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Real Housewives Of Toronto cast member and media personality Kara Alloway Release “Most Hated” Novel




A novel by 

               Kara Alloway               

When real life blends with reality TV-no one comes out unscathed.”    


Press Contact: Sasha Stoltz  


Toronto, On – “Most Hated” the highly anticipated debut novel by Real Housewives Of Toronto cast member and media personality Kara Alloway, will be released May 9th, 2023.   Published by Canadian publishing house, RE:Books Publishing“Most Hated” is a juicy and fascinating peek behind the curtain into the world of reality TV.  Alloway’s contemporary novel will have you smirking, shaking your head, and laughing through the rollercoaster ride of female friendships, where no one sticks to the script. 


Kara Alloway is a respected journalist, fashion magazine editor-in-chief, on-air personality, producer and a cast member of The Real Housewives Of Toronto franchise. Alloway wrote “Most Hated” because she knows a little something of what takes place behind the scenes. The novel delves into the glamorous yet merciless world of reality TV. Alloway brings readers the inside perspective of someone who has been the reality TV villain and survived. “Most Hated” details what happens when six women join the cast of a reality tv show to try to change their lives.  For those behind and in front of the cameras on Talk of the Town, make-ups, break-ups, and manipulation are all in the name of great entertainment. When real life blends with reality content, it’s hard to tell the salt from the sugar.  


Zoe wants nothing more than to get ahead. As a producer all her energy is invested in making Talk of the Town, the most memorable, highest rated, and most dramatic reality content. She is prepared to do everything and anything to make it so.   


*Dahlia knows two things for sure: this show’s her chance to have a career all her own and her NFL-hottie husband is totally and completely in love with her. Except when the cameras start rolling, everything she knew for sure it is no longer certain and the more she tries to fix what’s wrong with her love and her life the worse it gets. 


*Sabrina, the celebutante, actress turned aristocrat, whose nickname is “The Countess of Controversy”, had it all. Gorgeous husband. Beautiful family. A title. But when her life comes crashing down around her, her cousin Budgie convinces her to join the show. Together they’ll turn things around… except the pressure of the show, the pressure of her ex, and the pressure of her own expectations almost ruin her life all over again. 


 The parties are outrageous, the closets are filled with expensive clothes and the drinks are strong.  When big personalities meet bigger consequences, it’s every woman for herself, because nobody wants to end up as the “most hated”.  

 Karas novel, MOST HATED, had me declining calls and ignoring texts.”  — Kathy Hilton/RHOBH  

“All the drama, glamor, and fun of reality tv but on the page.”— John Stevens/Reality TV Producer, Venture 10 Studio Group 

“A hugely heartfelt and hopelessly addictive novel of female friendships.” — Jill Zarin/RHONY/Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip

“Trust me, you will inhale this book and then rethink everything you thought you knew about reality television.”

— Alicia Quarles/Entertainment Correspondent, E! /The Daily Mail 

  “…deliciously racy, sassy and gossipy — with a sensational plot twist that left even me, a reality television OG, shocked to the core!”  

— Vicki Gunvalson/RHOC/Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip  



“Most Hated” is available for pre-order, now! 



INSTAGRAM:  @KaraAlloway 


FACEBOOK: @KaraAllowayOfficial 


TWITTER:  @KaraAlloway 




 **Kara Alloway is available for interviews 



Booking/Speaking Inquiries:

Rebecca Eckler -re:Books 


Media Inquiries:  

 Sasha Stoltz   




Kara Alloway is available to discuss:   


 *What is it like to be the villain on a reality tv show? Who decides who the villain is?  


*What do reality tv producers look for when casting these shows.   


 *How real is reality tv? Is it scripted? Is it manipulated? (For example: Filming a lunch is never a one-hour lunch, but more like a three-hour ordeal.”/If it doesn’t happen on camera, it doesn’t count/Beware the edit,” where everything one says, every gesture, every facial expression is open for a story edit and interpretation.)   


 *Why are ratings for reality tv so high? Why do millions of women tune in to Real Housewives franchises, faithfully?   


 *Whats really going on—what the cast films vs what the producers cut for the viewers to see.   


 *Reality staying power—how characters take direction and what kind of improv is involved with the drama 


 *Why would anyone want to be on a reality television show?   


 *Character relatability—how story arcs are put together, what makes a reality TV star.  


 *Psychology behind reality—the escapism of it and what tactics a producer uses to help create the magic.  


 *What advice did she get from other Housewives alumni and participants about being on the show— she was given some great advice!   


 *How her husband and children reacted to being on a reality tv show.   


*How much is real. How much is not? (How involved are the producers and directors)   


 *How does one end up the villain?  How does social media play a part in it all. How do you deal with social trolls?   


 *How did being on a Real Housewives franchise change your life? What did Kara learn from her experience?   


 *Viewers believe that cast members are real friends, and this book is about female friendships on reality television. What did Kara learn from her research about female friendships —especially ones that turn sour.   


 *What people should know before wanting to be a participant on any reality television.   


 *Is she still friends with her cast-mates?   


 *How do you dress and Entertain like a Real Housewife?  


 *Why did she write this book?   


 *Who is the character most like her? 



  After graduating from Canadas McGill University, Kara was hired by Conde Nasts Allure Magazine in Los Angeles. Kara quickly became known for her writing contributions, sharing her perspective on the world of fashion and beauty with a journalist approach. Kara was recruited back to Canada and became editor-in-chief of Ingenue Magazine which, under her direction, had the fastest growth in circulation among Canadian publication history for the teen demographic. In addition, Kara hosted a daily fashion and beauty radio show, interviewing icons including Stella McCartney, Laura Mercier, Zac Posen, Phoebe Philo, Diane Von Furstenburg, Bob Mackie and Oscar de La Renta. In 2017, Kara appeared in the Toronto franchise of The Real Housewives of Toronto, prompting several reviewers and viewers to ask, “Without Kara would there even be a show?” Kara currently has three shows in development as an executive producer. Most Hated is her first novel. She lives with her family Toronto, Canada.   



About re:books: 

 RE: BOOKS is a broad commercial independent publishing house based in Toronto, founded by bestselling author Rebecca Eckler. We believe what’s good is read and whats read is good.”  — “re:books will publish stories that I’d personally like to devour.  says Eckler.  RE:Books is committed to supporting women in writing the book Eckler believes is in each of them. RE:Books is committed to deliver interesting topics to readers and writers alike and to help female authors get published. You can to the RE:Books newsletter here!  Call it a Canadian success giving back or simply following her passion for all things books, RE:Books Publishing House includes the most talked about titles in Canadian publishing.   


Risk of a hard landing for Canadian economy is up, former Bank of Canada governor says – CTV News



Former Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says Canada’s economy is at a greater risk of a “hard landing” — a rapid economic slowdown following a period of growth and approaching a recession.

Amid the central bank’s interest rate hikes intended to tame inflation, inflation cooled to 5.2 per cent in February. That’s down from 5.9 per cent in January, after 40-year record highs over the summer, reaching as high as 8.1 per cent in June.

Poloz told CTV’s Question Period host Vassy Kapelos — in a joint interview with former Liberal finance minister John Manley airing Sunday — the Bank of Canada and federal government’s efforts to rein in inflation are working, but the chances of a hard landing remain.


“The risk of a hard landing has definitely gone up, given that so much has already happened, and we’re still waiting for the rest of the effects of interest rate rises to work their way through,” he said, adding he is “heartened by the response of the supply side of the economy.”

“That’s really where a soft landing comes from,” he said. “It’s not fancy engineering on the part of the central bank. But as the supply side continues to grow — such as new entrants into the workforce, from immigration and from parents who are taking advantage of the new childcare policy — those kinds of things are giving us, coming up from below, strengthening the economy.

While Poloz said the supply growth is a good sign, at this point it would require “some luck” to achieve a soft landing and avoid a recession.

Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland meanwhile is set to table the budget on Tuesday.

She’s long been signalling Canadians can expect fiscal restraint to avoid stoking inflation, but also some significant investments. Namely, the government has been teasing targeted measures to help relieve the impacts of inflation, plus the already-announced $196 billion in health care funding for the provinces and territories over the next 10 years, and clean economy spending to help compete with the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, which offers billions of dollars in energy incentives south of the border.

Poloz however called last year’s federal budget a “missed opportunity” to “have a different mix” of spending, and in doing so “lower the trajectory of the Bank of Canada’s interest rates.”

He said there’s now less risk government spending will counteract the impacts of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate hikes.

“I think we’re mostly beyond that point as an issue,” he said, adding last year would have been a more opportune time to stimulate the economy.

“That might have been better for everybody,” Poloz continued. “But that missed opportunity is behind us and now the economy is clearly slowing down. We got all that news in the fourth quarter, sooner than most people expected.”

“All the interest sensitive parts, such as housing and business investment, had been down three quarters in a row already, so in that sense, it feels recessionary already,” he added. “So in that sort of space, I think that business about causing inflation is off the table.”

With files from CTV’s Question Period Senior Producer Stephanie Ha

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Questions raised about safety of Old Montreal building destroyed by fatal fire



MONTREAL — More than a week after a fatal fire tore through a building in Old Montreal, accounts from former tenants and victims of the blaze are raising questions about the safety of the heritage property.

Four bodies had been found as of Friday afternoon and three people were missing in the shell of the once-elegant greystone building.

Police and firefighters have said it’s too soon to say what caused the fire. But witnesses have raised questions about safety, including whether smoke detectors were working and whether there were proper emergency exits.

A rental tribunal decision shows that in 2012, the owner, Emile-Haim Benamor, blamed actions of a tenant for creating a risk of fire in the building. The comments are found in a Sept. 6, 2012, decision from Quebec’s Régie du logement, stemming from a dispute between Benamor and a tenant whose lease he was trying to end. According to the document, Benamor claimed the tenant was “manipulating electricity” and had “modified or added” electrical systems and overloaded the building’s circuits.


“The landlord insists that in the current state of things, the building is not profitable, he is unable to have access to the apartment … that there is a risk of fire and he says he is being monitored by insurance companies, especially since it’s a historic building,” the tribunal’s decision says.

The landlord also called a witness from the insurance company Lloyd’s, who testified that the unit presented safety concerns. In an affidavit included in the tribunal decision, Michel Frigon said the unit was not originally intended to be an apartment but rather a storage area. Frigon noted that access to the unit was required to perform maintenance of the building’s heating and electrical systems.

“The shower adjoining the electrical entrance to the dwelling presents a real danger of electrocution,” he added, saying a new insurer would likely have to be found if the problems weren’t fixed.

But in her written decision, administrative judge Jocelyne Gascon concluded there was little convincing evidence to suggest the tenant, Piotr Torbicki, was to blame for any electrical issues.

“The various electrical systems, although they appear to the court to be non-compliant, obsolete, the evidence offered did not establish that it was a recent addition,” Gascon wrote. She did not offer an opinion on Benamor’s comments about the risk of fire.

The building, known as the William-Watson-Ogilvie building, was built in 1890 and originally housed the offices of a flour company. It was gradually converted to residential use between the late 1960s and the 1980s, with the office of an architecture firm remaining on the ground floor. Municipal property records show Benamor, a lawyer, bought the building in 2009.

Since the fire, both the father of a missing woman and a former tenant have said at least one of the units had no windows or fire escape, while survivors of the fire have suggested the fire alarms never went off.

Louis-Philippe Lacroix said his 18-year-old daughter Charlie, who is presumed missing in the fire, called 911 twice within several minutes to say she was unable to get out of the unit she and a friend were staying in, which had no window and no fire escape.

A survivor of the fire, Alina Kuzmina, said that while the semi-basement unit she’d rented with her husband had fire alarms, she doesn’t remember hearing them go off. Kuzmina was able to escape the building by breaking a window and crawling out.

The owner this week responded to the claims through his lawyer, saying the alarm system was replaced in 2019 and regularly tested. Regarding the emergency exits, lawyer Alexandre Bergevin said the building’s layout is complex.

“It has always been deemed compliant in the past,” he said in a text message.

A former tenant spoke on condition that he not be identified, saying he fears reprisals from Benamor, who owns multiple buildings in the city. The former tenant said that in recent years long-term tenants have gradually left and been replaced by units rented on the short-term rental platform Airbnb. He also said some units had been subdivided, and at least one did not have windows.

Benamor’s lawyer, Alexandre Bergevin, said in an interview Friday that the short-term rentals in the building were the work of tenants and not his client. He said one person was renting seven units in the building and “illegally” listing them on Airbnb. He said that Benamor had told the person to stop the short-term rentals, and they had reached an agreement for him to leave the building by July 1.

“It’s a real scourge, it’s uncontrollable,” Bergevin said of the Airbnb rentals. “He had doubts on several tenants in several buildings, but it’s quite difficult to get the proof of all that.”

The lawyer acknowledged that one apartment in the building “didn’t have a window in the traditional sense of the term,” but it did have a skylight.

Asked whether the smoke detectors were working, he replied: “That’s an excellent question. We don’t know yet.” But he said there were detectors in all apartments, the central detector had been working the day before the fire and it would be surprising if all of them failed.

Bergevin said he was not aware of any specific electrical problems, including those raised in the 2012 rental tribunal decision, but noted that the building dates to the 19th century.

“It’s certain that it’s not the electricity we know today,” he said, adding that at certain points when issues arose, qualified electricians worked in the building.

Benamor, he said, has felt under attack since news broke that people had died in the fire.

“The public trial, while we have no idea of the causes of the fire, is causing him a lot of psychological distress,” he said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 25, 2023.


Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

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St. John’s, N.L., airport closed after late night fire on 2nd floor forces evacuation



ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A fire on the second floor of the international airport in St. John’s, N.L., resulted in the facility being closed late Friday night.

The airport authority said today the main terminal building was evacuated due to a “significant event” on Friday at 11:30 p.m.

No other details were immediately available.

The authority said in a release today it is working with police and the fire department to ensure all protocols are being followed before reopening the building.


The news release says the terminal building was expected to remain closed to the public until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Passengers are being advised not to visit the airport until there is a public advisory the terminal has reopened.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 25, 2023.


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