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December 14, 2018 5:00 PM They’re the best: The Star’s Top Ten Books of 2018

Our reviewers have spoken. Here in the Books pages of the Toronto Star, we review hundreds of titles every year; some are smaller, capsule reviews, others longer and more analytical. They span the breadth of fiction and non-fiction, international and Canadian writers. Out of those hundreds, we came up with the top ten books of the year. We had a first 10

December 11, 2018 6:40 PM Mikael Kingsbury wins Lou Marsh trophy as Canada’s top athlete of 2018

The award, voted on by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star and named after the former sports editor. A spirited debate among the voting panel of sports media surrounded the inclusion of ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who captured their eighth national title at the Canadian 6

December 3, 2018 3:59 PM Wisconsin Republicans forge ahead with power-stripping bills

He also held out hope Walker might stop the bills, but Walker has not voiced any opposition to date. The last lame-duck session in Wisconsin was eight years ago, just before Walker took office, when Democrats tried unsuccessfully to approve union contracts. This year’s proposals are wide-ranging and would affect everything in the state from transportation 16

November 28, 2018 1:58 PM Ex-Blue Jay Granderson voted man of the year for third time by players

IRVING, TEXAS—Former Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson became the first three-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, part of the players’ association’s Players Choice Awards. The 37-year-old free agent, the winner in 2009 and 2016, split last season between Toronto and Milwaukee. He was followed in the voting by Arizona first baseman 16

November 27, 2018 9:06 PM Three Canadian soccer players among semifinalists for MAC Hermann Trophy

KANSAS CITY, MO.— Three Canadians have made the list of semifinalists for the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the top men’s and women’s U.S. college soccer players. North Vancouver defender Alex Comsia, a senior at North Carolina, and Victoria defender Callum Montgomery, a senior at the University of Charlotte, were among 15 men’s semifinalists 19

November 14, 2018 7:25 PM Experts warn of economic uncertainty until USMCA ratified as Dems cast doubts

WASHINGTON—Democrats are calling for tweaks to Canada’s new trade pact with the United States and Mexico as experts warn that economic uncertainty will linger until the deal is ratified in Congress. New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, the presumptive next head of the influential Ways and Means Trade subcommittee, is the latest member of the newly reconfigured 17

October 7, 2018 10:23 PM Vote counting begins in Cameroon presidential election

Gun fighting between the military and separatists began Saturday in at least six towns and villages including Nkambe, Mamfe and Kumbo. Several buildings have been burned, including residences where voting material was thought to have been stored. Several armed men had been killed by military in the Southwest region, Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai confirmed 44

October 3, 2018 11:52 AM Recounts held in New Brunswick that could influence which party controls legislature

SAINT JOHN, N.B.—Recounts are being held today in two New Brunswick ridings, including one Saint John district where a lawyer for the Progressive Conservative candidate alleged voting irregularities. Attorney Matthew Letson alleges that about 40 electors voted twice in the riding of Saint John Harbour, which was won by the Liberals by a 10-vote margin 17

October 3, 2018 2:11 AM Trudeau says 2019 federal election likely to be the nastiest one yet

Having just reached a new trilateral North American trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, Trudeau reached back to the previous European trade deal Harper reached in 2015. Trudeau said he deliberately got to his feet in the House of Commons to congratulate Harper. “This idea of automatically hating something just because of who did it is a weak point 22

September 16, 2018 1:50 AM Tory suggests he wants Queen’s Park to pass Bill 31 as soon as possible

On Thursday, Tory joined a majority of council colleagues in voting to have the city fight Bill 31 and the charter override to the Supreme Court, if necessary. The mayor, who is running for re-election, told council that working together to stop the legislation showed council’s “commitment to democracy.” On Saturday, Tory spokesman Don Peat denied the mayor 21