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TTC officer convicted in ticket scam faces new charges

Posted on 16 January 2018

A former TTC officer convicted in a fake ticket-writing scheme is facing additional charges for allegedly harassing a former colleague and, in a separate incident, allegedly driving while impaired, the Star has learned.Michael Schmidt, 49, was convicted last June of obstructing justice and fabricating evidence for his role in a scam in which transit officers wrote fraudulent tickets to hom ...

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Ted Bolwell, former Toronto Star managing editor, was ‘tough as nails’

Posted on 16 January 2018

If you were a Toronto Star reporter in the mid-’70s, you knew better than to mess with Ted Bolwell, an Australian expat with the temperament of a Tasmanian devil.“He was tough as nails and had a tongue on him that could carve you up like a turkey if you didn’t perform to his standards,” said veteran automotive journalist Norris McDonald, who worked with Bolwell at the Star.For al ...

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‘I get things done,’ said hard-working, straight-shooting June Rowlands

Posted on 22 December 2017

Former Toronto Mayor June Rowlands spent almost two decades as a public servant.But she never wanted to be in the public eye. So much so, she would cover camera lenses with her hand as she brushed by the waiting media.That’s one reason why her political rivals dubbed her “The Invisible Mayor.”Another?Her penchant for policy, for crunching the numbers, for figuring out how to give taxpayers ...

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Sherman family’s private investigation is a bid to understand unexplained circumstances

Posted on 22 December 2017

When the family of Barry and Honey Sherman decided to conduct their own investigation into the couple’s deaths, they joined a list of other families who have made the same decision after a loved one died in unexplained circumstances.The pharmaceuticals mogul and his wife were found dead in their North York home last Friday. Toronto police later confirmed that the Shermans died of “ligature nec ...

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Lawyer Brian Greenspan to help Sherman family conduct own investigation

Posted on 21 December 2017

Grieving relatives of Barry and Honey Sherman have sought the help of a legal heavy hitter to conduct their own investigation into the couple’s deaths.Toronto lawyer Brian Greenspan confirmed to the Star Wednesday night that he is offering informal help to the family of the billionaire philanthropist and his wife, whose mysterious deaths have shocked the city.“I have been serving a ...

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Woman dies after being struck by a car near Mount Dennis

Posted on 19 December 2017

A woman has died after being hit by a car near Mount Dennis.Police were called to the area of Eglinton Ave. W. and Weston Rd. after they received a call about a woman who had been hit while crossing the street just after 5:30 p.m. on Monday.Paramedics arrived to the scene where they found the woman with life-threatening injuries, and rushed her to hospital.Const. Clint Stibbe of Toronto police con ...

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Barry and Honey Sherman sued builders of North York home

Posted on 19 December 2017

When Barry and Honey Sherman bought their North York property in 1985, they planned to spend $2.3 million to build their dream home.But they noticed problems with the home within months of moving in, in 1991, with Barry describing it as “a disaster.”After litigation against the house’s designers and builders, they wound up recouping $2 million of the contracted amount to construct the home, ...

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One man in serious condition after shooting in Scarborough

Posted on 13 December 2017

One man is in serious condition after a shooting in Scarborough Tuesday evening, Toronto police say. The victim, whose age remains unclear to police at this time, was located after police responded to reports of a person with a gun in the area of Lawrence Ave. E. and McCowan Rd. in Scarborough. No person with a gun was located, nor was any firearm found. Authorities found the victim on the ...

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Residents of Twin Pines Mobile Home Park on edge amid development plans

Posted on 11 December 2017

A plan to tear down a small mobile home park for a new housing development in Mississauga, Ont., has the small community of over 200 homes wondering where they’ll have to move and has seniors wondering how they’ll be able to afford a new house on their fixed income.The Peel regional municipality voted last week to dismantle the mobile home park and replace it with a new housing dev ...

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Seniors can go through airport security stress-free

Posted on 25 November 2017

(NC) For many seniors, the arrival of winter means a departure for warmer climates or visits to see family. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) offers some helpful to help you breeze through security at the airport as you start on your trip to the sun. Keep the 100 mL restrictions in mind. Containers of non-solid food, beverages or personal care prod ...