TDSB CANCELS CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CONTRACT

The Toronto District School Board has voted overwhelmingly to terminate a controversial agreement with an arm of the Chinese government. The Confucius Institute would have taught Mandarin and Chinese cultural studies to Toronto students. But many trustees were concerned that … read more

WOMAN IDENTIFIES HERSELF IN COMING FORWARD WITH DAMNING ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JIAN GHOMESHI

Allegations of abuse against former CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi are now linked to a woman who has agreed to be identified. Canadian television actor Lucy DeCoutere has gone on the record with her story.  The woman who plays Lucy on … read more

SYMPHONY BY THE NUMBERS

The arts are not easy to quantify or reduce to numbers. But the Baltimore Symphony has taken a stab at it. The Orchestra has surveyed the current season by 21 major American orchestras to analyse what kind of programs they … read more

FEDS INCOME SPLITTING ANNOUNCEMENT MAY COME THURSDAY

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Joe Oliver are due to make a major announcement Thursday - expected to touch on financial measures for families. Harper referred to the event Wednesday morning. Political and business people have been waiting to see what the government … read more

WELLES’ FINAL FILM MAY SOON BE SEEN

One of cinema’s most storied unfinished creations may finally make its debut. There’s word that Orson Welles’ last film – may finally be nearing its release date. A Los Angeles-based production company, Royal Road Entertainment, is buying the rights to … read more

PAUL SIMON’S NEW HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT

An exhibit that chronicles the career of Paul Simon opens Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. ”Paul Simon:  Words & Music” will feature a first-person narrative from Simon – a first for the … read more

ONTARIO PC’s PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE LEADERSHIP BID BY DOUG FORD

Just days after losing the Toronto mayor’s race to former Ontario PC Leader John Tory, Doug Ford is considering entering the race to become the next provincial Conservative leader. Ford says the Tories need to reach out to union members, … read more

OTTAWA BEEFS UP RAIL SAFETY REGULATIONS

The federal government has unveiled new rules aimed at improving rail safety. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says the changes include recruiting more staff at Transport Canada increase the frequency of railway safety management system audits. In additions, Raitt  says there … read more

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MAN: “WRITTEN BY MRS. BACH”

An Australian-based academic claims that some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest works were not written by the Baroque Master. In fact, Martin Jarvis claims works such as Bach’s cello suites were actually written by his second wife, Anna Magdalena. Jarvis … read more

WOMEN WITH DENSE BREAST TISSUE GIVEN FEWER FALSE POSITIVES WITH COMBO OF MAMMOGRAPHY AND TOMOSYNTHESIS

U.S. Researchers are working to tailor breast cancer scanning to the individual. U.S. scientists are recommending another kind of scan for woman who have dense breast tissue.  They say mammography combined with tomosynthesis, which provides a 3-D view of breast tissue, … read more