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January 15, 2019 3:47 PM Pregnant Amy Schumer coming to Toronto for short-notice standup show

She’s six months pregnant, but Amy Schumer announced Tuesday that she’ll be performing standup at Toronto’s Sony Centre on Jan. 31 — in just over two weeks. The I Feel Pretty and Trainwreck star’s last Toronto show was at the Scotiabank Arena, but her fanbase will now have an opportunity to see her in a slightly more intimate venue, in the city’s biggest 588

January 15, 2019 2:46 AM Leafs turn in stinker against the previously struggling Avalanche

And then the Avalanche played downhill. Gabriel Landeskog on a deflection at the 6:33 mark; a Nathan MacKinnon breakaway that was stopped a minute later; Mikko Rantanen stripping Nazem Kadri to end a two-turnover Toronto shift with a goal. Carl Soderberg then outbattled Jake Gardiner for a puck that had been knocked loose on a Toronto power play and scored 476

January 15, 2019 12:26 AM Avalanche fortunate not to have been buried in the West during slide

“It’s a tough test for us right now, what we’re going through,” Landeskog said. “A lot of guys in this dressing room haven’t gone through things like this at this level. Last year, we didn’t have a stretch like this of six weeks without a whole lot of wins. We have to stick together.” The Leafs, by comparison, had earned 12 points since Dec. 19. If they had earned 463

January 12, 2019 2:56 PM Young Saudi woman expected to land in Toronto following global Twitter campaign to grant her asylum

Justin Trudeau told a press conference in Regina Friday that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees asked Canada to grant the 18-year-old Alqunun asylum as a refugee, and Canada agreed. The prime minister brushed aside suggestions the move might further complicate already strained relations with Saudi Arabia. Canadian diplomats in the Thai capital 149

January 12, 2019 12:59 AM New Toronto Raptor Patrick McCaw keeping things in perspective

Patrick McCaw, the free-agent guard who officially signed with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, knows that better than most. The 23-year-old former Golden State Warrior suffered a particularly scary bone bruise when he was undercut by Vince Carter in a game against the Sacramento Kings last April. McCaw landed hard on his back and was stretchered 191

January 11, 2019 6:10 PM Oilers forward Draisaitl voted in to all-star game, Leafs defenceman Rielly out

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was among the last additions for the upcoming NHL all-star game, while Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly was one of a few high-profile players to be left out. The NHL released the final four additions to the all-star weekend Friday. Draisaitl (Pacific), Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (Atlantic) 147

January 11, 2019 12:41 PM RBC’s CEO vows improvement to disappointing mortgage performance

Margins in the domestic mortgage business “were challenged” and the market was “super competitive” last year, McKay said. Toronto-based Royal Bank, Canada’s largest mortgage lender, with $246.9 billion (Canadian) of home loans as of Oct. 31, will do better and gain back some market share this year, McKay said. He expects the domestic mortgage market 126

January 11, 2019 9:00 AM Draw for Ontario’s pot licence lottery expected today, with results within 24h

TORONTO - Ontario could announce the results of a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail cannabis licences as early as today. Those seeking to open a pot shop in the province had from Monday to early afternoon Wednesday to submit an expression of interest. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which will regulate the province’s retail cannabis 126

January 11, 2019 5:00 AM Canadian librarians’ top book picks for January and February

The Golden Tresses is the final book in Cobourg-born writer Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series. “This is a great series! Flavia is a witter, clever and lovable character. Her adventures will have you laughing and cringing at the same time,” says Karly Uhl of Essa Public Library. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden prompted this comment from Stephanie 143

January 11, 2019 3:02 AM Tavares leads Maple Leafs to victory in Jersey

Whatever was wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New Jersey Devils have often provided the cure. The Leafs were the better team from the drop of the puck and — despite stubbing their toe with some a sloppy five minutes in the second period — skated off with a 4-2 win in New Jersey on Thursday night. The Leafs had won both previous meetings by lopsided 141