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July 12, 2018 7:46 PM Alberta goes to the polls to fill vacancies in two byelections

Albertans are casting ballots today in two byelections to replace two members of the United Conservative Party. In Fort McMurray-Conklin, former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean left in March after his unsuccessful bid to head the United Conservatives. There are five candidates in each riding, and advanced polling suggests a greater interest in the races 7

July 12, 2018 12:31 AM There’s no tally of close calls on Toronto streets. So pedestrians are turning to #NearMissToronto

Abigail Pugh had just dropped her 9-year-old daughter off at school in Dufferin Grove when she witnessed a near miss. A driver didn’t see a boy crossing at a pedestrian crosswalk and slammed on the brakes, narrowly avoiding another headline-making tragedy. The experience spurred Pugh to create the hashtag and ensuing campaign #NearMissToronto. “I just decided 6

July 10, 2018 6:58 PM Do some nations plain dislike children?

My joy at the rescue of 12 young boys and their football coach in northern Thailand was mountain-high, valley-deep, and river ... that’s enough Tina Turner triumphalism, we get it, you and the planet were thrilled. It was an unadulterated good thing. Meanwhile, the snatching of small children from their asylum-seeking parents at the U.S. border is a continuing 6

July 6, 2018 3:49 PM Siberian town falls silent for World Cup star Golovin

The remote Siberian coal-mining town is the home of Russia midfielder Alexander Golovin, whose key role in the team’s run to the World Cup quarterfinals has made him a national star. Golovin was tireless when Russia beat Spain on penalties in the round of 16 on Sunday, keeping his opponents under pressure all the way through extra time. “The streets 33

July 3, 2018 5:16 PM Spending more than $1,000 on children’s activities? Think again

The financial trouble typically starts when the children reach school-age. This is when parents start registering their children in activities and have to start paying school fees for school trips, year books and craft fairs. It’s also when some parents start getting competitive and use their children as trophies to show off their financial success 10

July 2, 2018 7:04 PM Wild brawl mars World Cup basketball qualifier in Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—Basketball’s governing body will investigate after a wild brawl between Australia and the Philippines, including Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker, broke out in World Cup qualifying on Monday. The fight spilled into the area behind the baseline, and video showed a chair being thrown at the back of an Australia player either by a fan or member 8

June 29, 2018 10:47 PM Child care shortage puts parents on edge

Frantic parents who feared their west-end Toronto daycare would be closing Aug. 31, are breathing easier this weekend after the owner agreed to stay open for another year. “Everybody is feeling quite happy and relieved,” said area mother Alex Harris. “But it really shows how vulnerable families are when it comes to child care in this city.” Harris waited 12

June 29, 2018 8:17 PM Olympic high jump champ Derek Drouin has ‘confusing nerve issues’ in neck

Drouin’s injury history reads like a med school textbook. He captured bronze at the 2012 London Olympics a year after rupturing two ligaments in his foot, an injury that required surgery to implant two metal screws. Shortly after winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he revealed he’d competed with two stress fractures in his lower back. Last season 10

June 25, 2018 9:00 AM Students in poorer neighbourhoods may miss out on ‘vital programs,’ report says

The number of Ontario schools offering before- and after-school care has jumped dramatically in the last six years — but families in the poorest neighbourhoods are less likely to benefit, a new report shows. While school boards must provide child care for elementary students where there is a demand, “there may not be equitable access to these vital programs 9

June 22, 2018 2:21 AM Hundreds attend funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of mourners braved drizzling rain to attend the funeral for fashion designer Kate Spade on Thursday, many of them carrying her iconic purses as they flocked to a church in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Her family released a statement shortly before the funeral began, saying her father had died the night before at his home. The statement 14