Broderick takes sixth at $2m Grand Prix in Canada

Ireland’s Rio Games show jumping combination Greg Broderick and Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global, produced an excellent performance to take sixth place Sunday night in the $2m CP International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Canada.Against a top class field of 40 of the world’s leading horses and riders, Tipperary-born Broderick and Going Global knocked just a single fence in a demanding first round.

The Irish pair kept all the fences intact when one of 12 combinations who advanced round two, picking up just a single time fault for a five fault total which saw them finish in sixth place …
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Ontario Teachers’ Among Bidders for CitiFinancial Canada: Globe

(Bloomberg) — The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and several North American private-equity firms are among bidders to Citigroup Inc.’s subprime-lending business in Canada, according to the Globe and Mail.A sale of CitiFinancial Canada, a 200-branch unit that provides loans to consumers with poor credit ratings, could fetch more than C$400 million ($306.2 million), the newspaper reported Sunday, without saying how it learned about the bidders. That valuation is based on Citigroup’s $4.25 billion sale last year of its 1,100-branch U.S. subprime lender, OneMain Financial.Citigroup, which gets more revenue outside its home market than any of its U. …
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Canada and the United States: Allies in world affairs, but not in hockey

Means nothing …True, but don’t tell that to Team Canada or Team USA, who split two World Cup
exhibition games over the weekend, a 4-2 American victory in Columbus on Friday
followed the next night by a 5-2 Canadian win.Canada and the United States might be friendly allies when it comes to
international affairs, but when it comes to international hockey they get along
about as well as North and South Korea.

There is something about the red Maple Leaf – this particular version more
like a bleached marijuana plant – and the Stars and Stripes that seems to
discourage …
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Michelle Stilwell leads strong Canadian effort at Paralympics

Wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell added to Canada’s Paralympic medal haul, claiming gold in the women’s 400-metre T52 final in Paralympic record time Saturday morning in Rio.  
The 42-year-old from Parksville, B.C., clocked in at one minute, 5.43 seconds to convincingly claim her fifth-career Paralympic gold.
“It was amazing to start so strong,” said Stilwell. ”The race was fluid. I felt confident and relaxed through the whole race and to cross the line first and to bring the gold home for Canada, well, it was the moment I was working for.”
Stilwell was over two seconds faster than Belgium’s world-record holder Marieke Vervoort, who came in second at 1:07.62. Kerry Morgan, of the United States, rounded out the podium. 
Stilwell, who also competes in the 100 and holds the world record in that distance, is the only the second female Paralympian to have won gold in two separate summer sports. She also  …

Michael Arace commentary | World Cup of Hockey: Americans might be tough out for Canada

Nationwide Arena hosted an exhibition on Friday night, only it didn’t feel like an exhibition. It felt like an event. Drape a flag over a game and everything changes.Team USA and Canada played a World Cup of Hockey practice game before a near-sellout crowd of 17,791 and a contingent of local, continental and international media. It was a thumping affair, too, fast-paced, exciting and as chippy as Team USA wanted it to be. The Americans prevailed 4-2 with an empty-netter.
All the players stood for the anthem. Of course, they were lined up on the blue lines and they were on their skates already, but nobody kneeled or sat. This is something people were watching. Why? After Colin Kaepernick’s demonstration, Team USA coach John Tortorella — who for years has exercised his First Amendment rights as if he were Lenny Bruce — threatened to scratch any player who sat during …

Blackhawks' Corey Crawford relishes chance to suit up for Team Canada

Corey Crawford is learning quickly that there are no breaks when you’re a goaltender for Team Canada, especially not during one of the team’s practices.When might you take a little breather as a goaltender? When Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos is coming down during a 2-on-1? When Jonathan Toews has a breakaway? When Drew Doughty is preparing to unload a rocket slap shot from the circle?

The better question might be — who’s the hardest to face?”All of them,” Crawford said with a laugh. “It’s pretty tough. … We’ve done a lot of system stuff so far, but still it’s great to be on the ice with that much talent and skill.”

Crawford is relishing the chance to play for Team Canada for the first time since becoming the Hawks’ starting goaltender in the 2010-11 season and winning two Stanley Cups.It has been an uphill climb for Crawford to …

Albas: Troubling signs for Canadian economy

Local MP Dan Albas.— image credit: Contributed

Recently Statistics Canada released the GDP, income and expenditure report for Canada’s second quarter revealing some troubling indicators.
Real GDP growth decreased .4% and while that may not seem like a significant drop, it is the largest quarterly decline since 2009.
Another area of concern is business investment that has continued to decline for the last several quarters.  Looking at the numbers from a sector by sector perspective construction has declined while the public sector has increased in size.
Fortunately there are some promising indicators with some growth in manufacturing output along with an increase in mining along with oil and gas extraction.
For many of these reason the Bank of Canada announced the key interest rate will remain at .5% with a forecast for increased GDP growth in the next fiscal quarter.
I mention some of Canada’s fiscal indicators in this week’s …

Canadians favour screening immigrant values, poll shows


OTTAWA — Two-thirds of Canadians want prospective immigrants to be screened for “anti-Canadian” values, a new poll reveals, lending support to an idea that is stirring controversy in political circles.


Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, a candidate in her party’s leadership contest, has floated the idea of screening newcomers for their attitudes on intolerance toward other religions, cultures and sexual orientations and reluctance to embrace Canadian freedoms.


A new Forum Research Inc. poll for the Toronto Star shows that Leitch may be tapping into an idea that Canadians favour with 67 per cent saying immigrants should indeed be screened for “anti-Canadian values.”


More importantly for Leitch, the poll shows that the idea is especially popular among Conservative supporters with 87 per cent backing the idea and just eight per cent opposed compared to 57 per cent support among Liberals and 59 per cent for New Democrat voters.


That’s certain to be the reason that Leitch (Simcoe-Grey) …