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Trudeau says Liberals a better economic alternative to Harper than the NDP

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicked off his party’s federal election campaign Sunday, casting the Liberals as wiser agents of change than the NDP because of their economic strategy.

As polls suggest the NDP is leading over the Conservatives and Liberals, Mr. Trudeau attacked the NDP’s …

Canadian Politics

Wenger finally bests Mourinho as Arsenal beats Chelsea 1-0

Arsene Wenger finally earned his first win over Jose Mourinho on Sunday as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain received the ball on the right edge of the area in the 24th minute and cut inside Cesar Azpilicueta …

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Inbee Park wins Women’s British Open

As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women’s British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another chapter in golf’s record book.

The top-ranked Park picked up seven shots in her last 12 holes, pressured …


Transcript of Stephen Harper’s remarks

Editor’s Note: The following is the text of the Conservative Leader’s remarks as he kicked off the official portion of the 2015 federal election campaign on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Good Morning.

A a few minutes ago, I met with his excellency, the Governor General, and he has agreed to my request that …


Stephen Harper launches 11-week federal election campaign

The Conservative Leader says officially launching the election now rather than waiting forces all parties to play within the rules.

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Unrest and uncertainty: Alberta an unfamiliar battleground for Harper

Alberta’s ailing economy and its new left-leaning provincial government are combining to turn the province into an unfamiliar battleground for Stephen Harper’s federal Conservatives.

Previously the most reliable stronghold for conservatism in Canada, Alberta may no longer be a lock for the Tories as …


Paralympic swimmer Benoît Huot focuses on the process to stay on top

Benoît Huot began his swimming career alongside able-bodied athletes, before discovering that his clubbed foot (a relatively minor disability he has had since birth) qualified him for Paralympic competition. Since then, he has become one of the most accomplished Para athletes of all time, earning


A drug to treat Huntington’s is closer than ever - but those who need it remain cautious

It has worked on mice and monkeys. And starting next month in Vancouver, scientists will begin a long-awaited trial to see if a new drug might also slow the progression of Huntington’s disease in humans.

The Centre for Huntington Disease at the University of British Columbia, led by neurologist Dr. …


Bedtime snacks could boost strength but hurt endurance, studies say

Breakfast, athletes have long been told, is the most important meal of the day. And lunch and dinner aren’t far behind. But what about the before-bed snack?

A pair of new studies offer contrasting views on how you can boost your strength or endurance by either adding or subtracting evening calories, …


Lord Sewel renews English legacy of the aristocratic rake

Lord John Buttifant Sewel, Baron of Gilcomstoun, CBE, chairman of committees and deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, recently made a splash playing a rather campy and entirely clichéd role as a drunken British aristocrat in a grainy art video now seen around the world. The highlight of the role …

News (Canada)

Netflix’s Narcos is a must-see on cops, drugs and politics

The latest Netflix original drama series Narcos (streams Aug. 28) is one of its best.

The cheeky tagline is “There’s No Business like Blow Business,” but Narcos operates on two levels. On one, it is a gripping thriller about a pair of DEA agents out to bring down the Colombian cocaine king Pablo …


Five things to know about the federal election campaign

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called a longer than expected and more expensive federal election campaign.


Mulcair challenges Harper’s priorities as he launches NDP campaign

Stephen Harper is off and running — and Tom Mulcair is right behind him.

The NDP leader kicked off his party’s election campaign across the river from Parliament Hill just moments after his Conservative rival asked Governor General David Johnson to dissolve Parliament.

I believe that governing is …

Canadian Politics

Harper’s extended election campaign undercuts long-held Conservative principles

Is it good politics to kick off your campaign with a dose of cynicism that undercuts your own party’s long-standing principles? Stephen Harper evidently thinks it’s pretty clever.

He’s launching the campaign early to increase the spending limits, so his Conservative Party can take advantage of the …


Harper launches federal election campaign

Stephen Harper has launched the longest election campaign since the days of John A. Macdonald, as he seeks to become the first prime minister to win four consecutive mandates since Wilfrid Laurier.

But other precedents could be set instead. A new poll shows the NDP tied with the Conservatives, …

Canadian Politics

Kerry says U.S., Egypt return to ‘stronger base’ in relationship

The United States and Egypt are returning to a “stronger base” in their relationship despite tensions and concerns over human rights, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday at the first strategic dialogue between the two sides since 2009.

U.S.-Egyptian relations cooled considerably after …


Rousey crushes Correia in 34 seconds to defend her title at UFC 190

It’s not a good idea to give Ronda Rousey some extra motivation.

Hurt by comments about her family and moved by the death of a close friend and idol, Rousey got off to a quick start and knocked out home-crowd favourite Bethe Correia only 34 seconds into the first round at UFC 190 on Saturday …

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Search for MH370 draws eyes to land of molten lava and killer sharks

As experts on the Indian Ocean island Reunion studied plane debris for clues in the search for missing flight MH370, scientist Nicolas Villeneuve was making his own discovery: the island’s volcano was about to erupt.

Reunion, a part of France that lies in the Indian Ocean around 370 miles east of …

News (Canada)

Verdict in Mohamed Fahmy retrial postponed again

An Egyptian court has again postponed announcing the verdict in the case of Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera English journalists – this time to Aug. 29.

It was the latest of several postponements in the long-running legal saga that has been criticized worldwide by press freedom …


Harper headed to Rideau Hall, expected to trigger election campaign

Stephen Harper has an appointment at Rideau Hall this morning, where he’s expected to trigger an 11-week election campaign in advance of an Oct. 19 vote.

An advisory from the Prime Minister’s Office says Harper is scheduled to meet with Governor General David Johnston at 10 a.m. ET and will deliver …


Hours of Culture: Four things you should check out this week

Monday August 3 to Sunday August 9

Thirty minutes: Mr. Robinson

Craig Robinson, a standout on The Office, stars in a new TV show about a musician who pays the bills as a substitute teacher. Not the most original premise, but Robinson is funny and charming enough to make us interested. Premiere is …

News (Canada)

Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation

Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to a vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin.

An Air France flight carrying the debris landed at Orly airport near Paris at 12:17 a.m. EDT, and it was …


Hitchhiking robot on cross-country trip in US meets its demise on streets of Philadelphia

A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.

The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair on Saturday, ending its first American tour after …


Tories launch anti-Mulcair attack ads on eve of federal election call

The Conservatives are finally training their sights on NDP Leader Tom Mulcair just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to plunge the country into an 11-week election on Sunday.

After carpet-bombing the airwaves for weeks with ads asserting that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is “just not …


Wynne blasts Harper for anticipated early election call

One of Canada’s most prominent politicians is lambasting the idea of an early federal election call as “unnecessary” and an affront to taxpayers who will foot the bill.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Saturday that it would be “unfortunate” if the federal Conservatives drop the writ early as …


Merritt shoots 61 for share of lead with Chappell in Quicken Loans National

Troy Merritt couldn’t miss Saturday in the Quicken Loans National. Tiger Woods couldn’t make anything.

Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 to top the leaderboard even before the leading contenders teed off. It held up, too, as several players made runs at joining him at 14 under, but only …

News (Canada)

Health Canada will actively monitor for marijuana advertising violators

Health Minister Rona Ambrose ordered a crackdown on groups that illegally advertise marijuana and re-stated the Conservative party’s pledge to keep storefront dispensaries illegal Saturday on the eve of the expected launch of a federal election campaign.

“Today I directed Health Canada to create a …


Another lion reportedly poached by foreign hunter in Zimbabwe

After the killing of Zimbabwe’s most famous lion by an American tourist, a second lion has been poached by a foreign visitor, a source at the national parks agency told Reuters on Saturday.

The parks authority has not confirmed the incident, but on Saturday it imposed an indefinite ban on big game …


Popcorn eases new Blue Jays ace David Price’s transition to Toronto

Get your popcorn ready, Blue Jays fans. Then give it to David Price.

The club’s new ace may love a lot of things about Toronto, but the popcorn at Rogers Centre appears to be at the top of the list. After Price raved about it on Twitter, the team had bags of it waiting at his locker Friday.

New …

News (Canada)

Ronda Rousey eager to embarrass Brazil’s Correia at UFC 190 in Rio

Ronda Rousey is in charge now. The unbeaten bantamweight champion is the biggest star in the UFC, and she could have staged her next title defence anywhere in the world before she moves on to her next acting job or book tour stop or red-carpet appearance.

Rousey decided to fight Brazilian challenger …

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