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The deputy premier will be appointing independent consultants to review finances at the University of Alberta. In a blog post that went up late Tuesday on the U of A website, Doug Goss, chair of the board of governors, said he has been told by Thomas Lukaszuk that the independent consultants will conduct a “pilot financial review project.” The project will “help identify any potential gaps in fiscal planning for the institution, and ensure the long-term financial sustainability,” the blog said. News of the financial review comes after the Ministry of Enterprise and Advanced Education responded to the U of A’s Comprehensive Institutional Plan (CIP) and proposed budget plan late Friday. Goss wrote that overall, the government accepts the U of A’s CIP and “recognizes the value of our long-term aspira-

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tional goals.” Lukaszuk said this week that the U of A took “a very different approach” to its budget. “They have submitted a three-year financial plan, all three years including deficits, and I have indicated to them that I will be working with them through the numbers and I have actually asked them for clarification,” Lukaszuk said. Goss said in the blog post that while the U of A’s plans to carry a deficit of $44,691,000 for the 2013-14 fiscal year have been approved, Lukaszuk expressed “concern with the proposed three-year plan.” He said the school was not given a definitive deadline

for when the university must reach a balanced budget. Goss was unavailable for comment on Tuesday evening. A spokesperson said he would speak to media on Wednesday. In the blog post, Goss said “many people across the institution have been working hard to address the fiscal situation.” On Sunday, the school’s dean of arts said 20 programs could be suspended and warned of additional cuts in the coming months and years. Near the end of July, the acting provost asked the Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta to reopen its 2013-15 compensation agreement to negotiate wage reductions. AASUA declined the request, which the university had said was the “best option for achieving major reductions” and necessary “to avoid large-scale job losses.” FOR MORE ON U OF A CUTS, SEE PAGE 3

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A lone sign on the north end of the High Level Bridge advertises the Support Network’s 24-hour phone line. The city is considering adding direct phones and more signs, as well as possible physical barriers to make the bridge safer for the suicidal. Story, page 3. RYAN TUMILTY/METRO

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City moves to make High Level safer The city is considering safety measures for the High Level Bridge including barriers and phone lines to help prevent suicides. COURTESY CITY OF EDMONTON

Suicide prevention. Constable studied phone lines on bridge RYAN TUMILTY

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Barriers, netting and direct phone lines are all under consideration to help prevent suicides from the High Level Bridge. Councillors have asked city administration to study all options for suicide prevention on the bridge and bring back detailed cost breakdowns, as well as information on effectiveness, before this year’s budget.

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The faculty of science at the University of Alberta is raising its entrance requirement in an effort to reduce enrolment by approximately 600 students over two years, according to the faculty’s dean. Jonathan Schaeffer said because the decision to reduce enrolment to 6,100 students from 6,700 was made in October and “doesn’t even take into account any of the budget cuts” handed down in March, more cuts will come. “Lowering the enrolment does not solve our budget problems.... There are other things we will have to do, perhaps even more significant and dramatic than just reducing enrolment,” he said Tuesday. While Schaeffer would not speculate on future cuts, he said the faculty is already offering fewer courses and he suspects staff are concerned about their jobs. “I have no words of comfort to give them right now.... Everything is on the table,” he said. Schaeffer said the faculty increased its admission average to 80 per cent from 76 per cent and accepted 300 fewer students for this fall. The admission average will be raised again in an attempt to bring enrolment to 6,100 students from 6,400 for September 2014. Meanwhile, an open letter concerning budget cuts that is addressed to the school’s acting provost and signed by all seven of the science faculty’s department chairs was released Tuesday. The letter states that further cuts “will devastate our graduate and undergraduate teaching programs, and dramatically reduce our ability to meet our research goals.”

routed to the network’s 24hour distress line. “Many are afraid to call 911 because they still believe they will be arrested and locked up in a padded cell,” she said. McCalder said regardless of the outcome, the discussion is important. “The most important thing they are doing is talking about it. We don’t talk enough about suicide and suicide prevention.” Hunter said he understands McCalder’s concern, but he favours the calls from the bridge routing directly to 911. “It is going to give the best opportunity to get trained professionals to the person that is actually in crisis in the fastest possible way.”

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14,500 homes affected in flooding: Province The Alberta government says more than 14,500 homes were damaged during severe flooding in June. It also says 2,700 people are still living in temporary housing, in hotels or with friends and family. The figures are in a twomonth flood update provided by the province.

More than 8,000 applications for disaster recovery support are being processed and payments totalling nearly $7 million have so far been made. Thousands of people in Calgary and surrounding communities were forced from their homes June 20 — including the entire community of High River.

Premier Alison Redford said earlier this week that provincial estimates show “well over” $5 billion will be needed to rebuild infrastructure, but she wasn’t clear what that includes. She stressed the cost figure is evolving, because it’s “still early days.” “As we look back, we can’t

lose sight of those who are still dealing with this disaster every day,” Redford said in a statement marking the passing of two months Tuesday. She has warned this week that tough times are ahead as the province tries to fit such a large cost into its budget. But she also noted that the province has saved money in

other areas so far this year and there is about $2 billion to $3 billion in its savings account that can be used to cover flood costs. She has pledged that infrastructure commitments in the province’s spring budget will still be met by borrowing to pay for all the building. the canadian press

Tour of Alberta to limit access in downtown core ‘Car-Free Zone.’ Citizens encouraged to travel by foot, bike or LRT come Sept. 3 heather mcintyre

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Access in and out of downtown Edmonton will be limited on Sept. 3 due to the first leg of the Tour of Alberta, a professional bicycle race. Many roads in the downtown core will be temporarily closed to traffic from about 4 to 9 p.m., city officials said. Closure of the race course will be in full effect at 5:15 p.m. “If you’re not able or interested in staying for the race, we encourage you to be out of the area by 5 p.m.,” said Ellen Finn, the city’s director of civic events. “We need to lock down the course by 5:15 p.m. to give us enough time to clear the course, get vehicles off the road, do the barricades

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• 96 Avenue/100 Street (Rossdale), 2-8:30 p.m. • 107 Street, 3:30-9 p.m. • Grierson Hill, 5:15-9 p.m. • River Valley Road, 5:15-9 p.m. • 97 Street, 5:15-9 p.m. • 100 Street, 5:15-9 p.m. • 101 Street, 5:15-9 p.m. • 102 Avenue/102A Avenue, 5:15-9 p.m. • Walterdale Hill and Bridge, 6-8:30 p.m. • 99 Street south of 102 Avenue, noon-9 p.m. • 99 Street, 102 Avenue to city hall parkade, closed Aug. 31 to Sept. 4

and fencing that’s required for spectator control (and) pedestrian control.” Departure from downtown will only be available via southbound McDougall Hill, 103 Street and 106 Street once the race has begun at 6:15 p.m. — but motorists are advised to expect major delays from 82 Street to 112 Street,

This screenshot of a Tour of Alberta map shows the “Car-Free Zone” the city is encouraging citizens to respect during the professional bicycle race taking place on Sept. 3. contributed

and 82 Avenue to 107 Avenue. one-minute intervals, meanThe 120 competitors will ing the race is expected to T:10” leave Churchill Square in last two hours, said Finn.

Up-to-date information will be posted online at Edmonton.ca/TourOfAlberta.

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Delays loom for foreign students University of Alberta international students may have trouble getting to class on time this fall because of an ongoing labour dispute involving Canada’s diplomats. The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers has held rotating job actions at embassies and consulates around the world, resulting in delays to the visas that international students need to study at the university. “We have noticed an increase in student concerns regarding student permits and processing times,” said Cen Huang, the school’s executive director of international relations and recruitment. Huang said the school has heard from many students and is starting to work on contingency plans to help late arrivals. “We are looking at options,” she said. “We have quite a number of programs that can take students in January.” She said she’s also concerned about the impact the changes might have on enrolment and Canada’s reputation. “That may have some negative impact on the image of Canadian visas. Because of the delay they may choose other universities in other countries.” Both sides were considering binding arbitration to settle the long-running dispute, but that process broke down last month after Foreign Service workers refused to agree to several conditions the government wanted. Ryan Tumilty/Metro

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Edmonton’s recycling depots a real dump Rubbish. Hefty fine awaits those dumping illegally in the city Patrick Nguyen edmonton@metronews.ca

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well.” More than 266 tonnes of illegally dumped material has been dropped at the city’s 20 recycling depots this year alone, and it’s causing strain on depot landowners since many of them are not on cityowned property. “It would be fair of them to say, ‘I don’t want these depots on my land anymore,’” Fowler said.

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poems in there on suicide, drug addiction, homelessness,” said Lyons, 62. “There are poems about children, there are poems about grandmothers and grandpas, and winters and everything. “I promise you that there is one poem in this book that every person can relate to — everyone.” Lyons held a book launch, signing and reading at the Senior Association of Greater Edmonton’s Sunshine Café, where he leads a drop-in poetry group each month. “He’s very creative,” said Angie Shillabeer, who attended the event. “It’s neat how he’s able to write about what he observes — because it’s real life. He’s writing about real life, real people.”

Ruling. Firing of police officer for urinating on another officer upheld A review board has upheld the firing of a former army sniper from the Edmonton Police Service for urinating on another officer and other misconduct. Const. Rob Furlong, a decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan, was fired last year, but Alberta’s Law Enforcement Review Board ruled the punishment was too harsh. The Alberta Court of Appeal then sent the case back to the board after police Chief Rod Knecht argued the decision to

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Prosecutors filed charges against three teenagers Tuesday after police said the boys randomly targeted an Australian baseball player as he jogged and shot him in the back, killing him, to avoid the boredom of an Oklahoma summer day. Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, died Friday along a tree-lined road on Duncan’s well-to-do north side. Two teenagers, 15- and 16-yearolds from the gritty part of the town, were charged with firstdegree murder and ordered held without bond. A third, 17, was accused 150 to 200 pounds

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Police Chief Dan Ford has said the boys had the simplest of motives. • He said in a variety of interviews that the 17-year-old had told officers that they were bored and killed Lane for “the fun of it.”

of being an accessory after the fact and with driving a vehicle while a weapon was discharged. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday evening, the 150to 200-pound reticulated python was taken by conservation officers to an approved care facility, said a natural resources spokesperson. The department said there are rules against keeping certain animals in the province as pets or to sell. METRO

Turbans, hijabs, kippas in Parti Québécois’ crosshairs Charter of Quebec Values. In a controversial move, the PQ is set to introduce legislation restricting religious symbols in several places Quebec has launched its next debate on minority accommodation — and this one could make the erstwhile soccerturban ban look like a leisurely stroll on the pitch. The government is prepar‘An attitude of exclusion’

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rushed to the defence of the soccer federation and accused its detractors of Quebec-bashing. Tuesday’s newspaper report says the PQ government is set to prevent employees in public institutions like schools and hospitals from wearing religious symbols such as turbans,

niqabs, kippas, hijabs and highly visible crucifixes. The approach is being roundly condemned by civilrights experts, including prominent lawyer Julius Grey, who expects any such legislation to face court challenges under the Charter of Rights. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Officer accused of murder granted bail within hours T.O. streetcar shooting. Man pays $510K bond, must stay within Ontario jessica smith

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Toronto police Const. James Forcillo was granted bail Tuesday afternoon, without spending a night in jail. Forcillo turned himself in that morning and walked out of Superior Court in the afternoon, as his lawyer Peter Brauti and Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, led him past media. Brauti told reporters it is unusual for bail to be set so quickly in a murder case, but the case itself is unusual. “This is a case where Mr. For-

cillo didn’t ask to be at the foot of that streetcar. He was onduty and had a legal obligation to be there. We’ll have a trial about whether his decisions were right,” said Brauti. Brauti said he’s yet to receive full disclosure from the Crown about the evidence, but what he has received shows the case is different than what’s been in the media. He would not elaborate. According to Brauti, the conditions of release include four sureties who will be responsible for Forcillo until his trial. The bond was $510,000 and he is to remain within Ontario unless he gets special permission. Forcillo was charged with second-degree murder on Monday. Video appears to show Forcillo shooting at Sammy Yatim, 18, three times, at which point Yatim fell to the floor, followed by a pause and six more shots.

Toronto police Const. James Forcillo leaves a courthouse on Tuesday after being granted bail. Forcillo has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

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Letter suggesting autistic boy be killed ruled not a hate crime Legal boundaries. Police looking at other charges that may apply A devastating letter sent to the Ontario family of a boy with autism does not meet the threshold for a hate crime, but police are considering other charges. “Despite the hateful language used, the Crown Attorney’s office has advised that the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime. However, there are other Criminal Code issues that are being considered,” Durham regional police said in a statement Tuesday morning. On Friday, Brenda Millson, the grandmother of 13-year-old Maxwell Begley, received a letter in the mail at her Newcastle home. The anonymous writer, who claims to live in the neighbourhood, complained about the noises the boy makes and wrote that the boy was a “hindrance to everyone.”

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Maxwell Begley, 13, along with mom Karla and grandmother Brenda Millson at the Begley home in Oshawa, Ont., Monday. Rick Madonik/Torstar News Service

“Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off!!!” The letter closes, “Sincerely, one pissed off mother!” Begley was diagnosed with autism when he was 20 months old. He often stays overnight at his grandmother’s home. His family has been devastated by

the letter and is hopeful charges can be laid. Police say they are still in the early stages of the investigation and are receiving information from the public. Police said a couple of charges might apply but weren’t able to discuss them at this point.

According to Steven Penney, a law professor at the University of Alberta, the Criminal Code defines a hate crime as “wilful promotion of hatred towards an identifiable group, or alternatively the public incitement of hatred that could conceivably lead to a breach of the peace.” He said the communication must be in a public forum or setting, meaning that a private letter wouldn’t be covered. He added that the term “identifiable group” doesn’t include people with physical or mental disabilities. “It’s limited to ... colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation,” Penney said. The Canadian Press

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Tuesday in Houston, Texas, Cruz said, “This may be the silly season in politics.” Controversy still dogs U.S. President Barack Obama from some quarters despite proof he was born in Hawaii. Cruz, a Texas Republican and Tea Party favourite, was born in Calgary to a Cuban father and U.S.-born mother. His mother’s status has allowed him to be a citizen of both the U.S. and Canada, but he said Tuesday, “I believe it makes sense for me to be only an American.” Previous foreign-born Americans — notably Republicans John McCain and George Romney — have run for president with some mention but no serious challenges of their eligibility. Cruz says that after moving to Texas at age four, he never made an affirmative claim to dual citizenship, and he’s now promising to drop his Canadian citizenship if in fact he holds it. The Associated Press

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Sears job cuts will send IT work overseas Foreign outsourcing. Firm announces layoffs, says some of affected tasks will go to supplier with operations in India

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Sears Canada is cutting 245 mainly head-office jobs with some of the work being outsourced to a firm with operations in India, a senior spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. The biggest group, consisting of 138 jobs, is in Sears’ information technology department, said Vince Power, the national retailer’s vicepresident of communications. Nearly 100 affected jobs are in finance and eight are in payroll, he added. The employees received layoff notices on Monday and will be leaving at various times over the next six months, Power said. Some may find other work within Sears, he said. The announcement comes as more Canadian companies move their information technology services to outside suppliers, many with operations outside the country. With Canada’s unemployment rate at 7.2 per cent, the loss of hightech jobs has sparked outrage among some consumers. Sears said the move will ensure the company’s information technology services are more efficient and up-to-date, which is better for customers.

The market for outsourced IT services grew to $15 billion in Canada last year, according to research firm IDC Canada. Much of the work remains in Canada, but offshore firms are winning a growing share, accounting for $3 billion worth last year. Such firms are handling everything from cheque processing to large databases, IDC says.

“These days, to keep up to date with all the system investments you need to make, it’s not our core business. We’re leaving it to people we feel can do it more efficiently,” Power said. Some of the work would end up outside the country, he said. IBM has operations in India. “Certainly some of the work is going to be done outside the country. That’s their business model,” Power said. Sears will continue to employ hundreds of other people in its information technology department, he added. Employees of dozens of other firms, especially in financial services, insurance and accounting, have contacted media outlets to say their companies are also sending high-tech jobs to India. But there is nothing illegal about it. Indeed, most Canadian employers argue the move to suppliers in lowercost countries is essential to remaining competitive in a global economy. Torstar News Service

Back-to-school will cost you an extra 18% this year People walk by a Best Buy store on Tuesday in New York City. Canadians will be digging a little deeper into their pockets during this year’s back-toschool shopping season, a new survey suggests. According to the Pollara survey, Canadians intend to shell out an average of $428 per child on items such as school supplies, clothing and technology as their kids head back to class. That’s an increase of 18.2 per cent over last year, when they planned to spend an average of $362 per child. The online poll surveyed roughly 1,000 Canadians. Spencer Platt/Getty images

Waterloo, Ont. BlackBerry chops 100 more positions BlackBerry confirms it’s cut- are in the second phase of our ting about 100 jobs this week transformation plan where as part of the second phase we will be assessing our orof its previously announced ganization — from top to bottom — to ensure we have transformation plan. BlackBerry says the termin- the right people in the right ations were handed out in the roles with the right skill sets Waterloo, Ont., area where the to drive new opportunities in mobile computing.” smartphone maker is based. There were also 250 layoffs “I can confirm that BlackBerry this week informed a last month in BlackBerry’s small number of employees of operations in Waterloo. BlackBerry’s board of directheir termination, including approximately 100 employees tors is also exploring strategic in Waterloo,” a spokesperson options, including a possible sale of the company or some said in an email. “As previously stated, weT:10”of its assets. The Canadian Press

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TALKING ABOUT SEX? GASP! Recommended for ages 12 and up. What is it about sex? Uh-oh. Now that I’ve got your attention, class, let’s Exposing teens to the “discovery of attractry to answer that question. tion, seduction, desire and intimacy” is bad We don’t seem to have any trouble with vioenough, but then Science World hired Vancoulence in our society. According to the Canadian ver’s zaniest ad agency, Rethink, which imCouncil on Social Development, the average mediately went out and built some raunchy Canadian child sees 12,000 violent acts on TV ads: each year. Forty of the top-47 video games have One has a man and a woman under the violent themes. Etc. sheets, the man on top and his legs between But sex. Now that’s another story, as Vancouhers, both of which are in casts. The headline is ver’s Science World found out recently. It has a Orgasms Can Kill Pain. program underway called The Science of SexuJUST SAYIN' Another has a picture of a box of tissues surality: rounded by a number of rumpled tissues with “This self-guided exhibition explores the Paul Sullivan the headline Ejaculation Fights Colds. different stages of human sexual development metronews.ca Never mind that this sounds like a sure cure … that lead to first love, to the discovery of atfor the common cold; the outcry was immediate as self-aptraction, seduction, desire and intimacy. By presenting a posipointed guardians of the public morality rose up and protive image of sexuality and exploring what science has revealed nounced themselves offended on behalf of the kids. about the topic, the exhibition hopes to provide visitors with Foremost among the guardians was TransLink, the local bus enough information on the many issues of sexuality to make authority, which ruled that neither would grace the buses of enlightened and responsible decisions.”

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Colanders latest threat in Russia The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a new threat to the Orthodox Church in Russia. On the weekend, Russian “pastafarians” gathered in Moscow with their religious equipment, namely colanders. As a result, eight people were taken to the police station after

RE: Parliament To Be Prorogued Until October: Prime Minister, published Aug. 19

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Picture pasta causing a stir Metro spoke with a pastafarian representative, Aleksander Stelkovsky. a “pasta procession” in the centre of Moscow. Orthodox

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Church? ROC proved extremely hostile to us. They attacked us and called the police and said that our actions were not authorized by authorities. Now we are preparing a lawsuit. METRO

activists who called the police said that glorification of the

Flying Spaghetti Monster hurt their feelings. METRO

What can people learn from your religion? The most important principle of our religion is common sense.

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••••• Based on the hugely popular book series, The Mortal Instruments’ builtin young adult audience should shill out big bucks for this adaptation regardless of whatever critics write. Lucky for them, the fantasy tale of a teen who discovers she’s got mysterious powers to be used to protect humans from a hidden underworld may feel derivative but a quick pace and charismatic cast keep the melodrama from becoming too mindnumbing. STEVE GOW/METRO

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Tomlin looking at marriage again Lily Tomlin and her longtime partner, Jane Wagner, may finally tie the knot now that samesex marriage has returned to California, she told the crowd at a pre-Emmys reception in Los Angeles this week. “Jane and I have been together for 42 years. We’re thinking maybe we’ll get married,” Tomlin said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Fall down drunk comedy our eyes, we will be in truth blind… drunk.” Pegg and pals add a sci-fi twist to their story, but at its heart it’s a boozy comedy. W.C. Fields pioneered drinking on film. During his 1930s heyday he made a name for himself with snappy oneliners like, “A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.” He liked a cocktail off IN screen as well. On set he had FOCUS an ever-present vacuum flask Richard Crouse scene@metronews.ca of mixed martinis he referred to as his “pineapple juice.” While shooting a movie This weekend, as Simon Pegg in 1942 a jokester replaced and Nick Frost embark on an his gin with real pineapple epic pub crawl in The World’s juice. After his first sip Fields End, they are continuing a shrieked, “Who put pineHollywood tradition of rais- apple juice in my pineapple juice?” ing a glass in the movies. My Favorite Year, the 1982 “Tonight, we will be partaking of a liquid,” says Gary Peter O’Toole comedy, was a King (Pegg), “although weT:10”fictional story based on a real may return with a twinkle in life actor with a legendary

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“A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.” W.C. Fields Who pioneered drinking on film

taste for alcohol. O’Toole, a hellraiser who once went for a drink in Paris and woke up in Corsica days later, plays a character based on Errol Flynn’s appearance on Sid Caesar’s television program Your Show of Shows. Premiere Magazine ranked the performance No. 56 on its 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time list. More recently Beerfest celebrated ale quaffing in a story based on the von Wolfhausen family tradition of spreading relatives’ ashes on

the official ground of Munich’s Oktoberfest. This down and dirty ode to drinking beer stars the members of Broken Lizard — the comedy troupe that gave us Super Troopers and Club Dread — and only has a 41 per cent rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Still, it is worth a look if only to see someone drink their way out of a vat of lager. In Barfly Mickey Rourke plays Henry Chinaski, an alcoholic writer and alter ego to real life poet and “crown prince of self-abuse” Charles Bukowski. “Anybody can be a non-drunk,” he slurs. “It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance.” He was so convincing in his portrayal that when Bukowski died The New York Post ran a picture of Rourke from Barfly rather than a photo of the poet.

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Back to brass tacks Interview. Chloe Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson discuss their reservations MATT PRIGGE

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Every even moderately successful film — which would include Kick-Ass, which underperformed back in 2010 — gets a sequel. But for the film’s young stars, doing the second one had to be about more than chasing dollars. “We had to find a reason to even come back here,” says Chloe Moretz, who returns as the 15-year-old purple-haired vigilante Hit-Girl. “What did we not see in the first film that we should see in the second? You saw Hit-Girl but you never saw Mindy Macready (Hit-Girl’s alter ego). You never saw the girl behind the mask.” In the film, Hit-Girl/ Macready, whose father (Nicolas Cage) died late in the

first film, is forced to ditch her persona by her guardian (Morris Chestnutt) and actually start going to school. Her new issues involve no longer being sure of who she is. “She watched her fa- ther burn in front of her and held him in his last moment,” Moretz explains. “But she doesn’t have anyone looking out for her except (Chestnutt’s character) — and he’s a cop, the opposite of who she is. She doesn’t know what she’s doing.” For Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who’s reprising the role of Kick-Ass, a high schooler who inspired everyday citizens to dress up and fight crime, deciding to put on his character’s scuba suit again wasn’t easy. “I like to do a character, erase it and go do something else,” he says. “To go back to something and try to make it feel like the same person is a lot harder than it seems. Just getting back to that personality, the essence of that character — it did mess with my head a little bit.” Taylor-Johnson has

changed dramatically in the last three years. For one, he has a new compound surname: He took the name of his wife, filmmaker Sam Taylor, who directed him as John Lennon in Nowhere Boy. They now have two kids. Playing a teenager again proved odd, although not as difficult as the horseplay. “There’s a lot more fight scenes in this movie,” he says. “I did more training: MMA, boxing, things like that. You just naturally wind up getting properly into shape. Then I’d go onto set and Chloe would kick the s— out of me.” The same difficulties plagued Moretz, particularly a one-on-one with a moviestealing Amazonian baddie named Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina). “We wanted it to be realistic — seeing how much she could fight back. How could this tiny little martial artist crazy whiny girl realistically fight back without being killed?” Moretz asks. “Obviously we fudged a lot of stuff. She isn’t a superhero. She’s a 15-year-old girl.”

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Departure of original member informs Braids’ emotional second album New music. Breaking up is hard to do, but for the Montreal band the making of their sophomore album was a therapy session as much as anything

The Braids, Raphaelle Standell-Preston, left, Taylor Smith and Austin Tufts pose for a photo, now minus one member. Katie Lee, their founding keyboardist, has left the group. contributed

The members of acclaimed Montreal experimental-pop outfit Braids were once — true to their name — a tightly woven, intricately knotted unit, good friends who became a band and not the other way around. So it’s understandable that the seemingly acrimonious departure of founding keyboardist Katie Lee would have deep reverberations for the group, now a trio. The split happened after the band returned from tour-

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Even if the group felt that staying together would have invited inevitable disaster, the split hasn’t been without significant fallout. • Close friends. Braids grew from high-school friendships formed in Calgary. Standell-Preston and Lee were particularly close; Standell-Preston calls her former bandmate her best friend since they were 14 years old.

ing their celebrated debut Native Speaker and began work on the follow-up (Flourish // Perish, which hits stores Tuesday). Then, singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston says the

band realized “that there was a friendship that was very broken.” They diligently tried to mend the widening schism for five months, but those attempts at reconciliation gradually seemed to be doing more harm than good. And in the meantime, very little music was actually getting made, Standell-Preston said. “The recording process for all of us was turning into a therapy session - like, we’re not making music here. We’re like so far from music right now, it’s insane,” Standell-Preston recalled in a recent telephone interview as she strolled the streets of Montreal. “It was just getting to that point where it was just like very toxic and kind of ready to explode.” The Associated Press

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METRO DISH OUR TAKE ON THE WORLD OF CELEBRITIES The Word

Taylor Swift

Swift is either still bitter, or has a sense of humour Do you want to see Demi Lovato’s X-Factors?

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Garrett: Watch out for scumbags, drug dealers and chicken hawks

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This week held a few ups and downs for Demi Lovato. Let’s start with the downs. Radar Online reported that someone is trying to sell nudie shots of The X-Factor host. Although Radar claims the photos of the darkhaired woman are “identical” to Lovato — including the same tattoos — they aren’t going to purchase

drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you. When you’ve got that sort of power at that young age, and everything at your doorstep, you put out that bad boy image. At that age, testosterone, hormones, all of the money, you see what else you can get away with.” Whether Bieber actually listens is another thing all together.

If anyone can offer Justin Bieber advice on the perils of getting so famous so young, it’s former teen idol Leif Garrett. “Do not believe your own publicity,” Garrett suggests when asked by Fox News for advice for the 19-year-old pop star. “Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work. Every scumbag, every

them for our horny consumption. “These are Demi. The collection I have show some nude, including face, some including parts of the body Demi is known for — tattoos, butt, chin. Then, I have pictures of her getting rowdy,” the shadowy figure says to the site. But behind every nudephoto storm there is a guest-starring rainbow! That’s the expression, right? Anyway, it was announced Monday that Lovato will be appearing on the next season of Glee as Rachel Berry’s friend. “I just heard the news! Excited to sing w you girl!” Tweeted Adam Lambert, who joined the show earlier this summer. So in both cases, we can safely assume that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Lovato in the coming months.

Taylor Swift apparently still can’t get over Kanye West’s infamous stage-crashing at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards — or at least she still enjoys jokes about it. Ed Sheeran, who is on tour with Swift, shared a

photo of a jar of jam the singer had given him with a handwritten note on the label: “Yo Ed, I’m really happy for you and I’m gonna let you finish but this is the best jam of all time,” she wrote.

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A new kind of surf and turf Vancouver Island. Swinging golf clubs and salmon fishing makes for the perfect West Coast holiday

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When I travel, I’m always on the lookout for authentic local experiences to mix with golf. So I was thrilled to discover that at Vancouver Island’s Campbell River, the self-proclaimed “salmon fishing capital of the world,” you can tee it up and cast your line all in the same day. If you think making a birdie is fun, just wait until you experience the kick of reeling in an 18-pound Chinook, then savouring your fresh catch — and your fish tales — over dinner at the lodge. Teeing it up There’s plenty of great golf on Vancouver Island. The Vancouver Island Golf Trail maps out 11 public play courses over a 250 km route, from Victoria at the southernmost tip to Campbell River further up the island. For our first round, we played Crown Isle Resort in the Comox Valley, about 40 minutes south of Campbell River. This Graham Cooke-designed course winds its way through an 831-acre golf community, presenting plenty of challenges

Even the deer are used to golfers at Vancouver Island’s Crown Isle Resort. PHOTOS: BRIAN KENDALL/CANADIAN GOLF TRAVELLER

— including 11 lakes — along the way. Remember to look up for stunning views of the Beaufort mountains, and keep your eye out for local deer — they’re so accustomed to golfers that they’re not even phased by near-misses on the driving range. Storey Creek is a Les Furber-designed gem in Campbell River. A beautifully treed course, each hole is separated from the others by the surrounding forests of red cedar and Douglas fir. Fair and fun to play, it reminded me of a classic Stanley Thompson track, where risk-reward is the game but there’s always a safe way for a high handicapper to make it to the green. Storey Creek is one of ScoreGolf Magazine’s top 100 courses in Canada, and was awarded four stars by Golf

Digest. Reeling them in Using local outfitters Oak Bay Marine Group, and with our expert guide Trevor Mahalek in charge, we set out the next morning for a four-hour fishing trip from the lovely April Point Resort. With the outboard on our 17-foot Boston Whaler at full throttle, we travelled south for about 20 minutes along the Discovery Passage, just off the coast of Vancouver Island near Campbell River. According to Mahalek, there’s a natural funnel in this area, formed by the tides and the ocean topography, which creates an ideal environment for catching the big ones. Don’t worry if you’re new to fishing — your guide does

all of the prep work and will give you a rundown on the best way to reel it in once you’ve got one on the hook. We were in good hands with Mahalek — a guy who goes fishing in his off hours when he’s not working as a fishing guide. After he rigged our lines with a hoochie (its silver flashing movement under water attracts the salmon by giving the appearance of a herring in distress) and a blue meanie (a colourful lure with J-hooks attached), then secured our rods to the gunwale, we were ready to troll. It wasn’t long before the first strike and frenzy of activity. Reeling it in quickly while keeping the tension on the rod — but not letting it bend too much for fear of the line break-

ing, and occasionally letting the reel handle go to spin the line out and create more slack — took our full focus and energy. Under Mahalek’s encouraging coaching and masterful work with the net, we successfully landed the first of four Chinook salmon, ranging from 10 to 18 pounds. But before we reached our limit, there was one memorable one that got away. Just as I was bringing the fish alongside the boat for Mahalek to net, a wily seal popped out of nowhere and took both the fish and my line. I was stunned at the sudden turn of events, and briefly wrestled with both the salmon and seal at the end of my rod. But it was a losing battle — according to the local term, I’d been “sealed.” I didn’t get the fish, but I did come away with a whopper of a fish tale.

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These U.S. hotels have gone to the dogs Linda Clarke

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Politico pooches Washington, D.C., has several Kimpton hotels — and Kimpton has to be the most petfriendly hotel chain ever. Of the less expensive D.C. properties, Hotel Rouge’s location near Dupont Circle is an easy and pleasant walk from the White House and The Mall. Or, head to 15th and P to find boutiques, bars and restaurants. Kimpton’s nightly wine hour means you can enjoy a tipple while your dog is safely snoozing at your feet. The hotel has no size restriction and no pet fee in any of its properties,

and water and pet snacks in the lobby is the norm. (From $169, rougehotel.com.) High-rolling hounds The Showboat went pet friendly in 2011, the first Atlantic City casino resort to do so. The property allows dogs 50 pounds and less, and caps out at two dogs per room. Upon request, the hotel can provide treats, food, bowls and a bed. Just keep them away from the craps tables — dogs are not allowed on the casino floor or any public area. Though the bollards on the property look like hydrants, restrain your pooch until you get to the designated doggie bathroom location nearby (ask the doorman to point it out to you). (Humans: from $131; dogs: $60 per dog, per day, showboatac.com.) Ivy League friends The Hanover Inn in Hanover, N.H., sits adjacent to Dartmouth Green, a large old common surrounded by Dartmouth College. This is where

the town’s academia hang out with their pooches. The green is also a great spot for a picnic. Hanover is a very small town, but it’s great for people watching: Sit together on the Hanover Inn’s shaded porch, lined with quaint rocking chairs and watch the world go by. The Inn provides what just might be the most comfy dog beds ever, and bowls are

available, too. (Humans: from $199; dogs: $50 onetime fee, hanoverinn.com) Posh pups Tucked off bustling Thames Street in downtown Newport, R.I. — but only minutes away from its restaurants, bars and stores — dog-friendly Vanderbilt Grace is a historic mansion hotel, which allows leashed

pups in its public areas (except restaurants). Enjoy the hotel’s complimentary daily champagne breakfast together in the walled garden or cocktails and dog biscuits on the roof deck. The garden is lovely — but make sure Fido doesn’t have an accident in it. For bathroom breaks, walk across the rear parking lot to Church Street. Vanderbilt Grace of-

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The leaves will turn, the new grad will earn Fall into a fabulous position. Soon is the season when 70 per cent of employers do the majority of their student and new grad hiring. Get prepped!

it’s important that you plan your time well in advance. You’ll find things much more manageable if you put in a few hours at a time rather than cramming everything in at the last minute.

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Fall marks the start of a new school year, which means that it’s time to head back to campus, attend as many welcome back parties as possible and even squeeze in some time for your classes. On top of all these priorities, you also need to be thinking about your job hunt. Since you’re already busy studying, attending classes, writing assignments and managing your social life, adding one more thing to do could be overwhelming — unless you’re equipped with the right tactics. Figure out your path There’s a lot of competition in campus recruitment season, and the first step to success is deciding where your priorities lie. To direct your energy in a productive fashion, you need to have an idea of the specific role (or roles) you’d like to explore in the future, as well as a set of employers you’d like to work for. The goal isn’t to figure out exactly what you want to do, but rather to help yourself

Schedule in success: Start a recruitment season calendar. Include networking and recruitment events along with deadlines for drafts of applications and their final due dates. istock

tune out the opportunities you aren’t interested in to help you focus on finding a path to the ones you are. This isn’t just an abstract thought exercise. You’ll need to do some role- and companyspecific research. Also consider touching base with friends or contacts who are currently employed in your industry and chatting with them about the work they do to get a sense of the hands-on experience of a role. Set time aside The work doesn’t end once you know where you want

to go. In order to excel in networking and recruitment sessions and prepare applications that get you in front of the crowd, you’re going to need to log some prep time. While you might be lucky enough to have success early in the season, you should also remember that the application process can be lengthy. Even if you make a promising connection, you’ll have to keep exploring new opportunities while you’re waiting to hear back about ongoing efforts. You don’t want a busy recruitment session to overwhelm your studies, so

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Ditch the “What’s in it for me?” attitude Ceilidh Millar Graduate Broadcast Journalism British Columbia Institute of Technology TalentEgg.ca

I’m a recent broadcast journalism graduate. Before I’d completed my diploma, I was fielding employment offers and signed with Global Television News. At 19 years old, I’m the youngest news writer on staff. Was I the best or brightest journalism student? Absolutely not! Fresh out of high school, I was accepted into BCIT’s journalism program. Just 17, I was the youngest student and discovered the majority of my classmates possessed a post-secondary education. Some already held English and journalism degrees. The School of Broadcast Journalism accepts one out of four applicants. Despite screening students beforehand, in my pod of 20 students, four dropped out within the first month. It quickly became clear that the program was designed to make or break. Yikes! I only had high school English and being a teen, I knew very little about politics, the economy and world issues — the hallmarks of good journalism. What on earth had I been thinking? How could I possibly survive? Were there times I wanted to quit? Absolutely. By the end of the program, just over half the students remained. I recognized then there are characteristics you need that cannot be taught. The ability to focus, work hard and persevere through difficulty. In the end, these traits serve you better in life than any-

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thing you’ll learn in college and are the traits employers seek. A university or college education comes with no guarantee of a job. Today’s graduates must approach their job search without a sense of entitlement. Although I carried a heavy course load throughout college, I volunteered my time as a writer and reporter. I loved volunteering and enjoyed many wonderful experiences which helped me grow both as a journalist and as a person. I never expected to receive anything in return or had the, “What’s in it for me?” attitude. I realized the students who fared best in securing employment were again not necessarily the best or brightest, but those who took it upon themselves to go beyond what was taught in school. They volunteered their time in the industry, learning skills, gaining valuable experience and making connections. The old adage is true, “You learn best by doing!” Upon reflection, what have my college years taught me? Perhaps the greatest lesson learned is knowing I still have so much to learn. Oh, and that old cliché actually is true, “It’s not the final destination, but the road travelled which will provide the adventure.”

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Sell me the story of your school days learning, throughout your program. Be prepared to explain them in further detail! Don’t box yourself in by imagining how your degree could contribute to success in just one specific role. Prepare for the job hunt by collecting possible job titles from different employers and practice explaining how your education fits each one. You may want to check out a handy guide to keeping your resumé organized so that you can stay on top of all this information.

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Most employers and recruiters have met hundreds or thousands of people in your field, many of whom possess the same credentials as you do. To make an impact, you need to demonstrate how your education is compatible with the role you’re interested in. This reflects your familiarity with the position itself, as well as your position as a qualified candidate. You might not have any work experience under your belt, but your educational history is an often-forgotten and incredibly important selling point at your disposal. Just about any post-secondary program will have helped you

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I have just about had it up to here with people telling me it costs too much to eat healthy. It simply doesn’t, and I intend to prove it. Made with a number of the spices on the Top 10 ORAC (the highest anti-oxidant foods) list, this version of Dorowart, the sweet Ethiopian stew, is a cancer battling delicious powerhouse. The flavours are surprising, rich and nourishing. If you can find injera, which is an Ethiopian flatbread made with highprotein, ancient teff flour, do so! The traditional method of eating the stew using scoops of this delicious bread is an experience beyond just the taste. Store leftovers in the freezer in single serving sizes and yum out for weeks, cheap!

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In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, 1/2 cup of the red wine, paprika, chili pepper flakes, and turmeric, and set aside.

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Add all liquids into a shaker tin with ice and shake until well chilled, strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

• 1 tsp ground nutmeg ($0.24) • 1 tsp ground cloves ($0.35) • 1 tsp ground allspice ($0.75) • 1 tsp cinnamon ($0.13) •1 lb skinless chicken thighs ($4.30) • 28-oz can chickpeas, drained ($1.29) Total: $11.32/$0.94 per person

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Pour tomato mixture over chicken and bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes.

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1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, shallot, allspice, black pepper, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds and dill seeds. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Once cooled, the green beans can be jarred (with some of the liquid) and refrigerated for up to 5 days.

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Dorowat (Ethiopian Chicken and Chickpeas)

• 28-oz can crushed tomatoes ($1.29) • 3/4 cup dry red wine ($1.75) • 1/4 cup paprika ($0.25) • 1 tbsp red chili pepper flakes ($0.05) • 1 tbsp ground turmeric ($ 0.01) • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil ($0.08) • 1 onion, minced ($0.88) • 2 garlic cloves, minced ($0.10) • 2 tbsp ginger root, grated ($0.10)

2. Warm a large deep pot over medium-high heat. Add oil, and cook onion for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and grated ginger, cook for 1 more minute. Stir in nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cinnamon, then add chicken pieces and brown for 2-4 minutes per side.

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Park set for a reboot after British Open flop LPGA leader Inbee Park, seen here at St Andrews on Aug. 3, claims she is over the nerves that hindered her at the British Open. WARREN LITTLE/GETTY IMAGES FILE

Canadian Women’s Ready to dominate Open. LPGA leader focused after hitting the “These greens are so quick that downhill putts you can overhit a little bit and it could go 15 feet past links in Edmonton (the hole).” LPGA leader Inbee Park on Edmonton’s Royal Mayfair Golf Club With the weight of history off her shoulders, LPGA leader Inbee Park says she’s ready for a reboot at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. “I feel like I’m a lot more relaxed now. I experienced some big pressure in the British Open,” Park told reporters after practice Tuesday at Edmonton’s Royal Mayfair Golf Club.

“I feel really good about this week. I’m hitting the ball great and I’m putting really good. “I feel like I’m ready, and feel like all the pressure is off. I feel like I’m starting new now.” Two weeks ago, the spotlight was on the 25-year-old South Korean when she teed it up at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, to try to become the first golfer to win

four majors in a row in the same tournament year. But in Scotland the woman famous for the softest hands on tour was gripping the club just a bit too tightly. Park finished tied for 42nd, 14 strokes behind the winner, American Stacy Lewis, and admitted later the pressure wore on her. “That week was big. It could

have been great if I could’ve played a little bit better, but some weeks you don’t play at your best,” said Park. “But I had a great experience there, and I think that experience will help me.” The British Open was an anomaly in what has been a season for the ages for Park. She has won six tournaments and collected $2,147,629 million US in prize money. She is No. 1 in player of the year points (281), No. 1 in putts per greens in regulation (1.726), and second to Lewis in scoring average (69.793). THE CANADIAN PRESS

Jays prospects begin journey to The Show It takes some five hours to fly from Vancouver to Toronto. About 40 hours if you drive. For a baseball player, the journey through the minor leagues from the Vancouver Canadians to the Toronto Blue Jays can take years. It’s a long trip many players start but only a few finish. Tom Robson and Shane Dawson, two Canadian-born pitchers currently playing for the single-A Canadians, have taken the first steps along that road. They understand there will be potholes and de-

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“You don’t want to get too high on yourself; you don’t want to get too low. This is what I wanted to do since I was three years old.” Shane Dawson of Drayton Valley tours, but remain focused on the final destination. Robson, a 20-year-old right-hander, was born in Ladner, B.C., about 30 minutes south of Vancouver. Growing up he attended Canadians games. “I used to be the little kid

coming up to the fence getting an autograph,” Robson said, relaxing in the stands at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium prior to taking the mound for a game against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. “I’m the guy on the field now, playing in front of every-

one and signing autographs. It’s pretty surreal.” The Canadians, one of the Blue Jays’ farm teams, play in the short-season Northwest League. It’s one of the first stops on the road to the majors. Dawson is a 19-year-old left-hander from Drayton Valley. While other kids played hockey, he concentrated on basketball and baseball. “Being a basketball player has really helped with my athleticism on the mound,” said Dawson. “They kind of

have the same thinking patterns. “In basketball you have to think more on the fly. In baseball you have time between pitches to think about strategic moves.” Dawson, who was named the Northwest League pitcher of the week earlier this month, has set a timetable for himself. “My goal from now is three to five years to be in the big leagues,” he said. “Hopefully quicker. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Boston’s Ryan Dempster accepted his punishment without admitting any misdeed. The Canadian pitcher was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for intentionally hitting New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last weekend. “At the end of the day, I think Major League Baseball does a really good job of thinking through punishments.... I thought it was in the best interest of us as a team to go ahead and serve my suspension,” the Gibsons, B.C., native said.

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It just seems right that a test drive of the Nissan Versa Note takes place in Montreal. In a region where fuel costs are among the highest in Canada — somewhere around $1.50 a litre — small cars abound, especially those that are specifically shaped to maximize passenger and cargo space. The original Versa wagon — a 2007-modelyear arrival — excelled on both counts. Paradoxically, its replacement, called the Versa Note, expands on that theme by actually shrinking in size, although not where it really counts. Nissan’s designers shortened the Versa hatchback’s overall length by more than 15 centimetres (it’s 33 centimetres shorter than the sedan) without reducing the distance between the front and rear wheels or the interior volume, which has actually increased slightly. Curtailing the size contributes to a new car that’s about 135 kilograms lighter than the retired 1,230-kilogram wagon. That’s significant for any vehicle, but for the Note, it’s nothing short of massive. The remaining bodywork is similarly appealing and makes the original Versa seem frumpy by comparison. Both Versa sedan and Note wagon lead their respective entry-level categories in cabin space, but the Note’s clever interior packaging gives it a clear advantage. There’s also the expected

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Look for four-cylinder, front-drive architecture all around. Engine choices included 2-litre and 2.5 litre gas units. Base ‘GS’ models will have a five-speed manual or automatic, and six-speed transmissions in manual or automatic were found elsewhere on higher-end GS or GT models. Note that from 2012 and on, Skyactiv technology fitted a high-efficiency 2-litre engine option as well.

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A small navigation system screen and limited rearseat space were among the common complaints for this generation of the 3. Others included tire noise and some easily scratched interior panels.

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Upscale styling, sporty handling dynamics, an upscale cabin and a pleasant, easy-to-drive character were highly rated by owners of this generation Mazda 3. Fuel mileage, especially on models with the ‘Skyactiv’ engine, was highly rated.

The last-generation Mazda 3 was loved for its upscale looks, sporty handling and fuel-efficient performance — but test drive your used Mazda 3 candidate with an eye for potential clutch and transmission trouble. If none is apparent, buy with confidence.

Shoppers considering a model with manual transmission are strongly advised to check the condition of the clutch on a test-drive by ‘feeling’ for any signs of slippage, or a ‘grinding’ sensation when shifting gears. Numerous owners have reported premature clutch wear, which isn’t covered by warranty — though this issue looks most prevalent in 2010 models. This issue may stem from a faulty clutch master cylinder and lead to transmission problems. Coax slippage from the clutch by applying full throttle at very low revs as a check. If any slippage is noted, move to another model. A full inspection of the 3’s body and paint is also advised, in light of several reports of finishes and panels that are easily dented and paint that’s easily chipped. Some owners have reported failure of the Bluetooth module used to link their cellular phones, so be sure that’s in good working order, too. Other mandatory feature checks should include the cruise control and all steering-wheel mounted controls.

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BMW’s electric car lightens up with high fibre diet Driving force. German giant’s fully electric i3 is made of carbon fibre, which is stronger than steel but a lot lighter Jil McIntosh

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The more something weighs, the more energy it takes to move it. That’s a major issue for automakers, who need to reduce the weight of vehicles to improve fuel economy while still making cars that can pass crash standards. It’s even more of an issue for electric cars, because extra weight reduces how far they can go on a charge. BMW recently unveiled its upcoming i3 electric vehicle, which is made entirely of lightweight materials, including carbon fibre reinforced plastic, or CFRP. “Carbon fibre is based on acrylic fibre,” says Jörg Pohlman, managing director

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of SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture with BMW. “We apply heat, which turns it into 95 per cent carbon, and four to five per cent nitrogen. The first process is oxidization, at 230 to 250 C, and then carbonization, at 800 to 1,400 C.” Carbon fibre is stronger than steel, and also much lighter. It’s made up of thin strands that are usually woven into sheets, in much the same way that cotton is woven into fabric. However, BMW uses a method that

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“sews” the strands in parallel. “If it’s woven, (the fibres are) bent a bit and we lose material properties,” Pohlman says. “This allows the engineers to put the layers in a form for the specific component.” From there, the carbon fibre is impregnated with resin and cured with heat and pressure. BMW uses a special resin that cures faster than usual, taking minutes instead of hours, and allowing the

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pieces to be mass-produced. Although carbon fibre components are ultra-light, they’re also very costly. Up until now, the material has been primarily used in expensive sports cars, where its rigidity and weight improves the driving performance.

The i3 will start at $44,950 when it goes on sale in Canada next year. It uses CFRP for its modular passenger cell and roof, along with aluminum, which costs more than steel, for its chassis. But the trick to its mid-range price is the lithium-ion battery that powers

its electric motor. Because the car weighs so little, the battery can be smaller and correspondingly cheaper. Since the battery is typically the most expensive component in an electric car, its lower price helps offset the cost of the car’s high-tech construction.

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It seems as though people can’t get enough of the modified Delorean DMC 12 that was featured in the Back to the Future movie trilogy. Now iconic toy maker LEGO has gotten into the act with its version of the Delorean that’s ready to assemble. All the appropriate gear is included, from the flux capacitor-modified engine and the working gull-wing doors, to the folding wheels and miniature Emmett “Doc” Brown and Marty McFly LEGO men. Along with complete instructions, a booklet that covers behindthe-scenes movie production notes and trivia is also included. The finished model is 13 centimetres long by eight centimetres wide by five centimetres tall. You can order one for $35 US from shop.lego.com.

If you have ever driven a vehicle (or a modern fighter jet) equipped with a head-up display (HUD) unit, you already know how handy it can be. Now GPS navigation specialist Garmin has devised a portable version that includes your current speed plus key info to guide you to your destination, such as turn-by-turn directions. Theoretically, the system should actually be safer than driving distracted while staring at your navigation screen. It works in conjunction with either a Garmin StreetPilot1 or NAVIGON app that you download to a smartphone. The information is projected onto a transparent film on your windshield or an attached reflector lens. And since it’s not built-in, you can move the unit to any vehicle. The Garmin HUD sells for $150 US plus about $30 for the app. You can get all the details from buy. garmin.com

Installing aftermarket seat covers is a good way to protect your vehicle’s interior against spills and general wear and tear. But the line of G.E.A.R. covers from Smittybilt will do a lot more than that. Each cover comes with a variety of specialized pockets, compartments and storage spots that allow you to keep your valuables safe and dry. Although designed primarily for the Jeep Wrangler, Smittybilt also makes universal-fit versions of its G.E.A.R. covers in a variety of colours, including camouflage. Each cover sells for $100-$150 US and can be purchased through several websites, including ebay.com. For a complete list of outlets you can check out smittybilt.com.

Fascinated by a movie car? Then check out the collection of posters from Cars And Films of Seville, Spain, which contains many cars you would expect to find, such as James Bond’s Aston Martin, the Cadillac “crash wagon” from Ghostbusters and the Back To The Future Delorean. There are also some lesser-known vehicles featured, such as Mr. Bean’s Mini, the 1973 Chevelle from Drive, the VW Microbus from Little Miss Sunshine, the checker cab from Taxi Driver and the Citroën Cabriolet from Gattaca. There’s even a poster of the Vespa Scooter ridden by Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Each digitally produced 40 by 30 centimetre poster sells for about $30 US and can be obtained through etsy.com/shop/ carsandfilms. The store is closed until early September.

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Cadillac concept could be a contender Autopilot. Big brands like BMW, Mercedes and Audi need to take note of this visually pleasing and clever new model Auto pilot

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It’s the Cadillac of Cadillacs, so to speak. The new Elmiraj concept unveiled by Cadillac last weekend in Carmel, Calif., during Pebble Beach Car Week, points to a new styling direction for the luxury brand, and represents another step on its path to add a new, range-topping level to its model line-up hierarchy. The Cadillac renaissance of late can be attributed to the introduction of great, distinctive cars, but also to aligning them more directly to the German luxury competition. For example, the CTS matches up perfectly against BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class, and Audi A6, while the new ATS matches up perfectly against the 3 Series, C Class and A4. So Cadillac is working on a new, big rear-drive platform that will spawn a contender to compete directly with the 7 Series, S Class and A8. That big new Cadillac sedan is expected to show up sometime in 2015. The Elmiraj styling concept is a vision of a possible two-door coupe based on that new platform. Elmiraj looks pretty cool to me. I’ve always loved “luxury coupes,” even though I rarely shop for them due to bank account fluctuations beyond my control. There’s just something about a big car with just two doors — the heroic proportions, the assumption of a mega-engine, the statement it makes about the driver, something like, “yes, there could be luxurious seats in the back for other people, but I’m not into that as much as I am into style and performance… you people will just have to make do.” Style tends to be exaggerated on concept cars, but Elmiraj exudes a clean and mature vibe, which Cadillac said would

be incorporated into future Cadillacs. Under the hood is a 4.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 delivering an estimated 500 hp. The V8 is noteworthy for sharing the same technology as the new twin-turbo V6 in the upcoming 420-hp CTS Vsport edition. Elmiraj also sports the new Vsport badge, which denotes it as an above-average Cadillac sporting machine, but one slot less hot than V-Series editions. The interior is noteworthy for its use of “fallen” Brazilian Rosewood veneer. Brazilian Rosewood is hard to come by but is highly prized as a fingerboard and tone wood for guitars. Elmiraj also debuts a new Cadillac crest. As the car, Cadillac says the new crest is just a concept, but an update is coming for sure. This version has no “wreath” around the shield, and the shield is flattened and streamlined. A production-ready Elmiraj and a sedan counterpart will be great news for Cadillac and for Cadillac aficionados, but some aficionados want Cadillac to go even higher, to build an epic “flagship” model that could stand toe-to-toe with any flagship on the planet, like it used to do back in the day, which means back in the 1920s and 1930s. I say let’s just get a big grand coupe built something close to what this Elmiraj looks like right now. That would be epic enough.

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept • Four-passenger, two-door “Grand” coupe • More than 17-feet long • Functional engine hood vents • 500-hp 4.5-litre Twin Turbo V8 powering rear wheels • 22-inch aluminum wheels with ceramic brakes • Rear bucket seats that slide and recline • 10-inch info screen behind transparent analog speedo and tach

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New Jaguar XJ will leave true driving nuts chewing for more Dream Car. This luxury model focuses just as much on the driving experience as it does on passenger comfort Traditionally cars in the executive segment, including the Audi A8, BMW 7-series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, have been designed as much for the passengers as the driver. This is because these cars are as frequently used to ferry senior personnel around by big corporate organizations as they are purchased for private use. So, the conventional stereotype is of a fat cat sitting in the back seat smoking a cigar. But Jaguar’s XJ is a little different. It has been created to

be excellent to drive. We were driving the 3.0-litre diesel model. There is also a 3.0-litre V6 petrol version, which is a little quicker, but less economical. As the XJ is made from aluminium it weighs less than most of its competitors. The car is also rear-wheel driven, so it is a hoot to drive. In fact it doesn’t feel like a large and heavy car and is surprisingly sporty. Inside, the XJ is roomy and luxurious. It is very comfortable and rides well. Even the sporty paddle shifters are tucked away as if displaying them more openly is vulgar. Overall you can’t help but conclude that this Jaguar XJ has real poise and aplomb. But the biggest problem with the Jaguar XJ is deciding where you ought to be sitting. Front or back?

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The Jaguar XJ’s 275PS 3.0-litre diesel engine. all photos handout • Best thing. The 825W Meridian sound system is superb. You get to choose whether to have Dolby Surround, Dolby THX or Meridian’s own settings to suit the genre of music or the movie you’re watching. • Worst thing. This car is more expensive than its rivals, even if you don’t factor in the price of the chauffeur. Then again, buyers in this market aren’t overly concerned with price.

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The future is safe: Your car now cares Autoknow. Technology is helping with driver and passenger safety, so rest easy and let your vehicle look after you todd burlage

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Safety technology will never be a glamorous topic. Not like design, or performance. Heck, even fuel economy sounds sexier than safety. But the dollars and lives saved because of advancements in safety are every bit as valuable and maybe even more so. High-tech sensors and cameras help today’s modern vehicles “think” and react on their own, giving them the ability to anticipate, evaluate and avoid danger in a fraction of the time it would take a driver. This is a significant shift in safety thinking: preventing crashes in addition to surviving them. The focus had been on the number of airbags, rollover protection and safer structures, all good after a crash. Today, using technology to prevent crashes is the next part of the safety equation. Tired-driver warnings With each model year, our vehicles are learning more about us, which is perhaps the most important development when it comes to improving driver safety. Saab, Volvo, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz are a few of the top manufacturers that are using “changes” in a driver’s “personality” to recognize a potential problem. For example, Saab’s onboard computer system uses facial recognition technology to analyze and determine if a driver is becoming drowsy behind the wheel. If the computer detects heavy eyes, changes in blinking patterns, or sagging facial muscles, an audible alert

is sounded to revive the driver. Other systems track and log usual operating styles and alert a driver when those typical patterns are broken. Underneath airbags Front, knee, side, seatbelt ­— airbags are found everywhere inside our cabins today. But Mercedes-Benz is developing an airbag system outside the vehicle as an active piece to its safety system. Designed to help stop a vehicle in a much shorter distance than standard braking alone, this airbag deploys from underneath and is lined with a carbon-fibre friction coating that acts as an anchor. According to Mercedes, it will double the vehicle’s stopping power. Positioned between the front axle and the body of the vehicle, the underbody airbag deploys only during emergency braking when sensors determine a collision is inevitable. Upon release, the airbag also lifts the car by about three inches to minimize the “dipping” action during heavy braking and improve the chance of bumper-tobumper contact. Subaru EyeSight One of the more complete safety systems on the roadway today is found in the 2013 Subaru Outback. EyeSight uses a camera mounted on each side of the rear-view mirror to monitor traffic and independently react and/alert to sensitive driving conditions, standing ready to proactively initiate an action if the driver does not. EyeSight manages an adaptive cruise control system that maintains a safe distance behind the vehicle you’re following. The system also features a lane-departure or lane-swaying warning alert, a pre-collision alert and a precollision emergency braking and throttle management system if the driver doesn’t respond to the audible warnings. Basically, the EyeSight system serves as a second set of eyes

In a side impact, the far-side occupant can slip right out of the shoulder belt and plow headfirst into the person beside him or her. GM’s new centre airbag keeps them separated and cushioned. all images wheelbase

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that will take control of the vehicle if the driver does not respond promptly enough to a dangerous situation. Centre airbags While airbags provide a cushion between the occupants and the vehicle itself, there’s little or nothing to protect occupants from each other — and a thick sweater doesn’t count. In a side impact, for example,

Because you can’t be looking everywhere at once, Subaru’s EyeSight system does it for you to keep you out of harm’s way, and to protect pedestrians and objects around you.

the typical shoulder belt allows the occupant on the far side of the impact to slide right out and catapult headlong into the person beside him or her. General Motors’ new centre airbag prevents this person-toperson contact, cutting instances of head injuries and even death. It’s a fantastic creation that should see widespread use in the coming years. GPS vehicle tracking Pricey, but perfect for parents of young drivers and fleet-reliant businesses. These tracking devices retail for about $550 US and carry a subscription fee of about $40 a month. The GPSbased unit is compact — it can easily be moved and used in multiple rides — and updates the location of the sensor every 10 seconds. Internet access is all that is needed for live tracking. System preferences can be preset to send cellphone alerts if a speed threshold is exceeded or if a vehicle enters or exits a certain area or address. The GPS tracker also serves as the perfect watchdog in the

A GM employee does another demonstration with the life-saving centre airbag

event of vehicle theft. Night vision This military-style technology uses thermal imaging to detect trouble on or near the roadway well before the driver would ever see it. Sophisticated frontmounted cameras scan the roadway and produce real-time images on a dash-mounted monitor. This infrared view of the roadway provides a perspective the human eye and headlamps cannot. This valuable technology not only detects shredded tires, a runaway construction pylon, road kill or other debris, but more importantly, a wayward animal or pedestrian. Pothole detection Available in the new Lincoln

MKZ and MKS models, this nifty technology automatically adjusts suspension resistance to help maintain a smooth ride and guard against wheel/rim damage, punctured tires and alignment repairs. And to keep you in control of the vehicle. This system continually monitors road surfaces and sets the damping level to hard or soft based on driving conditions. The car’s computer recognizes when a front wheel dips for a pothole, and it needs only two milliseconds to adjust the suspension to keep the wheel from sinking all the way into the crater. The system not only helps to absorb some of the force off of the front wheels but also readies the rear wheels for impact as well.

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Libra

Aries

Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 Try not to worry yourself about little things today. For some reason, you are in one of those strange moods when minor events that go wrong annoy you more than major events that go right please you.

March 21 - April 20 The more others say nice things about you today, the more suspicious you will be — and with good reason. The full moon warns you would be wise to trust no one except for yourself, of course.

Taurus

Scorpio

Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 You could find yourself bouncing back and forth between one extreme and the other. For that reason, you are advised not to make any major decisions. You’ll only change them tomorrow.

April 21 - May 21 Try to be reasonable with people today, even when almost everyone you meet is unreasonable with you. It’s simply not worth the hassle getting upset about things everyone will have forgotten about come tomorrow.

Sagittarius

Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 You seem to believe that you have left something undone, something that may get you into trouble. Maybe you have and maybe it will, but is it really worth wasting the day fretting about? Forget about it.

Gemini

May 22 - June 21 Changes may be good for you but that does not mean you must change things for the sake of it. Sometimes even a Gemini has to sit back and wait for events to unfold.

Capricorn

Cancer

Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 Although you are generally good with money, you will be tempted to do something outrageously risky today. Leave your credit cards at home and carry a small amount of cash.

June 22 - July 23 Make an effort to put your feelings into words over the next 24 hours because someone close needs to know you still care for them. With luck, they will respond by reassuring you of their love too.

Aquarius

Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 You will be more emotional than usual over the next 24 hours. If you find yourself screaming at people you usually get along with, don’t worry about it. You can always apologize tomorrow.

Leo

July 24 - Aug. 23 You may not enjoy what you have to do today but it will be easier to handle if you approach it in the right frame of mind. Enthusiasm and attitude are everything.

Across 1. Baroque painter, b.1577 - d.1640 7. Shrek’s species 11. Tragically Hip’s “Fifty-Mission __” 14. 2002 Atom Egoyan film 15. Actress, Soleil Moon __ 16. “Giddy up!” 17. Upper House of Parliament 18. Canadian dairy products brand 20. Stenographer’s need 21. Swiftness 23. Emerald __ 24. Weighing apparatus 26. Roller __ 29. Composer, George M. __ 31. Has _ __ streak (Is nasty) 33. Lucy Liu’s ‘Kill Bill’ role, _-__ Ishii 34. Edgar Allan __ 35. Mouthwash brand 39. At-a-distance countryside activity: 2 wds. 43. Get there by air: 2 wds. 44. Lively parties 45. Ravel’s “Ma Mere _’__” (Mother Goose) 46. __ _ _ _ added (Restaurant declaration) 48. Actress Ms. Rowlands, and others

Yesterday’s Crossword

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68. Spa staples 69. Tel. line in the office 70. Mr. Orbison’s 71. Could be tomorrow or...: 2 wds.

venue 4. Prohibition __ 5. Toronto’s __ Phillips Square 6. Rob 7. “The Pride __ __. Louis” (1952) 8. Athens locale 9. Shag rug kind 10. Tube-shaped fish 11. Treasures-storing box

Down 1. Grate 2. Stuff in fertilizer 3. Concert-in-a-park

12. Grocery store clean up spot 13. Mr. Fonda 19. Poetic contraction 22. Al Pacino/Ellen Barkin movie, “__ __ Love” (1989) 25. Cotton __ 27. “Champagne Supernova” band 28. ‘Resist’ suffix 29. Farm animal

30. “...__ __ all else fails...” 32. Fitting rewards, archaically 34. Attach, as a brooch: 2 wds. 36. Baby barn bird 37. Was a trail blazer 38. “Orinoco Flow” singer 40. Filmmaker Ms. Wertmuller 41. Madonna hit 42. Some stoves 47. Fairgrounds section 48. Book of Judges judge 49. Room: French 50. Canadian National Exhibition, aka __ __ (Toronto’s annual summer fair) 51. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic spoof hit: 2 wds. 52. Alberta’s McMurray, et al. 54. Can.-US-Mex. pact 57. Boxing periods, for short 59. Ms. Tequila 60. Swedish actress Ms. Persson 62. Steven Spielberg, e.g. 63. “Wow!” 65. ‘R’ in CPR, for short (Choo, choo...)

Sudoku

How to play Fill in the grid, so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9. There is no math involved.

Feb. 20 - March 20 Old ways are often best. Don’t give up on existing methods and routines, at least not until you are certain you have found something better to replace them with. SALLY BROMPTON

Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 Why do you feel so stressed? Almost certainly it is the influence of the full moon but the good news is that tomorrow you will be fine.

By Kelly Ann Buchanan

49. Singer Gwen 53. Join 55. At the drop of _ __ (Fast) 56. Be reluctant 58. Montreal summer 61. Disappoints: 2 wds. 64. __ wheel 66. Floral necklace 67. “_ __ a wonderful time.”

Pisces

Virgo

Weather

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Crossword: Canada Across and Down

Horoscopes

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Yesterday’s Sudoku

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