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Climbing menopause mountain with Sandra Shamas

Comedic writer Sandra Shamas’s journey through menopause was a lonely and isolating experience.

In vintage Shamas style, though, she’s made it a little less lonely and isolating for the rest of us — and a heck of a lot funnier — with her latest show, The Big What Now, which ended a successful run in Toronto earlier this year and is now ready to hit the road.

Book explores disgraced pathologist’s trail of destruction

Writer John Chipman first knew he had to write about the case of disgraced pathologist Charles Smith 10 years ago.

He had been listening to a radio report about one of the 17 people that Smith’s incompetent and intentionally misleading autopsies had helped wrongfully convict during his decade as chief pathologist at the Ontario Pediatric Forensic Pathology Unit.

East York residents discover cars vandalized

East York resident William Robinson said he was baffled on March 27 when he found his car window smashed in and only a $7 gift card stolen.

“It cost me $300 … to fix the window, and they took a $7 Tim Hortons card,” said Robinson, 62. “There’s stuff they could have taken that would have been an inconvenience.”

On Monday, Toronto Police Service reported a series of car break-ins on Eastdale Avenue near Main Street. Residents at 75 Eastdale Ave. woke up only to find windows of their cars broken and the contents dumped onto the seats of the cars.

Library board offers patrons staff-free extended hours

While she’s had a library card since she was a child, Marina Phillips-Anderson has never used the Todmorden library on the Pape Avenue. However, with a proposal to keep the library open additional hours coming this fall, that could change.

A pilot project for the Todmorden and Swansea Memorial libraries to extend their open hours will keep the libraries open as late as the community centre itself. The two branches have the lowest number of hours open to patrons, and although the proposal calls for extra hours of operation, librarians will not be present during those extended hours.

“I think it is a great idea,” Phillips-Anderson said. “Libraries are safe havens for people.”