Daily Archives: April 17, 2018

Barbara Bush, wife to a president and mother of another, dead at 92

Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired president’s wife whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretence made her more popular at times than her husband, U.S. president George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday. She was 92. Family spokesperson Jim McGrath confirmed the death in a statement. The cause wasn’t immediately known. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her ...

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After a good run of growth, China’s economy braces for bumps

JUST a few years ago Wuhan, a sprawling metropolis in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, exemplified China’s economic woes. Municipal debt had soared. The most senior local official was known as “Mr Dig Up The City”, a reference to his zeal for grandiose construction projects. A movie theme park, intended as a landmark, closed after failing to draw ...

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Political fury after Nova Scotia skips doctor recruiting event

Premier Stephen McNeil says he’s just as upset as his political opposition after reading a CBC News report that Nova Scotia was the only province that didn’t set up a recruitment booth at a national meeting of rural doctors in St. John’s. More than 600 physicians, medical students and residents attended the national training session this past weekend, which also ...

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CSIS worked to thwart diplomatic efforts to secure Abdelrazik's release, documents suggest

Court records released as part of the $27 million lawsuit involving former terror suspect Abousfian Abdelrazik suggest Canada’s spy agency went to extraordinary lengths to disrupt efforts by diplomats trying to win the man’s release from a Sudanese prison. According to the documents, intelligence officers routinely contradicted Canadian Foreign Affairs officials in order to ensure the alleged al-Qaeda suspect remained in custody ...

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Tribeca and other film festivals aim for gender parity post-Weinstein

Asia Argento alleges he raped her during the Cannes Film Festival. Mira Sorvino said he chased her around a hotel room at the Toronto International Film Festival. Rose McGowan’s alleged sex assault happened at the Sundance Film Festival. Just as Harvey Weinstein did at the Oscars, the disgraced movie mogul lorded over the festival world, which provided the glitzy, champagne-flowing setting for many of ...

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Rookie defenceman Tucker Poolman may play for Jets in Game 4

Rookie defenceman Tucker Poolman may play for the Winnipeg Jets in place of the injured Tyler Myers Tuesday in Game 4 of the opening-round series against the Minnesota Wild. Poolman, a 24-year-old from East Grand Forks, Minn., played defence in a pairing with Ben Chiarot during a morning skate at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Poolman played 24 games for the Jets during ...

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Boston College professor offers extra credit for students to go on dates

Boston College philosophy professor Kerry Cronin is known as the “dating professor.”  (Boston College/ YoutTube) A Boston College philosophy professor—known as the “dating professor”—offers extra credit to her students who (while sober) ask someone out on a date, go out on that said date and have no physical contact. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Professor Kerry Cronin said ...

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Quebec Liberals narrow the gap, but CAQ still has the inside track on fall election

Recent polls suggest Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have pulled out of a dive in popular support — but that doesn’t mean the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) is no longer the favourite going into October’s provincial election in Quebec. François Legault’s party still holds significant advantages over the Liberals and Jean-François Lisee’s Parti Québécois (PQ). But instead of a ‘change’ election that would ...

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