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August 14, 2018 9:03 PM Canadians give Ottawa mixed reviews for its handling of Saudi Arabia spat

OTTAWA — Canadians are giving the federal government mixed reviews for its handling of the diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, a new poll shows. A poll done by Forum Research shows that 44 per cent say they approve Ottawa’s response to the surprise tiff, with almost one-quarter saying they strongly approve. But almost one-third of those surveyed (30 per cent) 7

August 13, 2018 2:06 AM India prepares to fight hate speech in world’s biggest election

Holding elections in world’s second most populous country is a complex and daunting task. The Election Commission has already begun preparations on logistic and security arrangements in the country of 1.3 billion, scheduled to elect their new federal government in April and May 2019. About 875 million voters are eligible to cast their votes, or more than the combined 13

August 10, 2018 4:00 AM New novels that prove money can’t buy you happiness

The entire Tabor family has gathered in Palm Springs to celebrate the anointment of Harry Tabor to the desert community’s highest honour, Man of the Decade, recognizing 30 years of humanitarian service. With him is Roma, his wife of 44 years, a prominent child psychologist; their daughters, social anthropologist Camille and attorney Phoebe; and his lawyer 12

August 4, 2018 11:00 AM Famous legal defender Alan Dershowitz is back in the headlines at almost 80

Sample snark: “I had no idea that ‘McCarthyism’ meant not wanting to meet Alan Dershowitz for a glass of Crémant Rosé on Martha’s Vineyard. My sympathies.” Alas, speaking of Martha’s Vineyard, Dershowitz’s own dinner parties there in the past have — as he once shared with New York magazine — included guests ranging from Yo Yo Ma to Larry David to … Harvey 16

August 3, 2018 7:12 PM Groundbreaking Crazy Rich Asians instils hope among Asian-Americans

Keodara said his experience has driven him to fight back and he is now in the process of filing a class-action lawsuit against Grindr, a decision he made about a month ago. But the negative perception of Asian men as romantic partners is not limited to the LGBT community. In a 2014 study published by the dating site OkCupid, statistics showed that Asian 14

August 3, 2018 1:18 PM Can you name all the celebrities in Drake’s new ‘In My Feelings’ video?

The craze, eponymous with the comedian Shiggy who invented it, has started wave of celebrities sharing their own #InMyFeelings challenge dance over social media. In the video, clips of Will Smith, Odell Beckham Jr., Queer Eye’s ‘Fab 5,’ the cast of Stranger Things, and many more are featured. Drake also revisits his acting days in the video, which begins 12

August 2, 2018 10:56 PM Is it Parkdale or Vegandale? Fight intensifies over neighbourhood’s identity

A battle over a neighbourhood’s identity is pitting some Parkdale residents against an emerging vegan movement in the area. Over this coming weekend, Vegandale, the branding used for a chain of vegan restaurants and retail businesses on a stretch of Queen St. between Dufferin and Brock, is holding a block party to celebrate the launch of new ventures 7

August 1, 2018 12:06 AM Two Manitoba women charged with inciting hatred against Indigenous people on Facebook

FLIN FLON, MAN.—Two women have been charged with inciting hatred after someone proposed having a “shoot a Indian day” on social media in northern Manitoba. RCMP say the women, along with another who has not yet been arrested, posted hateful messages on Facebook after vehicles were vandalized in Flin Flon. Earlier this week, a Facebook account under the name Destine 12

July 30, 2018 9:48 PM Ontario’s cannabis retail system will be open for business when marijuana is legalized Oct. 17, province says

“What I’m very concerned about is the social responsibility aspect and ensuring that not only the outlets, but the people who work in them, are able to ensure that the product is not being distributed to people that should not be receiving it.” Ford said on June 22, when asked about cannabis stores, “I don’t believe the government should stick their 18

July 26, 2018 5:19 PM Ontario formally requests $200 million from Ottawa to deal with asylum seekers

MacLeod warned Ottawa earlier this week while appearing before a House of Commons immigration committee that the request would be made. MacLeod says the $200-million figure breaks down as follows: $74 million for shelter costs for the City of Toronto, $12 million for shelter costs for the City of Ottawa, $90 million for social assistance costs her ministry 14