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Judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for Indigenous woman in drug trafficking case

An Ontario judge has struck down a mandatory minimum sentence for drug trafficking, in a case involving an Indigenous woman who brought $128,000 in cocaine to Canada.<p>Justice Casey Hill of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that the two-year mandatory minimum sentence would be cruel and …

Indigenous Peoples

Hottest tickets in Canada: Five things to do across the country

<b>JFL NorthWest: Maria Bamford</b><p>Her Netflix series is <i>Lady Dynamite</i>, and, yeah, Maria Bamford is a blast. The veteran stand-up comedian, whose material often touches on her experience with mental illness, is having a well-deserved moment on the strength of a show that is surreal and wild, but soulful to …

Comedy

Bombs continue to fall for third day in Syria's rebel-held Ghouta

At least 49 were killed Tuesday following Monday's attack which killed 127. About 190 have died since the bombing intensified late on Sunday and 850 have been injured, says the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Middle East

Between the Acts: Actress Araby Lockhart prepares for her swan song

<i>In Between the Acts, The Globe and Mail takes a look at how artists manage their time before and after a creative endeavour.</i><p><i>She's best known for her performances in the films Capote and Police Academy, but the career of Araby Lockhart reaches back to 1947, when she acted at Hart House Theatre at</i> …

Tai Chi

Top Quebec court upholds legislature’s right to ban entry with kirpan

Quebec's top court has upheld the right of the national assembly to prohibit people from entering with a kirpan.<p>Two members of the World Sikh Organization of Canada were challenging a unanimous motion adopted in the national assembly in February 2011.<p>The motion stated that security personnel had …

Canada

Ontario passes Quebec in electric car sales for the first time

More electric vehicles were sold in Ontario than any other province last year, wrestling the title from Quebec for the first time.<p>According to data compiled by Fleet Carma, 7,477 battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were sold in Canada's most populous province.<p>That compared to 7,194 sold in …

Electric Vehicles

Thomson Reuters CEO Jim Smith to make full recovery after arrhythmia incident

Thomson Reuters Corp said on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer Jim Smith is in stable condition after an arrhythmia incident on Feb. 12 and is expected to be released from hospital within the next two weeks.<p>Last week, the company said Smith was taken to a Toronto hospital after feeling unwell and was …

Business (Canada)

U.S. stock slide a taste of markets’ big test to come: Morgan Stanley

The U.S. stock market only had a taste of the potential damage from higher bond yields earlier this year, with the biggest test yet to come, according to Morgan Stanley.<p>"Appetizer, not the main course," is how the bank's strategists led by London-based Andrew Sheets described the correction of late …

Markets

Politics Briefing: B.C. NDP tables first full budget

<b>Good morning,</b><p>B.C.'s NDP government will table its first full <b>provincial budget</b> today, filling in the many blanks that remain from the party's platform in last year's election. The New Democrats came to power on promises to remake the province's daycare system with a $10 per day system — which the …

Canada

Aphria lowers cash portion of offer for Nuuvera

Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. is reducing the amount of cash it is offering for medical cannabis firm Nuuvera Inc.<p>The company says it lowered the offer after reaching an agreement with Nuuvera.<p>Aphria says it is now offering 60 cents in cash plus 0.3546 of an Aphria share for each Nuuvera …

Cannabis

Florida student shot five times while protecting his classmates

A 15-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who was shot five times during the massacre is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students.<p>A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close and lock a classroom door last …

Education

Indian companies tell Trudeau they will invest more than $1-billion in Canada

Some of Indians biggest companies say they will invest more than $1-billion in Canada in the coming years in everything from pulp mills to pharmaceuticals and the IT sector.<p>The news came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent his third morning in India meeting with six of this country's most …

Canada

Trudeau announces two-way investment deal with India worth $1-billion

Some of India's biggest companies say they will invest more than $250-million in Canada in the coming years in everything from pulp mills to pharmaceuticals and the IT sector. Canada, meanwhile, will invest $750-million in India.<p>The news came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent his third …

Canada

Walmart's holiday quarter profit falls, despite beating sales estimates

U.S. retailer Walmart Inc on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit even as comparable sales in the U.S. market rose for the 14th consecutive quarter.<p>Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 2.6 per cent, excluding fuel, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31. Analysts forecast …

Walmart

Qualcomm raises offer for NXP after pressure from activist investor

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV to $127.50 per share from $110, after being pressured by shareholders led by activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp.<p>Qualcomm said it need to buy a minimum 70 per cent of NXP's outstanding shares in a tender offer, …

Internet of Things

Stoneman Douglas students head to Florida capital to press for gun laws

A hundred Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 students and faculty last week.<p>The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's …

Guns

Patrick Brown, Winter Olympics, South Africa’s Guptas

<b>Good morning,</b><p>These are the top stories:<p><b>Former Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown discussed $375,000 deal with future PC candidate</b><p>An affidavit says Jass Johal agreed to pay $375,000 for Aeroplan miles and a stake in a restaurant in former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown's …

Canada

BHP boosts dividend as half-year profit jumps, costs rise

Global miner BHP reported a 25 per cent rise in underlying half-year profit on Tuesday, and handed an extra $800-million to shareholders, but it fell short of analyst forecasts and rising costs also dragged down the shares.<p>All the major miners have recovered strongly as commodity prices have …

Business (Canada)

Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in cash-and-stock deal: report

Grocer Albertsons Cos. plans to buy drugstore owner Rite Aid Corp. in a deal that would accelerate the remaking of the U.S. retail and health-care industries.<p>Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons plans to acquire the parts of Rite Aid that are left over after a separate sale of nearly 2,000 stores, the …

Amazon.com Inc

Home Depot’s quarterly profit rises 2 per cent

Home Depot Inc, the largest U.S. home improvement chain, reported a 2 per cent rise in quarterly profit, driven by higher customer traffic amid improving housing market.<p>Net earnings rose to $1.78-billion, or $1.52 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 28, from $1.74-billion, or $1.44 per …

Business (Canada)

HSBC profit disappoints as CEO Gulliver bows out

HSBC Holdings reported a smaller than expected rise in annual profits and unveiled plans to raise up to $7-billion to bolster its capital, as CEO Stuart Gulliver hands over to a new leadership team on Tuesday.<p>Gulliver is stepping down after more than seven years at the helm of Europe's biggest bank …

Investing

Hamilton considers legislation to limit number of payday loan outlets

City of Hamilton councillors are set to vote on whether the number of payday loan outlets should be capped at 15.<p>The radial separation legislation they'll consider on Tuesday is aimed at keeping payday loan companies from targeting low-income communities, whose members often turn to the …

Finance

Trudeau mulls parental leave for fathers, parents in LGBT marriages

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says parental leave for non-birthing parents, like fathers, would help remove barriers women face in the workforce related to expectations that they be primarily responsible for child-rearing.<p>Trudeau made the comment at a forum at the Indian Institute of Management in …

Canada

Trudeau’s Orwellian logic: We reduce emissions by increasing them

<i>Mark Jaccard, professor at Simon Fraser University, has done energy-climate analysis for all of Canada's major political parties.</i><p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley accuse B.C. Premier John Horgan of sabotaging Canada's climate plan, making him responsible for our …

Climate

Canadian firm brings storytelling magic to Lego headquarters in Denmark

Playing with Lego at the Lego House isn't just play. It's about experience<i>.</i><p>The Lego House in Billund, Denmark (the hometown of the Lego Group), has room after Lego-filled room of "great experiences," as Soren Holm, Lego House's head of experience, noted. The companies who designed the attraction …

Texas Instruments

Canadian company gave devastated businesses a rebate after Hurricane Irma

It's no secret that the digital revolution and emergence of predominantly web-based businesses created unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurs, including in exporting.<p>Thanks to technological advances, the internet and, in many places, an embrace of free trade, small and medium-sized …

Small Business

Nowadays ‘River of Booze’ flows legitimately from Canada

As far as international trade routes go, the approximately 800 metres of water that separates Windsor, Ont., from its American neighbour, Detroit, might be among the more storied.<p>These days it is known as the busiest border crossing in North America, accounting for about 25 per cent of all trade …

Whiskey

Canadian aircraft-parts company feels it’s NAFTA-proof

Ignoring the shifting winds of the North American trade deal as much as it can, Cyclone Manufacturing Inc. continues to look abroad.<p>The Mississauga-headquartered company, founded in 1964 as a machine shop, has been expanding almost constantly into the global marketplace since it began focusing …

Business (Canada)

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir close out Olympic careers with gold medal

Scott Moir described it last week as going "into hiding." He was referring to the break he and ice-dance partner Tessa Virtue took from skating after the last Olympics.<p>It was supposed to be a retirement, but Virtue and Moir could not resist taking another shot at an Olympic gold medal.<p>The …

Gymnastics

Former Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown discussed $375,000 deal with future PC candidate

Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown was in talks to sell an interest in a restaurant he partially owns and some Aeroplan miles for $375,000 to a man who went on to become a Tory candidate, documents show.<p>An affidavit detailing a deal was sworn five months before Jass Johal …

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