Today’s coronavirus news: Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel makes final appeal for Germans to get vaccinated
Meanwhile, Public Health Sudbury and Districts says it is pulling out all the stops to help curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases in local schools.
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Scenes from week one of Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-abuse trial
The first week of the sex-abuse trial of Ghislaine Maxwell saw the first of her four main accusers taking the witness stand to give emotional testimony accusing the British socialite of coaxing her -- at just 14 -- into sexual encounters with financier Jeffrey Epstein.
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What these GTA houses got: $3.708 million for a two-storey in Toronto’s Cricket Club neighbourhood, $1.826 million for a 1-1/2-storey in Clarington
The recent selling prices for houses, what they were originally listed for, and highlights of the homes
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How heritage corn grown in Northumberland County makes its way to a tortilleria on Ossington Avenue
Ken Towrie, a wastewater engineer for Durham Region, farms a little patch of land just outside Roseneath in Northumberland County. He’s really into corn.
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Chantal Hébert: Erin O’Toole should tell Pierre Poilievre to stop tilting at windmills
Parliament’s swift approval of the latest federal bill designed to ban conversion therapy paves the way for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast track the issue but it was Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole who nimbly dodged some incoming bullets, Chantal Hébert writes.
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No Christmas concerts, holiday door decorating or gingerbread houses, union tells Toronto’s Catholic elementary teachers
The union representing Toronto’s Catholic elementary teachers sent out a grinch-like memo to members this week with a reminder of what they can and can’t do for Christmas given their ongoing work-to-rule.
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Want a home on the Toronto Islands? Be prepared to wait decades — if you’re lucky
There are only 500 spots on the wait-list to own one of 300 homes on the Toronto Islands.
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Canada must close loopholes and make sure the CRA has the resources to ensure tax fairness
One way for Canada to get money to pay for the pandemic is to stop huge corporations and the ultra rich from gaming the tax system, but the government needs tools and more resources to do so, Debi Daviau writes.
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Montreal women shot at home while standing in front of window
At the moment, police cannot say whether this woman was the victim of a stray bullet.
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Federal minister to provide money to fight aquatic invasive species in mountain parks
Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault is expected to announce funding Saturday to fight aquatic invasive species in five mountain national parks in Alberta and British Columbia.
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'Exciting opportunity' for ministers of housing, mental health to join forces: Expert
There is an 'exciting opportunity' for the new housing minister and mental health and addictions minister to work together at the intersection of homelessness and mental health, says an expert.
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Parents of Oxford school shooter caught by police in Detroit
The parents of a teen accused of killing four students in a shooting at a Michigan high school were caught early Saturday, several hours after a prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges against them, officials said.
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Althia Raj: Did MPs shirk their responsibilities by sending the conversion therapy bill straight to the Senate?
But by sending the bill off without study are MPs shirking their responsibilities? Should we be thankful we have a Senate charged with “sober second thought”? Althia Raj writes.
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Leafs prospect Alex Steeves is making strides with the Marlies after rookie camp disaster
Six weeks after a separated shoulder, the 21-year-old forward was back on the ice and scoring with the Marlies, who are also trying him on the penalty kill.
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Blue Jays prospect watch: Spencer Horwitz tears up Arizona Fall League
The 24-year-old first baseman had more than one pinch-me moment with the AFL champion Mesa Solar Sox.
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GO’s new London-Toronto train is moving fewer passengers than a half-full TTC bus
Just over 30 passengers a day are taking the daily service, which has a capacity of more than 900.
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Stolen trust. Lost cases: How a Toronto cop stole from his force, fed an addiction and wasn’t charged
A veteran homicide detective was stealing drugs from the force’s evidence lockers. Why his thefts are bigger than one cop’s story.
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Hydro rate hikes, widespread toll roads, free transit part of Toronto’s ‘aggressive’ plan for fighting climate change
City staff’s plan to move Toronto’s net-zero emissions target ahead to 2040 shows how expensive it will be to fight climate change.
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13 of the week’s best long reads from the Star, Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2021
From being priced out of Toronto the crisis in nursing, we’ve selected some of the best long reads of the week from the Star.
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‘No parents should have to bury their child’: How a Canadian funeral home owner is trying to stop suicides among international students
Toronto funeral home owner Kamal Bhardwaj hopes to spur a conversation about these young people’s mental health through the founding of a new group.
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Navneet Alang: Anger management: New Twitter CEO needs to make platform less hostile
Twitter has a reputation as a place for news and topical discussion, writes Navneet Alang — and also for misunderstandings, bad-faith interpretations, and drive-by denunciations.
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Dave Poulin: No one thinks the Leafs have a goalie problem anymore. Jack Campbell changes everything
It’s a different feeling walking into an arena knowing your goaltender will be good that day. It frees you up to play, Dave Poulin writes.
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Giants of Africa celebration hits home for Raptor Precious Achiuwa
On Sunday, Achiuwa will take to the court at Scotiabank Arena on a night dedicated to the Masai Ujiri-led foundation that gave him his start in Nigeria, and to the memory of Nelson Mandela.
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Joe Biden insists he’s a friend to Canada. The evidence suggests otherwise
The U.S. under President Joe Biden plans to build back better. It just plans to do it without any help from or favours to Canada, thanks.
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Christmas Fund: Mother from Benin is scared she'll lose her children
Marjani is worried her difficulties in getting settled will cost her her children, even though the reason she came to Canada was to protect them.
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David-and-Goliath fight in Hampstead is a lesson in Democracy 101
WEEKEND READ | The fight to block a 10-storey highrise from replacing affordable housing united a neighbourhood against the mayor's vision. Now he's gone.
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Josh Freed: Dealing with cookies is more draining than delicious
Part of me is glad I have the right to “manage” who spies on me, but it’s time-consuming. So another part of me craves the days when they simply spied without asking.
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Canadiens at Predators: Five things you should know
The Canadiens are on a two-game losing streak after dropping a 4-1 decision at home to Colorado on Thursday.
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‘Exciting opportunity’ for ministers of housing, mental health to join forces: Expert
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For 115 years, a Santa Claus Fund gift has brightened Christmas morning for countless children
The need is as great as in 1906 when The Star’s fabled spiritual founder Joseph Atkinson started the fund.
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Things are getting serious with the friend with benefits — but I’m scared: Ask Ellie
Also, a reader offers advice to a woman who can’t choose between her husband and her lover.
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Mark McEwan: This chestnut ravioli will make your taste buds sing
Every Saturday, Chef Mark McEwan serves up everything you need for a special weekend meal, including a recipe and expert at-home cooking tips.
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The Saturday Debate: Should billionaires be pursuing space tourism?
“While there are undeniably serious problems that we face here on Earth, many of the economic, technological, and social solutions will come from the advancement of space tourism,” writes Valerie Stimac. On the other side, “While how you spend your money is up to you, if a commercial flight to space is in your price range, consider whether you might get more bang for your buck by leaving a better world for your children and grandchildren,” writes Sadie-Rae Werner.
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