The grief of a nation: U.S. coronavirus deaths surpass 500K

After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic surpassed a milestone Monday that once seemed unimaginable.
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47 pro-democracy activists detained in Hong Kong on subversion charges
The defendants include 39 men and eight women aged between 23 and 64, police said.
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Ontario Greenbelt consultation now underway, but advocates say plans don’t go far enough
“We really need to keep farmland and ecological function in the area if we’re going to keep living here for multiple generations.”
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How Global News stumbled across a Holocaust story of friendship uninterrupted
This is the story of how Global News learned of the amazing reunion between Betty Grebenschikoff and Ana Maria Wahrenberg.
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COMMENTARY: Black trans women need the space to be listened to, supported
In this commentary piece by human rights activist Biko Beauttah, she discusses the reality of Black trans women, and why society needs to support the Black trans community.
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'Time for patience is over': Sajjan vows action on culture change within Canadian Forces
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he's committed to swift action on the promise of widespread culture change within the Canadian Armed Forces following allegations of misconduct against two top military officials.
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Montreal weather: Sunny and dripping
A mix of sun and cloud, and another sure sign of spring — UV inches up a notch. 
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Juhl: Here's one activity a day to make a time capsule during March break
No one older than 3 is going to forget the Season of COVID-19, but what could be lost to time are the little things that helped us get through it.
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‘It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my 16-year career’: Human rights complaints detail racism, toxic culture at Toronto South jail
Racist confrontations. “Hand-picked” promotions that leave racialized staff languishing. An experiment gone wrong that saw Black rival gang members housed together. Four jail employees’ complaints paint a picture of a “poisoned work environment” at the troubled Etobicoke jail.
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How Toronto’s Factory Theatre is drawing inspiration from both podcasts and old-fashioned radio plays to adapt in the pandemic
Like the rest of the theatre community, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Factory hard. But corporate support from TD has allowed the live theatre company to offer free digital programming.
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For the 100th time, Ontario needs to mandate paid sick days for all workers
Far too many people are still going to work sick because the federal program doesn’t change the equation enough for them. Ontario needs to mandate paid sick days for all workers.
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Universal child care would cure many social ills
Universal child care would go a long way in solving the gendered wage gap. It would also help the many women who had no choice but to leave the workplace to care for children when the pandemic shuttered schools.
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The arrogance of the tech titans led to their defeats in Australia and Europe
As the internet becomes the sole communications connection for many Canadian, it becomes our most important utility. Ottawa needs to start this year with tough new laws and regulations to make access affordable, and to ensure social media platforms are respectful of client data, eliminate poison, and pay creators fairly for their content.
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Politicians, use your formal power, or agree to good ideas others are putting forward
Even a year into the pandemic, the full weight of government authority, or prospective authority, has not been used.
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Policy-making needs an equity lens, all year round
Issues exacerbated by the pandemic — access to housing, viable employment — preceded the pandemic and will continue once we return to some sense of normal. Will new policies effectively deal with the underlying structural issues which have existed for so long?
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Does Canada allow spyware exports to repressive military regimes? Ottawa won’t say
Montreal-based Octasic has become a major supplier of cellphone tracking technology for police and intelligence agencies, with the blessing of the government of Canada.
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‘He stood out’: The art, life and struggle of Hamilton artist and outcast Philip Stone
A young artist’s talent garnered a lot of interest in the arts world, but in 1970s Hamilton, Philip Stone’s flamboyance, fashion and sexual identity made him an outcast. Decades after he died following a violent beating, many remember Stone well — especially a brother who didn't understand him at the time.
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Maddie, a rescue dog from St. Lucia, was found near dead in a box by the road. Now she’s a fitness influencer’s beloved best friend
Ana-Maria Klizs, the fitness and lifestyle influencer behind Bluebird Kisses, adopted Maddie, a potcake from St. Lucia after a suggestion from one of her followers. “We got the dog we needed, not the dog we thought we wanted,” says Klizs.
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Elsie Lillian Boyd lived on her own terms — and challenged traditional notions of what a woman’s life could be
At 23, Elsie enlisted in the Women’s Royal Army Corps as a clerk. Over time, she ascended to the rank of corporal and was stationed in Egypt. About a decade later, she moved to Canada without knowing anyone in the country.
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Kristi Herold is all about team spirit. Here, the CEO talks sports, play and her picks for the top Toronto online fitness classes
Lockdown got you feeling sluggish? Kristi Herold, the founder and CEO of JAM is here to help.
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‘After just three weeks, my nine-year-old was gone’
Krista Lewicki shares how the life — and tragic death — of her daughter Abbey inspired a community to spread love through her charity, Abbey’s Goal.
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This former figure skater shook off her extreme hibernation and found freedom by rediscovering Toronto’s outdoor rinks
One day last summer, Samantha Edwards only took 172 steps. She explains how she got out of her pandemic rut by lacing up and hitting the ice — and shares the best outdoor ice rinks in Toronto.
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For brothers Emanuel, Michael and Noah, winter is all about playing shinny on their backyard rink
The Gianfriddo brothers — Emanuel, 10, Michael, 6 and Noah, 4 —often hit the ice after school, eat dinner in their hockey jerseys, and head back out to the rink in the evening.
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‘Through other fans, I’ve been able to share grief and laughs’: A critical care doctor on the joy of cheering for the Raptors
Critical care doctor Shankar Sivananthan is also a diehard Raptors fan. Here, he explains how fandom has offered respite from a very difficult year.
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‘I stumbled upon it and fell in love’: Raptors 905 assistant coach Brittni Donaldson’s favourite Toronto café, bakery and game-night delivery food
Brittni Donaldson shares her favourite weekend spots in Toronto, including Bellwoods Brewery, The Dirty Bird (for chicken and waffles) and Voodoo Child, her top weekend café.
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‘The Raptors community is very kind’: How Raptors Twitter came together to score big for Toronto food banks
Raptors fanatic Sidra Alam rallied her fellow Toronto basketball fans to raise money for Toronto charities. “The Raptors community is very kind,” says Alam. “Yes, it’s online. But it’s very much a real community and they want to give back.”
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Two photos, taken four years apart, show the agony and the ecstasy of being a Blue Jays fan
The first photo, taken by Mike Slaughter in 1988, shows fan Tony Frey waiting out a rain delay that lasted for an hour and 47 minutes The second photo, snapped by Ken Faught in 1992, offers a bird’s eye view of the city-wide celebration of the Blue Jays first World Series win.
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Go to the legendary Lakeshore Super Submarine for the sandwiches, stay for the good-natured Leafs ribbing
George Kozaris, 67, is the owner and sole employee of the Islington and Lake Shore sub shop. “If I can’t serve my customers, I don’t want anyone else to,” says Kozaris, who gently needles his customers —and sons — who are Leafs fans.
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What were Blue Jays fans unable to do legally until 1982? Take our quiz
Quizmaster Jamie Bradburn serves up Toronto sports trivia. Ready, set, go!
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