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Virginia lawmakers say bake sale ban takes the cake


State senators in Virginia recently got into a debate over whether schools should be allowed to have junk food fundraisers, events that have been difficult to hold due to federal school nutrition rules.

Conservative MPs may regret committee power play over bill C-51


A move by Conservative MPs to force an end to last week's committee standoff over the anti-terrorism bill could have profound implications on the procedural battleground.

Mourners line up to view body of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov

People light candles as people line up to pay their last respects at the coffin of Boris Nemtsov during a farewell ceremony inside the Sakharov center in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Mourners are lining up outside a Moscow human rights center for the funeral of murdered Nemtsov. a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, who was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia's beleaguered opposition. The killing has deeply shaken Russia's small and marginalized opposition movement. Many opposition supporters suspect the killing was ordered by the Kremlin in retaliation for Nemtsov's ardent criticism of President Vladimir Putin, while authorities have suggested several possible motives, including a provocation aimed at tarnishing Putin's image. With his help, I think Russia would have risen up and become a strong country.

York University confirms 'unfortunate' labour disruption

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York University says it is suspending most academic activities amid an "unfortunate" labour disruption.

Canada's former foreign affairs minister at epicentre of Iran nuke debate

Former Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, left, and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar speak at the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Canada's former foreign affairs minister is expressing skepticism about Iran as nuclear talks with that country enter a sensitive phase. John Baird described his concerns about a possible nuclear deal during a question-and-answer session at the annual gathering of the biggest pro-Israel U.S. lobby group on Monday. Thousands of people were on hand to hear Baird's remarks — delivered just before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the same audience. "We're deeply concerned about the direction that the government in Tehran is taking," Baird told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Celeb birthdays for the week of March 8-14

March 8: Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 71. Musician-actor Micky Dolenz of The Monkees is 70. Bassist Randy Meisner (The Eagles, Poco) is 69. Singer Peggy March is 67. Singer Gary Numan is 57. News anchor Lester Holt is 56. Actor Aidan Quinn is 56. Guitarist Jimmy Dormire of Confederate Railroad is 55. Actress Camryn Mannheim is 54. Singer Shawn Mullins is 47. Actress Andrea Parker ("The Pretender") is 45. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 39. Actor James Van Der Beek is 38. Singer Kameelah Williams of 702 is 37. Singer Tom Chaplin of Keane is 36. Guitarist Andy Ross of OK Go is 36. ...

Film Review: Despite a classy cast, 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' lives up to its title

This image released by Fox Searchlight Films shows Dev Patel, right, and Tina Desai in a scene from "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Laurie Sparham)This isn't to say that "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" — so named after an actual hotel in the movie — won't appeal to the same fans who flocked to the first film. The sequel brings us back to Jaipur, India, a few years after the British retirees first made their home in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, where they discovered that although the place wasn't as luxurious as advertised, it was full of life — and life lessons. Sonny (Dev Patel), the ambitious and very talkative co-manager, is his usual hyperactive self, taking roll call every morning of the elderly residents, who've all settled into some sort of productive activity. There's her would-be beau, Douglas (Bill Nighy), who's trying to summon the guts to declare his love, while serving as the least-qualified tour guide in all of India.

Depression makes it chemically difficult to get over rejection

Depression makes it chemically difficult to get over rejection

Five stories in the news today, March 3

Five stories in the news today, March 3, from The Canadian Press: NIGEL WRIGHT AND OTHERS CALLED TO TESTIFY AT MIKE DUFFY TRIAL Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright has reportedly received a subpoena to testify at the trial of suspended Sen. Mike Duffy. The CBC quotes sources as saying senators Read the Rest of the Entry

Bill C-51 power play may come back to haunt Conservative MPs


A move by Conservative MPs to force an end to last week's committee standoff over the anti-terrorism bill could have profound implications on the procedural battleground.

Hillary Clinton may have broken federal record-keeping laws

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday.

York University confirms 'unfortunate' labour disruption

York University confirms 'unfortunate' labour disruptionYork University says it is suspending most academic activities amid an "unfortunate" labour disruption. A statement on the university website, which is attributed to York president Mamdouh Shoukri, indicates that a labour disruption is in effect as of Tuesday. It impacts the entire York community, particularly our students. Shoukri says the labour disruption involves CUPE Local 3903, which represents nearly 3,700 teaching assistants, contract faculty, graduate assistants and research assistants.

Pregnant Peruvian woman fights for Quebec health card

Pregnant Peruvian woman fights for Quebec health cardAn expectant Peruvian woman who faced a bumpy road to get health coverage in Ontario during her first pregnancy now says bureaucratic bungling between the federal and Quebec governments has left her without coverage again. She had health care coverage in Ontario but said she has repeatedly been denied coverage in Quebec. Caroline Dupont, a spokesperson for Regie de l'assurance maladie Quebec, said a person must be a permanent resident to qualify for health care coverage in Quebec. Callalli said her application for permanent residency was supposed to be transferred last fall from the federal government to the Quebec Ministry of Immigration for completion.

Nurse in Abbotsford ER attacked by patient, union says

An Abbotsford Regional Hospital ER nurse was attacked by a patient this past weekend, according the B.C. Nurses' Union. "The patient became agitated and savagely attacked the nurse," said union vice-president Christine Sorensen.

The Brier: Brad Jacobs, Northern Ontario roll to 5th win

Brad Jacobs

Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs was alone atop the standings at 5-0 after a 7-3 win over Ontario's Mark Kean, but there was controversy in the game in the evening draw Monday at the Brier in Calgary.

Sharks shut out Habs to halt 8-game home losing streak


Ben Smith scored just hours after being acquired by San Jose in a deadline deal and the Sharks shut out Montreal for the third straight meeting in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens on Monday night.

NHL Trade Deadline: Big numbers didn't yield big names


In the busiest National Hockey League trade deadline day in five years, 24 trades were consummated, involving 43 players and 21 draft picks. Yet while the final day of player movements had quantity, not many "name" players were involved in the transactions.

Sunshine Girl


Ashley landing SUNshine Girl Ashley is a bit of a Bruins fan, in case you couldn’t tell. It’s not surprising then that her favourite players are Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. She’s even gone so far as to name her Great Dane after Chara, calling her canine ZaDaneYa. JACK BOLAND/QMI AGENCY

TSX advances as Valeant climbs, offsets weaker oil shares

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange sign in TorontoBy John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Monday as a jump in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc helped offset weakness in the energy sector after the price of Brent crude oil dropped. Brent crude slipped after Iran said a deal on its nuclear program could be done this week if the West lifts sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports. Trading in the benchmark TSX index has been choppy in recent months because of fluctuations in the price of oil. "There's so much uncertainty surrounding the Canadian market, whether it's the housing sector or the impact crude oil will have on the economy," he added.

Yamana Gold offshoot Brio eyes listing, acquisitions

By Nicole Mordant and Susan Taylor TORONTO (Reuters) - Yamana Gold Inc offshoot Brio Gold has big plans for 2015 that could include a public listing and acquisitions of modest assets, possibly from big miners who are selling non-core operations, Brio Chief Executive Gil Clausen said on Sunday. Clausen said he and his team wanted to turn Brio, which was created in December when Yamana parceled off some of its non-core Brazilian assets into a subsidiary, into a new, mid-sized gold producer. "I think that Brio is an ideal M&A story from the perspective that we intend to grow and continue to grow. Our five-year plan would be to get comfortably to within the 300,000 to 500,000 ounce production range." Brio would consider buying assets producing between 70,000 to 100,000 ounces in the Americas, with a bias towards Brazil.

Mining industry, hungry for deals and cash, meets in Toronto

By Susan Taylor and Nicole Mordant TORONTO (Reuters) - A four-year mining-industry downturn has left big gold producers hungry to buy reserves they haven't had the money to find themselves, and impoverished small miners eager to cash out, setting up the ingredients for mergers and acquisitions revival in 2015. Mining veterans say that scenario is likely to come into play at the industry's largest annual event, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto, March 1-4, where more than 20,000 participants are expected. Big gold miners, meanwhile, have been hit by weak commodity prices that have forced them to slash exploration budgets, slowing new discoveries, and contributing to a drop in in-the-ground reserves at the world's five biggest bullion producers. "The big mining companies still know they have to buy projects ... If you don't buy new assets you just watch your business decline," said John Gravelle, global mining leader at consultancy PwC.

OSC bans Conrad Black from holding company director, officer roles

Conrad Black walks past reporters while arriving for his hearing at the Ontario Securities Commission in Toronto on Friday, October 10, 2014. Black has lost his appeal to overturn a federal Tax Court decision that says he owes back taxes from 2002. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren CalabreseConrad Black has been permanently banned from being a corporate director or officer of a public company in Ontario.

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