Author André Alexis on the importance of ‘play’ in pandemic-set audio drama

By Adina Bresge, The Canadian PressSun Aug 16 2020 10:00 André Alexis says it’s important to hold onto our sense of play during a pandemic. In fact, the award-winning Canadian author says his new audio drama started as a game between him and his partner’s daughter. To help pass the time in lockdown, Alexis set […]

Daniel Levy promotes University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada course

By The Canadian PressWed Aug 19 2020 14:47 TORONTO — “Schitt’s Creek” star and co-creator Daniel Levy is taking a free University of Alberta course called Indigenous Canada — and he wants others to join him. The Toronto−raised actor, writer and showrunner promoted the online course in a video on his social media. Levy said […]

Generosity from Canadians to Lebanon prompts increase to federal matching fund

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press Wed Aug 19 2020 17:48 OTTAWA — The federal government is increasing how much it will match in contributions to humanitarian relief in Lebanon following an outpouring of support from Canadians. International Development Minister Karina Gould announced on Aug. 19 that the government will now match up to $8 […]

‘I thought I did something wrong:’ Video shows Mountie entering home with axe

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian PressWed Aug 26 2020 17:57 STANLEY MISSION, Sask. — The RCMP in Saskatchewan is reviewing the behaviour of an officer captured on video yelling, swearing and carrying an axe into a home where a man inside had self-harmed. Jonas Hardlotte lives in Stanley Mission, about 450 kilometres north of Saskatoon, […]

21-year-old young adult author gets 7-figure book deal

By The Associated PressThu Sep 03 2020 08:38 NEW YORK — A 21-year-old author has agreed to a seven-figure deal for a pair of young adult novels. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, announced on Sept. 3 that it would publish Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s highly anticipated debut, the thriller Ace of Spades, […]

No grounds to charge officers in death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet: SIU

By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian PressWed Aug 26 2020 14:59 TORONTO — Regis Korchinski−Paquet fell to her death while trying to sidestep onto a neighbour’s balcony, said a report released Wednesday by Ontario’s police watchdog, which concludes there are no grounds to charge officers who were in her home at the time. The lengthy report […]

Canadian filmmakers hope small Toronto film fest slate will help them stand out

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian PressTue Sep 08 2020 14:45 TORONTO — Michelle Latimer was celebrating word that her documentary “Inconvenient Indian” made it into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival when she got a phone call with even bigger news. TIFF co−head Cameron Bailey got in touch in late July to say her series […]

Thomas King, Emma Donoghue among marquee authors on Giller long list

Thomas King and Emma Donoghue are among the blockbuster authors on the long list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. But even these cultural heavyweights face fierce competition this year from an eclectic crop of titles largely backed by independent publishers, including the first graphic novel to be nominated for the $100,000 honour.

Energy transition progression to slowly meet Paris Agreement, according to new forecast

By Hamish Penman, Energy Voice 08/09/2020 6:00 pm Governments are on course to miss the Paris Agreement with deep decarbonisation of the world’s energy system still 15 years away, according to a new forecast. DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook 2020 projects carbon dioxide emissions from energy use will fall by just 15% to 2035, before […]

Ontario back-to-school rules

By The Canadian Press Tue Sep 08 2020, 08:30:08 ONTARIO Ontario students will be back in class September, but their schedules and class sizes may vary depending on where they live. Back to class: Elementary students and many high schoolers will be in school five days a week in standard class sizes. However, secondary students […]