‘This is unbelievable’: Intense thunderstorm rolls through Toronto

Sunny skies darkened in the blink of an eye. A severe thunderstorm with “almost hurricane force winds,” according to one meteorologist, materialized out of nowhere Saturday afternoon, downing hydro linescutting power and smashing up houses across Ontario. “Wow, this is unbelievable,” said Weather Network meteorologist Mark Robinson in a video dispatch during the storm. Robinson … Read more

String of driveway carjackings a gunpoint ‘spree,’ Toronto police say

Three Toronto had their cars stolen from them at gunpoint while standing in their own driveways during early evening hours Wednesday, leading police to seek public help in what they’re residents calling a carjacking “spree”. The unsolved robberies all occurred in the northern part of the city near Sheppard Avenue East, in a stretch from … Read more

Murder trial sees video of two Métis hunters being gunned down on Alberta road

EDMONTON — A video of two Métis hunters being shot on a rural road was played in court Monday as a second-degree murder trial began for the shooter and his father. At the outset of the pandemic, in March 2020, Jacob Sansom, 39 and his uncle, Morris Cardinal, 57, were gunned down on a range … Read more

Here’s why McDonald’s has now decided to leave Russia

The Golden Arches are coming down, possibly for good, in Russia. And while the decision by fast-food giant McDonald’s to sell off its business there won’t cause the Russian economy to implode — at least not on its own and not immediately — it has set a precedent that could lead the way for other … Read more

Brady Robertson killed to 17 years for crash that GTA mom, her three daughters

A judge has judged a Caledon driver who tested at eight times the legal limit for THC to 17 years for “gambling with other people’s lives” and causing a 2020 crash that killed a schoolteacher and her three young daughters. The deaths of Caledon mom Karolina Ciasullo, 37, and her three daughters, six-year-old Klara, three-year-old … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: US deaths from COVID hit 1 million

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 9:30 am The US death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by … Read more

David Milgaard, who spent decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, dies at 69

David Milgaard could see I was a tad uneasy when he dropped by the Toronto Star newsroom unexpectedly in July 1993, dripping wet and half naked. It was a year after he had been freed from prison — after spending nearly 23 years behind bars as the victim of one of Canada’s most notorious miscarriages … Read more

Total lunar eclipse can be seen across Waterloo Region — and Canada — on Sunday night

WATERLOO REGION — Jim Goetz will look up to the sky on Sunday night to see an orange-red moon, and he is encouraging others to do the same. The moon will shine a red hue in the first total lunar eclipse visible in the region since January 2019, said Goetz, a member of the KW … Read more

Shot in the leg during the robbery of his Fairview Mall jewelry store, Konstantinos Voulgaridis is back home and resting, says son

Peter Voulgaridis was sitting in the back of his family’s St. Catharines jewelry store, inputting items to a computer when he heard a loud bang come from the front of the store. At first he didn’t think much of it. Karat Jewelers is near the entrance of Fairview Mall, where people are always milling about. … Read more

From poisoned pie to oiled-up train tracks: How ‘partisans’ are fighting a war of sabotage for Ukraine

The aspiring anti-war saboteur can fight for Ukraine using the crudest of weapons: oil, wire, a sledgehammer, or a device made of iron called a Shavgulidze wedge. These are all the tools needed to slow down, stop or derail Russian trains carrying weapons, equipment, supplies or fuel to the Ukrainian front lines, explains a self-described … Read more