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2/27/2017: FRONT PAGE: ‘Take my name off the list’
Some doctors who have helped the gravely ill end their lives are no longer willing to participate in assisted death because of emotional distress or fear of prosecution if their decisions are second-guessed, according to their colleagues. In Ontario,...



2/27/2017: FRONT PAGE: Threat to U.K. worst in 40 years: Anti-terror chief
L ONDON • British citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not seen since the IRA bombings of the 1970s, the country’s new terrorism watchdog has warned. Max Hill said ISIL was planning “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians” on a...



2/27/2017: FRONT PAGE: Tories at war with ideals
Conservative public safety critic Tony Clement gave a very odd interview to CBC Montreal’s morning show last week. He was concerned, he said, about people crossing the border illegally from the United States. “We would like to see fewer of these,” he...



2/27/2017: FRONT PAGE: WAS NORMAN’S REMOVAL POLITICAL?
On the morning of Monday, Jan. 9, four unmarked police cars arrived at Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s modest home in the Ottawa suburb of Orléans. Norman, the second-highest-ranking officer in the Canadian military, was standing in the driveway, about to...



2/27/2017: NEWS: Spreading the love

(image) It was shaping up to be the year that an old- fashioned Hollywood musical took the Oscars by storm, while the elite of the cinema world delivered a stern rebuke to their nation’s new Republican president, in between thanking their agents, parents, God...



2/27/2017: NEWS: STAR LOVED PLAYING REGULAR JOES

(image) LOS ANGELES• Bill Paxton was a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” while also cherishing his work in “One False Move” and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series “Big...



2/27/2017: NEWS: Swedish ‘security adviser’ baffles nation
Who is Nils Bildt? Swedes were scratching their heads over the weekend after their nation was once again cited as an example of immigration gone wrong — this time by a supposed Swedish security adviser who is unknown by that country’s security...



2/27/2017: CANADA: Outsider O’Leary is no Trump
When Kevin O’Leary, part-time Canadian resident and full- time TV troll, walked into conservative Canada’s answer to ComicCon Thursday night, the gravity of the ballroom — in a convention centre attached to an Ottawa mall — shifted around him. The...



2/27/2017: CANADA: The town that should rightly be Canadian

(image) It was on Sept. 11, 2001, of all days, that a Washington State courtroom convened to hear one of the state’s most outlandish attempts to evade a drug charge. Five years before, a trio of friends had been arrested in the border town of Sumas, Wash., af...



2/27/2017: CANADA: LAST SEGMENT OF HALIFAX BRIDGE REDECKING IN PLACE

(image) A 10- metre segment hung in the fog over Halifax Harbour on Sunday to fill the 46th and final gap in the 62- year- old MacDonald Bridge in time for tens of thousands of cars to cross the bridge Monday. The 1.3-kilometre suspension bridge has been...



2/27/2017: NEWS: Angus strikes a working-class chord for NDP

(image) With an appeal to the economically and politically disaffected, Charlie Angus officially launched his NDP leadership campaign Sunday at the bar where he attended his first punk show at the age of 15. At a concert- cum- campaign- launch in front of a...



2/27/2017: NEWS: Jurors ‘shouldn’t suffer in silence’

(image) • Mark Farrant has a good idea of what jurors are dealing with after they sat through a recent triple-murder trial’s disturbing testimony about how the victims were killed and disposed of. Farrant, who is from Toronto, spent five months at the 2014...



2/27/2017: NEWS: MURDER CHARGE LAID IN FATAL FIRE AT GROUP HOME

(image) A second- degree murder charge was laid Saturday following a fire at an Ontario group home that left one person dead. Ontario Provincial Police said the suspect, who cannot be identified under youth criminal justice laws, was being held in custody...



2/27/2017: CANADA: Just plane lucky: couple escape as ice from aircraft pierces roof

(image) •A Calgary couple say they are lucky to be alive after ice from a passing aircraft tore through the roof of their home in the city’s southeast Dover neighbourhood Friday evening. Theresa and Richard Couch had just settled down in their living room to...



2/27/2017: CANADA: Delays blamed in justice logjam
MONTREAL• During the summers of 2015 and 2016, McGill University professor Jason Carmichael tried to study what factors influenced sentencing outcomes for people convicted of drunk driving — but he ran into a problem. The researchers he sent to the...



2/27/2017: CANADA: GADGETS IN CLASSES DIVIDE EXPERTS
Researchers and educators agree that cellphones have become fixtures in Canadian classrooms, but opinion remains divided on how best to address their presence. All agree that the presence of smartphones can be problematic if students are allowed to...



2/27/2017: CANADA: POWERFUL OPIOID TRAMADOL SHOULD BE CONTROLLED: DOCTOR

(image) It is indefensible that Health Canada has failed to register the opioid Tramadol under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, a drug-safety researcher says, noting the department explored making such a move in 2007, but backtracked. Dr. David...



2/27/2017: WORLD: Canadian launches Libya mercy mission
A Canadian man whose family is trapped in a militant- controlled area in the Libyan city of Benghazi has travelled to Turkey in effort to assemble an aid shipment for civilians in the conflictridden neighbourhood. Ali Hamza, of Mississauga, Ont., says...



2/27/2017: WORLD: SIX BULL RIDERS AND TWO COMPANIONS REPORTED KIDNAPPED

(image) Prosecutors in Mexico say six bull riders and two companions have been reported kidnapped in the southern state of Guerrero. The six riders participate in a rodeo-style performance called “jaripeo,” which involves riding bulls. They reportedly were...



2/27/2017: WORLD: COMMANDOS TAKE TWO MOSUL NEIGHBOURHOODS

(image) Iraqi militarized police captured two neighbourhoods on the western side of Mosul on Sunday amid fierce clashes with ISIL militants, as thousands of people continued to flee the battle to government- controlled areas, security officials said. Iraqi...



2/27/2017: WORLD: ’A couple more years’ to nab Nazi war criminals
•E fr aim Zuroff was poring over microfilm in the archives of Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, in 1986 when the breakthrough came. The American- born Israeli was looking at the Red Cross’s records of the millions of people who moved...



2/27/2017: WORLD: TALIBAN LEADER ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO PLANT TREES

(image) Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban’s leader has issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees. In a letter Sunday in...



2/27/2017: WORLD: THOUSANDS MARCH TO HONOUR SLAIN OPPOSITION LEADER NEMTSOV
Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as “Russia will be free!” and “Putin is war!” to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime...



2/27/2017: WORLD: MAN WHO PLOWED INTO MARDI GRAS CROWD WAS DRUNK

(image) The man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood- alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, police said Sunday. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as...



2/27/2017: WORLD: SHOOTING SUSPECT A ‘ DRUNKEN MESS,’ NEIGHBOUR SAYS

(image) A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a “drunken mess” after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbour said. Andy...



2/27/2017: WORLD: KIM JONG NAM DIED ‘ VERY PAINFUL DEATH’ FROM NERVE AGENT: OFFICIALS
Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, died a “very painful death” within 20 minutes of having poison smeared on his face, Malaysian authorities said Sunday. This suggests he was exposed to a huge amount of VX, a nerve agent...



2/27/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: If the Liberals drop the migrant ball, Canadians will lose

(image) When Angela Merkel threw open Germany’s borders to migrants pouring into Europe to escape Mideast chaos, she made both a generous gesture and a serious mistake, f rom which Canada should learn. The gesture and the mistake were simultaneous. Merkel...



2/27/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: We’re a NATO deadbeat
NATO is the world’s most important military alliance, a noble one- for- all and all- for one pact among 28 countries of the free world that has kept Russia and other bad actors at bay in the postwar era. All member countries, rich and poor, committed...



2/27/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Cynicism, populism two separate entities

(image) Ihave major worries about Donald Trump’s presidency. But I’d like to call into question the increasingly popular refrain that “distrust of government” is what put Trump in the White House — and that this same “distrust of government” will lead to...



2/27/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Trump foreign policy might actually work

(image) At the heart of U. S. President Donald Tr u mp’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: NEW BLOOD PUMPS RAPS

(image) In the first week of January, coming home off a decen t west coast trip that for years for this NBA ranchise had treated like a death march, the Toronto Raptors were a dozen games above .500 and firmly in second place in the Eastern Conference. I...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: Carey rink earns bronze in swansong
• Chelsea Carey goes home from the Canadian women’s curling championship with a bronze medal and a vacancy on her team. Third Amy Nixon said Sunday’s 7-4 win over Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville for bronze was the last game of her career at the...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: IN THIS CORNER

(image) Milos Raonic withdrew from the Delray Beach Open final Sunday after injuring his hamstring a day earlier: I’ve been unfortunate with suffering injuries in three tournaments in a row. Being one match away from a title and not being able to compete,...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: Matthews has Leafs rookie records squarely in sight

(image) Were it not f or a good tape wrap on the knob of Carey Price’s goal stick, the Toronto Maple Leafs would have had another ideal highlight for their Auston Matthews Calder Trophy package. A Hockey Night In Canada hat trick against the Montreal...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: McLean sets personal bests at world sprints

(image) Ona routine basis, Kevin Crockett watches Heather McLean keep up with some of the fastest men in the world in training at the Olympic Oval. Stride for stride, McLean somehow stays with the pack in spite of the inherent anatomical differences between...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: Ex-NHL enforcer suspended

(image) • Former NHL enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended indefinitely as coach of a youth hockey team pending a Buffalo police investigation into his role in an on-ice brawl. Buffalo Junior Sabres president Kevyn Adams announced the suspension Sunday, a...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: Jays’ Pompey eyeing 2017 breakthrough

(image) •A couple of days ago, Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey was walking around Florida Auto Exchange Stadium when a couple of kids stopped him for an autograph. “They said, ‘ Mr. Bautista, could you sign our ball?’ ” Pompey said with a laugh. “And I’m...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: Canadian Votto energized by Reds’ youth movement
• Youth dominates the Cincinnati Reds’ roster this spring. Maybe that’s helping rekindle Joey Votto’s intensity and competitive edge. “Last year, I felt like I was on the border of being burned out,” the first baseman said. “I didn’t feel like that...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: CANADIAN’S SPECIAL DAY ENDS IN PILEUP AT DAYTONA 500

(image) Nineteen years after his first professional race — a 150-mile loop on a May Sunday in Delaware, Ont. — D. J. Kennington reached the pinnacle of his sport at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. In between, the St. Thomas, Ont., driver entered 204...



2/27/2017: SPORTS: Watson kiddingly makes appeal to QB-rich Cowboys

(image) No one’s quite sure where Deshaun Watson’s draft stock sits two months ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. At this point, you could make an argument for the dual- threat quarterback out of Clemson landing anywhere from first overall to the top of the second...



2/27/2017: ARTS & LIFE: ROLE MODEL

(image) ‘Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated.” So said Ree s e Witherspoon, the blond behind the blond, at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards in 2015. And it was a fair warning, because if there’s one role that made Witherspoon a household...



2/27/2017: ARTS & LIFE: #EAT MY FACE SEGEL CHALLENGE GOES VIRAL

(image) For no particular reason other than for funsies, one week ago, Toronto comedian Noah Maloney began eating a photo of Judd Apatow favourite and How I Met Your Mother actor Jason Segel every day. While Maloney is not, in fact, embarking on a new and...



2/27/2017: ARTS & LIFE: ‘I don’t really identify with twenty-somethings’

(image) For s omeone who made her name starring in Girls — the television show about a mixed- up group of twenty- somethings in New York — it may surprise you that actress Allison Williams struggles to identify with the messy lives of her peers. Unlike her...



2/27/2017: ARTS & LIFE: Slimmed down TIFF lineup is a good thing
“We’re stuffing the envelope for the professionals, not for the city. We have the audience. Once the audience tells us that we have too many, we will cut back.” That was Piers Handling, director of the Toronto International Film Festival, explaining...



2/27/2017: ARTS & LIFE: FOX SPORTS 1 CUTS POPULAR CANADIAN HOSTS ONRAIT, O’TOOLE

(image) Will Onrait and O’Toole return to the Great White North? Popular Canadian television hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are no longer with Fox Sports 1. The network announced last week that it is cancelling Onrait and O’Toole's Fox Sports Live show and...



2/27/2017: ARTS & LIFE: THE GERMAN WORD FOR DRECK IS ‘DRECK’

(image) What exactly constitutes a bad film festival? Hundreds of shorts and features typically screen over the course of a week or a week and a half, describing a breadth of global cinema that includes avant- garde curiosities, multimillion- dollar...



2/27/2017: ARTS & LIFE: HARD-TO-DESCRIBE PATRIOT IS WORTH A FEW SESSIONS

(image) From that shelf of words most often used to describe hard-to-peg TV shows, let’s go with “melancholy” and “quirky” for Amazon’s Patriot, a 10-episode dramedy about a depressed undercover spy (Michael Dorman) sent on the complicated, morally bereft...



2/27/2017: DIVERSIONS: HOROSCOPE
Moon Alert: 6 PM to 11:55 PM EST today, avoid shopping or important decisions. After that, the Moon moves from Pisces into Aries. Aries (March 21-April 19) You begin this week with enthusiasm and energy, which is why you might blow the hair back over...



2/27/2017: DIVERSIONS: CANADIAN CRISSCROSS

(image) ACROSS 1. Business abbreviation 4. Money assessed 8. Taj Mahal site 12. A Vietnamese Minister of Defence 14. Loom waste 16. Play a wind instrument 17. “Look there!”, in Italy 18. Bird excrement 19. Grey Cup winning head coach of the Argonauts 20. Map...



2/27/2017: DIVERSIONS: CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
ACROSS 1 Optimistic European, one inclined to go north (8,4) 9 What’s odd in a politician, almost the thinker? (9) 10 Scoundrel, one brought before a church court (5) 11 Like escaped criminal worker caught during day (6) 12 Prisoners stuck in ’ollow...



2/27/2017: DIVERSIONS: BRIDgE
While we don’t like to put undue emphasis on bidding performances,today’s NorthSouth efforts from an online match were such a waste of great cards we’ll bend that policy just a bit. System considerations: North’s artificial “waiting” two diamond...



2/27/2017: DIVERSIONS: SUDOKU
Level: Easy To solve this puzzle, each 3x3 box, each row and each column must contain all the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in four grades: easy, medium, hard and evil.



2/27/2017: DIVERSIONS: PEPYS ’ DIARY

(image) Samuel Pepys ( 1633-1703) was the naval administrator and first secretary of the British Admiralty. Here’s what he wrote on this day in 1665. Up and to St. James’s, where we attended the Duke as usual. This morning I was much surprized and troubled...



2/27/2017: DIVERSIONS: ON THIS DAY
February 27, 1899 Physiologist Charles Best, co-discoverer of insulin, was born in West Pembroke, Maine. In 1921, he had just finished his BA at the University of Toronto when his summer employer, Professor J.J.R. MacLeod, assigned him to work with...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: HELLO ‘KEYONE’: BLACKBERRY, TCL RELEASE FIRST SMARTPHONE UNDER PARTNERSHIP

(image) TORONTO • BlackBerry Ltd. enthusiasts hung up on the idea of physical smartphone keyboards can finally get their fingers on the last device designed at least partially in-house by the Waterloo, Ont., company. Chinese smartphone manufacturer TCL...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Mnuchin badly deluded on growth
There has been plenty of attention paid to the downside of the Donald Trump administration’s remarkable first month in office. We’ve seen an immigration ban bungled, downright- odd pugnacity with allies like Australia, brinkmanship with China and...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Company exploring satellite imagery
Canada’s MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. is making a $ 3- billion bet on a rapidly growing market: Looking at stuff from outer space. The Richmond, B.C.-based technology company announced plans to acquire American satellite imagery provider...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Canada House cultivates creative spark
When Lindsey Goodchild travels to Silicon Valley, she needs a place to park her laptop and get some work done. So Goodchild, co- founder of Toronto- based startup Nudge Rewards, spends her time at San Francisco- based Canada House, a home away from...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Collaboration can mean survival

(image) In April, I will walk to my backyard, past the now vacant house my ancestors built in the early 1900s, past the row of bins that sit empty, and past the mobile home my wife and I moved to the farmyard in 2012. On the northwest side of a canvas...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Tracking the Search Fund Mafia
They are not coast- tocoast yet but search funds — a way for entrepreneurs to raise seed capital from a group of backers and then seek out a target — now stretch to Calgary in the west from Montreal in the east. Recently formed Legado Capital has the...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: WHAT TO WATCH IN CANADIAN BUSINESS THIS WEEK

(image) Earnings- palooza: A steady stream of earnings are in the offing, with Valeant Pharmaceuticals, SNC-Lavalin and George Weston reporting. The week will also see Scotiabank, BMO and TD release their latest quarterly results. • Mr. Morneau heads to...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Pros, cons of holding mortgage in RRSP

(image) There are a lot of reasons why holding your mortgage in your RRSP is appealing. And there are a lot of people who could be candidates for the strategy. But I am going to let you in on a dirty little secret — the financial industry does not want you to...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Welcome mat out for millionaire immigrants worldwide
With all the debate over immigration in the United States and Europe, one group of immigrants is getting a red- carpet welcome around the world: millionaires. Last year, a record 82,000 millionaires moved to another country, according to a new study....



2/27/2017: ENTREPRENEUR: Lifting the lid on outdated waste model

(image) It’s not a new story these days — technology comes in and sends spasms of change through an industry that’s operated the same way for years. And it happened when one smart company created by some relatively young entrepreneurs started transforming an...



2/27/2017: ENTREPRENEUR: The power of phytoplankton

(image) Does David Hunter have a fish story for you! Actually, a fish-food story. A native of Maple Ridge, B.C., Hunter was selling Alaskan glacier water before he discovered a product that was even better for you than H20: phytoplankton. While it is said...



2/27/2017: ENTREPRENEUR: Curatio connects patients to support

(image) Each week, Financial Post contributor Mary Teresa Bitti revisits CBC’s previous week’s episode of Dragons’ Den. We capture what the cameras didn’t and in the process provide a case study for readers, zeroing in on what pitchers and dragons were...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Mobile merger

(image) In the summer of 2015, Deloitte had already named Michael Sikorsky and his Robots and Pencils Inc. the fastest growing company in Alberta and the 34th in North America. Today, the head office is still in the converted house on Calgary’s 14th Avenue...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Top Hat raises $22.5M for fight in publishing
Canadian education technology startup Top Hat completed a new round of funding to give it more firepower to go after textbook publishers such as Pearson PLC. The $ 22.5 million round is Top Hat’s biggest yet and brings its t otal f unding to about $...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: HOW TO SELL YOUR BUSINESS — AND KEEP IT, TOO

(image) Exit is a big word for entrepreneurs. Many hope to create a product or service, scale it and then sell it for millions and move on to their next venture. But a new trend is emerging, Inc. magazine says. Entrepreneurs with a compelling small business...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: ‘Whirlwind’ turns focus to Chinese banks

(image) As a top stock market regulator, Guo Shuqing cemented a reputation as an economic reformer who tried to bring market- oriented changes to China’s fraud- ridden and heavily politicized financial system. During just 17 months in the role, he issued 80...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: MICHAEL KORS, COACH ADVANCE IN BIDDING FOR KATE SPADE & CO.

(image) Michael Kors Holding Inc and Coach Inc are among the companies that have made it through to the second round of bidding for handbag and accessories maker Kate Spade & Co, according to people familiar with the situation. The interest in Kate Spade,...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Firing overstepped bounds

(image) Theft or dishonesty is serious misconduct that generally results in termination without severance. After all, how can an employment relationship viably continue after such a fundamental breach of trust? But Burger King overstepped the bounds of that...



2/27/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Workers who are always ‘on’ risk their health
When Maureen Hennis was 55, she had a heart attack. “I thought it was a stitch at first,” she says, more than a decade l ater. “Being a woman, I thought, it’ ll be fine, just get on with it. I thought people who had heart attacks were overweight...