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4 Aug
Who trashed the hotel rooms at #Tokyo2020? Eyes are on the Aussies but they say it was the Canadians that violated COVID protocols, drew noise complaints and engaged in drunken mascot theft.

@bruce_arthur has more. #Opinion
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It was a party, all right. Aussie village mascots were reportedly stolen — an emu and a kangaroo — and later returned. The fibreglass moose Team Canada brings to every Olympics was taken for a walkabout. A mess was left in the streets.
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The Australians apparently say the Canucks started the whole thing. They say, that’s who the police came to talk to. Asked about this, the Canadian Olympic Committee said, uh, maybe so. thestar.com/sports/olympic…
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4 Aug
Kyle Lowry is leaving the Raptors. Here's a timeline of his journey in Toronto, from 2012 to 2021.

@libaanstar1 has the story:
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July 2012: Media day in Toronto:

Showing up in a bow tie, then 26-year-old @Klow7 told reporters he was confident he could bring something to the team. What followed were injuries that plagued his first season
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2013-2014: Raptors, with Lowry, make their first playoff appearance since 2007-2008

Lowry falls to the ground in Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets after Paul Pierce blocks his final shot. A heartbreaking moment for Toronto.

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4 Aug
Have you met Geoffrey, the adorable pink robot with hearts for eyes that traverses downtown Toronto offering low-contact, low-cost food delivery at the tap of a smart phone?

Their driver might well be based in the Philippines — a 17-hour flight away.
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The Canadian brainchild of ex-Uber engineers, Geoffrey is part of a wave of autonomous vehicle innovation that could — quite literally — change the face of the gig economy. What are the implications for workers?thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
Workers piloting robots are paid $25/hour to local employees, according to articles last year.

But the robot's company Tiny Mile is now also recruiting in the Philippines, according to job postings, advertising a monthly salary of $320 to $400 (U.S.)

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4 Aug
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the TTC has made frequent cleaning of its vehicles a staple of its pandemic response.

But the agency’s own data shows the cleaning might be making things worse. torstar.co/qi0d50FK3Ev
According to a Star analysis of the most recently available TTC data, vehicle cleaning has become the leading cause of bus service delays during the pandemic. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
It has some urging the TTC to rethink its approach, particularly in light of increasingly clear evidence that the risk of transmitting the virus surfaces is low.

Delays have the potential to exacerbate crowding on buses that could be more dangerous. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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3 Aug
Pharmacists are scrambling to use up thousands of doses of the Moderna vaccine that are days away from expiring, with some proposing using the “liquid gold” for third shots. torstar.co/DlV150FJNI7
There’s been a “deep decline” in demand for the Moderna vaccine, specifically in the last few weeks, said Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, who is trying to find ways to avoid wasting the vaccine.
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Doses have a limited shelf life and will spoil 30 days after they are delivered to fridges and are in a thawed state.

Each vial contains 14 doses, which must be used within 12 hours once the vial is punctured.
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3 Aug
Toronto Community Housing is launching a review of the “Neptune Four” case — which involved the unlawful arrest of teenagers at a Lawrence Heights public housing property — nearly a decade after the incident led to internal turmoil at the housing agency. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
Six TCHC staffers were suspended after being accused of supplying the Toronto Star with video footage of the 2011 incident, for which two police officers were recently found guilty of professional misconduct. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
The review was revealed in an action plan for combating anti-Black racism within TCHC, where conversations about policing and anti-Black racism have picked up in the last year, and where pressure has been building to examine the Neptune Four case. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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3 Aug
Canada is weighing its options to get digital platforms like Facebook and Google to pay for journalism following the first round of consultations with stakeholders.

Story by @kieranleavitt
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Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has been heading up the initiative as news companies in Canada struggle financially and digital platforms have vacuumed up most of the ad revenue that used to go to newspapers and broadcasters. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
In the first policy option, there is a mandatory code that sets out negotiation standards that digital platforms would have to meet during negotiations with news outlets. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
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3 Aug
#Breaking: Ontario unveils back-to-school plans for September thestar.com/politics/provi…
While masks are required — for students starting in Grade 1 in school — music programs and extracurricular sports and clubs are a go, as are interschool sports, says the province’s guidance to schools, which was released Tuesday afternoon. thestar.com/politics/provi…
Elementary students will be cohorted in their classes, and high school students are not to take more than two courses at a time — so the dreaded quadmester option is here to stay. thestar.com/politics/provi…
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3 Aug
Unvaccinated family members or friends? Here's an experts' guide on how you can build COVID-19 vaccine confidence with empathy in hopes to avoid another pandemic wave.

From educators @TheAmirImani and @SabiVM #InTheirOwnVoices
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Research on the previously vaccine hesitant also shows that more people were convinced by a family or close friend (22%) than a health care provider (10%).

"While they’re unlikely to be persuaded by us experts, they might listen to you."
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Step 1) Arm yourself with good information.

Credible resources can be surprisingly hard to find. Official government info pages are a good place to start, they write.

Find more resources in the story here:
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2 Aug
Canadian women’s soccer won bronze at the last two Olympics, but much of the story has been about losing to the Americans, year after year. Not this time.

@bruce_arthur on @TeamCanada's win vs. Team USA, securing a spot in the Olympic final.
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“Just (thinking) that we had finally won,” @sincy12 said. “And for those of us that were part of the 2012 game, it was nice to get a little revenge in an Olympic semifinal."
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Echos of London 2012 semifinals, when Team Canada fell to Team USA, 4-3, reverberated in the stadium. Veterans from both sides know that game well.

“We’ve been waiting 9 years for this chance, to have this game again," @sincy12 said. thestar.com/sports/olympic…
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2 Aug
“Getting thinner and thinner before our eyes."

Toronto General Hospital's eating disorder program was once the largest in Canada. Now, Families of patients who died say the clinic is failing those who need it most.

#StarInvestigation @nadineyousif_
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April 2020, 34-year-old Cassandra Szorady was discharged from the program after six-weeks of intensive treatment, entering a world much different than when she was admitted. She struggled to keep the pounds she put on in treatment. Her health deteriorated.
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In the next months, she cycled in and out of hospital for heart palpitations as the number on the scale sank: 126 pounds, 90, 86. Her family friend called TGH, but she was told she would have to wait her turn again. She died a few months later. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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1 Aug
People without deep pockets facing criminal charges. Families searching for missing loved ones. The wrongfully convicted seeking exoneration.

These digital detectives are turning their skills to a new cause. “Seek justice: Protect the Innocent.” torstar.co/CMf050FI6IC Image
After police murdered George Floyd, a digital forensics software company that makes tools mainly for law enforcement — founded a decade ago — wanted to do some good around race and policing, and the erosion of public trust in the latter. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
The Auxtera Project, a not-for-profit administered by Magnet that offers its tools and volunteer digital examiners for free, was born. Over 30 North American volunteer examiners have been approved for the new project, which has yet to do its first case. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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1 Aug
Waasekom, a 28-year-old water advocate from the Saugeen and Kettle and Stony Point First Nations, has spent more than 150 days paddling to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on the five Great Lakes.
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Waasekom met "water walker" Josephine Mandamin on a 2015 walk. She asked everyone she met, “What are you going to do to save the water?” After the walk, Waasekom knew how to answer the elder’s question: he'd continue her work with his own paddling journey.thestar.com/life/together/…
Over the past five years, Waasekom has witnessed first-hand the ravages of climate change and colonization. He has paddled through noxious blue algae blooms and islands of dead fish in Lake Erie. He paddles to help others see them too. thestar.com/life/together/… Image
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1 Aug
With Canadians eager to resume normal life, navigating vaccination status has proven a minefield. With the possibility of a fourth wave ahead of us, the question becomes: what do the vaccinated owe the unvaccinated? @alex_n_boyd: torstar.co/hIa350FI39I
Unvaccinated people, medical experts note, are most at risk if a 4th wave emerges — yet public health exists to protect whole communities, not just those vaccinated. So, how do public officials walk that line? How about neighbours or family members? thestar.com/news/canada/20… Image
An Angus Reid study from last week found almost half of people who had been vaccinated said they were either “likely” or “very unlikely” to spend time in person with people who are unvaccinated. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
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29 Jul
#StarExclusive: Barbra Streisand’s pandemic project was "a walk down memory lane" into a vault of rare and unreleased recordings spanning 1969 to 2020.
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That deep dive into an unheard vault of her music for a new album called “Release Me 2,” available Aug. 6, sent Streisand into a creative déjà vu of sorts, one which had her back to one of her main loves: re-addressing and perfecting past performances. thestar.com/entertainment/…
Jumping eras, genres and styles, “Release Me 2”’s track list moves from bubbly duets with Barry Gibb to beautiful anthems to more obscure cuts. thestar.com/entertainment/…
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29 Jul
For 29 years, Juan Mendoza de la Cruz came to Canada every spring to work 8 months and take his earnings back to family in Mexico.

A week after Mendoza arrived in Ontario, he learned there was a COVID-19 outbreak on his farm.

Part 3 @AtkinsonCF @snolen
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On farms like the one where Mendoza worked, COVID raged through the communal bunkhouses and enclosed workspaces, through workers with limited personal protective equipment. More than 1,700 were infected in the spring, and three died. thestar.com/news/atkinsons…
In 2020, Mendoza was one of an estimated 1.6 million people in Canada who did not have citizenship or permanent residency. Lack of PR meant they also did not have the same legal rights, workplace protections or access to health care as Canadians thestar.com/news/atkinsons…
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29 Jul
For all its photogenic sweetness, rowing, at its highest level, is a contest in suffering.

#TeamCanada's Hillary Janssens and Caileigh Filmer went through agony for the ecstasy of bronze.

#Opinion by @dfeschuk
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Janssens and Filmer stormed to a commanding lead in the early going and led the race at the halfway mark of the 2,000-metre course. They were eventually passed by a dominant crew from New Zealand and a surging duo from Russia. thestar.com/sports/olympic…
But the Canadians were able to endure the pain — not to mention the late challenge of a fourth-place crew from Britain — to finish third and deliver Canada’s moribund rowing program its first medal of the Olympic regatta.
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29 Jul
After leading the charge in Canada to cast off the restrictions of COVID-19, Alberta says it is moving to lift more public health measures.

They will no longer require isolation for positive COVID-19 tests. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
It’s the latest move by a province that has, since Canada Day, allowed restaurants, bars and businesses to welcome as many maskless customers as they want — a decision that came just in time for the Calgary Stampede. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
The province’s chief medical officer of health on Wednesday said come Aug. 16, masks will no longer be required in taxis or on transit in Alberta.

There will also no longer be a legally required isolation period should someone test positive for COVID-19. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
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28 Jul
Four years ago he moved to Canada knowing no English. Now, he's a TDSB student graduating with a 100 per cent average.

“I have big dreams … I believe I am going to achieve it." torstar.co/SYRd50FFOX7
Emir Dag worked very hard to learn English and adjust to Canadian culture. He caught on quickly and was soon excelling in all areas of study at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute.
“I know other people learned English in a short period of time and got good marks. Why not me? I have everything that I need,” Emir said about the mindset that helped him during his transition to Canada. thestar.com/news/gta/2021/…
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28 Jul
Calls for the Ontario government to take leadership on vaccine credentials or so-called “vaccine passports” are increasing from both business and health advocates.

“There is a vacuum of leadership. Businesses are kind of left to their own devices.” torstar.co/TnHH50FFPsH
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said the province won’t be creating a proof-of-vaccination system, deferring to the federal government instead. thestar.com/business/2021/…
Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said he’s frustrated at how long it’s taking both levels of government to move on a solution.

“So little has been done." thestar.com/business/2021/…
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28 Jul
NEW: Pfizer claims that third vaccine dose helps protect against Delta stir debate over need for boosters.

Story by @alex_n_boyd thestar.com/news/canada/20…
According to a presentation of the drug giant’s second-quarter earnings posted online, antibodies that targeted Delta were as much as five times higher in people age 18 to 55 after a third dose of the vaccine, and potentially even higher in older adults.

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A full study has not been published and the research hasn’t been peer reviewed, or vetted by other scientists.

But the early numbers add fresh fuel to the argument that a third dose of vaccine may eventually be necessary. thestar.com/news/canada/20…
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