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June 19, 2018 3:26 PM Suman Virk, mother of slain B.C. teen Reena Virk, dies at 58 years old

VICTORIA—Suman Virk, a grieving mother who “pioneered” the conversation about bullying after her daughter was murdered, has died in Victoria. She was the mother of 14-year-old Reena Virk, whose death more than two decades ago made international headlines about youth bullying. “Suman’s tireless work to end bullying has helped make life better for countless 3

June 17, 2018 4:23 PM Ontario makes history with record number of female MPPs

“I’m just absolutely thrilled” by the number of female MPPs heading to Queen’s Park, she said. “A record number of women means that, collectively, we all bring something to the table that’s sometimes lacking.” Peckford said the record number of women in the house “really sets the bar” and she expects to see a “strong representation of women” in Premier-designate 8

June 15, 2018 9:10 PM Review cases of alleged McArthur victims, working group tells Toronto police board

Another key recommendation is to examine whether current police practices adequately protect marginalized groups, including the LGBTQ2S community, against “implicit or explicit bias or discrimination.” The working group also said the review should examine whether decisions about missing person investigations, including resource allocation, are affected 10

June 15, 2018 6:07 PM Amid wave of Toronto deaths, cyclists holding first of four ghost bike rides Friday

Riders will honour killed cyclist Jonas Mitchell with a ghost bike ride Friday evening — the first of four planned following a series of cyclist deaths across the GTA. Mitchell, 36, was hit on Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Colborne Lodge Rd., near High Park, on May 15. He died in hospital on June 7. Mitchell was “someone who’s created so much kindness, compassion 12

June 14, 2018 8:21 PM ‘She LOVED to ride her bike’: Cyclist killed on Bloor identified as 58-year-old grandmother Dalia Chako

The 58-year-old cyclist killed in a collision with a flatbed truck at Bloor St. W. and St. George St. this week has been identified as Dalia Chako, a grandmother who loved to ride her bike. “My mother was a (woman) who loved to travel and has been all around the world,” Brummans wrote. “She was new to Toronto but really loved the city. Chako was found 11

June 13, 2018 3:29 PM Raccoon safe after climbing 25-storey Minnesota office tower

'Raccoons don't have very good impulse control,' Canadian expert observes A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-storey office tower in downtown St. Paul, Minn., was safely trapped early Wednesday, and animal control officials released it back into the wild. The caged raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught 18

June 11, 2018 1:01 PM His Scarborough house was wrecked in a fire. He says the contractor left halfway through the $100,000 cleanup

When a freak electrical fire caused a portion of the roof to cave in at Agith Ananthagobal’s Scarborough bungalow in January, his family saw a silver lining amid the ashes — the chance for a fresh start in the form of a full home renovation. But five months later, that plan appears to also have gone up in smoke. Ananthagobal says a contractor abandoned 13

June 10, 2018 8:16 PM Worried parents and child care advocates ask ‘what now?’ in wake of PC win

Minutes after media outlets declared a majority government for Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives last Thursday night, Carolyn Ferns began gearing up for a renewed fight for affordable, high-quality child care for Ontario families. “Feeling blue about child care? We hear you,” wrote Ferns, policy co-ordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child 11

June 8, 2018 1:02 AM Pippa Middleton reveals she's pregnant

Sister of Duchess of Cambridge says she has passed her 1st trimester Pippa Middleton is following in her sister's footsteps — she's about to be a mother. The younger sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, revealed the "happy news" of her pregnancy in the magazine put out by British grocery chain Waitrose. She says she has passed her first trimester 23

June 7, 2018 3:30 PM Top U.S. college pitcher who pleaded guilty to molesting niece gets passed over in MLB draft

Oregon State’s Luke Heimlich posted a microscopic 0.76 ERA last year, and he went 15-1 this season with a 2.42 ERA while winning his second straight Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year award. Yet when the last of 1,214 players was selected Wednesday in the MLB draft, the hard-throwing left-hander, who fervently wants to move on to the professional ranks, was passed 9