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Meet the longshots: Toronto mayoral candidate Matthew Crack

thestar.com — Once a week through the end of the mayoral election , the Star is introducing readers to an obscure candidate vying to be Toronto's chief magistrate. His name is Matthew Crack. Oh, he knows. "As a mayoral candidate, there's been no better time in history to be named Crack," he says on his campaign website.
Jul 27, 2014

A guy named Crack has decided to run against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on.thestar.com/1mT6AjI But it seems like he's just blowing smoke.

Jul 27, 2014

My Q-and-A with Toronto mayoral candidate Matthew Crack, who is running for mayor partly because his name is Crack: on.thestar.com/1rVWBzJ

Dates and times of Toronto mayoral election debates

thestar.com — Here are the debates that are currently on the schedule of two or more Toronto mayoral candidates. Please email ddale@thestar.ca with information about other debates. We will update this list with more debates as we learn of them. We will also provide location information as it becomes available.
Jul 27, 2014

RT @ddale8: I made a list of the 41 apparently-currently-scheduled mayoral debates. It took a long, sad time. Please use it. on.thestar.com/1rPa1y9

Jul 27, 2014

I made a list of the 41 apparently-currently-scheduled mayoral debates. It took a long, sad time. Please use it. on.thestar.com/1rPa1y9

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Jul 27, 2014

Holy crap this Star column about Harper's power-mad censorship is terrible. m.thestar.com/#/article/news… ht @jonkay

Jul 27, 2014

Star piece on Harper's supposed "age of censorship" offers zero examples of ordinary citizens actually being censored m.thestar.com/#/article/news…

Young man’s cycling journey cut tragically short by highway accident

thestar.com — It was to be a journey of self-discovery, a four-month cycling trip through rural America with pit stops in the country's musical heartlands. So on May 15, Toronto's Iain Gerrard packed a patch kit, campfire grill and other bits and bobs and left his home on the South Kingsway on his 18-speed Brodie racing bike.
Jul 27, 2014

@TorontoStar: Young man’s cycling journey cut short by accident on.thestar.com/1lKStgL” My last story for the Star. Iain was quite a guy.

Laureen Harper stung by bees on Royal York’s rooftop

thestar.com — Laureen Harper probably would have preferred a taste of honey but ended up on the business end of a bee sting. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife was taking a look at a beehive on the rooftop of Toronto's Royal York hotel Sunday, but she and the hotel chef got a bit close and were stung.

Biggest search party yet for Franklin's lost ships

thestar.com — They were stuck in the ice deep in the Canadian Arctic, starving and without hope of rescue when the surviving crew of Sir John Franklin's expedition abandoned ship and set out on foot across the frozen barren lands.
Jul 27, 2014

RT @IreneGentle: Storied franklin ships disappeared 166 years ago. This summer, Canadian team hopes to finally find them. #canpoli thestar.com/news/gta/2014/…

Too many? Dozens of debates ahead in Toronto mayoral election

thestar.com — Provincial party leaders debated once during the spring election. The top Toronto mayoral candidates will debate twice. Twice on Sept. 4, twice on Sept. 15, twice on Sept. 16, twice on Sept. 24, twice on Sept. 30, twice on Oct. 21. There are three months until the city heads to the polls on Oct.
Jul 27, 2014

Too much democracy? There are 41 mayoral debates currently scheduled - and the list is still growing. Story: on.thestar.com/X0Lr1X

Feminist disappears from public history under Harper government

thestar.com — OTTAWA-The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past. Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner.
Jul 27, 2014

Feminist disappears from public history under Canada's Harper government on.thestar.com/1k2zIu7 via @torontostar

The U.S. is one lousy executioner: Mallick

thestar.com — When the United States, a nation famed for its excellent killing technologies, takes a full two hours to execute a prisoner, as it did recently in Arizona, one has to wonder if it was no accident. Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, gasped and snorted, clearly struggling for breath after being given heavy doses of sedatives and painkillers.
Jul 27, 2014

If U.S. states insist on executions, they must find a way to stop the prolonged pain and horror. Column on.thestar.com/1pkWfl0

Argonauts mystified by QB Ray’s current funk

thestar.com — REGINA-Where have you gone, Ricky Ray? That wasn't you throwing two interceptions and giving up a crucial fumble on Saturday night, was it? Who was that impostor who cost the Argonauts 14 quick points en route to a 39-7 rout at the hands of the Saskatchewan Roughriders?
Jul 27, 2014

Argonauts mystified by QB Ray’s current funk on.thestar.com/1rJHifQ via @torontostar #CFL #Argos

Argonauts manhandled by Roughriders 37-9

thestar.com — REGINA-It was a hostile football team and a frenzied atmosphere that the Toronto Argonauts faced here Saturday night. That proved to be a losing combination. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were angry and embarrassed by the Argos on July 5 at the Rogers Centre, and this was payback.

Violence erupts at pro-Israel rally at Queen’s Park

thestar.com — As speakers lauded Israel's actions in Gaza, three counter-protesters were talking to reporters from the other side of a barricade when violence erupted.
Jul 27, 2014

Fisticuffs at pro-Israel rally for peace at Queen’s Park, with photos thestar.com/news/gta/2014/…

Reasons to Live: PS I Love You, Alvvays and La Roux

thestar.com — This week: three totally wicked new records. 1. PS I Love You, For Those Who Stay (Paper Bag). Kingston twosome PS I Love You was a force on delivery, but Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson have super-sized their sound for album No. 3 and done a very good job of blowing your mind in the process.
Jul 27, 2014

Reasons to Live is up. Forgot all about it. Terrific records this week from PS I Love You, Alvvays and La Roux. on.thestar.com/1tdSVfw

Was it a UFO? Flashing flying object reported over Toronto

thestar.com — It's a drone, it's a kite, it's an alien? Torontonians are looking for answers after several UFO sightings were reported in North York over the weekend. Sarah Chun, 36, was sitting at the dining room table of her Finch St. apartment around 9 p.m.

YouTube video had huge impact on Sammy Yatim case

thestar.com — On the night of July 26, 2013, Martin Baron had a late dinner at Cafe Diplomatico in Little Italy. It was midnight by the time he reached his intersection - Bellwoods Ave. and Dundas St. W., near the Ossington strip. A streetcar was stopped in the middle of the road.
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