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Shree Paradkar: Whataboutism is just a trolling tactic — and it deserves to be shut down

This much is for sure: there’s no dearth of injustices around the world. But just when you tackle the proverbial elephant, up pops this logical fallacy: “What about that other bit here, what about that bit there?” When I, as a Canadian from India, write about racism and white supremacy, the predictable question is, “But […]


South Korea swapped practice numbers to confuse Swedish ‘spy’

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA—Sweden coach Janne Andersson makes no bones about spying on South Korea’s training sessions ahead of their game at the World Cup. The South Koreans responded by swapping players’ numbers around to confuse the Swedish “spy” because, in the words of coach Shin Tae-yong, “it’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.” […]

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Donald Trump makes 100 false claims for second consecutive week

WASHINGTON – Until this month, U.S. President Donald Trump had not made more than 60 false claims in any single week of his presidency. He has now made 100 false claims in each of the last two weeks. After shattering his old record by uttering an astonishing 103 false claims two weeks ago, an average […]


Japan executes cult leader behind 1995 subway gas attack

The leader of a cult in Japan whose followers released deadly gas in the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands, was executed Friday, Japanese media reported. The cult leader, Shoko Asahara, was one of 13 people sentenced to death in connection with the attack. He was hanged Friday morning along with […]


Toronto Star bestsellers for the week ending July 7

5. Then She Was Gone, Lisa Jewell, Atria/37 Ink (11) 6. The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware, Simon & Schuster (5) 7. The Outsider, Stephen King, Scribner (6) 8. When Life Gives You Lululemons, Lauren Weisberger, Simon & Schuster (4) 9. The Home for Unwanted Girls, Joanna Goodman, HarperPaperbacks (11) 1. Educated, Tara Westover, […]


YouTube prank sparks discussion of online teen safety

A YouTube prankster has become an unlikely spokesperson for teen online safety, but experts say online child luring is no trick. Coby Persin, whose YouTube channel is known for prank videos with a touch of social commentary, tricked teenage girls he met online to meet him in person. SNAPCHAT: @cobypersin “What we found is something […]


Toronto trailblazer Zanana Akande given Key to the City

Growing up in Toronto’s Kensington Market, Zanana Akande, 80, learned the importance of banding together to build community. Those lessons would ultimately inspire her life’s work in fighting for equality and improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women, for which she was honoured on Saturday by Mayor John Tory with a ceremonial […]


Greyhound Bus catches fire on the QEW

A Greyhound Bus was engulfed in flames early Sunday morning on a Mississauga stretch of the Queen Elizabeth Way. Shortly after midnight, the Ontario Provincial Police and Mississauga Fire responded to the call for a vehicle fire near Cawthra Rd. All westbound lanes on the QEW were closed in the area, but have since reopened. […]


Two people killed in Etobicoke shooting

Two people were fatally shot early Sunday morning in northern Etobicoke, according to a spokesperson for Toronto Paramedic Services. Toronto Police received a call shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, and arrived at Lightwood Dr., a residential street in the Kipling Ave. and Albion Rd. area. The two victims, both men in their 20s, were […]


Woman dead after shooting in North York

A woman has has died after an early morning shooting in North York. Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, Toronto Paramedic Services received a call about a shooting on Replin Rd. in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood. The victim, a woman in her 30s, was transported to a local trauma centre with life-threatening injuries, where she […]