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S&P downgrades Ontario

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http://www.thestar.com — Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the credit rating of the cash-strapped Ontario government, which could impact the cost of borrowing.The agency on Monday announced it was lowering its long-term issuer credit and senior unsecured debt ratings on Ontario to A+ from AA- and affirming the province’s A+ short-term and commercial paper ratings.“The downgrade reflects our view t Read More
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Canada in recession, rate cut likely: TD

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http://www.thestar.com — Toronto-Dominion is the latest major bank to declare a recession in Canada, saying the “balance of probabilities” has tipped in favour of another quarter-point rate cut next week.“It is likely the economy was in recession in the first half of the year,” thanks to the damage from a collapse in oil and commodity prices that has persisted since 2014, senior economist Rand Read More
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Huge challenge to regulate Uber and taxis together

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http://www.thestar.com — There are many potholes on the road to new rules for taxis, limos and Uber, as promised Monday by Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard).“This is a big window for city council to make radical changes to how the taxi industry is regulated in Toronto,” said Sunil Johal, policy director at the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto. But Johal said that “there are many la Read More
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My daughter's run-in with Ezra Levant at her first protest: Porter

Posted by Oped 7 hours ago Toronto Star| my daughters runin ezra levant protest porter All
http://www.thestar.com — My daughter’s first protest started off with a fight.We were standing in a crowd of vegans on the lawn before Queen’s Park, watching right-wing broadcasting bully Ezra Levant cross-examine a man dressed up like a chicken.Lyla asked what he was doing. I told her that he was belittling him, because Levant doesn’t believe climate change is being caused by humans.“That Read More
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South Carolina state senate votes to remove Confederate flag

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http://www.thestar.com — The South Carolina state senate moved on Monday to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in response to recent church shootings in Charleston.In a preliminary vote, a measure to lower the flag won Senate approval 37 to 3. The Senate is expected take a final vote on Tuesday and send the measure to the House, where it is expected to pass this week.The battle flag has still been fl Read More
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Sale’s strikeout streak ends, but White Sox pitcher shuts down Jays

Posted by Oped 7 hours ago Toronto Star| sales strikeout streak ends white sox pitcher shuts jays All
http://www.thestar.com — CHICAGO—Heading into Monday’s game here all eyes were on Chris Sale, the White Sox’s long-limbed lefty who was looking to become the first pitcher in baseball history to record 10 or more strikeouts in nine straight games. The spindly 26-year-old tied Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez last week as the only pitchers to whiff at least 10 in eight straight.But while Sale failed to st Read More
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Stay off the grass: Toxins keep kids off North York school’s field for two years

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http://www.thestar.com — Seven-year-old Gavin Junkins stands at the fence, his fingers wrapped around the wire, staring at a green, grassy field he can’t touch.“I remember when you could just run on,” said the Grade 2 student at Portage Trail Community School.For the past two years, Gavin, along with about 500 other students in this North York neighbourhood, has been barred from using the field behin Read More
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Retrial ordered in ‘sexsomnia’ case

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http://www.thestar.com — A Brockville area man will face a new trial for sexual assault after Ontario’s top court found that it’s worth considering whether the man committed the act while he was asleep. It’s the sexsomnia defence. Ryan Hartman was convicted by an Ontario Court judge in 2012 of sexually assaulting a woman at a house party and later sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment and three Read More
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