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Liberals up, Conservatives stable, NDP down in 2014

It's that time of year again - the time to take stock of the year that is coming to a close. And from a polling perspective, that means comparing …

BlackBerry cuts about 100 jobs as downsizing continues

BlackBerry confirms it's cutting about 100 jobs this week as part of the second phase of its previously announced transformation plan.<p>BlackBerry says the terminations were handed out in the Waterloo Region where the smartphone maker is based.<p>"I can confirm that BlackBerry this week informed a small …

Canada launches pilot program for spouses waiting for permanent residency

The federal government will start issuing open work permits to help the spouses of Canadians already living in the country but waiting for permanent …

North Korea loses Internet days after Barack Obama vows revenge over Sony hacks

North Korea’s limited access to the Internet was restored after being cut off for hours, days after the U.S. government accused the country of …

The Cuba deal is good for Obama – and for Harper

Even Pierre Trudeau, who once tried to paddle to Cuba in a canoe, would have approved. We're never likely to see a member of the Castro clan attending Stephen Harper's funeral, as Fidel did Pierre's.<p>But Mr. Harper has softened his hard-boned image in tangentially supporting a progressive U.S. …

Brazil

Vancouver Chef Vikram Vij Confronts Mean Yelper on Live Canadian Radio

Today, in Canada: Acclaimed Vancouver chef/restaurateur <b>Vikram Vij</b> responded to a Yelper's over-the-top, <b>one-star</b> review by getting in touch with him in person, and somehow, the affair became a story worthy for CBC Radio's <i>Daybreak Montreal</i> show. During the radio segment, Montreal-based Yelper <b>Raj</b> …

Learn How to Make 6 Cocktails -- in 15 Seconds

<i>We’re strong proponents of having a good home bar. Welcome to Cocktail Hour, where we’ll show you the best ways to put your liquor cabinet to use. These videos are brought to you by thebar.com.</i><p><i>Today: Catch up on our latest Instagram videos -- and make better cocktails at home.</i><p>This time of year, the …

Extreme Sports

Ontario family told to get rid of hockey rink on front lawn

A family in Cornwall, Ont., has been ordered by the city to dismantle a private hockey rink that had become a popular gathering point for kids in the …

Sony's 'Interview' VOD release causes mixed emotions

Theater owners say<p>Sony Pictures Entertainment<p>plans to release "The Interview" in the home as well as in theaters on Christmas Day, a move that is likely to heighten tensions between the embattled studio and cinema chains.<p>"Our film buyer was told by Sony that it ("The Interview") is supposed to be …

Televisions

Arcade Fire's Will Butler Announces Tour

Will Butler: "Take My Side" (via SoundCloud)<p>Arcade Fire's Will Butler will release debut solo album <i>Policy</i> March 10 in the U.S. via Merge (and March 16 in Europe). Now, the musician has announced that he'll be heading out on the road to support the album in the U.S. and Canada. Check out a full list …

Arcade Fire

The Year in Garth Brooks: Why 2014 Was a Revamp, Not a Comeback

A breakdown of the country star's big return, after a "retirement" that never really stuck<p>During the early months of 2014, Garth Brooks dusted off …

Garth Brooks

Liberace Hologram to Tour World

Hologram USA promises to announce performances from more digitally rendered artists over the next month<p>A Liberace hologram is set to tour the world …

Freddie Mercury

‘I Think I Upset McDonald’s’: Tim Burton On Why He Was Fired From The ‘Batman’ Franchise

How do you like your Batman? Do you enjoy him as a brooding, contemplative protector of the night, with villains that surpass even his level of dark tendencies as shown in the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan series of films? Or, do you like your Batman adorned in neon, battling glow-paint faced …