Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Thursday December 26 2013 edition


Boxing Day - make that Boxing Week - bonanza

What do Canadians do after they've finished their Christmas shopping?  They shop some more.

True to form, hordes of deal seekers lined up outside major stores across the country today -- and in some cases, before Christmas day was even over -- to take advantage of deep discounts.

As in many Commonwealth countries, December 26 is called


Time for a touch of the Hot Stove League

Sometimes when winter delivers its ugly side as it certainly did this week, one seeks solace where one must--sending the mind as far away from the snow and the ice, the downed power lines and electrical blackout as one get get.

How about summer as the destination? How about summer and baseball? They go together, don't they?


The homeless not forgotten at Christmas

The holidays are a time to celebrate, but not everyone has the means to do so.

Charitable organizations across the country try every year to give a Christmas to the less fortunate.

That includes the Old Brewery Mission, in Montreal, one of the first soup kitchens to have been founded in Canada, in 1889.  It feeds the hungry ...



Greenpeace activists expected home soon

Two Canadians among a group of Greenpeace activists held in Russia should be back in the country in the next day or two.

Alexandre Paul of Montreal and Paul Ruzycki of Port Colborne, Ontario have been granted amnesty.

They were among 30 people arrested in September following a protest
outside a Russian oil rig in the Arctic and ...


Record bounty for Holiday Train

It's a beautiful sight if you can catch it.  And it also serves a good cause.

For the past 15 years, the Canadian Pacific Railway has been stringing lights along two freight trains for the holidays. And the trains run through 150 Canadian and American cities to collect non-perishable items and money donations for foodbanks. ...


Lac-Megantic disaster named top 2013 story

Last summer's deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec has been chosen Canada's 2013 News story of the year.

The derailment and horrendous aftermath in which much of the town centre was incinerated and 47 people were killed received more than 30 per cent of the votes in the annual survey of editors and news directors by The Canadian Press. ...


A Christmas guide to discussing contentious issue

One issue was particularly contentious in the province of Quebec, in 2013: a ban on overt religious symbols.

The ruling Parti Québécois (PQ) doesn't want public and parapublic sector employees to wear the hijab, the kippah, the turban or large crosses at work.

Its proposed secular charter, tabled as Bill-60, ignited a fiery ...


Animation great passes away at 89

Two-time Oscar-winning illustrator, animator and filmmaker Frédéric Back has died.

The German-born artist grew up in Strasbourg, France, and studied lithographic illustration in Paris.  He also studied fine arts in Rennes before moving to the Canadian province of Quebec, in 1948.

Back worked for Radio-Canada in the 1950s, as a graphic artist and illustrator.  But ...


Relief from savage storm moving slowly

Tens of thousands in communities in Eastern Canada were facing Christmas Day without electricity Wednesday as officials issued urgent warnings for residents to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning as they attempted to keep warm.

The warnings came as temperatures dropped along the path of a weekend ice storm that felled power lines, left trees and roads covered in ice ...




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