- Jim Witter brings the music of Christmas to Bartlett
Growing up in a musical family in Canada, song was a huge part of the holiday celebration for Jim Witter. Throughout the season, if someone in the house wasn’t playing an instrument or singing, then there was holiday music playing on the stereo. His earliest association with Christmas is the music of popular opera tenor Mario Lanza.
- Hoefl-Riesch wins, Vonn returns to racing
Lake Louise (Canada) (AFP) - Germany's Maria Hoefl-Reisch won the Lake Louise women's downhill Friday as Lindsey Vonn finished well back of the leaders in her return to the World Cup circuit.
- Canada added 22,000 jobs in November
Ottawa (AFP) - Canada added 22,000 new jobs in November, but not enough to sway the unemployment rate which held steady at 6.9 percent, the government statistical agency said on Friday.
- Hanyu beats Chan to win figure skating GP title
Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu beat three-time world champion Patrick Chan for two straight nights to win the Grand Prix Final title Friday, stalling the Canadian's bid for an elusive Olympic gold. Hanyu, who shattered Chan's world short programme record overnight, fell in his opening quadruple salchow as he skated to "Romeo and Juliet" by Nino Rota. But the Japanese national champion, who turns 19 on Saturday, went on with a series of excellent jumps, spins and steps to earn 193.41 points in the free skate for a total of 293.25, improving his personal best scores along the way. Chan, who broke his own world best scores in the short programme, the free skate and the total at the Grand Prix in Paris three weeks ago, skated right before Hanyu the day after he was beaten for the first time this season.
- Canada adds 21,600 jobs in November, jobless rate stays at 6.9 pct
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada added 21,600 jobs in November, the third consecutive month of modest gains, and the unemployment rate stayed at a nearly five-year low of 6.9 percent, Statistics Canada said on Friday. The increase, greater than the 12,000 new jobs predicted by market analysts, is unlikely to put pressure on the Bank of Canada to raise rates. The central bank - concerned about the amount of slack in the economy - left its overnight interest rate at a near record low on Wednesday and expressed concern that inflation could be weaker than it predicted. "I think the Bank of Canada is focusing more on the inflation print that the employment print, though this will be welcome news for them.
- TSX set for higher open after strong jobs data
(Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, as stronger-than-expected U.S. and Canadian jobs data suggested the economy in both countries expanded further in November. TOP STORIES U.S. employers hired more workers than expected in November and the jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 7.0 percent, which could fan speculation the Federal Reserve could start reducing its bond purchases this month. Canada added 21,600 jobs in November, the third consecutive month of modest gains, and the unemployment rate stayed at a nearly five-year low of 6. ...
- Quebecor sells 74 Canadian weeklies to Transcontinental
Sun Media, a subsidiary of Canada's Quebecor publishing giant, announced Thursday the sale of 74 weekly Quebec community newspapers and associated websites to the country's largest printer TC Transcontinental. "The digital revolution has completely transformed the local print media market in recent years," said Quebecor's president, Robert Depatie. "We believe in the future of print media but we cannot ignore the new market realities." According to Francois Olivier, head of TC Transcontinental, the acquisition gives his company an inroad to local online news in the largely French-speaking province of Quebec while bolstering its burgeoning media empire.
- Bank of Canada's No.2, Macklem, resigning in May 2014
The Bank of Canada said on Thursday Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem will resign from the central bank in May 2014 to become dean of a business school in Toronto. Macklem had been widely seen as the front-running candidate to replace Mark Carney as governor at the Bank of Canada in June, but the government appointed Stephen Poloz instead. The announcement that Macklem is leaving to take a job at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management comes a day after the central bank turned slightly more bearish in its outlook on the economy, raising the possibility of rate cuts in the new year. Macklem praised Poloz and his other central bank colleagues and the bank's "first-rate research and policy formulation." "Canada's economy is in good hands," he said in the statement issued by the central bank.
- Canada set to clash with Russia, Denmark over North Pole
Canada is expected to file an application with the United Nations on Friday seeking to vastly expand its Arctic sea boundary, setting it on a collision course with Russia and Denmark. Orders from the prime minister to eventually also include the North Pole in the claim, revealed in a recent news report, is expected to rankle Moscow and Copenhagen, which also have their eyes on the region. Canada has spent much of the last decade surveying the far north seabed and gathering evidence in support of its submission to the global body. "Canada is in the process of securing its sovereignty over the north," Harper's spokesman, Carl Vallee, told AFP.
- Vonn confirms downhill return
Lake Louise (Canada) (AFP) - Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn will return to competitive action for the first time in 10 months in Friday's World Cup downhill, the US star confirmed. "Thankful and happy to announce I will be starting in the World Cup downhill race tomorrow!!!…," tweeted the 29-year-old. Vonn made the decision after taking part in her first official training run since last season on Wednesday. There Vonn hopes to emulate the feat of former US speed queen Picabo Street, who came back the season after reconstructive surgery to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Games.
- Toronto mayor denies trying to buy crack video
Toronto's disgraced mayor, Rob Ford, denied Thursday that he tried to buy a video showing him inhaling crack cocaine, calling the claim an "outright lie." The allegation and other potentially damning disclosures were contained in transcripts of police wiretaps of presumed drug dealers, as part of a probe into Ford's longtime friend and occasional driver, Alexander Lisi. In one of the communications, which date back to March -- before the existence of video footage of the mayor inhaling from a crack pipe was widely reported -- a drug dealer tells another he was offered Can$5,000 (US$ 4,694) and a car in exchange for the clip. His lawyer Dennis Morris questioned the reliability of the men overheard supposedly talking about Ford, and noted that the police documents were summaries of their conversations, and not verbatim.
- Hanyu breaks Chan's record at GP Final
Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu broke the world record of three-times world champion Patrick Chan to top the short programme at the Grand Prix Final Thursday, ending the Canadian's all-conquering run in the Olympic season. After nailing an opening quadruple jump, Hanyu flawlessly landed an triple axel and a triple-triple combination while hitting a maximum level-four in two spins and one step sequence to earn 99.84 points, skating to "Parisian Walkways" by Gary Moore. Chan broke his own short programme world mark to score 98.52 three weeks ago at the Grand Prix in Paris, the Trophee Eric Bompard. But he put one hand on the ice Thursday and almost fell on a triple axel after landing an opening quadruple-triple combination.
- Canadian exporters' confidence climbs in second half of 2013
The confidence of Canadian exporters, a sector of the economy the central bank has long worried about, increased in the second half of 2013, Canada's export credit agency said on Thursday. Export Development Canada's (EDC) trade confidence index rose to 75.4 from 72.6 in the first half of 2013 on increasing optimism about business conditions in the United States, Europe and Japan, the agency said in a statement. Exports account for around 30 percent of Canada's gross domestic product. "A simultaneous rise in global business confidence bodes well for Canadian exporters ... We may well be looking at a moment when companies around the world start ramping up production to keep up with demand," said Peter Hall, EDC's chief economist.
- Gas finds to drive up FDI into Tanzania 6 pct this year
Tanzania expects foreign direct investment (FDI) to grow by about 6 percent in 2013 to $1.8 billion, driven by the energy and mining sectors, a senior official said on Thursday. Juliet Kairuki, executive director of the state-run Tanzania Investment Centre, said FDI inflows have been boosted by ongoing oil and gas exploration activities in east Africa's second-biggest economy. Kairuki said the United Kingdom was by far the biggest source of FDI for Tanzania, followed by Canada, Switzerland and the United States.
- Toronto mayor denies offering to buy crack video
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied allegations in newly released court documents that he offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers in exchange for a video that appears to show him smoking crack.
- Toronto mayor: Accusations about tape "outright lie"
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, infamous for his admission to smoking crack and drinking too much, called allegations that he tried to buy an incriminating video from criminal suspects "an outright lie" on the Sports Junkies talk radio show in Washington Thursday morning.
- TSX may open lower on rising concerns about Fed stimulus
(Reuters) - Canada's main stock index pointed to a lower open on Thursday as recent strong U.S. economic data heightened worries over the potential for an early winding down of Federal Reserve's equity-friendly stimulus. TOP STORIES The European Central Bank left its main interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.25 percent, holding course after a pick-up in inflation and a drop in unemployment eased pressure on the bank to act again. ...
- Rob Ford 'tried to buy crack video'
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is alleged to have offered to buy a video which showed him apparently smoking crack cocaine, police documents reveal.
- Toronto mayor may have tried to buy crack video
Weeks before the public first became aware of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's crack video, the disgraced politician may have tried to buy it, according to court documents Ford reportedly offered $5,000 and a car in exchange for the video, according to a conversation between alleged drug dealers that was intercepted by police. Parts of the conversation were revealed to Canadian journalists Wednesday when a court there authorized disclosure of excerpts of a police investigation aimed at obtaining a search warrant against Alessandro Lisi, the mayor's friend and sometimes-chauffeur. In the excerpts from police documents, which have been heavily reported in the Canadian media, particularly by the Toronto Star, two of the alleged traffickers "discussed plans to sell the tape," presumably of the mayor.
- Did mayor try to buy crack video?
Alleged criminals claimed embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tried to buy a damaging video -- months before a tape was publicized showing him smoking crack -- according to court documents released Wednesday.
- Toronto Mayor Ford may have tried to buy crack video -police documents
By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have offered cash and a car to buy a video allegedly showing him using crack cocaine, according to notes from police wiretaps. Ford admitted early last month he had smoked crack cocaine, saying it was probably "in one of my drunken stupors," but he said he is not an addict and does not need help. The existence of an alleged video was initially reported in May by the Toronto Star newspaper and media website Gawker. Ford said at the time that he could not comment on a video he had not seen "or does not exist." But according to police notes of a recorded phone conversation involving two suspected gang members, Ford was aware of the video's existence in March, and offered to buy it.
- Court docs: Toronto mayor tried obtaining tape
TORONTO (AP) — New court documents released Wednesday suggest Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers in exchange for a video that appears to show him smoking crack.
- Vonn completes first official training run since February
Lake Louise (Canada) (AFP) - Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn finished her first official training run since February on Wednesday as she placed 22nd in the downhill practice session. Vonn completed the 3,067-metre course in 1:59.53 in cold and sunny conditions just two weeks after a fall in a private training run that has jeopardized her comeback attempt from knee surgery. "Back in one of my favorite places -- Lake Louise!!" Vonn posted on her Instagram page with a photo of her on the Canadian slope. US Ski Team doctors gave Vonn approval on Tuesday to take part in training runs Wednesday and Thursday at Lake Louise, with a final decision on her participation in races Friday through Sunday to be made after her last training run.
- Sun Media cuts 200 more Canadian newspaper jobs
Canada's Sun Media Corporation announced Wednesday the elimination of 200 jobs at its newspapers across the nation, including 50 editorial positions. Canada's largest media union, the Communications Workers of America Canada, blasted this third round of layoffs in a year, bringing the total Sun Media jobs cut to more than 1,000. "Each time we think they have hit rock bottom, they bore down and find a new bottom," CWA Canada Director Martin O'Hanlon said. Sun Media is Canada's largest newspaper publisher, operating 36 paid-circulation daily newspapers and six free dailies in nine of Canada's 10 largest urban markets, as well as almost 200 community newspapers, shopping guides and specialty publications.
- British, Canadian gravestones at Normandy replaced
Bayeux (France) (AFP) - Thousands of damaged gravestones for British and Canadian soldiers who died in the Normandy landings during World War II are being replaced for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, officials said Wednesday. The project aims to replace 8,329 headstones in three cemeteries by the end of spring, in time for the anniversary of the June 6, 1944 allied landings at Normandy, said William Moody of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). The three sites are the British cemetery in the town of Bayeux, the Canadian cemetery in Cinthaux and the cemetery in Ranville, the first village in France to be liberated from Nazi German occupation.
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