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What makes a captivating biopic? TIFF directors, stars on their approach to the genre

A well-made biopic can make viewers feel more intimately connected with notable people than even a documentary can, say filmmakers who are mining the biographies of movers and shakers for projects presented at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Liberals commit $1.5M to help universities tackle on-campus sexual violence

The Liberal government is committing up to $1.5 million to help colleges and universities get better at dealing with sexual violence on campus.


Toronto police chief says shooting that injured 4 the result of gang violence

Toronto is on track to expect “hundreds” of more gang-related shootings before the end of the year, said Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders following a Saturday morning shooting in the city’s north end that injured four men.


Victims Of Markham Murders Identified As Family Of Charged Man

The four people found dead in a Markham, Ont., home over the weekend came from three generations of what appeared to be a happy family, friends said Tuesday, as they mourned the victims of what police called a quadruple homicide.


Steeltown or Hatetown? Hamilton tops country in hate crime reports

Hate crimes were reported relatively more frequently in Hamilton last year than in any other city in the country, according to new data from Statistics Canada.

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Forest fire threatening Ontario First Nation grows

A forest fire threatening a First Nation in northwestern Ontario has grown in size, officials said Thursday as more flights were planned to airlift residents out of the community.


Forest fire prompts full evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario

A full evacuation of a First Nation in Northwestern Ontario was under way Monday as a forest fire burned less than ten kilometres from the community.


Canadian filmmakers explore female bonds, mother-daughter relationships at TIFF

For Nicole Dorsey, director and writer of stylistic, psychological drama “Black Conflux,” creating of the film’s main character, Jackie, was about relaying her own experiences as a teenager.


Chrystia Freeland says she brought up case of imprisoned Canadian, with Cuban foreign minister

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday she raised the case of Benjamin Tomlin, a Canadian citizen imprisoned in Cuba, during a meeting with her Cuban counterpart earlier this week.


Harm reduction, student-led initiatives target binge drinking at Ontario universities

Reka Rossignol remembers feeling a mix of frustration and fear while trying to get an incoherent friend back to their dorm after a night of drinking during their first year in university.

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Tunisian man says he gave accused killer's messages, photos to Toronto-area cops

A video gamer in Tunisia says he has turned over to Toronto-area police disturbing messages and images that a Canadian man accused of killing four family members allegedly posted online.


Bernie Sanders says it’s an ‘embarrassment’ that Americans have to travel to Canada to buy inexpensive insulin

U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said it’s an “embarrassment” that Americans have to travel to Canada to buy cheaper medicine, pointing once again to Canada’s health-care system as a model for his country to emulate as he joined a group of diabetics on a trip to Ontario on Sunday.

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Illegal Toronto cannabis dispensary still selling despite arrests, cement blocks

Despite police raids, cement barriers blocking the entrance and arrests, a popular illegal dispensary chain continued selling products on Tuesday by moving its business outside.


Saskatchewan to host up to 2,000 wildfire evacuees from northern Ontario

The Saskatchewan government has agreed to host up to 2,000 people who have been forced from their homes by wildfires in northern Ontario.


Indigenous drummer group returns to Toronto park following confrontation

A group of Indigenous drummers returned Tuesday to a Toronto park where they faced a confrontation last week, saying they wanted to demonstrate their resilience following what they called an aggressive incident.


Calling all cinephiles: seven Canadian films to look out for at TIFF this year

Female voices and rookie filmmakers figure prominently among Canadian projects unspooling at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, with nearly half of the homegrown slate directed by women and many centring on mother-daughter relationships, female bonds and women in crisis.


CAMH to develop specialized form of psychotherapy geared toward South Asians

Canada’s largest mental health hospital is developing a specialized form of psychotherapy catered toward Canadians of South Asian origin to help members of that community overcome stigma around mental illness and seek treatment.


Freeland, British counterpart Raab present united front on Canadians detained in China

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her British counterpart presented a united front Tuesday when it came to voicing concerns about two Canadians detained in China.


New foundation announced in honour of 10-year-old Danforth shooting victim

Family, friends and loved ones of Julianna Kozis gathered Sunday for the launch of a foundation that will support grieving families in honour of the 10-year-old who was killed during a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown last year.


Northern Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency over water quality

An escalation of long-standing issues with its water supply pushed a First Nation in northern Ontario to declare a state of emergency, its chief said Tuesday as he called for help dealing with the problem.


More residents being moved out of Pikangikum First Nation as crews battle nearby forest fire

Residents of a First Nation threatened by a forest fire in Northwestern Ontario used air, land and water routes to leave their homes on Tuesday as authorities worked to find communities that could host them.


Southwestern Ontario farmers rush to plant crops after soggy spring delays work

The Essex County grain farmer is weeks behind in his planting schedule due to this year’s soggy and cool spring. A recent stretch of warm weather now has him scrambling to get his crops in the ground before it’s too late for them to grow fully through the season.