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6/24/2017: NEWS: Long-range tradition

(image) NDP leader Tom Mulcair is raising red flags after reports a Canadian sniper in Iraq broke the world record for the longest confirmed kill. National Defence says the sniper is a member of the ultra-secret Joint Task Force 2 unit deployed as part of...



6/24/2017: NEWS: Toe returned in a bag of salt with note from ‘ drunken fool’

(image) Dawson City’s missing toe has been returned to its rightful owners in a bag of salt, with a handwritten apology from “A Drunken Fool.” The toe arrived at the Downtown Hotel by express post on Thursday afternoon, with a fake return address for “Jean...



6/24/2017: NEWS: FIVE THINGS ABOUT A WINE RAID
1 CELLAR STAR Five men have been jailed for up to five years over a botched operation to break into “the world’s greatest wine cellar,” whose French owner they sequestered and beat in a bid to get the keys to his trove of priceless vintages....



6/24/2017: NEWS: Shot real estate tycoon may have been saved by car

(image) When millionaire real estate developer Riaz Mamdani was shot six times outside of his mansion in December, he still had the wherewithal to phone 911. Bleeding heavily and in pain, he spoke with the operator until help arrived — and then walked to the...



6/24/2017: NEWS: CANADIAN WOMAN ‘HONOURED’ TO LEAD QUEEN’S GUARD
When Captain Megan Couto calls out her oh-so-familiar drill commands on Monday morning, she will make history. At 24 years old and five feet 2½ inches, she will become the first woman to command the Queen’s Guard in its 180 years at Buckingham Palace....



6/24/2017: CANADA: B.C.’s had enough political theatre

(image) To the charge that she has stolen her opponents’ policies in a transparent effort to pander to public opinion, Christy Clark responds that she has stolen her opponents’ policies and is transparently pandering to public opinion. “What I’m trying to...



6/24/2017: CANADA: Experts offer 10-point plan to reduce risks of marijuana use

(image) OTTAWA • Six of the country’s leading health organi zations endorse 10 new cannabis recommendations designed to help reduce the risks associated with using marijuana — which is set to become legal in a year. The guidelines, published Friday in the...



6/24/2017: CANADA: MORNEAU AND WIFE TO ATTEND WEDDING OF U. S. COUNTERPART
U. S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and fiancée Louise Linton are due to be married Saturday in Washington, and Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and wife Nancy McCain will be among the guests. The Canadian connection comes after Mnuchin,...



6/24/2017: NEWS: WELCOME TO STUPID TWITTERLAND

(image) Ajournalist friend of mine recently attended his four-year-old daughter’s year- end dance recital here in Toronto. “Every dance was in some way about Canada,” he told me. “My daughter’s dance was Canada Geese. Another was Aurora Borealis. One dance was...



6/24/2017: CANADA: bountiful & beloved

(image) Bonnie When I was seven, my favourite TV show was Three’s Company. I remember that time well. That’s when my family moved out onto the land. Michelline Before the 1950s, all Inuit used to live on the land. Then the government said that everyone was...



6/24/2017: CANADA: Son of Russian spies ‘vindicated’ in Canadian citizenship fight

(image) • The Torontoborn son of Russian spies has won a court battle to regain his Canadian citizenship after it was revoked by Ottawa. The long- awaited Federal Court of Appeal decision in Alexander Vavilov’s favour is the latest twist in an intriguing...



6/24/2017: CANADA: TAKE A GANDER: WAWA GETS NEW GOOSE TO WELCOME VISITORS

(image) The giant honking Canada Goose in Wawa, Ont., which has quietly greeted countless travellers along the Trans- Canada Highway for more than five decades, is set to fly its concrete roost ahead of the formal arrival of a replacement on Canada Day. The...



6/24/2017: EDUCATION: ‘JUST ONE STEP’ TO HELP KIDS IDENTIFY WITH JEWISH HERITAGE

(image) Gaby Fridman grew up in a conservative, predominantly kosher home and went to a Jewish day school. She raised her own two children in a much more secular environment but both kids have attended Torah High, a Toronto- and- area school that offers teens...



6/24/2017: WORLD: ‘The world is walking AWAY from us’

(image) Kalashnikov rifles in hand, three soldiers from the South Sudan Liberation Army languished in the shade of a tree in this sleepy hamlet near the Ugandan border, relieved to be away from one of the bloodiest, least well known conflicts on a continent...



6/24/2017: WORLD: UN REPORTS 472 CIVILIANS KILLED IN FIGHT AGAINST ISIL

(image) The U.S.- led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has killed nearly 500 civilians in one month of its pursuit of militant fighters in Syria, in what the United Nations has called a “staggering loss of life.” An independent...



6/24/2017: WORLD: Fridge started London fire: police

(image) • Police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people. In its most detailed briefing yet on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed...



6/24/2017: WORLD: Officer escaped death by 'millimetres'
• The airport officer stabbed in the neck during what authorities are investigating as a terrorist act by a Canadian resident is recovering well from a 30- centimetre “slash” that caused significant bleeding but spared major arteries and a nerve by...



6/24/2017: WORLD: COUNTRY SAYS IT’S THE VICTIM IN WARMBIER CASE

(image) North Korea said Friday that the death of American tourist Otto Warmbier was a mystery, denying he had been tortured and casting itself as the “biggest victim” of the affair. In its first public reaction to Warmbier’s death, a Foreign Ministry...



6/24/2017: WORLD: SAUDI- LED ARAB STATES WANT QATAR TO SHUT DOWN AL JAZEERA

(image) New tensions erupted Friday in a feud between Qatar and a group of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia after the leak of an onerous list of demands to be met by Qatar, including the shuttering of the Al Jazeera news channel. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab...



6/24/2017: WORLD: TRUMP SUGGESTS MUELLER IS BIASED, SAYS ‘ WHOLE THING IS RIDICULOUS’

(image) President Donald Trump laid out his belief that special counsel Robert Mueller is biased in the expanding Russia investigation and suggested in an interview broadcast Friday morning that he may eventually need to step down. Asked by Fox News Channel...



6/24/2017: WORLD: AFTER 35 YEARS, MOBSTER LEAVES PRISON AT AGE 100

(image) A reputed Colombo crime family underboss, who authorities believe committed or ordered the murders of up to 50 people, has been released at the age of 100. John (Sonny) Franzese left the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., in a wheelchair just...



6/24/2017: WORLD: PRINCESSES GUILTY OF ABUSING 20 SERVANTS

(image) A Belgian court has found a princess from Abu Dhabi and her seven daughters guilty of mistreating around 20 servants forced to work for them in a plush Brussels hotel. The court found the eight princesses guilty of “human trafficking and degrading...



6/24/2017: EDITORIALS: Inside the mind of Alex Jones

(image) An otherwise obscure American radio host, Alex Jones made himself both famous and infamous in recent years with his claim that the story of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax. The weeping parents of 20 allegedly...



6/24/2017: EDITORIALS: Are we fighting ISIL, or not?

(image) The Canadian military got some well- deserved positive publicity this week with the announcement that a Canadian sniper team serving in Iraq set a new world record for the longest- ever confirmed kill. According to Canadian Special Operations Command,...



6/24/2017: LETTERS: The grand acts of moose and fine men

(image) How far that little candle throws h is beams ! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. — William Shakespeare Back home in Newfoundland the moose are now so numerous there’s some consideration of giving them the vote. Newfoundland politics being what...



6/24/2017: LETTERS: Political correctness rules
Re: Langevin Block naming panned by native MPs; June 22 Prime Minister Trudeau’s unilateral decision to rename the Langevin Block illustrates the depths to which contemporary political correctness has sunk. Based on this decision, thousands of...



6/24/2017: LETTERS: Poland and hard truths
Re: Historian says he’s target of Polish ' hate’ campaign, June 21 As a former scientist myself, albeit in different hard matters, I admire forensic researchers in soft sciences, such as Prof. Jan Grabowski. I admire him because it is even more...



6/24/2017: LETTERS: Revisions all around us
Peter Kuitenbrouwer writes, Re: O Canada an exercise in improvisation, June 21 in support of changing the words in our national anthem to “in all of us command,” that half the people celebrating on Parliament Hill will be women. What about the large...



6/24/2017: LETTERS: Pronoun profundity
Re: Illegal pronouns, Letters, June 21 I have a rather salutary perspective on the great campus political correctness debate. With provincial educational curricula increasingly de- emphasizing basic English grammar skills, I’m happy that today’s...



6/24/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Sun-kissed Prince Harry, above all, gets it

(image) “I s there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen?” Prince Harry mused to himself. “I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.” This formidable quote appears in a pretty good feature on the prince,...



6/24/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: We’ve never fought for our existence

(image) There’s a lot more to celebrate on Canada’s 150th birthday than gargantuan rubber ducks. That’s why the National Post asked some of Canada’s most interesting personalities and writers to tell us what they would rather celebrate about Canada on the...



6/24/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Dissent vs. stupidity

(image) William Kaplan’s book Why Dissent Matters is an interesting pastiche of his opinions of a number of modern and current forms of dissent that are presented in a uniformly positive light, but are of greatly differing merit. The areas he examines are the...



6/24/2017: WORLD: PATIENT DIARIES

(image) It was Father’s Day, back in June 1998, when the life of David Andrews was abruptly turned upside down. The Vancouver engineer had just returned home after a long walk with his wife Merylin. He was chasing his dog, who was poking around some garbage...



6/24/2017: WORLD: Madoff’s musings

(image) Bernard Madoff has had e i ght y e ars in prison to think about what went wrong. He’s concluded that a few of his investors were partially to blame for his fall from a legitimate securities trader to the biggest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history. He...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: A TALE OF TWO MINES

(image) TIMMINS, ONT .• Cover all-clad miners sip coffees and clutch metal lunch boxes as they listen for the shaft operator’s familiar tap-tap-tap signalling the elevator is on its way for the start of another subterranean shift at Goldcorp Inc.’s Dome mine...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: CIBC eyes U.S. growth as PrivateBancorp deal closes

(image) • The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce i s pushing ahead with its ambitions in the United States now that it has completed its $ 5 billion acquisition of Chicago- based PrivateBancorp Inc., focusing first on organic growth but leaving the door open...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Buffett investment paying off

(image) The early mail is positive: the equity investment by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in Home Capital Group, an investment that could rise to $400 million, has already been financially rewarding for the buyer. Such is the way with socalled distress...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Soft inflation figures ease pressure on BoC to raise interest rates
OTTAWA • Steps by the Bank of Canada to prepare the country for an eventual interest rate hike are bumping up against an inflation rate that has eased up on the accelerator. Weaker year- over- year growth in gasoline prices last month helped slow the...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: ALBERTA WON’T RESPOND IN BEER-TAX CASE UNTIL SEPT. 19

(image) The Alberta government won’t get to defend the constitutionality of its beer- tax system in court until Sept. 19. The delay comes after arguments from lawyers representing two breweries outside the province stretched into the second of the two days...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: In B.C., two ships passing in the night

(image) Too bad Ellis Ross, the former chief councillor of the Haisla Nation near Kitimat, is about to become one of the most powerful aboriginal cabinet ministers Canada never had. Ross, British Columbia’s new minister in charge of leading the province’s...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Refinery investors seek early exit
CALGARY• The NWR Sturgeon Refinery Project maybe nearing completion, but the company that owns half the project already appears to be looking for an early exit. Calgary-based North West Refining, which owns 50 per cent of the Sturgeon Refinery near...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: CENOVUS CREDIT RATING DOWNGRADED OVER DEBT CONCERNS
DBRS Ltd. on Friday downgraded the credit rating of Calgarybased oil producer Cenovus Energy Inc., following a massive acquisition that has substantially increased the firm’s debt profile. The agency lowered Cenovus’s senior unsecured debt and issuer...



6/24/2017: FP INVESTING: Five smaller U.S. firms that should be on your radar

(image) Our research company only covers Canadian s t ocks. Nonetheless, we still actively encourage investors to diversify internationally. Canada represents only a small portion of world capital markets, and, as investors have painfully noted this year, our...



6/24/2017: FP INVESTING: Loonie’s strength goes beyond oil
With the oil price slipping down to t he l ow- US$ 40s per barrel, some are beginning to worry that the loonie, which has rebounded strongly since early May, could become vulnerable once again. But there are several reasons why I’m not too concerned...



6/24/2017: FP INVESTING: Fed officials debate pending rate hikes
WASHINGTON• Federal Reserve officials on Friday argued both side soft he debate over how the U.S. central bank should react to a recent downturn in inflation, highlighting a discussion that could determine how many more times it raises interest rates...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Downsizing is key in trading mountains for the coast

(image) In Alberta, a couple we’ll call Max, 60, and Olivia, 56, are eager to move to someplace warm. Their children, both in their mid- 20s, have left home and have good jobs. Max brings home $ 5,920 a month from his work as a full- time tradesman and...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Stop using TFSA to frequently trade stocks — the CRA might see it as business-oriented

(image) Whether you invest in stocks, bonds or mutual funds, you generally expect that any profits realized from the sale of those securities will be taxed as capital gains at 50 per cent of your marginal tax rate rather than being 100 per cent taxable as...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: $232,000
AMOUNT OWING ON MAX AND OLIVIA’S LINE OF CREDIT TOWARD WHICH THEY PAY $1,400 PER MONTH



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: BlackBerry software business hits snag
TORONTO • BlackBerry Ltd.’s recent rally took a sharp turn Friday after it revealed it earned less quarterly revenue than analysts expected, casting renewed doubt over its ability to grow its software business fast enough to keep investors happy after...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: NORSAT TAKEOVER BY HYTERA GETS SECURITYHOLDERS’ OK
Norsat International Inc. says its securityholders have voted to approve a controversial takeover of the company by Chinese company Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. The Canadian satellite communications firm says its securityholders voted 72.53 per cent...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Cost for Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject rises $1B: CEO

(image) ST. JOHN’S, N.L .• Costs for the beleaguered Muskrat Falls hydro development in Labrador are up by another $1 billion. Nalcor Energy chief executive Stan Marshall said Friday the new price tag is $12.7 billion with financing. That’s up from the...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Ontario labour changes will hurt employers

(image) With the provincial election on t he near horizon, the Ontario Liberals have confirmed sweeping changes to Ontario’s employment and l abour ecosystem. These changes go far beyond the highly publicized minimum wage increases recently in the...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: VENEZUELA LAWMAKER SEEKS GOLDMAN PROBE

(image) The head of Venezuela’s National Assembly asked U.S. authorities to investigate a US$2.9 billion bond deal involving Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Nomura Securities Co., saying the transaction fleeced the country for the benefit of political elites....



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Toronto builders see little effect in new rules
TORONTO • Builders in Canada’s largest city maintain they have been unaffected by Ontario measures to cool the market and say the average selling price of a new townhouse in the Greater Toronto Area crossed $1 million for the first time at the end of...



6/24/2017: FINANCIAL POST: GLENCORE IN BIDDING WAR WITH CHINA TO BUY RIO COAL ASSETS
Miner and trader Glencore on Friday hit back with an increased offer of US$ 2.675 billion in cash to buy Australian coal assets from Rio Tinto, which earlier this week said it was favouring a Chinese bid. On Tuesday, Rio Tinto said it had selected...



6/24/2017: FP COMMENT: Junk science fiction

(image) It’s 2041. As predicted by corporate executives and urban-planning activists, nobody needs to own a car. In fact, ownership is forbidden. Remember way back in 2017? That’s when Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence saw the...



6/24/2017: FP COMMENT: CARBON TAX FAILURE
Carbon tax advocates can be forgiven if they look back on 2017 with a sense of triumph, after the Trudeau government negotiated the implementation of various provincial schemes that effectively amount to a national carbon tax. It would be premature to...



6/24/2017: FP COMMENT: Uber vowed to cover engineer’s legal costs
SAN FRANCISCO • Uber made an unusual commitment to the engineer it hired to lead its driverless car project: It would cover the costs of legal actions against him over information stored in his head from his previous job at Waymo. That promise —...



6/24/2017: POST SPORTS: HISCHIER to wear Devils’ uniform ... again

(image) Maybe it was destiny. Maybe it was fate. Maybe i t was j ust meant to be. “Maybe it’s all those things,” said Nico Hischier. “It’s pretty special how it worked out, isn’t it?” Here he was — the kid from Naters, Switzerland — grinning from ear to ear...



6/24/2017: POST SPORTS: Vegas smashes Glass ceiling
Cody Glass was a kid when his family took a trip to Las Vegas. They weren’t there to see the Cirque du Soleil or a magician or a performer like Britney Spears. They went there for a hockey tournament. In July. “I was around 10, I think,” said Glass....



6/24/2017: POST SPORTS: PARIS SHOWS OFF IN 2024 SUMMER GAMES BID

(image) High- divers plunged into the River Seine, trampoline athletes somersaulted inside the Petit Palais art museum and runners raced on a floating track as Paris turned some of its world-famous landmarks over to sports on Friday in hopes of wowing the...



6/24/2017: SPORTS: Players need to take ownership of quicker pace

(image) By now, trudging toward the midway point of this baseball season, we have been well- versed on the reasons games are taking longer than ever before. Pitchers throw harder. Batters swing for the fences. They miss a lot. Fewer balls are in play. Hitters...



6/24/2017: SPORTS: Parmley makes ‘ dream’ debut with Blue Jays
KANSAS CITY• Asa seven th-round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2012, Ian Parmley had to figure it wouldn’t be a short road to the big leagues. So when it finally arrived, you couldn’t wipe the smile from the face of the 27-yearold native of...



6/24/2017: SPORTS: Tasker gives Ticats big-play receiver

(image) Luke Tasker has little i nterest in spitting out a number and saying that’s what he wants to achieve in yards this season. The Hamilton Tiger- Cats slotback would rather speak in generalities, and if you live and die by what the Ticats do on the...



6/24/2017: DIVERSIONS: HOROSCOPE
Moon Alert: We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Cancer. Aries (March 21-April 19) You might have a powerful urge to buy something today because you definitely have strong feelings about how to handle your money. (A...



6/24/2017: DIVERSIONS: CANADIAN CRISSCROSS
ACROSS 1. Worthless 7. Baseball club 10. Computer memory 13. “___ Alogo” (Kim Mitchell album) 14. French boyfriend 15. Extinct bird 16. Leisurely walks 17. Told privately 19. King of Pylos 21. Old womanish 22. Scale for classifying the hardness of...



6/24/2017: DIVERSIONS: CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
ACROSS 1 Sad Sack’s barrel (4) 3 Standing between two streets, Archie is most uptight (10) 9 After a while, Mr. Capp’s sideways (7) 11 Stormy night’s beginning penned by Peanuts character (7) 12 Confess about Broom Hilda, for example, making changes...



6/24/2017: DIVERSIONS: BRIDGE

(image) More on the use, but mostly the abuse, of entries. North’s secondround jump invited game, primarily focusing on spades (and four spades would coast home on the existing lie of the cards) but South judged his multiple stoppers in a hand lacking real...



6/24/2017: DIVERSIONS: SUDOKU
Level: Evil To solve this puzzle, each 3x3 box, each row and each column must contain all the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in four grades: easy, medium, hard and evil. Puzzle by websudoku.com



6/24/2017: DIVERSIONS: QUOTE IN A BOX
LAST SATURDAY’S ANSWER Just because something does not do what you planned it to do does not mean it is useless. Edison



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: Warmly modern

(image) The name might say “Modern” but the interior design is transitional in this two-bedroom-plus-den townhouse model at The Winthorpe Modern. “It is a new build, but I didn’t want it to feel like it was a completely new space. I wanted it to have a little...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: Going, going, GONE

(image) If you’re on the lookout for a luxury cottage, l et’s hope you’re an early riser with a plan in hand. The recent real- estate boom in prime cottage country has created a market where the demand is high but the listings are slim. “If you’re coming to...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: Termites aren’t only a southern problem

(image) Now that summer is here, are you prepared against unwanted house guests? I’m not talking about the in-laws ... I mean unwanted pests such as mice, rats, and insects that can sneak in and cause lasting damage. I r ecently r eceived a note from a...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: LIL WAYNE SELLS MIAMI BEACH MANSION AT A LOSS

(image) Hip hop artist Lil Wayne has sold his highly customized Miami Beach mansion for US$10 million after putting it on the market more than two years ago. The Miami Herald reported Tuesday the 15,101-square-foot (1,400 square- metre) waterfront home was...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: Escape by going coastal with seaside decor

(image) For that perfect summer getaway, white sand beaches, blue ocean waves and rustic cottages often come to mind. But you can save yourself the airfare and create the perfect nautical escape inside ( and outside) your own home with a palette of maritime...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: TURNING CHOPSTICKS INTO FURNITURE FOR YOUR HOME

(image) There are not many conversations that start out with the words: “Imagine you’re a chopstick.” But such is the passion of Felix Böck, founder of ChopValue, a company that recycles around 300,000 chopsticks a week, turning them into products for the...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: PASTORAL PRIVACY

(image) For a buyer who is looking for privacy and a pastoral countryside experience, or for someone who has a child or two who wants nothing more than to have a pony of their own, this rolling 16.5- acre hobby farm is perfect. “Excellent light and views are...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: BUNGALOFT A RARE FIND

(image) Custom and one- of- a- kind, this house is not your typical cookie cutter home, says listing agent Dawna Borg. “This house is an anomaly. It’s rare to find a bungaloft in this neighbourhood.” Bungalofts appeal to buyers who want a master bedroom on...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: CORNER SUITE HAS BEEN RENOVATED
The layout, the renovations and a great location are the three main features of this 1,350-square-foot corner unit, says listing agent Ian Maged. “There were four offers and it sold for $131,000 more than the asking price.” The bathrooms and eat-in...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: ALTERNATIVE FOR GROWING FAMILY

(image) Some people want a bigger house, but don’t want a monster home. For those growing families, this deceptively spacious two-storey home offers the perfect alternative, says listing agent Irene Kaushansky. The house, which has a three-level addition, has...



6/24/2017: POST HOMES: WESTMINSTER - BRANSON

(image) 1131 Steeles Ave. W. #411 (Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue West) Asking price: $529,000 Sold for: $660,000 Taxes: $2,463 (2016) Bedrooms: 2+1 Bathrooms: 2 Time on the market: Five days



6/24/2017: THE CHATTER: WHEN THE HITS STOPPED COMING
Looking for lasting value in a “song of the summer” is like hoping for epic romance in a fling. It’s no surprise the term entered the lexicon in reference to a onehit wonder: The Knack, whose “My Sharona” was described by Toronto critic Liam Lacey,...



6/24/2017: THE CHATTER: An operatic intro
When you’re growing up, summer is a season apart. The other seasons are individual in their ways, but still fall under the umbrella of the school year, and so things that happen in the summer are thrown into greater relief. Summer trips, summer flings...



6/24/2017: THE CHATTER: As hot as the weather
While summer is typically a season to show off colours and prints, this season is especially vibrant and upbeat. The 1980s are back with jumbo frills, brighter-than-bright hues, bling and bare shoulders combined with one of the most vivid colour...



6/24/2017: THE CHATTER: BINGE TILL YOU GO MAD
In the summer of 2008, I had finally graduated high school. It was mid-June. The heat was brutal, buffeted by a swelling humidity made all the worse by a broken air conditioner and being trapped at home in the suburbs with my parents. So I did what...



6/24/2017: THE CHATTER: Salty ‘n’ sweet
The late July watermelon was so overripe that a rose coloured pool of juice had soaked through to the bottom of the platter. As I carried it to to my father sitting on the balcony, the juice poured over the edges and spilled down my arms. My dad...



6/24/2017: ARTS & LIFE: RAWR EMOTIONS

(image) There are two things I remember about the summer of 1993: 1) Jurassic Park came out; and 2) I got pimples. The moral to be derived from both of these staggering events was that nature is cruel. For dinosaurs, that cruelty led to their extinction. For...



6/24/2017: BOOKS & WRITERS: Still plugged in

(image) The Mariposa Folk Festival: A History By Michael Hill Dundurn 240 pp; $19.99 I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival By Rick Massimo Wesleyan University Press 260 pp; $33 The festivalization of pop music is a hot topic right now. Between...



6/24/2017: BOOKS & WRITERS: THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

(image) What are we referring to when we cite the “dog days” of summer? Is it so hot out that we pant like dogs? Is it the time of year when dogs just go a little crazy? Nah, none of that. The “dog days” of summer actually refer to a specific period – this...



6/24/2017: SATURDAY FEATURE: IT’S A SUMMER FLING

(image) At my local multiplex this weekend stretches a banquet of mediocrity. The weather calls for clear skies, 34 degrees, park-and-marina weather; but instead one could retreat indoors and idle in the temperature-controlled cultural oblivion of the...



6/24/2017: SATURDAY FEATURE: BEST OF MOVIES

(image) Summer movies have a reputation for being big, loud and dumb; less refined than their autumnal cousins, and less easy to ignore than February’s cinematic doldrums. But stack up enough summers, and you’re bound to get some classics. Here are just...



6/24/2017: SATURDAY FEATURE: BEST OF BOOKS

(image) What makes a quintessential summer read? Generally speaking it must be suitably trashy. Or it has to be funny or entertaining enough to make you feel like you’re getting away with something – but secretly good enough to have real staying power. In the...



6/24/2017: THE BEST OF THE SUMMER: BEST OF FASHION

(image) Sabrina Maddeaux From the bikini to baseball caps, scorching summer heat has inspired some of the most iconic – and controversial – styles of all time. Yet the often rich and quirky histories of our favourite seasonal pieces are largely overlooked. As...



6/24/2017: THE BEST OF THE SUMMER: BEST OF FOOD

(image) There are two very different varieties of great summer cuisine. The first involves elegant dishes of grilled fish and salads that are light yet satisfying in the face of wilting summer heat. The second features an endless list of calorie-laden...



6/24/2017: THE BEST OF THE SUMMER: BEST OF BINGES
Extra daylight hours are overrated. Who wants to sweat on an overcrowded patio or suffocate in the heat of a neighbourhood stroll when you can burrow deep into your couch – lights dimmed low, wine in hand, AC blasting – and binge your way through the...



6/24/2017: THE BEST OF THE SUMMER: BEST OF DRINKS

(image) As the sun blazes, and the clock inches past five, and the country’s arcane restaurant patios open themselves to long-awaited lounging, it is time at last for the parched and overheated to select a beverage appropriate to the occasion. This is no...



6/24/2017: THE BEST OF THE SUMMER: BEST OF SONGS
Stereotypical summer hits tend to burn out, not fade away, sometimes dragging whole careers, and dance crazes, with them (“Hey, Macarena!”). This list celebrates a few that have managed to stick around. It mostly covers summer hits from the MTV era...



6/24/2017: CITY LIFE: A much needed BOOST

(image) What better way to celebrate the start of summer ( and a rare respite from the rain) than with a fabulous outing to the 20th annual Butterfly Ball to benefit BOOST CYAC, held at the Four Seasons Toronto. Co- chairs extraordinaire Vanessa Mulroney and...