Buildings are a great start since they’re some of Canada’s worst polluters, representing 13 per cent of the country’s greenhouse-gas emissions. (Did you know that installing a smart shower head saves up to 80 per cent on water consumption and as much as $700 a year?) Here are 10 ways that tenants, homeowners and builders can make residences greener. So, imagine a shower head product that saves 80 per cent of water and energy, while also tracking savings in real time. Compact and cheaper than electricity and fuel oil, these devices provide a virtually unlimited supply of hot water, instantly heating it on command, resulting in roughly 96-per cent energy efficiency.
August 04, 2021 21:11 UTC
On Tokyo Daily, Brendan Dunlop chats with the Toronto Star’s Laura Armstrong about Andre De Grasse’s gold medal in the men’s 200-metre race. And Canada might just bring home two medals in men’s decathlon with Damian Warner leading the charge after Day 1 and Pierce LePage right behind him. The two also discuss De Grasse’s emotional response to winning the elusive gold medal, the skateboarding takeover at Tokyo and who will carry the flag for Team Canada at the closing ceremonies. Listen to this episode here or subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.
August 04, 2021 19:09 UTC
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Speedway Motorsports named Texas Motor Speedway executive Rob Ramage as the track’s new general manager on Wednesday after Eddie Gossage had overseen the facility through its first 25 seasons of racing. “After a nationwide search and interviewing some excellent candidates, we realized the best leader to carry Texas Motor Speedway into its next quarter century was already working in the offices outside of Turn 1,” said Marcus Smith, president and chief executive officer for Speedway Motorsports. Gossage worked for Speedway Motorsports for 32 years overall, and his final event was the first NASCAR All-Star race held in Texas in June. Before joining Speedway Motorsports, Ramage practiced law in Dallas. “I grew up with racing and have been a NASCAR and IndyCar fan for as long as I can remember, so every day at Texas Motor Speedway is exciting to me,” Ramage said.
August 04, 2021 18:33 UTC
Listen here or subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts, including YouTube, where Closed Captioning is available. Stay updated on episodes via our Twitter page. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters. For some in Indigenous communities, those discussions have actually been taking place for decades. Olivia Bowden visited the site of the former Mohawk Institute residential school, now a part of the Woodland Centre under the ownership of the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, to listen and try to understand how Canada should move forward in addressing the horrific legacy of the residential school system and honour the Indigenous children that were its victims.
August 04, 2021 18:22 UTC
Alberta ranchers hit hard during the pandemic last year are now dealing with drought conditions that are devastating vital grazing land and taking both a financial and emotional toll. In the cattle sector, it's led some livestock producers to face the difficult decision to start selling off their herds into a depressed market. In recent days, Vulcan County, Foothills County, Greenview, the County of St. Paul and Lac Ste. Brad Dubeau, general manager of the Alberta Beef Producers, said ranchers probably face one of the most difficult decisions they've had to make in several years. Ranchers who might decide to sell their cattle today may also face a financial "double-whammy," Lowe said.
August 04, 2021 18:10 UTC
But with this freedom comes social conundrums that could put people’s health at risk: Is it safe for a double-vaccinated couple to invite an unvaccinated friend over for dinner? Should you be concerned about your child, who is too young to get vaccinated, going to a daycare with unvaccinated staff? Whatever questions you have about vaccine scenarios, the Star wants to hear them. For each question, we’ll speak to a medical expert who can help determine potential risks depending on the situation. If your submission is chosen, the Star will not use your name or any other identifying personal details.
August 04, 2021 18:00 UTC
TOKYO—As he zoomed toward stardom, Andre De Grasse never seemed to be carrying anything on his skinny, greyhound shoulders. De Grasse’s coach Rana Reider had told him that if he was there at the bend he could win, and De Grasse came out with American Kenny Bednarek, stride for stride. Andre De Grasse moved from star to legend on this night, and everything it took to get there came down on him, finally. Before De Grasse came through the mixed zone a Canadian official arrived carrying his Puma shoes, these sudden artifacts, these weightless luminescent things. One day Andre De Grasse will finish this journey that he’s on, and he will leave those shoes for someone else to fill.
August 04, 2021 17:28 UTC
Canadian international Tajon Buchanan’s remarkable rise continued Wednesday when he was named an MLS all-star. The all-star roster was determined through a combination of fan, player and media voting (selecting 13 players), picks by all-star coach Bob Bradley (13 players) and the commissioner’s picks. The Seattle Sounders, who top the West, have the most players on the roster with six, including brothers Cristian and Alex Roldan. Buchanan will be joined at the all-star game by New England teammates Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou and Matt Turner. MLS All-Star Roster (with team and country, x- denotes voted in, c- denotes commissioner picks, the rest chosen by all-star coach Bob Bradley)Goalkeepers: x-Pedro Gallese, Orlando City SC (Peru); Matt Turner, New England Revolution (U.S.).
August 04, 2021 17:03 UTC
Can Apple TV Plus do for a movie version of “Come From Away” what Disney Plus did for “Hamilton”? Apple Original Films announced Wednesday that a film of the theatre musical “Come From Away” will premiere on streaming service Apple TV Plus on Sept. 10. Miranda also scored a best actor Golden Globe nomination while the movie was up for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Meanwhile, a film adaptation of “Dear Evan Hansen,” the Broadway show that beat “Come From Away” to the Best Musical Tony in 2017, will open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. “Come From Away” was created by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who will serve as executive producers of the film.
August 04, 2021 15:56 UTC
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August 04, 2021 15:35 UTC
Ontario is reporting another 139 COVID-19 cases and four new deaths. Ontario is reporting one more long-term-care home in outbreak, for a total of five or 0.8 per cent of LTC homes in the province. There are 1,493 cases in Ontario of the Beta variant first detected in South Africa, with no new cases reported the previous day. There are 5,164 cases of the Gamma variant first found in Brazil, an increase of one from the previous day. There are 4,909 cases of the Delta variant first detected in India, an increase of 25 from the previous day.
August 04, 2021 15:11 UTC
The team of researchers searching for evidence of unmarked graves at the former Shubenacadie Residential School in Shubenacadie, N.S., has concluded its search without finding graves connected to the institution. A statement from Sipekne'katik First Nation Wednesday said while the crews did find evidence of unmarked graves, those graves pre-date the period of the residential school by about 100 years and are connected to former landowners. The Shubenacadie Residential School operated from 1929 to 1967, and the building burned down years later. Ground-penetrating radar, a technique that has been used at other residential school sites in Canada, and was used in searches at the former Shubenacadie Residential School site in 2019 and 2020, was also used to explore what lies beneath the surface of the ground. A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for residential school survivors and others affected.
August 04, 2021 14:25 UTC
They include providing long-term care to anyone who needs it, increasing pay and benefits for long-term care workers in the private and non-profit sector, mandating four hours minimum of direct care per resident per day and increasing spending on home care to 35 per cent of total public spending on long-term care. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cdnpoli?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#cdnpoli</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZOhJgZ7cQm">https://t.co/ZOhJgZ7cQm</a> —@paulmanlyThousands of Canadians have died in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to widespread calls for changes. Of the $13.6 billion spent on long-term care in 2019-20, $13.2 billion was direct spending by provinces, says the report. Provision of long-term care is the responsibility of the provinces and territories, and the report notes that the federal health transfer does not specify an amount for long-term care. "The PBO report makes it clear that there must be serious investment from all levels of government in long-term care," he said.
August 04, 2021 14:04 UTC
Story ideas and tips can be sent to email@example.comJust beyond Red Deer's city limits, Gasoline Alley is growing. One of them, Pet Planet Gasoline Alley, belongs to Shaina Davis, who grew up in Red Deer but now lives in nearby Penhold. She and her husband chose to launch their business in Gasoline Alley in December after leaving the oil and gas industry. Developer sees more opportunityReg Kinch is the developer behind Gasoline Alley West Centre, the strip mall where both Davis and Christians work. According to Windrim, the development in Gasoline Alley has become an "economic powerhouse for our region."
August 04, 2021 14:00 UTC
De Grasse won his second medal in the Games and his second straight Olympic medal in the 200 metre, after taking the silver at Rio 2016. De Grasse has never missed an Olympic podium yet in the five events he’s raced. Here’s some of the reaction:De Grasse was seen sporting what appear to be gold metallic sunglasses. Other users crowned De Grasse the new king of the sport. And it’s impossible to mention the 200-metre race at any Olympic Games without thinking of legendary runner Usain Bolt (who has yet to tweet at De Grasse about the win).
August 04, 2021 13:56 UTC