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August 7, 2018 2:27 PM Buck-a-beer by Labour Day weekend, Doug Ford says

Buck-a-beer will be available by Labour Day weekend — and brewers who get on board will get free promotions in LCBO stores, Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday. Speaking at a brewery in Picton, Ford said “the day you’ve been waiting for is finally here. We’re bringing back buck-a-beer to Ontario,” as promised during the election campaign. He said by Aug. 27, brewers 9

August 5, 2018 9:54 PM Five killed as a small plane crashes in a California parking lot

The plane was heading to the airport southeast of Los Angeles when it came down and struck an unoccupied parked car in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy, said Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi. There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt, he said. Photos from the scene showed the plane upright but on its belly 12

August 4, 2018 2:58 PM Serena Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup

“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us. Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action,” said Eugene Lapierre, tournament director of the women’s side of the Rogers Cup. “But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition. The entire Top 10 is here, along with 22 of the Top 25. There 10

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

July 29, 2018 12:40 AM Parry Sound, Ont., community coming together as wildfire burns nearby

Community members are coming together in Parry Sound, Ont., as a persistent nearby wildfire approaches a major highway. The blaze, known as Parry Sound 33, sprang up on July 18. Ontario firefighters have been fighting it with the help of their counterparts from other provinces, as well as the United States and Mexico. Matthew Derouin, who runs a Sobeys 14

July 23, 2018 5:45 PM Sears retirees ask court for retailer’s remaining funds for pension deficit

Retirees of Sears Canada Inc. have asked an Ontario court to award them the remainder of the former department store chain’s cash to help fund their pension shortfall. A motion filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Friday claims about 18,000 Sears retirees will receive smaller pension benefits than they earned due to a roughly $260 million 18

July 19, 2018 3:52 PM ‘I want to leave. Stop assaulting me.’ Hate crime unit reviewing race-related incident at London grocery store

The man in the red shirt can be heard in the video saying “you’re an illegal alien” to the other man, who appears to be of Middle Eastern descent. “I want to leave. Stop assaulting me. I want to leave,” the man in the black hoodie says in the video after the man in the red shirt approached him and forced him to stay. Katie Pocasangre Montoya, who posted 8

July 16, 2018 12:29 PM An aisle-by-aisle look at how to buy Canadian at the grocery store

TORONTO—Some consumers have vowed to take their patriotism to the supermarket and buy only made-in-Canada products after the federal government slapped retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods as part of an escalating trade war with the country’s biggest trading partner. However, avoiding products from south of the border that are on the tariff list is easier 15

July 11, 2018 5:25 PM Tim Hortons signs franchise agreement to open more than 1,500 stores in China

Starbucks had 3,300 stores in 141 cities in China as of May and plans to total 5,000 by 2021. China is its fastest growing market and it opens a new store in the country every 15 hours. Whitbread, which operates Costa Coffee, has 449 of the coffee chain’s shops in China and plans to have 1,200 by 2022, according to its most recent annual report 15

July 4, 2018 11:00 AM It’s ‘Theatre Christmas’ in July with 158 shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival

KF: I am interested in the “burlesque cabaret dream play” Josephine, about the groundbreaking entertainer Josephine Baker, which has awards and great reviews from the States. And I’m also interested in performers who thrive on the Fringe circuit. One is Gemma Wilcox, whose solo shows are Toronto Fringe favourites (this year she’s bringing back her 2008 hit The Honeymoon 20