EXPERT: CAREFUL BEFORE POSSIBLY CHANGING COUNTER-TERROISM LAWS

The Harper government is being urged to reflect calmly on the Parliament Hill shootings before changing the laws. National security expert Wesley Wark, who teaches at the University of Ottawa, says the key question is:  Have the security laws passed … read more

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED ETHAN HAWKE TO PLAY LEGENDARY JAZZ ARTIST CHET BAKER

Ethan Hawke is playing legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in a new film to be shot in Sudbury. (Ethan Hawke/Chet Baker) The majority of the production for the film called Born to Blue is due to take place in the … read more

PRE-MONTY PYTHON COMEDY SERIES DISCOVERED

A long-lost British television show that laid the foundation for the Monty Python series has been found. The 1967 series, At Last: The 1948 Show featured future Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman, along with Marty Feldman and other young British … read more

DOUG FORD ACCUSED OF SEXIST INSULT AGAINST REPORTER

There was another mayoral debate last night, but the big news came during the scrum after the event. Toronto Star City Hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro asked Doug Ford several questions, including some about his campaign financing. Ford refused to answer … read more

CANADA WAKES UP A CHANGED NATION AFTER YESTERDAY’S ATTACK AT WAR MEMORIAL AND PARLIAMENT’S CENTRE BLOCK

Life is far from normal in the nation’s capital after yesterday’s deadly shooting of an honour guard at the National War Memorial.  The lockdown was lifted in and around Parliament Hill at 8:44 last night but close surveillance of the parliament buildings … read more

OMBUDSMAN: ”ALARMING LOOPHOLES” IN UNLICENSED DAYCARES

Lax rules that are ”barely being enforced” in a system with legal loopholes. That’s what the Ontario ombudsman found following an investigation of unlicensed daycares. Andre Marin launched the investigation following last year’s death of a two-year old girl at … read more

ROCKETTES GETTING SET FOR SPRING

The Rockettes are taking a second stab at opening a spring show, and they’re leaning on some Broadway stars to do it. Warren Carlyle, Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner have signed up to put together “New York Spring Spectacular” for … read more

TORONTO MARKET DROP NOT A REACTION TO OTTAWA ATTACK

Toronto’s stock market has given back a chunk of the big gains – amassed over the previous four days. The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 236 points to 14,312. Losses increased at mid-morning when reports appeared that a gunman had opened fire at … read more

CANADIAN SOLIDER, GUNMAN IN OTTAWA SHOOTINGS IDENTIFIED

A name has surfaced of the gunman, who shot and killed a Canadian reservist at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and then himself was shot to death by Parliament’s sergeant-at arms. According to several U.S. media outlets, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was Canadian born and in his early … read more

SOLDIER SHOT AT NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL, A SHOOTER INSIDE PARLIAMENT HILL KILLED

A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot this morning and there are reports of as many as 30 shots fired inside the Parliament by an unknown number of gunmen.  There are reports there are … read more