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Bruce Arthur’s online chat: RECAP

thestar.com — Join us Wednesday for Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur's debut online chat.
RT @TaylorVaisey: Everybody on the internet: @bruce_arthur showed you all how to run a live chat, even if he claimed he didn't know how ow.ly/w5Ty9
Everybody on the internet: @bruce_arthur showed you all how to run a live chat, even if he claimed he didn't know how ow.ly/w5Ty9
RT @bruce_arthur: Chat wrap: In which the first question is about my "extremist left-wing views." thestar.com/sports/2014/04…
Chat wrap: In which the first question is about my "extremist left-wing views." thestar.com/sports/2014/04…

Have you seen this pigeon?

thestar.com — Pilot the pigeon was just a tiny ball of fluff when Janelle Iandoli saved him from exterminators six months ago. "I bottle-fed him. I taught him how to fly," she says. "He thinks he's human." He ruled the roost in their home all winter - just ask the cat he both torments and snuggles with and the dog who doubles as his pony.
Have you seen this pigeon? No joke. T.O. woman save it, raised it, and it flew away --by acciedent. thestar.com/news/gta/2014/… via @torontostar
Have you seen this pigeon? Pilot the pigeon is missing. However will he be found? on.thestar.com/RM4t9Z cc @TorontoStar

TCHC employee with Rob Ford ties got rapid promotion, big raise

thestar.com — Four years ago, Lisa-Joan Overholt was one of the campaign volunteers trying to get out the vote for Rob Ford. Three years ago, she was a part-time constituency assistant for an Etobicoke councillor closely allied with Ford. Last year, she made $112,923 as the Toronto Community Housing Corp.'s senior director of community safety and its council liaison.
RT @ddale8: Once more: Rob Ford campaign donor/volunteer had TCHC job created for her, then got rapid promotion and big raise: on.thestar.com/1tBI2CM
RT @ddale8: Once more: Rob Ford campaign donor/volunteer had TCHC job created for her, then got rapid promotion and big raise: on.thestar.com/1tBI2CM
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Why Rob Ford won't win re-election: Hepburn

thestar.com — Take a deep breath and relax, Toronto. That's because, despite all his bluster about sweeping to victory, Rob Ford won't be re-elected as mayor when voters go to the polls in October. Indeed, Ford stands a real chance of finishing a poor third in the race and could end up playing more of a role as a spoiler than being a viable contender for the mayor's office.

Playoff series a chance to make the Raptors matter: Arthur

thestar.com — Tim Leiweke said, "We're made," and he hustled across the court to embrace Jimmy Goldstein. Jimmy is the wizened guy in the custom leather outfits and the wide-brimmed hat who is a glamorous, spectral presence at NBA games that matter. He watches them in L.A., and he chases them in the playoffs.
Debut column by The Star's Bruce Arthur. Wonderful piece on Raptors Game 2 win. @torontostar thestar.com/sports/raptors…
RT @bruce_arthur: My updated debut column for the @TorontoStar, on the Raptors trying to matter in the NBA: thestar.com/sports/raptors…
RT @bruce_arthur: My first game-over column for the @TorontoStar, on the Raptors winning a game that mattered: thestar.com/sports/raptors…
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Making sense of Canada’s middle-class distress debate: Walkom

thestar.com — In a weird way, the debate over Canada's middle class is like medieval angelology. Then, theologians would argue over how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Today, the questions from the political priesthood are equally abstruse. Is the middle class really hurting, as the Liberals and New Democrats claim?
Making sense of Canada’s middle-class distress debate: Walkom thestar.com/news/canada/20… via @torontostar

Bruce Arthur online chat: Live at 2 p.m.

livenews.thestar.com — Thestar.com is Canada's largest online news site. Visit thestar.com for the latest breaking news from Toronto, the GTA, Canada and the world. Plus stay current with our sports, business entertainment news and more from the Toronto Star and thestar.com

Rob Ford calls to eliminate ombudsman after scathing TCHC report released

thestar.com — On Tuesday morning, city ombudsman Fiona Crean released a scathing report that may cost Toronto Community Housing Corp. chief executive Gene Jones his job. On Tuesday night, Mayor Rob Ford called again for the elimination of Crean's job.
RT @ddale8: Once more: Mayor Rob Ford calls for elimination of ombudsman after ombudsman finds extensive problems at TCHC. on.thestar.com/1jL6ISC
RT @ddale8: Once more: Mayor Rob Ford calls for elimination of ombudsman after ombudsman finds extensive problems at TCHC. on.thestar.com/1jL6ISC
Once more: Mayor Rob Ford calls for elimination of ombudsman after ombudsman finds extensive problems at TCHC. on.thestar.com/1jL6ISC
RT @ddale8: Last night, after the ombudsman's scathing report about TCHC, Rob Ford called to eliminate the ombudsman's job: on.thestar.com/1jL6ISC
Last night, after the ombudsman's scathing report about TCHC, Rob Ford called to eliminate the ombudsman's job: on.thestar.com/1jL6ISC
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Michael Ignatieff’s uncle spied on suspected Nazis, MI5 files show

thestar.com — Recently released British intelligence files note that the family of former federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff spied on suspected Nazi sympathizers in Canada on behalf of the British security service MI5. The Ignatieffs were "White Russians," opposed to the Communists, and the family's patriarch, Count Pavel Ignatieff, was once an influential member of the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

NYPD asks Twitter to share photos. Twitter responds with pics of police brutality

thestar.com — NEW YORK-A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired - in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality.
NYPD asks Twitter to share photos. Twitter responds with pics of police brutality: #twitter #police thestar.com/news/world/201… via @torontostar
NYPD asks Tweeters to share photos. People respond w/pix of police brutality. Social media is a two-way street! on.thestar.com/1ifrVBf

Seniors' health care being rationed, charged speech pathologists, hospital unions

thestar.com — The province is rationing health care to seniors, pushing them out of hospital when they are still acutely ill, charges the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The province's health reforms, which involve drastically downsizing hospitals, discriminate against seniors, said Mary Cook, executive director of the association whose members help stroke patients learn to swallow and speak again.
Seniors' health care being rationed, according to speech pathologists and hospital unions on.thestar.com/1rmf1Ja by @theresaboyle
Seniors' health care being rationed: speech pathologists, hospital unions #ohealth #onpoli @cupeontario thestar.com/life/health_we…

Blind for years, Michigan man can see again with ‘bionic eye’

thestar.com — ANN ARBOR, MICH.-A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.
Blind for years, man can see again with ‘bionic eye,’ by @MikeHouseholder thestar.com/news/world/201… via @torontostar
RT @TorontoStar: Blind for years, Michigan man can see again with ‘bionic eye’ on.thestar.com/1jACgcy

What Michael did

thestar.com — How does a family cope when one member - in the midst of a psychotic episode - kills another?

In quotes: Toronto city councillors on deferring Armenian genocide memorial

thestar.com — Council's executive committee voted Wednesday to force city bureaucrats and the next batch of councillors to figure out how to respond to a contentious request for a privately funded memorial, on public property, to the 1915 Ottoman genocide of the Armenian minority. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, a former history teacher, wanted the memorial approved.
Please, experience my afternoon: Toronto councillors' quotes on a proposed memorial to the genocide of Armenians. on.thestar.com/1rmIoLB

Revamped Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter

thestar.com — NEW YORK, N.Y.-Ronald McDonald has a new look, and he's ready for a selfie. McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag #ronaldmcdonald. The move marks a turnaround from recent years, when the red-haired mascot faded to the background as McDonald's came under criticism for using him to market to children.
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