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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Victoria for eight-day West Coast visit

Prince William, his wife Kate and their children arrived in Victoria on Saturday to start a week-long visit to British Columbia and Yukon.<p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met at the airport by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Christy Clark and Gov.-Gen. David Johnston.<p>Prince William …

Cambridge

Grilli, Bautista bring Blue Jays closer to AL East wild card playoff berth in win over Yankees

Jason Grilli, who is 39 going on 19, leaped off the mound like he had springs in his heels, fist pumping and hollering like he was playing in the little leagues.<p>It was the top of the eighth inning in Saturday’s intense contest against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre, at that point a scoreless …

Toronto Blue Jays

Four dead in shooting at mall north of Seattle

Authorities in Washington state say four people have been killed during a shooting at a mall north of Seattle and that at least one suspect remains at large.<p>The Washington State Patrol says on Twitter that the four were shot Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 105 kilometres north of …

Seattle

China’s Fox Hunt in Canada strains trust that an extradition treaty is possible

They have become the Mounties of a modern China, a group of tireless polyglots willing to brave deprivation and even Ebola to nab their quarry from the most distant corners of the Earth.<p>Few tactics are off-limits to the investigators of China’s global anti-corruption operation, dubbed “Fox Hunt,” …

China

Health Canada saw lab tests showing toxins in retail pot, minister confirms

Health Canada has confirmed it reviewed lab reports warning that dangerous chemicals not approved for any human use were found in cannabis sold at dispensaries in Vancouver, but took no action.<p>Health Minster Jane Philpott issued a statement late Friday acknowledging that her staff had discussed the …

Marijuana

Commons committee to scrutinize arms export controls

A parliamentary committee is preparing to take a hard look at the export controls Canada places on foreign sales of military goods and whether sanctions and embargoes meant to stop arms shipments by Canadians have sufficient teeth.<p>The scrutiny by the Commons foreign affairs committee comes amid a …

Canada

Canadian resident on China’s most-wanted list goes back to turn himself in

A Canadian resident on a list of China’s most-wanted fugitives voluntarily returned to the country to surrender himself to authorities, according to a notice released Friday by China’s anti-corruption agency, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.<p>Jiang Qian, 48, came to Canada in …

China

Dion denies extradition treaty negotiations with China

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion denied Friday that Ottawa is negotiating an extradition treaty with China, one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision to launch formal talks as the Chinese Premier stood by his side.<p>In a telephone interview with The Globe and Mail, Mr. …

China

Dustin Johnson whittles down rivals at Tour Championship

Dustin Johnson is playing better than anyone in the world and Kevin Chappell can’t wait to watch him at the Tour Championship.<p>Even if that means having to beat him.<p>Johnson powered his way down the fairways and occasionally out of the brutal rough at East Lake on Friday for a three-under 67, giving …

Rory McIlroy

What are Justin Trudeau’s end-game ambitions with China?

It was, for some members of the federal government, a week to cringe.<p>On Wednesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang launched his visit to Canada with some ebullient words: “This is the season for the fiery maple in Canada, symbolizing the prosperity of China-Canada all-round co-operation,” he effused in …

China

Maryam Monsef and the modern political narrative

They were talking about their member of Parliament in Peterborough – about the unusual news that Maryam Monsef, whose origin story as a refugee from Afghanistan has been central to her political identity, was actually born and spent most of her earliest years in Iran – but they weren’t judging.<p>To …

Afghanistan

Stampeders and Blue Bombers to put winning streaks on the line

July 21 was a turning point for both the Calgary Stampeders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.<p>Coming off a bye week, the Stampeders bounced back from a 26-26 tie in Ottawa to the RedBlacks on July 8 to beat the Bombers on their home turf in Winnipeg 33-18.<p>Fast forward two months and Calgary has now won …

Canadian Football League

Elite coach Ellen Burka made figure skating an art

During her youth, Ellen Burka’s love of skating helped her escape deportation to a Nazi death camp. Years later, when she became the visionary coach of Canadian figure skater Toller Cranston and others, Mrs. Burka changed the face of the sport forever.<p>She died at age 95 on Sept. 12 of congestive …

Toronto

Team Canada’s ‘here to win’ – but Russia’s a real threat at World Cup

Ryan Getzlaf doesn’t remember a single thing from Canada’s last matchup with Russia in a tournament featuring the best hockey players in the world.<p>“I couldn’t even tell you what the score was or when we played them or what happened,” Getzlaf said.<p>Head coach Mike Babcock remembers the nerves …

Canada

How BlackBerry turned a $670-million loss into break-even performance

How does a net loss of $670-million (U.S.) – or $1.28 a share – turn into a break-even performance?<p>By excluding 10 different expenses across 13 areas of the income statement when calculating "non-GAAP net income," the number BlackBerry Ltd. prefers investors look at.<p>Here is the company's earnings …

BlackBerry

Bombardier, Chinese railway firm to join forces on international bids

Bombardier Inc and the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) , longstanding partners in the Chinese domestic rail market, said on Friday they had expanded their relationship to join forces on international bids.<p>“The agreement sets the stage for us to win more joint bids, both in China and …

China

Chiefs of staff to Liberal ministers Dion, Bains to pay back moving expenses

Two senior Liberal staffers are returning almost $55,000 in moving expenses.<p>Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion’s chief of staff will pay back $32,130 and the chief of staff to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains will reimburse taxpayers $22,467, the ministers’ office said Friday.<p>Mr. Dion’s chief …

Justin Trudeau

Clothing executive’s stock bets fuelled Amaya securities probe

Canada’s biggest-ever insider trading investigation was blown open by the suspicious actions of a middle-class Montreal clothing industry executive who leveraged the equity in his home to make big stock bets, Quebec’s securities watchdog says.<p>The executive is Earl Levett, the chief financial …

Finance

Kevin Garnett reportedly retiring after 21 seasons in the NBA

Kevin Garnett has decided to retire after 21 seasons in the NBA, leaving a legacy as one of the best defensive players in league history and one of the game’s most influential and intense competitors.<p>A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that Garnett has informed the …

NBA

I’m 80 per cent in stocks – am I taking too much risk?

<b>I have about 10 years until I retire and I am becoming more concerned about preserving my capital. My portfolio is about 80 per cent in equities – mostly high-quality dividend payers.</b> <b>Should I sell some of my stocks and go to to cash/bonds or maybe hedge my portfolio with an exchange-traded fund</b> …

Stocks

A warning for high-yield investors, four dividend stocks on sale, and confessions from a top small-cap guru

The Bank of Canada and the U.S. Federal Reserve both cut economic growth estimates for their respective economies this week. Domestically, Governor Stephen Poloz projected a growth rate of 1.5 per cent for the Canadian economy in the next number of years, well below the pre-crisis average closer to …

Stocks

As Brazilian economy sputters, 'Class C' families struggle to survive

In 2009, Flavia Fernandes and her family moved from a rented apartment in a poor and violent neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro to a small house they bought in a coastal suburb. It was a physical move, and much more than that: Furnishing a home of their own, something that once seemed unimaginable to …

Brazil

GM, Canada Post contracts expose gap between pension haves and have-nots

Recent contract settlements at Canada Post and General Motors of Canada expose a widening gap between the pension haves and have-nots in Canada.<p>The post office, a federal Crown Corporation, tried and failed to close the company’s traditional defined benefit pension plan to new hires.<p>Meanwhile, GM …

Canada

A freewheeling bike adventure through Catalonia

We pedalled through a perfect silence. There had been a chill at first light, but now, slogging up the rise toward the 558-metre Coll d’en Bas, the midmorning sun weighed heavily on our backs, and it was a relief to reach the top of this narrow pass. The view from the summit was modest: a pine-clad …

Travel

Burrata with nori sauce, chili oil, toasted buckwheat and autumn greens

When I was young, I spent my weekends at my Romanian grandmothers’ side as she kneaded dough for apple cake, fuelled by a glass of Magnotta box wine. We ate dim sum and cabbage rolls off lazy Susans, and ended the evenings with ABBA-scored dance parties.<p>Memories of the Saturdays and Sundays of my …

Recipes

Asking hotel patrons to reuse towels isn’t always best

<i>The Globe’s monthly roundup of research from business schools.</i><p>It’s been 30 years since consumers were introduced to “greenwashing” – a term coined in the mid-1980s to denote a deceptive practice adopted by some companies to promote an image of environmental sustainability when, in truth, the end …

Bay Street

Oil sands surplus jamming up pipelines to U.S.

Canada is sending a record amount of oil to the United States, filling pipelines to capacity and threatening to push more crude into rail cars.<p>U.S. imports from its northern neighbour jumped 17 per cent to 3.46 million barrels a day last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said …

Oil

The solution to poisonous banks is a non-toxic public bank

What’s too good to be true is generally too good to be true. So it was with Wells Fargo, which last year displaced China’s Industrial and Commercial Bank as the world’s most valuable bank. With a market value of about $300-billion (U.S.), the San Francisco bank was worth a lot more than mighty …

Banking

Liberals try to turn tables on Tories over excessive moving expenses

The Liberals are trying to turn the tables on Conservatives who’ve had a heyday with excessive moving expenses claimed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s two top aides.<p>They revealed Friday that former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s office paid out almost $325,000 in relocation …

Liberals

Chinese Premier calls for golden decade of trade with Canada

Calling for a “new golden decade” in China-Canada relations, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday he wants to return to the days when his country had better relations with Canada than it did most other western countries.<p>Trade between the two nations should more than double over the next ten …

China