Meet the Greens who might take a run at Annamie Paul’s old job

OTTAWA—It’s almost game-time for the Green leadership race. One week after the party opened applications for potential candidates, the Star has confirmed at least eight Greens are mulling a run. These include two provincial leaders, a retired professor who wants Canada to have five national holidays every time a season changes, and two potential candidates … Read more

Wait times for hospital admission from the ER are at a record high in Ontario. It’s a symptom of a system-wide crisis

In the emergency department of Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital more than 300 people a day seek medical help, an increase of 40 to 50 per cent from pre-pandemic times. At St. Michael’s Hospital, the emergency department is seeing patients who are much sicker than those who sought care before COVID-19. Experts say the pressure is … Read more

Mortgage rates are rising, but here’s why you won’t see a rash of Canadians losing their homes

Canadians will run up their credit cards, fall behind on their utilities and juggle car payments. The one thing they don’t do in significant numbers is fall behind on their mortgage payments. GTA residents rattled by rate hikes and inflation can take some comfort in mortgage delinquency numbers that show that losing a home to … Read more

Unifor to release full investigation into former president Jerry Dias

Unifor is set to release the full investigation into its former president Jerry Dias, the Star has learned, amid the fallout of an alleged kickback scandal shaking Canada’s largest private sector union. The documents will be “released to local unions as soon as possible,” said Unifor national secretary-treasurer Lana Payne in response to questions from … Read more

This Toronto daycare doesn’t plan to offer $10-a-day child care under the new federal program. Instead, it’s hiking its prices

A Toronto daycare has told parents it has no plans to offer $10-a-day child care under the federal government’s new funding program. Instead, it’s offering a fee hike. Kinder Grove Infant & Child Care Centre informed parents in an email that it won’t be joining the CWELCC federal funding program because accepting “funding would limit … Read more

How the U.K’s summer of strikes points toward a resurgence of union clout

LONDON — It was a peculiar sight, barristers hitting the bricks in their black silk robes and white jabots and horsehair wigs. A preview of what’s to come this summer — and what is already happening here — because, released from the stasis of a pandemic, everybody wants more money. It’s ethically OK to make … Read more

Analysis | Omicron deadlier for Ontario seniors than previous two waves combined

Even as Ontario began reopening its economy and returning to some semblance of normalcy this year, COVID-19 was wreaking havoc on the lives of older residents — killing them at higher rates than the past two waves, new data shows. Analysis of death figures by researchers at the University of Toronto provided to the Star … Read more

He dreamed of playing pro hockey. Instead, this teen was arrested at gunpoint after years of relentless bullying at sports academy, lawsuit alleges

Lucas DeCaluwe was sitting alone in his dad’s parked truck when he noticed police officers swarming the vehicle. It was October 2019, and the then 14-year-old hockey player, struggling with what he calls relentless bullying by teammates on his high school team, was on his way to an appointment with a sports psychologist. As he … Read more

These theft victims tracked down their stolen cars. But the police didn’t show up

Adam Westland knows cars and trucks. His friends call him a “petrolhead” — someone who’s obsessed with vehicles. And so when Julie, his wife, looked out their Toronto window in December and shouted — “Adam, the truck’s gone” — he swung into action. It was a few days before Christmas, and they were about to … Read more

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander comes home and thrills Hamilton crowd in Canadian senior basketball team debut

HAMILTON—My city. My game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the local kid getting to play basketball in his hometown for the first time in about six years, put on some kind of performance here Friday night in his Canadian senior team debut. The 23-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder guard had a dunk on the very first possession and took … Read more