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Review: Population Zero is a compelling, low-budget thriller

Cleverly told as a faux documentary, <i>Population Zero</i> involves a fictional triple homicide and a real legal loophole just big enough to drive a movie through.<p>The title of the compelling, low-budget film of the found-footage-horror sort refers to a strip of land in Yellowstone National Park where …

Population

Senators’ playoff run comes to an end with Game 7 double OT loss to Penguins

Take a deep breath, Canada – it is now 23 years 350 days … and counting.<p>Though the Stanley Cup was dedicated to “the champion hockey team in the Dominion” back in 1892, it has not been raised by a Canadian team since June 9, 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens defeated Wayne Gretzky and the Los …

Ice Hockey

Cavaliers crush Celtics, advance to play Warriors in NBA Finals

LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals.<p>Kyrie Irving added 24 …

Basketball

Quebec seeks probe of Davie shipyard as part of ferry contract review

The Quebec government has asked the province’s financial watchdog to investigate ferry contracts awarded to Chantier Davie Canada Inc., a company that is caught up in an RCMP investigation into allegations that Vice-Admiral Mark Norman leaked cabinet secrets.<p>The requested probe would be part of a …

Canada

Former director free to speak about plagiarism allegations, TDSB says

The Toronto District School Board says there is nothing in an agreement it signed with a disgraced former leader that prevents him from revealing who helped him plagiarize published articles and public speeches.<p>In a video statement released this week, former TDSB education director Chris Spence …

Corruption

Canada’s judges urged to speak out and change outdated perceptions

A newly retired chief judge says Canada’s judicial leadership needs to “get into the 21st century” and speak publicly about the issues facing the justice system, rather than hiding behind the outdated notion that judges speak only through their rulings.<p>Neil Wittmann of Alberta was one of just five …

Senate Committees

U.S. lawmakers reintroduce bill to repeal restrictions on travel to Cuba

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators reintroduced legislation on Thursday to repeal all restrictions on travel to Cuba, this time attracting far more co-sponsors in a sign of growing support for U.S.-Cuban detente even as its future looks uncertain.<p>The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act was introduced in …

Cuba

Round two: McNeil pressed on broken promises during Nova Scotia leaders debate

Tory Leader Jamie Baillie cast himself Thursday night as the only man who can beat Stephen McNeil, while the Liberal premier implored voters to ignore campaign “negativity” and give him a second mandate.<p>The two, along with NDP Leader Gary Burrill, held a far-reaching and sometimes animated …

Canada

Ottawa seeks to preserve residential-school testimonies

The federal government and the centre created to preserve the memory of Canada’s residential schools are asking the Supreme Court to rule that the intimate and heart-wrenching tales of abuse recounted by survivors in closed-door compensation hearings should be preserved in national archives.<p>They …

Society

The new Conservative leader must look beyond the party’s rural roots

On Saturday, a surprisingly united Conservative Party will choose a new leader. Will that leader propel Conservatives to victory over Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the next federal election? That will depend on one thing above all: whether the party is willing to turn away from its rural roots and …

Canada

Katherena Vermette wins Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Katherena Vermette has won the $40,000 Amazon.ca First Novel Award for <i>The Break</i>, a piercing exploration of violence, trauma and resilience, it was announced on Thursday.<p>Set in a tight-knit neighbourhood in Winnipeg’s North End, <i>The Break</i> revolves around the sexual assault of a teenage girl and the …

Books

With stars out of the lineup, Toronto FC’s depth to be tested

Depth is the byword for Toronto FC this season, one the team will have to live up to on Friday against the only MLS team to beat it this season.<p>With forwards Jozy Altidore, suspended for one game because of five yellow cards, and Sebastian Giovinco (quadriceps strain) both out of the lineup for the …

Soccer

Ontario court blasts judge for failing to explain acquittal in sex-assault case

Ontario’s top court sharply rebuked a prominent judge on Thursday for repeatedly failing to explain why she had acquitted a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman.<p>In setting aside the acquittal and ordering the man face a new trial, the Appeal Court expressed dismay at the conduct …

Judiciary

Obstruction charge stayed against Ontario animal rights activist Anita Krajnc

An Ontario woman recently found not guilty of mischief after giving water to pigs headed to slaughter has scored another legal victory in a separate case involving pigs.<p>Charges of obstructing police and breach of recognizance against Anita Krajnc were stayed, according to Ontario’s Ministry of the …

Policing

Jonathan Huberdeau looks back at Sea Dogs’ first and only Memorial Cup

Jonathan Huberdeau remembers the Saint John Sea Dogs’ only Memorial Cup championship all too well.<p>Saint John held a 2-1 lead late in the 2011 tournament final against the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.<p>Huberdeau broke free, took a pass on a 2-on-1 from linemate Zack …

Ice Hockey

Dr. Mostafa Elhilali: Urologist was a laser surgery pioneer

Dr. Mostafa Elhilali brought relief to thousands of men in Canada and abroad with his revolutionary laser surgery for benign enlargement of the prostate. Dr. Elhilali, who has died at the age of 79, was a professor of urology at McGill and a practising physician with an international reputation in …

Cancer

Jared Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: reports

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday.<p>Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible …

Donald Trump

Change in sales of GTA freehold houses, 2016 vs. 2017

Toronto

Weak or non-existent El Nino to contribute to above-normal hurricane season

Warm water temperatures and a weak or non-existent El Nino will contribute to an above-normal hurricane season this year, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Thursday.<p>Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist at the Halifax-based centre, said figures released by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Weather

Oil-price attrition puts the world on the path to another great economic reckoning

OPEC is keeping a lid on oil supply. The cartel has agreed to maintain the output restriction imposed in January for another nine months, hoping it will soon balance the market and end the oil-supply glut.<p>You might wonder, from a crude Canadian perspective, if the clock is going back to the “good …

Oil

With CEO’s departure, Manulife must go on offence

This is not how Donald Guloien wanted to end his run at Manulife Financial Corp.<p>Like any leader, the chief executive officer at Canada’s largest insurer took the top job with a desire to move his company forward. And after eight years at the helm and 36 years at Manulife, Mr. Guloien has a growth …

Finance

This retail stock should see lots of trading action Friday

Costco Wholesale Corp.’s stock is shaping up for a busy trading day after the company managed to rise above the retail malaise that has weighed on its peers.<p>After the close of trading on Thursday, Costco released fiscal third-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.59 (U.S.) a share, handily beating the …

Markets

Canadian wages lag the annual inflation rate: survey

Canadians’ paycheques are not keeping pace with the rising cost of living, according to new government data.<p>Average weekly wages rose 0.9 per cent to $966 over March of last year, according to the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours released on Thursday, providing further proof that wage …

Toronto area home sales sink after cooling measures

House sales fell 26 per cent in the Toronto region in the month following the Ontario government’s introduction of a foreign-buyer’s tax as many potential purchasers stepped back and waited to assess the market impact.<p>In the 30 days after the province announced the immediate introduction of a …

Real Estate

A tale of two results at Royal Bank

Record-breaking fees from underwriting and advising on deals powered a sharp bump in profit at RBC Dominion Securities Inc. during the second quarter, offsetting lacklustre results in trading that have been widespread in the sector.<p>This tale splitting the two sides of the house at Royal Bank of …

Bay Street

Rogers to boost efforts to improve customer service: CEO Joe Natale

Newly installed chief executive officer Joe Natale says Rogers Communications Inc<b>.</b> has to take an “end-to-end” approach to make meaningful progress on customer service.<p>Poor customer experience, which leads to high subscriber turnover and increased costs, has long plagued the Toronto-based cable and …

Customer Service

Families of missing, murdered Indigenous women urge critics to get behind inquiry

Bernie Williams says she and other Indigenous women have already been to hell and back – and now is not the time to give up on a national public inquiry they’ve spent decades fighting for.<p>Williams, a long-time women’s advocate from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, is among family members of missing …

Canada

UP BIG HELL – AND BACK

Only 15 runners have finished the notorious Barkley Marathons in the wilds of Tennessee. Canadian ultramarathoner Gary Robbins came six seconds short.<p><b>Brendan McAleer</b> reports on a rising mania for extreme endurance, and Robbins’s quest to pick up where he left off<p>Gary Robbins is playing hockey on …

Ultramarathons

An ailing boy, a residential school infirmary and a father’s clandestine rescue mission

This is one of the stories I carried as I read Gary Geddes’s new book, Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care<p>It was winter and near darkness when my grandfather, John Fox, threw open the front doors to the now infamous Pelican Lake Indian Residential School …

Health Care

Quebec resort town in Charlevoix region to host 2018 G7 meetings

Canada will play host to next year’s meeting of G7 leaders at a remote luxury resort in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, The Canadian Press has learned.<p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make the announcement at some point during this year’s G7 meetings, which get underway Friday in …

Canada