Dec 22, 2011

Thestar.com Morning Headlines

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Rob Ford is making it harder to find out how he spends his time

After requests were made for the mayor’s complete itineraries his staff asked for a “puzzling” 20-day extension, then ignored the new due date despite reminders from the city’s Corporate Access and Privacy office.

Liberals put out the call for cash, members

Liberals want to set up a permanent "national call centre" to help find money, support to fight Conservatives.

Tory MP wants unborn babies to have human rights

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth says Parliament should consider extending human rights to unborn children, something seen as an attempt to reopen the contentious debate around abortion laws.

Toronto Now: Accidents close Niagara and Toronto-bound QEW

The first day of winter will be unseasonably warm, keeping above the freezing mark until midnight. Being winter solstice, we’re only getting nine hours of sunlight today.

 
 
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Jack Layton is Newsmaker of the Year

John Gilbert Layton wore dozens of different name tags in his decades of public service: activist, guitarist, father and finally, leader of the official Opposition.


 
Business
 

RIM takeover unlikely: analysts

BlackBerry maker’s lousy performance could keep suitors at bay.

This FedEx delivery guy wasn’t. So, what does it take to get fired?

A FedEx delivery who tossed a computer monitor over a customer's fence isn't alone in his bad workplace behaviour ...

 
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Sports
 

Cox: Maple Leafs need to give Nazem Kadri a long look

The former first-round pick needs to click in his fifth recall to the Maple Leafs.

Rookie Gardiner hits a few speed bumps on Leafs’ blueline

Defenceman’s answer to poor play of late is simple: stick to his strengths, which are skating and moving the puck.

 

Offensively challenged Raptors fall to Celtics in pre-season finale

The Raptors were at times dreadful on offence Wednesday night, winding up 81-73 losers to the Boston Celtics in their final tuneup game.

Griffin: Second-tier free agents won’t help Jays contend

It’s become obvious that this edition of free agency won’t help the Jays get to where they want to be as a contender in the AL East. They are going to have to build the old-fashioned way â€" through trades.

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Entertainment
 

Problem-free divas in Toronto operetta

Sopranos keep it light, onstage and off, during The Gypsy Princess.

Jamie Bell’s high-tech Tintin has an old-fashioned soul

There’s nothing new about the movie version of Tintin and that suits its star just fine.

 

What can non-Christmas types do on Dec. 25?

For those not celebrating, what to do on the holiday can be a tough nut to crack, especially when you'll be lucky to find a Tim Hortons that's open.What to do on Christmas Day in the GTA if you don't celebrate Christmas.

Bieber, Bublé square off for Christmas dominance

Justin Bieber’s holiday show may be the hottest ticket in Toronto this week, but few have better reasons for Christmas cheer this season than his compatriot Michael Bublé.

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Living
 

Chefs share their recipes for Christmas

Food editor Jennifer Bain wanted her favourite restaurant recipes for Christmas, so she asked the chefs to share them.

Baby’s first holiday is a wondrous event

Forget all the holiday hoopla: it’s the little things that mean the most when you’re celebrating the holidays as a family.

 

The Dish: Potato latkes worse for you than fries

Get out the frying pans, it's time to make latkes. The Dish has provided nutrition numbers for potato pancakes served at two popular Toronto establishments. Don’t look if you are afraid to confirm the calorificness of this traditional treat.

Jewish-Tamil couple strikes balance

In the third family we meet as part of our series on interfaith parenting, Mom is Jewish and Dad is non-religious.

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Travel
 

O little town of Bethlehem

A special time of year in the Holy Land.

Six Things to do in . . . Victoria

It's not all about tea and flowers; British Columbia's capital is full of funky cafes, great shops and lots more.

 

A Wizardly Toronto staycation

Deals for The Bahamas and an Italian spa also among our travel bargains of the week.

Downtown Beirut finds its pulse

For years, Beirut was a city without a beating heart. Destroyed by a civil war that lasted from 1975 to 1990, the downtown of the Lebanese capital festered like a wasteland and then, as the city began to recover, was taken over by huge construction sites. But a new city centre is at last emerging. And while the gleaming high-rises, luxury malls and predictable high-end chain stores have drawn comparisons to Dubai (not always favourably), the transformed landscape also holds a number of alluring new independent art galleries, fashion showrooms, stylish restaurants and cocktail lounges.

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