October 18th, 2017

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Judge OKs revised Sears Canada bonus plan to keep key staff through liquidation

TORONTO – An Ontario judge has approved Sears Canada’s request for a revised retention bonus plan for key head office staff and store managers who stay through its liquidation process. The number of people covered by the retention plan for head office executives and staff has dropped to 36 from 43, and the amount that ... Read More »

Downie’s death feels like ‘we lost a teammate,’ says Hayley Wickenheiser

TORONTO – Canadian women’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser says the death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie feels like the loss of a teammate. She says the band’s music was “a theme that ran through my entire hockey career and every team I’ve ever played on.” Downie, who announced last year he had brain cancer, ... Read More »

‘Hopefully we’ve got control:’ Evacuations, road closure in Crowsnest Pass fire

Residents in the Crowsnest Pass are still without power after a wind-whipped fire that forced about 150 people living in the town of Coleman from their homes. The blaze in the Alberta mountain community was one of several driven by strong winds that threatened towns and forced evacuations in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan on Tuesday. ... Read More »

CMHC says it can withstand a severe shock as it passes stress test scenarios

OTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says stress testing has confirmed its mortgage loan insurance and securitization businesses are able to withstand a severe shock. The housing agency tested the strength of its businesses against several extreme scenarios. It looked at the impact of an earthquake in a major urban centre, a steep drop ... Read More »

Indigenous leaders praise Gord Downie as friend, ally on reconciliation

OTTAWA – Indigenous leaders praised Gord Downie’s contribution to reconciliation as they mourned the musician’s death. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said Wednesday he knew Downie’s death was coming but he said it is still incredibly sad to know he’s no longer alive. In addition to the music he produced over the years, ... Read More »

Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

LONDON – A new British Library exhibition is tracing the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” With the orphaned boy wizard as guiding force, the exhibit opening Friday has broken records for advance sales at the London library. More than 30,000 ... Read More »

Sessions defends Comey firing, ties it to Clinton email case

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director’s abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. Sessions, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it was “the first time I’m aware of” in which an FBI director had ... Read More »

Canadian stars including Steven Page praise Gord Downie’s legacy

TORONTO – Canadian musicians shared tearful tributes to the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie on Wednesday, praising his commitment to social causes even as he battled terminal brain cancer. “I think that he took that personal tragedy of his own illness and used it in a most admirable way, and in a way that ... Read More »

Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

BEIRUT – Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group. For an untold number of battle-hardened jihadis fleeing with the civilians, the escape to Idlib ... Read More »

As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

WASHINGTON – As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when – and how – the probes will end. After months of clandestine interviews and a few public, partisan committee clashes, some Republicans on the House intelligence panel have been pushing for ... Read More »

Quebec lawmakers pass controversial law obliging citizens to uncover their faces

QUEBEC – A controversial Quebec religious neutrality bill that obliges citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services became law Wednesday. Members of the national assembly voted 66-51 in favour of the legislation, known as Bill 62. Tabled by Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee in 2015, it is the governing Liberals’ response to ... Read More »