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12/12/2017: FRONT PAGE: ‘They yearn to attack NEW YORK CITY’

(image) NEW YORK • The pipe bomb was crude, attached to the attacker by Velcro and plastic ties, and the damage minimal — three people suffered minor injuries and even the wouldbe suicide bomber survived. But once again, it was New York City that was the...



12/12/2017: FRONT PAGE: OTTAWA SEEKS TO DEPORT BOSNIAN
• Canada’s immigration minister has started a court action to revoke citizenship from a man accused of Bosnian war crimes who was allowed into Canada in 1997 and granted citizenship in 2004. The government alleges Bozo Jozepovic lied to immigration...



12/12/2017: FRONT PAGE: ‘Man flu’ may be real, says review
Tired of his male friends and colleagues complaining of being criticized for not manning up when they feel fluish, Dr. Kyle Sue set out for evidence that “man flu” is legitimate. According to his review, men aren’t whiners, but rather the...



12/12/2017: FRONT PAGE: Don’t destroy gay-sex records, urge historians
OTTAWA • A federal plan to destroy the criminal records of people convicted of samesex activity is a “troubling feature” of proposed legislation intended to help make amends to the LGBTQ community, say four researchers who have done extensive work on...



12/12/2017: NAVIGATOR: It might simply be sick

(image) An emaciated polar bear digging through garbage was quickly branded around the world as proof of the ecological horrors of climate change. Even Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, wrote in a tweet: “THIS is what...



12/12/2017: NAVIGATOR: Caws for concern?
Crows seem to be just about everywhere. And while their cawing constitutes part of a typical day, scientists aren’t sure exactly what the birds are saying to one another. Now, researchers at the University of Washington Bothell, north of Seattle, have...



12/12/2017: NAVIGATOR: FIVE THINGS ABOUT SAUDI ARABIA ENDING MOVIE BAN
1 SHUTTERED IN 1980S Saudi Arabia says it will allow movie theatres to open in the conservative kingdom next year. The resolution passed on Monday is a stark reversal in a country where movie theatres were shut down in the 1980s during a wave of...



12/12/2017: CANADA: Harsh reviews for Vimy Centennial
• “A total disaster.” “Appalling.” “A mosh pit and Woodstock combined.” These were among the withering reviews received by Veterans Canada this year to its hosting of 25,000 Canadians in France for the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, one of...



12/12/2017: CANADA: SCHOOL TRIP RUINED
A letter from one teacher sums up the waste of years of planning and fundraising by students, and also the feeling of being brushed off when the school complained about events at the Vimy memorial. ( The names of the teacher, school and school board...



12/12/2017: CANADA: DANGER OF TRAMPLING
A Canadian educational tour company called Education First brought a group of 9,000 visitors, most of them students. It wrote a formal complaint to Minister Kent Hehr: While the visit was an honour, “sadly, that honour was diminished by extremely...



12/12/2017: CANADA: GUIDES WEIGHED IN
Visitors weren’t the only ones upset. Comments from 16 Canadian students working as Vimy guides showed they were all frustrated by the confusion as they tried to help visitors without help from Veterans Affairs. And they said plans were still not...



12/12/2017: CANADA: ‘TIRED, INJURED, UPSET ’
One woman wrote in simple detail of the danger to seniors caught in the exit crowd, waiting for buses to the hotel. “When the ceremony ended at 6 p.m., we stood in a solid uncontrolled mass of people, crushed and pushed for over three hours until a...



12/12/2017: CANADA: ‘LIKE CAGED ANIMALS ’
Another woman described the wait for buses this way: “Finally the crowd broke through the barriers. We were like caged animals. (Name deleted) felt afraid and claustrophobic. It was just luck that this crowd was respectful of where we were and managed...



12/12/2017: CANADA: UNHAPPY CAMPER
“Good service. But the exit was a TOTAL disaster. It took three hours just to leave the grounds. No organization, no one in charge and no communication to the crowd. Canada Veterans Affairs (sic) who planned the event were a disgrace to all of Canada....



12/12/2017: CANADA: ‘REALLY, REALLY SAD’
This was another visitor’s entire email: “Wow, you knew how many people would have to be in the area south of the memorial and you could not get the sound right? Really sad that a large portion of the crowd, who travelled here at their own expense,...



12/12/2017: CANADA: We need answers on Chinese takeover of construction titan

(image) When Canada’s largest construction group signed a $ 1.5 billion deal to be acquired by state- owned CCC International of China in late October, the company’s chairman, Brian Tobin, called it “a very positive outcome”. The former Liberal Cabinet...



12/12/2017: CANADA: SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR TRUDEAU ONLINE DEATH THREAT

(image) who posted on social media that he wanted to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been given a suspended sentence of two years on probation. Derek Hurrell, 34, must continue to see professionals for his mental health issues, regularly report to a...



12/12/2017: CANADA: Wynne to sue Brown for alleged defamation
• Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sued the Opposition leader for defamation Monday, less than six months away from the June provincial election. The legal action stems from comments Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown made in September, a day...



12/12/2017: CANADA: B.C. CORONER SAYS FENTANYL INVOLVED IN 999 OF 1,208 DEATHS

(image) Illicit overdoses have claimed 1,208 lives in British Columbia between January and October this year. The B. C. Coroners Service says the latest figure compares with 683 deaths during the same period last year. The service says fentanyl was detected in...



12/12/2017: CANADA: Provinces get 75 per cent of marijuana tax revenues

(image) OT TAWA • The federal government has agreed to give the provinces and territories a 75-per-cent share of the tax revenues from the sale of legalized marijuana, a portion of which will go to cities and towns to help them defray the cost of making pot...



12/12/2017: CANADA: Extradition appeal taken under advisement

(image) MONTREAL• A Quebec woman wanted in Georgia on child abduction charges continued her lengthy legal battle on Monday to remain in Canada. The woman, known as M. M. in court documents, is facing extradition to the U.S. because she brought her three...



12/12/2017: CANADA: Liberals tap IRB head Dion as next ethics commissioner

(image) OT TAWA • A longtime public servant has been nominated as the new federal ethics watchdog, taking over an office that has become a political lightning rod for investigations into the prime minister and his finance minister. The Liberal government...



12/12/2017: CANADA: B.C. MAN CHARGED AFTER FLEAS NEARLY KILL DOG

(image) An advocacy group says an animal cruelty charge has been laid against a B.C. man after a dog nearly died of a serious flea infestation. The SPCA says in a release that an older terrier named Rascal was rushed to an animal hospital on Vancouver Island...



12/12/2017: NEWS: Trump’s mental health valid question

(image) For once, even Daniel Drezner was t aken aback. The professor of international politics and prolific online commentator has acquired a minor celebrity as a curator of insider accounts of Donald Trump’s chaos-filled White House, via a series of tweets...



12/12/2017: NEWS: Trump wants U.S. to return to the moon
WA S H I N G T O N • Donald Trump announced Monday that he is sending Americans back to the moon. Nearly half a century after the last human being set foot on the lunar surface in 1972, Trump said the moon would be used as a stepping stone to a Mars...



12/12/2017: NEWS: UBER USER GETS $18,518 REFUND AFTER 21-MINUTE RIDE

(image) Uber is apologizing to customer who was charged more than $18,000 for a short ride in downtown Toronto. Photos posted on social media over the weekend showed that an Uber rider was billed $18,518.50 for a 21-minute Uber ride. An Uber spokesperson...



12/12/2017: WORLD: CATALAN PROTESTERS OPPOSE RETURN OF DISPUTED ART TO NEIGHBOUR

(image) LLEIDA, SPAIN Police on Monday escorted two trucks loaded with pieces of medieval religious art from a museum in the city of Lleida amid protests after a court ordered Catalan authorities to hand them over to the neighbouring regional government of...



12/12/2017: WORLD: Celebrities flee as fire threatens Montecito
L OS A NGELES • The growi ng Southern California wildfire is threatening the wealthy seaside enclave of Montecito, where celebrities have evacuated estates perched on hillsides below heavy flames. Smoke s hrouded Rob Lowe’s home and the act or wore a...



12/12/2017: WORLD: WOMEN WHO ACCUSE TRUMP SHOULD BE HEARD, SAYS HALEY

(image) The U. S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that women who accuse someone of sexual misconduct deserve to be heard, even if it involves President Donald Trump. “I know that he was elected, but women should always feel comfortable coming...



12/12/2017: WORLD: EU REBUFFS IDEA OF RECOGNIZING JERUSALEM AMID NETANYAHU VISIT

(image) BRUSSELS Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital met with...



12/12/2017: WORLD: PUTIN DECLARES VICTORY ON VISIT TO RUSSIAN AIRBASE IN SYRIA
MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against “terrorists” in Syria on Monday during a surprise visit to a Russian military base in the county, where he also announced a partial pullout of Russian troops. It was Putin’s first trip...



12/12/2017: WORLD: IN SNUB TO TRUMP, MILITARY TO LET TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ENLIST
WASHINGTON The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, des pite President Donald Trump’s opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles t he government...



12/12/2017: WORLD: POWER STILL OUT FOR THOUSANDS AFTER DEEP SOUTH SNOWSTORM
ATLANTA Thousands of people remain without electricity across the Deep South days after a winter snowstorm snapped power lines across the region. At least 18,500 homes and businesses in Georgia were still in the dark Monday, according to Georgia Power...



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Race and bad tax policies

(image) There’s a jarring dissonance between the Republican tax proposals that are working their way through Congress and Republican election campaigns. For the very wealthy, the bill recently passed in the U. S. Senate bill offers large and permanent tax...



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: On Trump and Jerusalem

(image) Re: Trump: ‘ Today we finally acknowledge the obvious’, Dec. 7 I thought your headline said it all; Trump is acknowledging the obvious. But what’s obvious about his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is that the idea of a...



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Unfair comparison
Re: Keep the cross, ban the niqab?, Dec. 9 How many t i mes do we need to go through this? The cross is a religious symbol; niqabs and burkas are symbols of female oppression as well as being hostile political statements. Islam does not require their...



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Setting the record straight
Re: The strategy of a ship of fools, Dec. 7 Andrew Coyne’s overall points are truly to the point about the absurdity of both the Conservatives’, and now the Liberals’, Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard shipbuilding procurement “strategy.” —...



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Land of the Silver Birch
Re: Music teacher suing after performance called ‘ racist’; Dec. 8 I am a parent at High Park Alternative School, one of a number of Indigenous and non- Indigenous parents who raised concerns about the song “Land of the Silver Birch.” I value the...



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: LIMERICKING
There was an old congressman, Trent, Who had a reserve he wished spent. He’d walk into rooms, Identify wombs, And ask re: deposits and rent. Twitter.com/limericking



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: The Pope’s pitch for editing the Lord’s Prayer

(image) Cutting-edge ecofriendly Pope Francis has once again made a news splash, this time by endorsing a change in the traditional, familiar form of the Lord’s Prayer. In the latest of a series of interviews with a Catholic TV station in Italy — one actually...



12/12/2017: ISSUES & IDEAS: Brexit means Brexit, but not for everyone

(image) When bureaucrats die and go to heaven, the most favoured few are ushered into the presence of the Almighty, who — as a sign of divine appreciation — bestows a beatific smile and directs them to a cloud marked “Brexit.” That’s because, while normal...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Finishing Site C dam makes ‘ best of a bad situation’

(image) Despite entrenched opposition and ballooning costs, British Columbia will finish construction on the massive and controversial Site C hydroelectric dam. “This is not a project that we favoured, it’s not a project that we would have started,” B. C....



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Privacy watchdog opens Uber hack probe
TORONTO • Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner has launched a formal investigation into the massive security breach at Uber that saw hackers steal personal information from millions in 2016. A spokesperson for Privacy Commissioner of Canada...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Changes to taxes risk swamping courts
OTTAWA • The current chief justice and a former chief justice of the Tax Court of Canada are warning that a “reasonableness test” inside Ottawa’s proposed tax changes aimed at private companies could lead to a higher volume of appeals f rom taxpayers,...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Bitcoin mania goes mainstream
Whether it’s the shoeshine boy of decades past, or the taxi driver of more recent times, an old investing adage suggests that when somebody you wouldn’t expect is talking stocks or giving you portfolio advice, it’s time to sell. These days, its hard...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Management-led offer irks Greenchip

(image) The disappointment on the other end of t he t elephone was obvious: John Cook and Greg Payne, chief executive and vice- president portfolio management respectively, at Greenchip Financial, were upset with the lowball offer to privatize Canadian Solar...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: West Face files claim against mortgage lender Home Capital
TORON TO • Alternative asset manager West Face Capital Inc. has formally filed a lawsuit against Home Capital Group Inc. and three former executives, seeking $ 70 million in damages over claims the mortgage lender’s public disclosure was “inaccurate,...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: FIRST ELECTRICITY PASSES BETWEEN NEWFOUNDLAND, N. S.

(image) For the first time, electricity has been sent between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia through the new Maritime Link. The 500-megawatt transmission line was tested Friday, but won’t go into commercial operation until early in the new year. Rick Janega, the...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Canadian NAFTA team on fact-finding mission

(image) WASHINGTON • Canada’s NAFTA negotiators are on a fact- finding mission this week in Washington, seeking places where compromises might be found in the new year when the talks enter a critical, potentially do-or-die phase. Officials from the three...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: CANADIANS LOSE $1.7M IN CRYPTOCURRENCY SCAMS THIS YEAR

(image) Canadians have been swindled out of than $ 1.7 million via scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin so far this year — more than double the amount during all of 2016. The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: In finance, as in life, trust is key

(image) Ten years ago, much to everyone’s surprise, tech giant Microsoft took a 1.6 per cent stake in a young Web 2.0 company. It paid US$240 million in 2007, which valued the startup at what was then an eye-popping $15 billion. You may have now heard of the...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Request for stay made at insider-trading trial
MONTREAL • Even before the first witnesses could be heard at a rare insider trading case that involves former Amaya chief executive David Baazov and others, lawyers representing the accused attempted Monday to have the charges stayed. Baazov, 37, has...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: CANNIMED SEEKS REGULATORY ACTION ON AURORA’S BID

(image) CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is seeking regulatory action in both Saskatchewan and Ontario, the company’s latest push-back against a hostile takeover attempt by Aurora Can nabis Inc. The Saskatoon- based medical marijuana producer said Monday it has...



12/12/2017: LOYALTY & REWARDS: Toronto Raptors Superfan, Nav Bhatia, shows love for the team and city of Toronto

(image) Mediaplanet How did you first become a fan of the Toronto Raptors? Nav Bhatia When the team arrived it was an exciting time in Toronto and so I took the chance to purchase my first two season seats. I did not know what to expect but I loved watching...



12/12/2017: LOYALTY & REWARDS: THE BUSINESS OF LOYALTY

(image) A few weeks ago Petro-Canada and RBC announced a new relationship that provides a unique way to instantly save on fuel and earn bonus points across both loyalty programs. This is great news for Canadians – who doesn’t love saving money on fuel? – but...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: PRESERVING CANADA’S STATUS FORHEALTH CARE INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT

(image) Every time you pick up a prescription at the pharmacy, you likely examine the receipt. There is no doubt that some medicines can be expensive, especially the high-tech medicines for lifethreatening diseases. While the prices are sometimes high, so is...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Panel wants federal focus on business, job reskilling

(image) OT TAWA • The federal government’s economic advisers are calling for more changes aimed at driving business i nvestment and helping Canadians acquire new skills as they brace for the march of technology and its job-killing effects. The overarching...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: SNC-Lavalin reaches deal to repay Quebec municipalities
MONTREAL • Engineering giant SNC- Lavalin has reached agreement to pay restitution to seven Quebec municipalities for obtaining contracts through questionable means. Neil Bruce, CEO of the Montreal- based engineering and construction firm, says the...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: U. S.-BASED XYLEM BUYING CALGARY’S PURE TECHNOLOGIES

(image) A Calgary- based water pipeline technology and inspection company says it has agreed to be sold for more than half a billion dollars to New York-based Xylem Inc. Pure Tech nologies Ltd. says the offering price of $ 9 per share or $509 million in cash...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Aphria eyes recreational pot acquisitions

(image) Fresh off signing a deal to supply medical marijuana to Canada’s largest pharmacy chain, Aphria Inc. is now “on the hunt” for deals that will give it the right mix of products to interest recreational customers. “I would say there’s not a month that...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Video game makers may trounce estimates
Tepid holiday sales forecasts from two of the three major U. S. video- game producers have not dampened investors’ confidence in one of the past decade’s major stock market success stories for a simple reason: they almost always beat them. In f i ve...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Brookfield expects GGP to accept takeover offer

(image) NEW YOR K • While the process may take months, Brookfield Property Part ners LP is likely to be ultimately successful in its bid to take over the portion of mall owner GGP Inc. it doesn’t already own, said the chief executive officer of Brookfield’s...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: ATM-hacking robbers hit U.S., Russian banks
FRANKFURT• A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly US$10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscowbased security firm said on...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: ONEX CORP. TO BUY VENUE MANAGER SMG HOLDINGS

(image) Onex Corp. says it has agreed to acquire a U.S. company that manages hundreds of sports, entertainment and business venues including Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. The Toronto-based private equity company didn’t disclose how much it...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: Beware the ‘national interest’

(image) Explaining recently the“significant differences” still standing between Canada and the U.S. in the stumbling negotiations over NAFTA, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said “we are always going to clearly defend our national interests.”...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: How to get hooked on weed
To the long list of improbable things only government could do, there is one more item to add: Lose money selling drugs. You may remember the scene in The Godfather in which a summit of mafia dons debates the infamia of selling drugs. Their concern...



12/12/2017: FINANCIAL POST: The power to kill us... or help us
Expensive i ndustrial electricity prices in Ontario are killing our industry’s competitiveness. Does a funeral for Ontario industry seem premature? Perhaps. But ask the steelworker who was downsized, the miner whose ore is now mined offshore or the...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: Expect to hear McLeod’s name a lot this tourney

(image) The world j unior hockey championship hasn’t started — heck, none of the teams have even picked their final rosters — but it doesn’t look like Canada will be icing another starstudded team. There’s no Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid. There’s not even...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: Chiefs’ Hunt gets back on track

(image) • Kareem Hunt’s eyes must have got wide when he took a handoff from Alex Smith and plunged toward the line of scrimmage in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. For once, he didn’t have a massive defensive tackle ready to give...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: STANTON OFFICIALLY IN YANKEE PIN STRIPES

(image) Now slugging for the Bronx Bombers, Giancarlo Stanton. The New York Yankees announced Monday they’d acquired Stanton from the Miami Marlins, getting the NL MVP and cash from Miami for Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers, right- hander Jorge Guzman...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: IN THIS CORNER

(image) It’s up to us to turn things around here if we want to keep this group together. We like our group of guys here. We can control as much as we can on the ice and the rest there’s not much we can do about it. — Ottawa centre Zack Smith on rumours about...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: Eventual Flames sale has merit

(image) As if the arena impasse with the mayor isn’t enough of an impetus to prompt Calgary Flames ownership to look into selling the team, Gary Bettman just gave the group 150 million more reasons to package the team up for Houston billionaire Tilman...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: TFC latest program to bear Leiweke’s distinct imprint

(image) In l ate April, 2013, a gust of wind named Tim Leiweke blew into Toronto and changed our sporting city forever. It didn’t seem so apparent at the time: This bull in a china shop — knocking things down, tripping all over his words, battling with his...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: Concussion protocols need to be followed

(image) Still outraged over how Tom Savage’s concussion was handled by the Houston Texans on Sunday? We all should be. Many critics again are criticizing the NFL’s in- game concussion- diagnosis protocols for being far too lax, even fraudulent. That’s...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: New hall of famer says Canada played ‘a big part’

(image) LAKE BUENA VISTA , FLA. • Jack Morris continually broke up during a press conference at the MLB winter meetings when talking about his entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was quite a difference from the emotions he used to display on the...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: Casey leads Raps in a fortunate 500

(image) When Dwane Casey agreed to leave the Dallas Mavericks for one of the league’s sadsack franchises in Toronto only days after finally winning an NBA championship back in the summer of 2011, he knew he was taking on an immense challenge. What Casey — and...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: Leafs winning the close games

(image) You need to travel back 10 years to find the last time a Leafs team won three straight one- goal games in which at least two were determined in regulation. The recent success in holding leads in tight tilts, modest as it is, would fly in the face of a...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: TFC exults, then gets right back to business

(image) Remember last year’s off-season scuttlebutt? Sebastian Giovinco pondered China. Michael Bradley batted down a few offers from Italy. As Toronto FC’s leading men partied in Nathan Phillips Square Monday afternoon, Postmedia asked for assurance...



12/12/2017: SPORTS: TOURS TO ELIMINATE 2-SHOT SCORECARD ERROR
Players no longer will be penalized two shots for an incorrect scorecard if they were not aware of a rules violation when they signed their card. The USGA and R& A also will no longer respond to most TV viewers’ calls during the tournament. The changes...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: Lost treasure

(image) At t he very peak of popular culture, in 1962, the legend of lost art flashed on movie screens in dozens of countries, cementing in millions of imaginations the belief that great art is held in secret by the rich and powerful. Those who love a mystery...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: Political cartoon hits the big screen
Gael Garcia Bernal, who voices a leading character in Coco, is impressed with how the Pixar film even seeks to build cultural bridges with those who might speak against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. In Coco, the path to and from the afterlife...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: — Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window
Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very impolite thing to do. But like most impolite things, it is excusable under certain circumstances. Stealing is not excusable if, for instance, you are in a museum and you decide that a certain painting would...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: SHAPE OF WATER, BIG LITTLE LIES LEAD THE PACK

(image) Guill ermo del Toro’s highly acclaimed The Shape of Water led the Golden Globe nominations with the most for a film, picking up nods for Best Director and Best Screenplay, along with acting nominations for the under- rated trifecta of Sally Hawkins,...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: Canadian team tells story of Afghan war
• The Canadian team behind the animated film The Breadwinner hopes Monday’s Golden Globe nomination will shine a light on its timely subject matter and promote empathy. The film stars the voice of Toronto actress Saara Chaudry as 11- year-old Parvana,...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: LAST JEDI PREMIÈRE KICKS OFF WITH ’DROIDS, DAISY RIDLEY

(image) Stormtroopers marched the red carpet as Star Wars music blared at the world première Saturday of the latest instalment in the beloved space opera franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fans cheered, some waving stuffed Porgs, a new character being...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: Par for the course

(image) One woman recalls how a general manager at a Chicago- area restaurant where she worked told her that if security cameras recorded him reaching between her legs and grabbing her genitals, he could simply “edit that out.” Another woman worked at an...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: Harassment storm hits the celebrity kitchen

(image) Mario Batali, the acclaimed American chef and restaurateur who also hosts ABC’s The Chew, is the latest to be met with sexual harassment allegations. Early Monday, Eater reported f our women had come forward who had previously worked with Batali, all...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: LOUIS C.K. WILL BUY BACK RIGHTS TO I LOVE YOU, DADDY

(image) Louis C. K. will buy back the rights to his film I Love You, Daddy after sexual misconduct allegations led to the movie’s shelving. The Orchard, an independent distribution company, bought the film for $5 million after it premiered at the Toronto Film...



12/12/2017: DIVERSIONS: HOROSCOPE
Moon Alert: We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Libra. Aries (March 21-April 19) This is an excellent day to study, or explore opportunities and past events in publishing, the media, medicine and the law. You have a...



12/12/2017: DIVERSIONS: CANADIAN CRISSCROSS
ACROSS 1. Genus of razor-billed auks 5. Quo ___? 10. Letters after upsilons 14. Make a noise when swallowing too quickly 15. Noteworthy happening 16. Outdoor swimming pool (British) 17. Sitting on 18. 1954-77 alliance 19. Sailing 20. Say again 22....



12/12/2017: DIVERSIONS: CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
ACROSS 7 Where acne cream is applied immediately (2,3,4) 8 Reportedly hostile country (5) 10 Element that’s PC? (6) 11 Start seeing charmer in boy (6,2) 12 Club president’s first, say (6) 14 Recall titles written about a mariner (6) 16 Bird left old...



12/12/2017: DIVERSIONS: BRIDGE
Effective defensive signalling requires two critical components: accurate transmission of necessary information and attentive reception with appropriate followup. Having only one of those ingredients in play for this deal helped cause an unnecessary...



12/12/2017: DIVERSIONS: SUDOKU
Level: Medium 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.



12/12/2017: 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 the office, where my Lord Bruncker met, and among other things did finish a contract with Cocke...



12/12/2017: DIVERSIONS: CHESS
WHITE TO PLAY Hint: Force mate.



12/12/2017: DIVERSIONS: ON T HI S DAY
December 12, 1949 — Nancy Hodges was named Speaker of the BC Legislature, the first woman to hold the post of speaker in the British Commonwealth. There were drawbacks to the position, of course. Hodges said regarding her appointment: “I shan’t be...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: The year’s top tech toys

(image) Brace yourself: there are a limited number of shopping days left until Christmas. If you’re a bit behind schedule, or simply can’t find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, not to worry. Just read on for our list of the year’s best — Santa might...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: Music for the masses

(image) An old New Wave rock band that’s never released a No. 1 song in the U. S. is selling more concert tickets than the biggest pop stars in the world. Depeche Mode, the British synth-pop group formed in 1980, is having one of the most remarkable tours in...



12/12/2017: ARTS & LIFE: TINA TURNER PENNING THE SEQUEL TO HER 1986 MEMOIR

(image) Tina Turner is not done telling her story. The rock superstar is working on a sequel to her 1986 memoir I, Tina, Atria Books told The Associated Press on Monday. The new book is called Tina Turner: My Love Story and will come out next October, timed to...