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Team Canada's Logan Couture, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Jonathan Toews during third period World Cup of Hockey action against Team Europe in Toronto on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Team Canada yet to be tested with either Russia or North America ahead in semis

CityNews | posted Thursday, Sep 22nd, 2016

TORONTO – Jonathan Toews scored a pair of goals and added an assist as Team Canada easily rolled past Europe 4-1 on Wednesday evening in their final preliminary round game of the World Cup of Hockey.

Canada clinched Group A with the victory and will face either Team North America or Russia in the first semifinal on Saturday night.

Sidney Crosby and Logan Couture also scored and Corey Crawford made 19 saves.

Marian Hossa scored the only goal for Europe and Jaroslav Halak stood tall with 42 stops.

Heavy favourites entering the tournament, Canada has met expectations thus far, stomping three foes en route to the semis. They outscored the Czechs, Americans and Europeans by a combined 14-3, trailing only once and for less than two minutes. All but two players have produced at least a point, led by Crosby and Matt Duchene with four points apiece.

Victory has yet to be in doubt for the Canadians.

Whether the North Americans or Russians, the upcoming single elimination semifinal will present a much bigger challenge. Led by Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, North America is loaded with young fire and about the only team in the tournament with the speed to contend with Canada. The Russians, meanwhile, are flooded with dangerous offensive players, including captain Alex Ovechkin and Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov.

A win for Russia in their preliminary round finale with Finland on Thursday afternoon will seal a date with the Canadians.

The early surprise team of the World Cup, Europe just didn’t have the horses to run with Canada. Much like the two that preceded it, this game was not particularly close even if the scoreboard briefly suggested so.

The Canadians struck first four minutes into the opening period and led the rest of the way.

After winning an offensive zone faceoff, Crosby scooped up Alex Pietrangelo’s deflected point shot and zipped around the net for the wrap-around marker. It was his second goal of the tournament and looked similar to the first, in which Crosby swooped behind the Czech goal and fired a shot off netminder Michal Neuvirth.

Canada kept it coming, flooding Halak with shots and chances.

The European No. 1 goaltender withstood some of the onslaught and at one point late in the first frame stopped Marchand three times on the doorstep. Thirteen seconds later though, Halak’s clearing attempt found its way to Matt Duchene along the boards. Duchene spotted Toews, who slipped a shot into the European goal for the 2-0 lead.

Shots favoured Canada 17-4 after the first 20 minutes.

Crawford wasn’t tested much early, though Tobias Rieder did race in for a partial breakaway only to slide a backhand wide. It was the first and likely only start of the tournament for the 31-year-old Crawford, starting in place of Carey Price.

Canada opted to give Price, Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf the night off against Europe with all expected back in the weekend semifinal.

Surprising the United States with a 3-0 win in their World Cup opener, the Europeans pushed the Canadians some early in the second. They scored four-plus minutes into the frame on a weak shot from Hossa that slipped somehow under Crawford’s right leg.

That made it 2-1 for Canada, though tension was never really apparent. The Canadians upped the lead back to two about 10 minutes after the Hossa goal on the second of the night from Toews. He raced in for an odd-man rush with Couture before snapping a shot under the glove of Halak.

Couture added the fourth Canadian goal late in the period.

Canada outshot Europe 46-19, holding the lead for least 50 minutes in each of the first three games.

Criminal lawyer, gunman seriously injured in Annex shooting

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016


A criminal lawyer and a gunman were seriously injured in a shooting in the Annex on Tuesday afternoon.

It happened just after 3:30 p.m. as Randall Barrs, 66, was leaving his law office on Bedford Road, near Bloor and St. George streets.

A witness told CityNews a man in a Honda Civic pulled up to the drveway and shot at Barrs five times, hitting him in the legs.

“Blood everywhere as you can see. There’s a trail of blood,” said Peter Schilling, who works in the building across the street.

Schilling said the shooter, who was dressed in a construction vest, jumped back in his car and then again shot at Barrs as the lawyer was crawling to his office. Within seconds, police were on the scene and blocked the suspect from leaving.

“A plainclothes policeman with a backpack jumped out of literally nowhere, pulled a weapon out of his backpack and returned fire,” Schilling said.

“The feeling you got was somebody expected this to go down.”

The province’s Special Investigations Unit, which was called in to probe the case, said Halton Regional Police officers were conducting surveillance in the area and one of them shot the gunman.

The 51-year-old suspect underwent surgery in hospital and is in serious condition.

Barrs was taken to another hospital and is recovering from gunshot wounds to his legs.

Police investigate a shooting on Bedford Road in Toronto on Sept. 20, 2016. CITYNEWS VIEWER PETER SCHILLING
Police investigate a shooting on Bedford Road in Toronto on Sept. 20, 2016. CITYNEWS VIEWER PETER SCHILLING


Calf born with two faces at Kentucky farm ‘Lucky’ to be alive

The Associated Press | posted Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016


Visitors to a central Kentucky farm may do a double-take when they see the newest addition: a two-faced calf.

Stan McCubbin of Campbellsville told WDRB-TV that he thought he had twins when he first saw the calf on Friday, but quickly realized he had something far more unusual.

The female calf has two noses, two mouths and four eyes, though the middle two eyes don’t function. Although she can walk, the McCubbins say she ends up going in circles and falling over.

The family says most calves with such a genetic mutation are stillborn, but so far this one is eating and seems healthy.

McCubbin’s wife, Brandy, said their 5-year-old daughter, Kenley, named the calf Lucky because she’s lucky to be alive.

Man stabbed inside Eaton Centre

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016


Police report a man has been stabbed five times in the Toronto Eaton Centre Tuesday afternoon.

Security found a man collapsed in front of Freshii and HMV inside the mall with multiple stab wounds.

EMS say the victim is in their 20s and was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital in serious but non-life threatening condition.

One person is in custody.

Brangelina split: Jolie files for divorce from Pitt, lawyer says

Jake Coyle and Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016


Brangelina is no more. Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to one of the world’s most star-studded, tabloid headline-generating romances.

Jolie Pitt cited “irreconcilable difference” in divorce papers filed Monday in Los Angeles. She is seeking physical custody of their six children, with visitation rights for Pitt.

An attorney for Jolie Pitt, Robert Offer, said Tuesday that Jolie Pitt’s decision to divorce was made “for the health of the family.” The filing dated the couple’s separation as last Thursday.

Though together for 12 years, Pitt and Jolie Pitt only wed in August 2014. They married privately in the French hamlet of Correns in Provence with their children serving as ring bearers and throwing flower petals. They announced the ceremony days later.

Their children are: 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

This is the second marriage for Pitt, who previously wed Jennifer Aniston. It’s the third for Jolie Pitt, who was previously married to Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.

Their initial romance sparked a tabloid avalanche unlikely any in recent memory. Pitt and Jolie became close while filming 2005’s ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith,’ prompting widespread speculation – consistently denied by couple – that Jolie prompted Pitt’s divorce from Aniston. Pitt and Aniston announced their separation in January 2005.

But after the media upheaval, Jolie Pitt and Pitt settled into their own unique kind of globe-trotting domesticity.

The pair adopted children from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. And they sought to direct the glare of their celebrity toward other causes. Jolie Pitt, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, became an outspoken voice for refugees and various causes in Africa, as well as for breast cancer treatment after undergoing a double mastectomy.

Jolie Pitt also launched herself as a film director. Last year, the couple starred together in her ‘By the Sea,’ playing a glamorous couple vacationing together in France while their marriage was on the rocks. It made a mere $538,000 at the box office.

In a 2014 interview with The Associated Press, Jolie Pitt said playing a couple with marital problems was cathartic.

“It almost makes you get past those issues because you can laugh at them,” Jolie Pitt said. “You do a film about bad marriage and you witness that behaviour. You study it, you let it out, you attack each other and then you just want to hold each other and make sure you never behave that way.”

Gord Downie set to perform in Toronto Oct. 21

By News staff and the Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016

Gord Downie is going to perform in Toronto at Roy Thomson Hall on Oct. 21.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at gorddownie.com/shows.

Before the Toronto show, Downie will play a concert in Ottawa. He is scheduled to perform at Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

According to a tweet on Downie’s Twitter page on Tuesday, proceeds from the two shows will be donated to “reconciliation.” Downie has previously supported the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which preserves “the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy.”

The beloved Tragically Hip frontman, who has aggressive, incurable brain cancer, will release asolo album with an accompanying graphic novel and animated film inspired by the tragedy of Canada’s residential schools.

More than 150,000 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools –  often against their parents’ wishes – which led to an apology from then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008.

During the band’s final show in their “Man Machine Poem” summer tour, which many feared could be their last, Downie called out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who attended the concert, to help fix problems in northern Canada.

The solo album “Secret Path” began s 10 poems that were turned into the 10 songs, which was recorded over two sessions near Kingston in late 2013.

The project tells the story of a 12-year-old First Nations boy in Ontario named Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ont.

In a statement, Downie said he learned the story of Wenjack, who was misnamed Charlie by his teachers, from a 1967 Maclean’s magazine article.

The “Secret Path” album and graphic novel will be released on Oct. 18 – the same day as the Ottawa show.



Tentative deal reached between GM and Unifor

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016


Unifor and General Motors of Canada have reached a tentative contract settlement, averting a walkout that was scheduled to begin on Monday night at 11:59 p.m.

The four-year pact, which covers about 4,000 autoworkers in Ontario, includes wage increases, signing bonuses and lump sum payments.

But Unifor president Jerry Dias said the union’s main goal was to “solidify a product for Oshawa and to cement the footprint in our St. Catharines operations.”

“We ended up reaching a tentative agreement because of the clear understanding of the two parties that that was the price of coffee.”

There had been fears the Oshawa facility might shut down in 2019, but Dias said the contract ensures a commitment by the company worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Our fear of a closure in 2019 is now over,” he said. “The facilities clearly have a bright future.”

Dias didn’t divulge what will be built in Oshawa beyond that year, but said it will be the “first and only plant in North America that will have the ability to build both cars and trucks” and added there will be additional jobs in both the short and long-term.

Dias also said the agreement with GM will see some unspecified production coming from Mexico to the St. Catharines plant, reversing a trend that has been a “straight migration of auto jobs from Canada to Mexico.”

“I believe this is the first time that I can remember where there has been a migration of product from Mexico to Canada,” he said. “Heaven only knows we’ve seen enough of it go the other way around.”

The tentative deal also secures investment for the GM parts distribution centre in Woodstock, Ont.

The Unifor president said the only negative change in the tentative agreement is that all new hires will start with a defined contribution pension plan.

GM Canada said in a brief statement that it would be “working with government on potential support,” but did not offer any specifics.

The automaker said the agreement includes “significant new product, technology and process investments” and that it would provide further details after a ratification vote, which will be held Sunday at all three Ontario sites.

Unifor selected GM as its target company in the opening round of contract talks with the so-called Detroit Three automakers.

Unifor had said any deal reached with GM would serve as a template for negotiations with Ford and Fiat Chrysler. It did not say which automaker it would negotiate with next.

Members of the union voted last month in favour of strike action to back their contract proposals, which in addition to securing more work included wage increases.

Donald Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016


Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles.

Seeking to promote his father’s presidential campaign, the younger Trump posted a tweet featuring a bowl of the candy Skittles with a warning.

“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?” said the tweet on the verified @DonaldJTrumpJr handle.

“That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” said the post, which caused a stir and negative tweets on the Internet into Tuesday.

Young Trump’s tweet said, “This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”

His father has advocated sharply restraining immigration and has accused opponent Hillary Clinton of advocating acceptance of tens of thousands of refugees.

Skittles parent company Wrigley Americas distanced itself from the tweet with a terse response opposing Trump Jr.’s premise.

“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” vice-president of corporate affairs Denise Young said in the statement. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”

The tweet came as world leaders meeting at the United Nations on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more co-ordinated and humane response to the global refugee crisis, among which Syrians are a major grouping.

During the campaign Trump has repeatedly called for a moratorium on accepting Syrian refugees. This is part of a more wide-ranging policy on immigrants that has ranged from an outright ban on foreign Muslim immigrants entering the United States “until we know what the hell is going on” to “extreme” vetting and an ideological test for would-be immigrants from countries and regions plagued by extremism.

Clinton has said she would expand President Barack Obama’s refugee program to accept about 65,000 Syrian refugees. This would be in addition to the tens of thousands of refugees accepted from around the world every year. Clinton said she would continue with the vetting currently in place, an effort that can take multiple years to complete.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge in Europe while many others wait in neighbouring countries and refugee camps for the war to end or a chance to move away from the carnage. Obama pledged the U.S. would accept 10,000 Syrians this budget year, which ends Sept. 30, and achieved that number a month early. This is in addition to about 75,000 refugees from other parts of the world.

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