Monthly Archives: January 2018

US Federal Reserve keeps interest rates the same in last meeting under Yellen

The Fed’s statement following a two-day policy meeting was the last under Fed Chair Janet Yellen. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but said it anticipated inflation would rise this year, in a sign it is still on track to raise borrowing costs in March under incoming central bank chief Jerome Powell. ...

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Ava wins best first feature film at Canadian Screen Awards

Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is the winner of this year’s Canadian Screen Award for best first feature film. The film earned a total of nine nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards’ in March, including best film, actress and supporting actress. Tehran-born, Montreal-based Foroughi is nominated for best direction and screenplay. Ava, a Canadian co-production with Iran and Qatar, stars Mahour Jabbari as the ...

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The dollar keeps weakening. Is that good news for the world?

AT THE start of 2017, just before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, a survey of fund managers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) found they believed that being positive on the dollar was “the most crowded trade”. It turned out they were right to be cautious. On a trade-weighted basis, the currency has fallen by 9% against other ...

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The Tenth Amendment: Out of the shadows and into the spotlight

The Supreme Court, April 2017  ((AP)) This term, Supreme Court watchers are paying close attention to “Masterpiece Cakeshop”—the gay wedding cake case–which could be a landmark in First Amendment jurisprudence. But there’s another case, though getting less attention,  that may be just as consequential. That case, technically about sports gambling, is “Christie v. NCAA.”  The case will be renamed now that ...

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Cornwallis statue headed for storage as crew begins removal at Halifax park

A city crew has set up scaffolding and is beginning the work to remove the controversial statue of Edward Cornwallis from the Halifax park that also bears his name. Halifax regional council voted 12-4 Tuesday to remove the bronze monument commemorating Cornwallis, the military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. The decision comes after increasing controversy over Cornwallis’s so-called scalping proclamation that offered a cash bounty to anyone ...

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B.C. beetles are shrinking as habitat warms up, study finds

Some of B.C.’s beetles are getting smaller because their habitats are warming up, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. The study, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology on Tuesday, shows that climate change is having an affect on even the most “teeny tiny” organisms. A group of students on the study looked at eight species of beetles that ...

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MP calls for inquiry into abuse at Alfred training school

A Hamilton-area MP is calling on the Ontario government to conduct an inquiry into abuses at provincial training schools, including one just east of Ottawa he attended in the 1970s. St. Joseph’s Training School in Alfred, Ont., was considered a Catholic reform institution for boys that operated from the 1940s to the 1970s. After running away from home due to family issues, Sweet was ...

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