• Alberta premier will hold Ottawa's 'feet to the fire' if Trans Mountain consultation goes beyond 22 weeks
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    Alberta premier will hold Ottawa's 'feet to the fire' if Trans Mountain consultation goes beyond 22 weeks

    Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the additional 22-week consultation period on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline is "reasonable" and likely the most timely option for restarting the project. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Friday he couldn't provide a time for when construction might resume.

  • 'Bernhardt/Hamlet' offers modern Broadway twist on French diva
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    'Bernhardt/Hamlet' offers modern Broadway twist on French diva

    The life of French actress Sarah Bernhardt arrives on Broadway in a new play that brings a contemporary twist to her career as an woman who broke the rules of male-dominated theater. “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” a comedy starring British actress Janet McTeer, focuses on Bernhardt’s 1899 performance in Paris as the first woman to play Shakespeare's Hamlet. Bernhardt, a 19th century diva who ran her own theater company, slept in a coffin, and kept a lion and an alligator, was 55 years old at the time.

  • Muskrat Falls forensic audit 'raises serious concerns' of initial estimates: Browne
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    Muskrat Falls forensic audit 'raises serious concerns' of initial estimates: Browne

    The forensic and investigative audit of Muskrat Falls raises serious concerns about the cost estimates used to justify the project, says the province's consumer advocate, as well as the study of alternate options to provide power for the province. A longtime critic of the project, Dennis Browne said he doesn't believe the potential alternatives to Muskrat Falls were properly explored before a decision was made. He said if the decision had gone before the Public Utilities Board, things would have unfolded differently.

  • Correction: Lebanon-Arak Drink story
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    Correction: Lebanon-Arak Drink story

    In a story Sept. 20 about Lebanon's national drink, arak, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of one of the country's largest arak producers. The name is Domaine des Tourelles, not Doumaine de Tourelles. Every part of Lebanon's national drink, arak, is infused with tradition — from distilling the aniseed-tinged liquor to the ritual of mixing it at the table, when the transparent liquid suddenly turns milky white as water is added.

  • School of kindness: Fort McMurray honours Métis elder who believed in its power
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    School of kindness: Fort McMurray honours Métis elder who believed in its power

    In red script, the phrase "Kindness is contagious" greets students at Fort McMurray's newest school. "Elsie would come into the school and the smile she would bring when she walked into the building was very infectious," said George McGuigan, superintendent of Fort McMurray Catholic School District. From being blessed by the pope to bearing the Olympic torch, Elsie Yanik received many honours in her lifetime.

  • How the toonie got its name
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    How the toonie got its name

    Made of two different metals, the bicoloured coin was an attention-getter, and so was the motif on the reverse: a polar bear on the edge of an ice floe. "What should Canadians call it?" asked a reporter as Public Works Minister David Dingwall toured the polar bear exhibit at the Metro Toronto Zoo. "Why choose the polar bear?" asked the town's mayor, Johnnie Doonanco.

  • Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence
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    Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

    With Florence's floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are finally getting a chance to take stock of the destruction from the wind and floodwaters. For some locals in Wilmington, a coastal city littered with downed trees and floodwaters, the storm offered the bittersweet bargain of nonstop, tiring work that comes with a paycheque for helping others. Stanley Hall, 54, had to walk 4 miles (6 kilometres ) to get to a downtown Wilmington hotel to join up with about 50 other locals doing temporary work for SERVPRO, which specializes in cleaning up water damage in homes and buildings.

  • Great Dane puppy's first experience with chicken
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    Great Dane puppy's first experience with chicken

    Mikey the Great Dane has his first lesson at how to carry chicken into the house. Mikey is going to need a lot more lessons! Watch and laugh as he is far more interested in eating what is in the bag instead of carrying it. Clever little 7-week-old Mikey shows off how well he can sit for a chicken treat!

  • Google tweaks privacy policy for Indian payment app after rival complaint
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    Google tweaks privacy policy for Indian payment app after rival complaint

    The row has erupted amid heightened debate about user privacy and how technology firms treat data in India and abroad. India is developing a new data protection law which could force companies to change how they transfer or store customer data. In a letter to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), dated Sept. 13, Paytm complained that Google Pay's privacy policy amounted to "clear disregard for a consumer's need for privacy".

  • Northlands to improve safety, amend statement of defence that blamed sex assault victim
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    Northlands to improve safety, amend statement of defence that blamed sex assault victim

    A statement of defence from Northlands that blamed a teen's alleged sexual assault at K-Days on her own "negligence" was released by an insurance company before the organization had reviewed it, Northlands said in a video statement Thursday evening. Northlands will also amend parts of the statement of defence that says a 13-year-old's alleged sexual assault was caused by her own "negligence," including drinking while underage, partying with a man who was not known to her, and failing to ensure her own safety. The statement of defence was filed this summer after a woman CBC is calling Jessica sued Northlands, North American Midway Entertainment-Canada Co. and her alleged attacker for $100,000.

  • Canada inflation still well above target, rate hike seen likely
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    Canada inflation still well above target, rate hike seen likely

    Statistics Canada said on Friday the rate had fallen from the 3.0 percent in July as the pace of increase of gasoline prices eased. The central bank - which has increased interest rates four times since July 2017 - maintains a 2 percent target for inflation. Market expectations of an interest rate hike in October, as reflected in the overnight index swaps market, rose to 88.74 percent from 84.46 percent before the release of the inflation data.

  • AP Interview: Chopin contest winner praises old pianos
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    AP Interview: Chopin contest winner praises old pianos

    The winner of the world's 1st Chopin competition on historic pianos says the search for the original sound restores the appeal of classical music and helps artists understand the composer's intentions. Tomasz Ritter of Poland was named the best of 30 young pianists at the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments this month. The 23-year-old student from the Moscow State Conservatory earned top notes from the international jury in all three stages of the contest, despite fighting severe pain in his arms and shoulders that hit two weeks before the competition and forced him to go on painkillers and seek out physical therapy.

  • Elton John signs with Universal 'for the rest of his career'
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    Elton John signs with Universal 'for the rest of his career'

    Elton John has signed a deal with Universal Music Group for his back catalogue and any new work as well as brand management, merchandising and licensing rights, the company said on Friday. Under the agreement signed with John's company Rocket Entertainment, Universal Music Group (UMG) will represent the veteran British singer's new music "for the rest of his career" on top of his work from the last 50 years. "The multi-faceted agreement marks the beginning of a new era of expanded collaboration between Elton John and UMG and significantly expands their global business partnership," the company said in a statement.

  • Edmonton AM busts a gut with sushi-eating showdown
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    Edmonton AM busts a gut with sushi-eating showdown

    The secret to speed-eating an entire plate of sushi? It's all about your chewing technique.

  • Switzerland tries to stem blockchain exodus by improving access to banks
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    Switzerland tries to stem blockchain exodus by improving access to banks

    Faced with an exodus of cryptocurrency projects from the country due to falling access to the banking sector, the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) on Friday issued guidelines to banks who may want to do business with the start ups. Around 530 blockchain startups have settled in Switzerland's Crypto Valley hub around Zurich and Zug, Oliver Bussmann, head of the Crypto Valley Association said. The companies need access to traditional banking services to deposit cash, pay salaries and carry out other day-to-day financing activities, but Swiss banks fear falling foul of anti-money laundering (AML) rules and other regulations.

  • Passenger rights advocate launches complaint, calls Swoop's baggage fees 'deceptive'
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    Passenger rights advocate launches complaint, calls Swoop's baggage fees 'deceptive'

    An air passenger rights advocate has filed a regulatory complaint against Swoop Inc. claiming the new low-cost airline is unlawfully charging baggage fees. In a complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency, Gabor Lukacs says the commercial carrier is flouting Canadian law by failing to offer passengers a basic fare that includes a carry-on and a checked bag. Karen McIsaac, a spokeswoman for the Calgary-based airline, says Swoop provides travellers with "a la carte service" where they pay a low base fare and add on features such as a checked bag for a fee.

  • Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data
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    Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

    A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. JAXA said confirmation of the robots' safe touchdown has to wait until it receives data from them on Saturday.

  • Canada July retail sales rise 0.3 percent, lifted by gas, food
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    Canada July retail sales rise 0.3 percent, lifted by gas, food

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian retail trade rose 0.3 percent in July from June, pushed up by higher sales at food and drink stores as well as gasoline stations, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast a 0.4 percent gain. Stripping out the effect of price changes, volumes dipped by 0.1 percent. Sales at food and beverage stores increased 1.3 percent while gasoline stations reported a 1.9 percent gain amid higher prices at the pump. Sales at motor vehicles and parts dealers fell 1.4 percent, the second month-on-month decline in a row, thanks to a 2. ...

  • Second grizzly bear found shot south of Grande Prairie
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    Second grizzly bear found shot south of Grande Prairie

    Fish and Wildlife investigators are asking for tips after two grizzly bears were found shot in the span of a week near Grande Prairie. The mature male, weighing about 500 pounds, was found approximately 15 metres off Red Rock Road, which can be accessed through Wolf Creek Road or the main Weyerhaeuser Road. It had a single gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Calgary Inferno coach Shannon Miller urges funding rethink for women's hockey
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    Calgary Inferno coach Shannon Miller urges funding rethink for women's hockey

    She's a pioneer in women's hockey and now she's calling on Canada to rethink how we fund the sport.

  • Regina Park(ing) Day reimagines street spaces
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    Regina Park(ing) Day reimagines street spaces

    Reginans strolling down Hamilton Street were greeted with some offbeat opportunities Friday, like games of giant chess or Jenga in what are usually parking spaces. Park(ing) Day in Regina, part of a worldwide annual event that aims to generate discussion on the use of public space, featured installations along Hamilton Street, Eighth Avenue and 11th Avenue. The parking spots were turned into everything from an eco-museum to cafes to art displays to a pop-up puppy park.

  • Memory's frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter
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    Memory's frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter

    Experts say that because of how memory works, it's possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who says a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s — believe what they say. "Confidence is not a good guide to whether or not someone is telling the truth," said Nora Newcombe, a psychology professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. As the nation ponders the accusations from Ford that could derail Kavanaugh's nomination, the possibility that one of them simply got it wrong has been floated on Capitol Hill.

  • 'Scrambles' will help pedestrians get over easy, city hopes
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    'Scrambles' will help pedestrians get over easy, city hopes

    The City of Edmonton is testing "pedestrian scrambles" at two major intersections — one downtown and the other in Old Strathcona. The crosswalk designs allow pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, when all vehicular traffic has been temporarily stopped. Travel times for vehicles, transit and pedestrians will be affected, but the changes are expected to improve pedestrian safety and convenience, the city said in a news release Friday.

  • Newly opened West Eau Claire Park offers promenade along Bow River
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    Newly opened West Eau Claire Park offers promenade along Bow River

    After 18 months of construction, West Eau Claire Park is complete. Calgarians now can use the separated and redesigned paths leading to and from the iconic Peace Bridge to connect to the city's downtown core. The $10.6-million project incorporates public art, a designated walking pathway and separate bikeway, terraces and planters with 30 per cent of the project's overall cost put toward flood mitigation.

  • Drake's tour with Migos postpones two more concert stops, this time in Miami
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    Drake's tour with Migos postpones two more concert stops, this time in Miami

    Another two stops on Drake's concert tour with Migos have been postponed with little notice for concertgoers. The Toronto rapper and his tour mates pulled out of shows Friday and Saturday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Drake has pulled out of numerous events recently, each time giving fans just a few hours notice.