A Mr. Big named ‘Stephanie’: The elaborate undercover operation to catch a double GTA killer

Trestan Brown traveled east on Highway 401 to what he thought was a new career path, opening up about his attempt to find the motivation to live a better life by forgiving himself — even for the murder of an innocent person. Brown would use their deaths to tell himself, “I can never do that … Read more

How Casa Loma and Toronto masquerade as other places?

Casa Loma is an oddity in the city, but it’s so ingrained in Toronto’s cultural life that we often don’t dwell on it. Now a go-to venue for weddings and Halloween fright nights, it’s hard to imagine that the 98-room Gothic Revival-style castle, built between 1911 and 1914 with a price tag of $3.5 million, … Read more

Ontario has toned down its $10-a-day childcare rules. Now Ottawa wants answers

Ottawa is demanding answers from the Ford government after Ontario lifts limits on profits by daycare owners receiving federal funding under the national plan to build a $10-a-day childcare system. In a letter to Ontario Secretary of Education Stephen Lecce, the federal government questioned the province’s recent changes to funding guidelines for childcare organizations participating … Read more

Canada’s new ambassador to China pledges to address human rights concerns

OTTAWA — The federal government has chosen a career diplomat who says defending human rights and restoring relations between Canada and China is her main focus as Ottawa’s new ambassador to China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Jennifer May, most recently ambassador to Brazil, as his new envoy in Beijing, abandoning his practice of putting … Read more

Tory MPs say journalist’s tweet incites violence

Conservative MPs have asked the parliamentary press gallery to revoke a freelance reporter’s access to the Hill after he posted a tweet they saw as a threat that could incite violence against politicians. The controversy stemmed from Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis’ reference to British band Queen during Question Time Wednesday, as a dig at Prime … Read more

Canadian immigration minister leaves door open to extend Afghan resettlement programs

With Canada halfway through its pledge to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser says he doesn’t rule out lifting the current limit and welcoming more people to this country. But right now, he says, he is targeting the 8,500 people Canada has already promised refuge to who remain trapped in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. “If … Read more

Broad assessment of Canada’s COVID-19 response is ‘essential’, says federal health minister

OTTAWA – There needs to be a broad assessment of how the COVID-19 pandemic has been handled from a public health, social and economic perspective, says Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. In an interview with the Star, Duclos said there could be a government decision soon on what kind of formal review to hold. When … Read more

Toronto 2022 Elections: Only One Debate Confirmed So Far

Voters may struggle to get a sense of how Toronto’s mayoral candidates stack up against each other this campaign. With just over a month until Election Day, only one debate has so far been confirmed between the leading candidates vying to rule Canada’s largest city. It stands in stark contrast to previous elections, when mayors … Read more

Toronto 2022 Elections: Only One Debate Confirmed So Far

Voters may struggle to get a sense of how Toronto’s mayoral candidates stack up against each other this campaign. With just over a month until Election Day, only one debate has so far been confirmed between the leading candidates vying to rule Canada’s largest city. It stands in stark contrast to previous elections, when mayors … Read more

Justin Trudeau Vs Pierre Poilievre As Parliament Returns

OTTAWA—In the words of one Liberal MP, “a major battle is underway” on the floor of the House of Commons as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confronts new official opposition leader Pierre Poilievre. But the ideological battle many expect between the front benches and the two main party leaders will not take shape until a few … Read more