Advocates want answers on immigration detainee’s death in custody

The final hours of the life of Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan unfolded as a grim series of events — a human car crash, playing out in slow motion. The Toronto man with a history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder had been detained in Central East Correctional Center, a maximum-security jail in Lindsay, Ont., for years awaiting … Read more

Toronto real estate investment property with current tenants

#GTAHomeHunt is a weekly series from the Star that gets into the details of real estate listings in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Have a tip? Email us at social@torstar.ca Price: $950,000 Neighborhood: junction X factor: Conveniently located and competitively priced, this detached house, divided into three rental apartments, might be an appealing secondary … Read more

Theatre legend Ross Petty said farewell to the panto

“I’m in a state of chaos, anxiety — all of the above, really.” The rich baritone at the other end of the line is Ross Petty, 76, who’s relishing his final few days as villain-in-chief at Ross Petty Productions. I interview him Friday morning. By Saturday night, Petty’s days of pantomime were behind him. It’s … Read more

Here are the Star’s top theatre picks for 2022

Live theatre came back blazing to Toronto and the GTA in 2022. After the long hiatus of COVID-19 lockdowns and continued frustration as the Omicron surge slowed things down again, many theatres started presenting in-person shows in March. And by summer, the scene was at high velocity with full seasons at the Stratford and Shaw … Read more

TikTok most popular list in Canada for 2022 #ForYou campaign

TikTok has taken a page from the Spotify school of data analysis and released #ForYou, an end-of-year marketing campaign which celebrates the trends, creators and sounds which dominated Canadian feeds this year. This year, citing internal trend analysis from January to October 2022, TikTok is celebrating successes across communities big and small, including #BookTok, #TransTok … Read more

Air Canada best airline in North America in Global Traveler awards

A US-based magazine has named Air Canada the best airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year. This comes despite a significant amount of post-pandemic criticism of the airline. Every year, Global Traveler runs a survey amongst its readers on a number of categories, including best airlines, best hotels and best offshore business locations. … Read more

Fire engulfs the bedroom. Something blocks the door. A desperate rescue attempt. Then, he names the killer

Warning: This story contains graphic details. In six days — on July 11, 2018 — Rich Taylor’s family is scheduled to fly to Greece. His secret will be exposed when they land. The 42-year-old elementary school teacher is broke and can’t pay for anything. For years he has lied about his debt to everyone. Especially … Read more

Conservation officers’ semi-automatic guns cause tension in B.C.

VANCOUVER—Theo Hallamby was baffled to learn what kind of guns conservation officers in British Columbia are now using. “That’s completely unnecessary. Are they trying to shoot 10 bears at once?” said the retired detective in the BC Conservation Service’s major investigative unit. The officers have traded in bold-action rifles for semi-automatic longarm rifles. Conservation officers … Read more

Union knew but did nothing about actors’ unpaid wages for weeks

Actors who reportedly lost more than $500,000 after a talent agency abruptly ceased operations say their union did not warn them for weeks about complaints the agency was withholding wages. The Toronto Star has learned that the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the union representing some 200 clients of Compass Artist … Read more

Taylor Swift Eras Ticketmaster sales cancelled

Ticketmaster has canceled the public release of tickets to Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour. This week was supposed to go as follows: on Tuesday, fans with presale codes would be able to buy tickets. Capital One credit card holders would get to shop on Wednesday. And the general public would be able to buy whatever was … Read more