16 puppies rescued in Markham after animal cruelty investigation

More than a dozen dogs are at animal shelters after two men were arrested on animal cruelty charges. York Regional Police said last December that police were told about a dog that may have been sold with fraudulent vaccination details. When they examined the documents, police found advertisements online offering dogs up to $1,500 each. … Read more

Elaha Dilawarzai, a former Taliban hostage, is the symbol of violence against Afghan women

A woman whose story of rape, assault and forced marriage to a former Taliban official received international attention accuses the world of rolling out the “red carpet” for the group that now controls Afghanistan as crimes against women continue. The experiences of Elaha Dilawarzai, 24, first surfaced a few months ago in posted an emotional … Read more

She painted murals in Kabul. Then she felt the walls closing in

In a dimly lit hotel room in Mississauga, with a single bed and white curtains, a young woman who had escaped the Taliban talked about her lost past and uncertain future. Narges Khowajazada, 23, was a member of an activist art group until the fall of Afghanistan. She spent nearly four years painting murals in … Read more

Review Canada’s World Cup men’s squad for Qatar

John Herdman had shocked the country enough times over the past 18 months that when it came to finally designating Canada’s first soccer squad for a men’s World Cup in 36 years, surprises were kept to a minimum. In an hour-long Sunday televised reveal featuring plenty of great production graphics and highly emotional personal stories … Read more

She painted murals in Kabul. Then she felt the walls closing in

In a dimly lit hotel room in Mississauga, with a single bed and white curtains, a young woman who had escaped the Taliban talked about her lost past and uncertain future. Narges Khowajazada, 23, was a member of an activist art group until the fall of Afghanistan. She spent nearly four years painting murals in … Read more

Hospital worker Mississauga is charged with sexual assault

Peel Regional Police have arrested a hospital worker in Mississauga for allegedly assaulting an elderly female patient. Police say the 32-year-old patient care assistant worked part-time at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. According to police, the victim was not physically injured in the alleged incident in early November. Investigators from the Special Victims Unit believe … Read more

These are not the same well-known budget crisis blues – Toronto’s financial picture is dire and urgent

When Mayor John Tory pleaded for an infusion of state and federal money on Thursday, you may have thought, “I know this song.” The “Urban Insolvency Blues” is one of the most classic songs in the Great Toronto Songbook: Honey, we have no money… It’s a standard all Toronto mayors live by, each with their … Read more

Why Ukrainian Families Search Creepy Images of POWs

Every day, Svetlana Tumanova has followed a horrific and humiliating routine. She has searched for her brother, Mikola Stepanyuk, a Ukrainian tank driver who has been missing since the second day after the invasion, when Russian forces took control of the southern city of Melitopol. He disappeared without a word and without a trace, so … Read more

Canadian veteran from Saskatchewan killed in Ukraine fighting, family says

Family members say a Canadian veteran from Saskatchewan was killed while volunteering on the front lines in Ukraine. Joseph Hildebrand, 33, was killed a few days ago while on a mission in Ukraine, his brother Jacob Hildebrand told the Star on Tuesday. Joseph was from Herbert, a town of about 800 inhabitants west of Regina. … Read more

Doug Ford says he doesn’t ‘want to fight’ with CUPE, new offering for lower-paid school workers

When the students returned to classrooms and contract talks resumed with CUPE school supporters on Tuesday, a conciliatory Prime Minister Doug Ford said he had made “an improved offer” and no longer “wants to fight.” “If I have to put some water in my wine, so be it… I want the kids to be in … Read more