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Cenovus selling Palliser assets in Alberta to Torxen for $1.3B

Cenovus Energy Inc. says it has agreed to sell its Palliser crude oil and natural gas assets in southeastern Alberta to Torxen Energy and Schlumberger for $1.3 billion. The cash sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to customary conditions. This is the latest in a string of assets the Calgary-based oilsands company has sold to reduce its ...

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Gord Downie’s muse: 4 topics that influenced his songs

It’s all there in the lyrics. In interviews, Gord Downie was sometimes halting and introspective, always trying to find the right words. He could be maddeningly vague when asked directly about his artistic intent, but listeners could find most of what they needed to know in the album sleeves of the Tragically Hip’s 13 full albums and Downie’s four side projects. Downie, who died ...

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Cosby accuser’s bid to revive defamation suit rejected by U.S. court

A U.S. federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who said the entertainer raped her in 1974 and then called her a liar after she made her accusations public in a newspaper interview. The lawsuit, filed by Kathrine McKee, revolved around a letter that an attorney for Cosby sent New York’s Daily News ...

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Canadian cities in the hunt for Amazon’s HQ2 — but is it worth the shot?

It’s like a technology-themed reality TV dating show. Suitor Amazon is on the hunt for a North American city to house what it calls HQ2: a second headquarters. The ideal match will tick off most of a wide-ranging list of requirements that covers practical matters, like available buildings and green space, as well as a certain “je ne said quoi” that, ...

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How a Canadian astrophysics star aims to find life on exoplanets

Sara Seager has pledged to spend the rest of her life searching for another Earth among the billions of stars that inhabit our night sky. “That’s our goal: to find life out there,” the Toronto-born astrophysicist says in a distinctly assured monotone, as if describing a walk to the local mall. ‘ There’s this shifting line of what is crazy.’ – ...

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Looking back at the Black Monday stock crash, 30 years later

How long can this nirvana last for investors? The stock market keeps ticking methodically higher into record territory, and the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 for the first time on Wednesday. It’s been nearly 16 months since S&P 500 index funds had a pullback of even 5 per cent over the course of days or weeks, the longest ...

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Canada’s ‘super secret spy agency’ is releasing a malware-fighting tool to the public

Canada’s electronic spy agency says it is taking the “unprecedented step” of releasing one of its own cyber defence tools to the public, in a bid to help companies and organizations better defend their computers and networks against malicious threats. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) rarely goes into detail about its activities — both offensive and defensive — and much of what ...

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Just For Laughs restructures after Gilbert Rozon accused of sexual assault

Just For Laughs has announced a restructuring after nine women came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual assault against its founder and now former president. The women are accusing Gilbert Rozon of misconduct spanning three decades, according to French-language newspaper Le Devoir and radio station 98.5 FM. The allegations have not been verified by CBC/Radio-Canada and have not been proven in court. As ...

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Bill Morneau to announce tweaks to unpopular tax-reform proposals

Live Liberals are continuing a week-long effort to adjust tax changes that have triggered angry backlash The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 19, 2017 8:42 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017 9:31 AM ET Related Stories Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to announce changes today to his controversial tax proposals to address the concerns of farmers and fishers. ...

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Gord Downie remembered by man who gifted him feather

“He’s just totally superhuman.” That’s the way Don Speidel remembered former Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie, who he met and gifted an eagle feather during the singer’s naming ceremony with the Assembly of First Nations in December 2016. Speidel said before he met Downie, he knew the man and his band through pop culture, hearing his songs on the radio ...

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