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April 20, 2018 6:00 PM Alberta university criticized for plan to bestow honorary degree on David Suzuki

The University of Alberta is being criticized for its decision to give David Suzuki an honorary degree. Earlier this month, the university announced that the longtime environmentalist will be one of 13 people to receive the honour later this spring. Andrew Leach, the architect of Alberta's climate change plan and an economics professor at the university

April 16, 2018 9:26 PM Trump businesses made millions off of Republican groups, report says

The spending, thought to be much higher, went to the U.S. president’s airplanes, hotels, golf courses and bottled-water company. Before he was sworn into office, Trump eschewed calls to fully separate from his business interests. Instead he put his holdings in a trust designed to hold assets for his “exclusive benefit,” which he can receive at any time without 16

April 12, 2018 1:29 PM New mental wellness teams being established for Ontario First Nations communities

The federal and provincial governments are contributing $5 million each to the program that will see 19 mental health support teams located across the province. Coteau called it a unique agreement to help provide important mental health and prevention services and supports for First Nations. “This will help Indigenous children and youth receive mental 6

April 11, 2018 9:20 PM Kevin Spacey tied to alleged sexual abuse case under review by Los Angeles County, officials say

The case marks the first police investigation naming actor Kevin Spacey as a suspect in L.A. County. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is reviewing a case of alleged sexual abuse involving Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, officials said Wednesday. “Yes. I can confirm our office did receive a case involving Kevin Spacey,” said Greg Risling 7

April 11, 2018 1:17 PM It’s going to get icy, Toronto

Freezing rain is expected this week and into the weekend in southern Ontario, including Toronto. In spite of this week’s mellow daytime temperatures, including a double-digit high of 16 C on Thursday, an ice storm bringing as much as 20 mm of freezing rain is headed this way. Freezing rain early on Thursday morning is expected to be the storm’s prelude 6

April 10, 2018 8:36 PM Billy-Ray Belcourt, Aisha Sasha John on Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Seven poets from Canada and the United States up for two $65,000 awards in prestigious competition As they have every year, the shortlisted poets will perform at a reading the night before the awards ceremony —you can see them at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on Wed., June 6 at 7:30 pm. The finalists each receive $10,000 for their participation in the reading 7

April 9, 2018 9:31 PM SiriusXM sweetens Top Comic pot with a gig at Australian JFL festival

Whoever wins SiriusXM Top Comic this year will play JFL Sydney as well as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver shows. Whoever is named the SiriusXM Top Comic this year is going international. Besides a $25,000 cash prize, the 2018 winner will be guaranteed a spot to perform at JFL Sydney in Australia as well as JFL42 in Toronto, JFL NorthWest in Vancouver 7

April 6, 2018 12:12 PM Canadians to get emergency alerts on their cellphones starting Friday

The National Public Alerting System — commonly called Alert Ready — will include wireless networks, in addition to traditional broadcast channels. Starting Friday, Canadians won’t have to be near a television or radio to receive emergency alerts. Life-threatening emergencies will now be broadcast on compatible mobile phones. As of Friday, the National 9

April 4, 2018 3:11 PM Aretha Franklin’s Toronto concert date cancelled

Aretha Franklin’s scheduled June 28 concert at the Sony Centre — delayed nearly a year from its original Toronto Jazz Festival date in 2017 — has been cancelled, with the fest saying she has “ been ordered not to perform in the coming months.” The legendary 76-year-old singer dubbed the Queen of Soul was slated to perform last year on Canada Day but a medical 16

March 30, 2018 9:35 PM Quebec man paralyzed in 2017 mosque shooting to receive $400,000 for new home

The Muslim-Canadian non-profit DawaNet says it will deliver the funds for a new wheelchair-accessible home to Aymen Derbali on Saturday. MONTREAL—A man who lost the use of his legs in last year’s Quebec City mosque shooting is set to receive the $400,000 that was raised to buy him a wheelchair-accessible home. The Muslim-Canadian non-profit DawaNet says it will deliver 14