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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The NDP platform: ambitious promises, lots of uncertainty

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh answers question from the media during a campaign stop to unveil his platform costing in Ottawa on Friday, October 11, 2019. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press) The claim: “The system is rigged. And the NDP is going to un-rig it to work better for everyday people.” — Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the New Democratic Party, unveiled the ...

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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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MasterCard, Visa exit Facebook's Libra digital currency plan

Visa and MasterCard announced they are leaving the Libra Association. France and Germany last month pledged to block Libra from operating in Europe and backed the development of a public cryptocurrency instead. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Visa and MasterCard on Friday announced their departure from Facebook’s Libra project, a potentially fatal blow to the social network’s plan for a worldwide digital currency. ...

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Jane Fonda arrested protesting climate change in Washington

Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change. The actor and activist was handcuffed on the east side steps and escorted into a police vehicle. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/The Associated Press) Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change. The actor and activist was handcuffed on the east side ...

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Vaping-related lung injury may have 'more than one root cause,' CDC says

No single product or substance has been linked to all cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press) People with lung injury associated with vaping or e-cigarette use could also have flu and other respiratory illnesses, U.S. health officials said Friday in updating advice to health-care professionals and the public. As of Tuesday, 1,299 confirmed or probable ...

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Our fractured, fractious age in 1 sentence: Lucy Ellmann

Lucy Ellmann is an American-born British novelist based in Scotland. Her novel Ducks, Newburyport is published by Biblioasis in Windsor, Ont. (Caroline Forbes/Biblioasis) Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport is a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. It stretches, bends and pushes the boundaries of what the novel can do. It’s stream of consciousness. It’s 1,000 pages long. And it’s all one sentence. ...

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