Toronto stock index climbs on banks, industrials

Canada’s main stock index eked out a moderate gain Tuesday as financial stocks got a boost ahead of Canadian bank earnings this week. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 18.48 points to 15,476.94, also helped by a rise in industrials and utilities stocks. But it was financials that were the session’s most influential gainers, one day before the ...

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Will the show go on? Musicians weigh upcoming concerts after Manchester blast

The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists cancelling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled. Blondie cancelled a Tuesday night concert in London “as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack” at the Manchester Arena. Lead singer Debbie Harry tweeted that ...

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Flood prediction, climate change impacts on water studied at new Canmore lab

At a new research lab in Canmore, Alta., scientists are studying the impact of climate change on water, glaciers and snow, and developing tools to predict and warn people about future floods.   The Coldwater Laboratory, led by John Pomeroy, recently moved from the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country to the Bow Valley. The expanded lab in Canmore ...

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Supreme Court urged to clarify law on journalist source protection

Protection for a journalist’s sources currently exists in legal void that needs filling given the importance of media to our democracy, a new application to the Supreme Court of Canada states. In seeking leave to fight an RCMP demand for a reporter’s background materials, Vice Media and journalist Ben Makuch argue Canada’s top court has never dealt with journalist-source communications. ...

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U.S. suing Fiat Chrysler for cheating on emissions tests

FILE – This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, shows the hood of a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Bill DeLuca’s dealerships in Haverhill, Mass. On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, the U.S. government alleged that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles failed to disclose that software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under ...

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OPEC set to prolong oil output cuts by nine months

OPEC is likely to extend production cuts for another nine months, ministers and delegates said on Tuesday as the oil producer group meets this week to debate how to tackle a global glut of crude. OPEC’s top producer, Saudi Arabia, favours extending the output curbs by nine months rather than the initially planned six months, as it seeks to speed ...

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Guelph student union criticised for calling Lou Reed song ‘transphobic’

The University of Guelph’s student union has faced a torrent of online criticism after referring to Lou Reed’s classic song Walk on the Wild Side as transphobic.  In a Facebook post that has since been removed, the association apologized for including the song in a playlist, and called its decision to play the song at an event an “error in judgement” made by someone who didn’t “know or understand” ...

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‘It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie:’ Zack Snyder steps down from Justice League after daughter’s death

The recent death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie Justice League. A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that director Joss Whedon would take over completing the film, which should still hit its Nov. 17 release. Snyder and his wife ...

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How to talk to children about Manchester concert attack

A man writes a message on the pavement in central Manchester. (Darren Staples/Reuters) For Canadian parents grappling with how to talk to their children about the attack at U.S. pop star Ariana Grande’s concert in the U.K., the first step is reassurance, psychologists suggest.  The American Academy of Pediatrics’s statement of condolence in response to the attacks in Manchester said ...

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‘Avocado hand’ injuries nothing to roll your eyes at, Calgary doctor says

If you thought deep frying a turkey was dangerous, try making a bowl of guacamole. Cutting avocados is causing serious hand injuries, leading the secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons to tell a newspaper earlier this month safety labels should be put on the fruit. Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, a Calgary family physician and urgent care ...

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