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Poll suggests Ontarians feel ‘more depressed’ and ‘upset’ after a year of COVID-19

After a year of COVID-19, most Ontarians are feeling more depressed and more upset than they were before the pandemic, a new poll suggests. The Campaign Research survey for the Toronto Star found 50 per cent of respondents feel “more depressed” than they did before… Read More »Poll suggests Ontarians feel ‘more depressed’ and ‘upset’ after a year of COVID-19

Selling your wedding date: How some Toronto couples are trying to recoup thousands of dollars in sunk costs thanks to COVID-19

When Celina Aguirre and Alan Cuthbert cancelled their wedding in early 2021, they had already rebooked their May 30, 2020 celebration for Sept. 11 of this year. About 50 of their guests would have been arriving from Mexico, including Aguirre’s mother. The couple had already… Read More »Selling your wedding date: How some Toronto couples are trying to recoup thousands of dollars in sunk costs thanks to COVID-19

How a massive ‘dumb money’ movement sent GameStop’s stock price soaring and cost Wall Street millions

Jess Carignan is a flight dispatcher from Quebec City. Justin Niklaus runs a family bakery in Owen Sound. David Halpert publishes a cannabis magazine in North Toronto. This week, they were among the millions of amateur investors who took part in a trading frenzy that… Read More »How a massive ‘dumb money’ movement sent GameStop’s stock price soaring and cost Wall Street millions

The pandemic has taken a toll on mental health in Canada. Will it also change mental health care?

How has the pandemic hurt the psyche of Canadians? It’s a question that nagged at Michael Cooper since Canada’s first COVID-19 cases were identified. Sitting on a call with his colleagues at Mental Health Research Canada on March 10, Cooper discussed how the pandemic had… Read More »The pandemic has taken a toll on mental health in Canada. Will it also change mental health care?

This Toronto homeowner was shocked when her condo fees jumped over 30 per cent within two years. The province’s auditor general wants better disclosure rules for developers

When Danila Zeneli saw the listing for what would be her first home in Toronto, the condo fees for the downtown one-bedroom were just $287.34 a month. But by 2017 when she moved in, those fees had already gone up. And in 2018 they jumped… Read More »This Toronto homeowner was shocked when her condo fees jumped over 30 per cent within two years. The province’s auditor general wants better disclosure rules for developers

Adamson Barbecue arrestee must take a COVID-19 test as a bail condition. Several lawyers say the requirement is outrageous and ‘likely unlawful’

A man arrested after allegedly spitting at police during a fracas outside Adamson Barbecue must undergo a COVID-19 test and disclose the results as a condition of his bail — a requirement several lawyers said is “unreasonable” and “likely unlawful.” Michael Belito Arana was arrested… Read More »Adamson Barbecue arrestee must take a COVID-19 test as a bail condition. Several lawyers say the requirement is outrageous and ‘likely unlawful’