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Toronto hit by blackout after transformer fire

A fire at a Toronto transformer station knocked out power to much of the city on Monday, snarling traffic in the midst of a blistering heatwave, but appearing to have little impact on financial markets.

John Spears Toronto Star
Miller hails votes on water, trash
Miller hails votes on water, trash

If you live in Toronto, get ready to pay 9 per cent more for water next year, just as you did this year, last year, and the year before. And just as you likely will every year until 2014.

World's tallest tower in UAE closes

The world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, the tower's owner said.

Canadian Teachers Suspended After Sexually Suggestive Pep Rally Dance [Video]

During a pep rally at a Winnipeg high school, a student recorded two of the school's teachers performing a sexually suggestive dance on the gym's floor, which has been since called "Two Teachers, One Chair".

Beating the Streets: Taking in Nuit Blanche

For the third year in a row, Toronto will pull an all-nighter to highlight the best of the city's art culture in its wildly successful Scotiabank Nuit Blanche event.

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle to open this summer

Hard Rock International has announced it will open a Hard Rock Cafe in the heart of downtown Seattle this summer. The 14,0000-square-foot Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will open at 116 Pike Street in July.

Tiffany to Open a Second Store in Toronto

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) today announced plans for a spring 2009 opening of an approximately 6,200-square-foot store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre, one of Canada’s premier shopping destinations, located at Dufferin Street...

Palin's specs a tough buy in Toronto Daphne Gordon Toronto Star
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Riding the Rocket in Toronto
Riding the Rocket in Toronto

Where can you get married, eat breakfast in a jewelry store and get divorced, all in one trip? Rebecca Stevenson discovers karaoke bars, ethnic cafés, a brewery and a castle on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line. All on one $9 day pass.

Going Concerns: Where Can You Go To The Bathroom In T.O. If Nature Calls?

By now you've heard the debate about public washrooms and whether they're a no go in this city. But until all the confusion about whether you can or can't use them is cleared up, the question remains: where CAN you - as the British so euphemistica...

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama

VANCOUVER — Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama opened a two-day "peace summit" here Sunday, urging an audience of some 1,200 people to nurture a spirit of "warm-heartedness" to help foster world peace.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty jokes with reporters and admits he blew it when it came to the legislation, during a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said "every once in a while, you step in it" in explaining his government's decision to back off limiting teenage drivers with a G2 graduated licence to just one other teen in their vehicle.

Kamikaze pilot crashes plane into federal tax agency building in Austin, Texas

An enraged software engineer went on a suicide mission yesterday by flying his small plane into an Internal Revenue Service office building in Austin, Texas.

South Carolina congressman proposes bill to ban US currency in state and use gold and silver coins instead

South Carolina State Rep. Mike Pitts has introduced a bill that would ban the recognition or use of US currency in South Carolina. The lawmaker says if the Federal Government continues to spend at the current rate, there’s a chance the U.S. econom...

U.S. bobsledder Bill Schuffenhauer arrested for domestic violence at Vancouver Winter Olympics

A U.S. bobsleigh athlete was arrested Wednesday in Whistler, B.C., for allegedly assaulting his domestic partner. RCMP are recommending prosecutors that he will be charged with assaulting and threatening his common-law partner.

Social networking sites tell robbers when you are away from home

Sharing every happening in your life with friends and family on social networking sites is getting more and more popular. However, providing up-to-the-minute updates on websites such as Twitter or Foursquare has also made it a lot easier for users...

With Buzz, Google Plunges Into Social Networking MIGUEL HELFT and BRAD STONE The New York Times
Iran to Suspend Google's Gmail CHIP CUMMINS And JESSICA E. VASCELLARO The Wall Street Journal
Zakaria Amara was living in this home at the time of his arrest in spring of 2006.

Zakaria Amara, a man prosecutors say wanted to create a Canadian version of 9/11, was sentenced Monday to life in prison in Canada.

Elton John: Jesus was a super-intelligent gay man

British singer Sir Elton John has claimed Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man" in an interview with US magazine "Parade".

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, the world’s richest author, is accused of stealing ideas for "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire" from another British author's children’s book. Rowling was added as a defendant to an ongoing legal claim filed against her publisher ...

Navigate better in the labyrinth of social situations

Getting on with the in-laws, co-workers and friends can be difficult at times. One may not always know what to say or how to react in delicate situations. But fear not, there is a dim light at the end of the tunnel lit by a New York Times column t...

Pamela Anderson in Racy Silver Jumpsuit (PHOTOS)

Pamela Anderson showed off her "riches" while modeling for Richie Rich's fashion show on Wednesday night. Pam donned a racy silver jumpsuit barely covering her hot body, some fake tan that she later sweat off, causing streaks on her midriff and th...

Versatile Bunk Beds from DONCO Trading Company

Bunk Beds remain a favorite for the kids for obvious reasons, they are fun!

Italy says Swiss misused travel pact in Libya row

Italy accused Switzerland on Tuesday of misusing an agreement facilitating European travel to put pressure on Libya, prompting a Libyan ban on visas for much of Europe.

Next Generation Nissan Micra to Debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Nissan has today confirmed that its next-generation Micra will appear at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Health experts say you don't have to get fat during pregnancy

Pregnant women should be encouraged to eat a healthy diet instead of "eating for two" and do moderate exercise, according to a new health advice by NHS. The British experts say women do not even need to drink full fat milk or change the amount of ...

Indian firm designs "armoured golf buggy" to fight off terrorists

A mini armoured car, resembling a bullet-proof golf buggy with firing ports, has gone on display at an Indian arms fair. The car is designed for use in confined spaces such as airports and hotels targeted in terror attacks.

Nobel Peace prize may weigh heavily on Obama

Washington - The gold medallion given to recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize doesn't come with a ribbon, but the award could still end up being a weight around President Obama's neck.

Thai couples tie the knot in sky-high ceremonies on Valentine's Day

Brave brides and daredevil grooms have taken wedding nerves to a whole new level by getting married suspended high in the air off a cliff in a Valentine's Day "flying" ceremony.

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