How ‘scatterfocus’ can improve focus and attention span

Congratulations! You have read two sentences of this article without getting distracted. And now three. And now four. And now five. And now, according to a study in The Journal of Science and Healing, your mind is ready to find something pleasurable, threatening, and novel to focus on right about now. It’s not your fault. […]

Freeland cites ‘tough issues’ as NAFTA talks break again with no deal

By Daniel DaleWashington Bureau Chief Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 WASHINGTON—Canada and the U.S. are still unable to resolve their NAFTA differences. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was expected to leave Washington late on Thursday without an agreement. There was no set plan for additional meetings. Speaking in Washington on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland […]

Michael Moore envies Canada — for its chocolate bars

Fahrenheit 11/9 director Michael Moore, a proud American feeling Trumped by political misfortune, is lamenting his lack of dual citizenship with Canada when I meet him during the recent Toronto International Film Festival. “My grandfather was Canadian,” the moviemaker from Flint, Mich., says by way of a greeting, as he works through a series of […]

Republicans try to avoid furious backlash as hearing looms on sexual assault allegation against court nominee

By Daniel DaleWashington Bureau Chief Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 WASHINGTON— As allegations of sexual assault and harassment toppled other powerful men, Donald Trump denied his way into America’s highest office. Trump’s pick for a critical U.S. Supreme Court seat, Brett Kavanaugh, will now try to ride his own denial onto America’s highest bench. And Republicans […]

Former Canadian ’keeper Karina LeBlanc has bigger goals in mind

Former Canadian women’s national team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc laughs when asked how it is that she retired from professional soccer three years ago but seems more involved in the game than ever. “It’s been crazy,” she said. “It’s been about reinventing who I am. I knew myself as Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but what […]

David Sedaris, Carrie Fisher among summer’s stimulating beach reads

By Neil Pasricha Special to the Star Mon., July 9, 2018 Does your brain turn off in the summer? Mine doesn’t. Yours doesn’t. Everybody’s doesn’t. Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue, Random House, 400 pages, $37.  (Random House) The late actress Carrie Fisher published a riveting memoir called Wishful Drinking.  (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press file photo) […]

Ed the Sock wants to disrupt television — again

This is the second instalment of On Location, a series about art that thrives in creative spaces. Ed the Sock is giving a tour of his Thornhill, Ont., bungalow. The cosy home is filled with an immense toy collection, and also houses a dusty cabinet that is essentially the Ed The Sock museum. It features […]