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Its population shrinking, Newfoundland and Labrador aims to lure back diaspora

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Bill Hodder says he would leave Calgary to move back to Newfoundland and Labrador “in a heartbeat.” He loved growing up in Churchill Falls, the small company town of about 650 people that runs the Labrador hydroelectric plant on the upper Churchill River. His father, sister and many of his cousins now live in St. John’s. “Home is where your family is,” said Hodder, 40. “If a job was there, it’d be no question we’d move back home.” Hodder, a project co-ordinator who has worked inRead More

Lincoln, Honda, and Volvo winners at 2018 NAIAS

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The North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit with the vehicles of the year announced Monday morning. For the category of Car of the Year, the 2018 Honda Accord took home the prize. Meanwhile the 2017 Volvo XC60 won for best Utility Vehicle and the Lincoln Navigator took home the prize for Truck of the Year. NAIAS officially opened today with pledges from the U.S. Government to advance autonomous vehicle technology. Ford kicked off the show by unveiling the 50th anniversary version of the Mustang that Steve McQueenRead More

Marvel creates Chinese superheroes to draw Asia fans


Chinese superheroes will soon be joining the pantheon of larger-than-life Marvel universe mainstays Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, a company official said as the comic book giant makes a major thrust into Asia. As part of a push to grow its Asia fanbase, the Disney-owned franchise has released mobile games in China, opened “Marvel Stores” in South Korea and is searching for artistic talent in the Philippines, Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski said. “We have been making great strides especially in Asia. We try to hire more Asian creators, writersRead More

Park Extension residents rally against luxury apartment project

Park Extension residents rally against luxury apartment project

Residents and community groups gathered in park Extension on Thursday evening to protest a planned luxury apartment project that they said will contribute to gentrification in the neighbourhood. “The people in Park Ex deserve a lot better than not having their voice heard,” said organizer Joshua Singh. Roughly 20 people came to the rally in front of the borough hall during a meeting of the urban planning committee to voice their displeasure with the project, which would be located across from the Parc Metro station. The development has not yetRead More

MacTier native to play for Team Canada’s men’s hockey team

MacTier native to play for Team Canada's men's hockey team

The Canadian Press Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:24PM EST Last Updated Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:25PM EST A year ago, Canadian forward Wojtek Wolski was in a hospital bed recovering from surgery on a broken neck. Today, he is an Olympian. “I look at the picture of me in the hospital and can’t help but cry,” the 31-year-old winger said via social media. “Mostly tears of happiness, but I am filled with so many emotions about what I have overcome. I could never have imagined that I would beRead More

Man arrested more than 11 years after drug bust

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A man wanted by police for more than a decade has been returned to Grey County to face drug production charges. According to the OPP, an arrest warrant was issued for the 66-year-old man in September 2006, in connection with a marijuana grow-op discovered at a property on Southgate Road 14 north of Mount Forest. Police say the Hamilton resident was taken into custody Tuesday evening at Pearson International Airport by the Canadian Border Services Agency. He will face charges including marijuana production and possession of more than three kilogramsRead More

Judd: Women will persevere in fighting sexual harassment

Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press Published Friday, December 1, 2017 5:18PM EST Last Updated Friday, December 1, 2017 6:06PM EST LEXINGTON, Ky. — Actress Ashley Judd, whose claims against a Hollywood mogul helped set off an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations, said Friday that the fight against sexual misconduct will be a “chaotic, messy” endeavour, but that women won’t let potential public fatigue about the scandals slow the efforts. Judd told an audience at the University of Kentucky, her alma mater, that the fight is about “ending impunity.” Judd saidRead More

A&W gives $5 million to new U of S agriculture centre

Fast-food giant A&W is giving $5 million to a new University of Saskatchewan agriculture centre near Clavet. The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence will focus on livestock education for both agriculture and veterinary students. Ryder Lee, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, said the new facility will put Canada ahead in beef production. “If you’re just doing it the same old way and making the same stuff, everybody else will move ahead and they’ll out-compete you,” Lee said. A few months ago, Premier Brad Wall had some beef withRead More

Jim Nabors, TV’s homespun Gomer Pyle and singer, dies at 87

Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:09PM EST Last Updated Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:46PM EST HONOLULU — Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favourite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87. Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, StanRead More

‘He saw two coyotes running away’: Family issues warning after pet dog killed

A Winnipeg family is warning pet owners about coyotes. Kathy Mathae says two coyotes attacked and killed her Spanish mix dog Spencer. It happened Tuesday morning in Transcona near Peguis Street and Almey Avenue. Mathae said she let Spencer outside in the yard to do his business as usual. But this time, she didn’t hook him up to his rope. The backyard is not fenced. When Mathae called out for Spencer, he didn’t come back, so she had her husband take a look. “He saw two coyotes running away soRead More