Trump Nominates Coats as Intelligence Director

President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as U.S. director of national intelligence, giving the retired lawmaker oversight of the spy agencies that have drawn skepticism from Trump. Coats, 73, probably would face close questioning by both Republicans and Democrats about how he views the intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia hacked Democratic Party […]

Hockey Canada boss stickhandles tricky issues

Long-time Hockey Canada staffer Scott Smith takes over from Tom Renney as president of the organization on July 1. Renney will remain chief executive officer, while Smith keeps the title of chief operating officer, a job he’s held since 2007. The Star sat down with Smith to discuss the future of the sport — from […]

Soldier denied promotion due to PTSD granted judicial review

A Canadian Armed Forces soldier who was denied a promotion because his post-traumatic stress disorder prevented him from completing a required course should have his case re-evaluated to reflect the military’s greater understanding of the condition, a federal court has ruled. Cpl. Joel Mousseau turned to the court to challenge what he called his “unwarranted […]

Adam Driver talks Martin Scorsese and Silence

NEW YORK—Adam Driver — the tall, lanky actor who has Lena Dunham’s Girls and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young on his resumé — is invited to Martin Scorsese’s house to discuss a new project. It’s late 2013. Driver shows up at the famous filmmaker’s home, and the two men, one starting out his career, the […]

Engaging Canadians: a #bankNOTEable process

Available as: PDF Distinguished guests, welcome. Welcome everyone. What a great day. A historic day. I would like to give a warm thanks to the young people who came this morning to take part in this event. I am very proud to be here with the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Status of […]

Ariana Grande to become a ‘Final Fantasy’ character Jan 2, 2017 , Last Updated: 7:34 PM ET Singer Ariana Grande is to become a character in the Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius mobile game. The 23-year-old singer announced on Sunday she would be appearing in the game, which was first released in Japan in October 2015. In a post on Instagram she wrote, […]

Our Top Five from 2016

Our Top Five from 2016

Just before we kick off another year of blogging, it’s worth taking a moment to look back and single out what for us were some of the big stories, breakthroughs or findings in genetics from last year. Here is our top five. Diversity — For a very long time, medical research in general has focused […]

Canadian vinyl record pressing plant closes

CALGARY—It appears one of the only vinyl record pressing plants in Canada has shut down its operations. Canada Boy Vinyl opened in Calgary in September 2015 expecting to take advantage of a surge in record sales — a Nielsen music report at the time said sales jumped by 52 per cent in 2014. Its machines, […]

Pedestrians waiting at light at risk of icy soaking: The Fixer

Fixing one problem can sometimes create another, like vehicles speeding through a large puddle to catch a green light that’s about change. New traffic signals were installed not long ago at the intersection of Glebemount and Mortimer Aves., in response to the growing volume of traffic on Mortimer, just east of Toronto East General Hospital. […]