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12/10/2014 00:00:00 Toronto Christmas Market Central West Free

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children's choirs. Come check out Forests Ontario's booth and purchase a Christmas tree or wreath in support of forest restoration. For more information, visit our website.

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12/10/2014 00:00:00 Sextet Downtown

Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of Sextet, written and directed by Morris Panych, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights and directors. Chock-full of Panych's trademark wit, Sextet is a hilarious comic drama about six sexually entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour. Starring Damien Atkins, Matthew Edison, Laura Condlin, Rebecca Northan, Bruce Dow, Jordan Pettle Set and Costume Design by Ken MacDonald Lighting Design by Kimberly Purtell Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne Tickets: 416.531.1827 or tarragontheatre.com

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12/10/2014 00:00:00 Montgomery's Inn Winter Farmers Market Southwest Free

Built in 1830, Montgomery's Inn was once part of a 400-acre farm which supplied food for the Montgomery family, guests of the Inn and for retail sale. Much of this land continued to be farmed by tenant farmers through the 1940s. Though the farm is long gone, the Inn remains and has been restored as a museum. Today we celebrate the Inn's agricultural roots by once again offering farm-fresh produce for sale at the Montgomery's Inn Farmers' Market. Our vendors sell local and organic veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, preserves, baked goods, fresh bread and prepared foods that you can take home or enjoy on the premises. The market operates year-round; Indoors from November-May and outdoors from May-November.

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12/10/2014 00:00:00 Guided Nature Walks Northeast Free

Join us in Rouge Park for a wilderness walk close to home with one of our fun and friendly volunteer leaders. We have something for everyone, whether you are looking for wildlife, trees and plants, want a family or senior friendly walk or a fitness hike. We walk year round, rain, shine or snow. Visit www.rougepark.com/hike for monthly schedules, meeting point and driving details, RSVP info and tips on getting ready for the trail.

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12/10/2014 Festival of Carols Central East, Central West $50 - $59

We'll raise the roof with the 30-piece Canadian Staff Band. Join us for our popular annual Christmas concert of festive music and stories. Add your voice to the audience sing-along of familiar carols. Featuring: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Noel Edison - Conductor Caron Daley - Associate Conductor David Briggs - Organ Canadian Staff Band John Lam - bandmaster

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12/10/2014 Casa Loma Christmas Ball Central West $100 +

2014 Taste of Life Magazine Christmas Ball will be held on Wednesday,December 10, 2014 at the prestigious Toronto landmark, Casa Loma. Taste of Life Magazine is Canada's first Chinese-English Luxury Lifestyle Magazine with distribution in the Greater Toronto Area, Greater Vancouver Area, and Calgary. Highlights of the 2014 Gala will be a full Holiday concert “Christmas at Casa Loma” in the chandelier lit library starring Toronto Concert Orchestra conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, followed by ball room dancing in the glass domed Conservatory. Door prizes and raffle draws throughout the evening, as well as gifts for each and every guest.

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12/10/2014 Holiday Party! Downtown

Join us for group of 27's first Holiday Party! Canadian mezzo-soprano star Krisztina Szabo will sing a few songs and lead the whole audience in a sing-along of holiday favourites! Food, drink, and an auction for home made cookies top off the festivities. Who knows, Eric might take his viola for a spin!

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Telit teams with Google

As part of this, Telit offers its customers cloud computing services in the ... that can be retrieved together from Google's cloud and Telit's cloud.

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12/09/2014 00:00:00 Sextet Downtown

Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of Sextet, written and directed by Morris Panych, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights and directors. Chock-full of Panych's trademark wit, Sextet is a hilarious comic drama about six sexually entangled musicians on an ill-fated winter tour. Starring Damien Atkins, Matthew Edison, Laura Condlin, Rebecca Northan, Bruce Dow, Jordan Pettle Set and Costume Design by Ken MacDonald Lighting Design by Kimberly Purtell Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne Tickets: 416.531.1827 or tarragontheatre.com

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12/09/2014 00:00:00 Toronto Christmas Market Central West Free

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children's choirs. Come check out Forests Ontario's booth and purchase a Christmas tree or wreath in support of forest restoration. For more information, visit our website.

by via City of Toronto All Events

Oil price plunges to end the week

The price of U.S. benchmark crude closed down $7.54 (U.S.) to $66.15 a barrel today. It has fallen more than 10 per cent since Wednesday.

The TSX was also down more than 100 points during Friday-afternoon trading.

Clark says Americans not behaving as ‘friends’ in Prince Rupert terminal project

VICTORIA – British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has lashed out at the United States, saying it’s trying to impose its own federal purchasing provisions on the construction of a ferry terminal in Canada.
A request for proposals issued by the State of Alaska spells out that the project in the northwest coast community of Prince Rupert, B.C., must built under Buy America provisions, meaning it must use U.S. iron and steel.
Clark says the Americans should not be permitted to invoke their Buy America program in Canada and require the use of the U.S. metals.
She says Canada and British Columbia are free traders and restrictive trade policies should not be tolerated in this country.
Clark says the U.S. actions are not acceptable and the American behaviour is not friendly.
The terminal was part of an agreement in a 50-year lease signed in 2013 between the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Alaska Department of Highways, which operates the ferry, and its estimated cost is US$15 million.


by The C…

Darwin the Ikea monkey looking to raise money for a new home

TORONTO – The Ikea monkey is in the market for a new home and is looking for help purchasing it.
Darwin the monkey — who sparked a social media frenzy in December 2012 when it was found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto wearing a shearling coat — has been living at Ontario’s Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary ever since a court placed him in its care.
The sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., east of Toronto, is now hoping to relocate to a new property by the spring of 2015 and has launched an online crowdfunding campaign that aims to raise $490,000.
Darwin features prominently in the sanctuary’s call for funds but the establishment notes its larger new home will also cater to 41 other monkeys.
The monkey became something of an international sensation after it escaped from a crate in its owner’s car in the Ikea parking lot. Images of Darwin wearing a tiny beige shearling coat as it wandered all the way into the store quickly went viral.
Animal services seized the monkey and sent it to Sto…

U. of Massachusetts cuts ties to alumnus Bill Cosby amid sexual assault allegations

BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has cut ties with alumnus Bill Cosby amid allegations by women accusing him of sexual assault.
A university spokesman told the Boston Globe on Wednesday university officials had asked Cosby to step down as an honorary co-chairman of their $300 million fundraising campaign and Cosby agreed.
Cosby received a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the university. He and his wife donated several hundred thousand dollars to the university.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sent a letter to the university urging it to cut ties with Cosby.
Coakley says while Cosby hadn’t been criminally charged his association sends the wrong message when the state is focused on the prevention of campus sexual assault.
Cosby’s lawyer has called the allegations “unsubstantiated” and “discredited.”


by The Associated Press via 680News

A list of current and pending Supreme Court justices with their retirement dates

OTTAWA – A list of Supreme Court justices, their mandatory retirement dates at age 75, and the prime minister who appointed them:
Beverley McLachlin, 2018 (Brian Mulroney)
Marshall Rothstein, Dec. 25, 2015 (Stephen Harper)
Rosalie Abella, 2021 (Paul Martin)
Michael Moldaver, 2022 (Stephen Harper)
Thomas Cromwell, 2027 (Stephen Harper)
Andromache Karakatsanis, 2030 (Stephen Harper)
Richard Wagner, 2032 (Stephen Harper)
Clement Gascon, 2035 (Stephen Harper)
Appointee: Suzanne Cote, 2033 (Stephen Harper)


by The Canadian Press via 680News

C.D. Howe monetary policy council urges Bank of Canada to keep rates on hold

TORONTO – The C.D. Howe Institute’s monetary policy council recommended Thursday that the Bank of Canada keep its key policy rate at one per cent when the central bank makes its announcement next week.
The Bank of Canada has kept the rate at one per cent for more than four years and economists widely expect that to continue into 2015.
C.D. Howe said its 11-member council was unanimous in recommending that the rate stay on hold for the Dec. 3 meeting as well as the central bank’s Jan. 21 rate announcement.
However, the Toronto-based economic think-tank said there was some divergence of opinion about where rates should go next spring.
Nine members of the C.D. Howe council favoured rates to remain where they are in May of next year, while two voted for them to increase to 1.25 per cent.
But by this time next year, sentiment was more aggressive, with only three council members calling for rates to remain at one per cent through the end of 2015, while four wanted to see the rate at 1.25 per cen…

Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he’s broke, living in hotel

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he’s broke.
The 41-year-old lead singer of the Grammy-winning band says in a rambling 15-minute-long video posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday that he’s living in a hotel. He says he had been living in his truck and had no money for gas or food.
Stapp says money has been stolen from his bank account and royalty payments have not been paid to him.
Stapp denies he’s taking drugs or alcohol in the video.
Creed last toured together in 2012. The band was one of the most successful rock acts of the 1990s, selling more than 40 million albums. Creed won the Grammy for best rock song for “With Arms Wide Open” in 2001.


by The Associated Press via 680News

Canadian Forces medical team to be deployed to Ebola-plagued Sierra Leone

OTTAWA – Canada is sending a team of military medical specialists to Sierra Leone to help combat the spread of Ebola in that country.
The government says up to 40 Canadian Armed Forces health care and support staff will deploy to the West African country.
The military doctors, nurses, medics and support staff will be there for six months and will work alongside military medics from the United Kingdom at the Kerry Town Treatment Unit.
Their task will be to treat local and international healthcare workers who have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus.
Canada had earlier said it was reluctant to send medical aid workers to West Africa until it had guarantees that it could get people home if they become infected.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose is also launching a campaign to recruit private-sector Canadian health professionals to join the battle against Ebola through the Canadian Red Cross.
Health workers are desperately needed in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea where the virus has been spread…

Aboriginal Affairs publishes list of First Nations that flouted transparency law

OTTAWA – The federal government has published a list of First Nations that have not complied with a law that requires them to post their financial information online.
First Nations had until Wednesday to post audited financial statements and information about the salaries and expenses of chiefs and councillors on a public website.
Aboriginal Affairs says 529 of 582 First Nations have complied with the financial-transparency law.
The department says it will withhold funding for non-essential programs, services and activities from those First Nations that have not complied.
Aboriginal Affairs says it is also prepared to seek court orders to get non-compliant First Nations to post their financial information.
The move comes a day after the Onion Lake Cree Nation filed a statement of claim in Federal Court against the government over the financial-transparency law.


by The Canadian Press via 680News

Governor General bound for Chile, Colombia, talks responsible mining

OTTAWA – Governor General David Johnston says Canadian mining companies have a responsibility to ensure they don’t tarnish the country’s brand with substandard corporate behaviour.
He made the remarks in an interview with The Canadian Press prior to his official state visits to Chile and Colombia next week.
Canadian mining companies are active in both countries, and the extractives industry is frequently a lightning rod for broad criticism that it can run roughshod over local, often indigenous populations.
Overall, Johnston says Canadian companies are leaders in corporate social responsibility, but there’s room for improvement.
And he says when some companies periodically fail to meet the standards of proper corporate behaviour, they are hurting the economic chances of those that are doing good work.
Johnston’s eight-day trip begins Saturday.


by The Canadian Press via 680News

Northern California police looking for owner of bag filled with $100,000 found at Burger King

SAN JOSE, Calif. – An assistant manager at a Northern California Burger King found a backpack loaded with about $100,000 in a booth, but so far no one has come forward to claim it.
Assistant manager Sahista Bakawla told KGO (http://abc7ne.ws/1ClMpbO ) he spotted the blue backpack left in his San Jose eatery early Wednesday.
He said when it was still there by that afternoon he called the owner who opened it, hoping to find identification or a phone number.
Instead, he found a whopping amount of $100 bills.
Officers came to the restaurant and opened the bag, which also contained some candy, a small amount of marijuana and a bank deposit slip.
Police are now working with the bank to find the bag’s owner.
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Information from: KGO-TV.


by The Associated Press via 680News

Campaign-fiance probe moves ahead against Alaska pot advocate who quit TV job on-air

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A campaign finance investigation is moving forward against an Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vowed to work toward legalizing marijuana.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot use. Greene challenged the commission’s request for documents.
Alaska Dispatch News (http://ow.ly/EZQhr ) reports the commission on Wednesday rejected her objection to a subpoena. That gives the agency the authority to continue the investigation to determine whether money that was spent would trigger reporting requirements.
Greene says the order should be worrisome to those who take a stand on any issue.
Greene’s legal name is Charlene Egbe. During a live newscast, she revealed herself to be the owner of a medical marijuana business.
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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com


by The Associated Press via 680News

Ex-military intelligence officer apologizes for planning attack on Veterans Affairs office

CALGARY – A former Canadian soldier who has admitted planning an attack on the Calgary office of Veterans Affairs says he is sorry and never intended to follow through.
Glen Gieschen had a beef with the department over coverage for illnesses he believed were caused by a flu shot.
The 45-year-old former military intelligence officer, whose name was originally banned from publication, pleaded guilty earlier this month to possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon.
Police recovered firearms, body armour, possible bomb-making materials, schematics of the downtown skyscraper and a plan to attack the seventh-floor offices of Veterans Affairs during his arrest last January.
“He sincerely apologizes to all staff of Veterans Affairs Canada for any distress the release of the attack scenario has caused them or their families. This document was never meant to be released to the public,” said lawyer Tonii Roulston reading a statement on behalf of her client.

Amid current CBC turmoil, ‘This Hour Has Seven Days’ stands out as Golden Age

Imagine a TV show that was a mash-up of “60 Minutes” and “The Daily Show.” Fifty years ago, Canada had such a show in “This Hour Has Seven Days.”
An episode of the series, plucked from the CBC archives, was screened recently at the 2nd annual Canadian International Television Festival in Toronto. Combined with a couple of shows from the 1970s — “Party Game” and “The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour” — it offered a glimpse at what could be argued was Canada’s “Golden Age” of television: the mid 1960s through mid-’70s.
The scope of this single episode of “This Hour Has Seven Days” was astonishing. Originally shown Oct. 24, 1965 — smack in the middle of the “Mad Men” era — the hour truly crammed in a week’s worth of memorable moments. Off the top, hosts Laurier LaPierre and Patrick Watson referenced an empty chair reserved for party leaders with enough guts to come on their show in the weeks leading up to a federal election. There was a sobering report on the shooting death of a Sudbury police…

Death of mentally ill man led to reform, but advocates fear progress stalled

HALIFAX – Seven years after Howard Hyde died following an altercation with jail guards, advocates say reforms have improved the lives of people in Nova Scotia with mental illness but they worry progress has stalled.
Hyde died on Nov. 22, 2007, about 30 hours after he had been arrested by Halifax police and was Tasered several times later outside a cell.
It’s been four years since a fatality inquiry by Judge Anne Derrick made 80 recommendations calling for improvements in how the justice and health systems treat people with mental illness.
Andrew Canfield, 26, who has bipolar disorder, says a recommendation from the inquiry for a peer support program has changed his life.
A counsellor who has experienced his illness has helped Canfield improve his social skills, keep a job and resume a university course, he said in an interview.
“It’s great that the system has progressed. It’s unfortunate it had to come at the expense of a man’s life,” he added.
“But I still think we need to come a long way.…

Kinder Morgan lawyer raises doubts about arrests at B.C. anti-pipeline protests

VANCOUVER – A lawyer for the oil pipeline company conducting technical work near Vancouver is raising doubts about arrests at a protest site, at the same time a prominent B.C. First Nations leader was preparing to cross the police line.
The RCMP have arrested more than 100 protesters on Burnaby Mountain, where they are enforcing a court order related to Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline.
The company has returned to B.C. Supreme Court seeking an expanded injunction, explaining that its initial application included incorrect GPS co-ordinates, while also asking for more time.
Company lawyer William Kaplan says the error occurred because its workers couldn’t access the site where protesters had been camping out since September.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip was meantime marching towards police at the Metro Vancouver conservation site to the tune of an aboriginal drum, declaring a show of solidarity.
In court Kaplan acknowledged the company’s errors are “clearly an…

Health Canada tells medical pot growers to avoid puffing up health claims in ads

TORONTO – Health Canada has ordered the country’s medical marijuana growers to stop advertising their products with treatment claims and promotional images.
The federal department issued letters this week to licensed pot producers, warning them to overhaul their advertising and marketing content on websites and social media by Jan. 12.
Health Canada says failure to comply could lead to suspension or revocation of the company’s commercial licence.
Individualized letters were sent to 20 of Canada’s 22 licensed growers, spelling out what each company needs to change to comply with rules governing advertising of medical cannabis.
Those rules prohibit companies from advertising “any food, drug, cosmetic or device to the general public as a treatment, preventative or cure for any of the diseases, disorders or abnormal physical states.”
Health Canada says producers should provide limited information to prospective clients, including the brand name, proper or common name of the strain, price per g…

Sanctuary housing the Ikea monkey ‘needs’ a new home

The Ontario sanctuary where Darwin the Ikea monkey lives is looking for a new home and is using the famous monkey in its fundraising campaign.
The cute monkey garnered headlines and sparked a social media frenzy when he escaped from his owner’s car in an Ikea parking lot in Toronto in December 2012.
Darwin was found wandering in the lot wearing a shearling coat and later sent to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont. after his owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, lost a lengthy legal battle.
The Japanese macaque has lived at the sanctuary ever since. But now the sanctuary is relocating and using Darwin in its online fundraising drive.
In an Indiegogo fundraising campaign, Story Book said the sanctuary must move by spring 2015 due to changes to their “human family situation.”
The owners have their eyes on a 22-hectare property valued at $930,000 and they’re giving themselves until Dec. 31 to raise the $490,000 needed to purchase and operate the new space.
The new sanctuary would have in…

National Toy Hall of Fame inductees over the years

The inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame:
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2014:
Little green army men
Bubbles
Rubik’s Cube
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2013:
Rubber duck
Chess
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2012:
Dominoes
Star Wars action figures
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2011:
Blanket
Dollhouse
Hot Wheels
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2010:
Playing cards
The Game of Life
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2009:
Ball
Big Wheel
Nintendo Game Boy
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2008:
Baby doll
Skateboard
Stick
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2007:
Atari 2600 game system
Kite
Raggedy Andy
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2006:
Easy-Bake Oven
Lionel trains
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2005:
Candy Land
Cardboard box
Jack-in-the-box
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2004:
G.I. Joe
Rocking horse
Scrabble
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2003:
Alphabet blocks
Checkers
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2002:
Jigsaw puzzle
Raggedy Ann
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2001:
Silly Putty
Tonka trucks
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2000:
Bicycle
Jacks
Jump rope
Mr. Potato Head
Slinky
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1999:
Duncan yo-yo
Hula Hoop
Lincoln Logs
Radio Flyer wagon
Roller skates
View-Master
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1998:
Barbie
Crayola crayons
Erector set
Etch A Sketch
Frisbee
LEGO
Marbles
Monopoly
Play-Doh
Teddy bear
Tinkertoy
Source: The National Toy Hall of Fame
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Online:
http://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/year


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Lower energy, metal prices to mask export volume growth in 2015, says EDC

MONTREAL – The Canadian government’s lending agency for exporters says falling energy and metal prices will mask healthy Canadian export volumes next year.
Export Development Canada forecasts the value of exports will rise 10 per cent this year, but only six per cent in 2015.
Stripping out the impact of sliding prices for resources such as oil, iron ore and copper, export volumes are expected to increase one percentage point to five per cent and stay at that level for several years.
Chief economist Peter Hall says that level of exports is an “up shift” from 2010 and would be the best stretch since before the 2008 economic recession.
A lower Canadian dollar and surging U.S. economy could even boost export growth beyond EDC’s forecast, he says.
Hall says the positive export outlook is driven mainly by the surging U.S. economy, which is growing at a pace as fast or faster than all but one period in the last 20 years.
Exports to Western Europe are holding up despite economic weakness and emergi…

Torstar shutters websites of Metro free dailies in seven Canadian cities

TORONTO – Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) is closing the digital operations of its Metro brand in seven cities where it no longer produces the free daily newspapers.
The company says Metro websites in Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria and Windsor will close down effective immediately.
The move comes after the Star Media Group, a division of Torstar, announced in July that it would shutter the Metro papers in Regina, Saskatoon and London, Ont., as it focused on areas of the country with the “greatest potential for Metro.”
All three of those cities had one reporter on staff, an editor in London and another to oversee both editions in Saskatchewan.
A message on the Metro website told readers that after experimenting with digital-only publications, it decided that the “results to date” led them to the decision.
Metro says it will continue to publish news stories online in the seven cities where it still distributes print editions: Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Ed…

Dipomats say WTO reaches trade deal to cut red tape, lift millions out of poverty

GENEVA – The World Trade Organization has pulled off a major deal that could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually after years of negotiation.
Diplomats says the deal approved Thursday is the first multilateral trade agreement in the organization’s 20-year history. It will go into effect after all 160 member countries ratify, expected sometime next year.
A U.S.-India deal this month over food stockpiling by India cleared the way for the agreement that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said “preserved the letter and spirit of the package of decisions” reached at a WTO summit last December in Bali.
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the deal will “lift millions out of poverty.”


by The Associated Press via 680News

Man charged in foot-related assaults, thefts in Richmond Hill

Police say they have arrested a suspect in connection with multiple sexual assaults involving feet and thefts of footwear in several communities north of Toronto.
York Regional Police say the first incident happened Nov. 19 in Richmond Hill, when a man went into a tanning salon and asked a female if he could see her shoe as he was shopping for shoes.
When she complied, police say the man smelled her shoe, then fled with it.
The next day, police say a man went into another a Richmond Hill tanning salon and began asking a female questions about her boots.
It’s alleged the man grabbed the victim’s leg, removed her boot and sock and licked her foot without her consent, then took both the boot and sock and fled the scene.
Similar incidents were reported at tanning salons in Aurora, Innisfil and Bradford.
Mattieu Petrin, 28, of Innisfil, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault, three counts of theft under $5,000, sexual interference with a person under 16 and robbery.


by The Canadian P…

Families asked to show brotherly love by hosting visitors during pope’s visit to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those coming to see Pope Francis next year.
To help accommodate the expected crowds, officials hope more than 10,000 families will volunteer to host visitors in their spare bedrooms.
Francis plans to attend the Roman Catholic-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. Area hotel rooms are filling up fast, and event planners have even looked at hotels 90 miles away in Baltimore.
So far, more than 100 families have registered to welcome guests through the company Homestay, which is co-ordinating the effort.
Event organizers estimate up to 15,000 people will attend the conference, which focuses on strengthening family bonds.
More than 1.5 million pilgrims are expected for the pope’s two public appearances.


by Kathy Matheson, The Associated Press via 680News

NewsAlert: Peladeau throws his hat in Parti Quebecois leadership race

MONTREAL – Media magnate Pierre Karl Peladeau has thrown his hat in the Parti Quebecois leadership race.
The PQ member of the legislature made the announcement in Montreal today.
The controlling shareholder of Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) is considered the front-runner in the race to succeed Pauline Marois.
The leader will be chosen next May.
More Coming


by The Canadian Press via 680News

Imperial Metals granted permanent injunction against Tahltan blockaders

TERRACE, B.C. – A group of Tahltan (Tall-tan) elders say they are being permanently kicked off a gold and copper mine site in their traditional territory by a B.C. mining company behind a massive tailings pond spill.
The elders, calling themselves the Klabona Keepers, blockaded Imperial Metals’ (TSX:III) nearly-completed Red Chris mine in northwestern B.C. after its Mount Polley mine in the Interior suffered a breach in August, sending a surge of effluent into nearby waterways.
The Klabona Keepers say the company’s injunction and an enforcement order against them was granted in provincial court in Terrace on Wednesday, although they have already stood down their blockade for a month.
Imperial Metals was granted a temporary injunction in October, but sought the more permanent court order by arguing blockaders were preventing work on the nearly-completed mine.
Tahltan elder Bertha Louie says she expected the court would rule in favour of corporate interests, and feels stripped of her inhere…

CBC unveils winter schedule; ‘Book of Negroes’; ‘Schitt’s Creek’ air in January

TORONTO – CBC has unveiled its winter schedule, with anticipated miniseries “The Book of Negroes” and Eugene Levy comedy “Schitt’s Creek” set to premiere in January.
“The Book of Negroes,” based on the award-winning Lawrence Hill novel and starring Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lou Gossett Jr., will debut Jan. 7.
Meanwhile “Schitt’s Creek,” which Levy co-wrote with his son Daniel Levy and also stars SCTV alum Catherine O’Hara, will launch with back-to-back episodes on Jan. 13.
The animated tale “Pirate’s Passage,” which stars Donald Sutherland and is about a young Nova Scotia boy who seeks the help of an imaginary pirate to escape a schoolyard bully, will launch on Jan. 4.
“Ascension,” a sci-fi drama starring Tricia Helfer set in 1963 aboard a spaceship sent to populate a new world, will premiere Feb. 9, while Second World War spy thriller “X Company” will launch Feb. 18.
BBC’s “Life Story,” a nature series by David Attenborough, will land on the public broadcaster Jan. 11, and four…

Quebecor buying the QMJHL’s Remparts: reports

QUEBEC – Quebecor Inc. has called a news conference for this afternoon amid reports the media conglomerate has bought the Quebec Remparts.
The Remparts play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and are currently owned by various businessmen as well as Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy.
Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) currently owns 70 per cent of the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and may have to sell off that stake in the Montreal-area team in order to purchase the Remparts, who play in Quebec City.
The company has acquired the naming rights to an arena currently being built in the city. Quebecor Arena is scheduled to open late next year and the media giant is keen on landing an NHL franchise in the not-too-distant future.
Quebecor CEO Pierre Dion is holding a news conference at 2 p.m. today in Quebec City.


by The Canadian Press via 680News

Man faces multiple charges in foot-related assaults, footwear thefts in Ontario

AURORA, Ont. – Police say they have arrested a suspect in connection with multiple sexual assaults involving feet and thefts of footwear in several communities north of Toronto.
York Regional Police say the first incident happened Nov. 19 in Richmond Hill, when a man went into a tanning salon and asked a female if he could see her shoe as he was shopping for shoes.
When she complied, police say the man smelled her shoe, then fled with it.
The next day, police say a man went into another a Richmond Hill tanning salon and began asking a female questions about her boots.
It’s alleged the man grabbed the victim’s leg, removed her boot and sock and licked her foot without her consent, then took both the boot and sock and fled the scene.
Similar incidents were reported at tanning salons in Aurora, Innisfil and Bradford.
Mattieu Petrin, 28, of Innisfil, is charged with four counts of sexual assault, three counts of theft under $5,000, sexual interference with a person under 16 and robbery.


by The C…

Study confirms oilsands tailings ponds emit pollutants into the air

EDMONTON – New government research is confirming that the oilsands tailings ponds are releasing toxic chemicals into the air.
And the amount of the contaminants from the ponds could be almost five times as high as previous estimates for entire oilsands operations.
The paper estimates that more than a tonne of cancer-causing chemicals called PAHs are released into the region’s air every year from the ponds.
Author Elisabeth Galarneau (gah-LAR-noe) says it’s not clear where those toxins go once in the air, so she can’t say what the environmental impact might be.
Previous research used mathematical modelling to conclude the vast ponds were releasing chemicals, but Galarneau’s work involved actual measurements in the field.
The research, to be published next month in a scientific journal, was conducted by Environment Canada under the federal and provincial government’s joint oilsands monitoring program.


by The Canadian Press via 680News

Spain soccer team starts fund to help 85-year-old whose eviction from her flat sparked outcry

MADRID – A Spanish soccer team opened a bank account to collect donations for an 85-year-old woman whose eviction last week from her Madrid apartment sparked an outcry, team officials said.
Rayo Vallecano president Raul Martin Presa said his club will also donate money from ticket sales from its next home game to help Carmen Martinez pay for a place to live.
She was evicted last Friday from the apartment she owned and lived in for decades in Madrid’s working-class neighbourhood of Vallecas, where Rayo plays in the Spanish league’s first division. Her son had used the apartment as collateral for a 40,000-euro ($50,000) loan and couldn’t make payments after losing his job.
Associated Press photos of the eviction spurred intense Spanish media coverage of Martinez’s plight and prompted the club to help her. Rayo is also based in the Vallecas neighbourhood.
“Nobody likes these types of things — what happened to Carmen or to many other families, especially with evictions,” Rayo coach Paco Jemez…

Multiple hacking attacks seen on websites, pop-ups from ‘Syrian Electronic Army’

Several media outlets are reporting hacking attacks on their news websites today.
CBCNews.ca — which is among the outlets that appear to be affected by the hacking — says the Syrian Electronic Army is claiming responsibility for the hacking of multiple news websites.
Some users trying to access the CBC website and other news sites have reported seeing a pop-up message reading: “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).”
Other media outlets, including The Telegraph and The Independent, have tweeted about the apparent hacking attempt.
Twitter users have suggested other sites, including PC World, Forbes, OK Magazine,the Chicago Tribune, CNBC and the NHL have also been affected.


by The Canadian Press via 680News

Original ‘Alice in Wonderland’ manuscript to go on show in New York, Philadelphia

LONDON – Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten, illustrated manuscript for “Alice in Wonderland” will travel to the U.S. to mark its 150th anniversary.
The British Library said Thursday it will loan the book — presented by the author to Alice Liddell, who inspired it — to New York’s Morgan Library and Museum and the Rosenbach Museum of the Free Library of Philadelphia next year.
The work, which bears its original title of “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” was bought by an American dealer in 1928 and returned to Britain in 1948.
The British Library also will display the book in late 2015 as part of an exhibition marking 150 years since its 1865 publication.
The library also plans a major exhibition next year marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
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(A previous version of this story had an incorrect name for the Philadelphia location.)


by The Associated Press via 680News

OPEC decides to keep its output ceiling unchanged despite crude glut, price plunge

VIENNA – OPEC oil ministers have decided to keep their present output target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an oversupply of crude and plunging prices.
The decision Thursday was expected. OPEC oil power Saudi Arabia had indicated before the meeting that it favours the status-quo.
The Saudis are the top producers within the 12-nation organization and effectively decide the cartel’s policy.
Some less well-off members had favoured a cut, to reduce supplies and push prices back up. But because of booming shale production in the U.S, that would not have made a sizable dent in supply.


by George Jahn, The Associated Press via 680News

Saskatchewan government says budget still balanced despite sinking oil prices

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is projecting a balanced budget for 2014-15 despite falling oil prices.
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz (krah-VETZ’) says high oil prices earlier this year offset the recent downward trend.
But he says the government will have to carefully manage spending because of the lower oil prices in the new year.
He says the government is projecting a $70.9 million year-end surplus.
The mid-year financial update projects total revenue of $14.2 billion, a $126.4 million increase from the spring budget.
Total expenses are projected to be $14.1 billion, which is a $126.9 million increase from the budget.
The government attributes the higher expenses mainly to providing disaster assistance for flooding earlier this year.


by The Canadian Press via 680News

Reconsider Keeping A Second Refrigerator In Your Garage

(Chris Rief)

There are times––say, a major food-oriented holiday––that it comes in handy to have a spare refrigerator to store a case of soda, a thawing turkey, or a half-dozen boxes of wine. Usually, though, that second fridge sits empty, not doing much. Do you know what it’s mostly doing? Wasting energy, and your money.
The second-fridge phenomenon might be unfamiliar to you, but in a Washington Post article denouncing the practice, we learned that in the Midwest, up to 30% of families keep a spare fridge. They tend to correlate with larger homes, which makes sense: plenty of extra space in the basement or garage means plenty of extra space for spare appliances. There was inexplicable increase in second fridges from 1997 to 2009.
There are two main problems with second-fridge energy usage. Usually, it’s your old refrigerator that gets demoted to second-fridge status. These are usually older, or at least old enough to be retired. Yet new rules for appliance energy consumption and genera…

Maybe We Should All Just Stop Eating Sprouts

You can eat two out of three of these. (Amy Adoyzie)

Sprouts are exactly what they sound like: the first sprouts from plants like beans or alfalfa, grown for a short time and then packaged for maximum deliciousness in a stir fry or on a salad. However, two pieces of sprout-related news from this week might make you pause before adding them to your salad.
First, we learned about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis that has made 68 people ill so far. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, authorities know that 33 of the people infected with this strain of Salmonella remember eating bean sprouts. These sprouts have been traced to sprouts from one company, Wonton Foods, Inc. 11 of the people infected have been hospitalized. Most of the reported cases have been in Massachusetts.
While the distributor, Wonton Foods, Inc., hasn’t announced a recall, the CDC recommends that consumers avoid bean sprouts from this company, and the company has agreed to stop pr…

Some Workers Step Up, Love Working On Thanksgiving

(SA_Steve)

While many commentators (this site included) have complained about the ascent of Brown Thursday and how the shopping frenzy has gradually devoured the holiday once known as Thanksgiving, perhaps we’re being unfair. There are workers who enjoy spending Thanksgiving Day on the job, and who volunteer for duty.
Well, okay, CNN was only able to find and interview three, but there are plenty of others out there. They spoke to a couple who work at Target, then celebrate Thanksgiving as a family the following weekend. The crowd is friendly and fun, they explained, and being able to earn 1.5 times their normal pay for working a holiday is worth it.
One Kohl’s employee…isn’t actually a Kohl’s employee anymore. He used to work at the store, and volunteered to work because he has the day off at his new job, and would rather earn some extra money and get an employee discount. Some stores even offer extra discounts to employees who work on holidays, alongside their festive holiday food tha…

1-In-5 Shoppers Has Done Something Awful To Obtain A Coveted Holiday Gift

(Smacks Well)

Because there’s this widely held assumption that people should get the thing they desire most during the holidays, and because a lot of people desire the same things, some holiday shoppers will cross that line between naughty and nice to make sure they check certain items off their shopping lists.
According to researchers at 1010Data, 21% of shoppers have done something just downright awful to make sure their kid got the G.I. Joe with the kung fu grip, or the pair of Uggs they’ll ruin within a week by wearing them out in the slushy snow.
Among the most egregious examples, include taking an item out of another shopper’s cart, cutting in front of other shoppers in line, pushing or shoving a shopper out of the way, and even paying

another shopper to get what they want.
All for gifts that will likely disappoint, be broken, or be forgotten about shortly after being received.
But there’s a reason that 1-in-5 of us act like A-holes during the holiday shopping season, because more tha…

Mobile Companies Leaping To Sell You A New Phone — With A New Contract — On Black Friday

(bryan bope)

Is your phone getting old? Has it met with the unfortunate confluence of liquids, young children, and boisterous pets lately? If you’re in the market for a replacement or upgrade, it looks like Black Friday might be your day… as long as you’re willing to sign a contract.
The big mobile companies are all gearing up to beat each other out for the ability to sell you the cheapest device at the end of this week,

FierceWireless reports.
Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon are all offering major deals on handsets and tablets to kick off the holiday shopping season.
Verizon, reportedly, will be offering $100 off of all new Android smart phones. Additionally, as long as you sign a new two-year contract you can get the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3v for free (after a rebate, with the Samsung), or significant discounts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The mobile behemoth is also rumored to be offering free Verizon Ellipsis 8 or 7 tablets.
AT&T, meanwhile, is pushing hard on w…

Senator Pressures Visa, MasterCard To Stop Serving File-Sharing Sites

(frankieleon)



File-sharing and copyright infringement have been a bugaboo among lawmakers since internet speeds got fast enough to swap music in the late 1990s. No tactic so far has actually yet stopped audiences from swapping music and movies among themselves, and while some sites and services have been shuttered, another two or three are always ready to pop up. So now a lawmaker is trying a new strategy: appealing to the middlemen who actually move the money.
This week, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont (chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee) sent letters to the heads of both Visa and Mastercard (PDF) asking them to pull service from a set of 30 “cyberlocker” cites. His list of targeted sites comes from a report (PDF) issued recently from NetNames and the Digital Citizens Alliance, a group that creates and publishes reports about the nature and volume of online crimes.
“Cyberlockers” are just cloud-storage file hosting services. But unlike workplace-friendly names like DropBox, they’r…

Ubisoft Admits Assassin’s Creed Is Broken, Offers Free Stuff To Apologize

As I argued a couple weeks back in the wake of the botched release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, video game publishers need to stop treating their biggest customers as guinea pigs on which to unleash broken games that will eventually be fixed via multiple patches weeks after release — or at the very least acknowledge this treatment and give these customers an incentive (lower price, free stuff, etc.) that doesn’t make them immediately regret spending $60 on a new game. And while it’s too late to undo all the damage done, Ubisoft is now attempting to make nice with these users by offering them free content as an apology.
In a blog post published earlier today, Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, admits that the anticipation and excitement for the newest title in the popular series was undercut because “the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues… These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from ex…

Warm Up For Black Friday: Here’s A Pop Quiz On The Best Deals

(Rich Renomeron)

You can’t depend on retailers to tell you whether you’re really getting a good deal or not. Is $89 the cheapest that you can find an Apple TV for? Is a $199 Dyson vacuum cleaner too good to pass up? You can make sure that your deal-finding senses are finely tuned and ready for Black Friday with an interactive deal quiz over at CNN. Some deals are exceptional, and others compare unfavorably to other recent sales, sometimes at the same retailer. [CNN]

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Sorry Camel, Fewer People Than Ever Are Smoking Between Every Thanksgiving Course

It’s been 78 years since Camel rans its full-page Thanksgiving ad encouraging smokers to enjoy a cigarette after every course of their holiday meal to aid with “good digestion.” Since then, food has apparently gotten a lot easier to digest — and people aren’t so keen about dying of lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease — as a new CDC report finds that fewer Americans than ever are aiding their digestion with cigarettes.
According to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report — which has to be our favorite name for all weekly reports and would make a good name for a hybrid prog rock/smooth jazz band — smoking in the U.S. in 2013 was down to only 42.1 million people, down three million from 2005. So even though the U.S. population grew during those years, the number of smokers dropped.
The rate of smoking in the country is at its lowest since 1965, when the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey first started asking that question, in between puffs of its Lucky Strikes of co…