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Education minister seeks 'innovative' ideas to stop class sizes from rising -- Stephen Lecce said average class sizes will increase just slightly this September to an average of about 22.5 students from 22 last year.

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Ottawa hit interim target for poverty reduction ahead of schedule, statistics reveal -- Some 850,000 Canadians have been pulled out of poverty since the Liberals were elected in 2015, according to the report released by Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos on Wednesday.

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How sustainable is your canvas tote? -- The short answer? Not as sustainable as you might think

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From ear wax treatment to sinus scans: The 11 medical procedures to be delisted or restricted under OHIP - The province has so far accepted 11 changes to OHIP coverage called for by an "appropriateness working group," totalling $83 million in savings, a spokesperson for Health Minister Christine Elliott said Thursday.

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Ontario to end funding for 'inappropriate' medical procedures

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Ontario moving ahead with municipal funding cuts in 2020, says Premier Doug Ford

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Jagmeet Singh answers reader questions on youth: Young people are 'crushed by the insecurity' of the future -- NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh visited the Star newsroom to answer some of your questions on the struggles facing Canadian youth. Here's what he had to say.

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Jagmeet Singh: It's time for a government that's on the side of young people -- Something special is happening across the country. Waves of young people are coming forward to demand a new deal for people — for themselves and their families, and for their kids. They're demanding economic justice. Climate justice. Social justice.

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Four people hurt, one with life-threatening injuries, following crash downtown, involving pedestrians -- Toronto paramedics arrived on scene near Bay and College Sts. around 3:20 p.m., where they found a man, two women, and a child all who had been injured, said deputy commander Evert Steenge. Three of them were on foot.

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Andrew Scheer said gay couples lack 'inherent' quality of marriage in video of 2005 speech unearthed by Liberals -- Liberals challenge Conservative leader to attend Ottawa Pride; Scheer's office says he supports gay rights but won't march in parade.

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Judge sentences Scarborough killer to life for 'horrific' murder of woman soon after she moved in with other man -- "Persons should not be fearful of physical violence or life ending consequences if they choose to end a relationship," Justice Leonard Ricchetti said, sentencing Chunqi Jiang to life for killing Guang Hua Liu on Thursday.

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Susan Delacourt: Truce talks failed at the height of SNC-Lavalin scandal, new book reveals

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Heather Scoffield:Income-gap figures don't speak to deepening poverty

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Rick Salutin: What antiquity can teach us about debt and climate change

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Tanya Talaga: It's time to permanently protect 1.3M hectares of 'breathing lands'

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Martin Regg Cohn: Economic clout is China's new leverage with Hong Kong

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Your Ward News editor gets the maximum one-year jail for hate promotion -- In sentencing James Sears, Ontario court Judge Richard Blouin said he would have handed down a much stiffer sentence had the law allowed.

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Construction to 'overhaul' dock near Billy Bishop Airport planned for this fall -- The revitalization of the walkway on Bathurst Quay is part of a larger plan that will include a public plaza and Irish cultural centre.

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Metrolinx removes on-duty GO bus driver who failed alcohol test -- 'This is a rare and very disappointing occurrence and we want to assure our customers that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated,' Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster said.

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L.L. Bean finally comes to Canada: Oakville flagship to be followed by 50 HBC locations -- The iconic Freeport, Maine-based purveyor of outdoorsy clothes will open its first-ever Canadian store in the Oakville Place mall.

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TIFF, TTC to hand out free movie vouchers again, as festival causes King St. streetcar detours -- Ambassadors will hand out thousands of vouchers, for both festival films and year-round screenings at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, to passersby on King St. on Sept. 5.

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Man accused in Markham quadruple murder makes brief court appearance -- Appearing via video-link, Menhaz Zaman looked tiny as he stared blankly at the jailhouse camera beaming his image to court. His case returns to court Sept. 19.

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Driver, 19, injured last week in Highway 407 collision dies -- The driver was critically injured when his car broke down and was rear-ended by another vehicle, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said at the time of the collision.

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Fire crews finally have massive blaze in Mississauga under control, 16 hours after it began -- Heavy black smoke could be seen from far away after the fire erupted around 4 p.m. Wednesday at a battery recycling plant.

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'One billion, here we come': How a would-be Toronto real estate empire fell apart in the Bridle Path -- At first, Toronto's most famous diet doctor seemed happy with his partnership with developers Norma and Ronauld Walton. That was before they used his money to buy a 20,000-square-foot mansion down the road from his in the Bridle Path.

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Emma Teitel: Elton John is wrong. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hypocrites -- Flying around the world on a personal plane may not sound like extraordinary behaviour for the über-rich but it is indeed hypocritical behaviour when the über-rich in question have a penchant for environmental activism.

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Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's allegations against officials could derail extradition, legal experts say -- Two extradition lawyers say Meng's defence team has a strong case if the allegations detailed in newly released court documents are true.

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Trans Mountain ready to restart construction on pipeline expansion -- Some of the project's main construction contractors will have 30 days to gather equipment, start hiring workers, and begin developing detailed work plans.

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Conservation groups want Parks Canada to backpedal on allowing e-bikes on trails -- The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Bow Valley Naturalists have written letters to Parks Canada urging officials to reconsider the decision to allow pedal-assisted e-bikes on trails in national parks.

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Singh says NDP wouldn't support Conservative minority -- NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of "disgusting prejudice" after a video resurfaced of a 2005 speech in which Scheer criticized same-sex marriages.

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Pompeo tells Trudeau U.S. is 'focused on helping' detained Canadians in China -- Talks centring around China's detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor and making progress on ratification of U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal.

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Ontario won't fine gas stations over pump stickers -- Premier Doug Ford is abandoning plans to punish gas station owners with fines of up to $10,000 a day for not posting stickers targeting federal carbon pricing, the Star has learned.

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Get everything you need to know about the federal election in your inbox with The Lead newsletter -- The Lead is a new newsletter that aims to become an essential part of your morning routine: a must-read, can't-miss guide to all the latest election news from across the country.

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Ontario Liberal leadership candidates begin paying hefty entry fees -- Declared candidates have to pay the party the first $60,000 instalment in the $100,000 entry fee by Monday.

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Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof -- Brazil's National Institute for Space Research said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday.

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Rohingya Muslims are supposed to be going home to Myanmar. Why aren't they? -- More than 730,000 Rohingya started fleeing to Bangladesh two years ago this Sunday. They were promised by governments their return to Myanmar was imminent. But that promise has been broken, time and again.

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Epstein's sex ring employed his network of shell companies, lawsuits claim -- Claims against his $578 million estate, its executors and the companies themselves add new allegations to those he faced when he committed suicide in jail awaiting charges of sex trafficking

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Hong Kong students plan class boycott for protest demands

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Indigenous communities are living with the crises of climate change. Some call it environmental injustice -- The people of Kashechewan have been evacuated 12 times since 2004 due to flooding or the risk of flooding of the mighty Albany River.

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Toronto has a flooding problem. 'Our streets, our pipes ... everything is designed for the wrong climate' -- Rising temperatures that accompany climate change can increase the odds of intense rainfall. But those heavy rains fall on Toronto neighbourhoods serviced by sewers built a century ago.

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First, plant a tree. Advice from changemakers on how to take action on climate change -- We all need to act on climate change — and quickly. Here's how to get started, find hope, and stay motivated to make change.

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My narcissist husband is destroying our marriage: Ask Ellie -- It's become common to label people who are self-centred or egotistical as a narcissist. Many people demonstrate some of those tendencies over time, but only between 0.5 and 1 per cent of the general population is diagnosed with narcissism personality disorder, writes Ellie Tesher.

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Travel dilemmas: How to avoid being a jet-lagged zombie -- Jet lag can put you in a mental haze that can lead to agonizing disruptions. Here's what you can do to avoid it.

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Musical manager Charlie Montoyo likes his baseball with a side of salsa -- Toronto's salsa scene once made it a destination for Latin American players. Jays manager and self-taught musician Montoyo is helping revive that tradition.

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Gregor Chisholm: Marco Estrada was the quiet hero of the Blue Jays' post-season runs -- There were bigger names and bigger personalities but no one put up better numbers in the 2015 and 2016 playoffs than the right-hander reportedly heading into retirement.

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'A low geography IQ.' Oakland Raiders punter arrives in Canada wearing 'Winnipeg, Alberta' shirt -- A.J. Cole says sorry after wearing geographically challenged T-shirt.

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Patriots safety Patrick Chung indicted on cocaine possession charge -- Authorities said Chung, who has been an integral part of the Patriots defence during his stints with the team, knowingly possesed cocaine on June 25 in New Hampshire.

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WeWork office-sharing rival Industrious lures cash from Equinox, Canada Pension -- New York-based startup raises $80M from backers as WeWork looks to raise more than $3B in its IPO next month, and billions more in debt financing

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Facebook's Libra bets it can bank the unbanked -- The crypto industry has struggled to get consumers to use it for daily transactions, and the bar for reaching unbanked adults in particular could be even higher.

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Estate planning for Fido: How to make sure pets live the good life if you go -- If four-year-old Gracie's parents die, a trusted family member receives $10,000 from their estate to care for the Bernese Mountain Dog and poodle mix

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Jim Gaffigan knows what audiences want in 2019: authenticity over facts -- The superstar comedian, who has a new standup special on Amazon, seems more comfortable now with toying with a crowd, writes Garnet Fraser.

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MTV Video Music Awards will boast Sopranos actors, and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello together onstage

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Toronto's Dundas and McCaul corner to get a Brian Jungen sculpture -- The celebrated artist of Indigenous and European heritage has been commissioned to fill the space left by the removal of Henry Moore's Large Two Forms.

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Search the Star's database of Ontario's top-billing doctors -- Database includes names and billing details provided by the Ministry of Health for almost 200 of the highest-billing physicians in the province.

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A gallery owner told me the Yorkville Swindler was scheming again. So I tracked him down -- Albert Allan Rosenberg, 76, has fooled lovers and investors into believing he is a billionaire Swiss baron. A year out of jail, I found him in a ritzy Midtown apartment, going by the name Rothschild.

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Expert who gave more than 100 assessments in Ontario child protection cases lied about credentials for years, judge finds -- Lawyers are calling for an independent review after a judge found psychologist Nicole Walton-Allen was not qualified to assess whether children should be taken from their parents — an outcome called the "capital punishment" of Ontario's child-protection system.

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One of Ontario's top-billing doctors resigns following Star investigation -- Dr. Christopher Anjema has resigned his position as head of ophthalmology at a Chatham hospital in the wake of a Star investigation into doctors who receive the most from the public purse.

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Allergan breast implants linked to rare cancer pulled in global recall -- The voluntary recall comes after the U.S. regulator warned the continued use of the implants would likely cause serious health problems and potentially death.

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Inspectors visited temp agencies supplying Fiera Foods and its affiliates, where 4 workers have died since 1999. Here's what they found -- An Employment Standards Act charge has been laid against one temp agency for allegedly obstructing a Ministry of Labour investigation

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When vintage clothing speaks fluent New York -- As I get older, I find myself more interested in wearing items of clothing that reflect, down to a microscopic level, my history, writes Jon Caramanica.

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The real reason fashion brands are apologizing to China -- A personal take on the latest style scandal

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The only 10 pieces you need to update your fall wardrobe -- Is that a chill in the air, or are we just excited for our favourite shopping season?

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$619,000 in Dundas, $476,000 in Mississauga: What these condos got -- The listing and sale details of recently sold GTA properties

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$785,000 in Pickering, $810,000 in Aurora: What these houses got -- The listing and sale details of recently sold GTA properties

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From Forest Hill to Oshawa, these properties are on the market: Open House -- GTA homes for sale: See what's out there, and for how much

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Manitoba - Worsening economic numbers arrive on Manitoba campaign trail - Manitoba's economy is predicted to grow by 0.5 per cent this year, and it's 2020 projections are the lowest among provinces.

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Editorial -- Internet access for all should be a promise made by all political parties in the upcoming federal election.

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Nova Scotia -- Country music star George Canyon to run for Tories in Nova Scotia

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Star Vancouver -- Wilson-Raybould says 'blind loyalty' to party leaders swayed her toward independent run

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It's all roses for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio -- If you want the coolest-looking and probably best-performing SUV around, look no further.

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NASCAR is expanding internationally, and China is next on the list -- As NASCAR trucks gear up for annual CTMP visit, a Canadian talks about establishing the brand just about everywhere.

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Cliff Lafreniere: Don't ignore auto recall notices -- The purpose of a recall notice is to make a vehicle safer for driving, which should be a priority for all motorists.

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