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Canadian News

Left-wing think-tank targeted for tax audit because its research shows 'bias'

A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the research and education material on its website appears to be "biased" and "one-sided." The one-page summary sheet, which has some material deleted to protect law enforcement, includes a section entitled "Screeners' comments" that outlines why the Ottawa-based group was selected to undergo an audit of its political activities. The section refers to two previous audits, in 1989-1990 and 2002, where the tax agency says it first raised questions about the group's political activities, among other non-compliance issues. "A review of the Organization's website, as well as the previous audit findings, suggests that the Organization may be carrying out prohibited partisan political activities, and that much of its research/educational materials may be biased/one-sided," says the document, a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press.

Green crab may soon be a diner's delight

Finding ways to harvest and market the destructive green crab as a delicacy to reduce the crustacean's impact on the the local shellfish industry is being investigated by the University of Prince Edward Island. The green crab is an invasive species that has been multiplying exponentially since arriving in P.E.I. 15 years ago and UPEI researchers have been trying to figure out how to get rid of them. "The green crab is a concern for the shellfish industry and for the government," said UPEI biology professor Pedro Quijon.

Quebec elementary school bans homework for the year

MONTREAL - Students at one Quebec school can expect to have a little more free time on their hands this year.

What the US military wants for missile defence: multi-use sensors in the Arctic

Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., Commander, U.S. Northern Command and Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. European Command. American military officials have shed some light on what Canada could contribute to the missile-defence program should it choose to join after a decade spent on the sidelines. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Molly RileyAmerican military officials have shed some light on what Canada could contribute to the missile-defence program should it choose to join after a decade spent on the sidelines.


Sorel-Tracy school commissioners take pay cut to fund services

School commissioners in Sorel-Tracy, Que., have unanimously agreed to take a 10 per cent salary cut in order to give students at its schools better services. The highest-paid commissioner is the school board president, who receives about $18,000 a year. The other commissioners receive between $6,000 and $8,000 annually.

Business

U.S. inflation bonds back in vogue

Home for sale sign hangs in front of a house in Oakton, on the day the National Association of Realtors issues its Pending Home Sales for February report, in VirginiaFund managers said the rising cost of housing - which accounts for as much as a third or more of various measures of inflation and is outpacing other consumer cost increases - has revived price pressure in the economy. "TIPS have had a good tail wind this year.


Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools; demand lull a concern

An employee works at a machine manufacturing factory in HuaibeiBy Sumanta Dey and Wayne Cole BANGALORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Factory activity in Europe and Asia cooled in August after a strong July, as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in China, purchasing managers indexes showed. Despite euro zone manufacturers barely raising their prices, growth in the region slowed slightly more than initially thought, and activity in China's vast factory sector slackened on weak foreign and domestic demand, stoking speculation that further policy stimulus would be needed. "A concerted slowdown in the China, euro zone and UK manufacturing PMIs as the second quarter gets under way raises alarm bells about global demand conditions," said Lena Komileva, chief economist at G+ Economics in London.


Central European PMIs point to slowdown as sanctions hit sentiment

Apples are displayed at a fruit and vegetables market in WarsawBy Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) - Polish manufacturing activity shrank for a second straight month in August and Czech expansion slowed more than expected, adding to signs weaker euro zone economies and crisis in Ukraine are cooling growth in the EU's east. Economies in central Europe have rebounded strongly from a sharp slowdown or even contraction in the past year but are starting to slow, and analysts expect that to continue for the rest of the year even while a longer-term recovery stays on track. Hungary's seasonally-adjusted PMI, calculated using a different methodology, dropped to 51 from 56.6. Central Europe's economies, which share trade links with Russia, are only just beginning to feel the impact of tit-for-tat sanctions between the European Union and Russia over pro-Moscow separatists fighting in Ukraine.


Gainsbourg reprises Deneuve daughter role in 'Three Hearts'

Cast member Gainsbourg poses during the photo call for the movie "Nymphomaniac II" at the 71st Venice Film FestivalBy Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - Charlotte Gainsbourg says the most exciting thing about her role in the French romantic comedy "3 Coeurs" (Three Hearts), shown in Venice, was the chance to once again play Catherine Deneuve's daughter, a role she had in her debut film when she was 12. Director Benoit Jacquot's film is a love triangle in which a tax auditor, played by Belgian actor Benoit Poelvoorde, unwittingly falls in love with two sisters, played by Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni. Playing the sister of Mastroianni, Deneuve's real-life daughter, was the role's biggest challenge, Gainsbourg told Reuters in an interview at the Venice Film Festival. Also screening, out of competition, at the festival is Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, the Director's Cut", in which Gainsbourg is the battered woman of the title.


Pricing is key for new heart drugs challenging cheap generics

People walk past a chemist shop at a market in MumbaiWhile new treatments on show in Barcelona are certainly moving cardiovascular medicine forward after a series of setbacks in recent years, cardiologists say that cost will be key in determining how widely they are used. “We are entering a new era of treatment and, of course, it will cost a lot of money, which is a problem,” said Michel Bertrand, emeritus professor at the University of Lille and a past president of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Hopes have spiked for a heart failure drug from Novartis and an innovative class of injectable anti-cholesterol agents known as PCSK9 inhibitors after the release of data at the ESC's annual meeting indicated that they can save more lives than standard therapies. Novartis's new heart failure drug LCZ696, for example, was tested in a pivotal trial against enalapril, a generic drug in the so-called ACE inhibitor class, a month's supply of which can be bought at Wal-Mart stores for only $4.


Weight Loss

19 natural ways to cure your digestive issues and heal the belly

19 natural ways to cure your digestive issues and heal the bellyThe 3 most common reasons for your digestive discomfort and the easy ways you can cure it.


What Do You Eat Every Day? Doctors, Nutritionists, and Personal Trainers Weigh In

what you eatThere’s a reason online grocery stores come with a “favorites” list: Because no matter how much our taste buds love variety, we’re creatures of habit. Just take a look into your fridge. It probably packs the same foods it did last week and the week before that.


3 Steps to a Fitter, Slimmer, Younger You

fitter slimmer youMost of us assume aging is as inevitable as a Bachelor breakup. But get this: “What we think of as growing old is just decay at a cellular level.


9 New Fat Facts That’ll Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts

fat factsOne minute, you’re drenching everything you eat in olive oil, the next you’re filling your pantry with nothing but “fat-free” goodies. Figuring out fat is beyond confusing…and annoying.


Arthroscopic knee surgery: Why it may not help you

Are you older and have mild osteoarthritis? You might want to skip your knee scope, because there’s little proof it’s doing more help than harm, according to a McMaster University study. A review of middle-aged and mildly osteoarthritic patients indicates there is good evidence there are no benefits to arthroscopic knee surgeries following degenerative tears, according to findings published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Lifestyle

'Guardians of the Galaxy' wins the summer: The Marvel romp tops Labor Day, summer box office

FILE - This undated image released by Disney - Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy".(AP Photo/Disney - Marvel, File)The intergalactic misfits of "Guardians of the Galaxy" are the summer's box-office superheroes. According to studio estimates Monday, the Marvel space adventure topped the Labor Day box office with a three-day take of $22 million — its third time in first place since its release five weeks ago.


Kanye West, John Mayer, Juanes, Cypress Hill bring festive spirit to Made in America concert

John Mayer performs on stage during the Made In America Festival at Grand Park on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)A new outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city's diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music. Kanye West, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Rise Against, John Mayer and Juanes were among Sunday's performers. "This whole place is full of good, loving people," Mayer told the crowd from the Budweiser Made in America festival's main stage. The two-day concert, held simultaneously with a sister show in Philadelphia, featured more than 30 acts.


Where have all the cowgirls gone? CCMAs, country radio largely ignoring women

Country singer Terri Clark is shown in Toronto on Tuesday November 13, 2012. When the Canadian Country Music Association Awards are held this weekend, not a single woman will be nominated in the show's big three categories. Terri Clark, who's putting out her 10th album this week, says it's simply reflective of a major trend in country music away from female voices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank GunnTake Terri Clark, the Montreal-born, Alberta-raised Grand Ole Opry member whose career will be 20 years and 10 albums in with the Tuesday release of "Some Songs." "I've definitely noticed a difference from the last record I released, in the speed that my single's climbing ... in a not good way," a candid Clark said during a recent chat in Toronto. As one example, the Canadian Country Music Association Awards will be held this Sunday in Edmonton, airing on CBC-TV. Two of those went to groups featuring a woman (Small Town Pistols and Hey Romeo) and another six to female solo artists, with Clark scooping up five of those (Carolyn Dawn Johnson was nominated for album of the year in 2011).


Gainsbourg reprises Deneuve daughter role in 'Three Hearts'

Cast member Gainsbourg poses during the photo call for the movie "Nymphomaniac II" at the 71st Venice Film FestivalBy Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - Charlotte Gainsbourg says the most exciting thing about her role in the French romantic comedy "3 Coeurs" (Three Hearts), shown in Venice, was the chance to once again play Catherine Deneuve's daughter, a role she had in her debut film when she was 12. Director Benoit Jacquot's film is a love triangle in which a tax auditor, played by Belgian actor Benoit Poelvoorde, unwittingly falls in love with two sisters, played by Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni. Playing the sister of Mastroianni, Deneuve's real-life daughter, was the role's biggest challenge, Gainsbourg told Reuters in an interview at the Venice Film Festival. Also screening, out of competition, at the festival is Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, the Director's Cut", in which Gainsbourg is the battered woman of the title.


Julia Sarah Stone on being a Rising Star at Toronto International Film Festival

Vancouver actor Julia Sarah Stone is shown in a handout photo. Stone is one of the rising stars at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HOTORONTO - Vancouver native Julia Sarah Stone has two reasons to celebrate the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival: she appears in the movie "Wet Bum" and will also serve as one of the annual movie marathon's "rising stars."


Sports

Astros fire manager Porter and bench coach

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers(Reuters) - The struggling Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley on Monday, bringing in Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season. Houston has gone 59-79 this season and lies fourth in the American League West standings with only state rivals, the Texas Rangers, below them. "Bo's passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.


Pennetta returns to quarters with win over Dellacqua

Tennis: U.S. Open Penetta vs DellacquaBy Simon Cambers NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flavia Pennetta reached the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the fifth time in seven years on Monday, beating Australian Casey Dellacqua 7-5 6-2. A semi-finalist 12 months ago, the Italian was two points away from losing the opening set, then ran away with the second to set up a clash with top seed Serena Williams or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Having led by an early break, the 32-year-old Pennetta rallied from 4-5, 15-30 to win the first set against the number 29 seed. ...


Federer marches on as wild weather, upsets hit U.S. Open

Roger Federer of Switzerland listens to crowd before hitting autographed tennis ball into crowd after defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain in men's singles play following match at 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New YorkOpen on Sunday but Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki marched on through a day of wild weather and upsets. Former world number one Wozniacki had her fourth round match with Maria Sharapova halted briefly by the heat rule but it was the fifth-seeded French Open champion who wilted under a blazing sun, falling 6-4 2-6 6-2. Later, rain interrupted Federer's clash with Marcel Granollers before the five-time U.S. Open champion came back from a set down to crush the Spaniard 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-1 and storm into the fourth round.


Astros, with 2nd worst record in AL, fire manager Bo Porter and cite need for 'united message'

FILE - In this June 7, 2014, file photo, Houston Astros manager Bo Porter makes a pitching change in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. The Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn't based on Houston's record but because "we need a new direction in our clubhouse." The Astros entered Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in fourth place in the AL West with a 59-79 record, second worst in the league. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)HOUSTON - The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."


Serena Williams beats Kaia Kanepi at US Open in 1st Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year

CiCi Bellis, of the United States, returns a shot against Renata Zarazua, of Mexico, during the first round of juniors play at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK, N.Y. - Serena Williams appeared in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year and defeated Kaia Kenepi 6-3, 6-3 Monday, keeping alive her hopes for a third straight U.S. Open title.


Celebrity

Joan Rivers' Daughter: Our Fingers Are Crossed

Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City -- Getty ImagesMelissa Rivers, daughter of Joan Rivers, issued a statement of thanks to fans of her mom on Sunday, and said she remains hopeful about the entertainer's recovery. We are keeping our fingers crossed," Melissa said in a statement issued to Access Hollywood .


Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade Wed

Gabrielle Union (L) and NBA player Dwyane Wade attend The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles -- Getty ImagesGabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are married!


Joan Rivers in serious condition, daughter says

Joan RiversJoan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Friday that her mother was "receiving the best treatment and care possible." She also thanked Rivers' fans and friends for their support. "My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world," Melissa Rivers said.


Dustin Diamond on his love-hate relationship with Screech from 'Saved by the Bell'

In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo provided by Fortune Creative, Dustin Diamond, left, stars in the off-Broadway show “Bayside! The Musical!” with Justin Cimino as Screech, at Theatre 80 in New York City. Diamond, who played Screech on TV for a decade, is spending the next few months in the “Saved by the Bell” parody. (AP Photo/Fortune Creative, Matt Greenstein)Oh, and one more, surely — that man-boy known as Screech. Samuel "Screech" Powers of the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell" has become almost an icon — for gross ineptitude. Dustin Diamond, the man behind Screech, is 37 now. For Diamond, Screech has been a curse and a career.


Daughter: Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably' at NYC hospital

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012, file photo, Joan Rivers attends a screening of the Season 2 premiere of WE TV's "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" in New York. Two police officials say Rivers has been rushed in cardiac arrest from a doctor’s office to a New York City hospital, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)Joan Rivers was hospitalized Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said. In a statement, Melissa Rivers said her mother was "resting comfortably" with family. "We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers," Melissa Rivers said.









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