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Teachers are winning PR battle: Poll Dispute with Liberals. One-day strikes not hurting teachers much because of advance notice to parents

Nearly half of Ontarians — 49 per cent — support the teachers in the dispute with the Liberal government, a new poll suggests. About a third — 35 per cent — back the government, the Forum Research survey shows. Another 12 per cent endorse neither side and four per cent are unsure.

monkey trouble Yasmin Nakhuda hugs her 12-year-old son, Misha, outside the Animal Services offices in Toronto on Wednesday as she rallies support for the return of her monkey. Darwin was seized earlier this month after he was found wandering at an Ikea parking lot. There was more media at the event than there were protesters. Story, page 8. Chris Young/the canadian press

Right way to strike?

“This has been a very Canadian type of protest: ‘In three days time, we’re going to go out for one day.’ That’s all worked to the teachers’ advantage.” Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff

The results come as Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario members hold rotating strikes across the province to protest Bill 115, the legislation that imposes a two-year wage freeze and curbs rights and benefits.

“The teachers have done a really great job of positioning this as a collective bargaining issue. The teachers are getting their message out,” Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said Wednesday. “The government has been trying to low-bridge this whole issue and they’ve not been antagonizing the teachers, but by doing that they haven’t really put their own case forward,” said Bozinoff. “So there’s been nothing to refute whatever the teachers have been saying.” Forum polled 990 people on Monday using interactive voiceresponse telephone technology. torstar news service

Django not Rapists deserve Love for Adele easy to watch death: Activists still strong Even Quentin Tarantino was brought to tears by some scenes in his film that show slaves being brutalized page 40

Near-fatal gang rape of student in India sparks calls for swift and stringent punishment against those who attack women page 12

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PETA, ALF in Toronto take opposite strategies in fight The fur is flying among animalrights activists in Toronto, as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stages a fur coat giveaway days after the Animal Liberation Front vandalized two downtown stores. PETA will distribute 30 fur coats to women from four homeless shelters at John Innes Community Centre Thursday, hoping to send the message that only Toronto’s most needy citizens should ever wear fur. “We can’t bring the animals back, but we can bring a little warmth to people in desperate need,” said Emily Lavender of PETA. PETA receives hundreds of donated coats every year from people who have had a change of heart about fur. Their socalled “fur kitchens” have been held in the U.S. since 1988, but Thursday’s giveaway marks a first in Canada.

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Anti-fur. PETA plans to hand out old furs to homeless people, while militant ALF vandalized stores

Vengeance fail? Toros Torossian, owner of T.O. Fashions Ltd., doesn’t understand why ALF would target his store. He sells sheepskin and leather, not fur. He discovered a horrible, rotten-egg smell and a clear liquid covering the floor Tuesday morning. Security video taken at 1:30 a.m. shows a woman in a hoodie spraying a substance through a crack in the door. None of his merchandise was damaged, despite ALF’s claim in the email that the chemicals “will destroy anything they come into contact with.” But the event comes on the heels of an attack on two stores that sell fur and leather. Four Seasons Fur and T.O. Leather Fashions Ltd. — within a threeblock radius near Spadina Avenue and Adelaide Street W. — both had a foul-smelling

PETA members often wear donated fur coats during anti-fur demonstrations. The group is known for its shocking campaigns, including lettuce-bikini protests and people lying in fake human-sized leg traps on the sidewalk. COURTESY OF PETA

chemical sprayed into their stores early Tuesday. “This is what you get for profiting off of violence and suffering. This was your first attack but will not be your last,” an anonymous ALF

member wrote in an email to activist magazine Bite Back. ALF and PETA are not affiliated, and Lavender insisted that her organization does not condone illegal or violent tactics.

“The animal rights movement is trying to end violence, but within any movement there will be factions that engage in extremist activity,” she said. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

Camaros to be built in Michigan, not Oshawa

Ken Lewenza, left, Canadian Auto Workers Union national president, and Chris Buckley, CAW Local 222 president, react to a General Motors announcement Wednesday that the next generation Camaro line will be built in Michigan instead of Oshawa. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

Less than a week before Christmas, workers at General Motors Canada were angered to learn they’re losing future production of the sporty Camaro to a U.S. plant. The Detroit-based auto maker announced Wednesday the next generation Chevrolet Camaro will be built in Lansing, Mich., instead of Oshawa. The exact timing and impact on jobs wasn’t immediately available, a spokesperson for GM Canada said. The Canadian Auto Workers union estimated it could mean a loss of 1,000 direct jobs

starting in late 2015 unless GM replaces the Camaro with another product. “General Motors has once again shown a complete and utter disregard for its workers and also Canadians in general, whose tax dollars kept the company out of bankruptcy,” said CAW national president Ken Lewenza. Canadian politicians said they would hold GM to the commitments the car company made in 2009 when the federal and Ontario governments provided a $13.7 billion bailout to the auto industry.

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• Three plants in Canada are on average $34 an hour, compared to $28 in unionized car plants in the U.S., said Tony Faria, a professor with the University of Windsor. • The move comes a week after Michigan enacted “right to work” legislation, which bans mandatory union membership.

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‘Psychic’ charged with new counts A “psychic” arrested for allegedly defrauding a woman out of $14,000 also allegedly defrauded a couple in Montreal the day after he was arrested. Police arrested Gustavo Valencia Gomez on Nov. 27 and charged him with fraud and pretending to practice witchcraft, for allegedly

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convincing a woman she was cursed and charging her $14,000 to remove it. On Nov. 28, Gomez defrauded Gustavo V. Gomez Torstar News Service an elderly couple out of $13,000, police allege. Police also allege he defrauded a Hamilton couple by charging $7,800 to remove a “curse.” Jessica Smith/Metro

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Former shelter worker charged with sexual assault A man who worked and volunteered at an Oshawa shelter has been charged with sexual assault in several alleged incidents dating back up to 15 years. Durham police say a number of women recently came forward with the allegations, prompting

a “thorough and historical” investigation. Police say the alleged incidents took place while the women used the Gate 3:16 shelter. Earl Sanderson, 67, of Scugog Township, is charged with four counts of sexual assault. Police say he was involved with the shelter up until this year and his duties included teaching and counselling. They’re asking anyone with information to contact them. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Call home from a giant snow globe Homesick for the holidays? The cure may be a free phone call away. Mobilicity invites all Torontonians to call loved ones across Canada and abroad for free — inside a giant 24foot snow globe. Friday, a crowd of international students and Canadians with loved ones

abroad will be lining up at Yonge-Dundas Square to enter the snow globe and make a free long-distance call anywhere in the world. Mobilicity’s Anthony Booth will officially launch the event by triggering snow to fall inside the giant globe. A recent survey found that 73 per cent said if they can’t be with friends or family over the holidays, hearing their voices over the telephone is the next best thing. Metro

Pimp gets 1 year after guilty plea Assault, procuring. Markham man lured a woman into becoming a stripper and prostitute A Markham man has pleaded guilty to living off the avails of a woman he met at a Mississauga strip club. Jamal Forde-Beckles must serve a further four months and 21 days after Ontario Superior Court Justice Jane Kelly sentenced him to a year in jail Wednesday, deducting time he has already served. “You’re a very young man, 24, so very young and you’ve got a lot of living ahead of

you,” Kelly said, adding that he seems to have learned his lesson. She accepted a joint sentencing submission from defence lawyer Luc Leclair and prosecutor Emma Haydon. While at an Elm Drive apartment in Mississauga, he beat the woman with a belt with a metal buckle, and threw her into the shower, turning on the hot, then the cold water, and threatening to kill her. She finally got out of the shower and threw herself on the bed, crying. She then went to police. Leclair told the judge Forde-Beckles, whose brother, a bank worker, was in court, has good family support. Torstar news service

Background

Jamal Forde-Beckles met the victim at a strip club in August 2010 and convinced her to become a stripper, enticing her with the money she would make. She soon started performing extras, including $100 for oral sex and was

hauling in between $500 and $1,000 a night, according to an agreed statement of facts. • The victim also worked in a massage parlour, performing sexual services there.

What woman wouldn’t want a shark in her living room? Adam Shearer stands in his living room with his eight-foot mounted wall shark that he just sold on Craigslist. His grandfather caught the shark in Florida before Adam was born. When Shearer got engaged, the interior design scheme of the living room had one big change. The shark had to go. It was bought by a chef from Welland, who was fascinated with his grandfather’s story. Lucas Oleniuk/TorStar news service

Shelter would be just ducky All you want for Christmas is a domestic duck? With five days to go before the gift-giving holiday, the SPCA has announced a special deal on a flock of domestic ducks rescued several weeks ago from a Markham park, waiving the $25-per-bird adoption fee in a bid to find the ducks a home. It was about a year ago that residents living near Mark-

ham’s Milne Dam Conservation Park began to notice an everexpanding flock surrounding the neighbourhood, unable to feed themselves and in need of shelter. It’s unclear how the ducks ended up at the park, but a pair of birdwatchers from Scarborough witnessed a man dumping about a dozen birds in the park in early November. City

officials have since speculated that the duck dump may be related to a religious “animal release” practice. In a move to protect the birds from starvation and freezing temperatures, the SPCA rounded up 36 ducks this month, temporarily housing them in a trailer on SPCA property until permanent homes are found. Torstar news service

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Obama wants ‘real progress, right now’ Gun control. President balances 2nd amendment rights and steady wave of killings in proactive address

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“The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing.” Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanded “concrete proposals” on curbing gun violence that he could send to Congress no later than January — an urgent effort to build on the growing political consensus over gun restrictions following last week’s massacre of children at a Connecticut school. It was a tough new tone for the president, whose first four years were largely quiet on the issue amid widespread political reluctance to tackle a powerful gun-rights lobby. But emotions have been high after the gunman in Friday’s shooting used a semi-automatic rifle to kill 20 young children and six adults at the

school, after killing his mother at home. “This time, the words need to lead to action,” Obama said. He said he will push legislation “without delay” and urged Congress to hold votes on the bill next year. “The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence doesn’t mean we can’t steadily reduce the violence,” Obama said. The policy process Obama was announcing Wednesday was expected to include input from the departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services. The Department of Homeland Security is also expected to play a key role. the associated press

Funeral processions continue in Newtown Firefighters wait for a procession at the main intersection in the village of Newtown, Conn., on Wednesday, as they pay respects to Daniel Gerard Barden, one of the students killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The small, quiet town has seen gridlock traffic caused by funeral processions, as well as the large number of national and international media covering the aftermath of the shooting. Barden, 7, was killed when the gunman, Adam Lanza, walked into the school last Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. Julio Cortez/the associated press

Going too far? Bulletproof backpack maker’s sales up 300%

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Vice-President Joe Biden as he makes a statement Wednesday at the White House. Biden, a longtime gun-control advocate, will be spearheading efforts for a new gun policy. the associated press

Parents reeling in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting are fuelling sales of armoured backpacks for children, as firearms enthusiasts stock up on assault rifles nationwide amid fears of imminent gun control measures. U.S. armour manufacturer Amendment II’s sales of children backpacks and armoured inserts are up 300 per cent. the associated press

A children’s backpack with an antiballistic insert is shot with a 9 mm pistol. the associated press

Guns in Canada. Tories repeal gun-show rules The Conservative government has repealed federal gun show regulations, on the advice of the same controversial advisory committee the prime minister recently rebuked. The changes kill a set of rules that were introduced by the Liberals in 1998, but never brought into force after years of deferrals. The regulations would have required the sponsor of a gun show to notify police and the chief firearms offi-

cer of the province before an event, and to ensure the security and safety of the location and the guns. The government says it consulted Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee, which felt the vast majority already follow the rules. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper rejected the committee’s other recommendations to loosen certain gun control laws. the canadian press


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Smarten up. IQ tests are just too simple by half, researcher warns A new study released Wednesday suggests IQ tests aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. “I think IQ tests are a massive over-simplification,” said Adam Hampshire, one-half of the team of researchers who debunked the IQ myth. “I would be incredibly skeptical of their results.” Traditional IQ tests favour one type of intelligence, said Hampshire. But people can be smart in multiple ways. Hampshire and his partner Adrian Owen, from Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute, created a new test that was able to gauge a person’s intelligence in a variety of streams. It was posted online and gathered tens of thousands of hits in just a few weeks. “The day the initial trial went live, thousands of people signed on and they broke it,” said Hampshire. “People started emailing their scores and putting them on Facebook, challenging their friends and it went viral. “It was exhilarating and remarkably stressful.” The massive response gave the duo a broad sample of in-

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A new-year bow tie awaits Ikea monkey Little primate’s a viral star. Yasmin Nakhuda says Darwin was taken from her illegally and she’s facing a court fight on Thursday Yasmin Nakhuda has everything ready for her little monkey to come home: A tiny Santa Claus suit for Christmas, a bow tie for New Year’s, and a cottage rented in Kawartha Lakes, where it’s not yet illegal to own a monkey. On Thursday she’ll be asking the court to return Darwin swiftly. On Dec. 9, Darwin was found wandering in a north Toronto Ikea parking lot. A photo of him in a fauxshearling coat soon made its way to Twitter and from there spread around the world. It even landed Darwin a nod from The Guardian newspaper in its 10 fashion moments of the year. Bylaw officials asked Nak-

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Snowboarder lost for two days A 33-year-old snowboarder from Ottawa is recovering after being rescued from a wilderness area north of Vancouver where he was stranded for two days. Sebastien Boucher got lost Sunday after straying out of bounds near the Cypress Mountain ski area. Initial attempts to find him were hampered by poor weather and the risk of avalanches. news 1130/cknw

We’re not so jolly

Yasmin Nakhuda leads a protest Wednesday at Toronto Animal Services at 1300 Sheppard Ave. W. in a bid to get her pet monkey Darwin back. Darwin became an international viral sensation after being found in an Ikea parking lot. tara walton/torstar news service

huda to surrender the animal and fined her $240 under the Toronto Municipal Code for keeping a prohibited animal. The opposing side in her court case is requesting an adjournment, something that would give Kawartha Lakes time to enact an exotic-animals ban already in the pipeline. Speaking outside Toronto Animal Services, Nakhuda talked about the trauma. “Unless you’ve owned a primate, you cannot under-

stand what it is to lose one,” said Nakhuda, who works as a real-estate lawyer. About 30 supporters, many friends and family members, attended a protest Wednesday at Toronto Animal Services’ 1300 Sheppard Ave. W. location. Nakhuda’s children — 16-year-old Omar and 12-year-old Misha — held signs that featured a picture of Darwin behind bars and read: “Free Darwin now!”

Happy? You’re in Latin America The world’s happiest people aren’t in Qatar, the richest country by most measures. They aren’t in Japan, the nation with the highest life expectancy. Canada doesn’t make the top 10. A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world’s 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. the associated press

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How will you spend your last night on Earth?

“I wouldn’t “I would do anything probably differently. spend it I just don’t with my see the family and point. I’m not a crazy guy friends. I don’t really to begin with.” know what else to say.”

“I can’t say what I’d really do because it’s not appropriate to print in a newspaper.”

“I’m a space fan, so I would like to ... look up at the outer world with (my son) one last time.”

“I would “I would live it up get a plane with all to Australia my friends .... though and family I probably wouldn’t get there in 24 and I wouldn’t even think about tomorrow.” hours.”

Evaan Kheraj, Vancouver

Luke Kellener, Fernie, B.C.

Barry Obondo, Edmonton

Elaine Fitzpatrick, Saskatoon

Doom awaits us — later Diane Leng, Calgary

2012 prophecy. The world won’t end on Dec. 21, experts say, but there are plenty of ways Earth could go KIERON MONKS

Metro World News in London

It was fun while it lasted, but it seems the world is ending. A growing clamour, based on the Mayan calendar, insists that Dec. 21, 2012, will mark the death of humanity. Even NASA has received thousands of terrified messages from the public. But the calendar has been misinterpreted, say experts, who claim the “end” refers only to the end of a cycle. The Mayan calendar is split into 394-year “baktuns,” and 2012 will see a new era. “The 13th baktun will end on Dec. 21, and another will start,” says Ines Valera-Silva, a researcher in Mayan studies at Loughborough University in the U.K. “That’s all. A catastrophe has never been predicted.” Mayans today have stopped

Who’ll look the fool if Earth does end? Worshippers gather at Kukulkan temple at Chichén Itzá, Mexico. CUARTOSCURO

using the old calendar, ValeraSilva adds. “There is no reason to interpret this as a prophecy, but obviously some people are excited by it.” Hollywood movies and social media have driven the debate on exactly how the world will end. One Facebook page with 13,000 fans suggests it will come from a cosmic

event. “The biggest threat is a comet impact,” says Benny Peiser, catastrophe specialist and founder of climate policy network CCNet. “It happens every few million years and could happen at any time. Astronomers are scanning the sky for potential risks, and we need to solve the problem for good by

developing the technology to deflect asteroids.” More speculators believe a black hole will open and swallow us all. The fear led to widespread criticism of scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider, rumoured to be capable of producing a black hole. Humankind may not need

Jaci Youngson, Regina

cosmic forces to bring down Armageddon. The Cold War may be over, but the number of nuclear nations has grown swiftly — and with it, the risk of a “final war.” “It’s no secret how to make the weapons and it’s not hard to think of people crazy enough to use them,” says Alan Robock, environmental scientist at Rutgers University and author of Nuclear Winter Revisited. Threat of terrorism beside, Robock sees a risk in regional feuds between nuclear powers India and Pakistan or Israel and Iran. Environmentalists point to rising sea levels and the threat of a supervolcano, while nanotechnology may yet produce microorganisms that kill us from the inside. The endless possibilities explain the interest in bookmaker William Hill’s offer of 1,000,000-to-1 on the world ending. “Some may say it is a bet we can never lose, for the obvious reason that we won’t be here to pay out should it happen,” spokesman Graham Sharpe says, but several bets have already been placed.

Apocalypse options •

Comet strike. Still the most immediate threat; likely to be sudden. Fear factor: 7/10

Nuclear war. Growing and probably more likely than world peace. FF: 6/10

Global warming. Rising sea already threatening some islands; slow burn. FF: 4/10

Disease pandemic. Could happen but unlikely to catch us by surprise. FF: 2/10

Sun burnout. A sure thing but will be in 4.5 billion years’ time. FF: 0/10

Bedtime reading: This Mayan manuscript suggests an end to a calendar cycle. GETTY IMAGES

1999 Nostradamus: Said “the King of Terror” would come from the sky in “1999 and seven months.”

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2011 The Rapture: 91-year-old radio preacher Harold Camping’s prophecy of physical rapture and end of the world was his 6th overall fail.

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Large Hadron Collider goes live: Many believed Swiss particle accelerator would cause black hole that would destroy Earth.

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The Millennium Bug (Y2K): Falling planes and exploding computers predicted.

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Taiwanese cult “The True Way”: Hon-Ming Chen said God would come to Earth in a flying saucer at 10 am.

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Heaven’s Gate: Cult believed Hale-Bopp comet signaled Earth’s doom; killed themselves to “survive & board a spaceship.”

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Pat Robertson’s prediction: Evangelist and ex-Republican presidential candidate “guaranteed” doomsday by end of 1982.

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Charles Manson’s “Helter Skelter”: Infamous serial killer used apocalyptic race war as basis for murders.

Christopher Columbus: Prediction the world would end in 1658 was his second failing (after discovering America, instead of finding riches in the Far East).

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Halley’s Comet passes Earth: French astronomer Camille Flammarion said comet “would snuff out all life on the planet.”

Pope Innocent III: The pope reckoned the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam.

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Millerites: Followers of Baptist preacher William Miller were convinced that the end of the world had been predicted in Daniel 8:14.

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José Natividad Ic Xec, a native Mayan living in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán in Mexico where the Mayan civilization once thrived, has dedicated his life to promoting his culture and tradition. Xec explains what the doomsday prophecy really means for his compatriots. What does Dec. 21 mean to the Mayan people? For Mayans living in Yucatán, this date means nothing. Like anyone else, we spend that day thinking about what we are going to eat, about our jobs or what the next few months will be like for us. This date was only conceived as a stage in a calendar, as Dec. 22 marks the end of 13 baktuns, (a baktun is a period of 394 years or 144,000 days). And so, it’s just the end of an era in a calendar. So the end-of-the-world prophecy is all fantasy? People speak of a revolution in human consciousness, a new light that will shine upon the world. Believers talk of some kind of transformation and will gather at the Mayan pyramids to perform some kind of ritual. But all of this is not attributed to the Maya; we really don’t care about it — on the contrary, it makes us laugh. Our people know little about the

• Born: Peto, a Mayan village in Mexican state Yucatán. • Background: Parents were Mayan speakers; grew up speaking Mayan and later learned Spanish; at the end of secondary school moved to Mérida, where he currently resides; worked at the Diario de Yucatán newspaper for 17 years; also studied philosophy and theology at the Seminario Conciliar de Yucatán.

December 21 makes Mayans laugh Native Mayan José Natividad Ic Xec tells Metro their calendar’s end has nothing to do with the world’s end ancient Mayan Long Count calendar. The only thing we know is that the date Dec. 22 marks an end in the calendar, but people are using the date Dec. 21 because it is the solstice and thus a more memorable date.

Then why is the date such a big deal? Experts claim that the 13th baktun is a good opportunity for people to make a profit out of those who believe. And if those faithful genuinely believe in it, they would be

frightened; they would look for a bunker or think about a plan of survival. So this end-of-the-world talk is only a bit of fun. You use social networks to promote your culture. How

Doomsday industry still booming despite the lessons of the past Are you done your apocalypse shopping yet? You could throw down $30,000 on a space in a luxury underground bunker or a cheaper “survival kit” that can help you eat grass. Apocalypse literature is booming, with sales from the Left Behind book series worth almost $1 billion. It’s a modern update of the paper “pardons” sold as insurance against judgment day in the Middle Ages. Many experts trace the birth of the apocalypse industry to the U.S. Millerite movement, when preacher William Miller launched a campaign to promote his vision of doomsday in the 1840s. “Systematic commercialization first arose from fear of nuclear war in the 1960s, with companies building bomb

Doomsday plan: Dress up like a Mayan and party hard. Contributed

shelters,” says Lorne Dawson, sociologist and author of Prophetic Failure and Millennial Movements. “That showed the business opportunity, and it continued with the surviv-

alist movement of the 1970s and the growing fear of an ecocatastrophe.” The years 2000 and 2012 have revived the focus, and Dawson believes it taps into a

popular is Chilam Balam (Xec’s blog based on the Mayan document allegedly containing prophecies)? It’s a concept that I started two years ago, first on Twitter and Facebook, then on a blog, which I hope will

continue to grow. On my website, I publish stories on Mayan culture and its characteristics. Do you yourself have any plans to mark the Mayan event? Yes, on Dec. 21 and 22, I will be doing live broadcasts from (ancient Mayan site) Chichén Itzá. I will be chatting to Mayans who live in the area. I want them to tell me about how they live. Perhaps they will perform some traditional dancing. I will also talk to other experts like myself who have worked their whole lives to promote Mayan culture. But for all this to happen, I need sponsors. But I’m aware that our old indigenous culture is not a big seller.

Mexico. Prophecy injects billions into economy

basic human desire. “Simple psychology shows that people need to believe they do not live in chaos, that there is a higher purpose.” Doom preaching has drawn backlash following cases such as the 2011 suicide of British teenager Isabel Taylor. “It’s an industry that exploits anxiety and can be dangerous,” says Bill Hudson, astronomer and editor of the 2012hoax blog. Even if 2012 passes without incident, don’t expect the industry to stop. “Even when a theory is debunked, a core group tends to become even more fervent,” says Hudson. “True believers are locked in. You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.”

It may be the end of the world, but certainly not for Mexico’s economy. The Mayan prophecy will have attracted more than $15 billion in tourist revenue by the end of 2012 as millions flock to the country to discover its indigenous civilization. Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism predicts 52 million visitors will have come to Mexico by the end of 2012, many of whom will have visited the Mundo Maya (Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche states). “Today we are the 10th power for tourism in the world and we are working hard to be in the top five,” outgoing President Felipe Calderon said. Mexico put aside $10 million for a 2012 project last summer.

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Party like a Mayan More than 500 Mayan-themed events will have taken place by the end of the year. • Festival Mundo Maya. Folk festival that celebrates Mayan traditions in the Mexican city of Campeche until Dec. 30. • The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Located in Merida, Yucatan’s capital, the museum holds precious Mayan artifacts. • The End of the Long Count Mayan Calendar. The 365step pyramid of Chichén Itzá will host a ceremonial event on Dec. 21.


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India incensed over gang rape on bus Delhi. Protesters, politicians demand action after near-fatal attack shocks a nation The hours-long gang rape and near-fatal beating of a 23-yearold student on a bus in New Delhi triggered outrage and anger across India on Wednesday as protesters demanded action from authorities who have long ignored persistent violence and harassment against women. In the streets and in Parliament, calls rose for stringent and swift punishment against those who attack women, including a proposal to make rapists eligible for the death penalty. As the calls for action grew louder, two more gang rapes were reported, including one in which the 10-year-old victim was killed. Thousands of demonstrators clogged the streets in front of New Delhi’s police

headquarters, protested near Parliament and rallied outside a major university. Angry university students set up roadblocks across the city, causing massive traffic jams. Hundreds rallied outside the home of the city’s top elected official before police dispersed them with water cannons, a move that earned further condemnation from opposition leaders, who accused the government of being insensitive. “We want to jolt people awake from the cozy comfort of their cars. We want people to feel the pain of what women go through every day,’’ said Aditi Roy, a Delhi University student. As protests raged in cities across India, at least two girls were gang-raped, with one of them killed. Police on Wednesday fished out the body of a 10-yearold girl from a canal in Bihar state’s Saharsa district. Police superintendent Ajit Kumar Satyarthi said the girl had been

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“I feel it is sick what is happening across the country and it needs to stop.” Smitha, a 32-year-old protester, criticizing the Indian mindset on sexual assault and violence against women.

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On the same day of the protests, a young girl in India’s Banka district of Bihar was allegedly raped by four men. • The 14-year-old was in

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An Indian woman shouts slogans outside the Delhi police headquarters during Wednesday’s protest in New Delhi following the rape of a 23-year-old student. Altaf qadri/the associated press

gang-raped and killed and her body dumped in the canal. Police were investigating and a breakthrough was expected soon, Satyarthi said. The 23-year-old victim lay in critical condition in the hospital with severe internal injuries, doctors said. Police said six men raped the woman and savagely beat her and her companion

with iron rods on a bus driving around the city — passing through several police checkpoints — before stripping them and dumping them on the side of the road on Sunday night. Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar said four men have been arrested and a search was underway for the other two. Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress Party, visited

the victim, promised swift action against the perpetrators and called for police to be trained to deal with crimes against women. In New Delhi and across India, the outpouring of anger is unusual in a country where attacks against women are rarely prosecuted. Opposition politicians shouted slogans and pro-

tested outside Parliament and called for making rape a capital crime. Cutting across party affiliations, lawmakers demanded the government announce a plan to safeguard women in the city. Analysts say crimes against women are on the rise as more young women leave their homes to join the workforce in India’s booming economy, even as deep-rooted social attitudes that women are inferior remain unchanged. Many families look down on women, viewing the girl child as a burden that forces them to pay a huge dowry to marry her off. The Associated Press

Pedophile probe absolves BBC bosses of cover-up Institutional chaos and confusion — but not a cover-up — were to blame for the BBC’s disastrous handling of pedophilia allegations involving one of its best-known children’s television personalities, an internal review found on Wednesday. The review, carried out by former Sky News boss Nick Pollard, absolved BBC executives of trying to bury a potentially embarrassing story, saying that weak management and poor leadership were to blame for the fact that a planned exposé of the late TV star Jimmy Savile never aired on the flagship Newsnight program.

When the rival ITV network broadcast a similar exposé in October about Savile, who died in 2011 at the age of 84, the BBC came under fire for both harbouring an alleged serial sex abuser for decades and killing its own story about him. “The Newsnight investigators got the story right,” Pollard said. “They had found clear and compelling evidence that Jimmy Savile was a pedophile.’’ He said the decision by news executives to scrap the item “was clearly flawed, and the way it was taken was wrong, though I believe it was taken in good faith.’’

The review said the BBC was thrown into disarray when allegations that Savile was a serial sexual predator were made public, taking more than a month to get a handle on the situation. The scandal has since metastasized, tainting the reputation of the BBC. It also forced the resignation of the BBC’s new director-general, George Entwistle, and raised questions about its former leader, Mark Thompson, who has since become chief executive at The New York Times. The BBC’s decision to cancel its initial investigation in

Nick Pollard, author of a report on the BBC’s handling of a pedophile scandal, speaks to the media about his findings on Wednesday in London, England. chris radburn/the associated press

December 2011 over the objections of its reporters was one of the scandal’s most embarrassing episodes, especially as it preceded a glowing tribute to Savile’s career broadcast the same month. The timing and the circumstances of the cancellation raised questions about whether senior executives tried to bury the story to protect the corporation’s reputation. The report published Wednesday absolved the executives of that — the most serious — charge. The review cost the BBC $3.3 million. The report does not appear

to challenge Thompson’s account of his role in the scandal — and Chris Patten, head of the BBC Trust, said after the review was published that he has “no reason at all for disbelieving” the former director-general. Since the ITV documentary aired, scores of women have come forward, alleging they were abused by Savile when they were underage, sometimes in BBC dressing rooms. Police say Savile is a suspect in 199 crimes recorded so far, including dozens of cases of rape. Two additional internal inquiries are still in the works. The Associated Press

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New online scam holds computers hostage Cybercrime. ‘Ransomware’ locks your data, scares you into paying and may soon hit cellphones and businesses, experts say Visit a porn site and you could have your computer locked down and an online ransom

demanded as part of a security threat now expected to spread to other areas of the cyber world in 2013. It’s called “ransomware” and the idea is to scare computer users into paying money to get their machine working again and their data back, said Kevin Haley of Symantec Corp., maker of software security programs. “The scam is usually, ‘Hey we see that you have pornography on your machine and

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Holy site receives half a billion in cheques Worshippers usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaism’s holiest sites. But half a billion dollars? Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees Jerusalem’s Western Wall, said a worshipper found an envelope at the site Wednesday with 507 checks in the amount of about $1 million each. They were not addressed to anyone, and it’s doubtful they can be cashed. Rabinovitch said most of the cheques are Nigerian. The Associated Press

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The U.S. army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against a soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers, nine of them children, during predawn raids in March. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales faces premeditated-murder charges. The slaying drew such angry protests that the U.S. halted combat operations. The Associated Press

Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday that about 3,800 British troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2013. Around 5,000 will remain into 2014, Cameron told lawmakers. The announcement comes after a video call Tuesday between Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Barack Obama Time’s person of the year — a second time Going for three? President takes the win as ‘architect’ of a new America U.S. President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine’s “person of the year” for 2012. “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America,” Time editor Rick Stengel told NBC’s Today show, where he announced the selection on Wednesday. The short list for the honour included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head for advocating for girls’ education, as well as Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti of CERN. Obama also received the honour in 2008, when he was president-elect. In an interview with Time, Obama said his re-election “may have been more satisfying a win than 2008.” “We’ve gone through a very

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This officer really knows how to bust ... a move Holiday tradition. Former policeman has been dancing and directing traffic in Rhode Island since 1984 Ah, Christmas in Rhode Island. Exquisitely decorated mansions in Newport. A red nose on the giant termite that sits atop a Providence exterminator’s building. And a traffic officer, doing disco and salsa moves in the middle of rush-hour traffic. Officer Tony Lepore is as much a holiday tradition as anything else in the state that issued the first jail sentence for speeding 108 years ago. Since 1984, he has entertained drivers, pedestrians and gawkers with dance moves in downtown Providence — all while directing traffic. “It feels good to see him out here, it definitely brings the holiday spirit,” says emergency medical technician Michelle Peterson of Warwick. This year, she took her boys to see Lepore, 65, perform and got him to pose for pictures with them. The routine, Lepore says, was born in the month of May out of boredom. He was inspired by classic Candid Camera television

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footage he saw a day earlier that showed police officers elsewhere directing traffic with flair. “I didn’t know if my bosses were going to like it, so a lot of times if I saw a boss come down, I’d be doing my fancy stuff, then I’d go back and do it the old-fashioned way so I don’t get caught,” Lepore says. His secret didn’t last long. City residents began calling the police station and raving about Lepore’s moves. A few days later, The Providence Journal, the state’s largest newspaper, came out with a story on the sensation. The positive publicity encouraged officials to endorse the dancing cop, who continued to perform until he left the job in 1988. In 1992, Lepore says, he got a call from city officials asking him to rejoin the force to dance and direct traffic around Christmastime as they pushed to redefine the city’s image and bring visitors downtown. The Associated Press

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Judge with vertigo questions his own fairness The B.C. Court of Appeal has reduced a man’s sentence to 18 months from two years after the trial judge said he was suffering from a sudden vertigo problem and questioned his own fairness. Peter Hancock pleaded guilty to one count of possessing heroin for the purpose of trafficking, and his lawyer suggested a sentence of one year. The Crown wanted two years and the judge asked Hancock if he preferred to serve 18 months in a provin-

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cial jail or two years in the federal system. “I guess federal,” Hancock replied. The next day, the judge had Hancock brought back to

court and said he might have been unwell when he imposed the sentence and couldn’t say if he acted impartially. “He stated that shortly after the sentencing he be-

came unwell with a sudden onset vertigo problem,” the appeal-court decision said. Hancock wanted the judge to change the sentence to provincial time but the judge said it was too late for him to do that and suggested an appeal. The unusual circumstances had the Crown conceding that it would be appropriate for the appeal-court judges to substitute a sentence that the trial judge likely would have imposed had he been well. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Aboriginal drummers play in an intersection during a protest in London on Wednesday. The indigenous peoples’ rights march blocked a highway before heading into London, ending with a rally in the downtown. Dave Chidley/The Canadian Press

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Beating drums, hurling insults at the Harper government, and gridlocking traffic, about a thousand First Nations people descended on London Wednesday as part of a nationwide protest centred on treaty rights. The activists paraded along Highway 401/402, Wellington Road and through downtown — the path their ancestors took to the Thames River — as police turned to Twitter urging patience from drivers. Many wore red armbands and headbands during the four-hour, approximately 18-kilometre march, a sign of sovereignty, the protesters said. People chanted “Idle no more” — the phrase that’s become the grassroots campaign’s motto — as they neared the forks of the river for a rally. “We’ve waited for things to happen. We haven’t made them happen,” Chippewa of the Thames First Nations Chief Joe Miskokomon said. “It’s time for the government to stand up and listen to us.” Backers of the Idle No More movement say federal policies — specifically those in the omnibus budget legislation, Bill C-45 — are

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• Manifesto. The Idle No More manifesto says Canada has become “one of the wealthiest countries in the world” on the backs of First Nations people. • Profits. “Some of the poorest First Nations communities (such as Attawapiskat) have mines or other developments on their land but do not get a share of the profit,” the manifesto reads. “The taking of resources has left many lands and waters poisoned — the animals and plants are dying in many areas in Canada.”

weakening environmental laws and hurting aboriginal communities. First Nations should be recognized as sovereign stakeholders in decisions affecting land and resources, they claim. “We are the government in this country, and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper has to start recognizing that,” Glen Hare, the Anishinabek Nation’s deputy grand chief, said Wednesday. “Harper has crossed the line. “Don’t give Canada away and don’t sell us.” Idle No More started in Saskatchewan, spreading across Canada and into the U.S. The first protests were launched Dec. 10 and this week’s efforts are expected to culminate with a Friday rally on Parliament Hill.


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Strauss-Kahn’s legal problems not quite over Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his Paris apartment earlier this month. Jacques Brinon/the associated press file

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York hotel maid who had accused him of rape in May 2011. That accusation torpedoed his once-illustrious political career, and was followed by other allegations of sex-related wrongdoing. None has led to a conviction. The only case remaining is the investigation into Strauss-Kahn’s suspected role in a hotel prostitution ring in

the northern French city of Lille. An appeals court in nearby Douai on Wednesday maintained preliminary charges filed against Strauss-Kahn in March for aggravated procurement in an organized gang — meaning the probe can continue. He is one of several defendants in the case, which allegedly involves prominent city figures and police. A French writer also claimed that Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 but prosecutors threw out her case because it happened too long ago. The one-time French presidential hopeful resigned from his IMF job and saw his reputation collapse. the associated press

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South Korea elects its first female president Park Geun-hye. Newly elected president is open to North Korea détente Park Geun-hye, daughter of a divisive military strongman from South Korea’s authoritarian era, was elected the country’s first female president Wednesday, a landmark win that could mean a new drive to start talks with

rival North Korea. After five years of high tension under unpopular incumbent Lee Myung-bak (Lee Myuhng Bahk), Park has vowed to pursue engagement and step up aid to North Korea, despite the latter’s widely condemned long-range rocket launch last week. North Korean state media, however, have repeatedly questioned the sincerity of Park’s North Korea policy since she and Lee are from the same con-

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servative party. Ties between the Koreas plummeted during Lee’s term. Many voters believe Lee’s poli-

cies drove North Korea to renew nuclear and missile tests and to launch two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 Koreans. The rocket launch made North Korea an issue in the closing days of campaigning, although many voters said they cared more about the economy. Park (Bahk guhn-hae) has said she is open to dialogue with North Korea, but she has also called on Pyongyang to show progress in nuclear dismantlement. the associated press

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Damning Benghazi attack report. State Department security chief, deputy, resign Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11. The resignations came as lawmakers expressed anger and frustration over the findings of an independent review panel, and the State Department struggled to find a balance between protecting its diplomats while allowing them to do their jobs connecting with people in highrisk posts. An Obama administration official named Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, and Raymond Maxwell, the deputy assistant secretary of state who oversees the Maghreb nations of Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss personnel matters publicly. The issue of security at the Violence

UN suspends polio vaccination in Pakistan after gunmen kill 8 people in 2 days The United Nations suspended its polio vaccination drive in Pakistan on Wednesday after eight people involved in the effort were shot dead in the past two days, a UN official said. The suspension was a grave blow to the drive to bring an end to the scourge of polio in Pakistan, one of only three countries where the crippling disease still survives. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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mission and the deaths of the Americans became a political hot potato with Republicans accusing the Obama administration, and especially UN Ambassador Susan Rice of playing down the possibility it was a terrorist attack. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Donations are better than gifts, majority of Canadians say Holiday spirit. Poll also finds that almost half of respondents volunteered in 2012 A new study suggests almost two-thirds of Canadian adults would rather see a donation to charity on their behalf rather than receive a gift this holiday season. The poll for BMO Harris Private Banking also found that 78 per cent of respondents would consider making that charitable donation rather than giving a traditional gift. The survey also found that nearly half of Canadians (45 per cent) volunteered their time in 2012. The bank does caution that people need to beware of fraudulent charities, notably solicitations made over the phone. It advises you ask for the charity’s registered name, ad-

A man gives money to a Salvation Army holiday campaign in this file photo. Instead of receiving presents, two-thirds of Canadians would prefer a charitable donation be made on their behalf this holiday. The Associated Press

dress and telephone number and double check with the Canada Revenue Agency to make sure it’s a legitimate outfit — and always ask for a tax receipt. The findings are based on two surveys conducted for the

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In this 2010 file photo, General Motors Co. CEO Daniel Akerson poses in front of the New York Stock Exchange following GM’s initial public offering. On Wednesday, the U.S. government said it will sell its remaining stake in General Motors in the next year or so, winding down a controversial $50-billion US bailout. The Associated Press

GM will spend $5.5B to buy back shares Government bailout. Washington is almost certain to lose billions on deal that saved iconic carmaker The U.S. Treasury plans to sell its remaining stake in General Motors over the next 15 months, allowing the auto-

maker to shed the stigma of being partly owned by the American government. GM said Wednesday it will spend $5.5 billion US to buy back 200 million shares of its stock from the Treasury by the end of this year. And the U.S. government, unlike its Canadian counterpart, has promised to sell its remaining 300 million shares on the open market starting in

January and get out of the company’s business within the next 12 to 15 months. The deal almost certainly means that Washington will lose billions on the $49.5-billion US bailout that saved GM from being auctioned off in pieces during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. GM’s buyback will cut the Treasury’s stake to 19 per cent from 26.5 per cent. The Associated Press


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Philanthropy. Zuckerberg donates $500M in stock Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is giving nearly $500 million US in stock to a Silicon Valley charity with the aim of funding health and education issues. Zuckerberg donated 18 million Facebook shares, valued at $498.8 million US based on their Tuesday closing price. The beneficiary is the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a nonprofit that works with donors to allocate their gifts. This is Zuckerberg’s largest donation to date. He pledged $100 million US in Facebook stock to Newark, N.J., public schools in 2010, before his company went public earlier this year. In a Facebook post Tuesday, Zuckerberg, 28, said he’s “proud of the work” done by the foundation that his Newark donation launched, called Market Minute

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Penny’s end to cost a mint Chump change. New analysis shows price tag for redeeming one-cent coins in circulation will be about $7.3M yearly The demise of Canada’s onecent coin next year will save taxpayers less than expected. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the impending withdrawal of the penny in last March’s budget, saying the government would save $11 million a year in production costs. That’s because production of each one-cent coin had cost the Royal Canadian Mint about 1.6 cents. But a new analysis of costs shows that redeeming the mountain of circulating pennies beginning Feb. 4 will cost taxpayers about $7.3 million a year. The analysis projects a net cost of about $38.3 million to redeem some six billion pennies expected to be turned in by consumers and financial institutions over the next six years. Costs include $53 million expected to be paid out to redeem the face value of the coins, as well as another $27 million in handling and admin-

Jeff Golby wears an oversized model of a penny on his head as he collects donations of one-cent coins for charity during this past summer’s Canada Day festivities in Vancouver. The federal government is phasing out use of the Canadian penny, and the last one was minted this past May. The Canadian Press file

istration costs by the Royal Canadian Mint. Recycling the zinc and copper from melted-down pennies will bring in about $42.5 million in revenue, leaving government in the red at slightly more than $38 million. However, adding the $11 million in annual savings from not minting any more pennies, which ceased production May 4

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vegas: what happens here is Takes an eagle eye to spot a hoax written in a column Greetings, world travellers! The U.S. may have a Bible Belt to hold up the britches of the nation, but John Mazerolle this week we look at Las Vegas, metronews.ca the city where pants are optional. This luminous postage stamp in the middle of desert darkness is home to the American stereotype in all its glory. I have enough American friends to know the obvious — that the U.S. is incredibly diverse — but here in Vegas I’m surrounded by large boobs (not literally), large food (I had a crab cake with the same size and heft of a curling stone) and large cars (my ‘compact’ rental could comfortably seat a starting hockey lineup wearing its gear). After four days here, I have compiled this exhaustive 350-word guide to Sin City, which contains oodles of useful information for your trip to Las Vegas. (LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This column contains no useful information about anything.) Las Vegas 101 Las Vegas, literally “Lots of Neon,” was founded by itinerant escorts and slot-machine builders in the 1930s, who dreamed of a new America where all the worst jobs in the country could be concentrated in one place. Here you’ll find tens of thousands of service workers who must put up with customers in a perpetual “Listen here, friend” state of 1-a.m.-drunkenness, and the servers do it all with a smile — a tight, painful smile. You will pity-tip more than you ever have in your entire life. Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to distract yourself. For instance, while newspaper boxes lie empty in much of the United States, Vegas does a booming media trade with such well-respected publications as Barely Legal, College Girls! and Alt. Who Says Print is Dead? And did you know that in Las Vegas it’s legal to gamble? The only rule is that the gambling must take place in a one-third replica of some other place on Earth. The casino resorts include: • The Venetian, which has an exact replica of the Venice canals, right down to the neon-rimmed gondolas, the ice skating rink, and the country-western band playing covers on the hour. Viva Italia! • New York, New York, which for just $5 extra will give you a one-third mugging. • The Bellagio, famous for its fountains, which are a replica of the Eastern European country Bellagistan and its threetimes-bigger fountains. • One shopping mall also looks like a (really) cheap onethird knock-off of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, so presumably there’ll soon be a really earnest but widely disliked resort here soon with the slogan “A World-Class Casino ... Aren’t We?” Vegas could be tempting to dismiss as low-rent or vulgar, but unlike many other cities, it knows exactly what it is. And if you don’t like it, well, nobody told you to travel to the middle of the desert. The city also has many bars and whatnot, but I don’t want to get into that because of space restrictions and just in case I ever want to run for U.S. Congress. Mistakes were made. We’ll leave it at that. Because, as the man said, you got to know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, and know when to run. (That man, of course, was a one-third replica of Kenny Rogers.) he says...

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World fooled by Montreal video Relax, world — your baby won’t get snatched by an eagle if you visit Montreal. An online video of the massive bird plucking an infant off the ground has been acknowledged by its creators as a fake. The admission comes after the video, produced by students at a newmedia training school in Montreal, was viewed millions of times Wednesday on YouTube and was the subject of news reports in Canada and internationally. the Canadian press

With the Internet in shock over the eagle/toddler hoax, Metro decided to revisit some other online video spoofs of the past. • Lonelygirl15. This was an

early online video blog depicting the life of a fictional teenager named Bree Avery. The series followed the typical angst-ridden teenager whose confessional videos covered things like her favourite stuffed animals or her first kiss. Over time, the show evolved to include a cult and the mysterious disappearance of Bree’s parents. In the

fall of 2006, fans of the show discovered that Bree was actually a 19-year-old actress named Jessica Rose, and the show was revealed to be fake. • Dating site eHarmony cat

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While the rest of us busy ourselves with last minute holiday preparations, local singer-songwriter Jason Collett has had decidedly less seasonal preoccupations on his mind. Throughout the month of December, Collett is once again running his Basement Revue out of the Dakota Tavern, a weekly performance series mixing music with poetry that’s become a tradition for many in the city. “That was not planned,” admits the musician, who originally saw the Revue as a one-time extension of the spontaneous late night kitchen jams he’s hosted. That was six years ago. “The season lends itself to the whole celebratory atmosphere. It feels like a bit of a house party.” Tonight marks a shift, however, as Collett and crew leave the intimate confines of the Dakota for the far grander Great Hall. The move is a bid to raise some cash to fund a website and film to showcase the audio and video archives of Revue performances that Collett’s amassed. Key to the series’ success is the willingness of artists from both the music and literary worlds to step out of their comfort zones. Local artist Bahamas once played an entire set of Willie Nelson covers, while Buck 65

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Along with showcasing some of the best musicians Toronto has to offer, the Basement Revue series has given equal weight to the city’s literary community. The idea came after Collett attended an event put on by publishing imprint House of Anansi Press, where poet Kevin Connolly spoke. “I like how entertaining reading poetry can be,” he says. So when it came time to curate his Basement Revue, Collett wanted to ensure that poetry was included in the program. “People know that they’re going to get a name or two in a given night,” he says. The profile of the musicians act as “a gateway to the higher brow stuff.”

simply told a story. “Everyone is willing to be vulnerable,” he says. “That’s how you get closer to the people in the room.” In order to match the Great Hall’s considerable size, Collett has enlisted Revue alumni and “bigger names” who have never played the show before, though guests aren’t revealed ahead of time. “It’s not a cheap ticket and people don’t know who they’re coming to see,” he concedes. “People have to take my word for it.” But he’s certain that after word of the evening’s performers trickles out, “you’ll kick yourself the next day.” Jason Collett’s Basement Revue — Tonight, the Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. $25.

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The Internet is stupid, according to Jamie Foxx. When asked about criticism regarding his new film, Django Unchained, the star is adamant about the fact the online naysayers — who have been critical of the film’s frequent use of the N word by both black and white characters — are irrelevant. As long as Oprah approves, everything’s basically OK. “When Oprah saw it, we were like ...” Foxx gives us a terrified stare. “She was like, ‘I loved it. It was hard to watch in some spots. I cannot believe I was laughing in some spots at some of these things because you know me, I’m super-black woman.’ I’m paraphrasing.” Even director of the film, Quentin Tarantino, found himself susceptible to the online criticism about the film, according to Foxx. “A couple friends of mine, entertainers, read so much of it until they shut down,” Foxx says. “Even Quentin calls me, says, ‘Man.’ I’m like, ‘What? Who gives a f—k. They’re on the Internet.’ The Internet to me is nothing.” Foxx has an explanation for all the ire, for his movie and on the Internet in general. “What it comes down to is what I call subliminal jeal-

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ousy,” he says. “A lot of people aren’t artists. A lot of people aren’t special, so all they can do is stand on the outside and just say the loudest, craziest, zaniest sh— in the world. I actually laugh at most of the stuff, but that’s all it is.” But the film about a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter is receiving an equal amount of praise for its unflinchingly violent portrayal of life in the South, just two years before the Civil War. While the brutality is graphic, in a marked contrast, there are plenty of hilarious moments. It’s the kind of juxtaposition that is the hallmark of a Tarantino film. “(Kerry Washington’s and my) character were more the grounded characters and then all of these funny things that happen around them, which I think is so necessary, because it gave people some relief,” Foxx says. Heidi Patalano/Metro World News

Django Unchained is a movie so brutal, it brought Quentin Tarantino to tears. In Toronto earlier this month for the Canadian premiere, he recounted how he broke down during an intense scene where a couple of sadistic slave owners whip Broomhilda (played by Kerry Washington), the wife of the film’s hero Django. “I was operating the camera on one of those scenes and (Washington) got to me. The next thing you know I was completely blind because my eyepiece was filling up with tears,” he says. But it was more the context of the brutality than the bloody assault that yanked at Tarantino’s emotions. “That was a rough scene,” he admits. “Where we were doing it, when you see that scene, you will see shacks behind her and those were the actual slave quarters where the slaves lived on those plantations. There is blood in that grass and flesh in those trees and we felt the ancestors who once walked there,” he says. The Django Unchained that audiences will view when it heads to theatres on Dec. 25 is a toned-down version of the film Tarantino originally offered the American ratings juggernaut MPAA. “They actually gave an R rating to a rougher version

Director Quentin Tarantino made a conscious effort to drop some violence from his recent film. handout

than I ultimately ended up presenting to the public,” he says. It was the director himself who made the call to chill on the violence — even though the gore remains trademark Tarantino and there are plenty of scenes that will churn the stomachs of the strongest viewers. “I could handle a rougher version of the movie than what exists right now. I have more of a tolerance for it, but I kind of realized that when I watched that version of the movie with audiences, that I was traumatizing them too much. It’s just that f—king simple. And I want people to enjoy the movie at the very end of it.”

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Clocking in at just under three hours, there’s plenty to enjoy in Tarantino’s take on the spaghetti western and his homage to Italian director Sergio Corbucci, the man behind the original Django. The film follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave-turned-bounty hunter on his quest to free his wife from the evil plan-

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An early scene in Parental Guidance finds Billy Crystal’s baseball announcer Artie Decker confused by a barrage of Twitter and Facebook-related terms lobbed at him by his boss. While Crystal himself has become an avid and adept user of Twitter, he does share some of his character’s misgivings about technology. Pulling out his iPhone, he says, “The thing about these things — and I just got one — as a parent and a grandparent you can get called when things happen. But I hate seeing families in restaurants and they’re all

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(looking at their phones.) They text the waiter what they want. They look so sad. The art of conversation is gone.” That condition extends beyond the family dinner hour, Crystal warns. “What kills me also is people walking around town looking down at their phone assuming everyone else is

going to stop and get out of the way,” he says. “We have a world looking down.” That early scene, by the way, ends with Artie getting fired at age 58 after being a minor league baseball announcer for decades, always dreaming of calling major league games for the San Francisco Giants. Luckily, 64-year-old Crystal hasn’t

had to see any dreams go unfulfilled himself. “I’m shocked I’ve done as many things as I’ve done,” he says. “I’m so grateful for having a long career. And I hope it gets longer. I don’t take anything for granted. I’m so fortunate and lucky in my life. I met somebody who I fell in love with when I was 18. I’ve been married 43 years. I have two great kids, four grandchildren and another on the way. This was a dream of mine to get made and we wrestled it to the ground and got it made. If I stop now, every dream I’ve ever had is great. I just keep dreaming.”

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No height minimums to ride with this character Vertically challenged. The best-selling thrill writer, Jim Grant, is just fine with Tom Cruise taking on his beloved character Jack Reacher

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epically popular character of the Lee Child novels, who is written as six-foot-five with Metro World News ice-blue eyes, dirty blond hair Tom Cruise is one of the big- and tipping the scales at 240 gest movie stars in the entire pounds. That does not one Tom world. If he wants to take your Cruise make. “A lot of the book fans book and turn it into a movie — as well as cast himself as were so upset that they the star — it’s a gift from the weren’t going to get a facsimile of Reacher on the gods. He has the money, power, screen,” says Jim Grant at a and clout to make anything recent press conference to promote the new film, Jack happen. But the one thing Cruise Reacher, which is based off his ninth Reacher novel, One doesn’t have? Shot. (Lee Child is his pen Height. B:10 in Which is a big problem name.) when you’re supposed to beT:10 in “Tom Cruise isn’t a big portraying Jack Reacher, the guy, sure, but portraying

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“In 100 years, we haven’t had an actor of that size. The camera can’t deal with that large of a physicality,” he says. “People said, ‘What about Hugh Jackman?’ Well, I was just on a plane with Hugh Jackman, and he’s smaller than me and I’m smaller than Reacher. It just won’t happen.” Child has published seventeen Jack Reacher novels — the 18th is out next year — and he promises that what he’s seen on the screen won’t influence what he writes on the page (meaning Reacher won’t magically shrink and become a brunette). “I’ve seen that happen, but don’t worry, I’ve got 17 books out before the movie, soon to be 18,” he notes. “The character is so secure, nothing will replace him. To me, it’s very clear in my own head that the characters in the books and movies are related, but one doesn’t replace the other. The movie doesn’t cancel the books or vice versa.”

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She’s still rolling: Adele voted as AP Entertainer of the Year Banner year. Singer finishes out 2012 with another award, beating out PSY, Twilight cast, Taylor Swift and author E.L. James Though Adele didn’t have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she’s still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. In 132 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, Adele easily outpaced other vote-getters like Taylor Swift, Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James, the South Korean viral video star PSY and the cast of Twilight. Editors and broadcasters were asked to cast their ballot for the person who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2012.

real name is Adele Adkins, as a pop queen. She won six awards, including album of “There was an overwhelming embrace of Adele and the year. It was also a comeher music. And that was never more evident to me back of sorts for Adele, who for the first time than when I heard teenagers express their enthusi- performed since having vocal cord surastic expectations for the new James Bond movie gery, drawing a standing ovation from the Staples Center because Adele performed the theme song.” crowd. Joe Butkiewicz Accepting the album of the year award, a teary Adele Adele’s year began in tri- early 2011, 21 was also the exclaimed: “Mum, girl did umph at the Grammys, took top-selling album on iTunes good!” The emotional, sniffling singer endeared many a turn through recording the for the second year running. As David Panian, news viewers to her when she theme to the 007 film Skyfall and ended with the birth of editor for Michigan’s Daily copped in her acceptance her son in October. The ubi- Telegram, put it: “It just speech to having “a bit of quitous Adele was that rare seemed like you couldn’t turn snot.” “This record is inspired thing in pop culture — an un- on the radio without hearing by something that is really qualified sensation, a mega- one of her songs.” Women have had a lock normal and everyone’s been star in a universe of niche on the annual Entertainer of through it, just a rubbish rehits. By the end of the year, the Year selection. Previous lationship,” said Adele. But her luck in love has her sophomore album, 21, winners include Lady Gaga, had passed 10 million copies Taylor Swift, Betty White and since turned, thanks to her sold in the U.S., only the 21st Tina Fey. Stephen Colbert is boyfriend Simon Konecki. album in the Nielsen Sound- the lone male winner in the In an interview with Vogue magazine, Adele said she was Scan era (begun in 1991) six-year history of voting. The Grammy Awards in through with breakup recto achieve diamond status. Buoyed by hits like Someone February were essentially ords and done being “a bitter Like You and Rolling in the the de facto crowning of theT:10”witch.” When Adele announced Deep long after its release in 24-year-old Adele, whose Quoted

in June that she was having a baby with Konecki, her website promptly crashed under the heavy traffic. Their son was born in October. With such an avalanche of success and now a mother of a newborn son, Adele has understandably taken a step out of the spotlight. One notable exception was recording the opening credits theme song to Skyfall. The song was recorded with her 21 producer Paul Epworth at the Abbey Road Studios in London with a 77-piece orchestra. Within hours, it zoomed to the top of digital charts. “There was an overwhelming embrace of Adele and her music,” said Joe Butkiewicz, executive editor of the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. “And that was never more evident to me than when I heard teenagers express their enthusiastic expectations for the new James Bond movie because Adele performed the theme song.” The Associated Press

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METRO DISH OUR TAKE ON THE WORLD OF CELEBRITIES The Word

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K-Stew’s sorry for her cheatin’ heart Kristen Stewart knows she’s upset more than a few fans over the course of her Twilight tenure — especially since her summer cheating scandal. “I apologize to everyone for making them so angry. It was not my intention,” the actress tells Newsweek. “It’s not a terrible

thing if you’re either loved or hated. But honestly, I don’t care because it doesn’t keep me from doing my s—.” And as for the hugely successful vampire franchise coming to an end? “The only relief when it comes to Twilight is that the story is done,” she admits.

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Kate Middleton determined to make the Royal Christmas The year of the lost locks — femmes who took it all off the word

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Angelina Jolie dusts off her director’s hat

Angelina Jolie is set to return to the director’s chair, choosing to adapt Laura Hillenbrand’s Second World War survival story, Unbroken, as her second film, according to E! News. The story follows Louis Zamperini, an air force pilot who survived a crash and spent most of the war in a

Japanese prison camp. “I read Laura Hillenbrand’s brilliant book and I was so moved by Louis Zamperini’s heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film,” Jolie says. Her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, focused on the Bosnian war.

Who: Anne Hathaway Why: The actress had to shave her head for her role as the prostitute Fantine in Les Misérables. Current length: Short. “I love the short-haired lifestyle,” Hathaway says in the December issue of Vogue. “I’m turning 30, and — I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say — I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.”

Who: Charlize Theron Why: Theron’s shaved head is courtesy of her latest film role, Mad Max: Fury Road. Current length: Still shaved. Who: Kellie Pickler Why: The American Idol singer got a buzz cut to support her best friend, Summer Miller, who had to undergo chemotherapy while being treated for breast cancer. Current length: Growing out a tad. “We made a pact from the get-go that we would shave our heads together,” Pickler told E! Online about sharing the look with her best pal. “And we did.” Who: Miley Cyrus Why: Who knows. Probably because she’s aching to be seen as more “edgy” than her Disney roots. Current length: It’s not so much talking about length as it is talking about the crazy. As she wrote on Twitter when she originally lost the locks, “Never felt more me in my whole life.”

Despite her recent pregnancy-related hospitalization, Kate Middleton is vowing to put on a brave face for the Royal Family’s Christmas dinner, according to Radar Online. “Kate doesn’t want to disappoint the Queen, nor does she want to skip on her duties,” a source says. “She feels she is obliged to appear at the annual Christmas

dinner and doesn’t want to let anyone down.” Her husband, though, is offering an out. “William has his concerns though that she won’t be up to it, and told Kate she shouldn’t worry if she feels too sick to attend and that no one will judge her negatively,” the source adds. “But Kate isn’t having it and is determined to be at the dinner, smiling as always.”

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The Carly Rae kiss The Call Me Maybe singer breaks down the craft of the smudge-free make-out, her Ryan Gosling crush and why she’d never play spin the bottle with Justin Bieber ROMINA MCGUINNESS life@metronews.ca

Putting the makeup on… “For a press event, I need one hour for my hair and makeup. But if it’s just for me, I literally need 10 minutes. My grooming process has become shorter and shorter in my off-days. I like getting glammed up for the red carpet, but then being able to wear no makeup and be in flannel for a camping weekend. I’m like, ‘Take me as I am.’” The spin the bottle test. Ryan Gosling — yay or nay? “I’ve always had a thing for Ryan Gosling. I don’t think

On making out “I’ve always had fairly pleasant experiences, but not, like, a lot of them! Kissing is all about how you feel about the person. If you have no chemistry, it can be totally meaningless. But if you have the right amount of flare, then it can be a really magical moment. I don’t know if I’m a good kisser. I hope so.” Video

I’m alone in that! There’s not one movie of his that I haven’t liked. It’s his personality. I’ve never met him, but the characters he

plays are very charming.” And Justin Bieber? “He’s my friend, that would be too strange. We would

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“I’m a huge fan of a traditional Christmas dinner,” says Matthew Williamson. He usually spends the holiday at his parents’ house in Manchester, England, where he’ll be headed in a week.

“There’ll be some big family meals, walks and games,” he explains. But his fantasy Christmas looks more like an episode of Downton Abbey with some old Bob Hope specials mixed in. “(My dream Christmas) would be cooked by mum, of course — a turkey with all the trimmings. My family, all of my closest friends and their children would be there. We’d be in the grand dining room at Aynhoe Park, which is this stately home in Oxfordshire, with a roaring fire going and deer in the snow outside the window,” he adds. “Perhaps Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra would drop by for a song or two. Ok, I’m getting a little carried away now.” He fills us in on what he plans to give — and hopes to receive — this month.

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Zac Posen is officially “in” on Project Runway — he’ll be the new featured judge, filling the chair Michael Kors sat in for the show’s first 10 seasons. “This was an amazing opportunity,” Posen said. “I hope I’m here to give a new perspective to the designers.” Kors isn’t “out” — as host Heidi Klum likes to say to the fashion-design contestants who get the boot on the granddaddy

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of fashion reality TV shows. His schedule didn’t allow a commitment, but he will come back as

a guest judge for the season finale, according to a statement for Lifetime TV. Posen said he learned from Kors. “When I was a guest judge, I saw he was always a generous, warm mentor.” Posen’s best skill to offer the contestants is his sharp eye, he said. It’s Klum’s role in the new lineup to bring the voice of the woman who might be the eventual customer. Nina Garcia, the fashion director at Marie Claire, has her editorial eye, and Posen analyzes the specifics of the design, he said. The Project Runway season starts Jan. 24. the associated press


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Ann Nguyen Sales manager at Lynn Steven Age: 31 What she’s wearing Aritzia toque, Oak + Fort coat, Wilfred Free T-shirt, Rachel Comey shoes Her inspiration “I’m constantly in a creative state of mind, so I like clothes that are comfortable, functional and at the same time, an outfit that moves with me. THE KIT PHOTOBLOGGER: M’C KENNETH LICON, LITTLEFASHIONISTO.COM The Kit is a multi-platform beauty and fashion brand which includes an interactive magazine and dynamic app, a website, Kit Chat — an e-Newsletter program, and a weekly newspaper section too!

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@Jeanne_Beker: Sweet to have carollers @TorontoPearson Apparently you tweet them traveller’s name, flight # + date of arrival + the carollers greet them! @MaryamRitzy awesomeee!

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Is this the last supper? A bite of Belize. This country was once home to the ancient Mayans, who are said to have predicted the end of the world on Dec. 21. If that’s the case, go out with a full stomach “Cochinita (small pig) pibil (to bury) literally translates to ‘buried whole suckling pig,’” write the editors of Flavors of Belize magazine in their book of the same name about this recipe. “Traditionally, you should marinate the pork in the same manner but cook the whole pig wrapped in banana leaves underground with fire wood and hot stones for hours until tender.” This recipe by Chef Sean Kuylen can also be cooked in a slow cooker, on low for 12 hours or on high for six hours.

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Pierce

pork with knife and insert gar-

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lic cloves all around.

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Mix all dry ingredients; combine with recado, diluted in orange juice and coat pork. Marinate overnight. pan lined with banana leaves. Add onion, sweet pepper and place cilantro on top. Pour remaining marinade liquid and add more water to pan to approximately 1 inch

Dine like the Mayans

Pureco Cochinita Pibil

• 5 lbs pork shoulder or pork leg, bone in • 1 head garlic • 1 1/2 tbsp salt • 2 tsp cumin • 1 1/2 tsp allspice • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper • 2 tbsp red recado, diluted to form paste • 1/2 cup sour orange juice • Smoked banana leaves • 2 medium onions, quartered • 2 medium green bell peppers, quartered • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced

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Published by McNab Publishing Ltd., Flavors of Belize includes a selection of soups and starters, main dishes and delectable desserts. Additionally, this cookbook hosts a variety of submissions from some of Belize’s most renowned chefs and cooks. Each section opens with a brief explanation of the different cultures, whose history acts as the foundation of Belizean heritage. This colourful gastronomic guide delivers more than 120 recipes spanning cultures including the Maya, British, Mestizo, Creole, Chinese, Lebanese, Garifuna and more.

Dukunu. In ancient Mayan culture, corn was considered a gift from gods “In ancient Maya culture, corn represented much more than a grain used for food,” write the editors of Flavors of Belize magazine in their cookbook. “Corn was also considered a gift from the gods and cultivating it was a sacred duty. In fact, according to the sacred book of the Maya, (Popol

Vuh), the gods created humans from corn.”

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Outstanding value in Milton Meet the condo

Project overview

• What. Village at Traditions

Traditions in Milton continues to attract buyers who appreciate outstanding value in a one-of-a-kind location. Set against the striking Niagara Escarpment, Heathwood Homes’ warm, inviting, award-winning neighbourhood is master planned to offer residents a high quality of life.

• Builder. Heathwood Homes • Location. Milton • Website. heathwood.com • Sizes. From 1,481 - 1,587 sq. ft. • Pricing. $417,900 to $437,900

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Traditions is surrounded by ample green space with several conservation areas, golf courses and parks. It’s family-friendly, with schools nearby. Close to shopping, including a Metro, Food Basics and a Shoppers Drug Mart. Nearby is the Pasqualino Café & Bistro and Ned Devine’s Irish Pub.

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Finishes range from vintage oak-strip hardwood floors to granite countertops and hand-stained oak stairs. Robindale layout includes raised breakfast bar, great room, kitchen with separate island and a welcoming breakfast area. Master bedroom includes a luxurious ensuite and convenient walk-in closet.

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BILD’s presentation of the 2012 Associate Awards was recently held at our Annual General Meeting and I would like to use this space to congratulate three outstanding member companies for their contribution to the industry in 2012. Delivering a new home or renovation project is a big job that requires a lot of help from our associate members, who work in the service, contracting, manufacturing and supply end of the industry. This is why in 2004, BILD created the Associate Awards. These awards honour members for their quality, service, professionalism, leadership and innovation when working together with a developer, builder or renovator on delivering a new home or renovation project. The really unique thing about these awards is that nominees are judged by their clients — the builders, developers and renovators — as opposed to a panel of judges because customer satisfaction plays a vital role in determining the quality, service and professionalism put forth by a company.

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Don Mills becoming a condo Mecca Emerging trend. The neighbourhood is a hot commodity when it comes to new development Condo trends Duncan McAllister life@metronews.ca

Don Mills is one of Toronto’s emerging condominium neighbourhoods. Multiple new projects are underway in this busy, central location of the city. The Dream Tower condos is the third phase of the Emerald City community by ELAD Canada. It is conveniently located across from the Fairview Mall at Don Mills and Sheppard Ave. The 25-storey tower with 316 suites boasts granite countertops, flat-panelled contemporary cabinets, a deep soaker tub and chrome fixtures. Further down the street at York Mills, Tridel’s Argento is well under construction. The complex will consist of a 26-storey tower with 290 suites and nine town homes. The property was once farmland and sits on top of a hilly pla-

teau that rises above the Don Ravine. Located at the intersection of Don Mills and Lawrence is The Shops At Don Mills, ringed by The Donway circular roadway. The Shops is a unique concept in residential communities in a retail mall setting, a collaboration between Cadillac Fairview and the FRAM Building Group. First came the mall — an eclectic mixture of high-end fashion outlets, restaurants, a movie theatre and premium grocery market. You really couldn’t call it a mall. It’s actually more like a streetscape, modelled after the U.S. concept of open-air “streets” with premium outlets surrounding a town square at the centre of it all. The three mid-rise buildings span the southwest end of the complex, with plans for several more high-rises to the east. Reflections is moslty sold out. Liv Lofts is an existing building that has been converted into lofts, and Flaire is the newest project set for ground-breaking in the new year. Metro spoke with Tibi Popa at the Flaire presentation centre, who says that The Shops, with its open-air concept, is a first of its kind in Canada. What kind of condo buyer would live at The Shops at Don Mills? If

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Question: Last Christmas, we purchased a natural tree and put it up in our house. We were rudely awoken one night before Christmas with the fire alarm going off and had to hustle our kids out of the house. The problem was when the fire inspector determined that we had overloaded the plugs with the lights and our tree appeared to be tinder dry. We are still talking to our insurance company, although they were forthcoming with most of the money to settle the claim. Any advice? Answer: Not that people normally read their insurance policies, but there are provisions which are not covered. A dried out tree loaded down with lights and sockets that are bursting with extensions sounds like a recipe for disaster. This is certainly more of an insurance matter than a legal one, but you need to consider the repercussions of your policy and what it will and will not cover.

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you like shopping, this is your place, but there’s also a vibrant nightlife here that you won’t find at say, Fairview Mall just up the street. “A lot of young professionals work around here. It is very vibrant here at night. There’s a lot of exclusive restaurants that do stay open later into the evening, so you can experience a little bit more of the predominant nightlife,” says Popa. “Also empty nesters, people that have been in the area for a long time, and their kids are off to school.

Now they’re sitting on their equity so they’re looking to downsize.” The Shops has some very unique retailers, including the first P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in Canada. Fisker automobiles has their first showroom in Ontario here, with two of the sleek new Karma electric sports cars prominently displayed in the window. The $6 million McEwan gourmet grocery store is a concept by celebrity chef Mark McEwan, one of the judges on Top Chef Canada — think Pusateri’s on steroids.

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Classic gifts for the pickiest decorator Imagine having the task of buying a Christmas present for someone who not only has it all, but seemingly has great taste and knows what they like. That’s what my family and friends run up against every Christmas — trying to buy me something I don’t already have or will like enough to have in my home. Truth be told, designers are probably the simplest to buy for, as long as you don’t give short-lived trend items. By keeping the choices classic and useful, your gift will be a hit with your favourite design aficionado. Here’s a few that topped my wish list this holiday season. Some cost as little as a dollar and some hundreds. I’d love all of them under my tree this year, Mr. Santa...

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Nothing breaks the mood of a fancy party than having to use the wrong glass when toasting a celebration. And trust me, using a wine glass to serve champagne does not impress anyone who is style conscious. I like to stock up on glass ones and have plenty of them. My go-to store is the Dollarama. Glass Champagne Flutes, $1, dollarama.com.

Whether it be real or faux, a fur throw slung over a chair or end of the bed has always made a luxurious statement in the home. From year to year the fur colours change (this year it’s pale browns and greys), and there is always an animal print in fashion. Take a cue from designer Brian Gluckstein and his collection of throws (with a handsome leather carry handle) and live like a designer. Faux Fur Throw, $149, thebay.com.

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A decorative box can sit handsomely on a front foyer table to hold keys, coins and cards, or on a dresser to hold jewelry, pens and keepsakes in the bedroom. The Agresti Gold Leaf Box adds simple lines and a subtle gold shine to decorate any table or dresser top. $795, birks.com.

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A festive feast with a small footprint? Can my festive holiday feast also have a small footprint? Queen of green

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The holiday season is about family, community, celebration … and food! Delicious food. The house is filled with rich, tantalizing scents. For the youngest at the table, this is the stuff that memories are made of. The rest of us are carried back to our own childhoods and find ourselves as giddy as the little ones. The most festive of holiday feasts are both delicious and sustainable — a joyous combination that’s within everybody’s reach. And while that perfect balance is something of considerable debate, a few simple steps will elevate your table to one worthy of the love you bear for friends and family. Step #1: Waste not, want not Canadians produce an estimated $27 billion in food

waste every year, and half of that is household food. That’s not festive! Cook an appropriate amount of food for the size of your gathering, and plan for the leftovers. Step #2: Cook from scratch The closer you start to raw ingredients, the more nutritious and the more sustainable your meal is likely to be. Before you reach for the BPAlined can of cranberry sauce or the packet of gravy mix, ask yourself, “Can I make this from scratch?” The answer is a resounding yes. Step #3: Buy local and organic Organic food does cost more. That’s because it’s more expensive to produce than conventional alternatives, which we often subsidize with environmental sacrifice and long-term health costs. But since you’re now committed to not wasting any food, and to cooking from scratch, you’re going to save so much money you can probably offset the cost of buying

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Unlike most of Europe, Canada does not require labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Certified organic foods cannot, by definition, contain GMO ingredients. Outside of those parameters, buy carefully. The good news for your holiday feast is that there are no GMO varieties of wheat, potatoes or root vegetables on the market. However, beware of conventional canola oil or soy derivatives. In the last 10 years, genetically modified varieties of both these popular processed food ingredients have all but taken over. Organizations like The NonGMO Project have resources to help you make informed choices. Step #5: Savour the goodness You’ve poured time, energy and love into creating a meal that brings family and friends together. Enjoy it!

The butler responds

To be or not to be — on your lap: The napkin, examined When travelling by train or plane and eating while in motion, does the rule change for the placement of the dinner napkin or must it always be on your lap? Mr. Curious Charles The butler

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Dear Mr. Curious; Well this is such a great question because, technically, the napkin is only supposed to ever go in one place — your lap. However, with every rule, one must always know the correct way of when and how to break it. Yes, while in motion on a train or airplane, the napkin can ab-

Technically, the only place a napkin should go is on your lap.

solutely and unequivocally go from your lap to the dreaded shirt collar. Although many would gasp at seeing such a thing, you can tuck a dinner napkin in your shirt collar at any table when in motion. You are, after all, trying to stay clean.

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In fact, in the golden era of plane travel, the dinner napkin used to have a small button hole in one of the four corners of the napkin so that you could do just that and hang your napkin to avoid spills and stains while eating in motion.


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NHLPA waiting on NHL to resume talks: Fehr Donald Fehr says the NHL Players’ Association is ready to get back to the bargaining table at any moment. He’s just waiting for the NHL to feel the same way. “(We aren’t talking) because the owners have not indicated a desire to resume,” the NHLPA’s executive director said Wednesday night before a charity game. “We’ve indicated any number of times that we’re

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“We don’t have anything new to say right now.” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on the status of negotiations. Daly created a stir earlier in the day when he made an appearance on CBC’s HNIC Radio and was asked to give a simple yes or no answer on whether there would be an agreement in time to save the season. He responded “yes.”

willing to resume when they are (and) we’re willing to resume without preconditions. “So we’re waiting to hear back from them.” The sides haven’t negotiated with one another since Dec. 6 in New York, when talks broke down. They also met with a U.S. federal mediator for two days in New Jersey last week and re-

ported no progress. From the NHL’s perspective, negotiations should only resume once there is something new to say. “I don’t think either party is refusing a meeting,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email. “But unless there is an indication one side or the other is prepared to move or

has a new idea to move the process forward — and so far neither side has indicated — I am not sure what we would do at the meeting. “What is the agenda? Who is directing the conversation?” Fehr indicated that he liked the idea put forward by Winnipeg Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey that the same parties who met two weeks ago return to the bargaining table, plus himself and commissioner Gary Bettman. Progress was made during a session that included four new owners and a number of players, including Sidney Crosby.

Taking back Stanley?

Reclaiming cup not on GG’s mind The Stanley Cup may have been created by the office of Canada’s Governor General — but don’t count on the current office-holder to take the trophy back. Gov. Gen. David Johnston chuckled when asked whether the prospect of a cancelled season could prompt him to reclaim Canada’s beloved relic. Edmonton MP Brent Rathgeber has suggested the cup could be awarded in a competition to determine the best non-pro team in Canada. Also, one of the cup’s full-time guardians recently said it would be “exciting” to have a mock tournament if the season is cancelled. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Argos release safety Boulay The off-season house cleaning continues for the Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts released veteran safety Etienne Boulay on Wednesday, one day after cutting loose veteran kicker/ punter Noel Prefontaine. Boulay, a Montreal native, joined the Argos in the off-season and started 13 regular-season games for the club, registering five special-teams tackles. He played in all three of Toronto’s post-season games, including the Argos’ 35-22 win over Calgary in the 100th Grey Cup. He made one special-teams tackle and one defensive tackle in the championship match. The Argos also resigned defensive lineman Donte Paige-Moss and signed linebacker Shane Horton. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Raptors on the rise: Toronto extends win streak to 4 games Toronto Raptors forward Mickael Pietrus drives to the hoop between Detroit Pistons centre Greg Monroe, left, and forward Jason Maxiell on Wednesday in Toronto. Pietrus scored seven points as the Raptors beat the Pistons 97-91 for their fourth straight win. FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Tebow talk turns to possible CFL sojourn To Tebow or not to Tebow. That’s the CFL question. With the New York Jets electing to bypass quarterback Tim Tebow as starter Mark Sanchez’s replacement for Sunday’s game, there has been plenty of speculation and rumours out of the NFL that he might just leave and try tossing footballs next season in Canada. Apparently, his negotiation rights are now held by the Montreal Alouettes, who just signed 40-year-old Anthony Calvillo to a new two-

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year contract. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats used to have the former firstround NFL draft pick’s negotiating rights but dropped him

during the season. Negotiating rights are secret in the CFL so it’s only speculative that Montreal has them right now. But sources suggest they do. Several CFL teams need a quarterback, Winnipeg for one. But even if the Jets release him, chances are some other NFL team will take a shot at him. Tebow hasn’t started a single game since being traded to the Jets from Denver in the off-season. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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Authorities finish Belcher investigation Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher apparently was worried he would lose his baby and money to his longtime girlfriend before fatally shooting her and killing himself, according to newly released police reports. Belcher also complained about Kasandra Perkins, the mother of the couple’s three-month-old daughter, in conversations and text messages sent to a woman he was dating on the side, the reports show. In one text message from late October or early

November, Belcher wrote he “would shoot” Perkins “if she didn’t leave him alone.” The girlfriend told police that Belcher said “his child’s mother threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up.” Belcher shot Perkins multiple times in their home on Dec. 1 and then drove to team headquarters, where he killed himself in front of his coach and general manager. The Jackson County prosecutor’s office reviewed the police reports, which first were obtained by the Kansas City Star, before closing the case Friday. It formally ruled the deaths of Belcher, 25, and Perkins, 22, a murder-suicide. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Norway’s national soccer team looks to get Even against Canada Four Nations. Pellerud looks to rekindle his homeland’s lost glory at upcoming tournament When Canada plays Norway at the Four Nations women’s soccer tournament in China next month, a familiar face will be standing in front of the opposition bench. Former Canadian national team coach Even Pellerud is back at the Norway helm, as of Jan. 1. “I told my daughters the other day I will be playing against a team whose players I know much better than my own (Norwegian) players,” he said. The other teams at the Jan. 10-17 Four Nations are host Quoted

“He’s a great tactician. He’s got his style of play and it’s effective.” Former Canadian coach Even Pellerud will be in charge of Norway when it faces our national team at the Four Nations women’s soccer tournament in China next month. kin cheung/the associated press

Canadian women’s soccer coach John Herdman talks about Canada’s former bench boss, Even Pellerud.

Champions League draw. Barcelona and Vilanova set to learn of last-16 fate

China and host South Korea. Norwegian football officials had been talking to Pellerud about another position like technical director, but he was appointed coach after a staff reorganization Norway has had mixed results in recent years, failing to qualify for the London Olympics and exiting after the first round of the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Norway is currently ranked 12th in the world, to Canada’s seventh. “Norway used to be topranked and there has been a slide down ever since.... There is a desire to come back — inside the women’s program, in the Norwegian Football Federation,” said Pellerud. Under Pellerud’s guidance, the Norwegian women won the 1993 European championship, the 1995 World Cup and a bronze at the ‘96 Olympics. Pellerud stepped down as Canada coach after leading the team to the quarter-finals of the 2008 Olympics. He guided Canada to ninth in the world in the FIFA rankings and also led it to a fourthplace finish in the 2003 World Cup.

Champions League favourite Barcelona and nine-time European champion Real Madrid are among nine former winners in the last-16 draw on Thursday. Barcelona will find out its opponent as coach Tito Vilanova, who has led his team to a record start of 15 wins in 16 Spanish-league matches, undergoes surgery on this throat before beginning a course of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The club said Wednesday that 44-year-old Vilanova’s treatment is expected to last six weeks until just ahead of the next Champions League fixtures in mid-February. Barcelona, Madrid — and

Star striker Lionel Messi and Barcelona will find out their next Champions League opponents in Thursday’s last-16 draw. Jasper juinen/getty images

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Wednesday’s results Utah at Indiana Detroit at Toronto Brooklyn at New York Washington at Orlando Oklahoma City at Atlanta Cleveland at Boston Philadelphia at Houston Charlotte at Phoenix Milwaukee at Memphis Golden State at Sacramento New Orleans at L.A. Clippers Tuesday’s results Toronto 113 Cleveland 99 Atlanta 100 Washington 95 OT Utah 92 Brooklyn 90 Miami 103 Minnesota 92 Chicago 100 Boston 89 Milwaukee 98 Indiana 93 Dallas 107 Philadelphia 100 Denver 112 San Antonio 106 L.A. Lakers 101 Charlotte 100 Golden State 103 New Orleans 96 Thursday’s games Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Miami at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. Denver at Portland, 10 p.m. Friday’s games Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Orlando at Toronto, 7 p.m. Chicago at New York, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m. New Orleans at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Charlotte at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Sacramento at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS MLB

WEDNESDAY RAPTORS 113, CAVALIERS 99 TORONTO (113) Calderon 10-15 0-0 23, Anderson 6-12 1-2 18, Johnson 6-7 5-5 17, DeRozan 4-9 8-8 16, Lucas 4-7 1-1 11, Kleiza 2-6 6-7 10, Valanciunas 3-6 2-4 8, Davis 2-7 0-0 4, Pietrus 1-4 0-0 3, Ross 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 39-75 23-27 113.

CLEVELAND (99) Irving 9-16 3-5 23, Varejao 5-12 12-16 22, Gee 6-8 2-3 15, Miles 4-7 3-3 13, Thompson 5-8 0-1 10, Waiters 4-13 0-2 8, Gibson 2-3 0-0 6, Zeller 1-2 0-0 2, Walton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-70 20-30 99. Toronto Cleveland

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3-Point Goals—Toronto 12-24 (Anderson 5-7, Calderon 3-6, Lucas 2-3, Pietrus 1-3, Kleiza 0-3, Ross 1-1, DeRozan 0-1). Cleveland 7-16 (Irving 2-5, Miles 2-4, Gibson 2-3, Waiters 0-2, Gee 1-1, Walton 0-1). Rebounds—Toronto 36 (Valanciunas 7, Johnson 6, Anderson 6, DeRozan 5, Calderon 5, Davis 4, Kleiza 1, Lucas 1, Ross 1). Cleveland 33 (Varejao 10, Thompson 9, Gee 4, Miles 4, Irving 3, Zeller 2, Gibson 1). Assists—Toronto 25 (Calderon 6). Cleveland 19 (Irving 7). Total Fouls—Toronto 24, Cleveland 26. A—13,233. T—2:18

AHL Wednesday’s result Abbotsford at Chicago St. John’s at Adirondack Springfield at Portland Norfolk at Hershey Albany at Bridgeport Toronto at Lake Erie Rochester at Grand Rapids W-B/Scranton at Binghamton Rockford at Milwaukee San Antonio at Texas Tuesday’s result Peoria 4 Hamilton 3 (SO) Thursday’s games All Times Eastern Houston at Lake Erie, 7 p.m. Peoria at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Friday’s games Connecticut at Manchester, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 7 p.m. Peoria at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Abbotsford at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Binghamton at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Worcester at Providence, 7:05 p.m. St. John’s at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. Albany at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m. Adirondack at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. Rockford at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

SOCCER SCOTLAND DIVISION 3

Tuesday’s result East Stirlingshire 2, Montrose 2

DFB POKAL THIRD ROUND

Tuesday’s results Bochum 3, 1860 Munich 0 Borussia Dortmund 5, Hannover 1 Stuttgart 2, Cologne 1 Wolfsburg 2, Bayer Leverkusen 1

COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE — Suspended free agent minor league RHP Kyle Pelchy 50 games for refusing to take an off-season drug test.

AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with 1B Travis Ishikawa, LHP Daniel Schlereth and LHP Zach Braddock on minor league contracts. BOSTON RED SOX — Agreed to terms with RHP Ryan Dempster on a two-year contract. Designated RHP Pedro Beato for assignment. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Designated OF Russ Canzler for assignment. Agreed to terms with RHP Joe Martinez and C Brian Jeroloman on minor league contracts. DETROIT TIGERS — Released LHP Adam Wilk. Assigned LHP Matt Hoffman outright to Toledo (EL). HOUSTON ASTROS — Named Meg Vaillancourt vice president of community relations and executive director of the Astros In Action Foundation. Traded LHP Rob Rasmussen to the L.A. Dodgers for RHP John Ely. NEW YORK YANKEES — Agreed to terms with OF Ichiro Suzuki on a two-year contract. Designated RHP Jim Miller for assignment. SEATTLE MARINERS — Traded LHP Jason Vargas to the L.A. Angels for 1B/DH Kendrys Morales. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Agreed to terms with 2B Lance Zawadzki on a minor league contract. Claimed RHP Mickey Storey off waivers from Houston.

NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Named Steve Sax first base coach and Turner Ward assistant hitting coach. Named Greg Gross hitting coach of Reno (PCL); Andy Green manager and Jacob Cruz hitting coach of Mobile (SL); Bill Plummer manager and Gil Heredia pitching coach of Visalia (Cal); Jason Camilli hitting coach of South Bend (MWL); Robby Hammock manager, Doug Bochtler pitching coach and Wilson Valera hitting coach of Missoula (Pioneer); and Luis Urueta manager of the Arizona League Diamondbacks. COLORADO ROCKIES — Agreed to terms with LHP Jeff Francis on a one-year contract. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Alfredo Figaro on a minor league contract.

FRONTIER LEAGUE LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS — Named Jeff Isom manager. RIVER CITY RASCALS — Signed 1B Mike Bando and 3B Jason Taylor to contract extensions. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS — Sent LHP Nick Cicio and LHP Darrin Tew to Rockford to complete an earlier trade. TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS — Signed 2B Ryan Still to a contract extension. Released LHP Bennett Whitmore. Exercised the 2013 contract options on LHP Nick Capito, RHP Jason Mattila, RHP Scott Dunn, RHP Brooks Belter, RHP Michael Devine, RHP Jacob Clem, RHP Scott Mueller, RHP Jake Sabol,

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NFL ARIZONA CARDINALS — Released TE Steve Skelton from the practice squad. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Released LB D.J. Bryant from the practice squad. Signed RB Lonyae Miller to the practice squad. BUFFALO BILLS — Signed WR Kevin Elliott and LB Brian Smith to the practice squad. CAROLINA PANTHERS — Placed C Zack Williams on injured reserve. Signed G Hayworth Hicks from the practice squad. CHICAGO BEARS — Signed G Reggie Stephens to the practice squad. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Signed TE George Bryan to the practice squad. DALLAS COWBOYS — Released DE Robert Rose from the practice squad. DETROIT LIONS — Placed CB Jacob Lacey on injured reserve. Signed CB Rob Bartell. Signed DB Ross Weaver to the practice squad. Placed DT Nick Fairley on injured reserve. Signed DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed CB Otis Merrill to the practice squad. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Released G Robert Griffin from the practice squad. Signed T Lee Ziemba to the practice squad. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Placed RB Daniel Thomas on injured reserve. Signed DB Julian Posey from the practice squad. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — Placed CB Corey White on injured reserve. Signed WR Saalim Hakim from the practice squad. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Placed TE Clay Harbor on injured reserve. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — Reinstated RB Rashard Mendenhall from the suspended list. Placed G Willie Colon and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke on injured reserve. Signed DB Justin King. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Signed LB Kyle Knox and DE Monte Taylor to the practice squad. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Signed TE Drake Dunsmore and LB Joe Holland to the practice squad. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Released LB Kourtnei Brown from the practice squad.

CFL TORONTO ARGONAUTS — Released S Etienne Boulay. Re-signed DL Donte PaigeMoss. Signed LB Shane Horton.

AHL ALBANY DEVILS — Loaned C Phil DeSimone to Trenton (ECHL). BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS — Signed F Scott Campbell to a professional tryout contract.

MLS CHICAGO FIRE — Announced the resignation of president Julian Posada. D.C. UNITED — Re-signed D Robbie Russell.

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WEEK 16

WEEK 17

Saturday’s game — All Times Eastern Atlanta at Detroit, 8:30 p.m. Sunday’s games Minnesota at Houston, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Oakland at Carolina, 1 p.m. San Diego at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. New England at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Kansas City, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30 Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Miami at New England, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Note: Sunday night game to be determined

HOCKEY 2013 CANADIAN WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY TEAM ROSTER Roster for the Canadian junior hockey team for the 2013 world junior championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia:

GOALTENDERS

Jordan Binnington, Richmond Hill, Ont., Owen Sound (OHL); Jake Paterson, Mississauga, Ont., Saginaw (OHL); Malcolm Subban, Toronto, Belleville (OHL).

DEFENCEMEN

Dougie Hamilton, Toronto, Niagara (OHL); Scott Harrington, Kingston, Ont., London (OHL); Ryan Murphy, Aurora, Ont., Kitchener (OHL); Xavier Ouellet, Terrebonne, Que., Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL); Griffin Reinhart, West Vancouver, B.C., Edmonton (WHL); Morgan Rielly, West Vancouver, B.C., Moose Jaw (WHL); Tyler Wotherspoon, Surrey, B.C., Portland (WHL).

FORWARDS

Anthony Camara, Toronto, Barrie (OHL); Phillip Danault, Victoriaville, Que., Victoria-

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ville (QMJHL); Jonathan Drouin, Huberdeau, Que., Halifax (QMJHL); Jonathan Huberdeau, St-Jerome, Que., Saint John (QMJHL); Charles Hudon, Boisbriand, Que., Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Boone Jenner, Dorchester, Ont., Oshawa (OHL); JC Lipon, Regina, Kamloops (WHL); Nathan MacKinnon, Cole Harbour, N.S., Halifax (QMJHL); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Burnaby, B.C., Oklahoma City (AHL); Ty Rattie, Airdrie, Alta., Portland (WHL); Brett Ritchie, Orangeville, Ont., Niagara (OHL); Mark Scheifele, Kitchener, Ont., Barrie (OHL);Ryan Strome, Mississauga, Ont., Niagara (OHL).

HEAD COACH

Steve Spott, Waterloo, Ont., Kitchener (OHL)

ASSISTANT COACHES

Mario Duhamel, St-Bruno, Que., Drummondville (QMJHJ), Don Nachbauer, Prince George, B.C., Spokane (WHL); Andre Tourigny, Nicolet, Que., Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL).

GOALTENDING COACH

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Gemini

May 22 - June 21 It may at times seem as if the answers are “out there” waiting to be discovered but in reality they are “in here”, where facts mean less than feelings. Take time to listen to your inner voice today — it has lots to tell you.

Cancer

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March 21 - April 20 The Sun joins Mars, your ruler, in the career area of your chart tomorrow, so you will be even more ambitious than usual. Impress those in positions of power but try not to do so at the expense of other people.

Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 Do something creative, something that gets you noticed. Everyone was born with an ability of some kind, so focus on your own special talent and make it work for you on all kinds of levels, including financial.

Libra

Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 The next few days are going to be of added importance for family matters. You will certainly find it easier than usual to see the world through loved ones’ eyes. Better understanding makes compromise possible.

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Oct. 2 04 - Nov. 22 However hard you try, you will not change another person’s viewpoint. And however hard they try, they will not change yours. So what can you do? You can steer clear of each other as much as is humanely possible.

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Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 Over the next few days, your thoughts will turn to what you own, what you earn and, more importantly, how you can start earning more. Get rid of a dozen ideas but the one that remains will make you rich.

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With a baby on its way in the summer, the Royal couple will dominate the news throughout the winter and spring. Indeed, since celebrity babies are manna from heaven for the media, they’ll dominate the news throughout the year. And they’ll singlehandedly keep tabloids afloat, not to mention the bookmakers, who are already reporting a betting frenzy on the baby’s name. Top odds so far are for Mary, Elizabeth, Victoria, John and George.

Never one to stay out of the public eye, the Russian president has surprised the public by not staging any recent photo shoots. Is he suffering from serious illness, or, having recently fired two government ministers, is he simply busy cleaning up the country’s corruption?

In 2012, long periods of time went by without any news from the often-controversial international pop sensation. If it continues like this, she’ll soon lose her crown as the most followed on Twitter to fellow pop star Rihanna. Stay tuned for more outrageous dresses.

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Feb. 17: Vote in Ecuador

Ecuadoreans go to the polls in presidential elections. President Rafael Correa, a socialist in the same vein as Hugo Chavez who is popular among the country’s poor, is expected to win. But should he lose, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is hiding from justice at the Ecuador Embassy in London, will face problems.

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Barack Obama is sworn in for a second (and final) term as president of the United States. Inauguration Day begins with a church service, after which the president and his family travel to Capitol Hill, where the chief justice of the Supreme Court will administer the oath. Obama will then deliver his inaugural address.

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The new Mugabe? In March Zimbabwe holds parliamentary elections, and if they’re free and fair, voters are likely to boot out veteran leader Robert Mugabe. People may turn to Mutambara and his party, the Movement for Democratic Change– Mutambara Faction.

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The soccer veteran is leaving the L.A. Galaxy, but where will he go next? Rumour has it that Beckham is headed for France, which would certainly be the best option for wife Victoria’s growing fashion business. Alternatively, he could become a full-time underwear model, or even an actor.

The “Dirty Digger� has had a rough time as of late. Britain’s hacking scandal forced him to publicly apologize and close his News of the World tabloid, and now he has closed his tablet newspaper, The Daily. But the 81-year-old is used to punching back.

March 21: Anniversary of Alcatraz shutdown

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Fifty years ago, Alcatraz was closed. The world’s most famous prison housed America’s most infamous prisoners, including Al Capone. Thirty-six escape attempts were made from the prison island, but none are known to have succeeded.

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The Chinese New Year begins the Year of the Snake. According to Chinese astrology, people born in the Year of the Snake are very wise and can become theologians or smart bankers. They also have good taste in food and fashion but are not frivolous.

The first-ever International Happiness Day, sponsored by the UN, is the latest move towards establishing happiness as a key factor in comparing nations. A number of countries now have an official National Happiness Index. The smiley emoticon, meanwhile, celebrated its 30th birthday this past September.

June 14: Open race in Iran election

Iran holds presidential elections. Firebrand Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has served two terms as president and is ineligible to run again, so the race is wide open, with analysts reading the tea

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June 29: Ready, steady, cycle

The Tour de France begins today, dramatically scrubbed of the memory of Lance Armstrong, who’s been stripped of his seven Tour wins over doping allegations. Bradley Wiggins, the Brit who won the race in 2012 and the 2012 Olympic gold in the road time trial, has turned down the chance to defend his title, agreeing instead to support his teammate Chris Froome’s bid for glory.

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July 1: EU welcomes Croatia

Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union. Its neighbour and one-and-off foe, Serbia, is still negotiating membership. And Turkey will make a renewed push for EU member-

ship starting on this date, when Lithuania takes over the rotating EU presidency.

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September: Merkel faces vote

Another victory for the Iron Chancellor? Germany goes to the polls in parliamentary elections. While Angela Merkel remains popular in terms of personality, her coalition government may not survive the election, as the Liberal Democrats, the junior partners, are languishing at four per cent of the vote in polls. Merkel party gets 36 per cent, compared to 30 for the Social Democrats. The Pirate Party is also running, as are the Greens.

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Nov. 22: JFK remembered

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy. JFK, who was killed by gunshots while visiting Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald, an American who had moved to the Soviet Union, was arrested, but he was then killed by nightclub operator Jack Ruby before he could stand trial. Mystery still surrounds JFK’s murder. The anniversary will be commemorated in Dallas.

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Whether it’s the service, indecisive expansion plans or the latest Ford-related incident, the TTC is always a hot topic for Torontonians who rely on its service day-in, day-out. With the new year creeping up, Metro talked to some public figures to get their thoughts on the future.

Karen Stintz, TTC chair “I think we’re moving in the right direction for sure. We have set a vision and a mission for the TTC, and goals around customer service, and being a transit system that makes Toronto proud. So there’s a lot of things we’re doing and we’re certainly on the right path, but there’s still work to do.... Just understanding what it needs to be — a customer-focused organization — (and) making sure that we are achieving our performance objectives with respect to minimizing delays and improving service.”

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Josh Matlow, Ward 22 councillor

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“I hope that the TTC will have a reliable revenue tool to be able to move forward with building the downtown relief subway line and support the existing routes it has to improve transit for all Torontonians. And that once it decides on a plan, that it sticks with it and moves forward and doesn’t reopen and reconsider and second-guess everything it does. I hope that it returns service to bus routes that have been cut over the past couple of years. Ultimately, I hope that next year the TTC is moving forward with building new transit, investing in the current routes it has, and regains the confidence of Toronto residents.”

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“The plans to have the train go directly to the airport, (that’s) an amazing idea, and I think really any cosmopolitan city should have that. I know they had sort of planned to go build a system to Scarborough, and I don’t know why that’s happening. And then modernizing the token system, which is pretty inefficient.”

“I feel like by this time next year, as our city continues to grow and continues to try to keep up with the development, I feel like the TTC will do the same. There’s obviously a whole bunch of different changes, and I feel like that’ll reflect in the prices as well, which is fine.”

5 James Cybulski, TSN 1050 radio host “Hopefully not stuck in political mud is what I would first say. You know, it’s so incredibly frustrating that the biggest problem I think in the City of Toronto or GTA is transit, and it’s still being argued about to this day. That would be the first thing I would say. Commutes are too ridiculously long, and transit doesn’t move fast enough. Streetcars just do not move fast enough in the city, and while I understand that trains cost substantially more, they move much faster. People that are fans of streetcars don’t ride them.... People need to move in the city and hopefully there’s a clear plan going forward to address that efficiency.”

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About halfway through his four-year term, Mayor Rob Ford has already delivered enough headline-grabbing gaffes to fill an entire political career. And all along the brash gravy fighter from Etobicoke has shown little interest in cleaning up his act. Now, as the mayor tiptoes along on the thinnest ice of his political career, we’re faced with the oddly discomforting prospect of life without him. Wanting to know exactly what’s at sake in Ford’s conflict-of-interest appeal, I consulted the crystal ball to find out what we would miss out on in the year to come if the big guy does in fact lose the big job. • Returning to his plan to find “efficiencies” at the Toronto Public Library, Ford will provoke outrage from book lovers when he suggests replacing the system with a link to Wikipedia. • Keeping true to the job he’s most passionate about, Ford will anger councillors (who can’t stand the bleacher seating) when he attempts to move city council meetings to the sidelines of the Don Bosco football field. The idea will be quickly scuttled after Karen Stintz starts questioning Coach Ford’s on-field decisions. • Attempting to put the nastiness of his legal case behind him, Ford will prompt further judicial challenges when he attempts to amend the definition of “conflict of interest” to read, “a thing that does not ever apply to Rob Ford.” • After a preview screening of the Toronto-

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shot remake of His definition is this Robocop, Ford will excitedly send a Ford will prompt memo to Police Chief Bill Blair, citfurther judicial ing what he sees as a challenges when he new strategy for cost attempts to amend savings at Toronto Police Services. the definition of • As an at“conflict of interest” tempted olive to read “a thing that branch to the cycling community does not ever apply unhappy with the to Rob Ford.” removal of the Jarvis Street bike lanes, Ford will inexplicably suggest installing speed bumps across existing lanes across the city. “I thought it would make bike riding way more exciting,” he’ll say, making a little wavy-hand motion. • Mayoral brother Doug Ford will say something controversial about a topic. When asked to clarify his comments, he’ll cast all blame on the Toronto Star. • Desperate to deliver on the transit expansion he promised during his 2010 campaign, Ford will venture out to Scarborough late one night. Neighbours will be startled awake by the sound of the mayor attempting to operate a jackhammer while muttering about the importance of “subways, subways, subways.” • Toward the end of the year, as campaign season for election 2014 heats up, Ford supporters will pose a simple but important question: Sure, he regularly gets himself into hot water, but wouldn’t things be really boring if someone else were mayor?

Lis McMillan, 21, Halifax “It will probably be a lot like (2012). Cold in the winter. Warmer in the summer. Probably a couple superstorms.”

Helen Litam, 23, Richmond, B.C. “No more (MTV’s) 16 and Pregnant people.”

Katrina Lat, 20, London “Walt Disney will be removed from his current cryogenically frozen state, and brought in to help direct Star Wars: Episode 7.”

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“2013 will see popular music deteriorate to the point of solely consisting of just beeping noises and laser sounds.”

“Same-sex marriages will be allowed in more U.S. states once they realize how much money gay people spend on parties.”

“I predict a female black Prime Minister for the country. It would shock everybody.” (Ed’s note: shocking since there’s no federal election in 2013.)

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expect the unexpected Metro asks two psychics to tell us what’s coming up next year in entertainment, sports and politics. First up is Psychic Nikki, a Toronto-based clairvoyant who says she predicted Hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama’s first presidential win and the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes split. Below, Calgary-based clairvoyant Kim Dennis, a regular guest on TV and radio programs, gives her vision of the new year. Lisa Wilton

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What’s in store for some big-name celebrities and celebrity couples? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will marry, and I see another child. But she has to watch her health. Jennifer Aniston will have a child, or at least pregnancy and a marriage. But I also see another man besides (fiancé) Justin Theroux. I see a marriage for Kim Kardashian. Taylor Swift has to be careful around transportation. I see a handsome cowboy type around her, possibly business and romance combined. (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) may have a set of twins in the future. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake may have a kid, but their marriage is doomed in the future when one of them has a roving eye. Justin Bieber will do more acting. There could be a sitcom. He has to be careful of fast cars or red ones. Helen Hunt will be nominated for an Academy

PSYCHIC NIKKI SAYS Award for The Surrogate and Keira Knightley for Anna Karenina. Meryl Streep may be nominated again. Daniel Day-Lewis will be nominated for Lincoln and Sir Anthony Hopkins could also receive an Oscar nomination. How will the political landscape change in the next year? Prime Minister Stephen Harper will work well with the American president, but there could be a crisis where Obama’s reading

“He is in extreme danger during the next four years and he may not finish his term.” Psychic Nikki, about U.S. President Barack Obama’s political future

he is tested. He also has to watch for danger. (U.S.) President (Barack) Obama will try to turn the economy around, but it will be hard with all the natural disasters coming. He is in extreme danger during the next four years and he may not finish his term. U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden has to watch health and danger also. He could be replaced, maybe by a woman. It will take a long time for the economy to pick up because of natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks, and wars in the Middle East and Asia. But there could be a gold rush in Canada. So, what are these natural disasters you speak of? Should vacationers avoid certain areas in the next year? I see a lot of earthquake activity on the West Coast of the United States right up to British Columbia and Alaska.

There will be earthquakes in the Middle East, China and Japan. Also Mexico, South America, New York City, Quebec, Virginia, Washington and Tennessee. I would try to avoid coastal areas. What are your sports predictions? I see a famous Formula One driver being killed in a fiery crash and I think there will be a sex scandal in the NHL.

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PSYCHIC KIM SAYS On Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux: I think they’ll probably get married. I think she’s found the one. I think there might be twins. On Taylor Swift: The thing with Taylor Swift is she shouldn’t be settling down with anyone right now. She’s supposed to be dating in her 20s. I think it’s just people’s perception that she’s always heartbroken. She’s taking her time finding love. I think she’ll fall in love this year at least twice. I think she’s right on track. She’s doing what she’s supposed to be doing. kim Dennis/contributed

On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:

It feels like it will be a girl with blond hair. On Justin Bieber: I think he’ll be a legend like Donny

Osmond. I think his success will continue to soar. On politics: I think

Obama will do a great job during the next four years. After him, the next president will be another first. It won’t be a woman, but maybe a Latino president. And I think he might be a Democrat. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will get in again. He’ll be mayor for a while. Justin Trudeau will win Liberal leadership, but I don’t see him becoming prime minister. I think Stephen Harper will get elected again. Quebec won’t separate. There will always be a group who wants to, but the province will stay in Canada. Other predictions: I think (Ugandan war criminal) Joseph Kony will be caught. Something’s going to rock the Catholic Church. I know they’ve had lots of controversy. But it might be something that brings it to its

knees. I think somebody big, like a monsignor, will reveal something that will shake up the Catholic Church. I think there will be a tsunami again just after Christmas. I see the South Pacific, maybe around Australia. There will be some sort of marijuana legalization in the next two years. lisa wilton/for metro

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These countries make headlines around the world. They face civil unrest, displaced civilians, and even the possibility of nuclear war. Metro asked Matt Ferrell, a political-science professor at Fanshawe College in London, Ont., to help predict what the world’s newsmakers might look like in 2013. Here is a brief look at some of the world’s hot spots and the possibilities they might meet in 2013 Andrew Sercombe

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Syria What is the issue? Between 2.5 million and three million people have been displaced by civil conflict that erupted in March 2011. Future best-case scenario: Current Syrian leadership steps down, allowing oppositional groups to coalesce and put together a functioning government. Future worst-case scenario: Civil conflict continues and escalates. Russia and China, who support the leadership in Syria, stall international intervention and protect the current Syrian government. Probable scenario: With the support of Russia and China, the Syrian government continues a war against oppositional groups, stalling the country’s development and its aid to displaced citizens.

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Probable scenario: Iran’s military continues to possess more political control than the country’s government. Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons despite an international push for more sanctions.

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What is the issue? Militia groups are overrunning a dissolving central government.

What is the issue? Security in the country is very poor. Afghanistan’s government struggles to protect civilians from military conflict between American forces and the Taliban.

What is the issue? Too much of the North Korean government’s budget is invested in the military, rather than infrastructure development, leaving the country with a low domestic product.

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Future worst-case scenario: Israel launches pre-emptive nuclear strike against Iran. The United States — Israel’s main supporter — is forced to become involved.

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Probable scenario: Civil unrest continues as militia groups struggle for power with the central government.

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Future best-case scenario: The United States removes troops from Afghanistan by 2014, and the government is left stable and functioning. Future worst-case scenario: Conflict continues between the Afghan military and Taliban. The government dissolves, and Pakistan enters the conflict, supporting the Taliban. Probable scenario: The United States will withdraw in 2014. Afghanistan will be left a divided country. On paper the mission will appear a success, but in reality the country will still suffer from conflicting factions. 5:38 PM

Future best-case scenario: China acts as peacemaker between North Korea and South Korea. North Korea installs more moderate leadership. Future worst-case scenario: The conflict between North Korea and South Korea escalates, forcing international intervention. Probable scenario: New North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continues the policies of the past.


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The future of endangered species With 2012 seeing the largest mass of summer ice melting in the Arctic in modern history, it’s no surprise experts predict more of the same for 2013. The melting ice has implications for some of Canada’s most threatened species. Metro spoke with World Wildlife Fund scientist and researcher Pete Ewin, who said global warming will continue to produce winners and losers Elisha Dacey Metro in Winnipeg

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Narwhal Narwhals, called the “Unicorns of the Sea” due to their long, sharp tusks, need deep under-packed Arctic ice because it provides them shelter from predators. Less ice means less defence.

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Polar bears are hugely dependent on sea ice for their food supply. Less ice means fewer chances of fattening up on ringed seals, their primary food, which keeps them nourished the rest of the year around. Ewing said polar bears will eventually be found only further north, and have been eating more seaweed and kelp in recent years to keep their bellies full.

The decline of the ringed seal will mean more food for other types of seal. Harp seals, which like colder waters but not ice, may move in, affecting the diet of other animals and the Inuit, many of whom rely on ringed seals for food.

Ringed seals Warmer waters and less ice mean fewer resting places for the ringed seal. Ringed seals usually pup on large ice floes and spend most of their lives in contact with ice or icy waters. Smaller ice floes keep these solitary animals from spreading out like they’re used to doing.

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Hey, lexicography geeks! May we have a word? Social media speeds up word development. What new words might be added to the Oxford English Dictionary in ’13?

The following words are gaining popularity and may become part of the regular vernacular in 2013. Before casually dropping them in party conversations, find out what they mean: • Obesogenic — An environment that tends to encourage obesity. It has been gaining popularity when describing advertisements that sell sugary, high calorie snacks to kids. • Derecho — Also known as a ‘land hurricane’ — a sudden storm with extremely strong one-directional winds

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What do derecho, obesogenic and hen all have in common? According to The Global Language Monitor (GLM), they are newly popular — or newly formed — words that may become part of the regular vernacular in 2013. “As soon as a word is used by more than one person, it becomes part of the English language,” said Yin Liu, associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Arts and Science. An expert in the study of the English language, Liu said getting a word to become an “official” part of the English

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Who are we to block the sun?

Journalism has come a long way since the days when we all wore hats that said “Press” and drank whiskey at our desk. Now we wear hats that say “Internet” and drink Jack and Coke Zero at our desk.

We’ve come a long way, baby. There have been many changes in the way we collect the news, too. There was a time when the public wanted — and the media delivered — complete, accurate information at the end of the working day, while the kids removed Dad’s slippers and Mom made meatloaf. But now Mom and Dad live apart and the kids are busy sexting, so to fill the gaping void in your life you fill the hole with news, news and more news, every minute, day and night. Even stories like the Ikea monkey get updated as quickly as possible, because we in the media don’t want to look like fools with an out-of-date story about a monkey in a coat. We will be coming to you live from the Ikea parking lot, dammit, and if the monkey flings some feces, you will hear about it before it hits the ground. That’s our solemn promise to you. This speed has occasionally led to what some may call errors, such as when we kill off people who aren’t dead yet. But the fact of the matter is those people will some day be dead. We’ve only been giving you a heads up. You’re welcome. With that in mind, I’ve noticed that some of my media colleagues have stuck to their tired old ways by writing a Year in Review. That is so 2012. Instead, I bring you the 2013 Year in Advance. Here are the stories that will happen next year, before they’ve happened. • Jan. 11: NASA scientists announce a major breakthrough when the Mars Curiosity rover finds itself. “I want to be a painter,” the machine declares. • Feb. 5: Inspired by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s example, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards also denies drug use. • April 9: According to a new report, the Harper government ******** in ********* the ***** transparency. • May 15: Avril Lavigne throws Nickelback into disarray when she teaches fiancé and lead singer Chad Kroeger a new chord progression. Other band members say her “crazy ideas” are threatening to “Yoko Ono” the band’s singular sound. • Sept. 30: Meteorologists change the naming system for hurricanes to better reflect reality. Hurricane I Am a Direct Result of Global Warming causes major damage to the U.S. coastline, yet fails to breach the Republican consciousness. • Oct. 9: Will and Kate Plus 8 debuts on the Royal Life Network, as monarchists devour the latest news from Georges I through VIII. • Nov. 4: Mayor Rob Ford’s new 700-page memoir, The Broken Republic: A Treatise on Debate and Democracy, from Plato to the Paris Convention, is hailed as a masterwork of the genre. • Dec. 15: BREAKING NEWS — Ikea monkey has died, Twitter confirms. Oh, wait, he was only asleep. But sources say he will die eventually. You’re welcome.

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Geoengineering

Scientific solution to global warming A record loss of Arctic sea ice and faster-than-expected melting of Greenland’s ice cap made worldwide headlines in 2012, but research published in major science journals suggests warming in the North doesn’t have to continue from 2013 on. Scientists theorize that injecting reflective particles of some kind into the high atmosphere could reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface and compensate for the greenhouse effect.

2013 is no time to toss the cookbook in the trash

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While ebooks have been exploding in popularity in recent years, scholars, chefs and those who just love to tool around in the kitchen say it’s not time to stick a fork in the physical cookbook just yet. Trend watcher Christine Couvelier, who recently passed the 3,000 mark in

Save it for an emergency

“The Cooling the Earth really could be a bad idea hard In a world that seems unable questions to come to grips with carbondioxide emissions driving here climate change, manipulataren’t ing the Earth’s climate to mostly cool it down has some calling technical. geoengineering a bad idea. The professor behind the They’re questions about idea, David Keith, believes what kind of planet we emissions should be cut, and he doesn’t advocate such a want and who we are.” David Keith, a Calgarian and professor of applied physics at Harvard University. Keith said any significant nation in the world has the technological capacity to facilitate a drop in the Earth’s temperature.

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her cookbook collection, thinks the print format isn’t going anywhere, though she also enjoys such innovations as the video clips used with recipes, and stories in publications like Martha Stewart Living that she reads on her iPad. “There’s something about experiencing a cookbook the way the author designed it so the right format is there,” said the Victoria-based chef, who noted that some ereaders reformat cookbooks. the canadian press

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Newspapers go back to the future Whether they’re lauded as the future of online media or labelled a scourge on the flow of digital information, opinions abound on the rise of paywalls in Canada, and the conversation is only going to get louder. One frequently cited example of such success is the New York Times, but observers caution that the paper is an “elite” product. Some Postmedia papers

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screwed up in the first place can’t be expected to take something like planetary systems management and do a better job of it,” he said.

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Escape from L.A. (1996) Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell as a monosyllabic scofflaw with an eye-patch and a permanent five-o’clock shadow, is charged with retrieving a doomsday device from Los Angeles, a city converted into a massive prison colony after a devastating earthquake separated it from mainland California. Prediction: John Carpenter imagines a fascist America where the constitution has been shredded. Smoking and red meat are verboten, all marriages must be approved by the department of health and wave goodbye to freedom of religion too. Reality: California’s coffers have been savaged. Governor Jerry Brown came into office last year saddled with a crushing $28 billion budget gap, the weight of which threatens to turn the residents of this financially underwater state into debt slaves paying sky-high taxes. Verdict: While the San Fernando Valley may not be surfable, it is drowning in red ink.

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An Iron Man, a Superman, a Vulcan and a Luhrmann. We can’t wait until next year. ned ehrbaR Metro World News

THE BIG MOVIES OF 2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness JJ Abrams has been keeping us waiting four years for the followup to his fantastic reboot of the sci-fi juggernaut. But if it’s anything like the first film, the wait will have been well worth it. And with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch coming onboard in a

highly speculated-upon villain role, odds are it will impress.

The World’s End Speaking of long waits, Edgar Wright is going to finally — finally! — release the last entry in his Cornetto Trilogy, after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The film follows pals played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as they relive a pub crawl that may or may not coincide with the apocalypse.

Ender’s Game Science-fiction fans have been waiting a long, long time for a film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s tale of kids training to battle aliens in the near future, but the wait is (almost) over. The cast is stacked with the likes of Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis, plus high-brow

younger talent like Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Ender.

Don Jon’s Addiction After learning on the job from directors like Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Rian Johnson in 2012, Joseph Gordon-

Man of Steel There’s a lot riding on Zack Snyder’s attempt to reboot the Superman franchise seven years after Bryan Singer’s droopy Superman Returns. If it succeeds, it

Levitt steps behind the camera himself for the first time with this modern-day take on Don Juan, co-starring Scarlett Johansson. Gordon-Levitt also stars and wrote the screenplay.

will serve as the jumpingoff point for the Justice League, DC Comics’ attempt to steal some of that Avengers thunder from rival Marvel. But will new star Henry Cavill make an impression with audiences?

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Kill Your Darlings Daniel Radcliffe ventures the furthest he’s gone yet from his Harry Potter roots in first-time director John Krokidas’ true-life tale of the early days of the Beat Generation and the murder that nearly drove them apart. Radcliffe stars as poet Allen Ginsburg in his undergrad days at Columbia University.


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2013 is here and Julian Brass, founder of Canada’s largest website for young professionals, has his Notable calls and predictions for trends young Canadian professionals will be creating and embracing in the year after the ‘end of the world.’

Notable now

Julian Brass, Founder of notable.ca, Canada’s online source for young professionals

Quality, culture, cocktails and cuisine

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It wasn’t a trend. The growing sales in premium spirits combined with the intrigue of the Mad Men era and the push toward locally sourced, premium ingredients has seriously refined the average young professional’s palette and fashionsense. Bottom line — this year we are all more cultured and so are our tastes. Notable call: More refinement in young professional style, restaurant choice, and cocktail choices. Salud!

Over the last several years our lives have become seriously public. People know where I went last night, when I wore my favourite blazer last, and that I’m going to be in Vancouver next week. We’re sick of our privacy not being, well, private, but we do enjoy the affirmation that people are listening, RT’ing, and “liking” our last post. Notable call: We’ll continue to share our latest, but we’ll become increasingly selective on what that is.

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You or someone you know is doing yoga. You or someone you know is reading a self-help book. And, I would also be willing to put a few dollars on the fact that you or someone you know is more concerned with their diet this year than they were the last. We care more about being healthy, fit and happy than ever. Notable call: Young professionals will find more time for themselves to enjoy the things they already love. Essentially, more me time.

The number of bloggers blew up over the years, but blogging is a commitment that for many is tough to keep up. With so many ways to “subscribe” or “follow” the peeps you care to hear from, the fully-employed young professional is becoming increasingly influential and the scantily updated blogs are becoming less read. Notable call: Less blog updates and bloggers, more individual personalities with social influence.

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What’s in is not being in. Get it? Fitting in is way out of style. Being an individual — now that is notable. Nobody cares about keeping up with the Joneses anymore. We care about our individuality, our values, our unique style, and being our own “cool.” Notable call: We’ll be seeing more individuality in how we set up our desks, fashion we wear, music we listen to and places we choose to socialize.

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What can you expect for 2013? Aries

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The New Year has arrived and with it loads of responsibilities. Expect to be thrown into uncanny situations throughout 2013 that will unfold into valuable lessons, ones that will teach you more about yourself.

Try not to take people too seriously. Especially those who take themselves way too seriously!

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Think more progressive and positive. You have the tendency to over think things

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This will be a year of love, joy and peace for you. Of course there will be some bumpy roads during the ride, but nothing will be too much for you to handle. Winter brings love. Spring will offer joy in career. Summer brings peace. Fall will have you busy like a bee, but you will make loads of honey money.

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In 2013 if anyone dares to impose havoc on you or anybody you care for they will feel your wrath. Your authoritative side will rise up in February and it will not ease up until early Fall. Nevertheless, your gentle side will be freely given to those who behave.

Aquarius

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Listen to your heart. It will speak loud and clear all throughout 2013. Your gut instinct will be on point and if you ignore your intuition you will want to kick yourself. So to prevent unnecessary upset, pay attention to your inner voice and follow through on what it is saying. Your own advice will be the best advice.

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Money will flow to you more regularly in 2013, but first you will have to develop a better relationship with dollars and coins by saving your cash and refusing to spend frivolously. Cerise Fairfax, life coach and astrologer (cerisefairfax.com)


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Actors to watch — they will be stars next year Anthony Mackie

Teresa Palmer

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Where we’ve seen him: Defusing bombs in The Hurt Locker and betting on fighting robots in Real Steel. Why he’ll be big in 2013: He teams with Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling in Gangster Squad. Then he’s got Michael Bay’s action comedy about murderous bodybuilders, Pain & Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. Key quote: “He’s turned into a hot-fudge sundae since I worked with him the last time,” Mackie says of re-teaming with Half-Nelson co-star Gosling.

Where we’ve seen her: As a gun-toting alien refugee in I Am Number Four. Why she’ll be big in 2013: The actress finds herself the object of a zombie’s affections in Warm Bodies, out in early 2013, and later she shares the screen with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups. Key quote: “You never know when the next up-and-comers will be in the spotlight so people forget you. There’s no guarantees,” says Palmer, keeping lists like these in perspective.

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Food trends don’t come out of nowhere; they grow and evolve from years passed and embody the current thinking and influences of a culture. Like other artists, chefs get inspiration from the world around them, searching for new and tongue-tickling treasures. Fresh ideas, ingredients and techniques are highlighted in culinary competitions like Bocuse D’or in France, which serves as inspiration to restaurants first and then trickle into the mainstream. The following year, we see grocery stores and retailers introducing these same flavours and trends to give us home cooks a chance to play along. Next year will see us continue on a healthy/wholesome kick.

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Darwinian beings came from the sea and now we go back to it for taste and nutrients. Seaweed is a huge “new” (yet ancient) food. No longer just wrapped around sushi or as dulse from the east coast, expect to find it in crackers, breads, as a topping and a snack. Seaweed, after all, contains more minerals than any other food on the planet. Look for sushi nori to crop up in salads and other recipes, and flavoured seaweed to come to a potato chip aisle near you.

Delicious food trends for 2013

Year of the whole beast ... “Nose to tail” cooking has been around for a few years as chefs strut their peasant pleasures and use up every bone and organ an animal can offer. Now, the idea has come home to roost. Look for “whole beast” parties to surge. Head on, big meals like roast suckling pig, whole duck on a spit and a whole salmon in a big backyard smoker will treat you this summer.

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Off-the-rails taco fusions Tacos are king but it isn’t just the ground beef and chili powder variety that will make the grade anymore. Look for fusion flavours with Asian cabbage and Harrisa paste in a classic corn tortilla. The wilder the combo, the cooler it will be. Creative textures, shapes and sizes of the shells will morph too ... ice cream cone filled with pulled chicken with crème fraiche, anyone?

... and the veggies

The tiniest taste

As our global luck would have it, the opposite trend has taken hold as vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians take the reins. Veggies as a main dish won’t be relegated to the sidebar. Look for kale, collards and other greens to be dressed for success with beans for the vegans and sausage or bacon for the rest to make a whole meal. It’s a good thing too, because the numbers show that we still aren’t eating nearly enough greens.

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Collard greens with sausage Collards are killer if you know how to make them right. Theresa Albert

Collard greens are cheap and one of the most popular vegetables. What a combo! Many, though, don’t know how to cook them. In the Southern U.S. they simmer them low and slow. Brazilians sliver them into thin strips and do a quick sauté. Our method is somewhere in the middle to save you time and keep the leaves al dente. This flexitarian meal can be completely vegan or sausaged to the nines to suit your group. Keep toppings separate and serve as a main course with a crusty loaf of bread and some nice hummus or sharp cheese.

1. Rinse greens and chop off

stems. Discard. Roll leaves width wise in stacks of 4 or 5 leaves. Slice thinly across the leaf (chiffonade) to create ribbons that are about ¼ inch thick or less. Place into a large pot with a lid containing ¼ cup of water. Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer over medium-high heat to cook down for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter, honey, salt and white pepper. Simmer further for 15 minutes.

2. Place toppings in bowls on the table and serve with warm bread. 3. Enjoy!

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Baby-spinach burgers with blue cheese Yum. Turkey-beef burgers with a twist

1.

Finely chop baby spinach and set aside. In a large bowl mix bread crumbs, egg, ketchup and Worcestershire and both ground meats.

2. Mix baby spinach into burger mixture.

3. Form 12 small oval patties

with the burger mixture and set aside on a cookie sheet. Preheat a cast iron skillet, smear with a drizzle of oil and wipe with paper towel. Cook 4 to 6 burger patties at a time over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once or twice.

4. For blue-cheese sauce: Mix

sauce ingredients together in a small bowl to serve as topping.

5. Serve 2 to 3 mini burgers on

whole-wheat dinner rolls with a side salad or veggies to dip as an entree or just one as an appetizer.

6. Dig in! Theresa Albert

For an extra-lean version, try bison instead. Theresa Albert

Ingredients

Serving size 4, prep time 15 minutes • 1 cup spinach leaves • 3/4 cup bread crumbs, seasoned • 1 egg • 2 tbsp ketchup • Few shakes Worcestershire sauce • 1 pound extra lean ground beef or bison

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Fed up fans to lock out NHL with boycott pledge Will you tune in to hockey if the NHL returns in the new year? @taboada93: I don’t think so it’s so sad with how they’re handling the NHL lockout. It’s dragging on badly @xonor8: NO NO NO @dhfromkw: Yes, good things are worth waiting for. MTS Centre is always electric. Love being part of it. @AlanSimpson: No. What goodwill that was built by the return of the Jets is gone. Again. @Primlar: I plan to avoid as many @NHL games as are locked out, once a deal is reached. They lose this season, I’ll skip 2013-14.

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Steve Chase and his friends pledge to boycott one NHL game for every game cancelled after Dec. 21 and they’re sticking by it. The 55-year-old commer-

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It will without question be the biggest fight in MMA history. Montreal’s Georges St-Pierre is expected to square off against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva sometime Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images in 2013 in what is being dubbed simply the “super fight.” St-Pierre and Silva are considered the best pound-forpound fighters in MMA, and the showdown should finally put to rest the question of who is the best. St-Pierre goes into 2013 on a high after winning a blood-filled five-round decision over Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit in November to unify the welterweight title. He also showed he has lots left in the tank after missing 18 months due to knee surgery.

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Graham DeLaet isn’t a household name to most Canadian golf fans but 2013 could be the year he becomes one. The Weyburn, Sask., native is coming off a solid season on the PGA Tour. DeLaet played in 23 tour events in 2012, made 17 cuts, finished in the top five twice and earned a cool $1.05 million. His best finish was a tie for fourth in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and in the FedEx Cup playScott Halleran/Getty Images offs DeLaet made it to the third round. All that’s really left is his first PGA tour victory, which many think could happen in 2013.

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