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Toxic dirt dumped in Ontario’s prime farmland

thestar.com — Toronto's construction boom is unearthing massive volumes of soil contaminated with dangerous heavy metals and petroleum, but it's nearly impossible to know where the dirt is going because Ontario doesn't track it. Instead, thousands of tonnes of toxic earth taken to prime farmland from downtown condominium projects are usually discovered accidentally - by neighbours who report bad odours from soil that is supposed to be "clean."
Oct 20, 2014

RT @jayme_poisson: Would you like to know where contaminated soil goes? Oh wait, no one knows. Must read @MoiraWelsh investigation. thestar.com/news/gta/2014/…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @jayme_poisson: Would you like to know where contaminated soil goes? Oh wait, no one knows. Must read @MoiraWelsh investigation. thestar.com/news/gta/2014/…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @TeamHeadwaters: Nooo! Toxic soil is being dumped on prime farmland. Fears that groundwater is also at risk. thestar.com/news/gta/2014/… #FoodAndWaterFirst

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Class action lawsuit filed against Canadian Hockey League over wages

thestar.com — An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams "conspired" to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws.
Oct 20, 2014

Class action lawsuit filed against Canadian Hockey League over wages thestar.com/news/world/201…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @thecribby: Star Exclusive: Class action lawsuit filed against Canadian Hockey League over wages | Toronto Star on.thestar.com/1vVgtaE

Oct 20, 2014

Star Exclusive: Class action lawsuit filed against Canadian Hockey League over wages | Toronto Star on.thestar.com/1vVgtaE

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Rob Ford kicked out of three advance polling stations

thestar.com — Mayor Rob Ford (open Rob Ford's policard) was kicked out of multiple advance polling stations across Toronto for illegal campaigning on three consecutive days last week. After the mayor was asked to leave voting stations on both Thursday and Friday, the city clerk emailed Ford a letter on Saturday, warning him he was breaking the Municipal Elections Act.
Oct 20, 2014

Rob Ford kicked out of three advance polling stations thestar.com/news/city_hall… via @torontostar

Oct 20, 2014

RT @ddale8: Rob Ford has now been kicked out of three separate polling places for allegedly breaking elections law: on.thestar.com/1vzC86Q

Oct 20, 2014

RT @ddale8: Rob Ford has now been kicked out of three separate polling places for allegedly breaking elections law: on.thestar.com/1vzC86Q

Oct 20, 2014

Rob Ford has now been kicked out of three separate polling places for allegedly breaking elections law: on.thestar.com/1vzC86Q

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Liberal government under fire over MaRS bailout records

thestar.com — The $309 million bailout of the mostly vacant MaRS office tower is shaping up like the gas plants scandal with the Liberal government refusing to release documents, Progressive Conservatives said Monday.

Fatal stabbing prompts Toronto school board to create safety panel

thestar.com — Toronto's public school board is reviewing school safety and how to prevent violent incidents after the stabbing death of Hamid Aminzada last month inside North Albion Collegiate.
Oct 20, 2014

What might have been done differently to avoid fatal school stabbing? A new @tdsb group will investigate on.thestar.com/1wrBpVm #onted

Oct 20, 2014

@krushowy Fatal stabbing prompts Toronto school board to create safety panel thestar.com/yourtoronto/ed… via @torontostar

Real risk to housing market is ‘constrained liquidity’

thestar.com — Canadians' ability to weather a downturn in the housing market is much lower now than in the past because of their "constrained liquidity," says the president of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Doug Ford distances himself from brother Rob Ford

thestar.com — Trying to attack John Tory, Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's policard) repeated a version of the same line on Wednesday and Thursday. Voters, he said, should be "very" wary of any politician who doesn't give straight answers to questions.
Oct 20, 2014

Conservative strategist on Doug distancing himself from Rob: “It’s a strategy that makes absolutely no sense." on.thestar.com/1ybSnq8

Oct 20, 2014

Doug Ford is distancing himself from Rob Ford. My story on a curious campaign development: on.thestar.com/1ybSnq8

Work underway on Chris Hadfield TV sitcom

thestar.com — MONTREAL-Work has begun on the pilot for a TV sitcom based on former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's first book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. That is also the comedy's projected title. Hadfield tells The Canadian Press that ABC has approved the pilot, which is expected to be broadcast next fall.

Canada wins round in meat-labelling battle with U.S.

thestar.com — Canada has won a battle in an ongoing trade dispute with the United States over meat-labelling laws that have hurt the beef and pork industries. The World Trade Organization released a ruling Monday that said U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico.
Oct 20, 2014

World Trade Org: U.S. country-of-origin labelling rules discriminate against exports from Canada&Mex thestar.com/news/canada/20… via @torontostar

Olivia Chow proposes DineSafe-like grading system for apartment buildings

thestar.com — Olivia Chow says she would create an easily understandable grading system for apartment buildings, similar to the DineSafe system used for restaurants. "You can go into a restaurant and see a red or a green sign and you know that restaurant is safe.

‘Royals’ by Lorde banned by San Francisco radio stations

thestar.com — SAN FRANCISCO-The popular song "Royals" by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervour over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Two San Francisco radio stations say they won't play the song during the duration of the World Series.
Oct 20, 2014

‘Royals’ by Lorde banned by San Francisco radio stations thestar.com/entertainment/… via @torontostar

Oct 20, 2014

RT @StarEntertain: ‘Royals’ by Lorde banned by San Francisco radio stations on.thestar.com/1uuxliP

New Toronto downtown South Core is rising fast: Hume

thestar.com — Other cities celebrate when a new office tower appears on the skyline. In Toronto, nothing less than a whole new downtown will do. Our latest, South Core, now taking shape between Union Station, the Rogers Centre and Lake Ontario, fills space long since paved over for parking lots.

Drugs under import ban allowed for sale

thestar.com — More than 40 drugs originating from three factories in India recently slapped with import bans are now allowed for sale because Health Canada has deemed them "medically necessary." The drugs, including popular hypertension and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications, are manufactured at two factories owned by Apotex, a Toronto-based generic pharmaceutical company, and a third facility, IPCA Laboratories.

The Star’s endorsements for Toronto city council in Wards 1 to 21: Editorial

thestar.com — Through fours years of chaos, conflict and embarrassment at Toronto city hall some councillors distinguished themselves in opposition to Mayor Rob Ford (open Rob Ford's policard). His inexcusable excesses, service cuts and ill-judged policies aroused staunch resistance. Others were content to play a lesser role, while a small minority of councillors remained Ford supporters to the bitter end.
Oct 20, 2014

Star’s endorsements for Toronto council in Wards 1 to 21. thestar.com/opinion/editor… via @torontostar #topoli

Oct 20, 2014

RT @ddale8: Here are the Toronto Star's endorsements, Ward 1 through Ward 21: on.thestar.com/1rX13uI. As always, we reporters didn't make the picks.

Oct 20, 2014

Here are the Toronto Star's endorsements, Ward 1 through Ward 21: on.thestar.com/1rX13uI. As always, we reporters didn't make the picks.

Oct 20, 2014

The Star’s endorsements for Toronto city council in Wards 1 to 21: Editorial (via @torontostar) thestar.com/opinion/editor…

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Toxic dirt dumped in Ontario’s prime farmland

thestar.com — Toronto's construction boom is unearthing massive volumes of soil contaminated with dangerous heavy metals and petroleum, but it's nearly impossible to know where the dirt is going because Ontario doesn't track it. Instead, thousands of tonnes of toxic earth taken to prime farmland from downtown condominium projects are usually discovered accidentally - by neighbours who report bad odours from soil that is supposed to be "clean."
Oct 20, 2014

.@TorontoStar investigation: Toxic dirt dumped in Ontario’s prime farmland. Province doesn't track it thestar.com/news/gta/2014/…

Oct 20, 2014

Very disturbing investigation by @MoiraWelsh: Toxic dirt dumped in Ontario’s prime farmland on.thestar.com/1ut3E1s

Oct 20, 2014

Toxic dirt dumped in Ontario’s prime farmland, @torontostar investigation shows thestar.com/news/gta/2014/…

Pension plan, LCBO sell-off, MaRS bailout top agenda at Queen’s Park

thestar.com — Ontario's legislature resumes today with the Liberal government anxious to implement what it calls its "ambitious agenda" now that it has a majority. The government is looking to pass more than 20 bills that died when the spring election was called.
Oct 20, 2014

Pension plan, LCBO sell-off, MaRS bailout top agenda at Queen’s Park thestar.com/news/canada/20… via @torontostar

Oct 20, 2014

Pension plan, LCBO sell-off, MaRS bailout top agenda at Queen’s Park thestar.com/news/canada/20… via @torontostar

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Oct 20, 2014

RT @BKennedyStar: The inimitable @RGriffinStar catches up w/ KC's ex-#bluejays (Jason Frasor, Erik Kratz & Don Wak) in wait for WS: http://…

Oct 20, 2014

The inimitable @RGriffinStar catches up w/ KC's ex-#bluejays (Jason Frasor, Erik Kratz & Don Wak) in wait for WS: m.thestar.com/#/article/spor…

Ontario sends $3 million to fight Ebola in West Africa

thestar.com — Ontario is spending $3 million to help front-line aid workers fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday that $2 million would go to the Red Cross while another $1 million was being earmarked for Médecins Sans Frontières to treat patients and train health workers.

Actor Gerard Parkes, who played Doc on ‘Fraggle Rock,’ dead at 90

thestar.com — Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian actor who starred in the beloved children's TV show Fraggle Rock, has died. His agent, Gerry Jordan, says Parkes died from natural causes in a Toronto retirement home on Sunday just days after his 90th birthday.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @StarEntertain: Actor Gerard Parkes, who played Doc on ‘Fraggle Rock,’ dead at 90 on.thestar.com/1vXHXw8 #TV