Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner doubles down after Star reveals push to eject her for criticizing colleagues

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner doubles down after Star reveals push to eject her for criticizing colleagues

OTTAWA — A law that allows MPs to eject fellow members from their caucus encourages abusive behaviour inside political parties and that’s unacceptable, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner said Friday. Her comments came in the wake of revelations by the Star that some fellow Conservatives have been threatening Rempel Garner with expulsion from the party’s … Read more

Michelle Rempel Garner calls out her fellow Conservatives

Michelle Rempel Garner calls out her fellow Conservatives

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner walked away from running for leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party on Thursday, citing the inhospitable internal political environment she’d inherit and a lack of time to fix it. But the high-profile MP is not returning to an overly hospitable federal political environment either. The Star has learned … Read more

These 20 books will keep you reading all summer long

These 20 books will keep you reading all summer long

Summertime and the reading is plentiful — as is, hopefully, the time you have to put your feet up and relax into a good book. From beach reads to biographies, memoirs to short stories, we’ve chosen a stack of new and upcoming releases to get you through the summer. We get you started with ones … Read more

Amid Toronto band MANifesto’s camp and conviviality there’s a message of empowerment

Amid Toronto band MANifesto’s camp and conviviality there’s a message of empowerment

Of course MANifesto has a manifesto. It’s right there in the freakin’ name. No rush on thinking it all through, though. Catch up with the Toronto “Man Band” — a self-described “gaggle of grown-up gays covering songs originated by girl groups” — belatedly via last summer’s entirely lovable mid-pandemic debut “Pinky Swear” and its accompanying … Read more

Occhipinti brothers bring their range of eclectic influences to Toronto Jazz Festival stage

Occhipinti brothers bring their range of eclectic influences to Toronto Jazz Festival stage

Sunday isn’t officially “Occhipinti Day” at the 35th annual Toronto Jazz Festival, but it should be. The Toronto brothers own the late afternoon slots of the TD Main Stage: standup bassist Roberto Occhipinti performs with pianist Adrean Farrugia and drummer Larnell Lewis to showcase his latest project, “The Next Step,” before joining guitarist Michael Occhipinti … Read more

Toronto writer Ann Shin wins $20,000 Trillium Prize for North Korean novel ‘The Last Exiles’

Toronto writer Ann Shin wins ,000 Trillium Prize for North Korean novel ‘The Last Exiles’

Debut Toronto novelist Ann Shin has won the Trillium Book Award for her first novel, “The Last Exiles,” at the 35th anniversary edition of the prize geared to honouring Ontario writers. Four awards in French- and English-language categories were handed out: English book, French book and one in each language in poetry. The winners of … Read more

AGO installs Jumbo sculpture | The Star

AGO installs Jumbo sculpture | The Star

Like the elephant who inspired it, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s first-ever public art commission is a Jumbo-sized work of inspiration. The work, entitled Couch Monster: Sadzěʔ yaaghęhch’ill, was installed on the southwest corner of Dundas Street West and McCaul Street just outside the gallery. It’s a nearly life-size replica of Jumbo, the famous circus … Read more

East Toronto bids farewell to gnome home

East Toronto bids farewell to gnome home

Some Torontonians are saying farewell to a quaint, beloved village, but this time a wrecking ball isn’t to blame. The seasonal village is populated by thumb-sized gnomes and occupies less than a square metre of Cathie Nichols’ front yard on Dundas Street East near Carlaw Avenue. It started with a red “fairy door” Nichols bought … Read more

Why Pierre Poilievre is not a shoo-in for Conservative leader

Why Pierre Poilievre is not a shoo-in for Conservative leader

OTTAWA — On the surface, the math looks obvious: Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre claims his supporters equal roughly half of the total number of people expected to be eligible to vote in the party’s leadership race. So even though the ballots aren’t even in the mail and the victor won’t be announced until Sept. … Read more

Sheer joy comes through in “Ordinary Monsters,” a ‘debut novel’ under a pseudonym by one of Canada’s best-known writers

Sheer joy comes through in “Ordinary Monsters,” a ‘debut novel’ under a pseudonym by one of Canada’s best-known writers

“Ordinary Monsters,” billed as the debut novel from Pacific Northwest writer J.M. Miro, sounded almost too good to be true. Here was one of Canada’s foremost literary writers adopting a pseudonym to write a historical fantasy, a novel featuring gifted children being hunted, magical forces at play in the world, monsters and saviours, crumbling crypts … Read more