24 people arrested, 54 charges laid in connection to organized crime group in southern Ontario https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/13/24-people-arrested-54-charges-laid-in-connection-to-organized-crime-group-in-southern-ontario.html
On the Pickering-Scarborough border, Northern Smokes does fantastic barbecue that happens to be halal.
“We filled a gap and I think you’ll see more halal barbecue places,” said owner Imran Ali. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/10/why-northern-smokes-is-a-barbecue-joint-thats-worth-the-trip.html
Libyan authorities said Saturday they found at least 15 migrants dead in the desert on the borders with Sudan, the latest tragedy involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe via perilous journeys through the conflict-wrecked nation.
Ontario has enrolled 888 children with autism in core therapies – adding just 30 to the government’s revamped program since April – but insists it will meet its goal of enrolling 8,000 kids by the end of the fall.
Slow progress in Ontario autism program rollout; officials insist they’re on target https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/13/slow-progress-in-ontario-autism-program-rollout-officials-insist-theyre-on-target.html
A Star investigation has found the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) quietly transformed dozens of Ontario bingo halls into de facto casinos, despite a ban on slot machines. https://www.thestar.com/business/2022/08/12/star-investigation-finds-olg-quietly-transformed-dozens-of-bingo-halls-into-de-facto-casinos-despite-slot-machine-ban.html
A Russian rocket attack on the city of Kramatorsk killed three people and wounded 13 others Friday night, according to the mayor. Kramatorsk is the headquarters for Ukrainian forces in the country’s war-torn east.
Although Canadians are largely vaccinated against polio — the disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to children missing routine immunizations, or vaccine hesitancy fuelled by pandemic misinformation, could leave some vulnerable. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/12/polio-is-back-on-the-radar-of-canadian-health-officials-heres-why.html
How a couple’s trip to Canada has led to tragedy — and more than $1 million in medical bills https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2022/08/13/how-a-couples-trip-to-canada-has-led-to-tragedy-and-more-than-1-million-in-medical-bills.html
Burger wraps are common at most shawarma shops in the city, but at North Kabab, notably, it’s the bologna and the sauces that stand out, smoky qualities from the meat, balanced by the creamy sauces with crunch from the fries. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/10/afghan-restaurant-serves-up-a-spicy-taste-of-back-home.html
Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in New York.
His agent says he was on a ventilator Friday, with a damaged liver, severed nerves in his arm and an eye he was likely to lose.
Luminato Festival abruptly cancelled an exhibit by an Indigenous collective. Here’s the story behind the controversial decision https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/visualarts/2022/08/13/luminato-festival-abruptly-cancelled-an-exhibit-by-an-indigenous-collective-heres-the-story-behind-the-controversial-decision.html
Olympic bobsledder lives a high-speed life. Here’s where she goes to slow down and relax in Toronto https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/13/olympic-bobsledder-lives-a-high-speed-life-heres-where-she-goes-to-slow-down-and-relax-in-toronto.html
Langya henipavirus (LayV), appears to cause flu-like symptoms and is currently being monitored by the Taiwan CDC.
Experts say animal-borne viruses like LayV, monkeypox and COVID-19 are on the rise, in part due to climate change. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2022/08/10/heres-what-we-know-about-langya-the-new-virus-found-in-china-that-has-infected-dozens.html
My friend’s attractive, smart, and ends up with lousy guys. What can she do? Ask Ellie https://www.thestar.com/life/relationships/advice/2022/08/13/my-friends-attractive-smart-and-ends-up-with-lousy-guys-what-can-she-do-ask-ellie.html
Premier Doug Ford is making vague promises of health-care reform, but insists any changes prescribed would be fully publicly funded. https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2022/08/12/doug-ford-says-health-care-reforms-loom-but-ohip-will-continue-to-cover-services.html
The Faceoff: Two years after COVID-19 ravaged long-term-care homes, for-profit operators Extendicare and Sienna are raking in millions in revenue https://www.thestar.com/business/2022/08/13/the-faceoff-two-years-after-covid-19-ravaged-long-term-care-homes-for-profit-operators-extendicare-and-sienna-are-raking-in-millions-in-revenue.html
Pedestrian with life-threatening injuries after waterfront collision https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/08/12/pedestrian-with-life-threatening-injuries-after-waterfront-collision.html
York Region highway closures for planned roadwork (Aug. 11) https://www.thestar.com/news/highway-closures/york/2022/08/11/york-region-highway-closures-for-planned-roadwork-aug-11.html
Planned as a biennial event, the inaugural Yensa Festival is as much about building a community and opening important channels of discussion as it is a performance showcase. https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/2022/08/12/lets-dance-visionary-new-yensa-festival-celebrates-black-women-artists.html