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ZOOMER BALLOONISTS LAND SAFELY AFTER RECORD FLIGHT ACROSS PACIFIC

A pair of Zoomers landed safely off the coast of Mexico today after flying their helium-filled balloon almost 7-thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean. 50 year-old Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, New Mexico and 58 year-old Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set two ballooning … read more

NEWSPAPER CRITICIZED FOR DESCRIBING LATE AUTHOR AS PLAIN AND OVERWEIGHT

There’s strong criticism aimed at Australia’s largest newspaper over wording in its obituary for that country’s famed author Colleen McCullough. McCullough, author of the novel “The Thorn Birds” which sold 30 million copies worldwide, died Thursday at the age of … read more

ROYAL CONSERVATORY & KRONOS QUARTET LAUNCH EXCITING PROJECT

The Royal Conservatory of Music is teaming-up with the renowned Kronos Quartet in a project called Fifty For The Future. Starting in the 2015-16 season the project will commission 50 new works over five years – devoted to the most … read more

OTTAWA’S PROPOSED POWERS TO FIGHT TERRORISM

The Harper government’s anti-terrorism legislation was unveiled by the prime minister at Bayview Hill Community Centre in Richmond Hill. ”Violent jihadism is not just a danger somewhere else. It seeks to harm us here in Canada — in our cities … read more

SOME OF CANADA’S BIG BANKS DOWNGRADED

Barclays has downgraded the stocks of four of Canada’s banks. The British multinational bank says there’s some concern about economic growth in this country, so, downgraded to “underwight” from “equal weight” are: TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank and Laurentian Bank. Analyst John Aiken says … read more

STAN MIKITA SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA

NHL Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has been diagnosed with a suspected brain disorder. His family says the 74-year old is ”facing some serious health issues,” adding he may suffer from Lewy body dementia, a progressive disease that causes problems … read more

CANADA COMES IN LAST FOR TIMELY HEALTHCARE: COMMONWEALTH FUND SURVEY

New evidence Canada ranks last in timely healthcare. According to a new survey of wealthy nations, more than half of Canadians 55 and over have to wait at least two days to see their doctors when they are sick.  And 30 … read more

POET SONGWRITER ROD MCKUEN DEAD AT 81

Oscar-nominated poet and songwriter Rod McKuen has died at the age of 81.  McKuen turned turned out hundreds of songs, poems and records in the 1960s and ’70s.  McKuen passed way in Los Angeles Thursday.  He had been treated for … read more

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE WORKS ON STRIKE

Almost 3,000 Ontario community health care workers have walked off the job. The workers include registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists  who work with the province’s  Community Care Access Centres.  The Ontario … read more

BRAMPTON’S NEW MAYOR EYES SALARY REDUCTIONS FOR ‘OVERPAID’ CITY STAFF

Brampton’s new mayor is on a quest to reduce salaries of city staff after former Ontario auditor general Jim McCarter released a scathing report on Brampton’s financial state. At a special council meeting last night , Linda Jeffrey said “it … read more