By Veronica Sheppard Special to the Star Wed., July 4, 2018 George Herbert Cordner didn’t technically exist. The government had no record of him ever being born, attending school, enlisting in the military or getting a driver’s license. But he did live. He was my grandfather. When he was born, 100 years ago this year, it was common for mothers to deliver children at home. In most cases, following the newborn’s arrival, the parents would choose a name and the father would go to the hospital to register the birth. This was supposed to be the case for George and his six siblings; each one was born to Anne and Edward Cordner in Toronto at their Spadina Rd. home. The pair were known to disagree often, but Edward dutifully took care of the paperwork regardless. Time marched on. The family moved to Montrose Ave. near Christie Pits, the siblings went to high school near High Park and eventually found jobs in the city. Having a more relaxed system … [Read more...] about He thought his name was George. Then he found out he didn’t exist.
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By Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press Laura Kane Sat., June 30, 2018 NEW DELHI—Canadian Press reporters travelled to South Africa and India to investigate the growing epidemic of drug resistance, which experts describe as the single greatest threat to human health on the planet. This is the final story of a six-part series exploring how the unfettered use of antibiotics pushes humanity closer to a post-antibiotic era in which common infections may be impossible to treat. The R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship helped fund the project. Pranav Johri completed five rounds of antibiotics to treat a persistent prostate problem in his early 30s, but his case flummoxed doctors because the medicine seemed to make him worse. “My entire life had become so limited,” says the 35-year-old workaholic from India’s capital city, recalling how he couldn’t summon strength for much more than a small meal in between long naps. The … [Read more...] about A century-old cure may help ward off superbugs, the ‘global climate change of health’
By Cathrin Bradbury Special to the Star Fri., June 29, 2018 Mary turns to face me in the front hall, curls piled on her head like a dark cloud about to let go. I’ve just fed her a vegan-ish dinner, and I could tell between mouthfuls of kale soup that she was working up to something. “Mom, I should tell you before I leave.” Mary is recently launched, setting up house in a microscopically small, stiflingly hot bachelor apartment in an east-end mid-rise. “I’ve decided to get married.” “Oh? I thought you broke up with Frank,” I say, lightly. “Carl. His name is Carl, Mom. It’s not that hard to remember.” Actually, it is. Irritatingly, he has two first names instead of a last name and a first name. Let’s call him Carl Frank. And he is hapless, to boot. An easy boy for a mother to forget. Article Continued Below “Not to Carl, Mom. To someone new, someone I haven’t met yet.” … [Read more...] about A feminist squares off with her daughter, who wants to marry young
By Jacques Gallant Legal Affairs Reporter Paul Hunter Feature Writer Vjosa Isai Staff Reporter Fri., March 16, 2018 Warning: This article contains graphic details. To his friends and clients, Bruce McArthur was a gregarious white-haired landscaper who brought beauty to upscale Toronto neighbourhoods. But that pleasant demeanour masked a smouldering malevolence. He’s been charged with six counts of first-degree murder, accused of luring and murdering men, time and again. This is the story of a man who, under the nose of police in the heart of Toronto, is accused of dismembering and burying his victims; a master of duplicity who beguiled his friends and, despite the red flags, plied his deadly deceit in a trusting community. It’s an evolving portrait of evil, told through interviews, court documents and media reports, that depicts an alleged serial killer who, as one expert suggests, embodies “a level of … [Read more...] about How alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur hid in plain sight for years
By Ellie Advice Columnist Fri., March 16, 2018 I’ve been married for 18 months after dating for over a year. My husband is late-50s. I’m early-50s. Over the last year he’s been declining in our sex life to about twice a month. He’s told me he has absolutely no sex drive or desire. He constantly says how pretty I am, but won’t touch me. I ask and he mostly says no. When it does happen it’s always the same position and absolutely awful. I love my husband. He’s admitted that before me, he was with many women and was very sexually active. Article Continued Below I feel like a fat, ugly duckling who cannot spark my husband. I’ve suggested seeing doctors or a therapist, but he refuses. Meantime, my self-esteem is in the toilet and I fear my marriage won’t last. He’s adamantly insisted there’s no one else and I believe him. I cannot imagine the rest of my life spent like this. … [Read more...] about My husband’s sex drive has been declining. Should I end it?: Ask Ellie