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TTC conducting full review of bus and streetcar operators

thestar.com — The TTC is conducting a "comprehensive review" of recruitment, training, recertification and monitoring programs for bus and streetcar operators, the transit commission announced Monday. The announcement comes three days after 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was killed at Finch Ave. E. and Neilson Rd. in what Toronto police are calling a hit-and-run involving a TTC bus.
Dec 22, 2014

TTC conducting full review of bus and streetcar operators on.thestar.com/1zWnzwa via @torontostar

Dec 22, 2014

RT @aballinga: TTC conducting full review of bus and streetcar operators on.thestar.com/1zWnzwa via @torontostar

Dec 22, 2014

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UPX too pricey, SmartTrack on right track, finds Forum poll

thestar.com — Torontonians are far from sold on the $27.50 adult ticket price of the new Union Pearson Express (UPX) rail service. But a new poll from Forum Research suggests that the public is on board with John Tory's SmartTrack trains. About two-thirds of poll respondents, 69 per cent, said the UPX fares announced earlier this month were too expensive.

Mayor John Tory meets roadblocks, looks for new solutions in first month on the job

thestar.com — Despite promising to get on with contracting out garbage collection east of Yonge St., Mayor John Tory says several roadblocks are cause for pause. After three weeks on the job and dozens of briefings from staff on all matters concerning the city, Tory - who also promised to bring effective calm and renewed vigour to city hall - is learning its not always easy to just "get on with it."
Dec 22, 2014

Mayor John Tory introduced to roadblocks on garbage privatization & more, but vows to press on on.thestar.com/1AMYDFF via @torontostar

Dec 22, 2014

Tory says there's no cure for traffic congestion: on.thestar.com/1HoNWv9. Campaign ads said SmartTrack would "solve" congestion "quickly."

Dec 22, 2014

John Tory campaigned on a promise to outsource east-side garbage collection. Now in office, he's hesitating: on.thestar.com/1CtBhWU

Dec 22, 2014

Mayor John Tory learning it's not easy to just get on with some city business as he adjusts to life in the big chair thestar.com/content/thesta…

Rock singer Joe Cocker dead at 70

thestar.com — Rock singer Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70, Sony Music has confirmed. "John Robert Cocker, known to family, friends, his community and fans around the world as Joe Cocker, passed away on Dec. 22, 2014 after a hard-fought battle with small cell lung cancer," Sony said in a statement.

Ontario Ombudsman: get sick inmates out of solitary confinement

thestar.com — Ontario's ombudsman is threatening to launch a systemic investigation into the Toronto South Detention Centre, where sick inmates are being held in solitary confinement because the brand new superjail's healthcare facilities have not opened.
Dec 22, 2014

Canada’s organ donor system is sorely in need of reform: Editorial | The Toronto Star t.thestar.com/#/article/opin…

Oil prices continue to decline

thestar.com — Oil prices continued to fall on Monday, extending a four-week decline as OPEC officials remain steadfast in their refusal to cut production. The drop in crude prices, which pulled down stocks in Toronto, also comes amid falling prices for natural gas due to unseasonably warm weather across Canada and the United States.

Queen’s Park Christmas cards endure in digital age

thestar.com — It is a political tradition that continues even in the age of Instagram and iPads. The Christmas cards that leaders, ministers, and MPPs mail to friends, family, supporters and journalists are as much a seasonal fixture at Queen's Park as the boughs of holly that deck the halls.
Dec 22, 2014

Queen’s Park Christmas cards endure in digital age: The Christmas cards that leaders, ministers and MPPs mail ... on.thestar.com/1vhDuzF

Ignore what Canadians politicians say about a coalition government

thestar.com — OTTAWA-Here is the first harsh truth of the 41st federal election campaign in Canada: You can't believe anything that the politicians - of any stripe - are saying about coalition governments. Feel free to ignore it all. It is not true, as Conservatives allege, that coalitions are evil, damaging or treasonous plots against the stability of the federation.
Dec 22, 2014

Ukrainian-Canadians coming to the aid of their homeland, donating time and $2.4 million in last year. m.thestar.com/#/article/news…

Walmart stores busy, Target stores, not so much

thestar.com — Canadians seem to be choosing Walmart over Target for their holiday shopping, according to the results of data collected for The Star on one of the last weekends before Christmas. A snapshot of 76 stores across Canada, conducted the weekend of Dec. 13-14, found that 30 out of 38 Walmart stores were busy or very busy.

This is what it's like when a capybara has a bath

Dec 22, 2014

It is sad, though completely understandable, that I used one of my precious free Toronto Star articles on this: thestar.com/news/world/201…

Raptors at Bulls, game-day Dino-bytes

thestar.com — Our usual mid-day look at tonight's Raptors game TORONTO (22-6) at CHICAGO (17-9) TV: Sportsnet ONE; RADIO: Sportsnet 590 The FAN WEB: We'll be here for the fun of the in-game blog starting about 8 p.m. Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, James Johnson, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas; Chicago: Derek Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah.

Pan Am Games pays out $10.6M in travel grants to athletes, coaches

thestar.com — Canadian taxpayers will pay more than $9 million - roughly $1,000 for each international participant - to help competitors and their coaches travel to Toronto's Pan Am and Parapan Am Games next year. The travel grants are benefits in addition to the free food, accommodation and ground transportation provided to all participants by Toronto's host organizing committee.
Dec 22, 2014

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Dec 22, 2014

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Facebook shares at a record high on mobile ad growth, Instagram

thestar.com — Facebook Inc. shares rose to a record as the social network caps a year in which mobile advertising increased and marketing initiatives expanded with applications and video. The shares advanced as much as 2.5 percent to $81.88 in New York trading, the highest price since Facebook's initial public offering in May 2012.
Dec 22, 2014

Ontario Ombudsman: get sick inmates out of solitary confinement | The Toronto Star t.thestar.com/#/article/news…

Dec 22, 2014

Photos taken during surgery spark outrage, firings in China | The Toronto Star t.thestar.com/#/article/news…

Dec 22, 2014

Hamilton right-to-die advocate and journalist dies in Zurich | The Toronto Star #dyingwithdignity t.thestar.com/#/article/news…