By Chantal Hébert Star Columnist Wed., Nov. 28, 2018 For the first time in 42 years, the curtain rose on the opening speech of a new party governing in Quebec’s national assembly on Wednesday. The circumstances could not have been more different than in 1976. Back then, the election of a Parti Québécois government had sent shock waves across the country. It propelled the unity issue to the forefront of the Canadian political conversation. There it remained for almost half a century. As recently as 2014, the possibility of the election of a majority PQ government under Pauline Marois prompted then-prime minister Stephen Harper to uncharacteristically reach out to the premiers and to the main federal opposition leaders for advice as to how to thwart the scenario of another referendum. By comparison, little drama attended the delivery by Premier François Legault of his Coalition Avenir Québec government’s opening speech on … [Read more...] about CAQ’s agenda could haunt federal parties in Quebec
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Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 All in one place — the books we’ve reviewed this week. Click on a link to take you to our review, or to purchase it on iBooks or Amazon. Arrivals In Pieces, Sally Field Over the past half century, Sally Field has made a seamless transition from perky ingenue to feisty survivor to resilient matriarch. Her memoir, which she wrote over seven years, introduces us to all those Sally Fields to construct the authentic woman she is today. Not the standard Hollywood bio. Read the Star’s review here. Article Continued Below Buy it on Amazon here. Buy it on iBooks here. Bob Dylan: A Year and A Day, Daniel Kramer Daniel Kramer’s portfolio of nearly 200 photographs of the iconic performer covers Dylan’s “big bang year,” when he went from simple folk singer to folk-rock-pop superstar. Kramer captures Dylan on the job and off, playing chess, buying boots, up a tree, at his ease. Read the Star’s review … [Read more...] about All in one place — the books we’ve reviewed this week. Click on a link to take you to our review, or to purchase it on iBooks or Amazon.
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Tues., May 22, 2018 Warning: Graphic details follow. It couldn’t have happened. Such was the disbelief of family, friends, doctors and hospital administrators as female patients confided they’d been sexually assaulted while semi-conscious, on the operating table, by anesthesiologist Dr. George Doodnaught. Some of the victims even doubted themselves, so persistently were they told that the very idea was preposterous, that they’d likely hallucinated the events, dreamt it under sedation. But they were telling the truth. Article Continued Below In 2013, Doodnaught — who practised at North York General Hospital for more than a quarter-century — was convicted on 21 counts of sexual assault and sentenced to 10 years. Twenty-one victims, aged 25 to 75. Except there were actually more but their complaints weren’t included in the prosecution’s case for various reasons. Such as the woman … [Read more...] about Toronto doctor stripped of licence after turning hospital into a ‘place of torment’
By Jacques Gallant Legal Affairs Reporter Wendy Gillis Crime Reporter Allan Woods Quebec Bureau Gilbert Ngabo StarMetro Toronto Tamar Harris Staff Reporter Andrea Gordon Education Reporter Tues., April 24, 2018 They checked for pulses, they performed CPR, they comforted the victims. They were ordinary people who provided food and water to the first responders, who came together amid the carnage on Yonge St. on Monday afternoon with acts of selflessness, generosity and kindness. These are but a few of them. Bill Perivolaris Perivolaris, a long-time TTC special constable, was heading to Yonge and Finch Ave. on Monday to respond to a “red alarm,” a silent alarm used for high-level emergencies triggered on a bus at the intersection, when he realized that the situation was far more serious than he had imagined. Article Continued Below “When I pulled around to the … [Read more...] about The ordinary Torontonians who tried to save lives and ease the hurt
By Robin V. Sears Columnist Sun., April 1, 2018 Every political hack is working hard to build momentum — but not too much — as a campaign launches. A certain momentum killer for the front-runner is the headline: “Majority Sweep Coming!” This is every seasoned campaign manager’s nightmare. First, it sets expectations too high. Second, it kills volunteers’ hunger and drive: “Hey, I guess I can dump that canvassing, they clearly don’t need me …” Third, for every new donor it may stimulate to give, it dulls the appetite of early supporters: “Well, they don’t need any more money from me!” Finally, it mobilizes the opposition to work even harder to bring you down — especially if you are the polarizing leader of a party out of power. Far better a headline that reads, “Purple Party Showing Momentum, Analysts Doubt It’s Enough To Win.” That’s a gift for a fundraising … [Read more...] about Headlines that haunt campaign managers