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Sep 16 5 tweets 2 min read
Star exclusive: Trudeau government considering end to COVID-19 vaccination mandate at border and random testing: sources That would mean unvaccinated foreigners would once again be allowed to visit Canada.…
Sep 16 5 tweets 3 min read
#StarExclusive: Uber broke the law when it penned a controversial deal to make the United Food and Commercial Workers union the “official representative” for drivers and couriers, a new complaint lodged at the provincial labour board alleges.… The deal announced earlier this year allows UFCW to represent Uber drivers in employment disputes but doesn’t provide workers with the full rights they would receive as formal union members.… An Uber pick-up sign at the airport with a car parked behind
Sep 16 7 tweets 3 min read
#StarExclusive: Ontario hospitals have been forced to close their emergency departments more than 80 times this summer, representing more than 1,700 hours when people needing urgent care couldn’t get it in their communities.… Closures across 17 hospitals were usually between 12 and 14 hours in duration. Some were for a full 24 hours. One ER had such a severe staffing shortage that it was forced to close for three weeks.…
Sep 15 4 tweets 2 min read
Alek Manoah stands up for teammate Alejandro Kirk after tweet calls Blue Jays catcher’s run from first to home ‘embarrassing’

Manoah said Kirk inspires kids ‘to continue to chase their dreams and chase greatness.’ In a since-deleted tweet, Montreal TSN radio host Matthew Ross said the video was “cute and all, but it’s also embarrassing for the sport. Giving guys like this prominence feeds negative stereotypes.”…
Sep 15 6 tweets 3 min read
Ontario says its climate plan has no power to reduce emissions.

And for that reason, it shouldn’t be reviewed or overturned by the courts, provincial lawyers argued in Superior Court this week.… The emissions-reduction plan put forward by the province’s Progressive Conservative government is not a law, but a “communications product” and has no legal force, lawyer Zachary Green told the judge.… Ontario Premier Doug Ford
Sep 15 5 tweets 2 min read
Menu prices at your favourite restaurants and bars, already on the rise for months, could climb as much as 15 per cent more by year’s end, as the industry continues adjusting to inflation and ongoing hiring struggles. That’s according to Restaurants Canada’s annual report, Foodservice Facts, which paints a grim picture of the food service industry more than two years after COVID-19 first struck.… A curbside patio in downtown Toronto.
Sep 14 5 tweets 2 min read
Toronto to Niagara in 30 minutes?

In the latest attempt at a cross-lake transit link, a new hovercraft service plans to run rapid journeys between the two locations beginning next summer.… Hoverlink Ontario says the trip from Ontario Place to St. Catharines should take about 30 minutes, for about $60 for a return ticket.… Image
Sep 14 7 tweets 3 min read
The man responsible for killing two people, including a uniformed Toronto police officer, and sending three others to hospital with serious gunshot injuries on Monday has a long criminal history dating back at least 20 years.… The Star confirmed Sean Petrie, 40, is the man police say was responsible for killing Const. Andrew Hong before police shot him dead in Hamilton. The rampage also left Milton auto body shop owner Shakeel Ashraf dead and three others with serious injuries.… Image
Sep 4 6 tweets 3 min read
The Canadian International Air Show has become an annual summer tradition and so have calls to abolish it for its potential trauma-triggering effect on people with lived experience in war zones, as well as environmental damage it can instigate. The show, which sees a number of fighter jets fly over Toronto for the last three days of the Canadian National Exhibition, purports to display the country’s military history while recognizing its military personnel and veterans.… Airplane at the Airshow
Sep 4 9 tweets 4 min read
Boiling point rage, hate and harassment are everywhere in the public square.

The Star looked inside the increasingly personal attacks targeting Canadian female journalists and what can be done to stop them. An Aug. 4 message using a fake name and an encrypted email service, said several men were looking at photos of female reporters, who were described in racist, misogynistic terms.…
Sep 3 8 tweets 4 min read
As TIFF returns to fully in-person screenings with a film roster that includes 203 features and 51 shorts, hard choices have to be made.

Here in alphabetical order, are @peterhowellfilm's 12 picks of the flicks to watch during the festival: 📽️ The Banshees of Inisherin

This is the story of one lifelong friend (Gleeson’s terse and secretive Colm) who abruptly dumps another (Farrell’s mystified and furious Pádraic. It sounds like a hoot but with McDonagh, you know it will go deeper than that.…
Sep 3 7 tweets 3 min read
The desire for a normal academic experience after more than two years of disruption caused by the pandemic, is a sentiment echoed by GTA students, parents and teachers as classes resume next week.

"I’m trying to involve myself in so many things." Naomi Musa hopes Grade 12 is the year she finally gets to have a typical high school experience.

“I’m definitely excited for all the initiatives I plan to take on since we’ll have a more normal year,” says Musa, 17, who attends Central Toronto Academy… Naomi Musa
Sep 3 9 tweets 4 min read
Toronto’s pot shop reckoning is here.

It’s becoming increasingly clear to many industry watchers that there are now too many cannabis stores in Toronto — and not all of them will survive. In October 2020, Sasha Soeterik reopened her store as Flower Pot Cannabis.

She had plans for a second location. But by August 2021, Soeterik wasn’t the only cannabis shop on the Dundas St. W. block anymore.…  Sasha Soeterik
Sep 2 5 tweets 2 min read
One of this year’s most anticipated Canadian movies at @TIFF_NET will have one of the festival’s youngest-ever actors at its premiere.

Ten-year-old Sebastian Singh of North York will be on the red carpet at the debut screening of Clement Virgo’s “Brother.”… “Brother” is adapted from David Chariandy’s novel, winner of the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize and Toronto Book Award.… Sebastian Singh, a 10-year-...
Sep 2 6 tweets 3 min read
#StarExclusive: Canada developing path to permanent residency for undocumented workers Canada’s undocumented workers could gain a new avenue to permanent residency through a program under development by the federal government to tackle the underground economy.… A Canadian flag hanging out...
Sep 2 4 tweets 3 min read
Sama’ Abdulhadi, also known as the “Queen of Palestinian techno,” has established herself as one of the most celebrated DJs to emerge from the Middle East.

Her first Canadian appearance takes place at @ElectricIsTO on Sunday.… Growing up in the West Bank during the Second Intifada, music became Abdulhadi's refuge.

“It was where I disconnect from everything — to not think of politics, because every day is politics.”… Image
Sep 2 5 tweets 2 min read
As the cost of rental housing spirals upwards in Toronto, there is growing concern that the use of Above Guideline Increases could be a legal method for landlords to raise the price of rent well beyond the yearly cap. Advocates says that since there is no limit to how many times over the course of a tenancy a landlord can use so-called AGIs, the process could be ripe for misuse.… Image
Sep 2 5 tweets 3 min read
Labour advocates and infectious disease experts are warning that the decision by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health to get rid of the recommended isolation period will put workers’ health at risk and could worsen a labour shortage.… “Workers will have to go to work sick. If they’re able to take time off, it will probably be just for a day, and it will probably be unpaid.

"You just can’t take care of yourself,” said Deena Ladd, executive director of the Workers’ Action Centre.… Image
Sep 2 7 tweets 3 min read
Heather Richinski says her teenage son is afraid of the dark, and flickering lights make him uneasy. He’s taken to chastising his mother for not being a real Christian. 

All this, she says, comes after he witnessed an “exorcism” at a Bible camp.… “I’m angry that my son experienced this, as it was traumatizing and something that he will remember his entire life,” Richinski says. “I would like an actual sincere apology and full admission and acknowledgment of what happened.”…
Aug 25 6 tweets 3 min read
Canadian pension plans control trillions of dollars in contributions, but in recent years, far less of that money has gone to investments in homegrown companies than in the past.

Here's why market watchers are concerned.… “We think that there’s a there’s a fundamental fallacy in the concept that small countries should not invest in their own economy,” Daniel Brosseau, co-founder of the independent investment firm Letko Brosseau, told the Star.…
Aug 25 6 tweets 3 min read
Elderly hospital patients cleared for discharge but who refuse to move into a bed at a nursing home they have already chosen could soon face daily co-payments of $62 if they are not being billed already, says Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra.… The $62 daily charge would go to the hospital to cover the costs of food and operating the bed, not to the government. The payments are identical to what is paid for a long-term care bed.…