Jazz fans and musicians mourn death of pioneering saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, 81

Legendary American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, revered as a pioneer of the “free jazz” movement, has died at age 81. Sanders’s record label, New York-based Luaka Bop, confirmed his death on Twitter on Saturday morning. “We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away,” the label wrote. “He died peacefully surrounded by loving … Read more

Young People’s Theatre unveils $13.5-million expansion

Young People’s Theatre, Canada’s oldest and largest professional theater company for young audiences, has unveiled the results of a historic $13.5-million expansion, which includes extensive renovations to its existing venue along with a new 12,000-square-foot facility. More than a decade in the making, the “Room for Imagination” expansion has significantly transformed the theatre’s existing space, … Read more

David Chang’s Momofuku closing its Toronto restaurants

A decade after Torontonians first lined up hours for bowls of ramen, platters of bossam and pork belly baos, New York-based chef David Chang’s restaurant company Momofuku announced that it is ceasing operations in the city on Dec. 23. BlogTO first broke the news Thursday about company’s exit from the city, citing an anonymous former … Read more

Ontario weakened $10/day daycare rules. Now Ottawa wants answers

Ottawa is demanding answers from the Ford government after Ontario removed limits on profit-making by daycare owners who receive federal funding under the national plan to build a $10-a-day child-care system. In a letter to Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce, the federal government questioned the province’s recent changes to funding guidelines for child-care operators who … Read more

Hurricane Fiona is heading toward Atlantic Canada. Here’s what to expect

Hurricane Fiona is heading toward Atlantic Canada. Here’s what to expect | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”tweets”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”What that means, said Neil, is different effects at different parts of the storm; areas on the right-hand side of the storm will experience the strongest winds and highest waves, those on the left, heavier rains.”,”type”:”text”,”isParagraph”:true,”isHeading”:false},{“type”:”textBreakPoint”,”insertAt”:”contentMiddleBreakPoint”},{“text”:”Fiona is still expected to bring … Read more

Marit Stiles first contender for leader of the Ontario NDP

The race for NDP leader is on — but just one person is in the running so far. New Democrat MPP Marit Stiles formally announced her candidacy on Thursday at a Bloor St. restaurant in her Davenport riding, making her the first to declare. MPP Catherine Fife (Waterloo) told the Star she is still considering … Read more

Canada’s new ambassador to China vows to raise human rights concerns

OTTAWA — The federal government has chosen a career diplomat who says defending human rights and repairing the Canada-China relationship are her main focus as Ottawa’s new ambassador to China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Jennifer May, most recently ambassador to Brazil, as his new envoy to Beijing, ditching his practice of putting political appointees … Read more

Justin Trudeau will have final decision on lifting COVID-19 border restrictions, sources say

OTTAWA — A federal cabinet committee that has steered Canada’s COVID-19 response has unanimously recommended to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada lift its COVID-19 border restrictions, sources tell the Star. Cabinet orders that revised those measures in late June — and are set to expire at midnight on Sept. 30 — include vaccination mandates … Read more

Woman ID’d as victim in fatal Canadian Tire stabbing

Police have identified a 22-year-old woman as the victim of a deadly stabbing inside a Mississauga Canadian Tire on Monday. Around 6 pm Monday, officers responded to reports of a stabbing inside a Canadian Tire in the area of ​​Mavis Road and Britannia Road West, Peel Regional Police said in a news release. They discovered … Read more

Saskatchewan inquests announced for deaths of stabbing victims, suspects

A public inquest will be held into the deaths of 11 people in a rampage this month, Saskatchewan’s chief coroner has announced. The violence left 10 people dead on James Smith Cree Nation, including one of the brothers charged, and one person dead in the nearby village of Weldon. Chief coroner Clive Weighill said the … Read more