By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Tues., March 26, 2019 Either print books are a delight for the eye and a joy to hold — as beautiful and useful as the designer and craftsman William Morris recommended — or they are a social embarrassment to be disposed of by stealth in the dark of night. I can only say that I like them very much. Another American study reveals that reading to children from print books enthralls them while ebooks read on a tablet leave them distracted. Even when a digital “dog” barks when the word is tapped on a screen, or a “seagull” dutifully cries, children aren’t entranced. You can try this at home. Children like multicoloured images, turning the page and chatting about the story with the patient adult who cuddles them and who will read the story over again, and again, and again, if asked. But perhaps that is just ever-obedient me. But when it comes to adult books, print is mere ash. If you … [Read more...] about What does it mean when you can’t give books away?
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By Wendy Gillis Crime Reporter Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 The weather suddenly changed in early December 2017, when Toronto police investigators obtained a judge’s permission to covertly enter serial killer Bruce McArthur’s apartment — and the patterns of the self-employed landscaper naturally shifted. Police had been surveilling McArthur for months, as a suspect in the death of Toronto man Andrew Kinsman. Detectives had established when he came and went from this Thorncliffe Park apartment, travelling to jobs around the city, often leaving at 9 a.m. and not returning until after dark. Snow and cold temperatures changed everything at a crucial time in their probe. “It made it very difficult to predict anything that he was going to do,” Det. David Dickinson, a lead investigator on the McArthur investigation, said in an interview Monday. Nonetheless, police went ahead with a surreptitious entry on December 7, 2017, copying a USB drive, … [Read more...] about Toronto police on how they caught Bruce McArthur: ‘We got aggressive and thank goodness we did’
By Raju Mudhar Staff Reporter Fri., Nov. 2, 2018 Does fun exist anymore if it doesn’t end up on Instagram? From the permanent to the pop-up, from mirrored rooms to rainbow-coloured junk food, Toronto is in the midst of a wave of attractions tailor-made for selfie seekers. Even bars and restaurants, and public art, are frequently made with social media in mind. The newest contender providing a great backdrop for your next snapshot (or Snapchat) is the Museum of Illusions, opening Nov. 7, just steps away from St. Lawrence Market, part of a global franchise that started in Croatia three years ago. Micheala Radman, owner of the Toronto outpost, has been working on the launch for two years, but can understand the current flurry of places that may be feeding on people’s narcissism. “Instagram is here to stay, and it is driving purchasing and behaviour,” says Radman. “When I was approached about this, I immediately looked at the … [Read more...] about Toronto’s Museum of Illusions is tailor-made for Instagram
By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Wed., Sept. 26, 2018 Inspired this week by the companies formerly known as Michael Kors, Weight Watchers and Dunkin’ Donuts, I have decided to also change my name. People, I’m open to suggestions. I’d like to mix it up and at least try out a new first name, one that isn’t easily confused by a single consonant. If I had a dime for every time a reader started an email with “Dear Vijay,” I’d now be living a life of luxury in Tahiti, where my mansion servants would simply address me as “Sir.” Sir, your Grey Goose martini. Sir, the Gulfstream IV is ready. Sir, Halle Berry is waiting in the parlour. That said, maybe I should rebrand and ditch the ethnic connotations. Article Continued Below I don’t know. Earl? Michael? Chad? Sebastian? Brown Ivy? I’ve always loved the name Steve. But when I picture a “Steve,” he is an outdoorsy, … [Read more...] about Changing your name could change your life. Just ask Dunkin’ Donuts
By Sahar Fatima Toronto Star Wed., April 18, 2018 Check This Space looks at how millennials live in Toronto, taking readers inside the homes and lives of some of the city’s favourite social media personalities. Watch for regular instalments of this series on thestar.com. Hatecopy, a.k.a., Maria Qamar, is a 27-year-old Canadian artist and Instagram star known for creating pop art inspired by her life as a young, South Asian woman. With about 125,000 Instagram followers, a recent book called Trust No Aunty, an Elle Canada cover and shout-outs from the likes of Mindy Kaling under her belt, Qamar has come a long way from her days as a junior in advertising. Eager to live on her own away from home, Qamar first moved away from her parents’ Mississauga home when she got into Seneca College’s Markham campus for advertising. After landing a job in Toronto after graduating, Qamar moved to the city and never left. She moved into this one-bedroom, … [Read more...] about Inside the Distillery apartment of Instagram star and artist Hatecopy