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November 15, 2018 11:09 PM Woman ticketed for not holding escalator handrail to be heard by Supreme Court

OTTAWA—The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to hear the case of a woman who was ticketed and arrested after she refused instructions to hold onto an escalator handrail. Bela Kosoian was in a subway station in the Montreal suburb of Laval in 2009 when a police officer told her to respect a pictogram with the instruction, “hold the handrail 6

November 12, 2018 5:22 PM People are going to sell sex in driverless cars, researchers say

Authorities should prepare for such looming threats, Cohen said. Autonomous vehicles could provide cover for a range of illicit activities, including drug dealing or even terrorism in the form of remote-controlled bombs. (The report didn’t recommend any particular safeguards.) Driverless cars could also exacerbate inequality if businesses pay to influence 12

November 1, 2018 1:54 PM Towering statue of India’s independence leader unveiled

NEW DELHI—India’s prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader being promoted as a national icon in the ruling party’s campaign ahead of next year’s general elections. Patel, who hailed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s native Gujarat state, was also India’s first home minister 10

October 25, 2018 6:48 PM John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to host ‘legendary’ one hour Christmas special for NBC

The hour-long special is set to air on Nov. 28 and will come on the heels of Legend’s first Christmas album, “A Legendary Christmas,” which drops Friday. That Columbia Records album, executive produced by Raphael Saadiq, features Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding. The special also coincides with Legend’s 25-date holiday tour, which kicks off in Clearwater 18

October 24, 2018 4:21 PM Esi Edugyan’s book Washington Black named finalist for Carnegie literary prize

NEW YORK—A Canadian novelist whose latest book has already been shortlisted for some of the world’s most coveted literary prizes has been named a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, which follows a boy’s escape from slavery at a Barbados sugar plantation with the help of the owner’s brother, was named 20

October 19, 2018 11:00 AM Marcia Kaye’s In Other Words tells the inside story of Canada’s golden age of publishing

In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time tells the inside story of Canada’s golden age of publishing, starting amid the simmering nationalism of the late ’60s. That’s when our country began to fall in love with itself, creators were larger than life and books were not yet saleable “units” in big-box stores. At its heart was Porter 14

October 12, 2018 11:30 AM Carol Bruneau probes the challenges of marriage in A Circle on the Surface

One of the gifts of historical fiction is its ability to underscore the unchangeable aspects of humanity. Such is the case with Halifax writer Carol Bruneau’s new outing A Circle on the Surface, which probes the timelessness of troubled marriages. In this page-turner, the bestselling author transports readers back to the Maritimes of World War II, illustrating 19

October 12, 2018 11:00 AM Explore deepest fears and desires in these new horror books

Sweden’s John Ajvide Lindqvist is best known for his novel (and its film adaptations) Let the Right One In, a stunning update of the traditional vampire story. Since that novel’s publication, Lindqvist has stamped his imprint upon several other sub-genres, including the zombie apocalypse saga, the child-gone-missing page-turner, and the Lovecraftian 20

October 11, 2018 7:46 PM Laurie Gelman, Deborah Katz among $10,000 Vine Awards winners for Jewish literature

The jury, comprised of Beverley Chalmers, author, editor and educator Joseph Kertes, and Indigenous writer and activist Lee Maracle, chose the winners from 59 entries submitted. The Vine Awards were established in 2004 to honour the best Canadian Jewish writers and Canadian authors who deal with Jewish subjects — they continued the tradition of the Canadian 22

October 11, 2018 12:00 AM David Chariandy’s novel Brother wins $10,000 Toronto Book Award

The announcement of the 2018 winner was made by city librarian Vickery Bowles at the Toronto Reference Library in a celebratory event Wednesday night attended by book fans from across the city and hosted by the Toronto Star’s books editor Deborah Dundas. Chariandy’s second novel is the powerfully told story of two Black brothers growing up in a Scarborough 20