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More trouble for Canada-EU trade deal, as drug changes delay implementation

Canada's goal to see its trade agreement with the European Union take flight this summer now appears grounded by a second series of concerns, this time from the pharmaceutical industry. The concerns, which at first seemed to impose only minor delays, now ... Read Full Article

Asian stocks rally after Wall Street rebounds

HONG KONG -- Asian shares rallied Thursday following Wall Street's rebound as investors regained confidence in the global economic outlook. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 per cent to 20,242.63 and South Korea's Kospi advanced 0 ... Read Full Article

Fed approves dividend, buyback plans of all 34 biggest banks

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has given the green light to all 34 of the biggest banks in the U.S. to raise their dividends and buy back shares, judging their financial foundations sturdy enough to withstand a major economic downturn. It was the first ... Read Full Article

Toronto waterfront to get $1.185-billion flood protection project

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands alongside Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (right) during a funding announcement for the Toronto waterfront in Toronto on Wednesday June 28, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young) It was seen as a prime piece of ... Read Full Article

As Alberta oil production ramps up, worries grow about a 'pipeline pinch'

Call it the pipeline pinch, or maybe the Keystone quagmire. While plans by Canadian companies from Suncor Energy Inc. to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to boost oil output are racing to fruition, the construction of three pipelines needed to move that ... Read Full Article

Ransomware attack hits property arm of France bank BNP Paribas

A global cyberattack has hit the property arm of France's biggest bank BNP Paribas, one of the largest financial institutions known to be affected by an extortion campaign that started in Russia and Ukraine before spreading. The worldwide attack has ... Read Full Article

U.S. charges Obsidian Energy with accounting fraud

Calgary-based Obsidian Energy Ltd. and three former employees are facing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges for their roles in an alleged accounting fraud – issues the company says it flagged three years ago and has fixed. Wednesday’s ... Read Full Article

Shaw sees BlueSky video rollout as growth engine for its fixed-line services

CALGARY — Shaw Communications says the rollout of a new generation of cable services has gotten off to a strong start, and helped the company to deliver its first growth in video subscribers in nearly seven years. The Calgary-based company (TSX:SJR.B ... Read Full Article

ABC and meat producer announce settlement in $1.9B ‘pink slime’ lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion (U.S.) lawsuit against the network over its reports on a beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.” The terms of the settlement including ... Read Full Article

Sobeys sees signs of improvement in 17 quarters, but ‘not out of the woods yet’

TORONTO — Four years after the bungled integration of Safeway and Sobeys led to $2.9 billion in writedowns, hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales and a multitude of disappointed customers, it appears the worst could be over for parent company ... Read Full Article

Ex-Bridgewater quant says Smart Beta ETFs use factors all wrong

The smart beta exchange-traded fund you just bought may not have been the wisest idea — at least according to an upstart quantitative investing shop with ties to the world’s biggest hedge fund. That’s because the utility of investing exclusively ... Read Full Article

Ontario civil service professionals ratify four-year extension

Professionals in the Ontario civil service have ratified a four-year extension of their contract, as the government secures labour peace in another key area ahead of next year’s election. Members of the Association of Management, Administrative and ... Read Full Article

B.C. Liberals tout $2.8B surplus, reduced debt on eve of expected defeat

VICTORIA — B.C.’s continued economic strength surprised forecasters, resulted in a higher-than-expected $2.8-billion surplus and allowed the B.C. Liberals to make a slew of new promises in their Throne Speech last week. Strong job growth, a hot housing ... Read Full Article

The Macron effect: Why the rich are putting their cash to work in France

Wealthy foreigners are returning to their favourite French haunts, driving up occupancy rates at luxury hotels and crowding into upscale restaurants and spas after a decline in the past couple of years triggered partly by terrorism concerns and labour strife. Read Full Article

Politics News Headlines

The Latest: McConnell looking to salvage health care plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill. But he’s confronting a growing chorus of GOP detractors. And there’s deepening uncertainty over whether the party can resuscitate its ... Read Full Article

Panel rejects attempt by Democrats to get Trump travel costs

WASHINGTON – The GOP-led House Armed Services Committee narrowly defeated a bid by Democrats late Wednesday to compel the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips that President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties ... Read Full Article

Pence: Trump will repeal Obama's health law by summer's end

CLEVELAND — Vice-President Mike Pence on Wednesday reiterated a promise to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care reforms by the end of the summer despite uncertainty over whether a Republican bill has enough votes to pass the Senate. Read Full Article

Trump rakes in $10 million at first re-election fundraiser

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was whisked a few blocks from the White House to the Trump hotel on Wednesday night for his first re-election fundraiser, where he raised an estimated $10 million behind closed doors. Some 40 months ahead of the 2020 ... Read Full Article

Marist Poll: 55 Percent of Americans Disapprove of Senate Health Bill

Because the Senate is hoping to pass the bill with a simple majority, Republicans now hold a slight majority of 52 seats, and no Democrats are expected to vote for the bill, the most support Republicans can lose to still pass the bill is three senators ... Read Full Article

Appalachian wrestling's 'Progressive Liberal' might be the most hated man in sports entertainment

It was a strange sight, even for the "sport" of professional wrestling. A wrestler holding a microphone faced an Appalachian crowd before a match and began unleashing a torrent of insults, the nature of which seemed out of place at a pro wrestling tournament. Read Full Article

Experts encourage more public awareness of Russian meddling

WASHINGTON — The United States will get hit again by Russian cyberattacks if the country doesn't pay closer attention and work more closely with European allies who are also victims, international elections experts warned on Wednesday. In testimony ... Read Full Article

John Horgan formally introduces motion of non-confidence in B.C. Liberal government

Seven weeks and a day after the polls closed in British Columbia's provincial election, the end stage has officially begun, but its conclusion is still uncertain. NDP Leader John Horgan formally introduced a non-confidence motion against the B.C ... Read Full Article

Major Setback on Healthcare Does not Phase Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite a major setback in the U.S. Senate, President Trump said on Wednesday that the Republican healthcare bill was moving along well and predicted a “surprise” was yet to come. In a big hit to a seven-year quest to undo ... Read Full Article

Jim Hart wins Ward 44 councillor spot

A retired city bureaucrat is the newest member of Toronto city council. Jim Hart easily won appointment to the vacant Ward 44 (Scarborough - East) seat during a special council meeting Wednesday. Hart received 27 of 40 possible votes from sitting city ... Read Full Article

Chaudhry Nisar directs action against social media campaign promoting sectarianism

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has taken notice of the social media campaign allegedly aimed to promote ‘sectarianism’ in the country. He directed the cyber crime wing of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the ‘malicious ... Read Full Article

RCMP’s Michaud outlines changes he’d like to see after Paulson’s retirement

Gilles Michaud knows what he’d like to do with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The police officer charged with pursuing the country’s most serious criminals has a clear vision of where he’d like to take the force – or, at least, the 4,700 or so ... Read Full Article

If Election Is Called, BC Conservatives Ready to Pounce on Liberal Flip-Flops

‘They’ve shifted to fiscal irresponsibility,’ says BC Conservative Party director Scott Anderson of the governing BC Liberals, opening space for his party. BC Conservative Party director Scott Anderson says that if there’s a snap election, his ... Read Full Article

NDP and Greens ‘Just Aren’t Interested in Collaborating,’ Says Premier

Earlier this week, Christy Clark’s BC Liberal government tried to introduce two bills that were voted down on first reading by the NDP and Greens. Photo by Andrew MacLeod. Premier Christy Clark says that if her government loses a confidence vote in the ... Read Full Article

Entertainment Headlines

Michael Buble thanks Canadians for support during his family's 'difficult time'

OTTAWA -- Canadian singer Michael Buble said he is humbled to be able to represent his home country on musical stages around the world and feel supported during what has been a tough time for his young family. "I stand here truly humbled that I have been ... Read Full Article

Adele hints at retiring from touring in concert program

Adele performs at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for September Management) Singer Adele has hinted she may never tour again once she wraps up her current concert run. The 15-time Grammy Award ... Read Full Article

Michael Bublé, Michael J. Fox, Martin Short get Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

Haydn Watters is a Toronto-based online and broadcast journalist. He has also worked for CBC News in Halifax, Yellowknife and at the politics bureau in Ottawa. It was a love-in for Canada Wednesday night at Ottawa's Rideau Hall, as recipient after ... Read Full Article

TV, films turning to young girls for their new action stars

LOS ANGELES — From the murderous Laura in "Logan" to the mysterious Eleven in "Stranger Things" to the audacious determination of Mija in "Okja," opening Wednesday, powerful young girls are starring in mainstream action fare like never before. Though ... Read Full Article

Rihanna dating Saudi business empire heir?

Barbadian singer Rihanna poses prior to the start of the Christian Dior 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 2, 2015 in Paris. (PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images) Rihanna’s mystery lover has been unveiled as a Saudi Arabian ... Read Full Article

Kelly Clarkson plans second children's book

NEW YORK -- After releasing a best-selling children's book, Kelly Clarkson is back for an encore. HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that the Grammy winner's "River Rose and the Magical Christmas" is coming out Oct. 24. The picture book is ... Read Full Article

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond has died

Michael Bond, creator of marmalade-loving children's favourite Paddington Bear, has died aged 91, his publisher said Wednesday. HarperCollins said Bond died at his home Tuesday after a short illness. Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins ... Read Full Article

How interrogation cracked Derek Saretzky, clearing a path to his triple-murder conviction

LETHBRIDGE — Despite slim hopes that little Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette was still alive, RCMP Sgt. Mike McCauley remained cool as a cucumber dealing with Derek Saretzky, the man convicted by jury Wednesday of three murders. In what was the centrepiece of ... Read Full Article

Husband-wife writing duo Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon catch The Big Sick

A medically-induced coma is an unlikely incident for a romantic comedy but that’s the conceit of The Big Sick; boy meets girls, girl breaks up with boy, boy to tries to reconnect with comatose girl through her bedside parents. The story is loosely based ... Read Full Article

Hollywood North: Deadpool spotted hailing cab in Vancouver

Residents and tourist wandering through Gastown on Tuesday caught a glimpse of the merc with the mouth in action as Deadpool 2 shot its first scenes in Downtown Vancouver along Cambie Street. Stargazers saw Ryan Reynolds in his red Deadpool suit was ... Read Full Article

Jazzfest review: The Bad Plus woos crowd with eclectic, left-of-centre sounds

While the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra was stranded in New York on Wednesday due to a flight snafu, The Bad Plus was a more than worthy substitute in Confederation Park on the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival’s main stage. “Charlie Haden was a major ... Read Full Article

Daphne Bramham: Bountiful parents to be sentenced Friday for trafficking their 13-year-old daughter

It is hard to imagine what punishment might ever be enough for the parents of a 13-year-old girl who took her out of Canada for a polygamous marriage to a 49-year-old man, knowing that she would subsequently be raped. Brandon James Blackmore, 70, and Emily ... Read Full Article

New Arts Club artistic director 'blessed' to carry on Millerd's legacy

White Rock native Ashlie Corcoran feels “blessed” to be named the next artistic director of Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company. “I really feel so blessed to be coming back to do what I love where my grandmother, my aunt and uncles, my brother ... Read Full Article

The Flash season 4: Don’t expect Wally to replicate Barry

When The Flash season 4 premieres, what are we going to see from Wally West? We know that he has an important role. After all, with Barry now stuck within the speed force, he will be the man responsible for keeping Central City safe. He may have help ... Read Full Article

Tech/Science Headlines

Canada's top court backs order for Google to remove firm's website from global searches

Mike Laanela is an online journalist and editor with CBC News in Vancouver. The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a B.C. court ruling that ordered Google to remove the website of a company from its global search results. "The appeal is dismissed and the ... Read Full Article

Orcas' failed pregnancies linked to scarce food: study

SEATTLE - Endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state are having pregnancy problems because they cannot find enough fish to eat, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed hormones in excrement collected at sea and ... Read Full Article

Task force report puts ‘material risks’ of climate change in focus

Momentum is growing for energy companies and other corporations to formally and clearly spell out the risks that climate change poses to the value of their assets and their future profitability, even as the Trump administration seeks to play down the threat. Read Full Article

Cyberattack: Was it really ransomware, or an attack on Ukraine — or something yet to come?

A day after the latest cyberattack crippled computers internationally, starting in Ukraine, expert opinions vary widely over who was behind it and what the real goal was. On Tuesday morning in Kyiv, Ukraine, a sudden blast brought traffic to a halt near ... Read Full Article

Google hit with £2.1bn fine over anti-competitive shopping service

Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition said Google had "abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in search results, and demoting those of competitors", rather than outperforming ... Read Full Article

Companies, governments assess damage from latest malware

PARIS — Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals and banks. Logistics firm FedEx says deliveries by its TNT Express subsidiary have been "slowed" by the ... Read Full Article

Five Eyes alliance meets in Ottawa, stresses sharing intelligence to detect terrorists

Security and justice officials from the Five Eyes countries plan to explore “more timely and detailed” information sharing to detect terrorists and extremist fighters. The Islamic State and its affiliates will continue to attack soft targets in public ... Read Full Article

A path to the sea: Vancouver trialling wheelchair beach mat to take access right to water line

Going to the beach is an easy thing for most people — but throw a wheelchair into the mix and things get complicated. With that in mind, and following comments from the public, the Vancouver park board is set to roll out a trial of a fixed mat that will ... Read Full Article

Petya: Govt working with Maersk to resolve situation at JNPT

Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk, which handles one of seven containers shipped globally, says it is working on a recovery plan a day after being hit by global cyber attack Petya. Due to limited access to some of its computer systems, Maersk also has ... Read Full Article

Nutanix launches unique hybrid cloud offering with Xi Cloud Services, Nutanix Calm

The cloud services have the same OS as Nutanix’s on-prem software, which provides major benefits for customers – and significant new opportunities for partners. WASHINGTON D.C – Nutanix kicked off its 2017 .NEXT Conference here with a dual-pronged ... Read Full Article

New Global Skills Strategy means faster processing but more compliance for certain work permits

On June 12, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) launched the Global Skills Strategy. The government has issued several press releases stating that the Global Skills ... Read Full Article

Vancouver could become a 'mixed reality' hub: Microsoft president Brad Smith

VANCOUVER — Microsoft president Brad Smith says Vancouver could become a hub for "mixed reality" or virtual reality technology that merges with the physical world. Smith says the estimated revenue for mixed reality video games, including both hardware ... Read Full Article

Ken Pagan, World's Worst Blue Jays Fan, Ordered To Stay Away From Baseball Games

TORONTO — A man who threw a beer can onto the field during a dramatic Blue Jays playoff game last fall was given a conditional discharge Wednesday, after his lawyer argued the public humiliation he suffered since being charged in the incident should be ... Read Full Article

Head of the Class 2017: Burnaby South Secondary

On the proud occasion of the Head of the Class’s 18th birthday, one in which our first group of student-athletes born in the year 2000 have donned cap and gown for commencement ceremonies across the province, we decided it was time to begin a new tradition. Read Full Article

Sports News Headlines

Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets in blockbuster deal

HOUSTON — Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, giving the Rockets two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship. In the NBA’s second blockbuster trade in less than a week, the Rockets acquired Paul from the Los ... Read Full Article

A major week for the LPGA and the seniors

So Yeon Ryu goes into the LPGA Tour's second major on quite a roll. By winning last week in Arkansas, the 26-year-old Ryu became the first player to win multiple times on the LPGA Tour this year. It also was enough for the South Korean to rise to No. 1 in ... Read Full Article

Marcus Stroman strikes out 8 as Blue Jays blank Orioles

As Marcus Stroman strode across the third-base line and headed toward the Blue Jays' dugout he looked up at the fans giving him a standing ovation and pounded his chest. He then clapped into his glove and shouted to the Toronto fans, egging them on. Read Full Article

Knicks part ways with president Phil Jackson after three years

NEW YORK — Phil Jackson wanted to trade Carmelo Anthony and wouldn’t rule out dealing Kristaps Porzingis. Turns out, Jackson is the one leaving. Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history, with ... Read Full Article

Oilers' Connor McDavid to sign $106M deal: reports

Connor McDavid just took home his first NHL MVP award, and now he's on the verge of becoming the league's highest-paid player. The 20-year-old is nearing an extension with the Edmonton Oilers, reportedly worth $106 million US over eight years. The deal ... Read Full Article

Backup goalies all the rage ahead of NHL free agency

If much-parodied announcer Chris Berman were working hockey this week, he’d be making lots of “back-back-back” backup goalie calls. For some NHL teams, it’s essential to hit a home run to sign a second stopper, laying the ground work in these next ... Read Full Article

Arizona hopes Calgary's Clayton Keyes is a diamond in the rough

You might think Clayton Keyes would have stayed up nights last summer, sweating over a crucial decision: go back to high school or embark on the path to the major leagues, a life-long dream. Rather, it was the other way around. “Definitely a no-brainer ... Read Full Article

Rivalry heats up with return match between Calgary Stampeders and Grey Cup champions

You bet it’s a rivalry. While geography and division-makeup might make the Calgary Stampeders more traditional rivals with the likes of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos, recent history has put the Ottawa Redblacks right up there at ... Read Full Article

Wainwright, Molina, Gyorko help Cardinals beat D-backs, 4-3

PHOENIX — A night after giving up two runs in a loss, the St. Louis Cardinals turned to Trevor Rosenthal again out of the bullpen with the game on the line. Rosenthal held on for the win, though it was adventurous. The veteran right-hander survived a ... Read Full Article

Tim Tebow homers in 2nd game with Mets' St Lucie farm team

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Tim Tebow has a habit of making a big splash in his debuts, and the newest St. Lucie Met delivered again Wednesday. Playing in his first game for Advanced-A St. Lucie after being promoted Sunday from Columbia, Tebow homered in the ... Read Full Article

'Big 4' given top 4 seedings at Wimbledon; Kerber also No. 1

LONDON — The "Big 4" of men's tennis were given the four highest seedings for this year's tournament at Wimbledon. No. 1-ranked Andy Murray, the defending champion, is the top-seeded player, followed by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Read Full Article

Irish-born backs face off as Canada and U.S. bid for Rugby World Cup berth

Rugby took fly half Shane O'Leary from his native Ireland to France. Thanks to his mother's New Brunswick roots, it has brought him to Canada. And strangely enough, he now finds himself pitted against a former Irish teammate wearing American colours as ... Read Full Article

De Grasse mobbed by fans after winning 100 metres at Harry Jerome Track Classic

Metres after crossing the finish line Wednesday night with the nearly mortal 100-kilometre time of 10.17 seconds, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse was chased down and swarmed by hundreds of young track athletes. Diane Clement, the petite and determined ... Read Full Article

Decision time for Raptors’ Ujiri and MLSE: Arthur

Until Masai Ujiri decides he is leaving, he is not leaving. Simple. The president of the Toronto Raptors is in the first year of a five-year contract, and he promoted 32-year-old Bobby Webster to general manager on Wednesday, and as Webster said, “not ... Read Full Article