next may surprise you. The good news? You can return pretty much anything you buy online. The bad news? It's costing retailers big money and may not be sustainable.
"15.01.2017 14:00:02" thestar.com 70,000 birds have been slaughtered in New York City since 2009 water landing U.S. federal data shows that while bird killings have ramped up since the 2009 incident, the recorded number of bird strikes has increased, too. Nearly 70,000 birds have been slaughtered since the 'Miracle on the Hudson,' but it is not clear whether those killings have made the skies safer.
"15.01.2017 13:00:02" thestar.com Ontario economy growing at 2.6 per cent The low Canadian dollar is leading to high fives at cash-strapped Queen's Park. Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the third quarter saw Ontario's economy out-perform many G7 nations.
"15.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com Barbecued pulled Jackfruit Sandwich: Cook this blog The meat-like texture of this large tropical fruit is a growing favourite for the vegan crowd. Jackfruit is on our list of food trend items to watch for in 2017, and according to health coach Brooke Letterle, you won't miss the pork after nailing this recipe.
"15.01.2017 11:00:04" thestar.com Spring Lists: The 25 Canadian books we can't wait to read From award-winners like Heather O'Neill to newcomers like Elan Mastai, these books are all hotly anticipated. Canadian publishers are breaking out a bounty of fiction and non-fiction to celebrate this year's sesquicentennial! Here are some reads you'll want to dive into leading up to Canada Day.
"15.01.2017 05:00:04" thestar.com Drowned fox encased in ice block pulled from Germany's Danube River It is not unusual to find animals who perished in the freezing water, including deer and wild boar. A German hunter extracted the fox encased in ice and put it on display as a warning of the icy river's dangers.
"15.01.2017 04:00:04" thestar.com 5 things we learned about the new Star Wars from director Rian Johnson The follow-up film to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will emphasize fun, according to the director. Star Wars Episode VIII is still a top-secret project but Director Rian Johnson has given us clues about what's to come.
"15.01.2017 03:30:03" thestar.com Four people suffer life-threatening injuries after Mansfield crash A large section of Airport Rd. will remain closed for at least seven to eight hours for investigation. An unknown number of occupants were trapped in vehicles at the crash site and required extraction.
"15.01.2017 03:00:03" thestar.com SpaceX rocket reaches orbit, delivers satellites About nine minutes after the rocket blasted off, its jettisoned first stage landed upright on a so-called droneship in the Pacific Ocean. The successful launch was Elon Musk's company SpaceX's first attempt since a rocket exploded last September.
"15.01.2017 02:00:00" The Darcys' Jason Couse performs 'Arizona Highway' While drummer Wes Marskell took a break, the Darcys' Jason Couse transformed 'Arizona Highway' from their electro-pop album Centerfold into a more intimate, singer-songwriter version.
"15.01.2017 01:40:32" thestar.com Joseph Boyden's identity crisis opens up questions on who is part of a community 'If you feel indigenous, no, that is not enough,' says Rebeka Tabobondung of Wasauksing First Nation. Author Joseph Boyden has been an indigenous star in the mainstream media. But in the indigenous community, questions have been floated for some time about who his people are, or, conversely, who exactly claims him as a member of their community.
"15.01.2017 01:00:03" thestar.com Photos: Malia and Sasha Obama through the years in the White House Malia and Sasha Obama were only 10 and 7, respectively, when their dad became president. The Obama daughters, Sasha and Malia, have grown up right in front of our eyes as their father, Barack Obama, ascended to the presidency.
"15.01.2017 00:30:03" thestar.com Toronto police solve 1983 murder, but won't name killer Case is closed in stabbing death of Peel schoolteacher Graham Hugh Pearce. Police are only saying the case is solved.
"14.01.2017 23:30:02" thestar.com Attorney general orders probe of Legal Aid Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says he is “concerned” about Legal Aid Ontario's budget. Cuts to address Legal Aid's budget deficit mean that impoverished individuals who may not be facing jail time but could be deported, fired or slapped with a hefty fine if they are convicted — and get a criminal record in the process — will be left to fend
"14.01.2017 23:00:05" thestar.com Sexual assault question in math homework prompts apology from Pennsylvania high school Based on Maya Angelou's autobiography, the assignment presented an algebra formula that asked: 'Angelou was sexually abused by her mother's ___ at age 8.' The assignment focused on Maya Angelou and her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It provided an algebra formula that asked: “Angelou was sexually abused by her mother's ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for
"14.01.2017 22:30:02" thestar.com Laneway living gets a new push in Toronto Creating homes in the city's alleys is one solution to the housing crunch. For one family, the laneway was their backyard, where they rode bikes, skipped rope and played hockey. Proximity to Roncesvalles, with its shops and amenities, meant the children quickly became independent as they grew,
"14.01.2017 22:05:15" thestar.com Porter grounds all flights due to system outage The cause of the system outage, and expected length of delay, is unknown. UPDATE: Porter Airlines confirms flight operations have resumed after the outage.
"14.01.2017 21:30:04" thestar.com Feminist protest sends Trump the evil eye Canadian designer Amie Cunningham will be one of 50 women wearing her eye-catching bra in the Women's March on Washington, D.C. When silkscreen print designer Amie Cunningham joins the Women's March on Washington in D.C. later this month, she'll be showing, not burning, her bra to make a political statement.
"14.01.2017 21:00:03" thestar.com La Loche student tells Trudeau 'We're dreaming big. We don't want to be forgotten' After Raptors president Masai Ujiri visited students in La Loche, he took them around Toronto, including a visit with the PM. A student from La Loche told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, "We're loud and we're proud, but we're dreaming big and we don't want to disappear. We don't want to be forgotten."
"14.01.2017 20:30:03" thestar.com Falsely convicted, in maximum security and pregnant Convicted of killing her son based on Charles Smith's testimony, Tammy Marquardt enters the Prison for Women. An excerpt from Death in the Family. After intake, the new inmates were taken to see the OIC, or the officer-in-charge. His name was Barry McGinnis, and he had some words of advice for Tammy. “If you want that child to live,” he said, pointing to her stomach, “you don't tell anyone what
"14.01.2017 20:00:04" thestar.com Why Air Miles? Booze-buying rewards should be safe rides home 'If you buy alcohol in Ontario — at the LCBO, Beer Store, grocery store, bar or restaurant — you should be incentivized to invest in a safe ride home.' "Maybe, if the liquor store is going to reward us for loyalty, it should be with a safe trip home when we shouldn't be driving."
"14.01.2017 19:30:03" thestar.com Disability tax credit not extended to those with mental illness There are many Canadians with serious mental illness who, experts say, are missing out on benefits and tax breaks because too few doctors understand what constitutes a disability. “I think of bipolar disorder as trying to ride a bucking bronco all the time,” Patti Gardner says. “You have to be careful because it's going to try to get away from you whenever it has a chance.”
"14.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com Prince's wife got $6 million Toronto house in 2007 divorce: documents The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported details of the couple's split after the newspaper got the court records unsealed. Prince's unsealed divorce file from his second marriage shows the couple lived a luxurious lifestyle that included spending $50,000 per party after major awards ceremonies, a newspaper reported Friday.
"14.01.2017 18:30:02" thestar.com Toronto asks Ottawa, Queen's Park for help in Regent Park development Letter from Tory, councillors warns delays will “demoralize” waiting tenants Phase 3 includes construction of 637 replacement rental units in four buildings, two of which are under construction, and the Regent Park Athletic Grounds that opened last summer. The cost, excluding some Daniels buildings to come later, is $256 million.
"14.01.2017 18:00:02" thestar.com Trump lashes out at civil rights legend who described his election win as illegitimate Trump tweeted that congressman John Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district” than complaining about results. "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"
"14.01.2017 17:30:03" thestar.com Road rage? Trump trouble? La la la I can't hear you: Menon If we'd all just sing a song, like La La Land would have us do, the world would surely be a happier place. If Donald Trump quit Twitter tomorrow and started broadcasting future gripes from behind a mic with a backing band – Meryl Streeeeep / So overraaaated / A Hil-lar-y flun-ky who lost biigggg – he'd be on a path to adorable.
"14.01.2017 17:00:02" thestar.com CAMH study finds possible chemical link between migration and psychosis Groundbreaking study has identified a plausible biological mechanism that links the effects of migration to the risk of developing psychosis. “Immigrants and their children have higher dopamine synthesis capacity versus non-immigrants. When they are under stress, they also release more dopamine. These brain changes might explain the higher risk to develop psychosis that has been observed in
"14.01.2017 16:30:03" thestar.com Alleged sex abuse by UN peacekeepers 'tip of the iceberg' Internal Canadian documents outline gaps in accountability for accused UN troops. In a special 2016 report, the UN named 21 countries with credible allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by peacekeepers, documenting 69 allegations in 2015 alone. The report named two cases of exploitation and abuse by Canadian police
"14.01.2017 16:00:02" thestar.com Aga Khan controversy follows Justin Trudeau on tour At a town hall Friday, ordinary Canadians pressed the prime minister about his trip, as well as carbon taxes and hydro bills. "I feel like you have failed me and I am asking you here today to fix that," an emotional a single mother, told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"14.01.2017 15:30:03" thestar.com 18 years ago, Mayor Mel Lastman called in the Army for snow removal Two snow emergencies were declared in the span of 10 days The city had been under siege for over a week after the first snow emergency was declared on Jan. 4 when around 38 centimetres of snow crippled the city.
As the snow slowly accumulated in the days after the first storm, Toronto was hit with another
"14.01.2017 15:00:06" thestar.com 6 more charged in Kim Kardashian robbery in Paris In total, there are ten people charged so far in the probe. That brings the total number of people charged so far in the probe to 10. Authorities now looking at a possible inside job.
"14.01.2017 14:23:22" thestar.com As election looms, how low can Kathleen Wynne go? Cohn Electricity has become Ontario's political meme, drowning out any upbeat Liberal talking points.
"14.01.2017 14:00:03" thestar.com Province to 'carefully review' tests showing tainted soil upstream from Grassy Narrows The ministry also said that after its review it would “take appropriate investigative action.” The pledge from the Ministry of the Environment came after the Star and Earthroots volunteers took soil samples from behind a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., which revealed elevated mercury levels.
"14.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com Hey Bunz! ISO a soak in your bathtub Ken Ferguson resolves to bathe in a strangers' tub each day in January to build community #BathtubsofBunz “A lot of us are artists and don't have a ton of money,” he said. “(Bunz) is a perfect outlet for us to bridge that gap and become a community.”
"14.01.2017 12:00:04" thestar.com Malls in Canada still big business A report by the Retail Council of Canada shows that sales by square foot in the northern nation's shopping centres beat their U.S. counterparts. If you're a retailer who still believes in brick-and-mortar, consider Canada.
"14.01.2017 11:00:00" Finding mercury upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nations The Star travels to Dryden, Ontario, to follow a tip about contaminated soil upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation. The results raise concerns.
"14.01.2017 05:00:04" thestar.com A divorce is a great time to rethink who you are Jill Sockwell embarked on a new career after her marriage ended, and co-wrote a book called The Optimist's Guide to Divorce. When Jill Sockwell's marriage came apart, her plan was to binge read her way through the self-help section at the bookstore. Instead, she wrote her own book.
"14.01.2017 04:00:02" thestar.com Bush twins share advice with Obama sisters as 'former First Children' Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush poke fun at themselves and advise Malia and Sasha Obama to use their White House experience to make 'positive change.' The Bushes advise the Obamas to draw on their many experiences during their time in the White House and use them to “help guide you in making positive change.”
"14.01.2017 02:45:02" thestar.com This Republican cancer survivor says Obamacare saved her life. Now she's scared More than 330,000 Arkansans got insurance under Barack Obama's health law. They're part of the biggest obstacle left in the way of the Republicans' 'repeal and replace.' Anita Bacon, 43, just survived cancer. She credits God. And Obamacare. Now she, and others, may lose it after Donald Trump's "repeal and replace" the program.
"14.01.2017 02:15:02" thestar.com After anti-abortion ads on buses, what's next?: Mallick Be prepared for U.S.-style misogyny to creep into Canada. Hateful messages on buses are a start, columnist Heather Mallick writes. Why Peterborough agreed to allow anti-abortion ads on its city buses is baffling, writes Heather Mallick.
"14.01.2017 02:00:00" The Darcys' Jason Couse performs 'Coming Up For Air' The Darcys' Jason Couse performs a solo rendition of 'Coming Up For Air' as part of the Newsroom Concert Series.
"14.01.2017 01:29:40" thestar.com Hayley Wickenheiser opened arena doors for Canadian girls Canada's all-time top scorer retires from hockey after years of putting off medical school. Five-time Olympic medallist Hayley Wickenheiser is hanging up her skates and picking up a stethoscope.
"14.01.2017 00:47:29" thestar.com TTC plans 35 subway closures this year The majority of the closures will affect Line 1 as the transit agency readies a new signalling system. The TTC has cut down on the number of subway closures it will need this year . . . to 35.
"14.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com Pitching, not slugging, may drive Blue Jays in 2017 With Edwin Encarnacion gone to Cleveland and Jose Bautista's status up in the air, the Jays may need to rely even more on their pitching staff, which was among the MLB's best in 2016. “We have one of the best starting rotations in baseball,” said outfielder Kevin Pillar.
"13.01.2017 23:30:00" thestar.com Florida woman kidnapped as newborn from hospital found 18 years later | Toronto Star Kamiyah Mobley was only eight hours old when she was taken by a woman posing as a nurse. Now 18 years old, she's 'an adult and clearly a victim in this case,' the sheriff said. The young woman's birth family is rejoicing, but the young woman has been provided with counselling. How and when she'll reconnect with them is up to her.
"13.01.2017 22:53:56" thestar.com California company recalls boots after tread leaves swastika imprints Conal International Trading has apologized 'to anyone who was offended by an imprint one of our boots left behind.' “The soles don't look that much like swastikas, but the prints are unmistakable,” one person wrote on Reddit. “And whoever made the soles would have understood that.”
"13.01.2017 22:23:06" thestar.com Champion of migrant workers gets last-minute reprieve from deportation | Toronto Star Gina Bahiwal had already packed her bags for her deportation to the Philippines, scheduled for Sunday morning. Gina Bahiwal says it "feels like a dream" after border officials cancelled her deportation to the Philippines.
"13.01.2017 21:29:11" The Moves: Dizzy Lizard In need of an afternoon stretch? Yoga instructor YuMee Chung demonstrates a move called the Dizzy Lizard.
"13.01.2017 18:49:02" thestar.com Police numbers show black men 3 times more likely to be street checked in Halifax A report from Halifax RCMP found of 1,246 street checks in the city's region, 41 per cent involved African-Nova Scotians in the first 10 months of 2016. “I don't think it's acceptable anywhere. I think I was startled, like most Nova Scotians, by the stats that were brought out,” Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters.
"13.01.2017 18:49:02" thestar.com Mississauga residents demand to know why progress so slow at blast site Area where couple committed suicide by blowing up home still like a 'ghost town.' “It's still like a ghost town, still under construction, still this and that... Everybody's wondering, 'Why so long?'”
"13.01.2017 18:49:02" thestar.com Federal government looks at creating new housing benefit for low-income renters Generally, housing benefits are provided to renters who need help paying the bills, but if a renter moves to a new unit, the supplement doesn't follow. “The government realizes it's not a solution to simply build what generally end up turning into ghettos of huge numbers of government-provided housing,” said Ron Kneebone, an economist from the University of Calgary who studies homelessness.
"13.01.2017 18:49:01" thestar.com Three Chinese weightlifters lose 2008 Olympic gold for doping Because of the similar cases, the IOC disciplinary commission urged the International Weightlifting Federation to investigate Chinese team coaches and officials. The IOC said all three Chinese weightlifters tested positive for GHRP-2, which stimulates production of growth hormone. China faces a one-year ban from international weightlifting.
"13.01.2017 18:49:00" thestar.com Once Upon A City: Toronto's original firebrand leaves 'spirited' legacy William Lyon Mackenzie, politician, rebel and great-grandfather of Canada's longest-serving PM, casts a long shadow of Toronto's past. Two sets of husband and wife caretakers told a reporter they'd seen a short, “frock-coated'' man, matching the description of Mackenzie, who died in the front master-bedroom on Aug. 28, 1861, age 66.
"13.01.2017 18:49:00" thestar.com 911 is for emergencies, not cab rides, Saskatchewan RCMP say The dispatch centre has put out a list of some of the unnecessary calls it got in 2016, such as a person who called 911 to find their online friends' addresses. One person called asking police to find their online friends' addresses so they could send Christmas cards, while another person called because their neighbour's Christmas lights bothered them.
"13.01.2017 18:49:00" thestar.com Donald Trump takes a bad situation and makes it worse: Editorial The Trump circus is already in full swing, and the show doesn't even officially open until Jan. 20. Could anyone make such a steaming pile even worse? Yes, certainly: Donald Trump could.
"13.01.2017 18:49:00" thestar.com Yonge-Sheppard station entrance remains closed as delays continue Frustrations rise among local residents over entrance that was first supposed to re-open in early 2015. John Filion, city councillor for Toronto's Ward 23, said the entrance's opening hinges on its passing of city inspections.
"13.01.2017 18:49:00" thestar.com The bones of the Nazi 'Angel of Death' have become a teaching tool in Brazil Josef Mengele conducted horrific experiments on thousands of Jews at Auschwitz, but escaped justice to die in secret in South America. Now, the man who identified Mengele's remains is using his bones to train a new generation of forensic doctors. In an ironic twist that many Holocaust survivors may see as a form of justice, Dr. Daniel Romero Munoz's students are now learning their trade with the bones of Josef Mengele, the notorious "Angel of Death" of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
"13.01.2017 18:48:59" thestar.com 7 things you wanted to know about the Aga Khan controversy, but were afraid to ask Here's what you need to know about Justin Trudeau's controversial visit to the Aga Khan's private island — starting with the basics. Here's what you need to know about the Aga Khan controversy, starting with the basics:
"13.01.2017 18:48:59" thestar.com Donald Trump, the germaphobe in chief Trump is the rare businessman to speak out against the all-American handshake — it's “barbaric,” he has said. But legion are the palms a president must grip.
"13.01.2017 18:48:59" thestar.com Five questions for Kevin O'Leary: Hepburn Celebrity multimillionaire Kevin O'Leary teases Tories with hints he may, or may not, seek party leadership. "For more than a year, the multimillionaire entrepreneur has been tossing out hints that he will run for the federal Conservative leadership, a move that has many party loyalists salivating."
"13.01.2017 18:45:01" thekit.ca Trump's Endorsement Tweet of L.L. Bean Spells Disaster - The Kit L.L. Bean gets dragged into Donald Trump's Twitter The iconic Bean Boot regularly boasts a waitlist anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people strong, so it will be interesting to see if Trump's declaration and the subsequent social media protest campaign changes that.
"13.01.2017 18:23:53" thestar.com Chicago police plagued by racial bias, 'systemic deficiencies,' report says | Toronto Star According to a U.S. Department of Justice report released on Friday, Chicago Police Department have a tendency to use excessive force which 'is largely attributable to systemic deficiencies within CPD and the City.' The Justice Department launched its investigation in December 2015 following the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer shoot a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times as he walked away holding a small, folded knife.
"13.01.2017 17:30:47" thestar.com The Boyden affair just got murkier: Salutin Celebrated author agrees to select interviews, insists he never embellished or lied about his heritage, but also offered platitudes versus confronting precise criticisms Regrets, he had a few, but mostly for being so famous. Boyden said he'd been “too much of a go-to guy” on “pan-indigenous issues” and “taking too much airtime.” He “should be allowing others” to speak. He was voluntarily pulling back to make room.
"13.01.2017 17:00:01" thestar.com Mercury-tainted soil found upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation | Toronto Star Star reporters and volunteers from Earthroots took soil samples from behind an old paper mill, 100 kilometres upstream from Grassy Narrows, which revealed significantly elevated levels of mercury. “There is more than enough of a smoking gun to require a full investigation,” said Gord Miller, Ontario's former environmental commissioner and the chair of environmental group Earthroots.
"13.01.2017 16:30:48" thestar.com The Toronto Star In his speech, you can hear Ujiri's voice catch. He saw some things on the visit that got to him, and that's where you hear it. It's towards the last couple sentences of the part where he says, “You must dream bigger than here. There's tragedy that
"13.01.2017 15:52:38" thestar.com Misconduct charges stayed against Toronto cops who blocked citizen filming arrest | Toronto Star Videographer says officers provided 'sincere' apology during closed-door mediation but details of resolution won't be released to public. In an interview with the Star on Thursday, Miller said he was satisfied with the outcome, saying the officers provided a “sincere” apology.
"13.01.2017 15:49:15" thestar.com Lord Snowdon, former husband of Princess Margaret, dies aged 86 Antony Armstrong-Jones, or Lord Snowdon, has died peacefully at his home. One of England's most famous photographers, Snowdon was one of the few top-echelon royals to hold down an outside job after he married the sister of Queen Elizabeth II in 1960, and his professional reputation grew steadily.
"13.01.2017 15:01:25" thestar.com U.K.'s Sky pulls 'Urban Myths' show starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Sky Arts said it has decided not to broadcast the program 'in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family.' Sky had been criticized for casting the white Shakespeare in Love star as the King of Pop in “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon.”
"13.01.2017 14:40:42" thestar.com 6 more charges against Woodstock nurse accused of killing 8 seniors Nurse charged in the deaths of eight seniors is expected to appear in person at the Woodstock courthouse. #BREAKING: 6 more charges against Woodstock nurse accused of killing 8 seniors
"13.01.2017 14:40:40" thestar.com Mississauga residents demand to know why progress so slow at blast site Area where couple committed suicide by blowing up home still like a 'ghost town.' “It's still like a ghost town, still under construction, still this and that... Everybody's wondering, 'Why so long?'”
"13.01.2017 14:14:44" thestar.com Judge blasts Toronto police over 'Kafkaesque' traffic stop A driver was acquitted of failing to provide a breath sample, after an encounter with police a judge described as “truly Kafkaesque.” A judge has acquitted a man of failing to provide a breath sample, rebuking Toronto police officers' “aggressive” and “verbally abusive” conduct following a simple traffic stop, which included telling the man he needed to exit his car because he had come
"13.01.2017 13:40:22" thestar.com 7 things you wanted to know about the Aga Khan controversy, but were afraid to ask | Toronto Star Here's what you need to know about Justin Trudeau's controversial visit to the Aga Khan's private island — starting with the basics. Here's what you need to know about the Aga Khan controversy, starting with the basics:
"13.01.2017 01:00:00" Sourced: Carnicero's makes thick, smoked, brown sugar bacon Let's be honest, there are few things in food — and in life — that are as ethereal as bacon. Every week, Carnicero's Prime Meats and Fine Foods in the St. Lawrence Market sells out of almost 800 pounds of the two forms of pork.
"13.01.2017 00:00:00" The Darcys' Jason Couse performs 'Miracle' Darcys' Jason Couse delivers stripped-down performance of 'Miracle' in the Star studio as part of the Newsroom Concert Series. http://on.thestar.com/2ipNMkR
"12.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com LRT construction leaves Eglinton businesses worried about future Some businesses are taking drastic measures to stay afloat during LRT construction, which they say has slowed business “Every single business understands that we must build a subway, but it shouldn't be done on the backs of small businesses,” Maureen Sirois, chair of the Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area, said.
"12.01.2017 22:30:03" thestar.com U.S. Justice Department will investigate FBI director James Comey's pre-election conduct The Justice Department's inspector general said on Thursday that he will investigate Comey and the FBI's actions concerning the Hillary Clinton emails case. Democrats have blamed Comey's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and his late-October release of a letter about the case as among the reasons for her loss to Republican Donald Trump.
"12.01.2017 22:00:03" thestar.com Millions in grants for needy students aren't getting to them: report “This is the first time we've had absolutely rock-solid numbers that no one can refute, because they are the TDSB's own numbers.” $61M meant to go to Toronto's most vulnerable students is instead being diverted to balance the budget of the cash-strapped TDSB, says a damning report.
"12.01.2017 21:54:42" With help from Raptors giant Masai Ujiri, teens from La Loche ... In his speech, you can hear Toronto Raptors giant Masai Ujiri's voice catch. He saw some things on the visit to La Loche, Sask., that got to him, and that's where you hear it. It's towards the last couple sentences of the part where he says, “You must
"12.01.2017 21:30:02" thestar.com Garbage collectors rescue frozen, urine-soaked kitten from New Brunswick snowbank The two garbage collectors were working when they passed what they thought was a dead cat, said an official from CARMA Cat Rescue in Fredericton. The kitten could not have made its own way there, said Sue Knight, of CARMA Cat Rescue in Fredericton.
"12.01.2017 21:00:03" thestar.com Michael Jackson's daughter blasts Joseph Fiennes' portrayal Fiennes' role in upcoming episode of TV series 'makes me want to vomit,' says pop legend's 18-year-old daughter. Last year Fiennes himself said he was “shocked” to be cast in the role.
"12.01.2017 20:30:04" thestar.com 'That party ended fast,' say pharma industry leaders after Trump's attack Pharma companies are 'getting away with murder' said Trump, promising to force drug and biotechnology companies to bid for the government's business. On Wednesday, Trump promised to force drug and biotechnology companies to bid for the government's business, and reiterated his demand to do away with Obamacare.
"12.01.2017 20:00:02" thestar.com Trudeau reveals he rode Aga Khan's private helicopter | Toronto Star Admission comes as ethics commissioner starts “preliminary review” of PM's secret family holiday #Update: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted Thursday that he travelled on the Aga Khan's helicopter during his secret vacation to the billionaire's private island — a revelation that he may have broken federal law and the government's own rules on
"12.01.2017 19:30:08" thestar.com Fiat Chrysler accused of emission cheating by U.S. A 'notice of violation' has been issued to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups, said the Environmental Protection Agency. Fiat Chrysler quickly issued a statement denying any wrongdoing.
"12.01.2017 19:00:03" thekit.ca Selena Gomez kisses The Weeknd — and someone is not happy Selena Gomez has been singing that she "can't keep her hands to herself." After Selena Gomez was caught kissing The Weeknd, guess who unfollowed her on Instagram?
"12.01.2017 18:30:02" thestar.com $5K reward offered in case of poodle with muzzle bound shut Toronto Animal Services say the injured and malnourished dog was found on Christmas Eve. The poodle, now named Frankie, was found at the intersection of Rouge River Dr. and Jaguar St. “Despite the horrible abuse that Frankie has sustained, he presents as a happy, pleasant, trusting dog ... heartbreakingly typical of dogs in his situation,” a
"12.01.2017 18:00:03" thestar.com Man allowed to sue police after gang shooting in 2004 Kofi Patrong, 32, wins right to sue the force for its alleged role in a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a debilitating leg injury. Kofi Patrong's case raised a difficult question: can police be sued for harm caused by others?
"12.01.2017 18:00:03" thestar.com Gunshot victim gets green light — again — to sue Toronto police Kofi Patrong, 32, wins right to sue the force for its alleged role in a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a debilitating leg injury. “I've been down this road before,” said Patrong, 32, said in an interview Thursday.
"12.01.2017 17:30:03" thestar.com Wynne recasts cabinet in wake of Orazietti's departure Premier Kathleen Wynne has used the surprise resignation of a minister to recast her cabinet with a mini-shuffle. "We had an opportunity to make small changes to our cabinet that will make a big difference in people's lives," said Premier Kathleen Wynne, noting her cabinet is being reduced to 29 members.
"12.01.2017 17:00:03" thestar.com Toronto firefighter charged with breaking into fire station "They were upset that somebody had gone through their things and taken (stuff). It's extremely unfortunate." Veteran Toronto firefighter Joshua Pittarelli-Bucks was charged with making a false alarm and breaking into the hall while his colleagues were on a call.
"12.01.2017 16:00:03" thestar.com How an unverified dossier became a crisis for Donald Trump The story began in September 2015 when a Republican donor hired a research firm to compile a dossier about Trump's past scandals and weaknesses, according to a person familiar with the effort. The explosive allegations about Trump came from traditional opposition research mixed with the memos of an ex-British spy. The consequences have been incalculable and will play out long past Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.
"12.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com McDonald's all-day breakfast coming to Canada The fast-food giant says it's currently serving its breakfast menu at 17 locations in Ontario, Quebec and B.C. Soon you can have an Egg McMuffin and hash brown for dinner. #brinner
"12.01.2017 15:00:03" thestar.com London, Ont., hospital warns heart surgery patients of possible infection London Health Sciences Centre says about 2,200 patients were potentially exposed to a bacteria during open heart surgery. Open heart surgery patients who experience symptoms such as night sweats, muscle aches, weight loss, fatigue or unexplained fever and redness, heat, or pus around the surgical incision should contact their doctor.
"12.01.2017 14:00:05" thestar.com Woman who stood up for fellow migrants workers is about to be deported Gina Bahiwal, who has become the public face of the migrant worker rights movement, is facing deportation to the Philippines on Sunday. Gina Bahiwal is facing deportation on Sunday, caught up in old Tory rules she fought successfully to change.
"12.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com Even in Trumpian terms, this is getting very far from normal: DiManno Never could I have foreseen the media handing Trump the moral high road. Trump was entirely justified in his outrage Wednesday over the unsubstantiated slime poured on his head the day before, says Rosie DiManno.
"12.01.2017 12:00:02" thestar.com Trump should not give voice to vaccine skeptics: Editorial The president-elect is considering setting up a committee on autism and has consulted with vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy about it. That is a dangerous course for world health. "Putting a vaccine skeptic, particularly one whose family name still carries such cachet, at the head of a high-profile scientific committee would be dangerous for public health in the U.S. and beyond."
"12.01.2017 11:00:03" thestar.com Transit advocates lodge complaint over controversial Scarborough subway debate Misleading briefing note provided by staff misaligned Scarborough's transit future, TTCriders says. The complaint follows confirmation Tuesday that an anticipated report on a proposed alignment for the subway, a document critical to moving the project forward, would not be ready next week as planned. The report was originally set to be released in
"12.01.2017 10:00:06" thestar.com Justin Trudeau's Ontario road show takes on partisan edge Canadians who want to meet the prime minister during his upcoming road tour are being asked to first register their personal details with Liberal MPs. “Don't call it an open town hall when it's actually a Liberal rally,” said Conservative MP Candice Bergen (Portage--Lisgar).
"12.01.2017 05:00:04" thestar.com Fighting over condoms, the Knights of Malta's challenge Pope Francis' authority The Vatican is investigating after the ancient catholic order suspended its chancellor late last year over revelations it distributed thousands of condoms in Burma. The Knights of Malta, the ancient Catholic lay order, is refusing to co-operate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over a condom scandal.
"12.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Want a selfie with Johnny Manziel? Pay up Ex-Browns QB appearing at Houston malls before Super Bowl. He'll take selfies with fans for $50 and those wishing for more professional photos will need to hand over $99.
"12.01.2017 03:30:02" thestar.com Aziz Ansari will be SNL's first South Asian-American host Master of None star will host Jan. 21 episode. More than 90 per cent of SNL's hosts have been white and only two celebrities of Asian descent — Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu — have hosted the show before, according to IndieWire's demographic breakdown of all of the show's hosts (that doesn't include Fred
"12.01.2017 03:00:05" thestar.com Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson isn't black or white — it's frightening: Menon In Urban Myths, actor doesn't look like MJ any more than Kanye West looks like Hulk Hogan. "Michael Jackson? No, Fiennes looks like Johnny Depp playing Jared Leto's distant cousin in a Tim Burton fantasy about identity theft in the Midwest."
"12.01.2017 02:00:03" thestar.com Former executives in Ontario's tire recycling program charged with alleged theft of 'eco fees' Perminder Kandola, the Ontario Tire Stewardship's former CFO, is facing two charges for “failing to pay into the fund established by the Ontario Tire Stewardship,” according to court documents. The Investigations and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has charged the two men with regulatory offences under the provincial Waste Diversion Act.
"12.01.2017 01:30:02" thestar.com Toronto's Trump Tower up for bids starting at $298 million The sale includes 211 hotel suites, 74 condos and retail facilities in the financial district tower. The sale is already receiving global interest from groups in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and some larger Canadian groups, said CBRE executive vice-president Bill Stone.
"12.01.2017 01:00:05" thestar.com Draft plan to tackle York school board woes called 'disappointing' Mandatory trustee sensitivity training, equity audit not enough to restore faith in the York Region District School Board, parents say. “No amount of audit, meetings, and training is going to fix the trust that has been lost,” said parent Charline Grant, who has a human rights complaint against the board for allegations of racism. “It's not enough,” she said.
"12.01.2017 00:30:02" thestar.com Tony Rosato, veteran of SCTV and Saturday Night Live, dead at 62 Toronto comic actor who endured a stint in jail and battled a mental disorder died on Monday evening, according to his girlfriend's post on Facebook. The Naples-born actor was recognized for his zany comic characters — in his youth, he was once pegged to be the next John Belushi.
"12.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com Why do we coddle violent, abusive men? Mallick We do not value the lives of women and children who are too often murdered at the hands of husbands and fathers "What are victims worth? When they're women and children, not much. They're dead, they only have us to defend them, and we're doing a poor job."
"11.01.2017 23:30:03" thestar.com U.K. teen charged with murder of 7-year-old girl The 15-year-old was remanded into secure accommodation on Wednesday and was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon. The teenager, who under British law cannot be named because of her age, was remanded into secure accommodation on Wednesday.
"11.01.2017 23:01:00" thestar.com Toronto garbage workers will fight privatization plans But union says it will look at bidding on work if city decides to privatize collection. “The city is presently saving millions of dollars each year by contracting out garbage collection in the west end, and I want to save money in the east end as well,” Mayor John Tory said.
"11.01.2017 22:19:53" thestar.com Wynne to tweak cabinet to fill vacancy | Toronto Star Ontario premier is tinkering to fill the vacancy left by the departure of former community safety and corrections minister. Premier Kathleen Wynne will unveil the minor changes Thursday morning at Queen's Park at a swearing-in ceremony with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
"11.01.2017 22:00:04" thestar.com Driver in death of Olympian Victor Davis granted bail on manslaughter charge Glen Crossley was released from custody Wednesday following his arrest in connection with the death of a 70-year-old man at a bar last fall. Glen Crossley was ordered to make a $10,000 deposit, to refrain from consuming alcohol and drugs, not to frequent bars and to have no contact with a long list of individuals described as potential witnesses.
"11.01.2017 21:30:03" thestar.com Drake shares bizarre Obama tribute on Instagram Following the president's farewell address to the nation on Tuesday night, the Canadian rapper shared a picture of Obama sporting his signature beard and hairdo. In the caption Drake writes, “As a Canadian that calls America home for part of the year I will always carry your words and the memory of your time in office with me as inspiration. Big up yaself O.”
"11.01.2017 21:00:06" thestar.com Actor guilty of mischief for hiding camera in rental condo J.P. Manoux “acted willfully” in violating the privacy of his tenants, judge rules. Manoux did not contest the fact that he had kept a hidden camera in the apartment, or that he viewed images of people in the apartment a “handful of times.”
"11.01.2017 20:30:02" thestar.com Toronto's high-end home sales defy gravity Sales of $1-million-plus homes increased 77% last year and 95% on $4-million-plus properties. Sotheby's year-end Top-Tier Real Estate Report predicts that the Toronto area will continue its lead on luxury housing for a third year in 2017 as a ferocious appetite for property continues to outstrip the supply.
"11.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com Trump wants Obamacare killed, and replaced, as soon as possible President-elect's warning that Obama's Affordable Health Care Act must go could challenge Republicans hoping to keep it alive until a replacement plan is ready to go. #ICYMI "We have to get to business. Obamacare has been a catastrophic event," President-elect Donald Trump said.
"11.01.2017 19:42:42" thestar.com Trump blasts explosive Russia reports as 'phoney' at wild press conference It was a “tremendous blot” on the record of the intelligence community if it had released material showing Russia had compromising information on him, Trump says. Asked about one of the most serious claims — that Trump's team had regular contact with Russia during the campaign — he simply ignored the question and answered another.
"11.01.2017 19:30:02" thestar.com Prosecutors dismissed his domestic violence charges — then, police say, he killed his wife Tara O'Shea-Watson saw her husband indicted on burglary and domestic-violence charges against her. Then he walked free. “It didn't need to happen,” Tara O'Shea-Watson's mother, Emily O'Shea, said during a vigil last month. “People knew what was going on. The police department knew what was going on. The court system knew it was going on. Why? There's no sense in it.”
"11.01.2017 19:00:02" thestar.com Scarborough subway report delayed . . . again A critical staff study of the route and cost of the one-stop extension was originally supposed to be completed by December. For every month the Scarborough subway is delayed, the costs jump $13M, said TTC CEO Andy Byford.
"11.01.2017 18:36:57" thestar.com Two girls take their lives in Northern community, four others flown out | Toronto Star Wapekeka has struggled with sexual abuse issues for decades, Grand Chief says There is concern that more children will try to take their lives. While there is no information as to the circumstances of what happened and why, Wapekeka has had a troubled past. The remote northwestern Ontario community was one of the areas convicted
"11.01.2017 18:00:05" thestar.com Toronto dominates list of worst traffic jams across Canada Bottlenecks cost drivers 11.5 million hours and 22 million litres of fuel each year, new CAA study concludes. This stretch of Hwy. 401 running through Toronto is the worst for traffic in the country, and ninth-worst in Canada and the U.S.
"11.01.2017 17:30:02" thestar.com Trudeau defends controversial vacation, calls Aga Khan 'longtime family friend' After the Trudeaus spent Christmas vacation on an island owned by the Aga Khan, Opposition MP Andrew Scheer has asked the ethics commissioner to look into it. Trudeau says he would be happy to discuss the trip with ethics commissioner Mary Dawson.
"11.01.2017 17:00:03" thestar.com Donald Trump and the 'compromising' Russian report, explained What are the allegations against Trump? How does Buzzfeed factor into this? What are the allegations against Trump? How does Buzzfeed factor into this? What you need to know about the bombshell report.
"11.01.2017 16:00:04" thestar.com Bridle Path mansion ravaged by fire There were no reported injuries. Eighty firefighters and 17 trucks battled the blaze. The damage estimate is expected to be in the millions.
"11.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com BuzzFeed posts unverified Trump claims sparking off roiling debate BuzzFeed was the only news outlet to publish the entire 35-page document on Tuesday, which contains unsubstantiated information about ties between Trump and the Russian government. "Unverified and potentially unverifiable." Should Buzzfeed have published the explosive allegations?
"11.01.2017 15:00:02" thestar.com WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump holds first news conference since being elected | Toronto Star Trump has angrily denounced the reports, suggesting that he's being persecuted for defeating other GOP presidential hopefuls and Hillary Clinton in the election. Trump: "I think it was Russia" behind the election hacks. The president-elect, who has outright rejected any suggestion of Russian influence on the election, changes stance at his first news conference since being elected.
"11.01.2017 14:00:03" thestar.com Ontario French teachers' union second to ink tentative deal to extend contract Ontario's French teachers' union has signed a tentative deal with the province to extend their contract for two years. Two extra years would give the government a chance of labour peace through next election.
"11.01.2017 13:30:03" thestar.com OPG identifies most of Ontario as alternate 'location' to bury nuclear waste: Jennifer Wells Ontario Power Generation was asked by the federal government to identify "actual locations" as alternates for its plan to bury nuclear waste. When OPG's alternate location was plotted by the Star, the result was a 726,052-square-kilometre land mass covering roughly 73 per cent of the province.
"11.01.2017 13:00:02" thestar.com The Emanuel 9: The stories of Dylann Roof's victims Nine people were killed during a Wednesday night Bible study at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. The nine slain by Dylann Roof were mothers, fathers, friends and co-workers. Here are their stories.
"11.01.2017 12:30:03" thestar.com Toronto now counting the deaths of homeless people The initiative, which began Jan. 1, was officially launched Tuesday at the site of the Toronto Homeless Memorial. Toronto's top public health official says the city's new program to track all homeless deaths will provide invaluable data to better assist and house vulnerable populations.
"11.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com Toronto poised to expand private garbage collection Mayor to announce plans to privatize waste pickup east of Yonge St. Toronto Mayor John Tory will announce Wednesday he's pushing ahead with private garbage pick up east of Yonge St., launching the next phase in an ongoing battle over who provides city services.
"11.01.2017 11:30:04" thestar.com Asbestos 'spy' targeted Canada, court documents claim Man posing as journalist allegedly infiltrated Canadian workers' rights groups fighting to ban asbestos. According to testimony in the English High Court, a British man identified as Rob Moore was paid more than $700,000 to conduct a four-year espionage campaign against key figures in the global movement to ban asbestos.
"11.01.2017 11:00:03" thestar.com Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik gives Nazi salute at court hearing Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in 2011, sued the government last year, saying his solitary confinement is inhumane. Anders Behring Breivik stared briefly at reporters while making the salute but did not speak.
"11.01.2017 10:00:11" thestar.com Windsor girl gets her teddy bear back after losing it in Florida airport shooting Courtney Gelinas, 10, left her teddy bear Rufus behind as her family fled the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting Friday. The two were reunited Tuesday. The fifth grader received the teddy bear from her dying grandfather a decade ago.
"11.01.2017 05:00:04" thestar.com Twin Peaks sequel debuting May 21 David Lynch keeps TV critics guessing about 'joyful, fantastic trip' of a sequel. Showtime Networks chief executive David Nevins said that the new series “is the pure heroin version of David Lynch and I'm very excited to be putting that out.”
"11.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Photos: German couple adopts baby tiger After Elsa, a four-month-old Siberian tiger, was rejected by her mother Monica Farrell and Saad Rose took her into their home. "It's a full-time job, like with a baby."
"11.01.2017 03:30:05" thestar.com Durable Ovechkin one point from 1,000 mark Washington Capitals star could reach milestone against longtime rival Sidney Crosby on Wednesday. Few players over the past decade have been as durable or productive as the rough-and-tumble six-foot-three, 245-pound superstar, who hits almost as much as he scores.
"11.01.2017 02:00:03" thestar.com Obama's farewell speech to be 'bigger than politics' and include Trump voters The president, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have travelled to Chicago for the speech. Barack Obama made his final speech as president on Tuesday evening. It was considered to be his last chance to try to define what his presidency meant for America.
"11.01.2017 00:57:52" thestar.com Unsubstantiated U.S. intel report says Russia has explosive allegations about Trump Obama and Trump were presented with a summary of the unsubstantiated reports last week. President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump have been presented with a summary of unsubstantiated reports that Russia had collected compromising and salacious personal information about Trump
"11.01.2017 00:36:00" thestar.com Montreal man who killed Olympic swimmer Victor Davis back in court over new death Twenty-eight years after causing fatal hit-and-run, Glen Crossley is charged with manslaughter in the death of a 70-year-old Montreal man at a bar. Glen Crossley is charged with manslaughter in the death of 70-year-old Albert Arsenault. Arsenault was a married father of two children, and grandfather of two. Arsenault's death was originally considered an accident by investigators — the result of a
"11.01.2017 00:00:02" thestar.com Veteran Crown prosecutor calls serial rapist 'most dangerous person' Selvah Kumar Subbiah is due to be released from prison on Jan. 29. “I did hundreds of sexual assault cases and child abuse cases and I still think he's the most dangerous person I've ever seen,” said retired Crown counsel Paul Normandeau, who for seven years was the lead prosecutor on the child abuse team in downtown
"10.01.2017 23:27:32" thestar.com Trump asks leading anti-vaccine advocate to chair commission on 'vaccine safety' Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has called vaccination a “holocaust” over debunked claims of links to autism, said Trump asked him to chair a vaccine safety commission on Tuesday. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of former Attorney General and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, has advocated for parents to be allowed to opt out of vaccinations for their children, arguing that mercury-based additives in vaccines explain the purported link to
"10.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com Police arrest suspect in 'lunchtime bandit' bank robberies The noon-hour robberies occurred at banks located along Yonge St. between Lawrence Ave. and Davisville Ave. between Nov. 21 and Dec. 17. Michael Lilly, 20, of Toronto, has been charged with five counts of robbery.
"10.01.2017 22:30:03" thestar.com Two men surrender in alleged kidnapping of downtown Toronto woman | Toronto Star A 25-year-old downtown Toronto woman was kidnapped by four men who then tried to force her into the sex trade, police say. The men drove the woman to various hotels and held her captive in different hotel rooms for more than eight hours in an attempt to force her into the sex trade, according to Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu of Toronto Police.
"10.01.2017 22:04:36" thestar.com Dylann Roof sentenced to death for church slayings Jurors reached their decision after about three hours of deliberations. #Breaking A federal jury has sentenced Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black church members in a racially motivated attack in 2015.
"10.01.2017 22:00:02" thestar.com Mating season can get desperate for 'failed Don Juans' of the skies Despite 'incredibly rare' successful hook-ups, male pectoral sandpipers will travel thousands of kilometres just for a shot at a mate. You fly more than 100 miles for love. You get rejected. You fly another 100 miles. Another rejection. And another.
"10.01.2017 21:32:14" thestar.com Toronto's afternoon commute will be a messy A combination of snowfall and rain throughout the day will make for a slushy commute that may cause delays and slippery road conditions. The commute home from work may feel like you're working overtime without pay.
"10.01.2017 21:20:26" thestar.com Trudeau wields carrots and sticks: Paul Wells As cabinet shuffles go, this one is on the small side, but its effect is not inconsequential. In only two months, Donald Trump's election has led to the appointment of new foreign ministers in Ottawa and Mexico City. That's one way to keep MPs on their toes, writes Paul Wells.
"10.01.2017 21:00:04" thestar.com Photos: A look back at the Hugh's Room stage Hugh's Room, one of Toronto's most beloved music venues, closed its doors on Friday. Here's a look at those who have performed in the city's 'best listening room.'
"10.01.2017 20:30:03" thestar.com Donald Trump's 'first attempt to ignore the law': his son-in-law “We've seen as a candidate, Donald Trump has violated norms, and now we're going to see whether he also plans to violate the law.” The U.S. has anti-nepotism laws in the federal government and in lots of state governments, because the practice of hiring relatives undermines public confidence that the government official is actually finding best person for the job.
"10.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight takes on Donald Trump The Good Fight will feature themes critical about the new presidency as well as satirize the Liberal reaction. Trump seems to take opposition by entertainers more seriously than traditional press coverage, creator Robert King says “This new presidency is about fake news, where people are unable to distinguish what is the truth because they work in their own bubbles of news. What is true and what isn't? Who is telling the better lie? That's the question.”
"10.01.2017 19:30:04" thestar.com Advocates ask Ottawa to 'kill the Internet tax' as Liberals ponder new fees The issue has been in renewed focus recently, as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched a public consultation last April. The minister says everything is on the table, but observers note that new taxes on the Internet would probably require an overhaul of related legislation, since the Canada Revenue Agency has ruled that so-called “over-the-top” content providers are not
"10.01.2017 19:14:36" thestar.com Three Toronto-area MPs promoted in Trudeau cabinet shakeup | Toronto Star Prime minister makes big changes by placing trusted players in key places. #Breaking Chrystia Freeland, the rookie international trade minister who closed the Canada-EU free trade deal, moves to Global Affairs replacing Liberal veteran Stéphane Dion, to steer Canada's relationship with a newly unpredictable ally and trading
"10.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com Renowned Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman dies at age 91 Bauman, who wrote more than 50 books, notably 'Modernity and the Holocaust,' died at his home in England. Renowned for an approach that incorporated philosophy and other disciplines, Zygmunt Bauman was a strong moral voice for the poor and dispossessed in a world upended by globalization.
"10.01.2017 18:30:03" thestar.com California woman arrested in Craigslist 'rape fantasy' hoax was 'innocent victim': official Orange County District Attorney says charges will be dropped for Michelle Susan Hadley calling her 'the innocent victim of a diabolical scheme.' Prosecutors now say that it was the alleged victim in the case who was trying to frame her husband's ex by responding to the ads.
"10.01.2017 18:00:02" thestar.com Ontario needs to trim health spending by $2.8B to balance budget, watchdog says A new report cautions that “cost drivers” in the system — such as aging baby boomers — raise questions as to whether current service levels can hold if growth in spending is kept to 2 per cent a year Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Premier Kathleen Wynne have repeatedly said the Liberal government will balance its budget as promised by 2018, when the next provincial election is scheduled.
"10.01.2017 17:30:03" thestar.com Obama's farewell speech to be 'bigger than politics' and include Trump voters The president, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden will all travel to Chicago for the speech at McCormick Place, a sprawling convention centre along Lake Michigan Obama and the Democrats had warned against a Trump presidency in apocalyptic terms. So now Obama's daunting task — the closing act of his political career — is to explain how his vision of America remains relevant and achievable for Democrats in the Trump
"10.01.2017 17:00:02" thestar.com What to do when travel dreams turn into a booking nightmare: Roseman When booking a vacation goes wrong, it helps to be persistent. “We found the perfect location and booked,” one traveller said. “I received emails from Expedia confirming our booking at 475 Front St., Lahaina, right near the beach. Then, just days before we were scheduled to check in, the hotel sent me an email with
"10.01.2017 16:30:03" thestar.com How much your school fundraises has little impact on how students do, study finds But critics argue money raised by school community has big impact on quality of education The difference in experiences for those students — and not their test results — is the reason for rising concern over the inequity created by fundraising, says Annie Kidder, executive director of the advocacy and research group People for Education.
"10.01.2017 15:56:38" thestar.com Ronda Rousey ends silence with 'rock bottom' Instagram post The former UFC champion has broken her social media silence. Ronda Rousey did not have much to say before her fight with Amanda Nunes, and since that 48-second loss, she's been mostly mum. However, the former UFC champion broke her social media silence Monday, as she cryptically mused about hitting “rock bottom.”
"10.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com Late-night hosts mock Trump for calling Meryl Streep 'overrated' on Twitter On Jimmy Kimmel Live, there was an exchange between Ben Affleck and Kimmel about Trump's tweet with Affleck saying 'if you look up in the encyclopedia 'great actress,' it's a picture of Meryl Streep.' Colbert: “Of course, President-elect Trump was too focused on defeating ISIS and creating jobs to pick a fight with a celebrity. Just kidding!"
"10.01.2017 15:00:03" thestar.com Ottawa to study safety of 'driverless' cars Transport Canada says automated vehicles have potential, but wants uniform way to assess driver safety. Transport officials are concerned about drivers putting too much faith in their vehicles' autopilot.
"10.01.2017 14:30:02" thestar.com Husband's death leads to widow's immigration snafu Alim Shifrin and his wife, Sofia, had been issued an immigration visa under a sponsorship by their daughter in Thornhill, but he was soon diagnosed with cancer and died before he could come. "The cruelty of the situation is mind-boggling. Not only were we repeatedly told to wait patiently for my father to die before anything can be done, we are now talking about a 70-year-old widow, who had been approved, having to go through the whole
"10.01.2017 14:00:04" thestar.com Obama won America's approval, didn't unite it, poll shows Only 27 per cent see the U.S. as more united as a result of Barack Obama's presidency, while 44 per cent say it's more divided. Just over half of Americans say Barack Obama's presidency has been great or good. Thirty-seven per cent view him unfavourably.
"10.01.2017 13:30:03" thestar.com Toronto urged to add more child care subsidies Child care subsidies not keeping up with growth in licensed spots since 2010, report says. Licensed child care in Toronto has grown by almost 15,600 spots since the introduction of full-day kindergarten in 2010. But only 2,000 child care subsidies have been added, according to a new report.
"10.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com Ontario indigenous communities sue TransCanada over pipeline consultation process In a multimillion-dollar suit, the First Nations allege that maintenance work on a northern Ontario natural gas pipeline, done without public consultations, violates their Aboriginal Treaty Rights. The suit seeks $40 million in damages plus an additional $20 million if an injunction to stop the integrity digs is not granted.
"10.01.2017 13:00:00" Tour of $30,000 Toronto ship-shaped treehouse Last June, a city committee ordered contractor John Alpeza to tear down the hulking $30,000 cedar playhouse he gradually built in his Swansea yard, over six years, for his boys Kristian and Mateas, who are now aged 11 and 9 respectively. But Alpeza
"10.01.2017 12:51:46" thestar.com How big brewers call the shots at Ontario Place: Cohn In the battle for naming rights, Budweiser Stage is taking centre stage at Ontario Place. This dud's for you. We must master a new corporate place name as Toronto loses another piece of its history, geography, memory.
"10.01.2017 12:10:02" thestar.com School bus cancellations pile up around GTA as winter weather hits The snow might have started later than expected Tuesday morning — but a big dump is still on the way. Despite the slow start, Environment Canada is still expecting 5 to 10 cm of snow to pile up in the GTA before it turns into rain this afternoon.
"10.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com D.C. cafe serves love, faith and muffins Owner Faith Holmes combines activism and ice cream at Love 'n Faith Cafe in Washington, D.C. Love 'n Faith Cafe is a coffee shop, a bakery, an ice cream shop, a smoothie bar, a sandwich place — it's a bit unfocused, but it's trying to be a little bit of everything for everyone, which is fitting.
"10.01.2017 11:30:03" thestar.com Manhunt underway for suspect in killing of Orlando police officer Markeith Loyd, already a suspect in the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, is wanted for the murder of Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton. “It doesn't matter where he is. We will track him down to the ends of the Earth,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina says.
"10.01.2017 11:00:03" thestar.com Man killed in Toronto's first homicide of 2017 identified Anthony Earl Smith, 41, was fatally shot in Moss Park on Sunday morning. Anthony Earl Smith has been identified as the first homicide victim of 2017.
"10.01.2017 10:00:05" thestar.com Emm Gryner joins David Bowie tribute in New York “I think he would actually enjoy this show,” says the Ontario musician of Bowie, who died a year ago Tuesday. The David Bowie tribute will find Canada well-represented. Former space station commander Chris Hadfield will join Gryner in the show.
"10.01.2017 05:00:05" thestar.com Parker Beam, master distiller of Kentucky bourbon, dies at 75 Parker Beam died Monday after battling Lou Gehrig's disease. Parker Beam was responsible for distilling and aging Evan Williams, the world's No. 2-selling bourbon.
"10.01.2017 04:00:02" thestar.com Ronaldo wins FIFA's best player award for 4th time, beating out Messi, Griezmann After helping Portugal and Real Madrid claim major European titles, Cristiano Ronaldo was named FIFA's top men's player for 2016. Ronaldo's 2016 trophy haul includes the European Championship, Champions League, and Club World Cup.
"10.01.2017 03:15:03" thestar.com Whole Foods' Canadian expansion plans slow Whole Foods confirmed it will not proceed with planned store openings in Calgary and Edmonton. A plan to quadruple its Canadian presence to 40 stores has hit a snag for Whole Foods Market, but new Toronto stores are still a go.
"10.01.2017 02:30:02" thestar.com Trump's new Washington hotel owes trades more than $5 million for unpaid labour The site of which is leased from the federal government, which Trump will lead as of Jan. 20. Donald Trump has acknowledged not always paying all his bills, saying it's often a negotiating tactic when work is subpar.
"10.01.2017 02:00:00" Practise mudras to let loving kindness into your life: The Moves Mudras are ritual gestures used in the context of yoga and meditation practice to focus intention and direct the flow of energy.
"10.01.2017 01:00:03" thestar.com Trudeau plans cabinet shuffle impacting at least six ministers Moves expected to impact Freeland, Dion, Hajdu, Monsef and Mihychuk. Those expected to be moved include International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is considered likely to replace Stephane Dion at Foreign Affairs.
"10.01.2017 00:30:09" thestar.com Toronto serial rapist to be released from prison amid warnings he's a risk to reoffend Canada Border Services won't say whether Selva Kumar Subbiah, 56, will be deported to his native Malaysia when he is released Jan. 29. Serial rapist Selva Kumar Subbiah, 56, assaulted more than two dozen women in the city.
"10.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner named senior adviser Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, must clear a series of hurdles before he takes any post in Washington. Jared Kushner, who will not be taking a salary, will resign as CEO of his family's real estate company and as publisher of the New York Observer, as well as divest “substantial assets,” lawyer Jamie Gorelick said.
"09.01.2017 23:30:03" thestar.com Alleged drunk drivers may be named and shamed, York Regional Police say Threat comes after driver arrested slumped over steering wheel of his car in midst of intersection. Impaired driving is number one criminal cause of death in Canada, Const. Andy Pattenden said. “Despite repeated warnings by police and numerous tragedies on our roadways, drivers are not getting the message,” Const. Andy Pattenden said in a media release.
"09.01.2017 23:00:04" thestar.com Volkswagen banks on blast from past with new Microbus VW's concept of the van, called the I.D. Buzz, is a battery-powered version of the brand's hippie-era model. The I.D. Buzz can drive as far as 430 kilometres without recharging, accommodates as many as eight seats and has a function for fully autonomous driving, according to the carmaker.
"09.01.2017 22:29:59" thestar.com TTC blames service cuts on streetcar delays Critics say transit agency should have foreseen vehicle shortage and bought more buses. The transit agency has reduced morning rush hour service on 13 routes. The changes mean that buses will come less frequently, with customers on most of the affected lines facing wait times one or two minutes longer than usual.
"09.01.2017 22:00:04" thestar.com 5 things you may have missed at the Golden Globes Meryl Streep calls out Donald Trump — and Trump responds, Jimmy Fallon deals with a teleprompter fail, not #Oscarssowhite. While some actors chose to target Donald Trump in their acceptance speeches, others, like Canadian Ryan Gosling, got our emotions going while avoiding politics.
"09.01.2017 21:30:00" 'Come From Away' cast serenades fans outside box office Not everyone could get tickets to the musical's last performance in Toronto, but everyone got treated to live songs.
"09.01.2017 21:00:02" thestar.com 2016 broke record for damage caused by natural disasters, insurers report $4.9 billion in insurable damage was caused by natural disasters such as wildfires, floods and ice storms, Insurance Bureau of Canada reports. Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, said extreme weather events, such as rainstorms, are happening out of season, becoming more frequent and more intense and are lasting longer. Weather records are being smashed as they never have
"09.01.2017 20:30:02" thestar.com Toronto man allowed to keep big ship-shaped treehouse | Toronto Star Swansea homeowner John Alpeza appealed to the OMB after a city committee ordered him to tear the structure down. “When we came home and told my boys (aged 11 and 9) they were jumping up and down screaming they were so happy and excited, I wish we had it on video."
"09.01.2017 20:00:02" thekit.ca The Best (and Worst) Golden Globes Looks Reviewing the highs and lows of the Golden Globes' red carpet The Golden Globes' red carpet fashion tends to be pretty over-the-top. This year was no exception.
"09.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com California storm brings down beloved Pioneer's Cabin tunnel tree The 45-metre tall tree boasted a wide base — about 10 metres in diameter. Curious tourists would come from around the country to etch their names into its bark. “This iconic and still living tree — the tunnel tree — enchanted many visitors, the Calaveras Big Tree Association wrote in a Facebook post. “The storm was just too much for it.”
"09.01.2017 18:40:09" thestar.com Marineland charged with 6 new counts of animal cruelty Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals expected to release details of charges against the tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont. A spokeswoman for the OSPCA says details of the new charges will be announced at a 2:30 p.m. news conference.
"09.01.2017 18:00:03" thestar.com Doctors frustrated workers' compensation boards seem to ignore medical opinions, report says An "opaque and confusing" system frustrates physicians, a report by the Toronto-based Institute for Work and Health finds. The leader of the study said doctors rarely reported encountering significant problems when their patients had visible, acute physical injuries. But that changed when workers had multiple injuries, chronic pain and mental health conditions.
"09.01.2017 17:00:03" thestar.com When men kill their partners, warning signs are often missed In the majority of domestic violence cases in Ontario, there are telltale signs that a life is in danger. So why are women still dying? Some of the telltale signs: The relationship is over, or ending. There is a history of abuse in the relationship. There were threats of violence.
"09.01.2017 16:00:03" thestar.com A day at the beach in January with Toronto's winter swimmers It was – 9C degrees outside, and felt like – 20C but hearty group still went for weekly dip. With frigid temperatures in the air, Toronto's Winter Swimming Club spent their Sunday taking a dip in Lake Ontario . . . for fun.
"09.01.2017 15:00:03" thestar.com General Motors CEO won't change production plans despite Trump tweet Last week Trump threatened on Twitter to slap a border tax on GM for importing the compact Chevrolet Cruze to the U.S. from Mexico. GM's strategy, she said, has much more in common with Trump's goals for trade and jobs than differences.
"09.01.2017 14:30:02" thestar.com Liberal MP Fry questions Ottawa's slow response to fentanyl crisis The number of Canadian deaths from fentanyl is highest in B.C. and Alberta, prompting Liberal MP Hedy Fry to suggest that a regional bias, albeit unintentional, might be at play. Liberal MP Hedy Fry says that Ottawa is working too slowly to fight the fentanyl crisis.
"09.01.2017 14:00:03" thestar.com Meryl Streep calls out Trump at the Golden Globes — and Trump responds on Twitter Streep also put in a nice little shout-out to Canada. Meryl Streep managed to do Sunday night what disastrous show host Jimmy Fallon couldn't: she built up other people while tearing down Donald Trump.
"09.01.2017 13:30:03" thestar.com Simple 'Canada 150' legacies can be most memorable: Micallef Legacy of our nation's 100th birthday is still all around us today. Our columnist says the simple ways we'll mark Canada's 150th birthday may be the most memorable.
"09.01.2017 13:00:05" thestar.com 16 arrested over Kim Kardashian robbery in Paris On Oct. 3, robbers forced their way into the private Paris residence where Kardashian West was staying, tied her up, locked her in a bathroom and held her at gunpoint before making off with her jewelry. Police apparently tracked down the suspects, already well known for robbery, through DNA evidence found at the residence.
"09.01.2017 12:30:03" thestar.com Family, friends pay respects to Milton woman killed in terror attack in Turkey Alaa Al-Muhandis was a married mother-of-two who ran a decorating business in Milton. She lived in Canada, the “safest country in the world.” If anyone in his family were to meet a violent end, it would be him, Omeed Al-Muhandis always thought. He never dreamed that it would be his first-born child, Alaa, who would die at the hands of terrorists.
"09.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com Former ombudsman says Tory's secrecy request is anti-democratic “It would be a lot easier to have a private meeting with your 12 councillors, but who loses is democracy — you and I — because we weren't privy to those discussions and decisions,” said André Marin. Mayor Tory is being panned by a former ombudsman for wanting to hold private meetings with his executive.
"09.01.2017 11:00:03" thestar.com Milton mayor Gord Krantz takes longevity record from Hazel McCallion After 36 years, he's the longest-serving mayor of a major municipality in Ontario. Records are meant to be broken, and Gordon Krantz just broke one that was once Hazel McCallion's.
"09.01.2017 10:00:03" thestar.com Photos: No Pants Subway Rides from across the globe The No Pants Subway Ride isn't just a Toronto tradition. Based on a social media callout by the Improv Everywhere comedy collective in New York City, hundreds of people hopped on transit systems worldwide, sporting a lack of trousers in transit. As these photos show, the No Pants Subway Ride is a growing global movement (of slack-less commuting).
"09.01.2017 05:00:03" thestar.com Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dead at 82 The major figure and wily political leader nicknamed 'The Shark' was an aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The late Akbar Rafsanjani, Iran's former president, was a moderate in a country of turbulent politics.
"09.01.2017 04:14:56" thestar.com Photos: Highlights from the Golden Globe Awards From fashion to touching and political acceptance speeches, Hollywood's biggest party delivered. From fashion to touching and political acceptance speeches, Hollywood's biggest party delivered.
"09.01.2017 03:00:03" thestar.com No Pants Subway Ride has TTC riders ditching their britches Toronto is one of 32 cities where transit is overrun with boxers and briefs. The No Pants Subway Ride included dozens of people of all ages, body types and degrees of immodesty doffing their pants in frigid temperatures.
"09.01.2017 02:30:03" thestar.com Toronto music venue Hugh's Room shuts its doors Owner says he's 'basically insolvent' and must figure out his options. Hugh's Room, a 200-person capacity club and restaurant on Dundas St. W. that was known as Toronto's "best listening room" and as a hub for musicians both local and international, was shuttered Friday
"09.01.2017 02:00:04" thestar.com Significant snowfall expected Monday night in Toronto Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Sunday afternoon for the upcoming snowfall. The city may see another layer of white come and go due to snow and a subsequent rainfall expected early this week. #StarWeather
"09.01.2017 01:30:02" thestar.com 'They foiled me': Mariah speaks out on New Year's Eve performance In a recording posted online, Carey draws a deep breath before talking for nearly two minutes. Mariah Carey blames 'production team with technical issues who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control.'
"09.01.2017 00:33:40" thestar.com 'La La Land' steamrolling so far at Golden Globe Awards | Toronto Star Wins for Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle highlight a broadcast that began with a cold open ode to La La Land, and a shortened monologue from host Jimmy Fallon. Highlights from the Golden Globes included Canadian Ryan Gosling's acting win, and Meryl Streep's anti-Trump/Carrie Fisher shout out acceptance speech.
"09.01.2017 00:00:02" thestar.com Librarians pick the next great reads 800 librarians across Canada give insider picks through the Loan Stars program. Some librarians have found a way to keep reading lists fresh (with cool titles to match).
"08.01.2017 23:00:02" thestar.com 5 things for watch for at the Golden Globes: Howell The Golden Globes are notoriously quirky, which makes them highly watchable. Our movie critic says some of tonight's award picks could have Oscar implications!
"08.01.2017 22:30:00" thestar.com Which popcorn is the healthier choice? Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop or Smartfood Trying to eat healthier this year? Popcorn can be a healthy light snack or one loaded with calories, fat and sodium – choose wisely, says the Savvy Eater We have healthy popcorn advice for you, just in time for the Golden Globes.
"08.01.2017 22:00:03" thestar.com How menopause affects athletic women The fitter you are, the less of a problem you have adapting to hormonal changes. The bad news is that “the change of life” doesn't just affect your mood and your lady parts — it also drags down your race times.
"08.01.2017 21:00:03" thestar.com Winter storm strikes U.S. northeast after icing over the south, leaving 3 dead The National Weather Service said 49.5 centimetres of snow fell on East Bridgewater, Mass., and that up to 25 cm of snow fell in parts of North Carolina. The scene of a crash involving as many as 20 vehicles on Interstate 91 in Middletown, Conn., on Saturday. No serious injuries were reported. Parts of Connecticut got 25 cm of snow this weekend in the Northeast's first big snowstorm.
"08.01.2017 20:34:00" thestar.com Five fine wines for under $15: The Wine Find These bottles of wine are perfect for this time of year and cost less than $15 each. You can definitely find great wine for a good price, in the post holiday pinch.
"08.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com Marco Muzzo wants damages reduced in lawsuit over drunk driving deaths Both sides seek trial over Vaughan crash that killed three children and their grandfather. Marco Muzzo's lawyers are arguing that the Neville-Lake family should not be entitled to more than a third of the damages they are seeking in a $25-million lawsuit because Muzzo has already been punished by being imprisoned.
"08.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com Leafs go down fighting against rival Habs: DiManno Kadri vs. Radulov and second-period scraps good sign for young club, even after 13th straight head-to-head loss to Canadiens. The Leafs discovered something critical about themselves Saturday night vs. the Habs: How to man-up.
"08.01.2017 18:01:02" thestar.com Man shot in Moss Park is Toronto's first homicide victim of 2017 A man found near Moss Park with a gunshot wound has died in hospital Sunday morning, police say. Toronto's first homicide victim of 2017 was shot behind an apartment building at Queen St. E. and Sherbourne St. Sunday morning, police say.
"08.01.2017 17:16:02" thestar.com Toronto's Cashman is expanding After decades of buying your gold and making annoying TV commercials, Oliver is now selling jewelry and designer handbags at a retail store on Yonge St. Toronto's Cashman will now give you money for your designer handbag ... oh yeah.
"08.01.2017 16:47:03" thestar.com Truck rams into crowd in Jerusalem, killing four Israeli soldiers Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the driver was a supporter of Daesh, without providing any evidence. Israel's rescue service said the dead included three women and a man, all in their 20s.
"08.01.2017 16:00:03" thestar.com Obama could not turn his stirring words into real victories U.S. President Barack Obama's soaring oratory preached to the American soul, revealing him as a man of uncommon decency. But he leaves the pulpit with his country divided. Obama's eloquence and emptiness: The Star's Daniel Dale looks back at his presidency. #longread
"08.01.2017 15:00:03" thestar.com How much would you spend on 'the world's best tuque'? The "world's best tuque" by Toronto's Frontier costs $200 and is made with merino wool, cashmere and qiviut muskox wool. It's the time of year for winter fashion. How about a $200 tuque?
"08.01.2017 14:00:04" thestar.com Wandering in Alzheimer's and dementia patients is more complicated than you think: Caregiver SOS Wandering is a complicated concept, as it is a term that conjures up someone aimlessly walking around and potentially getting into trouble. Wandering can be caused by many factors, including having too much energy, being in pain or plain-old curiosity.
"08.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com It's 'Budweiser Stage' now, but you don't have to call it that: Keenan Some will keep calling it the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, but it is always going to be the Place That Replaced the Forum. You can still call it SkyDome, if you want... The stadium where the Blue Jays play, writes Edward Keenan.
"08.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com School support staff reach tentative contract agreement The Ministry of Education announced Saturday evening that it had reached a tentative agreement with CUPE. The current contracts with CUPE and the teachers' unions are set to expire in August, so if ratified, CUPE's deal would last until August 2019 — well after the June 2018 election.
"08.01.2017 11:00:02" thestar.com Private island getaway could be Trudeau's tipping point: Paul Wells The prime minister has announced an extended tour of “coffee shops, church basements, etc.” — just as details of his family's New Year's vacation to the Aga Khan's private island emerged. There is no good sentence in politics that contains the phrase “private island with the yacht.”
"08.01.2017 10:00:04" thestar.com Millennials set to drive change in real estate market They will be a force to be reckoned with as they move into child-bearing years and need more space, observers say. In 2016, Star Reporter Susan Pigg wrote, "With 1.5 million millennials in the GTA region alone, they're likely to keep sending shock waves through the housing market." Will that trend continue in 2017?
"08.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Jessica Chastain's boyfriend is ready to pop the Prosecco: Govani Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, an Italian count, spends a lot of time in Toronto while the Golden Globe nominee is filming a movie. While Jessica Chastain is working in Toronto, her boyfriend is popping the bubbly (for business, of course).
"08.01.2017 03:00:02" thestar.com CBC does Breaking Bad — with Mennonites Ryan Robbins stars in Pure, debuting Jan. 9, about drug-running in a Mennonite community. A fictional drama about the Mennonite community's true history with drug smuggling? Enticing.
"08.01.2017 02:00:04" thestar.com Mariah Carey's publicity team has mastered the art of disaster Team Mariah has gone on the offensive, after a New Year's Eve incident, to ensure that she does not become the next Janet Jackson. Mariah's allies don't want her career to suffer, after this New Year's performance.
"08.01.2017 01:00:02" thestar.com How Mexicans are planning to hit back at Trump “Mexicans should plan for world in which the U.S. is no longer Mexico's ally, because that is where Trump's aggressions are leading,” says former Mexican congressman Agustin Barrios Gomez. There are Trump pinatas and the typical “buy Mexican” campaigns have begun, but soon you'll see calls for Mexico's own trade sanctions, for expelling the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, Homeland Security and other agencies that report to
"08.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com How to design a timeless, gender-neutral nursery The goal is to create a baby room that kids can grow into over time. From choosing the right palette to finding a theme, here are some tips on planning a gender-neutral nursery.
"07.01.2017 23:30:02" thestar.com Chicago Judge denies bail to group charged with hate crimes The beating, captured on Facebook Live, shows the suspects, four black people, taunting the victim, a disabled white man, with profanities against white people and President-elect Donald Trump. The judge said the four supsects are accused of such “terrible actions” that they are a danger to society.
"07.01.2017 23:00:04" thestar.com Sleep-tech entrepreneurs seek to put insomnia to rest Insomnia and other temporary and recurring sleep disorders affect 50 million to 70 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Technology, while still nascent, is an alternative for those who do not want to take sleeping pills, which can be highly addictive.
"07.01.2017 22:00:03" thestar.com Toronto Star launches annual short story contest The first-place winner will receive $5,000 and tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers. One of Canada's more prestigious short story contests is back, with great prizes up for grabs.
"07.01.2017 21:30:04" thestar.com Toronto couple renovates into retirement Their latest project will also be their last, as Renata and Bogdan Derecki head toward retirement in the Caribbean. He's the builder and she's the designer, and together they've refurbished seven homes. They recently completed what will be their final project, transforming a rundown bungalow just north of Bloor West Village into a modern, 2-1/2-storey, open-concept
"07.01.2017 21:00:05" thestar.com Doctors alerted about Saskatchewan's high rate of sexually transmitted infections The alert sent in an email says the rate of syphilis in the province in 2016 was 2.7 times higher than in 2015. Gonorrhea rates also increased. Saskatchewan's rates of sexually transmitted infections are also high compared to the rest of Canada.
"07.01.2017 20:30:03" thestar.com How do you solve a problem like Trump's tweets? Mallick Limit your exposure and brace for the worst. If Twitter is the chicken, Trump is the giblets.
"07.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com Possible human remains found from missing plane in Lake Erie The remains were found on a seat from the plane's passenger compartment and are being analyzed by a medical examiner, officials said. Divers guided by an underwater detector also found the cockpit voice recorder and pieces of the tail from the plane that disappeared more than a week ago. Authorities said they would resume the search on Monday.
"07.01.2017 19:30:03" thestar.com Thousands on lockdown at Florida airport relive fears through false second shooting “I didn't even know if it was a safe place. You feel so vulnerable there. It was stressful and terrifying.” “People were extremely emotional, crying, horrified,” said Constance McIntyre, 53, who hid in a bathroom stall during the reports of a second shooting.
"07.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com How to cut your U.S. dollar exchange costs: Mayers More than three million Canadians travel to Florida each winter and many in Ontario bought vacation homes. A Star reader favourite from 2016: You can't change the loonie's trajectory, but you can find cheaper places to buy foreign currency than your bank.
"07.01.2017 18:54:17" thestar.com Babcock says NHL bye week 'wrong for player safety' “You've got so many games in such a short period of time and you're jamming in more, “You've got so many games in such a short period of time and you're jamming in more. To me, the more days rest you can have by not playing back-to-backs and jamming it in the healthier you have a chance to be I believe.”
"07.01.2017 18:30:02" thestar.com Thornhill man clocked at 218 km/h charged with stunt driving Police say the man was pulled over Friday on Highway 407. He was pulled over by the Ontario Provincial Police on Hwy. 407 and Woodbine Ave. — a 100 km/h zone.
"07.01.2017 18:00:03" thestar.com London breaks its annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just 5 days A site on Brixton Road in south London surpassed hourly limits for nitrogen dioxide concentrations 24 times so far this year. A spoon full of sugar will not help the air quality in London.
"07.01.2017 17:30:02" thestar.com Florida airport massacre exposed security flaws, say experts Esteban Santiago's suspected actions is raising questions about the security of baggage claim areas and whether passengers should be able to check guns. U.S. rules allow airline passengers to “transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only,” according to the Transportation Security Administration.
Ammunition and firearm parts can also be carried separately in checked
"07.01.2017 17:00:04" thestar.com Five fine wines for under $15: The Wine Find These bottles of wine are perfect for this time of year and cost less than $15 each. Champagne taste on a beer-bottle budget? Carolyn Evans Hammond recommends five delicious wines for under $15.
"07.01.2017 16:30:02" thestar.com Frat boy Jimmy Fallon's bland charm is rapidly wearing thin: Menon This year's Golden Globes host is the opposite of Ricky Gervais. But is that what we need right now? Fallon is Hollywood's No. 1 fan, a man-boy saddled with a pop culture obsession who believes life is a karaoke machine inside a frat house where everything is awesome and everyone plays board games before pounding back midnight shots from the fountain of
"07.01.2017 16:00:03" thestar.com Trudeau's trip to Aga Khan's private island kept secret to protect privacy, PMO says The prime minister and his family took a government jet to the Bahamas during the holidays and stayed at the billionaire Aga Khan's privately owned Bell Island. The prime minister, his family and “a few friends” were invited to the Aga Khan's privately owned Bell Island for the holidays. Trudeau and his family took a government Challenger jet, following “long-standing” personal and business travel protocol for
"07.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com North York resident wins right to move city-owned tree based on religious belief Vastu, an ancient Indian system of architecture involving home design, holds that trees shouldn't be planted directly in front of a home's main entrance. Vastu, an ancient Indian system of architecture involving home design, holds that trees shouldn't be planted directly in front of a home's main entrance.
"07.01.2017 15:00:06" thestar.com 'Naked dress' was a popular trend for fashion-forward brides Confident, fashion-forward women dare to say “I do” in barely-there wedding dresses. At this time last year, the latest trend in wedding fashion was 'naked dresses.'
"07.01.2017 14:30:02" thestar.com Leafs deal with Devils and enter playoff picture: DiManno Auston Matthews, Connor Brown in middle of Leafs' first four-goal opening period since 1998. “I never really thought about that,” contended Mike Babcock afterwards, when asked about ascending into the post-season bracket in early January.
Oh come on.
"07.01.2017 14:00:03" thestar.com Former Star religion editor and columnist Tom Harpur dead at 87 Tom Harpur, who joined the Star as religion editor in 1971, believed the story of Jesus was an allegorical tale. Tom Harpur, a theologian and former Star religion editor who journeyed on foot from Nazareth to Bethlehem, met Mother Teresa and provided spiritual guidance to Torontonians through his weekly columns, died this week at 87.
"07.01.2017 13:43:36" thestar.com TTC on verge of being top in North America, Byford says CEO paints a rosy picture of final year of five-year plan. The TTC CEO vows that by year's end the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension, the first addition to the city's subway network in over a decade, will be open.
Customers will be able to access each of its six “stunning” stations with the tap of a Presto
"07.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com Demystifying the legendary ghost story at U of T's University College "I do tell people that it's a legend, it's probably been embellished over the years." The story of Diabolos and Reznikoff has been a beloved part of University College lore since the 1870s. But how much of it is true?
"07.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect 'lost his mind' after tour in Iraq, family says Esteban Santiago, 26, had a history of mental health issues and was receiving psychological treatment at his home in Alaska, his family said on Friday. In November, Esteban Santiago told FBI agents in Alaska that the government was controlling his mind and was forcing him to watch Daesh videos, a law enforcement official said.
"07.01.2017 11:00:04" thestar.com Veterans Affairs stands by level of support it provides ex-soldiers Veterans who need immediate help can use a toll-free number to speak to a clinician about their troubles and determine what assistance is needed, officials say. But a longtime advocate for veterans says that isn't good enough. Veterans Affairs is standing by the support and assistance it provides to former soldiers in distress — a subject of controversy in the wake of a murder-suicide involving a veteran of the war.
"07.01.2017 10:00:02" thestar.com Woman who fell from west-end window dies, SIU investigating 60-year-old woman who apparently fell from window on Monday has died of her injuries. SIU is asking anyone with information about the incident on St. Clarens Ave. near College St. and Lansdowne Ave. on Monday to contact them.
"07.01.2017 05:00:03" thestar.com Meet 'the only Oscar at the Golden Globes,' a longtime bartender to the stars Oscar Zuleta, 48, has toasted with Sean Connery, gotten a head rub from Tom Hanks and shared a selfie with Jessica Alba. Win or lose, Hollywood's biggest stars will be looking forward to Oscar once again at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. But not necessarily THAT Oscar.
"07.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Our addiction to technology is the enemy, not technology: Teitel The French are trying to do it with new laws, but should we? France has passed a law that makes it illegal for employers to intrude on employees' private time via email outside working hours. But should we follow suit?
"07.01.2017 03:00:03" thestar.com Gosling vs. Reynolds: 'nice-guy Canadian Ryans' go head-to-head at Golden Globes | Toronto Star As Ryan Reynolds earned nominations, another Canadian Ryan and his musical hit may end up standing in the way of winning. The most handsome duel ever?
"07.01.2017 02:00:03" thestar.com Typo of the Year for 2017 is a 'shocker': Public Editor How did that vulgar word end up in a Toronto Star headline? Public Editor Kathy English has addressed the elephant in the room — that errant "S" on the front page of our Entertainment & Life section.
"07.01.2017 01:00:03" thestar.com Michelle Obama says life's 'greatest honour' was being first lady Michelle Obama bid an early farewell to the White House in her final event as first lady. Michelle Obama was at times overcome with emotion during her final event as first lady.
"07.01.2017 00:29:43" thestar.com Judge asks 4 suspects in Facebook Live beating: 'Where was your sense of decency?' Four were charged with hate crimes Thursday after a Chicago beating of a mentally disabled man was broadcast on social media. Prosecutors offered new details of the assault, explaining that the suspects are accused of forcing the victim to drink toilet water and kiss the floor. They allegedly stuffed a sock into his mouth, taped his mouth shut and bound his hands with a belt.
"07.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com Wayward moose stop at Newfoundland Tim Hortons Three moose kept police and wildlife officers in St. John's, N.L. on the run as they ambled from a supermarket to City Hall and even stopped by a local Tim Hortons drive-thru. The moose also stopped by City Hall, a Coleman's Supermarket and the Centennial Square area.
"06.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com Putin 'aspired to help' elect Trump, discredit Clinton, say U.S. intelligence agencies Trump said in a statement issued that whatever hacking had occurred, 'there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.' The report, released on Friday by U.S. intelligence agencies, depicts Russian interference as unprecedented in scale, adding that the operation was ordered by Putin.
"06.01.2017 22:30:02" thekit.ca Naomi Campbell Reveals She Was Almost Robbed in Paris Four years before Kim Kardashian was robbed, Naomi Campbell was threatened in Paris "They followed me from the airport. They attacked me. They opened my car door and said, 'Naomi Campbell, we're going to kill you."
"06.01.2017 22:00:04" thestar.com 10 reasons to go to the movies this year: Howell Movie Critic Peter Howell embraces his inner fan-boy as he presents his sci-fi heavy list of 10 films he's anticipating for 2017. Sci-fi and fantasy movies could rule 2017, and our movie critic has compiled ten that are must sees.
"06.01.2017 21:30:03" thestar.com New Twitter wars turning ridicule into a virtue — for now: Delacourt | Toronto Star Critical tweets from Wendy's — perhaps imitating Donald Trump — show customers can't count on always being right. The official Twitter voice for Wendy's has advised people to “find new friends” if facing peer pressure to dine at McDonald's, and posted a picture of a trash can in reply to someone asking for directions to the nearest McDonald's outlet.
"06.01.2017 21:00:02" thestar.com 'Complex times' present trouble and opportunity: Paul Wells Senior Liberals say Justin Trudeau is in a mood to make modest changes to his cabinet whenever trouble and opportunity intersect, rather than wait for an overhaul later. “Where's the biggest trouble? On the morning of Jan. 20, trouble will be on Capitol Hill in Washington facing the chief justice of the United States, with his left hand on a Bible,” Paul Wells writes.
"06.01.2017 20:30:02" thestar.com New numbers reveal 2016 was Toronto's deadliest year for pedestrians in at least a decade 43 pedestrians were killed in the city this year, according to police statistics released to the Star. Almost 9 in 10 of victims were over the age of 55. People aged 65 and older made up 67 per cent of victims last year. With the city's older population set to double to 1.2 million in the next 25 years, the city “really has to look into what we're going to do in Toronto to make life safer for an aging
"06.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com Mississauga firefighter overcomes severe injuries, returns to work Tim Casarin spent two years working his way back to active duty after being crushed by a cement wall at a fire. “He pushed forward through everything with an attitude of 'I'm going to accomplish whatever I can possibly accomplish.' Not everyone has that spirit.”
"06.01.2017 19:30:03" thestar.com Gay man who was mocked by juror on radio has charges stayed | Toronto Star Jury foreman made homophobic jokes about the Toronto trial on the Dean Blundell Show. “The decision not to re-prosecute really operates as a recognition of how serious these homophobic comments were and how negatively they did impact on the integrity of the justice system.”
"06.01.2017 18:58:43" thestar.com 'Multiple' deaths after gunshots fired at Fort Lauderdale airport | Toronto Star News footage showed a crowd on the tarmac and numerous police vehicles. #Update: The Broward County Sherriff's office confirmed the early afternoon gunfire, tweeting: “Confirmed: Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with multiple people dead. One subject in custody.”
A man is reportedly in custody
"06.01.2017 18:30:03" thestar.com Molson Amphitheatre renamed Budweiser Stage The name change is the first for the amphitheatre since it opened in May 1995. The name change is part of a multi-year sponsorship deal, Live Nation Canada and Labatt Breweries of Canada announced Friday.
"06.01.2017 18:00:04" thestar.com Somber stars attend memorial for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher | Toronto Star The 125 guests at the next-door homes of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher dined on fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread, according to People magazine. Meg Ryan, Ellen Barkin and Ed Begley Jr. were among those entering the property in the tony Coldwater Canyon area of Los Angeles, just north of Beverly Hills.
"06.01.2017 17:30:02" thestar.com Icy weekend in store as cold weather alert continues Saturday and Sunday will see highs of -7 and -9 degrees. Friday and Saturday nights will be particularly frigid, with overnight lows dropping to -14 C and -13 C respectively.
"06.01.2017 17:00:04" thestar.com Chicago beating broadcast to Facebook Live began after friendly encounter, police say Four were charged with hate crimes Thursday after a Chicago beating of a mentally disabled man was broadcast on social media. The cruelty of the attack and the intense social media exposure prompted President Barack Obama to respond, calling it “despicable.”
"06.01.2017 16:30:02" thestar.com Court ruling sets 'low bar' for police to disclose HIV status Ontario Court of Appeal finds police didn't violate suspect's Charter rights by disclosing health status in news release If a person charged with a crime is found to be HIV-positive, that could be enough for police to disclose that very personal and sensitive information to the public.
That's one takeaway from an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that advocates say is cause
"06.01.2017 16:00:02" thestar.com The Hamilton judge who wore a 'Make America Great Again' hat in court has been banned from trying cases Justice Bernd Zabel, who declared his support for Donald Trump in court, is no longer presiding in court, according to a spokeswoman for the Ontario Court of Justice. A Hamilton judge who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to court the day after the U.S. election and declared his support for president-elect Donald Trump is no longer hearing cases.
"06.01.2017 15:30:03" thestar.com Federal government's refusal to let widow into Canada 'out of line' Since 2015, Chavez Ruiz's family in Toronto has made three failed attempts to get her a visa to visit Canada and couldn't figure out why until an MP made an inquiry on their behalf. "This applicant had a truckload of evidence and a very strong application. In my view, they discriminated against her as a widow, assuming that because her husband died, she won't go home after visiting.”
"06.01.2017 15:00:03" thestar.com Raptors rally in homecoming win over Utah Lowry, DeRozan help Toronto out of funk. Lowry finished with 33 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto ran its record to 24-11 in its first home game in more than two weeks.
"06.01.2017 14:30:03" thestar.com 'You are an illegal judge,' murder-trial defendant shouts as she begins her closing address Xiu Jin Teng, who is representing herself, is accused of murdering her husband to get up to $2 million in life insurance. “You didn't give me any rights,” Xiu Jin Teng, 40, yelled as Justice Ian MacDonnell told the jury court was done for the day.
"06.01.2017 13:53:46" thestar.com Hundreds attend funeral for Toronto family killed in Peterborough fire Hundreds attended a funeral service Thursday for a family of four killed after their cottage burned down on Christmas Eve. “There's no recovering from this, especially at this time of year.”
"06.01.2017 13:30:03" thestar.com Authorities take another look at how well indigenous women knew their killers Special analysis of nearly 6,000 homicide reports done to explore New look at murders of indigenous women could dispel notion that most were killed by someone close to them.
"06.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com Fentanyl killed at least 374 in B.C. last year. Toronto officials are launching a plan to stop it from happening here There are signs of an increased use of the highly toxic drug in Toronto, but nothing yet like the explosion in overdose deaths seen in Vancouver. Fentanyl, often mixed by traffickers with heroin or cocaine, is up to 100 times more toxic than morphine.
"06.01.2017 12:30:03" thestar.com Canadian juniors get sterling silver in shootout loss to U.S.: Arthur Canada built a pair of two-goal leads and had the better chances in overtime, but the U.S. escaped with gold. “To lose that game in a shootout, especially, it's harder than last year,” said defenceman Thomas Chabot.
"06.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com Walmart, Visa declare truce over credit card fees Starting Friday, customers in Manitoba and Thunder Bay can resume using Visa cards. Both companies said they came to an agreement but did not provide details, calling the arrangement confidential.
"06.01.2017 11:00:02" thestar.com Former Bandido biker sues jail and Queen for more than $2M for 'loss of dignity, pain and suffering' Pierre Maurice Aragon, 35, is currently an inmate at the Toronto East Jail. The province has until January 23 to reply to the allegations.
"06.01.2017 10:00:02" thestar.com Casa Loma's reindeer bid Toronto an early farewell The four animals, slated to be at the castle until Jan. 8, are on their way home after charges were issued against an Ontario petting zoo. Oh deer.
"06.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Negotiations underway to recover body of Canadian man killed fighting Daesh Nazzareno Tassone was killed in Syria on Dec. 21 while fighting alongside Kurdish forces, the Kurdish People's Defense Units said. Nazzareno Tassone's sister, Giustina Tassone, pleaded with the Canadian government to help repatriate her brother's body so the family could have a funeral.
"06.01.2017 03:00:02" thestar.com Canadian arrested in Turkey for 'insulting' president on Facebook, lawyer says Ece Heper, 50, accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook of jailing journalists who suggest there is evidence Turkey is supporting Daesh. Global Affairs Canada said they are aware of a Canadian citizen detained in Turkey and are providing consular assistance, but wouldn't divulge further information, citing privacy laws.
"06.01.2017 02:00:03" thestar.com Which popcorn is the healthier choice? Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop or Smartfood Trying to eat healthier this year? Popcorn can be a healthy light snack or one loaded with calories, fat and sodium – choose wisely, says the Savvy Eater Both of these popcorn brands claim to be “smart,” but only one gets a passing grade.
"06.01.2017 01:00:04" thestar.com Squirrels stealing chocolate bars driving Toronto store owner nuts Video shows one rodent waiting for coast to be all clear before pouncing on candy and scurrying away. Customers and passersby have also tried chasing down the bandit, but when it resorts to climbing up a tree, "it's game over."
"06.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com 'Daddy's dead?' Chilling 911 call played in Charleston church case Jurors are considering whether Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death or life in prison. In the tape, Jennifer Pinckney is heard trying to comfort her daughter Malana, a precocious child who had been watching cartoons in her father's office as he participated in Bible study in the room next door.
"05.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com U.S. adds Osama bin Laden's son to global terrorist list 'Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism,' the U.S. State Department said, adding he poses a risk to U.S. national security. In an audio message last year, Hamza bin Laden threatened revenge against the U.S. and warned Americans they would be targeted at home and abroad.
"05.01.2017 22:00:04" thestar.com Tom Cochrane reflects on success of 'Life is a Highway' Over 25 years later, Cochrane is still trying to unpack how the impact of his hit song forever changed his career. A stretch of Manitoba highway near Tom Cochrane's birthplace in Lynn Lake was renamed in his honour last October and Calgary's Studio Bell is holding an exhibit of rock memorabilia from his career that runs until April.
"05.01.2017 21:00:03" thestar.com Want to prevent peanut allergies? Feed your babies peanut butter, doctors now say The new guidelines mark a shift in dietary advice, based on landmark research that found early exposure dramatically lowers a baby's chances of becoming allergic. The recommendations spell out exactly how to introduce infants to peanut-based foods and when — for some, as early as 4 to 6 months of age — depending on whether they're at high, moderate or low risk of developing one of the most troublesome food
"05.01.2017 20:30:03" thestar.com Two men arrested after woman kidnapped in downtown Toronto Police are looking for two other suspects after a woman was allegedly held for more than eight hours against her will. After making two arrests, Toronto police have released photos of two additional suspects: Kirk Hosten-Alexander, 23, and Rayan Graham, 26, both of Toronto.
"05.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com 2017 will be a year of reckoning for Conservative leader Patrick Brown and NDP leader Andrea Horwath: Hepburn Premier Wynne seems down and out, but opposition leaders face their own troubles Despite the favourable signs pointing their way, though, both the Tories and NDP run a serious risk of seeing their current advantages fade due to questionable leadership and internal strife within their own ranks.
"05.01.2017 19:30:03" thestar.com Sunwing pilot charged with being impaired to appear in Calgary court today The pilot, a 37-year-old Slovakian national, was allegedly found slumped over in his seat in the cockpit with a blood-alcohol level above .08. The pilot was released on $1,000 bail and was ordered to turn in his passport.
"05.01.2017 19:00:04" thestar.com Princess Diana describes Harry as 'constantly in trouble' in letter up for auction Six handwritten notes written during the 1980s and '90s from the late princess are up for auction. “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!” Diana wrote in one letter after Harry's birth.
"05.01.2017 18:30:03" thestar.com Russia meddled in U.S. election through hacking, spreading of 'fake news,' says U.S. official A classified report on Russian intelligence interference in the election has been prepared for President Barack Obama, who was to receive it on Thursday. “That's classical tradecraft that the Russians have long used,” says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
"05.01.2017 18:00:02" thestar.com Doctor accused of killing wife held in custody after court appearance Mohammed Shamji, who is accused of killing his wife Elana Fric-Shamji, is scheduled to return to court later this month. Appearing before a north Toronto court via video, Mohammed Shamji, 40, wore an orange jumper, had sunken eyes and said little besides his name.
"05.01.2017 17:30:03" thestar.com Living close to high-traffic roads raises dementia risk: study Researchers suggest air pollution from vehicles may be a factor in the development of dementia. Researchers found that Ontario residents who lived within 50 metres of a highway or major road had a seven per cent increased likelihood of developing dementia compared to those who lived more than 300 metres away from such busy transportation routes.
"05.01.2017 17:00:03" thestar.com Photo of dead Rohingya baby draws comparisons to Alan Kurdi The father of Mohammed Shohayet, a 16-month-old boy seen in a photo lying face down in the mud, wants to share his tragedy with the world to highlight the plight of the Muslim minority. “When I see the picture, I feel like I would rather die,” Zafor Alam, father of the 16-month-old, told CNN. “There is no point in me living in this world.”
The photo of Mohammed is being compared to that of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who was found
"05.01.2017 16:30:02" thestar.com Four in custody after Chicago beating broadcast on Facebook Live The victim is a Chicago resident who police say has 'mental health challenges.' The victim is a suburban Chicago resident who Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said has “mental health challenges.”
In a news conference Wednesday, Johnson described the video as “sickening.”
"05.01.2017 15:57:21" thestar.com Encarnacion touches down in Cleveland The Cleveland Indians finalized a $65 million, three-year contract with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion Thursday. Encarnacion appears to be a perfect fit for the Indians, who have been looking for a big bat to complement one of the majors' best pitching staffs.
"05.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com Why part of TTC's St. Patrick station is still sealed off after 1975 murder The death of a 16-year-old girl led to a TTC and Metro police study on how to make the subways safer. "I can see that when Mariam was attacked, she did not have a chance, especially at St. Patrick," her mother Merle Peters told the Star in a 1976 interview.
"05.01.2017 15:00:04" thestar.com Nanaimo, B.C., launches lawsuit, court petition against own mayor Mayor Bill McKay has been accused of leaking confidential information to an employee, prompting a lawsuit from the city and a petition from a group of residents. An embattled mayor on Vancouver Island is being taken to court by his own city over allegations he leaked confidential information to an employee, while at the same time a group of residents has launched a separate court petition to have him removed from
"05.01.2017 14:30:04" thestar.com Canadian immigration applications could soon be assessed by computers The Immigration Department has been developing “predictive analytics” technology that would evaluate applications in a way that's similar to the work performed by officials today. “This is the greatest change in immigration processing since the Internet. What requires weeks if not months to process would only take days with the new system. There are going to be cascades of savings in time and money,” said immigration lawyer and
"05.01.2017 14:00:03" thestar.com Semifinals prove to be festivals for the fearless: Arthur Canada, U.S. advance to gold-medal game after showing they're not afraid of the moment. In this game, they played hungry, and were not afraid of the moment, writes Bruce Arthur.
"05.01.2017 13:24:01" thestar.com Toronto under extreme cold weather alert Temperatures on Thursday are expected to plummet to their lowest depths so far this winter. Environment Canada has also forecast a 40 per cent chance of flurries for Thursday.
"05.01.2017 13:00:02" thestar.com Toronto seen to be green in tree-canopy mapping of cities around the world MIT rcollaborated with the World Economic Forum to map urban canopies in 11 cities around the world. At 19.5 per cent, Toronto came in fourth. When it comes to trees, Toronto is world class, but our greenery is under stress, local environmentalists say
"05.01.2017 12:41:44" thestar.com Average GTA home price jumped 20% in 2016 Toronto Real Estate Board credits strong economy and low interest rates. The Toronto Real Estate Board says strong December sales volume helped make 2016 a record year for realtors in the Greater Toronto Area.
"05.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com Raising property taxes is neither progressive, nor regressive: Keenan A willingness to raise property taxes cannot be held out as a litmus test for progressivity; the progressive left used to spend much of its time arguing pretty much the opposite. John Tory, future Toronto mayor, right, chats with then-Toronto-mayor David Miller at Toronto Board of Trade function in 2007. That same year, Miller spoke about keeping property taxes low and introducing other revenue tools for the city. Tory has done
"05.01.2017 11:52:13" thestar.com Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser top list of worst council attendance Perks is best in class, while Tory's executive has mixed attendance “Spending never-ending hours listening to endless rants from councillors pushing a socialist downtown pet project agenda on a dysfunctional council is indeed a Herculean task,” said Mammoliti.
"05.01.2017 11:00:04" thestar.com York police say 2016 one of worst years for impaired driving fatalities Number of impaired driving incidents part of 'disappointing' increase, police say Of the drivers arrested in 2016, 85 per cent were men and 15 per cent were women, according to York police.
"05.01.2017 10:00:03" thestar.com Ottawa accused of failing to provide for indigenous children Groups say Canada still non-compliant with Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling. The Canadian government and the Caring Society have been locked in a legal fight about indigenous children's rights for nearly 10 years.
"05.01.2017 05:00:04" thestar.com Frenchman sets cycling record — at 105 years old The 105-year-old man set the record by riding 22.547 kilometres in one hour. He said he's just waiting for a rival now.
"05.01.2017 04:00:03" thestar.com Why you should spend your next long weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba From an indoor/outdoor thermal spa and stunning human rights museum to a oh-so-Canadian hockey game and diverse food scene, Manitoba's capital enthralls. Winnipeg won't be lurking at the edge of the Canadian consciousness for much longer.
"05.01.2017 03:00:04" thestar.com Trench next to sidewalk should be filled with dirt, not water: The Fixer A half-dozen holes dug on Shelborne Ave. were left unfilled, creating a hazard for pedestrians. "This is especially dangerous at night. There is no way anyone can see the hole and they can easy fall in."
"05.01.2017 02:00:02" thestar.com Drunk driver sent to jail for killing cyclist Darya Selinevich, a former legal clerk, had social media postings glorifying drinking and driving before the crash. Drunk driver joked on social media her ride-home options were a bus, cab, police, ambulance or “option 5, my car.”
"05.01.2017 01:00:04" thestar.com Why daycare fees in Toronto could jump $360 a year this July Toronto budget proposal to end rent subsidy for school-based daycares would boost fees by about $360 a year. “I don't mind paying for good child care, but this increase isn't going towards improving quality.”
"05.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com Charleston shooter Dylann Roof says 'nothing wrong with me psychologically' Roof spoke to the jury for the first time on Wednesday but he didn't ask jurors to spare him from the death penalty. In a journal read in court during his trial, Roof called psychology “a Jewish invention” that “does nothing but invent diseases and tell people they have problems when they don't.”
"04.01.2017 23:00:04" thestar.com Cardinal blasts new McDonald's near Vatican, calls it 'disgrace' Cardinal Elio Sgreccia said the space should have been used to help the needy. Vatican officials also approved the addition of a Hard Rock Cafe on Via della Conciliazione, the main boulevard leading to St. Peter's Square.
"04.01.2017 22:30:02" thestar.com NewLeaf cancels flights, saying competitor copied plan Discount carrier had planned to fly from Alberta to Arizona, but is now giving refunds to customers. NewLeaf president said another airline “lowered its fares and offered service to an airport it had previously ignored for over a decade.”
"04.01.2017 22:00:03" thestar.com Studying Canadian identity through . . . Drake Western University media studies student introduces her profs to the music of 'Drizzy.' While most university students spent last year hunkered down in the library, Amara Pope was streaming Drake music videos for credit.
"04.01.2017 21:30:02" thestar.com Hollywood's refusal to play nice puts Donald Trump in his place: Menon The U.S. president-elect lives for the limelight and now the limelight is giving him the brush-off. Trump and Hollywood are incompatible. He stands for everything most celebrities stand against. Hollywood is free to shun Donald Trump over the next four years. And unlike so many others, Hollywood is in a unique position: it can't be forced to feign
"04.01.2017 21:00:02" thestar.com Hundreds of veterans likely affected by federal cuts to medicinal pot allotment The report says one in three uses 10 grams — the current maximum daily allotment. A report finds 74 per cent of veterans using government-covered medical marijuana consume more than the three-gram daily maximum set to come into effect in May.
"04.01.2017 20:30:02" thestar.com Scientists identify new organ inside humans called the mesentery It is a fatty membrane that holds the intestines in place but the complete function of the mesentery remains a mystery. Next to the thumping heart and the brain's enigmatic mass, the mesentery may seem a humble thing. One scientist went as far as to argue life without it is impossible.
"04.01.2017 20:00:50" thestar.com Questions raised over morning sickness pill study Toronto researchers found prescribing of Diclectin should not be based on 1975 clinical trial with The trial involving 2,300 pregnant women lasted one week, had a 31 per cent drop-out rate, and results from those hundreds of participants were not analyzed.
"04.01.2017 20:00:04" thestar.com Canadian reported killed fighting Daesh in Syria Nazzareno Tassone died Dec. 21 near Raqqa, according to the Kurdish People's Protection Unit. Canadian is being hailed as a hero after reportedly being killed while fighting for Kurdish forces in Syria.
"04.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com How a call centre in India scammed U.S. citizens of $100 million Recently shut down, the call centre employed young Indians to swindle U.S. citizens, typically elderly or newly immigrated. The call centre workers would impersonate IRS officials and threaten gullible Americans, demanding immediate payment to cover back taxes.
"04.01.2017 18:30:00" thestar.com Conservationists worried free entry to national parks could affect ecological integrity Retired nature guide Ben Gadd is concerned about crowded attractions, trash and people feeding or getting too close to wildlife. Increased vehicle traffic, crowded attractions and trash are among some of the concerns.
"04.01.2017 17:52:51" thestar.com Canada ignores its own refugees Indigenous people have suffered for generations in Canada without the same supports offered to refugees. We let them suffer in mouldy, crumbling shacks. We keep them poor and dependent through racist legislation designed to do just that. We ignore mass child suicides and deny them access to adequate health care.
"04.01.2017 17:00:02" thestar.com The coldest days of winter so far are coming to Toronto this week Environment Canada is expecting temperatures to plunge to -5 C on Wednesday afternoon — feeling closer to -15 C with the wind chill. "Although the weather doesn't look like winter, it sure will feel like it."
"04.01.2017 16:30:02" thestar.com Kim Kardashian makes long-awaited return to social media Kim Kardashian posted a family picture of her with her husband Kanye West and their two children on Instagram. Kim Kardashian made her return to social media three months after robbery in Paris.
"04.01.2017 16:00:05" thestar.com Plane clips wing of another aircraft at Pearson airport The PIA airplane was said to be moving at a slow speed at the time of the incident. Phew, no reported injuries after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft clipped the wing of an Air France plane, says GTAA.
"04.01.2017 15:00:02" thestar.com Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter after shooting wounded Palestinian attacker The verdict is a rare instance of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action in the field. Sgt. Elor Azaria, an army medic, was caught on a cellphone video fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker who had stabbed a soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron in March. The Palestinian was lying motionless on the ground when Azaria shot him in
"04.01.2017 14:30:03" thestar.com Ford cancels $1.6B Mexico plant after Trump's criticism Ford was a target of President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign for plans to move small car production from the U.S. to Mexico. Ford CEO Mark Fields said the company would spend $700 million and add 700 jobs to “transform and expand” its Flat Rock, Mich. manufacturing plant.
"04.01.2017 14:00:02" thestar.com Sponsorship lottery replaces 'one discriminatory scheme with another' Canada's immigration switch leaves families who planned ahead out hundreds of dollars. Daniel Dodero has spent months and almost $500 to compile the sponsorship application for his parents. Ottawa's new reforms mean his effort and money are wasted.
"04.01.2017 13:00:03" thestar.com Accused Woodbridge mobster won't fight deportation decision: lawyer Bruzzese was described by Italian prosecutors as a high-ranking member — or the Capo — of the 'Ndrangheta. Former GTA resident Carmelo Bruzzese awaits trial in Italy for Mafia association after his bid to get back into Canada was rejected last October.
"04.01.2017 12:30:02" thestar.com Mothers denied sickness benefits urge Liberal government to end legal battle More than a year has passed since Liberals pledged to 'immediately end' Ottawa's legal battle with ill mothers. There is a gnawing sense of unfinished business for a Calgary mother who launched a class action lawsuit in 2012 on behalf of more than 3,000 mothers who say they were wrongfully denied EI sickness benefits while on maternity leave.
"04.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com TTC urged to use cameras to catch drivers who pass streetcars taking on riders Transit agency says it's looking into the idea, but it would likely require changes to provincial regulations. Councillor Mike Layton took to Twitter on Tuesday to call on the TTC to look into the idea, which he said would work similar to red light cameras.
"04.01.2017 11:30:02" thestar.com Ontario Power Generation stands by plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron Company sticks with plan to permanently store radioactive waste near Kincardine, Ont. A spokesman said the company looked at two other potential sites but concluded they would be more expensive and raise more environmental concerns
"04.01.2017 11:00:02" thestar.com Famous statue falls afoul of Facebook Facebook has since apologized, saying it 'incorrectly' banned the image of Neptune, seen from the rear. The historic sculpture has been a tourist attraction for years. And it appeared to violate Facebook policy.
"04.01.2017 10:00:03" thestar.com Border guards in Spain find migrants hidden in suitcase, car Authorities in Ceuta discovered two more migrants trying to smuggle themselves across the border to Spain. Border officials became suspicious of a young woman when they saw her using a trolley to carry just one rolling suitcase. Then they opened the suitcase and found a 19-year-old man.
"04.01.2017 05:00:00" thestar.com NHL missed chance of a century Anniversary season could have been clean sheet for buzz-worthy changes to scoring system and more. This could have been the time to embrace the next 100 years, to chart a new path and remake the game, presumably for the better.
"04.01.2017 04:00:02" thestar.com How to avoid nail salon health hazards Nail salons are a big business in Toronto, with more than 1,280 establishments offering services across the city. Getting a new year mani or pedi? Read up on this story from our archive: There are numerous ways to acquire infections at salons, be it a toenail fungus or something more serious, if instruments and foot baths are reused and not properly sterilized.
"04.01.2017 03:00:05" thestar.com Scheer calls on O'Leary to join Tory leadership race before French debate Conservative leadership hopeful Andrew Scheer is urging Kevin O'Leary to formalize his candidacy and participate in the all-French debate. "It is not acceptable to stall or delay in order to avoid the French-language debate," says Conservative leadership hopeful Andrew Scheer.
"04.01.2017 02:00:04" thestar.com Police defuse incident in which irate woman tries to stomp through cruiser windshield Toronto Police Service says they were able to diffuse the situation without the use of force. YouTube video shows woman attempting to break window of police car, then posing triumphantly on top of the vehicle.
"04.01.2017 01:31:26" thestar.com Was it just the iceberg that sunk the Titanic? Ever since the Titanic sank more than 104 years ago, killing more than 1,500 men, women and children, mystery has swirled around the tragedy. Documentary suggests Titanic's sinking may have been accelerated by a giant coal fire in its hull.
"04.01.2017 01:00:03" thestar.com Mixed in the Six pop-up events created to support multiracial Torontonians An event for the off-spring of mixed-race families hits a chord as the difficult to 'identify' find their people. At this pop-up, it doesn't matter if you aren't 'black enough or white enough.'
"04.01.2017 00:30:02" thestar.com Storefront Theatre closing, seeking new location Company announced it's leaving its 955 Bloor St. W. location after four years of "protracted negotiations" with the property owner. The independent Storefront Theatre company is closing its doors at the end of January after four years but hoping to reopen at a new location later in the year.
"04.01.2017 00:00:05" thestar.com Janet Jackson, husband welcome son Eissa Al Mana The 50-year-old pop superstar gave birth to her first child on Tuesday. Janet Jackson "had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably."
"03.01.2017 23:30:02" thestar.com Scientists marvel at speed, fitness of 85-year-old marathoner In October, Whitlock set his latest distance-running record, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes 34 seconds. Having set dozens of age-group records from the metric mile to the marathon, Ed Whitlock remains at the forefront among older athletes who have led scientists to reassess aging and performance.
"03.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com What Toronto singles love (and hate) about dating in the city Eighteen Toronto singles shared their dating stories with the Toronto Star. Looking for love in 2017? Read our archive story about experiences romance-seekers have had trying to find a match in the Big Smoke.
"03.01.2017 22:22:27" thestar.com Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Donald Trump's inauguration The decision to attend was fraught for the Clintons, given Hillary Clinton's bitter campaign against Trump. Falling in line with tradition, Bill and Hillary Clinton plan to attend Donald Trump's inauguration.
"03.01.2017 22:00:06" thestar.com If an engagement is broken, should the ring be returned?: Ellie If the would-be groom proposes on a holiday, can his fiancée claim it was a gift? Who owns the engagement ring post breakup?
"03.01.2017 21:00:02" thestar.com To snitch or not to snitch? Airbnb in the city is a complicated thing: Micallef There's no easy answer when your neighbours turn out to be temporary. Is it a business or is it just a way to make extra cash?
"03.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com Enjoy the mild Tuesday, Toronto. It's about to get a lot colder This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com Sigh. Get ready for the post-holiday blues.
"03.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com Coca-Cola remains top drink maker in Japan, but not because of Coke Coca-Cola's nearly 1 million vending machines account for about half of all the vending machines in Japan. Among the bigger favourites are “Georgia” brand canned coffee, orange-flavoured water and of course, green tea, the traditional drink of choice.
"03.01.2017 18:00:03" thestar.com Health minister set to increase role in oversight of regulatory colleges One proposed change would allow the minister determine the makeup of discipline panels for doctors and other health professions. Proposed legal changes would see the health minister playing a greater role in the governance of health professions, a move critics say signals a lack of confidence in self-regulating bodies like the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
"03.01.2017 17:00:03" thestar.com In 2017, Mississauga will have to decide how it grows up Mississauga's recent booming growth will continue, but will growth be sustainable and will it be what residents want? “With all the development that's going to happen in my ward alone, good luck getting out of your driveway in the next 10 years,” said Councillor Jim Tovey.
"03.01.2017 16:00:03" thestar.com McDonald's Canada still fighting to change junk food reputation The company seems to be in constant overhaul to satisfy customers' preferences for healthier, local options. The president of McDonald's says, "I will tell you straight out that the reputation we have for food is absolutely unfair, unrealistic . . . It's baloney."
"03.01.2017 15:30:02" thestar.com POTS: The energy-sucking syndrome doctors are only starting to recognize Up to 50,000 people in Canada may be suffering from POTS, says Dr. Juan Guzman. Justin Raczynski, 21, suffers from POTS, a rare condition that causes extreme fatigue and blackouts and which is often misdiagnosed or dismissed as a mental illness. He has been passing out, sometimes multiple times a day, since he was three years old.
"03.01.2017 15:00:05" thestar.com Star photographer Anne Marie Jackson's Best of 2016 Jackson loves the ability to mix mediums and tell stories in a single image or, more commonly, video. With a talent for photo and video, check out the Star Photo Blog for Anne Marie Jackson's best of 2016.
"03.01.2017 14:00:02" thestar.com Death of a Toronto fixture, 'Flyerman' Mark Vincent Vistorino chased the limelight by handing out flyers near theatre productions and getting people jobs as movie extras. Vistorino became somewhat of a fixture on the Toronto concert scene as he, sometimes aggressively, handed out flyers promoting his photography business.
"03.01.2017 13:30:03" thestar.com GTA-based helpline for Muslim youth overwhelmed by U.S. callers Naseeha (which means advice in Arabic) saw its call volume increase by more than 300 per cent over 2015. The concerns of Muslim youth are largely the same as those of all youth, said Yaseen Poonah. "Depression, mental health, bullying, suicide, LGBT and questioning gender identity are the big ones," he said.
"03.01.2017 12:30:05" thestar.com Canadian dead after New Year's Eve party in Thailand A Facebook tribute page has identified the deceased as Clinton Munkittrick of Sherbrooke, Que. The Bangkok Post reported that a 26-year-old Canadian tourist drowned during a party at Haad Rin beach, which was attended by about 20,000 people.
"03.01.2017 11:55:44" thestar.com Five injured in serious Gardiner crash The eastbound Gardiner has been blocked west of Kipling Ave. to Hwy. 427, according to the City of Toronto. Update: The Gardiner eastbound has reopened after a serious crash that left five people injured early Tuesday morning.
"03.01.2017 11:30:14" thestar.com 'You can't sum him up in one word': Remembering the 'power' of Flyerman Mark Vincent Vistorino pursued notoriety by handing out flyers near theatre productions and getting people jobs as movie extras. "I don't think you know the power of Flyerman," he said. "I believe that I am a superhero. People say I'm just a photographer. I'm not just anything."
"03.01.2017 11:00:03" thestar.com Pope Francis tells bishops to maintain 'zero tolerance' for child abuse In the letter sent to bishops, Francis decried 'the sufferings, the experiences and pain of minors who were abused sexually by priests.' "Let us find the courage needed to take all necessary measures and to protect in every way the lives of our children, so that such crimes may never be repeated," the Pope said.
"03.01.2017 10:00:03" thestar.com Obama in closing stretch of presidency with less than 3 weeks left His final days will be consumed by a bid to protect his health care law, a farewell speech and the ongoing handover of power to Trump. For Obama, helping Americans understand how his two terms have reshaped U.S. life is even more critical amid concerns that Trump may undo much of what he accomplished, including the health law.
"03.01.2017 05:00:04" thestar.com SpaceX says it's found cause of rocket explosion Falcon 9 burst into flames on launch pad in September, but company says it knows how to prevent a recurrence. SpaceX said an investigation had determined the likely cause of the Sept.1 explosion: an unexpected interplay of supercold helium and oxygen with carbon fibres and aluminum.
"03.01.2017 04:00:02" thestar.com France gives employees 'right to disconnect' from work emails The new employment law grants workers the legal right to ignore work emails outside of typical working hours. It's 11 p.m., did you just open an email from your boss?
"03.01.2017 03:45:39" thestar.com Canada sets semifinal date with Sweden at world juniors Canadians hold off Czechs in close quarter-final at Montreal's Bell Centre. Canada-U.S. showdown for gold still in play. After a close 5-3 win over the Czech Republic, Canada will move on to play Sweden on Wednesday in one semifinal. The U.S. and Russia will face off in the other.
"03.01.2017 03:30:04" thestar.com Jerry Howarth refuses to say Cleveland team name Don't expect to hear the word “Indian” when Jerry Howarth calls the play-by-play in the Blue Jays' ALCS vs. Cleveland. Reader favourite from 2016: When Blue Jays announcer Jerry Howarth refused to say Cleveland's team name in the American League Championship Series.
"03.01.2017 03:00:02" thestar.com U.S. Customs outage turns to outrage as thousands of passengers delayed The problem even spread across the border, as Toronto's Pearson International Airport tweeted about delays. A North America-wide computer-system failure on Monday evening delayed dozens of flights and created a massive backlog of passengers arriving at American airports.
"03.01.2017 02:30:02" thestar.com NHL missed chance of a century One of the reasons why the league has stuck with two points for every win is the record book. Anniversary season could have been clean sheet for buzz-worthy changes to scoring system and more. But, you know, tradition.
"03.01.2017 02:00:03" thestar.com Toronto fitness trainers share their exercise pet peeves With the new year here, gyms will be flooded with new exercisers. Crossfit, yoga and other experts share what annoys them. We asked some local fitness instructors to sound off to the Star about the top pet peeves they hope not to see in 2017.
"03.01.2017 01:45:45" thestar.com Fire crews begin demolition of North York mansion following New Year's blaze A neighbour called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday after noticing the vacant home engulfed in flames. All that was left standing of the multimillion dollar, 15,000 sq. ft property was the front of the structure and parts of the side walls.
"03.01.2017 01:19:40" thestar.com Billie Lourd speaks out on deaths of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Lourd posted a photo of herself with Fisher and Reynolds on her official Instagram account Monday. Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher and granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds, says 'there are no words' to describe how much she will miss them.
"03.01.2017 01:00:03" thestar.com You be the Editor: Would you publish these words and images? Put yourself in the editor's seat and weigh in on some of the judgment calls the Star's newsroom faced in 2016. If you were editor, what would you do?
"03.01.2017 00:30:02" thestar.com Venus, Mars and the moon will get close over Toronto tonight Skywatchers who stay up very late — or get up very early — will also be treated to a meteor shower. Photographers and astronomy buffs can start shooting their 2017 night-sky calendars tonight.
"03.01.2017 00:00:03" thestar.com Fearing Trump, a U.S. campus calls for sanctuary In Ithaca, N.Y., more than 2,000 Cornell students and professors called for the school to declare itself sanctuary for undocumented students. What next, under the Trump presidency? “It's a real wake-up call. We need to mobilize.”
"02.01.2017 23:33:42" Matthews is heading towards mostly uncharted waters in terms of the number of shots he's firing, currently averaging 3.7 per-game and on pace for more than 300. Only four rookies in NHL history have ever fired that many shots in a season.
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"02.01.2017 23:30:02" thestar.com Milton woman killed in attack on Istanbul nightclub Several media outlets report that Alaa Al-Muhandis of Milton, Ont., was among the 39 killed when a gunman opened fire at an Istanbul club on New Year's Day. Reports say the mother of two was among the 39 killed when a gunman opened fire at a popular Turkish club during New Year's celebrations.
"02.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com How to improve your wireless signal We're using more devices than ever, but treat Wi-Fi like a “set and forget” technology. A story worth re-sharing: Tech reporter Raju Mudhar has tips for improving your wireless signal.
"02.01.2017 22:00:03" thestar.com Conservationists worried free entry to Canada's national parks in 2017 could affect ecological integrity Retired nature guide Ben Gadd is concerned about crowded attractions, trash and people feeding or getting too close to wildlife. “When you have that situation and animals trying to cross there are going to be more accidents, more animals killed.”
"02.01.2017 21:00:02" thestar.com What will the City of Toronto's 2017 budget cost us? Explaining what's funded, what's cut and what's at risk in next year's city budget that keeps property taxes low and sees user fees increase again. Toronto has the lowest property taxes in Ontario. So how are we going to pay for stuff?
"02.01.2017 20:00:02" thestar.com SickKids aims to dial up different emotions in new fundraising campaign video “We've tapped into this real, emotional experience of the hospital …” says Jay Chaney, chief strategy officer for the ad agency behind the campaign. The story about SickKids fundraising campaign was a reader favourite in 2016.
"02.01.2017 19:30:03" thekit.ca Zsa Zsa Gabor's Ashes Were Kept in A Louis Vuitton Bag Zsa Zsa Gabor can count a Louis Vuitton urn as one of her final resting places, definitely securing her place in glamour history Gabor's final act is a friendly reminder to do you and live life to the fullest, no?
"02.01.2017 19:00:03" thestar.com Will Brampton move forward in 2017 or remain stuck in neutral? Big issues face the struggling city. A $28.5-million lawsuit, a future route for a LRT corridor, the city's first university: 2017 could be the year Brampton finally moves forward on critical matters residents want action on.
"02.01.2017 18:00:04" thestar.com 69 people were victims of homicide in Toronto in 2016 Total murders in the city have jumped considerably compared with the past few years. "The sky is not falling. Having said that, I still respect the loss of life and the fact that just one life lost is something that we take seriously," said Toronto police chief Mark Saunders of last year's spike in homicides.
"02.01.2017 17:00:02" thestar.com Millennials' favourite workouts could lead to hip injury High-intensity workouts could lead to injury for those who push themselves too hard. If you're not as conditioned as you think, CrossFit or Tough Mudder might not be for you.
"02.01.2017 16:30:02" thestar.com Giving birth alone and far from home Health Canada told the Star that although high-risk pregnancies may justify an escort, low-risk ones do not. Pregnant indigenous women in Canada's North are routinely denied escorts when relocating to cities to give birth.
"02.01.2017 16:00:03" thestar.com Mariah Carey's sabotage claim 'absurd,' Dick Clark Productions says Carey's disaster during the New Year's Eve special in Times Square made headlines. Then her people claimed sabotage. "To suggest that (Dick Clark Productions) . . . would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd."
"02.01.2017 15:00:04" thestar.com Customer calls police after Ossington dispensary allegedly robbed Customer says buying weed from a drug dealer may be safer than a clinic. On Dec. 21, masked robbers allegedly entered a Toronto dispensary and cleaned it out of cash and marijuana.
"02.01.2017 14:00:04" thestar.com Sitting all day is hurting more than just your behind, study shows Research shows sitting for long periods of time has a direct correlation with obesity, especially in men. If you have a desk job, it is pretty easy to spend most of your day on your bum. But research shows sitting for long periods of time will hurt your health in the long run.
"02.01.2017 13:00:02" thestar.com First GTA baby of 2017 said to be born at the stroke of midnight Mississauga Hospital claims the GTA's first birth of the year, at exactly 12 a.m. Mississauga Hospital claims Alan Wang, a baby boy weighing about seven pounds 10 ounces, arrived at exactly 12 a.m. on Jan. 1.
"02.01.2017 12:30:02" thestar.com Purging Criminal Code of defunct 'zombie laws' no simple task Outdated offences that are still included in Canada's Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft Some of the offences are clearly archaic.
"02.01.2017 12:00:03" thestar.com Addressing indigenous issues requires change at every level: Rae The test of the Trudeau government on the indigenous agenda will be more about what it does than what it says. We would not have made the progress that has been made without courts and tribunals insisting the Canadian constitution's modest recognition of treaty and equality rights require change. #Commentary
"02.01.2017 11:00:00" thestar.com Trump not expected to slow down on Twitter any time soon, press secretary says Sean Spicer says when Trump tweets, he gets results. Tweet, tweet, tweet and away we go.
"02.01.2017 10:00:03" thestar.com Chicago ends 2016 with 762 homicides, the largest spike in 60 years Crime stats show that the bulk of the homicides were in five of the city's poorest neighbourhoods. 2016 was one of the most violent years in Chicago history.
"02.01.2017 09:00:02" thestar.com Dakota Access pipeline protesters unfurl huge banner atop Vikings' stadium The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the $3.8-billion oil pipeline. Protesters trying to stymie the Dakota Access oil pipeline dangled from the stadium at the Vikings game as they revealed a huge banner to the crowd.
"02.01.2017 05:00:04" thestar.com Will Bachelor fans find love for Nick Viall? The controversial contestant we loved to hate has a shot at redemption as new season debuts Monday. New Bachelor Nick Viall has gone from villain to fan favourite, but will he maintain his newly-built image?
"02.01.2017 04:00:02" thestar.com Press secretary expects Trump to boldly use Twitter to make policy announcements Sean Spicer says when Trump tweets, he gets results. Press secretary said that he thinks it freaks the mainstream media out that Trump has more than 45 million people following him on social media.
"02.01.2017 03:24:27" thestar.com What happens when online shoppers return too many items Stories of being banned from Amazon populate the web. But Amazon isn't the only retailer that bans customers who return too much. From the archives: Did you know online retailers can cut you off from returns?
"02.01.2017 03:00:03" thestar.com Debris washes ashore after plane carrying 6 disappears over Lake Erie Authorities received reports of debris found east of Burke Lakefront Airport, where the plane vanished on Thursday. Police say an investigation is underway and the debris has not yet been verified as coming from the missing plane.
"02.01.2017 02:20:03" thestar.com Photos: Maple Leafs win Centennial Classic against Red Wings Toronto's 5-4 win over Detroit is the team's fifth in a row, and established their intention to be in the playoff hunt in the Atlantic Division. It was a good day for hockey fans, but this time at BMO Field instead of Air Canada Centre. We have the photo highlights from Star photographers Steve Russell and Bernard Weil.
"02.01.2017 02:00:02" thestar.com Throwing a 150th birthday party (for 36 million people) For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, a lot of partying will be local. Think canoe races and fitness challenges. So what do you need to throw a really epic party?
"02.01.2017 01:00:02" thestar.com The anti-resolutions: 10 things we won't do in 2017 For a happier year, ditch those promises of resolutions you'll probably break, and try an anti-resolution instead. Another year, another list of promises you'll probably break.
"02.01.2017 00:27:43" The New Year is time to take stock and consider how we might achieve our dreams. We asked everyone from athletes and actors to politicians and business owners to share their bucket-list aspirations.
We've also made it easy for you to 'borrow' their What is on your Canucketlist? The New Year is time to take stock and consider how we might achieve our dreams. We asked everyone from athletes and actors to politicians and business owners to share their bucket-list aspirations.
We've also made it easy for you to 'borrow' their
"02.01.2017 00:05:20" thestar.com Maple Leafs win Centennial Classic OT thriller Auston Matthews scores winner vs. Red Wings after wild seven-goal third period forces OT at BMO Field. #Breaking Maple Leafs 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Sunday's Centennial Classic is Toronto's fifth win in a row and a signal that the team considers itself in the playoff hunt in the Atlantic Division.
"01.01.2017 23:30:02" thestar.com Ontario hydro rebates start in January, but so do carbon taxes Calorie counts on menus, new carding rules for police and all-in prices in travel ads are among the other new regulations taking effect on Jan. 1. Some new regulations taking effect today:
"01.01.2017 23:00:03" thestar.com 19 years ago, Toronto's six boroughs amalgamated 19 years ago today, Toronto's surrounding communities amalgamated in one of the most controversial moves in Toronto's municipal government history On Jan. 1, 1998, Toronto's amalgamation took effect.
"01.01.2017 22:30:04" thestar.com Venezuela military is making money off country's diminished food supply Food trafficking has become one of Venezuela's biggest businesses and the military is at the heart of it according to documents and multiple interviews. "Food is a better business than drugs."
"01.01.2017 21:59:17" thestar.com TIFF co-founder Bill Marshall, 77, remembered as pioneer of Canadian film Marshall produced a number of movies and plays, including the Toronto production of the musical Hair. Bill Marshall, co-founder of the Toronto International Film Festival, has died at age 77. In a statement, his family said he was, "in the business of making dreams become reality."
"01.01.2017 21:00:03" thestar.com 'Echo chamber,' 'dadbod,' 'bigly' make 2016 list of words that should be banned Tongue-in-cheek annual list also includes “town hall meeting,” “echo chamber,” “on fleek” and “post-truth.” A U.S. university released its 42nd annual "List of Words Banished From the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness."
"01.01.2017 20:37:42" thestar.com Polar bear dippers Hundreds flocked to Sunnyside Beach in Toronto on Sunday to mark the new year with the 12th annual Polar Bear Dip. Hundreds of polar bear swimmers dunked into Lake Ontario, to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.
"01.01.2017 20:00:03" thestar.com Former U of T 'perfect' chancellor Rose Wolfe dead at 100 Wolfe graduated at least 60,000 students at 90 convocations and bestowed about 60 honorary degrees. Former University of Toronto chancellor Rose Wolfe, a tireless volunteer who supported Jewish studies and female leadership in academia, is being remembered as a "powerful force for good."
"01.01.2017 19:30:03" thestar.com Mariah Carey's people blame technical difficulties for rough New Year's show “Unfortunately there was nothing she could do to continue with the performance given the circumstances,” Carey's spokeswoman said. “Here's to making more headlines in 2017.”
"01.01.2017 19:00:04" thestar.com Trudeau will focus on what brings people together in 2017 Trudeau also took the opportunity to say that in 2016, his government cut taxes for the middle class and revamped the Canada Child Benefit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's New Year's message said he will focus on what brings people together.
"01.01.2017 18:20:02" thestar.com Vandalized Hollywood sign now says 'Hollyweed' Los Angeles police have dispatched a unit to investigate the apparent vandalism. New year, new sign?