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Mayor Rob Ford drops out of two planned debates

thestar.com — Mayor Rob Ford has dropped out of two mayoral debates planned for this week. This makes three debates he has skipped in less than a month. Ford's Director of Communications, Jeff Silverstein, confirmed to the Star that the mayor will not be attending a debate held by Greenwood Community Association on Tuesday or one organized by FilmOntario on Wednesday.
Sep 01, 2014

Rob Ford drops out of two debates this week; spokesman says he'll go to the "important" ones: on.thestar.com/1lF9XB9

Sep 01, 2014

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Left-leaning think-tank targeted for federal audit because of ‘biased’ material, document shows

thestar.com — OTTAWA-A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political activities audit last fall partly because the research and education material on its website appears to be "biased" and "one-sided." That partial rationale for launching the controversial audit appears on a newly released document that the think-tank, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, obtained under the Access to Information Act.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @HeatherMallick: Left-leaning think-tank targeted for federal audit because of ‘biased’ material, document shows thestar.com/news/canada/20… via @torontostar

Sep 01, 2014

RT @charliedemers: CCPA targeted for CRA audit because of "biased" research. I suppose the Fraser Institute is up next? No? on.thestar.com/1q4TiqI

Sep 01, 2014

Left-leaning think-tank targeted for federal audit because of ‘biased’ material, document shows thestar.com/news/canada/20… via @torontostar

Blue Jays: Five reasons to watch final month

thestar.com — The Blue Jays have 26 games left to play this season. They are 10 games back of first in the American League East and five games back of the second wild-card spot, with four teams ahead of them. They will likely need to win four-fifths of their remaining games to have any shot at the post-season.

Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

thestar.com — OTTAWA- Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @robertlavigne: Harper's cup of hypocrisy runneth over thestar.com/news/canada/20… CPC cuts 2.7B$ from defence 2015 while Harper thumps his reedy chest #cdnpoli

Argonauts fall to Tiger-Cats in Labour Day Classic

thestar.com — HAMILTON-Ricky Ray reached the magical 50,000-yard passing milestone on Monday, but remarkably, it almost didn't happen at all. Needing only 90 yards through the air, the 34-year-old future hall of famer was held to only 64 yards in the first half by a ferocious Hamilton Tiger-Cats defence.
Sep 01, 2014

Argonauts fall to Tiger-Cats in Labour Day Classic thestar.com/sports/argos/2… via @torontostar

Strip club owner spawns rivals as Bloordale tidies up on his watch

thestar.com — At one time, Bloordale was a hot spot for cheap drugs, street prostitution and arrests. Vestiges remain, but major changes have been underway for years on the stretch of Bloor St. W. between Dufferin St. and Lansdowne Ave. The old Dale's, a diner of ill repute, is now a trendy brunch spot.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @StarGTANews: House of Lancaster owner Spiro Koumoudouros spawns rivals as Bloordale tidies up on his watch. on.thestar.com/1sVBH2R pic.twitter.com/XfdV5F6zZI

Rob Anders draws flak in renewed hunt for Conservative nomination

thestar.com — CALGARY-Controversial Conservative MP Rob Anders may not find the welcome mat out as he attempts to make the move from a big-city riding where he lost his nomination to a brand new rural one. Earlier this year, Anders lost a bitterly fought nomination battle in Calgary Signal Hill, which takes in a large part of the constituency that he has represented in Ottawa for 17 years.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @TorontoStar: Conservative MP Rob Anders is drawing flak for moving from Calgary to a rural Alberta riding. on.thestar.com/1lF3Yfy pic.twitter.com/94Fz9GI7TB

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays: Tuesday-Thursday

thestar.com — RH R.A. Dickey (10-12, 4.00) vs. RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.98) RH Marcus Stroman (8-5, 3.88) vs. RH Chris Archer (8-7, 3.40) LH Mark Buehrle (11-9, 3.50) vs. RH Jake Odorizzi (10-11, 4.03) All games on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN Three things to know about the Rays: They entered the season as many pundits' pick to take the American League East, but injuries and underperformance sank their season early.

Back to School: Looking beyond the 3 R's

thestar.com — Back in Grade 8 when he was choosing a high school, Nobu Chern-Warwick ruled out one well-known collegiate because he'd heard it was a social pressure cooker. As he enters Grade 12 at Danforth Collegiate, the 16-year-old wishes there had been a more reliable way to judge a school beyond just its test scores.