Your Monday just got a little cuter. The Toronto Zoo and the Toronto Star are celebrating the birth of #BabyLongLegs, the new Masai giraffe calf, with a livestream on thestar.com. With the Toronto Star live cam, you can get an exclusive look inside her indoor habitat. Giraffe lovers can watch the calf as she explores her habitat, learns new things and spends quality time with her mom, Mstari. The livestream takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 1.
May 29, 2020 21:33 UTC
Reed Scowen, a longtime pillar of Quebec's anglophone community, died in Toronto on May 28, at the age of 88. Scowen was a prominent Liberal who represented the provincial riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce from 1978 to 1987. Former Liberal cabinet minister Christos Sirros got to know Scowen during the campaign leading up to the first referendum on Quebec sovereignty in May 1980. Scowen wrote three books about the place of the anglophone community within Quebec and of Quebec's role within Canada. Upon returning to Quebec, Scowen became a senior policy adviser to Quebec's minister of industry and commerce.
May 29, 2020 21:10 UTC
's fiscal performance for decades, dropped the government's rating from stable to negative, citing disruption from the ongoing pandemic and deflated oil prices as the cause. 's fiscal performance for decades, dropped the government's rating from stable to negative, citing disruption from the ongoing pandemic and deflated oil prices as the cause. "In addition, a significant advancement in oil prices that leads to sustained real GDP growth and increased investment could bolster the province's fiscal performance," the report said. "To date, the government has exhibited strong budgetary flexibility, implementing unpopular tax increases and spending reductions in response to the last fall in oil prices in 2014," says the report. "We believe that the government will take further fiscal measures to mitigate any revenue shortfalls that might arise if oil prices remain persistently below expectations."
May 29, 2020 21:00 UTC
“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed,” the actor Will Smith told Stephen Colbert in 2016. The video shows Floyd appearing not to resist as an officer knelt on his neck until he died. And predictably, the rage of the protests leads to a policing crackdown against Black Americans that can only serve to make things worse. Sign Up NowOvert acts of racist violence — whether perpetrated by authorities or by white Nationalist terrorists — make cause and effect obvious. They show radically disproportionate numbers of COVID-19 cases in low-income areas of the city, neighbourhoods disproportionately populated by people of colour.
May 29, 2020 20:48 UTC
The Drumheller dinosaur is getting a makeover. The World's Largest Dinosaur — a 26-metre-tall, fibreglass and steel Tyrannosaurus rex — has been a popular attraction for almost 20 years in the Drumheller Valley. Now, after seven years without any exterior work, the dino will be getting a little TLC, including a paint job. The dinosaur is expected to be fully restored and open to the public by the end of June. Take a tour inside the world's biggest dinosaur with CBC Arts from last September:
May 29, 2020 20:46 UTC
The Calgary police officer who fatally shot a distressed man in a hotel room five years ago has quit after the chief sent the case to a disciplinary hearing — a move the victim's family calls "cowardly." Anthony Heffernan was shot four times by police at a hotel in northeast Calgary. "He intends on making himself available for the internal CPS hearing and will attend voluntarily as a private citizen," said Wilson. "After 20 years of dedicated police service, the internal politics at CPS have taken a toll on Mr. McLoughlin and his family. The officers said Heffernan was holding a lighter and syringe and did not obey police commands to drop them.
May 29, 2020 20:42 UTC
Now, with everyone out of pocket in a pandemic, will readers still dig into their pockets for the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund? For 119 years, the Star’s Fresh Air Fund has sent deserving children to summer camps to spare them the searing summer heat. They are gasping for fresh air anywhere they can get it, because they are suffocating in a city that barely lets them outdoors. For 2020, the Fresh Air Fund’s target is $650,000, but it is not our only challenge. How to donateWith your gift, the Fresh Air Fund can help send disadvantaged and special needs children to camp.
May 29, 2020 20:30 UTC
On March 17, as COVID-19 cases in Alberta began to escalate, concerns over the spread of the virus forced major changes in the court system. There have been some unusual situations in the past but none like this that affects an entire court system. " -Queen's Bench Chief Justice Mary MoreauIn the meantime, Queen's Bench is working to identify trials that can proceed remotely through video conferencing. "There have been some unusual situations in the past but none like this that affects an entire court system." Court of Queen's Bench Chief Justice Mary Moreau says Alberta's court system has had to adapt rapidly during the pandemic.
May 29, 2020 20:26 UTC
It's tourism week in Canada, but the "mood is very different this year" in one of the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 shutdown, says the CEO of Ottawa Tourism. "Part of the reason tourism is so hard hit is that tourism is a perishable good," Michael Crockatt told an online town hall meeting about how Ottawa's economy might recover from pandemic. Ottawa Tourism is closely watching research about how people might resume travel. That said, Crockatt expects tourism to be an industry that is among the last to recover. Mark Kaluski, chair of the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas, took part in Friday's town hall.
May 29, 2020 20:26 UTC
Extendicare Guildwood is one of them. The Star sent more than a dozen detailed questions to Extendicare Guildwood about staffing levels and steps the company is taking to protect residents. That’s when Da Cruz learned she had not received any of the email updates about COVID-19 that Extendicare had been sending to family members. Da Cruz said it was the first phone call she had received from the home since her mother died. He has been retained by the Da Cruz family.
May 29, 2020 19:52 UTC
"The recommendation would be that testing should never be used as a replacement for public health measures." There are 616 active cases in province, with 55 people in hospital, four of them in intensive care. "Albertans in these two cities have been patient as we took a measured, phased approach to their relaunch," Hinshaw said. The majority of active cases of COVID-19 continue to be located in the Calgary zone. Here's a regional breakdown of cases:Calgary zone: 483 active cases, 4,263 recoveredEdmonton zone: 55 active cases, 463 recoveredSouth zone: 49 active cases, 1,177 recoveredNorth zone: 25 active cases, 201 recoveredCentral zone: 2 active cases, 96 recoveredUnknown: 2 active cases, 20 recoveredDay camps and summer schools in Calgary and Brooks will be able to open Monday with occupancy limits, while places of worship may resume in-person services for up to 50 people, with precautions to limit the potential spread of infection.
May 29, 2020 19:30 UTC
For some, the idea of a buffet can bring back childhood memories of birthdays, Sunday brunches, road trips where you hoped the roadside hotels offer a full breakfast buffet, or where tropical island reviews can make it or break it. With restaurants struggling to stay afloat through take-out and delivery during lockdown and isolation, is this the end of the traditional buffet during the age of the pandemic? And are Canadian’s really ready to say goodbye to something that seems to be baked into the fabric of our multicultural country? Saba Eitizaz and the Star’s culture reporter Karon Liu have a conversation reminiscing about buffets, their cultural and culinary significance and whether we’re about to say a nostalgic goodbye to the traditional buffet. Listen here or subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.
May 29, 2020 19:30 UTC
Claudette SimsClaudette Sims, a retired educator, has been a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2005 and is the President of Master Gardeners of Ontario. Tena van AndelTena van Andel has volunteered with the Toronto Master Gardeners and the Master Gardeners of Ontario since 2003. Master Gardeners in Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills yearly through technical training. Master Gardeners start out as master gardeners in training until they complete the educational and volunteer component of the mandate. Master gardeners and master gardeners in training provide free garden advice to the public by participating in volunteer activities such as garden advice clinics, answering questions via email and now in online chats!
May 29, 2020 19:30 UTC
An Ottawa couple was surprised to find a moose splashing in their backyard pool first thing Friday morning. "We've pulled lots of dead squirrels from the pool and chipmunks and things like that, but never a moose." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OttCity?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OttCity</a> <a href="https://t.co/Lt4gNrnSVk">pic.twitter.com/Lt4gNrnSVk</a> —@OttawaBylawKoch's daughter, Susan Koch, told CBC she was disappointed to hear the moose made it into the pool before she did. The animal finally emerged from the water around 11 a.m., and was last seen lumbering into a nearby wooded area. Early Friday afternoon, police told CBC an officer in a cruiser was able to guide the animal toward a wooded area, where it disappeared into the forest.
May 29, 2020 18:33 UTC
Transport Minister Marc Garneau says that Canadian airlines could go bankrupt if the ailing industry is compelled to refund passengers billions of dollars for flights cancelled due to the pandemic. "This is the second largest country on Earth, with its distances and remote areas, and we expect and need an airline industry in this country." Watch | Reporters question Marc Garneau about airline ticket refundsFederal transport minister spoke with reporters during a webcast from Montreal. "My rights as a consumer have been put aside to help balance the airline industry." (Nick Oxford/Reuters)Billions tied up in refundsFor the most part, Canadian airlines are offering those passengers travel vouchers redeemable for two years.
May 29, 2020 18:31 UTC