Feb 21, 2012

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TTC head likely to be sacked as Rob Ford opponents plot next moves

During a closed-door meeting Tuesday the TTC board is expected to fire Gary Webster and perhaps other managers. Webster, a 35-year TTC veteran and engineer, supports the LRT lines that caused TTC Chair Karen Stintz to fall out of the mayor’s favour.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn held by police in prostitution probe

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken in for questioning on Tuesday by police investigating an alleged prostitution ring run out of the northern French city of Lille.

Ontario's elderly drivers to face tough new rules

Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli said road safety needs more attention as the population ages, in the wake of a Star series on driving with dementia.

Nuclear waste storage depot attracts southern Ontario towns

Southwestern Ontario towns are assessing their chances of hosting a storage facility for used nuclear fuel

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In bloom â€" after 32,000 years

The Silene stenophylla is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, the researchers said, and it is fertile, producing white flowers and viable seeds.


New Greek bailout deal averts looming default

Euro zone finance ministers sealed a 130-billion-euro ($172 billion) bailout for Greece on Tuesday to avert a chaotic default next month, after forcing Athens to commit to unpopular cuts and private bondholders to accept deeper losses.

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Heat on Maple Leaf goalies down the stretch

Ron Wilson says his team needs to play better in front of whoever is in goal, but realistically, if the Leafs are to make the playoffs James Reimer or Jonas Gustavsson will need to step up.

Blue Jays’ Bautista focused on post-season, not drug tests

Slugger Jose Bautista confident Jays can take a run at the post-season this year. “I feel we have the group in place and that we’re ready to go for it.”


Toronto Maple Leafs Luke Schenn, Jake Gardiner deal with NHL trade deadline talk

Leafs defencemen Luke Schenn and Jake Gardiner learning how to deal with NHL trade deadline talk.

Skips’ vocal chords take a beating at Canadian women’s curling championship

Alberta skip Heather Nedohin was hoarse by the second day of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She expected to be croaking out sweeping calls soon.

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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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Turning Point: Ambition, love fueled these 3 transformations

Over 50? The Star is pairing 10 people with an expert — a life coach, trainer, stylist, accountant, etc. — who will set you on the path to success.

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Digital age affects family time and relationships

Technology changes the way families communicate in interesting ways

Makeover magic: A mother and daughter get a complete overhaul

Two women from different generations get a complete makeover.

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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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