Monthly Archives: December 2017

Trudeau's Liberals approach 2018 with an eye to election day 2019

In 2017, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals wanted to talk about 2027. And that might set things up for 2019. Buried within the 280-page budget book tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in March was a two-page section entitled “Canada in 10 years.” Between the numbers and graphs and charts of the rest of the tome — little of which, one presumes, was read by anyone outside Ottawa — the ...

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Star Wars passes Beauty and the Beast to top 2017 box office

On the last day of the calendar year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has surpassed Beauty and the Beast as the top grossing film in North America in 2017. It also topped the charts for the weekend for the third time, but just barely — Dwayne Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is close on its tail. According to studio estimates on Sunday, ...

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Countdown to 2018: New Year's Eve celebrations around the world

Revellers are ushering in the new year today, with major celebrations planned in cities around the world. CBC News is livestreaming New Year’s Eve festivities as they happen in select locations throughout the day, every hour on the hour.  Some parts of the world have already passed into the new year, while others are just gearing up.  Australia Fireworks lit up ...

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Have yourself a dismal Christmas

ONLY an economist would think to ask whether Christmas is efficient. In 1993 Joel Waldfogel, then a professor at Yale University, turned a lunchtime conversation with colleagues into a paper entitled “The deadweight loss of Christmas”, which argued that, no, it is not. That gift-giving might actually be bad is the kind of opinion which breeds a deep mistrust of ...

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Frigid temperatures not the biggest worry at polar bear dips

As some brave Nova Scotians undertake polar bear dips on New Year’s Day amid frigid weather, an expert in how humans adapt to extreme temperatures says the biggest concern won’t be the day’s mercury reading. “It’s probably more the organization of the polar bear plunge that is more important,” said Stephen Cheung, a professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., who also serves as ...

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Bruins overwhelm slumping Senators

Mark Stone didn’t mince words when assessing Ottawa’s performance on Saturday night. Ryan Spooner had two goals and Tuukka Rask stopped all 25 shots he faced as the Boston Bruins shut out the Senators 5-0. “It’s stupidity and frustration,” said Stone. “We put ourselves in terrible spots when you look at the goals that they’re scoring. We’re putting ourselves in ...

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