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Global stocks rose and bond yields fell on Friday, as investors shrugged off slowing global growth and focused instead on the continued stimulus provided by the world’s major central banks.
Wall Street’s record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key …Stimulus
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Today brings some important economic data …Stimulus
A June deadline that will finally spell the end of three-year cellphone contracts is looming for Canada’s wireless industry.
Here’s what you need to know about what it means for you:
Is there a rule banning three-year contracts in Canada?
Three-year contracts are not illegal, but thanks to the …Law
Everyone remembers the Occupy Wall Street movement of a few years ago. While the disgruntled 99 per cent could have honed their message a bit, the lightning rod of anger was the growing inequality of income distribution. The tent villages and drumming circles may have vanished, but the widening gap …Income
Unless you’re a space nerd you probably didn’t know the 2015 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) was in Toronto this week, but if you were thinking of crashing an event today’s the day as Buzz Aldrin is scheduled to give the noon keynote.
In other tech news, the successful initial …Canadian Technology
For months, they floated at sea in an eerie silence, slaves cowed to quiet by sword-wielding traffickers who threatened to kill them if they begged for more to drink or prayed out loud.
But now that they have found safety, food and water on land in Indonesia, hundreds of Bangladeshi men are burdened …Asia
China-backed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Friday set an ambitious target to become operational by the end of the year after a three-day meeting of prospective founding member nations in Singapore.
AIIB said in a statement that the meeting finalized the articles of agreement, which …Finance (India)
The latest in a series of proposed Canadian class-action suits over potentially deadly airbags was launched Thursday, this one over those installed in Chrysler vehicles.
The lawsuits claim Japan-based Takata Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary negligently designed and manufactured “life-threatening and …Airbags
British Prime Minister David Cameron predicted “ups and downs” on Friday in European Union reform negotiations but said he was determined to give Britons a proper choice on a reformed EU in a referendum he has promised before the end of 2017.
“There will be ups and downs. You’ll hear one day this is …David Cameron
They were a cool bunch, so brazen in their disregard for the rules that they had the nerve (or the stupidity) to call themselves “the cartel.” They used an invitation-only chat room to rig trades in the foreign-exchange market to enrich themselves and their employers – and to “rip off” their …Wall Street
Patrick Brown, the newly elected leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, needs a seat in the legislature – and so far, there is no lineup of PC MPPs at his office door offering to give up theirs.
The 36-year-old, who had represented Barrie federally for nine years as a Conservative MP, …Patrick Brown
Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in the northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa, the ministry of interior said on Friday.
The Somalia-based al Shabaab group, which has carried out frequent attacks in Kenya in recent years to try to force Nairobi to pull its troops out of Somalia, struck a …Al-Shabaab
Longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal had been blocked from working for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department by skeptical White House officials. But that didn’t cut his direct line to Clinton on one of the most sensitive matters of her tenure at the agency.
During Clinton’s years at …Email
Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho walked free after nearly five months in prison on Friday after an appeals court suspended the sentence she was given for her outburst over the way she had been served macadamia nuts.
Cho, the daughter of the airline’s chairman, was sentenced in February …Asia
A coalition of Canada’s largest institutional shareholders is launching a new salvo at weak boardrooms across Canada, asking regulators and companies for new powers to nominate alternative corporate directors.
The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), which represents most of Canada’s …Retirement (Canada)
• Title: Chris Moukarbel•
Written by: PG•
Directed by: documentary•
Banksy has been the damned, elusive Scarlet Pimpernel of the international art scene for so long now – close to 20 years – it arouses suspicion. How, in our CCTV/smartphone/digitally …Art
• Title: Bertrand Bonello•
Written by: Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel•
Directed by: 14A•
If Saint Laurent were a typical biopic, the sort that hangs its subjects’ memorable pronouncements in air quotes and frames their triumphs with marquee lights, …Yves Saint Laurent
• Title: Michael Winterbottom•
Written by: Paul Viragh•
Directed by: Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne•
Venue: United Kingdom•
City: English, Italian•
The complicated filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is at his elusive worst with The Face of an Angel, a ponderous …Filmmaking
• Title: USA•
Written by: English•
A ripple of panic swept through a downtown boardroom the other day, at the possibility of an aging movie star going AWOL.
This was during a logistics meeting for Toronto’s annual Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. As a dozen or …Movies
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
Taking his cue from the geeky Brit-pop band Pulp’s most recognizable hit Common People, director Florian Habicht turns the camera on the average Joes and Josies of Sheffield, England, a …Pulp
Mike Babcock started by picking a fight.
He’d only been back home for a couple of hours. They brought him out squinting into the TV lights. He sat there looking intense while Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan ticked off the money men and corporate fellow travellers. Babcock, the Leafs’ …NHL
It was kind of indicative of how things have transpired for the woebegone Toronto Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey, their confounding knuckleball pitcher.
Desperate for a win, it would figure that the Blue Jays had caught a bit of a break with the news that Albert Pujols, the dangerous hitter for the Los …News (Canada)
One week after reaching the final in London, the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team can book its ticket to the 2016 Olympics this weekend in Amsterdam as the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series wraps up for the season.
The top four teams in the overall standings at the end of play Saturday …Olympics
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment is nearly ready to name a new chief executive and successor to outgoing boss Tim Leiweke, the company’s chairman says.
Larry Tanenbaum said Thursday that the Toronto-based sports organization’s lengthy search for a CEO, which has dragged on since August, is …NHL
Mike Babcock’s coaching contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs has suddenly and dramatically altered the financial outlook for his NHL counterparts.
Babcock’s eight-year deal worth $50-million (all currency U.S.) not only makes him the highest-paid coach in the NHL, but sets an unprecedented ceiling …Salaries & Wages
While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing.
It’s understandable. This series could turn into a war of attrition – and they’ve only played one game, won by Cleveland.
James was limping around, …Attrition
Stephen Harper is playing at pre-election make-believe with Senate appointments. We have a Vancouver lawyer to thank for calling us back to reality.
The Prime Minister’s game of pretend is in declaring he won’t appoint senators. The unloved, disrespected Red Chamber has caused him a spot of bother, …Stephen Harper
In March, 1977, a pair of debut novelists split a brand-new literary prize, the Books in Canada First Novel Award. Sharing $1,000 were Ian McLachlan for The Seventh Hexagram, long out-of-print, who went on to publish several more novels, plays, and books of non-fiction and is currently professor …News (Canada)
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. said it plans to buy back 12 million shares, sending its stock up nearly 2 per cent in extended trading in the United States.
BlackBerry, which has not repurchased any outstanding securities in the last one year, said it would present a new employee share …BlackBerry