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9/30/2016: FRONT PAGE: VICTORIA’S ROYAL PLAYDATE

(image) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at a tea party in Victoria Thursday.



9/30/2016: FRONT PAGE: ‘Kumbaya’ will not work in Africa
A soldier who served with Lt.- Gen. Roméo Dallaire during the Rwandan genocide is deeply worried the Trudeau government is about to step into another UN peacekeeping quagmire that could have grave consequences for the mental health of troops. “The...



9/30/2016: FRONT PAGE: HOCKEY GLOVE OR ARTICLE OF PLASTIC?

(image) For all the matters of grave constitutional import that come before it, sometimes the Supreme Court of Canada catches a silly one. So it was, back in March, when the full bench of nine justices convened to consider whether hockey gloves are actually...



9/30/2016: FRONT PAGE: No funerals for assisted deaths: bishops
Guidelines from the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories say priests should refuse funerals for some people who choose assisted suicide. The document describes how physician-assisted death is a “grave sin” and contradicts the...



9/30/2016: FRONT PAGE: EXECUTIVES HANDED BONUSES AS JOBS CUT
Senior Veterans Affairs bureaucrats were paid, on average, almost $ 15,000 each in bonuses even as they cut public service jobs, closed offices and faced off with wounded soldiers fed up with poor service from the department. The 63 executives...



9/30/2016: NEWS: Israelis, dignitaries gather to pay tribute to Peres

(image) Thousands of Israelis flocked to parliament in Jerusalem on Thursday to view the casket of Shimon Peres, paying final respects to the former president and prime minister whose life story ­mirrored that of his country. But the outpouring is only going...



9/30/2016: NEWS: TALKING POINT

(image) “He is a captive-raised bird that is now in a wild and an unfamiliar environment. He simply does not have the experience to survive in the wild.” — Spokesperson for conservation and research facility for marine animals in South Africa after two men...



9/30/2016: CANADA: A LENGTHY CAPTIVITY, A WARM WELCOME HOMA

(image) Homa Hoodfar, right, and her niece Amanda Ghahremani are greeted by friends and supporters as they arrive at Trudeau Airport on Thursday in Montreal. Hoodfar, a CanadianIranian academic, was held in Iran’s Evin prison for more than 100 days.



9/30/2016: CANADA: IN AFRICA, OTTAWA TO SUPPORT FRENCH COUNTERTERRORISM

(image) As the Liberal government ponders which United Nations peacekeeping mission to join, the Canadian military is gearing up to support a major French counter- terrorism operation in northern Africa. Defence officials say planning is underway for Canada to...



9/30/2016: NEWS: McCain heiress wants lawyer removed

(image) Is Harold Niman the most feared lawyer in Canada? To hear six lawyers — seven if you include the judge — sparring over the matter in a courtroom this week, you might think so. In a bizarre twist to a high-profile divorce hearing, it is Niman who has...



9/30/2016: NEWS: Safety trumps turban, Quebec court rules

(image) The port of Montreal requires hard hats for all workers on its property. Three Sikh truck drivers who perform regular pickups at the port have a religious conviction that forbids them putting anything on their heads except a five- to six- metre length...



9/30/2016: NEWS: RICHMOND, B.C., WANTS 50% ENGLISH ON BUS- STOP ADS

(image) Richmond, B. C., where nearly half the residents identify as ethnically Chinese, is requiring that all bus-stop ads be at least 50-per-cent English. Richmond signed a contract earlier this year with an advertising agency that orders all...



9/30/2016: CANADA: Template for pipelines

(image) Make no mistake: t he f ederal cabinet’s approval of Malaysian state- owned Petronas’s $ 36- billion Pacific North-West liquefied natural gas project is a template for things to come. The Liberals’ longevity in power depends on it — and they know...



9/30/2016: CANADA: Leitch’s manager steps out of the shadows

(image) OTTAWA • Nick Kouvalis, the political mastermind behind Conservative MP Kellie Leitch’s leadership bid, is defending her campaign’s tactics, proposed values test for newcomers and all- out assault on rival candidates. But Kouvalis, the Ontario MP’s...



9/30/2016: CANADA: TWO MORE ­CANDIDATES ENTER PC RACE IN ALBERTA

(image) Two more candidates have l aunched campaigns to lead Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives. Both Richard Starke and Donna Kennedy- Glans say their goal is to rebuild the party, not merge it with the opposition Wildrose. There are now four candidates...



9/30/2016: WORLD: Investigators seek answers in train crash

(image) HOBOKEN, N.J . • A rush-hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken, N. J., station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck. People pulled...



9/30/2016: WORLD: PRESIDENT, NOTORIOUS WARLORD SIGN HISTORIC PEACE AGREEMENT

(image) KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, pictured, signed a peace treaty with a notorious warlord on Thursday, pledging to lobby the U. S. and the United Nations to remove him and his party from terrorist blacklists. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar signed the...



9/30/2016: WORLD: DECORATOR CLAIMS SAUDI PRINCESS THREATENED HIM
A Saudi Arabian princess allegedly forced a decorator who took a photo of her apartment in Paris to “kiss her feet” and told a bodyguard to “kill” him. The decorator claims the terrifying four-hour ordeal took place at the chic apartment block in the...



9/30/2016: WORLD: MILITARY USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN DARFUR: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
CAIRO Amnesty International accused the Sudanese military on Thursday of using chemical weapons against civilians, i ncluding very young children, in one of the most remote corners of the Darfur region over the past eight months. The Britain- based...



9/30/2016: WORLD: FEMALE CHESS MASTERS BALK AT HIJAB RULE

(image) The world’s top female chess players reacted with horror Thursday after being told they must compete at next year’s world championship wearing a hijab. Within hours of Iran being announced as the host country, the event was plunged into crisis as it...



9/30/2016: WORLD: UN CONCEDES LITTLE IT CAN DO ABOUT ALEPPO
Russia and Syria faced a growing chorus of condemnation over Aleppo, but UN officials conceded Thursday there was little they could do beyond shaming the two countries for what they are calling “war crimes.” UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien told...



9/30/2016: OPINION: The eternal optimist

(image) In April 1993, I got a phone call that would change my life. I was the deputy head of mission at Israel’s embassy in Belgium. On the other end of the line was my deputy minister, who shared a request from foreign minister Shimon Peres, asking me to...



9/30/2016: OPINION: Frosty relations
The Trudeau government’s oft-promised commitment to build a new relationship with Canada’s First Nations isn’t working out exactly as either side expected. Despite numerous photo opportunities and some well- publicized visits by Prime Minister Justin...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: THIS MORTAL OIL

(image) Deepwater Horizon does very little that is new or improved when compared to past movies about real- life disasters. But it goes through the motions with such certainty and skill that it’s hard to fault the film for being what it is, and doing it well....



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: The X-Mansion in Hogwarts

(image) Part Harry Potter, part XMen, Miss Peregrine’s Ho me for Peculiar Children could have a hard time finding an audience. Tame by superhero standards, it nevertheless contains some disturbing images that could give younger viewers nightmares. Either that...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: Masters of none

(image) In 1997, David Ghantt pulled off one of the most expensive bank robberies in U. S. history, stealing a whopping $ 17 million dollars. Masterminds mines t he basics of that famous robbery to make a madcap comedy that plays up the white- trash quotient...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: Radcliffe shows even more versatility in FBI thriller
“Words build bridges into unexplored regions.” It’s an inspiring quotation with which to open a film, but the sucker punch to the viewer comes a moment later, when the author is revealed: Adolf Hitler. What kind of movie is this? Turns out it’s a...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: FAVREAU TO DIRECT LIVE-ACTION REBOOT OF THE LION KING

(image) It looks as though The Lion King will be the latest Disney favourite to get the remake treatment — whether we asked for it or not. The man at the helm? Jon Favreau, riding high off the box office success of this summer’s Jungle Book, which also has a...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: Illuminating misinformation

(image) ‘Have you heard of a conspiracy theory before?” asks CIA special agent Matt Johnson. To which his friend and fellow agent Owen Williams replies: “Yeah. I think we’re in one.” Operation Avalanche is both a hilarious mockumentary and a tense thriller...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: Lovers in a dangerous time

(image) “Why do all our movies have the same plot? Why so many crying scenes? How come we don’t get into more festivals?” The whiny voice we’re hearing, secretly taped, is not some beleaguered studio executive but Kim Jong- il: movie lover, propagandist...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: A failure of emotional alchemy
Is it enough that a movie’s heart is in the right place? Milton’s Secret suggests it’s not. The well- meaning family drama about a bullied boy, his workaholic parents and his wise old grandpa wafts along on a pillow of New Age chatter and classic...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: KEVIN KLINE WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY IN PRESENT LAUGHTER

(image) Kevin Kline, who won his first Tony Award as a self- regarding actor in On the Twentieth Century, is planning to return to Broadway as a self- regarding actor in Present Laughter. Kline is expected to star in a revival of the Noel Coward comedy, which...



9/30/2016: DIVERSIONS: HOROSCOPE
Moon Alert: We have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The New Moon is in Libra. Aries (March 21-April 19) This is a fabulous day to schmooze! Grab your main squeeze and make a date. All your interactions with close friends and partners...



9/30/2016: DIVERSIONS: CANADIAN CRISSCROSS
ACROSS 1. Thin layer of coal 5. Inflatable boat 9. Talk socially 13. Jason’s ship 14. Widow’s inheritance 15. Sharpen on a whetstone 16. Way of acting and looking 17. Poncho worn in Colombia 18. Mother’s sister 19. Study of soils 21. John ___ (...



9/30/2016: DIVERSIONS: CRYP TIC CROSSWORD
ACROSS 1 Opposition from Royal Engineers is over policy ( 10) 6 Wedge lobbed over bunker (4) 9 Loud stringed instrument – or one in the woodwind section ( 5) 10 Alert lover abroad to get rid of old tourist ( 9) 12 Parrots are pets up in the air ( 7) 13...



9/30/2016: DIVERSIONS: BRIDGE
Notrump opening bids and rebids have traditionally been bound by at least one distributional parameter: no singletons or voids allowed except in the direst of circumstances. That this requirement has a practical basis can be found in the contesting of...



9/30/2016: DIVERSIONS: SUDOKU
Level: Evil 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.



9/30/2016: 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 September 30, 1664. Up, and all day, both morning and afternoon, at my accounts, it being a great month, both for profit and...



9/30/2016: DIVERSIONS: ON THIS DAY
September 30, 2009 Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté became the first Canadian space tourist, taking part in a mission he hoped would increase awareness of the need for global water conservation. Laliberté donned a red clown nose before blast-...



9/30/2016: POST MOVIES: In pursuit of it all

(image) Kate Hudson is an entrepreneur and an actress but she’s never all business. The easygoing mom of two boys is obsessed about her active wear company Fabletics and promoting her bestselling self help book Pretty Happy: Healthy Way to Love Your Body. The...



9/30/2016: POST SPORTS: Two late goals get the job done for Canada

(image) On the morning of the World Cup of Hockey final, the talk wasn’t so much about whether Canada would win. It was by how much. That’s where we are with the men’s hockey program. We expect dominance. In Game 1 against Europe, Canada had played its worse...



9/30/2016: POST SPORTS: MANNING SAYS NFL GAMES IN CHINA ‘NO-BRAINER’

(image) Retired from football after leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl title, quarterback Peyton Manning has set his sights on a new frontier: bringing the National Football League to China. The NFL has already arranged games in Europe and Japan and...



9/30/2016: POST SPORTS: IN THIS CORNER

(image) Samantha Rapoport, the NFL’s new director of football development, on getting more women into administrative, coaching, officiating and scouting jobs: (I have seen) thousands of women in this country who know football ... but felt disenfranchised from...



9/30/2016: SPORTS: Bats silent again for Blue Jays

(image) You know the adage about how pitching and defence wins championships? The Toronto Blue Jays are perhaps taking it a bit too literally. The Jays and their lineup of sluggers could barely muster any offence for the second- straight night at the Rogers...



9/30/2016: SPORTS: Heslip taking best shot for Raptors

(image) BURNABY, B.C .• It’s near the end of a practice at Tor onto Raptors’ t raining camp and like most of the team, Brady Heslip is working on his shot. He steps behind the threepoint line and drains one with ease, then makes two more. A hand in his face...



9/30/2016: SPORTS: Raised-fist protesters support Kaepernick
WASHINGTON• Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial...



9/30/2016: SPORTS: Mickelson walks back criticism of Sutton

(image) First, Europe’s Danny Willett apologized for his brother’s excoriation of loudmouth American golf fans in advance of the Ryder Cup. Then U.S. stalwart Phil Mickelson apologized for using Hal Sutton’s 2004 captain cy as an example of bad decision...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: Lies, damn lies & fuel economy stats

(image) The Economist calls it “post- truth” politics, “a reliance on assertions that ‘feel true,’ but have no actual basis in fact.” Of course, prevaricating politicians are nothing new, but what is different about the modern art of the lie, says the world’s...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: Well on a road to zero privacy

(image) If I want to fly under the radar as I drive my car, I can leave my cellphone at home, stay off the toll highway, keep out of urban areas with their I Spy Everything cameras and go about my nefarious business. Unless I crash or cause newsworthy mayhem,...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: TOYOTA SUPRA SPOTTED TESTING IN GERMANY

(image) As if the wait couldn’t get any more gruelling, video has now emerged on Toyota and BMW’s joint-sports car project. That’s right, thanks to SupraMKV.com, we now have video of the upcoming Toyota Supra making its rounds during testing in Germany. Of...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: Coming to a Canadian highway near you

(image) Not everything at the 2016 Paris Motor Show is just for Europeans. There were a few debuts from the biennial show that we in the Great White North will actually be able to buy and drive. Graeme Fletcher takes a look at those cars. AUDI Q5 What is...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: Gazing into the crystal ball for a glimpse of the automotive future

(image) Auto shows are a crystal ball in many ways — including foreshadowing vehicles that we might actually see in North America. Here’s a look at what we can expect to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the near (and far) future. AUDI A5 AND S5 SPORTBACK What is...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: VOLKSWAGEN’S I.D. CONCEPT CAN DO 600KM IN ONE CHARGE

(image) Volkswagen has taken to the 2016 Paris Motor Show with its I.D. concept — an all-electric hatchback sized similarly to the current, seventh-generation Golf. Built atop VW’s modular electric platform, power comes from a 125 kW electric motor. Combined...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: Wheels for the family, not the ­racetrack

(image) It’s a shame that if you have a young family and are looking for a practical set of wheels, you probably have to make some concessions, especially when it comes to having fun behind the wheel. Basically, if you need a vehicle that will carry your brood...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: THE SPECS

(image) Type of vehicle: All-wheel- drive mid- size crossover Engine: 3.5- L V6 Power: 280 hp at 6,000 r. p. m., 262 lb.- ft. of torque at 4,700 r. p. m. Transmission: Nine- speed automatic Brakes: Four-wheel disc with ABS Tires: 245/ 50R20 Price: $ 50,790...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: Snarling Audi packs both bark and bite

(image) CIRCUITO DEL JAR AMA, SPAIN •“Wow !” I thought, railing Audi’s new TT RS into Jarama’s way- too- highspeed (at least for me) Ascari sweeper, Pirelli PZeros starting to moan their familiar protest. “This used to be a chick car.” Never mind that that...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: SUV gets three new engine options
CHICAGO • Chevrole t picked the autumnal equinox and the Windy City to reveal the next generation of its popular compact crossover, the Equinox. This time around it comes bristling with new technologies and powertrain options. The latest Equinox is...



9/30/2016: POST DRIVING: CHEVY BOLT PRICED AT $42,795 IN CANADA — BEFORE REBATES

(image) Chevrolet has revealed Canadian pricing of its all-new, all-electric Bolt. With a total range of up to 383 kilometres on a single charge, Chevrolet says the 2017 Bolt will carry a $42,795 price tag here in Canada. Of course, that’s before any...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: SNC slides on Mideast woes
MONTREAL• S NC-Lavalin Group Inc. shares took their biggest hit in more than a year Thursday after the company lowered a profit forecast on news of troubles with two oil and gas projects in the Middle East. And one analyst sees the news as a chance...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: Bill would vanquish 'zombie' directors
TORONTO • The federal government has taken a concrete step towards killing off “zombie” directors — board members who can remain with corporations despite receiving support from fewer than half the shareholders. A bill tabled in Parliament Wednesday...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: Australia, N.Z. in same boat as Canada
Canada is not alone in having its central bank backed into a corner, forced to warn about the dangers of high debt and hot housing markets, while powerless to change interest rates as a commodity bust weighs on the economy. Economists at Bank of...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: Liberals rush cash out before invoices
OT TAWA • The federal Liberals appear to be cranking up the pace for getting infrastructure money out the door and into the hands of local governments. The amount of cash already allocated for the first quarter of fiscal 2016-17 totalled $ 62.9...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: FEDS TO MAKE GROUP LAYOFF RULES MORE STRINGENT

(image) Federal officials are set to tighten labour rules to make it tougher for large, federally regulated companies to conduct mass layoffs without warning. The requirements for businesses dealing with what are known as group terminations have undergone a...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: Inspiring a new generation of leaders

(image) It’s no secret that advances in technology and the rise of millennials in the workforce have led to a drastic shift in leadership styles and demands. Organizations are increasingly becoming flattened, the opp- osing priorities of always- on...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: KIRKLAND LAKE TO ACQUIRE NEWMARKET IN GROWTH PUSH

(image) Toronto- based Kirkland Lake Gold will acquire Australian miner Newmarket Gold for about $1 billion in stock, creating a midtier producer poised to grow, the companies said on Thursday. The transaction is somewhat of an outlier, as gold mining...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: Tundra to buy Enbridge pipeline
CALGARY• Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd, a privatelyheld Canadian energy infrastructure company, said on Thursday it has agreed to buy a regional pipeline system from an affiliate of Enbridge Income Fund for $1.075 billion. The South East Saskatchewan...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: Uniqlo makes its first foray into Canada

(image) • When Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo decided to open its first location in Canada, it sent Yasuhiro Hayashi to Toronto every month for nearly a year to get a read on the Canadian customer. During each visit, Uniqlo Canada’s chief operating officer...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: Most ISP speeds faster than advertised: CRTC
• Canadians love to complain about telecommunications services, but when it comes to Internet speed they typically get more than they pay for from major providers, according to data from the federal telecom regulator. The majority of Internet...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: BlackBerry mulls last handset release
• Loyal BlackBerry fans may still be able to get their thumbs on a last new, in- house designed handset despite the company’s decision to stop developing hardware internally by the end of its fiscal year. BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen is in the midst...



9/30/2016: FINANCIAL POST: COMPETITION BUREAU GOES AFTER VANCOUVER AIRPORT

(image) The Competition Bureau is going after the Vancouver Airport Authority for restricting competition among in- flight catering companies. The bureau found that the airport authority has “refused” to give new in-flight catering suppliers access to the...



9/30/2016: FP INVESTING: The value of yield

(image) With monetary policy driving much of t he economy and asset prices since the global financial crisis, fixed income investors are being forced to navigate an unusually volatile environment. The Bank of Japan has formally gone negative in terms of...



9/30/2016: FP INVESTING: BLACKBERRY UPGRADED ON DECISION TO EXIT HARDWARE

(image) BlackBerry Ltd.’ s decision to exit the hardware business triggered an upgrade at Macquarie Research. Analyst Gus Papageorgiou raised his rating on the stock to neutral from underperform, after the company announced its plans to end all internal...



9/30/2016: FP INVESTING: SHOPIFY’S OUTPERFORMANCE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE: CIBC
Shopify Inc. shares could rise more than 45 per cent in the next 12 to 18 months, CIBC World Markets said in a new report. Analyst Todd Coupland initiated coverage of the Ottawa- based e- commerce company with a sector outperformer rating and US$60...



9/30/2016: FP INVESTING: AGF MANAGEMENT LTD. UPGRADED BY DESJARDINS
AGF Management Ltd. should get a boost from improving fund performance and the resulting turnaround in net outflows, Desjardins Capital Markets said in a report Thursday. Analyst Gary Ho upgraded AGF to buy from hold, as he believes the company is...



9/30/2016: FP COMMENT: Taxes without targets

(image) Recently, Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose explained her party’s position on climate policy. She noted that, while in office, the Conservatives had set environmental targets and “put in place a plan to reach that through regulation, as opposed...



9/30/2016: FP COMMENT: Carbon makes bad bargains
Can it have been just last month that B.C. premier Christy Clark was firmly refusing to raise the provincial carbon tax under her government’s new climate plan? At an August press conference in Richmond, B.C., Clark said she needed to balance...



9/30/2016: FP COMMENT: Canadians for Trump
We’ ve heard a l ot about Donald Trump’s bombast but little about where he promises to take the U.S. and less about what that would mean for Canada. Now that a Trump presidency is thinkable — according to some polls, he’s leading — here’s the ( mostly)...



9/30/2016: FP MARKETPLACE: As Deutsche anxiety grows, clients scatter
Amid mounting concern about Deutsche Bank AG’s ability to withstand pending legal penalties, about 10 hedge funds that do business with the German lender have moved to reduce their f i nancial exposure. The shares slumped. The f unds, which use the...