Feb 19, 2012

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Sunday, February 19, 2012 Hello Cabuyano! 

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Whitney Houston’s funeral restores dignity to a troubled life

Four-hour farewell at the church where she grew up let Houston's family and friends reconnect with the person behind the persona.

Shotgun fired in dormitory on York University campus

Police are asking for the public’s assistance after shots were fired early Saturday morning at a dormitory door on York University campus.

Toronto’s Batman takes to the streets in video gone viral

Toronto’s Alex Brovedani and producer Sean Ward teamed up to film the Dark Knight in action.

Maple Leafs crushed by Canucks

With sieve-like goaltending and an offence that has gone from lethal to lifeless, the Maple Leafs have hit their first major crisis of the season.

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Drummond Report: How Ontario got into this mess

The roots of Ontario’s current fix lie in both the economy and in the province’s record of failing to keep growth in government spending in line with reveue growth.


Olive: Mark Carney’s plan to help save the (financial) world

Mark Carney, in a sit-down interview with the Star’s David Olive, displays the steeliness he’ll need to steer global finances away from the brink as head of the Financial Stability Board. In a terse exchange, the Bank of Canada head even puts Olive in his place.

Inflation rate jumps to 2.5 per cent on higher gas prices

A one-month pop in gasoline prices propelled Canada's annual inflation rate up two notches to 2.5 per cent in January, reversing a recent trend toward moderating consumer price increases.


Sears joins low-price club - fewer sales, better prices

Sears' plan to permanently cut prices on thousands of items and offer sales on fewer items is the latest volley in a  retail price war.

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Cox: Toronto Maple Leafs’ miseries grow with 6-2 loss to Vancouver Canucks

With sieve-like goaltending and an offence that has gone from lethal to lifeless, the Maple Leafs have hit their first major crisis of the season.

Milos Raonic tops Ryan Harrison to advance to SAP Open final

Defending champion Milos Raonic advanced to his second straight SAP Open final Saturday, beating Ryan Harrison in only 78 minutes.


Philadelphia Wings clobber Toronto Rock, 14-8

Brendan Mundorf led the Philadelphia attack with five goals and three assists as the Wings avenged a 15-6 loss to the Rock on Feb. 4

ESPN apologizes for offensive slur used in Jeremy Lin headline

ESPN apologized for the use of a Chinese slur early Saturday in reference to Jeremy Lin after the Knicks’ loss to the New Orleans Hornets the night before.

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Degrassi star Neil Hope, a.k.a. Wheels, died a lonely death unnoticed

Neil Hope —the lovable, troubled teen “Wheels” on Degrassi — died alone in a Hamilton rooming house in 2007, police confirm.

Oscars 2012: Academy Awards gone weird

Could this be the weirdest Academy Awards ever? Consider these nine sets of oddball Oscar facts and figures, in a year when a silent movie could triumph in Tinseltown.


Oscars 2012: The Odds: War Horse

Star movie critic Peter Howell handicaps the odds on the nine Best Picture contenders for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. Today: War Horse.

Justin Bieber was found on YouTube, why not a conductor?

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra asked for YouTube videos from 153 applicants for the job of conductor â€" part of a new trend of internet artist search

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Generations: Special section on family and style

For this special edition of Weekend Life, guest editor Jeanne Beker explores the connections between generations and style.

Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres grant Ottawa woman’s wish

Helene Campbell, who is awaiting a double lung transplant, will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show thanks to the power of Twitter.


Montreal restaurant Laurier drops celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay from name

Once Laurier Gordon Ramsay, Montreal restaurant will now be known as Laurier 1936 after its relationship with the U.K. chef soured.

More athletes scoring beauty product endorsements

They've been known for their brawn. Now they're getting known for their beauty. Tennis star Milos Raonic teams with Biotherm and swimmer Annamay Pierse pairs with Pantene in the latest endorsements.

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A perfect weekend in Miami

The shopping and beach mecca of Miami, Florida is often at the top of Canadians' travel lists.

Europe on a $23.71 a day . . . or maybe $118.78

Backpacker study finds Sofia, Bulgaria the cheapest city in Europe, while Oslo, Norway is the most expensive. Be prepared!


Travel Deals: Newfoundland, Bahamas, Hawaii, Ontario and more

Newfoundland and Labrador have done a great job promoting their destination these past few years with an eye-catching ad campaign. If you’re ready to book, Globus has a deal: 12-day tours discounted by $200 per person, as long as you reserve by April 17. Trip highlights include Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its spectacular scenery, the Strait of Belle Isle (also known as ‘Iceberg Alley’), L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site and the only known Viking settlement in North America, the historic community of Trinity, Cape Spear and St. John’s with a cruise of Witless Bay to see the humpback whales. With the discount, prices start at $2,379 per person and include accommodation, touring, attraction tickets, daily breakfasts and most dinners, including a lobster dinner and a farewell dinner complete with one of Newfoundland’s famous ‘Screech-In’ ceremonies on the last night. Tours run June through September. See www.globusjourneys.ca.

Rivers and Dust â€" The two sides of Africa

Finding wild animals on a safari to Africa is a special experience. But it's really all about the water.

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