Their trip to Canada has led to tragedy — and more than $1M in medical bills

Their trip to Canada has led to tragedy — and more than M in medical bills

Pegah Khaki spends each day with her husband. She bathes and shaves him; she brushes his teeth. Through his life, Hamid Sarabadani has been what some might call a neat freak. Even now, irresponsive in his hospital bed, his wife knows he would want to look clean and well groomed. Those aren’t her only tasks … Read more

Beyoncé, TOBi, Fireboy DML and PinkPantheress: Here are 7 new tracks you need to hear this weekend

Beyoncé, TOBi, Fireboy DML and PinkPantheress: Here are 7 new tracks you need to hear this weekend

Star Tracks compiles the most interesting new music from a broad range of established and emerging artists. This week’s playlist features new music from Megan Thee Stallion, Maggie Rogers and Makaya McCraven. Click here to listen along to the Spotify playlist, which includes additional tracks we loved this week. Fireboy DML: Ashawo Fireboy DML — … Read more

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

The mayors of Toronto and Ottawa would have sweeping new authority over municipal budgets and the hiring and firing of senior city staff under Premier Doug Ford’s new “strong-mayor” legislation. As first disclosed by the Star three weeks ago, Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are extending the powers to the province’s two largest cities in time for … Read more

Epidural shortage hits Toronto-area hospitals

Epidural shortage hits Toronto-area hospitals

A major GTA health system has been hit by the global shortage of epidural tubes. William Osler, which includes Brampton Civic Hospital, Peel Memorial and Etobicoke General, is experiencing shortages of the catheters, used to manage pain during childbirth and surgeries on the lower body and abdomen, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. “As soon as Osler … Read more

High Park spat between cyclists and pedestrians shifts into the political realm

High Park spat between cyclists and pedestrians shifts into the political realm

Biking advocates and city leaders are hoping to put the brakes on an “alarming” conflict between cyclists, police, and park lovers in Toronto’s west end. Disputes between riders and other residents who frequent High Park are nothing new, but this year they’ve kicked into high gear. Some blame the pandemic-era bike boom that’s put more … Read more

A walking tour through Upper Jarvis and the Garden District

A walking tour through Upper Jarvis and the Garden District

While describing the majestic mansions along Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets during the late Victorian era in his 1884 book “Toronto: Past and Present,” C. Pelham Mulvany praised walking through the neighbourhood. “Of a summer morning,” he wrote, “it is pleasant to saunter down one of these streets while the thick verdure of the chestnut trees … Read more

Better pay for nurses will help end the health crisis, Doug Ford told

Better pay for nurses will help end the health crisis, Doug Ford told

Money talks. That was the message from three unions as they urged Premier Doug Ford to provide better incentives for health-care workers as staffing shortages have forced the temporary closures of more than 20 hospital emergency rooms and at least one intensive care unit this summer. “They need to see something come out of his … Read more

Toronto rents expected to jump by another 15% over the next six months

Toronto rents expected to jump by another 15% over the next six months

Fahd Mobada has never had trouble renting an apartment in Toronto until this year. The 22-year-old engineering student at the University of Toronto and his roommate applied to nearly 10 two-bedroom rentals in June, but despite having good credit scores, savings and references, prospective landlords chose applicants who were putting down offers hundreds of dollars … Read more

‘Make every effort’: Ontario health minister urges faster approval of foreign-trained nurses and doctors

‘Make every effort’: Ontario health minister urges faster approval of foreign-trained nurses and doctors

In a bid to ease the staffing crisis hitting hospitals, Health Minister Sylvia Jones is directing the regulatory bodies for nurses and doctors to “make every effort … as expeditiously as possible” to accredit those trained in other countries. The directives sent Thursday say internationally trained doctors and nurses “represent a significant potential source of … Read more

Doug Ford says province is trying to end the hospital crisis

Doug Ford says province is trying to end the hospital crisis

Premier Doug Ford says the province will speed the accreditation of foreign-trained nurses to help address Ontario’s growing health-care staffing crisis , which has taken a deeper hold at two key Toronto hospitals this week. “We’re in need of more nurses, as many as we can get,” Ford said Wednesday in his first public comments … Read more