With the Federal election behind us and the Winter Olympics fast approaching, we thought we'd catch our breath and note for the record some of the new features of thestar.com that might have slipped under the radar. Here is a partial list:
- Turin 2006 -- The Star will have a dozen reporters and photographers in Turin, Italy for the Winter Olympic Games, where all eyes will be on Canada to improve on its 2002 medal total before Vancouver hosts the 2010 Games. We'll have full coverage starting at 5 a.m. every day, with photo galleries updated throughout the day. You can be among the first to know when Canadians win medals, with our free desktop news alerts, follow Team Canada's hockey fortunes with Chris Young's live text commentaries, and listen to weekly audio reports from the Star's Jim Byers through our Turin podcasts.
- atHome -- Every week, the Star offers home owners, condo hunters and house buyers useful articles on buying and selling, renovating and decorating a home -- and now we've brought all those stories and columns together on one page: atHome (www.thestar.com/athome). You'll find archived stories on decorating, gardening and renovating, plus features from our main weekly homes sections: New in Homes, Condo Living, Your Home and the new Personal Space.
- The Academy Awards -- The annual awards season reaches its peak on March 5, and you can follow the lead up to the red carpet on thestar.com's special page -- or vote to tell us who you think should win, in our month-long poll. Have your own picks? Read Peter Howell's blog and give us your take on the Oscar race.
- Starweek -- Our readers asked for it. And asked for it. And we eventually listened. You can now read selected stories from Starweek, the Saturday Star's TV magazine, online -- along with our searchable TV listings.
- Because I Said So -- a blog on parenting. Andrea Gordon, the Star's family issues reporter, found more and more that the Internet has become the central resource for parents, and particularly mothers, to research and share information. So she has brought her thoughtful and unique approach to parenting issues to a blog that is far more open-minded than the familiar parental refrain that gives it its name.
- Tyler Hamilton's Clean Break podcast -- Technology reporter Tyler Hamilton offers an audio version of his biweekly column - just the latest of our six regular podcasts.
This is just the beginning of a very busy 2006 for thestar.com - so stay tuned and please continue to send in your feedback through the comments in this blog or to the webmaster.