Fans gather across Canada to watch Tragically Hip’s last show

BOBCAYGEON, Ont. – Organizing a Tragically Hip viewing party in his hometown of Bobcaygeon, Ont., isn’t just about being a fan of the legendary Canadian band for Aaron Shaw.Shaw, who came up with the idea a couple weeks ago, has personal connections to cancer, which the Hip’s lead singer Gord Downie is also fighting.“I’ve had dealings with family, friends, my favourite teacher who had passed away of cancer who was probably one of the biggest impacts of my life,” Shaw said. Story continues below

READ MORE: Gord Downie calls out to Justin Trudeau during Tragically Hip’s final show of tour“I want to be able to give back to the community as well as the cancer society.”Bobcaygeon’s “A Concert under the Constellations” was one of many such events around Canada to be held Saturday.READ MORE: As it Happened: Tragically Hip’s final …

Canadian man's bomb did not fully detonate before police shot him -report

A homemade bomb set off last week by a Canadian man who was apparently inspired by Islamic State, failed to fully detonate, a senior police official told the National Post newspaper on Saturday.While there was a blast in the back seat of a taxi in Strathroy, Ontario, as police closed in, it came from the detonators, and explosive material did not go off, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) deputy commissioner Mike Cabana said.The RCMP could not immediately be reached for comment on the newspaper report.Aaron Driver, 24, was shot dead by police on Aug. 10 and the taxi company …
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The Prime Minister of Canada announces changes to the ministry

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following changes to the ministry:

Dominic LeBlanc, currently Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will now be dedicated solely to his role as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. Mr. LeBlanc will also assume additional responsibilities in the coming days.

Bardish Chagger retains her role as Minister of Small Business and Tourism and also becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister thanked Minister LeBlanc for his immense contributions as Government House Leader and expressed his confidence in Minister Chagger as a worthy successor.

See biographical notes and Canadian Ministry list.

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada published this content on 19 August 2016 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 19 August 2016 19:00:08 UTC.

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Canada's Trudeau promotes rookie politician in cabinet shuffle

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweaked his cabinet on Friday, promoting a rookie female member of parliament to fill a gap left earlier this year by the resignation of a minister who sought treatment for addiction.

Bardish Chagger was sworn in as the new leader of the government in the House of Commons. She also retains her previous role as minister of small business and tourism.

Trudeau has emphasized the need for gender and ethnic diversity in his cabinet and Chagger’s appointment to the prestigious role further highlighted that.

Chagger, the daughter of Indian immigrants, first …
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Parties of Canada's left, right bereft of proper leadership

What do the federal New Democrats, the Alberta and federal Conservatives, and Quebec’s two main sovereigntist parties have in common?

Chantal Hebert

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 These days they are all looking for someone to lead them out of the wilderness. 

The similarities don’t stop there. In none of their cases is the quest for a new leader just a routine changing of the guard.

To varying degrees, the long-standing flagship parties of the Canadian right, the country’s left and Quebec’s secession movement have lost their sense of their place in a shifting political universe.

They are all struggling with divisive existential issues that will have to be resolved before they can take the fight to their political rivals. And none has a larger-than-life figure in sight to paper over the cracks.

The Parti Quebecois will be choosing a leader for the second time in little more than a year on Oct. 7. …
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Usain Bolt laughs with Canada's Andre De Grasse during the 200m semifinal

Bolt laughed and pointed at Andre De Grasse as they crossed the finish line on Wednesday night Both automatically qualified for the final on Thursday, running clear ahead of their competitors They shared the podium together on the 100m, where Bolt took Gold and De Grasse took bronzeUSA’s Justin Gatlin failed to qualify for the final, placing third in his semifinal heat By

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Usain Bolt is one step closer to completing the triple-triple after he sailed through his semifinal heat in the 200m – and did it with a smile.Bolt powered out of the blocks and took a clear lead out of the curve before he characteristically began to slow down, knowing the race was his to lose. But the Jamaican sprinter laughed as his friendly rival Andre De Grasse of Canada, who shared the podium with him …

CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends barely lower; banks weigh, energy stocks gain

Aug 18 Canada’s main stock index ended
barely lower on Thursday, its second straight marginal loss, as
gains for energy companies as oil prices pushed higher were
offset by losses for banks.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index
unofficially closed down 1.92 points, or 0.01 percent,
at 14,695.68.

(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Harper’s long election sunk Tories

Just over a year ago, we began the longest election period in our history, and at the end of that time, Justin Trudeau and a Liberal majority were elected to govern Canada. While it is not quite time to write “A year in review: PM JT’s first 365 days in government,” I do believe there are some points worth meditating on regarding the federal election.In order to better understand what we’re talking about, let’s look at some statistics: Election 2015 stretched 76 days, which can be broken down into two and a half months; it also means there were 52 working days, equaling 416 regular hours, and 24 non working days including Labour Day and Thanksgiving. Furthermore, the combined expenditures of all major parties was over $100 million, which equals $1.3 million per day, or $54,824 an hour.I cite these figures to make it clear that this latest election was nothing short of a monumental effort, comparable …
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Canadian startup looking to sell electric cars in a completely different way

An upstart Canadian auto seller is aiming to drive the worldwide market for electric vehicle sales by launching an innovative web-based sales platform and showroom that will move transactions online and away from the traditional car lot.Dedicated solely to electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, the GTA-based company, called EVEN Electric, will not be exclusively aligned with one particular auto maker. Instead, the retailer will sell multiple, competing brands of both used and new green vehicles, delivering them right to the driveways of consumers around the world and often to places where electric cars are not yet sold.

The model, which departs drastically from traditional auto sales conventions, is designed to address several issues hampering the proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. EVEN’s founders say many of those issues can be traced to problems at the point-of-sale.“The traditional dealership model has proven unable to deliver the sales …

Conservatives call on health minister to repay $1,700 bill for car and driver

Health Minister Jane Philpott will stop using a pricey limousine service owned by a Liberal supporter after Conservatives complained about a $1,700 bill for transportation in the Greater Toronto Area.
Philpott said in a statement Wednesday the price tag was “too high” and “inappropriate.”
“I have already taken steps to prevent this from occurring in the future,” she said.
While Philpott’s office said the minister won’t use the limo service again, it stopped short of saying she would repay the money, noting the transportation was for legitimate business.
While the Tories demanded Philpott repay the $1,700, her office revealed even higher expenses …
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