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Christina Aguilera’s new album Liberation has her feeling ‘like a brand new artist’

In the 20 years since Christina Aguilera’s arrival helped usher in a new era of pop, the performer has shown she’s unafraid of transformation. Aguilera famously torched the bubble-gum teen-pop image crafted for her with a pair of leather chaps and edgier genre-blending music that announced a young woman in full control of her agency. […]

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Caitlin Moran’s rollicking trip from slut-shaming ’90s to #metoo era

She’s back. The irrepressible Dolly Wilde has rebounded into our lives with all her teenage wit, angst and lust. How To Be Famous is the second novel in the planned trilogy by British author and funnywoman Caitlin Moran, a sequel to the 2014 bestselling How To Build a Girl. Dolly has reinvented herself, from a […]

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New horror books to make you break out in a cold sweat on a hot summer’s day

Fri., July 6, 2018 The Cabin at the End of the World By Paul Tremblay The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay, William Morrow, 270 pages, $33.50 cloth  (William Morrow) Unseen Figures: Selected Stories, by Steve Rasnic Tem, Valancourt Books, 340 pages, $23 paper.  (Valancourt Books) The Outsider, by Stephen King, Simon and […]

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Location, location, location: in these new books, where you are matters

Picturing yourself somewhere else is easy with these new titles where location is key. On the Up, Shilo Jones, McClelland & Stewart Bearskin, James A. McLaughlin, Ecco  (Ecco) On the Java Ridge, Jock Serong, Text  (Text Publishing) On the Up, Shilo Jones, McClelland & Stewart  (McClelland and Stewart) The Bleeds, Dimitri Nasrallah, Esplanade  (Esplanade Books) The Crossing, Jason Mott, […]

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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, […]

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Civilian Toronto police employee jailed after conducting illegal database searches

On a winter day in 2015, Erin Maranan logged on to her computer at a police detachment in Toronto’s northwest corner, a trove of confidential information at her fingertips. A temporary civilian employee, Maranan had access to information classified by police as “highly restricted.” The job represented a sharp turn on her vocational path, which […]

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My parents may find out I’m in the LGBT community because of this story, but these spaces make me feel accepted

By Evelyn KwongStaff ReporterKelsey WilsonToronto Star Sat., June 23, 2018 Following a “difficult year, including the discovery of deaths of several men in the community,” Pride Toronto executive director Olivia Nuamah is hoping to make safety and inclusiveness a priority. And it begins with safe spaces. We asked 7 Canadians in the LGBTQ community to […]

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Greyhound Bus catches fire on the QEW closing down all westbound lanes

A Greyhound Bus was engulfed in flames early Sunday morning in Mississauga, blocking half of Queen Elizabeth Way, in the area near Cawthra Rd. Shortly after midnight, the Ontario Provincial Police and Mississauga Fire responded to a vehicle fire in eastern end of the city. All westbound lanes on the QEW are closed, with no […]

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Nunavut’s new official name for cannabis — ‘surrarnaqtuq’ — leaves some with bad buzz

MONTREAL—There is a debate in the Arctic territory of Nunavut about how to translate the word that is on everybody’s lips these days. Cannabis will be legal across the country on Oct. 17 with the adoption of a bill in the House of Commons last week. Legislators in Nunavut passed their own local law this […]