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Don’t pay for Scarborough Hospital merger with service cuts,...

Doctors at the Scarborough Hospital are concerned that a costly merger with the Rouge Valley Health System could be paid for by cutting patient services.Physician leaders sent a letter to the hospital’s board of directors last weekend, saying that while they support the proposed merger, they worry about where the funding will come from.“We are fully aware that any proposed merger would come at great expense to the hospitals in terms of transition costs, computer/IT expenses, and many other expen

Who's up, Who's down, first week of spring games: Infielders

Back on Tuesday, we took at look at how our potential starting pitchers fared after the first few spring games, I thought we'd also look at how our infielders at doing. Infielders Adam Lind Adam has played in 5 games, he's 4 for 14, 1 double, 1 home run, 4 strikeouts. Hitting .286/.286/.571. I'm not worried about the 0 walks, I want guys swinging early in the spring to get their timing down. The home run was a massive shot, really long. He's looked good at the plate. He has t

Two women rushed to hospital after shooting at York University...

Two women were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting Thursday evening at York University, according to Toronto EMS.Paramedics said they responded to the call around 10:45 p.m. They initially said the two women suffered “peripheral gunshot wounds.” Police clarified that only one of the women was shot in the lower half of the body. It is believed that the other woman had “secondary injuries” to her leg. An area of the student centre was cordoned off with police tape

Play tells the story of the modern day T-shirt

The sock puppet delivered a cryptic riddle.The puppet in this case, Mr. Toe, was a teacher, and his struggling student was desperate to graduate with his classmates.Mr. Toe, voiced by actor Norah Sadava, assured that all his student had to do was solve this question: “It has four holes, four hems and two sides. Basic comfort it provides.” What is it?So begins the hour-long theatre productionThe Tale of a T-Shirt.Since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh last April, interest has been building a

There’s no business like show business: Fiorito

He laughs when he is mocked. He is his own punchline. The laughter is no joke. He has taken note of this for 40 years. His eyes bulge. His face is red. He takes ice in his water. He wipes the sweat from his face with a handkerchief. His handkerchief is a flag of convenience. There is no taunt he has not heard. He is a pie in the face of himself. He is a soft-boiled egg. He is a cream puff. The joke is not on him if he says it first. His heart has turned to stone. To weep is to lose is a thing he

Police board member Andy Pringle responds to Doug Ford complaint...

Police board member Andy Pringle, who once went fishing with Chief Bill Blair and is now facing conflict-of-interest allegations from Councillor Doug Ford for it, says the claim has “no merit.”Pringle defended the spring 2012 fishing trip to New Brunswick in a letter written to board chair Alok Mukherjee on March 3 and obtained by the Star. The letter follows renewed complaints by Ford that were first voiced in November, when the Fords were under intense pressure over the crack video.“Though the

Leaf Dave Bolland’s injury saga not cut and dried: Feschuk

If you listen to Randy Carlyle, the Maple Leafs coach, you can sometimes get the idea that David Bolland is holding out on his teammates.Bolland has been out of the lineup more than four months since the moment a skate blade pierced his cut-resistant sock and severed a tendon in his left ankle. And while he’s been skating for more than seven weeks, including during an optional practice on Thursday, his timeline for a return to NHL games remains unknown. People familiar with Bolland’s situation w

Disabled woman wins discriminatory pay case at Ontario Human...

An intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman who was paid just $1.25 an hour as a labourer at a packaging company for 10 years has won her discrimination case before Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal.In the ground-breaking ruling filed last week, the tribunal awarded Terri-Lynn Garrie $142,124 in lost wages, $19,613 in lost income for discriminatory termination and $25,000 in compensation for “injury to her dignity, feelings and self respect.”It also urges the province’s human rights commission

Ontario failing children with autism, reports reveal

In two new reports, families are repeating pleas for Ontario to revamp its autism services, citing wait lists, red tape, confusion and a crippling financial burden for parents who can’t get help for their children.The reports are a reminder that while at least four separate bodies have been looking into problems with autism programs for the past year, desperate parents are still fighting daily battles on behalf of their kids.Many endure the “heart-breaking experience” of waiting for years for pr

Toronto city hall aide Sheila Paxton faces federal lawsuit seeking...

A senior aide to both Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly admitted almost a decade ago to participating in a kickback scheme that defrauded the federal government of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Sheila Paxton, who transitioned to Kelly’s office when city council stripped Ford of his powers and budget, testified under oath that from late 1998 to early 2003, she funneled grant proposals to a friend in the HRDC — now Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) — who approved them in

Doctor rebuked for botched liposuction that led to death

A former family doctor who performed a liposuction that led to a patient’s death was publicly reprimanded by Ontario’s medical watchdog Thursday and told that her “dangerous” behaviour was an “obvious betrayal of the public trust.”“You exploited the opportunity which existed for physicians to perform minor cosmetic procedures outside of hospitals,” the chair of the disciplinary committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons told Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar. “Emboldened with time and experience, yo

Drivers need to pay more attention, mother of three women hit...

Three sisters hit by three different drivers on three different occasions — all at the same North York intersection. One incident was trauma enough for their mother, Judith Jung, a teacher who was called out of work each time. But three incidents is just maddening, and highlights the need for drivers to pay more attention to pedestrians, she said.The siblings — twins Felicity and Genevieve Jung, 18, and Mary Frances Rizzuto, 32 — were hit as they crossed Beecroft Rd. at Park Home Ave., in the Yo

Man identified as Bitcoin’s creator denies involvement

LOS ANGELES—A 64-year-old physicist, identified by Newsweek magazine as Bitcoin’s creator, denied involvement in the digital currency before leading reporters on a multi-vehicle car chase and entering an Associated Press bureau.The pursuit through Los Angeles came as the Bitcoin world debated whether Dorian S. Nakamoto is the mysterious computer coder who wrote the seminal paper on the digital currency and created the software that serves as its backbone. Hours after Newsweek named the former de

Ukraine stunned by Crimea referendum bombshell

KYIV, UKRAINE—Anxieties that Ukraine is poised to lose its prized Crimean peninsula forever deepened sharply Thursday as Russia’s high-stakes military occupation gave way to a campaign to annex the region.Awakening to a fresh political bombshell — Crimea’s decision to hold a referendum on joining the Russian Federation in just 10 days — western leaders spent the day chasing their diplomatic tails, with little to show by nightfall.The European Union and the United States rushed to announce a mode

Rob Nicholson apologizes to mother of dead vet who got one-cent...

HAMILTON—The mother of a dead Canadian soldier who received a one-penny payout cheque received a formal apology from Canada’s defence minister on Thursday along with a promise to take another look at whether his death was related to his military service.Breaking her public silence, Denise Stark said she thanked Rob Nicholson for the apology, which came in a morning phone call after days of questions in the House of Commons.“I explained how our wounds had been re-opened since receiving the cheque

Toronto police officer convicted of sexual assault sued for $1.3...

A masseuse sexually assaulted by a Toronto police officer is suing him and the Toronto Police Services Board for more than $1.3 million, according to a statement of claim filed last month. Last year, Det. Const. Mandip Sandhu was convicted of forcing the 46-year-old woman, whose name is protected by a publication ban, to perform oral sex on him while supposedly inspecting the North York spa where she worked.He was sentenced to 15 months in jail last year. He is currently on bail pending an appea

Santana Changing Agents?

Hey! Ervin Santana is still a thing, apparently. And he might be -- but probably isn't -- changing agents, or something.

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell dismisses report about $766M in...

Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell says it’s business as usual in the city, dismissing revelations that $766 million was approved to fund hundreds of projects that were not completed or even started.She expressed pride in the fact that the city has received the “Canadian Award of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.” (The city pays a fee and submits its own statements for the award.) Fennell also said that the Star’s report a

Mayor Rob Ford says he hasn't heard from OPP detective

Mayor Rob Ford said he hasn’t heard from the OPP detective who recently took the lead on the Project Brazen 2 investigation.Speaking to reporters during a tour of housing complexes in North Etobicoke Thursday, Ford was asked what he thought about the fact Ontario’s provincial police force was now managing the probe of his activities.“I’ve said what I have to say about that,” Ford said.He was then asked if he’d been contacted by OPP Det.-Insp. Chris Nicholas, a veteran on the force who will manag

City Nights: MLSE Players Gala

The Players’ Gala is a chance for sports fans to mix and mingle with their favourite Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC players and alumni, while supporting the MLSE Foundation. The evening features selfie photo stations and a Twitter mirror for guests to use to capture moments from the night, along with a Real Sports Bar & Grill event-inspired menu and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the MLSE Foundation and the Regent Park revitalization. For mobile, click here.If you have an event or gala you wo

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