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Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for Jackie Brown, dead at 78

Robert Forster, who received an Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, has died at age 78. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/The Associated Press) Robert Forster, the omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, died Friday. He was 78. Publicist Kathie Berlin said Forster died of brain ...

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Hybrid salmon discovered by scientists on Vancouver Island

Second-generation hybrid salmon, with genes from both coho and chinook salmon, have an uneven scale arrangement that researchers say is an abnormality associated with hybrid fish. (Submitted/Will Duguid) Two salmon researchers say a surprising discovery has been made on Vancouver Island. Andres Araujo, a biologist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Will Duguid, a PhD biology student at the ...

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Who are the federal party leaders — and how did they get to this campaign?

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May are seen in this composite photo. (CBC) They’ve been part of the Canadian political scene for years. But when the election campaign began, many Canadians still didn’t know all that much ...

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Q&A: Artist Kent Monkman takes a trip back to Winnipeg's North End

Kent Monkman’s The Deposition was donated to the Winnipeg Art Gallery by an anonymous donor, the gallery announced on Sept. 27, 2019. (Submitted by Winnipeg Art Gallery) Artist Kent Monkman’s body of work puts the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and colonialism, front and centre.   Monkman’s paintings explore themes like sexuality, incarceration, residential schools, violence against Indigenous women.  His latest exhibition, Shame and ...

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What you need to know before flu season hits in Canada

The flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu and it may also reduce the severity of symptoms even if you do get sick. (George Rudy/Shutterstock) This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you ...

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A family's quest to find the right home for dad's 8,000 country music records

The collection of approximately 8,000 records spans music from the ’40s right up until the 2000s. (Submitted by Amanda Jackson) Amanda Jackson’s dad might have gotten carried away. What began as a Nova Scotia teenager’s modest library of 20 or so country music records grew over the next six decades to roughly 8,000. The family of the late Murray Deal was left with ...

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How do you clean up a contaminated 150-year-old gold mine?

The Montague gold mine as seen in 1911. (Nova Scotia Archives) For 150 years, dozens of abandoned former gold mines have littered Nova Scotia, some harbouring residue with sky-high arsenic levels. Earlier this year, the province announced it will spend $48 million to clean up two of the worst offenders — Goldenville, near Sherbrooke on the Eastern Shore, and Montague ...

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How board members at Alberta Energy Regulator were duped repeatedly

Alberta Ethics Commissioner Marguerite Trussler, left, Public Interest Commissioner Marianne Ryan, centre, and Auditor General Doug Wylie speak in Edmonton on Oct. 4, sharing their findings from their respective independent investigations into the activities related to the International Centre of Regulatory Excellence (ICORE) at the Alberta Energy Regulator. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press) If business school professors are looking for new ...

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How it suddenly became chill to tax Netflix and other web giants

Two provinces — Saskatchewan and Quebec — already require foreign web companies like Netflix to collect sales tax. It’s been a smashing success, revenue-wise, in Quebec. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/The Associated Press) In the last federal election campaign, the Conservatives released an ad featuring their leader, Stephen Harper, admitting that Breaking Bad was among his favourite TV shows. But it’s what he said next ...

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Early Rubens exhibition at AGO highlights 'anti-war art that changed the world'

Samson and Delilah, c. 1609, by Peter Paul Rubens. Early Rubens exhibition co-curator Sasha Suda notes that this painting attains its dramatic power by letting the viewer know what Samson doesn’t, with his docile, unsuspecting pose, as well as Delilah’s knowing glance toward him. (Cincinnati Art Museum) The voluptuous female nudes painted by Peter Paul Rubens are so famous that ...

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