Author Archives: Contributor

‘One take only:’ filmmakers, directors ready to capture solar eclipse

The sun is getting ready for its close-up. Producers of feature films and TV commercials will set up at key locations to capture what they hope will be unique scenes using the natural spectacle of Monday’s total solar eclipse. For filmmakers, the most-coveted backdrops sit within the “zone of totality,” where the moon will cover the sun and expose a glowing corona around its perimeter for ...

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Canada on list of countries with citizens killed or injured in Barcelona

Spanish authorities say Canada is among 34 countries with citizens killed or injured in the terrorist attack in Barcelona. Global Affairs says Canadians have been affected by the attacks, but did not provide further details, citing privacy reasons. Canadians in Spain were being advised to stay away from the Las Ramblas tourist area in Barcelona where an alleged terrorist drove ...

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‘We don’t have any backroom meetings,’ Health Canada says as Food Guide consultations end

Health Canada is facing pressure from medical advocates to ensure there are major changes to its existing Food Guide as it works on highly anticipated dietary guidelines to be released early next year — a process that came a step closer to completion this week. Consultations on the upcoming changes ended on Monday and the department now wants to assure the public ...

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Demand eclipses supply for protective glasses for safe solar eclipse viewing

Ali Van Orman is still looking for specialized glasses to protect her family’s eyes during Monday’s solar eclipse because she never counted on demand totally eclipsing supply. She tried to buy a coveted pair of solar eclipse glasses for herself and two children from Amazon back in July, but the hot commodities wouldn’t have arrived in time. Van Orman and ...

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Tina Fey returns to Weekend Update to talk Charlottesville

Updated ‘Nazis are always bad. I don’t care what you say’ The Associated Press Posted: Aug 18, 2017 9:57 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 10:28 AM ET Tiny Fey has returned to Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live to discuss the violence surrounding a white nationalist rally near her alma mater’s campus in Charlottesville. Sporting a University of Virginia sweatshirt ...

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Calgary’s millennials own more real estate than those elsewhere in Canada, survey suggests

Calgary millennials own more real estate than their generational counterparts, but new mortgage rules could change all that.  That’s the findings of a new survey done by Royal Lepage that shows Calgary’s millennial generation owns more real estate than millennials anywhere else in Canada. The survey also revealed that new mortgage rules are making it harder for millennials to buy into the ...

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Canada’s annual inflation rate rises to 1.2% in July

Canada’s annualized inflation rate in July was 1.2 per cent, up from 1 per cent in June. Statistics Canada says the increase was in line with estimates. In the 12 months leading up to July, prices were up in six of the eight major areas tracked, with the transportation and shelter indexes contributing the most to the year-over-year rise in the ...

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Financial markets reflect risk aversion after Spain attacks

An aversion to risk was evident in financial markets Friday after the attacks in Spain. Stock markets around the world were under pressure while traditional safe haven assets, such as gold, were in demand. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 1 per cent at 7,316 while France’s CAC 40 fell 1.1 per ...

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The Breathing Hole, Reneltta Arluk’s directorial debut at Stratford, opens tonight

Friday night marks the debut of the first Inuit director to take the reins at the famed theatre festival in Stratford, Ont. “Oh my God, I’m so nervous,” said Reneltta Arluk, the Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree director, playwright, actor and artist who was raised in Fort Smith, N.W.T. The Breathing Hole centres on the 500-year saga of a polar bear named ...

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Digital vigilantism after Charlottesville: Get ready for more naming and shaming

In many ways, last weekend’s rally in Charlottesville, Va., was a chilling throwback to an era most people had hoped we’d moved on from, one in which racists were emboldened to march in the streets, denouncing the lives and rights of others through violence and angry chants, yelling, “White lives matter” and “Jews will not replace us.”  But there are ...

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