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November 16, 2018 12:10 AM Boston’s Mookie Betts, Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich cop MLB MVP honours

Both batting champions won MVP awards for the first time since San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012. Yelich got 29 first-place votes and 415 points, and the other first-place vote went to New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, the NL Cy Young Award winner, who finished fifth. Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez was second with 250 points 5

November 14, 2018 12:55 PM Calgary voters recommend city abandon potential 2026 Olympic bid

Calgary voters’ rejection of the bid reflects concerns that hosting the games could impose runaway costs on a city already struggling because of a downturn in its bedrock energy industry. While oil prices have rebounded across most of the globe in the past few years, pipeline bottlenecks have weighed on Canadian crude. That has kept Calgary’s unemployment 7

November 8, 2018 7:49 PM Alec Baldwin donates appearance fee to Calgary charity following assault charge

“Alec is confident he will be fully released from any potential charges resulting from this incident in New York City and he wants what is best for the charity. He has therefore made this donation to show his support of the work The Owen Hart Foundation does.” Baldwin has had a successful film and television career that has spanned almost four decades 14

November 8, 2018 2:00 AM Books inspired by the authors’ parents win the top Writers’ Trust Awards

Shashi Bhat of New Westminster, B.C., won the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her story “Mute.” Famously, this award often identifies new writers heading for big things by honouring the best short story published by an emerging writer in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners include Heather O’Neill and Doretta Lau. The prize 16

November 6, 2018 12:39 AM Ohtani finalist for AL rookie of year as baseball announces awards finalists

Ohtani figures to be in a tight race with Yankees infielders Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres after a historic first season with the Los Angeles Angels. The two-way Japanese sensation is the first player ever to hit 15 home runs and strike out 50 batters in a season, and he joined Babe Ruth as the only players ever to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings 9

October 30, 2018 8:00 AM Book about campus rape and an Indigenous memoir win $25,000 Governor General’s Literary Award

About the English-language non-fiction winner Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre), the panel said the book “dares to immerse readers in provocative contemporary issues including gender fluidity, familial violence and transcultural hybridity. A fast-moving, intimate memoir of dreams and nightmares — lyrical and gritty, raw and vulnerable 14

October 22, 2018 9:29 PM Toronto Star theatre critic Karen Fricker wins a Nathan Cohen Award

Toronto Star theatre critic Karen Fricker has won a Nathan Cohen Award for excellence in critical writing. Fricker, a freelancer based in Toronto, won in the short category for her Oct. 3, 2016 review of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna, a 1973 play about a Quebec drag queen revived by Soulpepper Theatre. The winner in the long category is University of Toronto 19

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 21

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 18

October 8, 2018 2:40 PM Hillary, Bill Clinton to go on tour this year

“Attendees will have the opportunity to hear one-of-a-kind conversations with the two leaders as they tell their stories from some of the most impactful moments in modern history. From the American presidency to the halls of the Senate and State Department, to one of the United States’ most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections, they provide 17