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October 15, 2018 4:44 PM In France, ten die in floods unseen in more than a century

“It was raining, raining, raining and my wife says to me, ‘We can hear water, switch on the light.’ So I switch on the light and nothing, it’s pitch black. So, what do I do? I get up and my feet are in water. I go to the kitchen, I open the door. Impossible. I am trying hard and then the water rose up to my belly,” the resident, who was identified only as Jean-Marc 7

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 8

October 7, 2018 1:53 AM Canadian legal minds call Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court confirmation ‘hugely disappointing’

But while the Canadian legal system operates very differently than the American one, there can still be some impacts on discourses in Canadian law. Adam Goldenberg , a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said that sometimes, US Supreme Court judges can have what he calls “persuasive authority” in Canadian law. “That means, while they aren’t binding on our courts 12

October 1, 2018 4:00 PM Esi Edugyan, Patrick deWitt among finalists for $100,000 Giller Prize

Surprise filled in the room as the finalists were announced for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for fiction in Toronto on Monday. The five authors who will now be considered for the $100,000 winning award were chosen from a very strong longlist of nominees that included veteran writers Rawi Hage, Lisa Moore and Kim Thuy, and powerful debuts by Tanya 8

October 1, 2018 9:00 AM Child poverty plagues every corner of Toronto, census data shows

Ten city wards — almost half in the new 25-ward system — have child poverty rates between 30 per cent and 45.2 per cent. But at the census tract level, rates soar as high as 72.3 per cent. The report shows children in Indigenous, racialized and newcomer families are struggling the most, with child poverty rates of 84 per cent, 33 per cent and 40 per cent respectively 6

September 30, 2018 7:44 PM Canadian gymnast Ellie Black wins gold in beam final at World Challenge Cup

Black, the reigning all-around world silver medallist, added two silvers with a score of 13.050 points on floor and 14.200 points on vault. She secured the bronze medal on the uneven bars with a score of 13.600 points. “It was great to get out competing again, and to use this experience to work toward was a fun competition and I’m thrilled with Team Canada’s 8

September 26, 2018 10:17 PM Youtuber and ex-McGill student gets Will Smith to heli-bungee

But the group was surprised when Smith actually said yes, and then planned a huge YouTube event surrounding the moment. Yes Theory member Kandil bungee jumped separately from Smith due to safety issues, Dajer said, but it too was captured on video earlier the same day. That didn’t make it any easier watching the star of Men in Black and The Fresh Prince 7

September 26, 2018 10:00 AM Esi Edugyan, Craig Davidson, on shortlist for $50,000 Writers’ Trust fiction prize

Meantime, fellow Giller nominee Rawi Hage also appears on the list for this Writers’ Trust award, now being presented for the 22nd time. Each finalist will receive $5,000. Those other finalists are: The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson, a coming-of-age novel set in Niagara Falls, with ghosts, grief and growing up providing the backdrop, published 9

September 25, 2018 9:00 PM PG proves profitable for horror’s Eli Roth, director of The House With a Clock in Its Walls

“The main thing he said was, ‘Don’t be afraid to make it scary. Kids love to be scared,’” Roth said. “Amblin is using this movie to really relaunch the brand to make it what it was in the ’80s. For me, it was a huge honour. Those Amblin movies were so important to me. I wanted this to have my sense of humour and my personality but feel like you could 10

September 18, 2018 5:41 PM Former DC mayor Marion Barry, who staged comeback after 1990 crack cocaine arrest, dead at 78

WASHINGTON - Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night 86