The bestselling books in Canada for 2022

The bestselling books in Canada for 2022

There are two big takeaways from the Star’s rankings of 2022’s bestselling books. The first is that social media — TikTok, I’m looking at you — has upturned the publishing business in connecting readers to books. The second, closely related, is that there is a generational gender gap that has fundamentally changed which books sell … Read more

Toronto mayor’s minority-rule powers shatter council unity

Toronto mayor’s minority-rule powers shatter council unity

In a city where we so often dwell on problems — The snow! The endless LRT construction! The Situation-Normal-All-Forded-Up-ness of it all — it’s nice to witness something positive. So first, the good news: After a big vote at this week’s city council meeting, Coun. Gord Perks walked over to Mayor John Tory and shook … Read more

John Tory broke Toronto council. Now the buck stops with him

John Tory broke Toronto council. Now the buck stops with him

What’s known in the U.S. as the “Pottery Barn rule” has long applied to the contents of China shops, and was famously applied by former secretary of state Colin Powell to foreign policy. As of Wednesday’s meeting of Toronto city council, it applies to Mayor John Tory. “You broke it, you bought it.” Tory broke … Read more

Virtual gender-affirming clinic in Toronto is closing today

Virtual gender-affirming clinic in Toronto is closing today

Connect-Clinic, a virtual clinic in Toronto that provides gender-affirming hormones and referrals for surgery, will close Thursday because of recent cuts to virtual-only medicine, an outcome that one MPP is calling “shameful.” “The minister of health has the ability and the power and the resources to (fund the clinic) and she’s chosen not to,” New … Read more

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

In the halls at Woburn Collegiate Institute, students knew a fight was brewing before class let out at 3:15 p.m. on Halloween. Outside, the anticipation was palpable as at least one teen pulled out her cellphone and started filming, her voice rising as at least four boys appeared to get into it — one backing … Read more

Doug Ford’s new laws no help for Toronto’s housing woes

Doug Ford’s new laws no help for Toronto’s housing woes

So tell us, Steve Clark, why is it that Mayor John Tory deserves undemocratic powers to pass legislation at Toronto city hall with the support of just one-third of city councillors? “John Tory won a citywide mandate with over 342,000 votes — 36,000 more votes than every city councillor combined,” the Minister of Municipal Affairs … Read more

Pinnacle’s SkyTower could be tallest building in Canada

Pinnacle’s SkyTower could be tallest building in Canada

In the quest to build the tallest skyscraper in Canada, developer Pinnacle International appears to be inching ahead, with a new proposal that would see the second tower at the foot of Yonge Street reach over 100 storeys. Pinnacle submitted an application late last month with the city, seeking to allow 12- and 10-storey increases … Read more

Toronto’s housing market shows signs of stabilizing

Toronto’s housing market shows signs of stabilizing

The drop in housing activity due to soaring interest rates may be stabilizing in Toronto in what is expected to be a quiet fall market across Canada, according to a new RBC report. As market activity remains well below pre-pandemic levels countrywide, the report says the last four months have been “very quiet” in Toronto, … Read more

EQAO test results: How did Toronto students do?

EQAO test results: How did Toronto students do?

When it comes to reading, writing and math, Toronto’s public school students performed slightly better on Ontario-wide tests than the provincial average. According to the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), which on Thursday released standardized test results for schools and boards across the province, students across the GTA have an easier time when it … Read more

14 teachers refuse work at Toronto high school over safety

14 teachers refuse work at Toronto high school over safety

Concerns about unsafe working conditions at a Toronto high school have more than a dozen staff members refusing to work. Problems, mounting since the beginning of the school year, came to a head after an incident at the school last Friday, in which there was a fight in a hallway and two teachers were allegedly … Read more