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‘Hate-bias’ vandalism investigated Racist graffiti. Arriving to deliver eviction papers Monday, landlord ‘devastated’ to find unit abandoned, vandalized ROBSON FLETCHER

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A Calgary man originally from Nigeria says he’s still reeling from racial slurs he discovered written on the walls and burned into the carpet of his vandalized house after tenants he planned to evict suddenly disappeared. “Yesterday, I cried until I slept,” said the man, whom Metro has agreed to identify

only as Paul, as he has concerns for his safety. Scrawled in permanent marker across the walls of his northeast rental property are numerous racial slurs and sexualized drawings, which Paul said are clearly directed toward him. “They wrote my name there,” he said, pointing to one part of the graffiti. Elsewhere on the walls were crudely drawn swastikas and the words “White Power” and “KKK.” Staff Sgt. Jim Leung said Calgary police officers who specialize in “hate-biased crime” are investigating the incident, and the main suspects are the previous tenants. “These two renters, both 24 or 25 years of age, are suspects in this case because we

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have to draw an inference that when they moved out, they were the instigators of the hate bias,” Leung said. “We’re going to do our best to try and locate these two.” Paul said his property has been vandalized twice in the past but never this badly nor with any racial element to the crime. Doors were ripped off the hinges, dozens of holes were punched or cut into the walls, and garbage was strewn everywhere. Paul estimated the damage to be at least $5,000 and said he can’t afford to repair it immediately. “I don’t know what I’ll do,” he said. “That’s a big question.” Paul, a Nigerian-Canadian landlord, said he was stunned to find swastikas, racial slurs and sexualized Since coming to Canada in 2001, Paul added, this is theB:10” drawings bearing his name scrawled across the walls and floor of his vandalized rental property first instance of racism he has following a dispute with tenants delinquent on their rent. ROBSON FLETCHER/METRO T:10” experienced. S:10”

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Just the start. New group set to meet Sept. 4, may include up to 50 people once it gets going, said chairman ROBSON FLETCHER

robson.fletcher@metronews.ca

Calgary’s expert panel on flood mitigation will assemble several task forces to look at anything and everything that might make the city safer from future high-water events, according to its chairman. “There might be 50 people on this, once we get the ball rolling,” Wolf Keller said Tuesday, as the city revealed the

members of the five-member panel and outlined its mandate in broad strokes. Keller, the city’s former director of water resources, envisioned six or seven task forces, each consisting of six or seven members eventually getting down to work, plus additional consultants that each task force could hire. Their work will form a series of “chapters” to be compiled into a report to council in time for next year’s city budgeting process, Keller said. As for the panel’s own budget, Keller said that is still being determined, as are the exact topics it will examine. From local-level upgrades in Calgary communities to major infrastructure projects on the Bow and Elbow rivers, Keller said nothing is off the

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The Canadian Taxpayers Association says the Alberta government should take drastic action to help pay for billions of dollars in flood damage in the province this year. The association released a report Tuesday estimating that the unexpected cost of June’s flooding will push the province’s consolidated deficit up by $3 billion in 2013-14, and by an additional $2 billion in each of the following two years. Alberta director Derek Fildebrandt says the province should divert $4.4 billion in annual spending away from preflood commitments and put it toward rebuilding as part of an “emergency fiscal program.” “That would mean bringing government workers’ salaries and pensions and benefits into line with norms for equivalent jobs in the private sector,” said Fildebrandt, adding that government employees generally are paid six to 10 per cent more than those in the private sector, so rolling back their compensation would yield substantial savings. “The CTF’s plan to rebuild responsibly is built on the premise that we cannot allow a natural disaster to become a fiscal disaster,” said Fildebrandt. An official with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, which represents provincial government workers, was critical of the report. “I really think it’s in bad taste that they would try to capitalize on a natural disaster to advance their critique of the government’s original budget,” said AUPE spokesman Mark Wells. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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• Erika Hargesheimer, who served as the city’s general manager of community and protective services from 2001 to 2013.

• Roger Gibbins, who holds a PhD in political science and served previously as a department head at the University of Calgary and as president and CEO of the

• Steve E. Hrudey, professor emeritus of analytical and environmental toxicology at the University of Alberta, and member of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board.

table. “One of our challenges will be, in terms of making recommendations, weighing the options,” he said. “And that’s why the panel you see before

(you) is quite a varied group of people, not specifically all engineering types of experts, but people who can help us make public-policy recommendations.”

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Reopening flood-damaged Rideau Park a ‘Herculean feat’ Submerged school. 367 students expected to flood the hallways Jeremy nolais

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Rideau Park School students, staff and principal Doug Swift were in a celebratory mood when the evacuation order came down. It was June 20 and Calgary emergency officials would soon begin directing tens of thousands away from city rivers in advance of mass flooding projected to be unlike anything seen in a lifetime. A student awards ceremony at Rideau was cut a little short — staff didn’t even have time to stow the chairs and podium setup in the gym. Even still, Swift admits he was skeptical. After all, the school had never flooded. “I held a little staff meeting and said, ‘Alright guys, you all get Friday off and we’ll see you Monday,’” he said. Swift was the last person to depart from the school that day and would spend two antsy weeks cooped up in his home

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“Everybody’s pulling together to figure out how to get things done and that’s really to the advantage of the kids.” Principal Doug Swift

before being allowed to head back in. He said the damage lived up to his worst nightmares. The gym where everyone had been gathered now featured a floor that resembled a “ripple chip.” Elsewhere, furniture had been lifted to the roof and swirled around violently into light fixtures, one entire glass wall of a classroom had been blown out and woodworking equipment in a lab that dated back to the 1940s was destroyed. “You’re used to seeing a classroom space full of kids, a teacher at the front of the room, kids all engaged, just such a lively environment,” Swift said. “It was this empty chasm, it didn’t really feel like a school anymore.” But even at that point, work had already begun to restore the building. Replacement chairs,

Doug Swift stands in a restored hallway in the lower level of Rideau Park School on Tuesday. That same area is seen in the inset just days after floodwater surged into the building in June. Jeremy Nolais/metro; inset: Contributed

desks and supplies were being ordered in, walls were put back in place and repainted, the gym floor was completely redone. Nine weeks later, and with up to $4 million spent on repairs, Rideau Park expects to play host to 367 kindergarten to Grade 9 students on the first day of school.

The only real change for those in attendance will be the outdoor fields, which will remain closed for at least another month. “It really was a Herculean feat to pull this off,” Swift said Tuesday during a tour. And although few youngsters actively look forward to

going back to school, Grade 9 student Triton Ladouceur said he’s thankful to be learning in a familiar environment for what will be his final year at Rideau. “It’s really important for people in the community,” he said of the school reopening. “You don’t want to lose friends and fall out of touch.”

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Weather, supply issues will delay opening of school

Elbow Park School, which remains closed after sustaining heavy flood damage, is seen Tuesday. Jeremy Nolais/metro

Extreme weather south of the border has caused delays delivering supplies to a modular school being set up for Calgary students impacted by June’s flooding, the province said Tuesday. Hundreds of students from Elbow Park School learned they will now be housed temporarily at Eugene Coste School, while awaiting completion of the modular development on the field of Earl Grey School.

The actual Elbow Park School was hit hard by flood waters and is unlikely to open for years. Alberta Education spokesperson Leanne Niblock said there is no exact timeline for when construction of the modular school will be complete, but added the intention is to throw the doors open “as soon as possible.” “There were all kinds of (supply) delays based on differ-

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ent storms in the States,” Niblock said, noting one particular factory that provides prefab walls was hit by a tornado. Calgary Board of Education

officials had hoped the modular school would be ready Sept. 9, one week after classes begin for all other students CBE staff are scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss logistics around the move of students to Eugene Coste. The CBE is also hosting bus orientation sessions for students that will now require vehicle transportation to their temporary school. More info is available at cbe.ab.ca. Jeremy Nolais/metro

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Distracted-driving tickets on the rise in Calgary Two years later. Nearly 45,000 caught provincewide since legislation introduced Jeremy nolais

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On the eve of the two-year anniversary of Alberta’s distracted-driving law, Calgary police report they are handing out more tickets to motorists occupied with things other than the road. By the end of July, city cops had slapped nearly 18 per cent more $172 fines on motorists caught using their phones, reading, grooming or watching videos behind the wheel when compared to the same period in 2012. In fact, the 698 tickets written in March marks the highest violation count in a single month since the province introduced the legislation in September 2011. “It’s certainly not the same (level of compliance) as when the law came into effect,” said Sgt. Michael Watterston. “As you can see, it’s 500 to 600 tickets per month easily.... This doesn’t include those that were given warnings. I surmise the numbers are equal in terms of those that got warnings — that’s at the officer’s discretion.”

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Woman found guilty of neglecting exotic animals A Calgary woman has been found guilty after peace officers with the Calgary Humane Society found dozens of dead or dying exotic animals last year at a Varsity home. Loris Moysey was sentenced on Aug. 23 to a $1,000 fine and a 10-year ban on owning and caring for animals. Officers originally found more than 40 animals, including lizards, snakes and birds, and charged Moysey with 43 counts in February 2012. metro Police investigating

Crash with van kills motorcyclist Talking on the phone, reading, grooming — you name it, Calgary motorists are still being ticketed by the thousands for being distracted behind the wheel. metro file

By and large, the 4,299 violations recorded in Calgary this year centre on electronic devices. But despite an increase in fines locally and a report from Edmonton police last week that they’ve issued more tickets to date this year than they did in all of 2012, the Alberta government offered data Tuesday that indicate total violations provincewide remain relatively consistent. Alberta Transportation spokesperson Donna Babchishin said there will always

Activities of ticketed distracted drivers

• Using handheld phone: 3,992 caught • Using other electronic device: 167 caught • Reading: 15 caught

be a higher level of compliance with legislation in the first few months after it comes into effect.

• Safety hazard caused by animal in the front seat: 14 caught • Programming a GPS: 12 caught • Grooming: 9 caught

“That’s why we typically follow up with education and awareness efforts after the first year,” she said. “Re-

search shows that it takes time to change social behaviour and legislation is only one component, but an important one.” Babchishin pointed to the ministry’s “Crotches Kill” campaign as an example of education being done, noting that initiative logged a million “social-media impressions” earlier this year, with some coming from as far away as Europe and Australia. She said the ministry plans to run a similar campaign in 2014.

A motorcycle driver was killed after a collision with a cube van in the city’s southeast Tuesday afternoon. Police responded around 2 p.m. to the 4400 block of 61st Avenue SE after reports of the collision. According to EMS, a man in his 40s was killed in the crash, which closed roads in the areas for a number of hours. The person driving the van was not injured. Police are still investigating, and do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. metro


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StatsCan. More than five million hours of work lost due to floods The extensive flooding that hit the province in June produced a net loss of 5.1 million hours of work Statistics Canada says. The agency says 300,000 employed Albertans, or 13.5 per cent of the total working population, lost 7.5 million hours of work during the floods. At the same time, 134,000 people, or six per cent of workers, put in 2.4 million additional hours. More than a quarter of professional, scientific and technical workers missed work in

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1,000 donations and counting Calgary Blood Donor Clinic. Doug Turner has been giving blood for over five decades Katie turner

katie.turner@metronews.ca

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Getting poked with a needle for the 1,000th time on Tuesday, Doug Turner said he barely felt a pinch. Since 1961, Turner, 78, has been coming to the Calgary Blood Donor Clinic to give. Turner said he made his first donation at a mobile clinic when he was teachA new report says Alberta’s Quoted ing biology at Mount Royal future climate will be hotter College. and drier. “The following year, I got The Alberta Biodiversity “We need to wake up a call from the Lougheed Monitoring Institute says that to the idea that we’re Building to come down and over the coming decades, looking at a future of give blood and this was grasslands will take over forat 9 o’clock at night,” he ests and forests will take over change.” said, explaining that about wetlands as all the province’s Report author Rick Schneider 25 people, all of the same ecological regions shift north. blood type, were called to Temperatures will average planning now. He says the Alberta that donate. two to four degrees warmer, The next day, a student which means that heavier everyone knows today is on nurse in his class told him rain and snowfall will simply its way out. The institute is an arm’s- she spent the night treating evaporate away. Report author Rick length scientific agency fund- an 18-year-old girl who had Schneider says even though ed by government, industry been in a serious accident theWJ effects _ 6 9of8climate 5 _ Y Ychange C . p d and f Plevies a g eon 1industrial 8 / 2 6car/ 1 3and , was 1 2 a: hemophiliac, 0 9 P M and Turner realized exactly where won’t show up for years to bon emissions. his blood had gone. come, Albertans need to start the canadian press

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Doug Turner, 78, has received a pin and sticker for donating blood for the 1,000th time — a milestone only about two or three Canadians reach every year. katie turner/metro By the numbers

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As signs point toward an international strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, Syrians living in Calgary have mixed emotions. “We don’t feel very good about it, but we feel it’s the lesser of two evils,” Yaser Ghanam, of the Syrian Community of Calgary, said on Tuesday. “Absolutely all of us, we feel conflicted about this, because it’s not nice to see a foreign country intervening in your country in any way. “On the other hand, you have civilians who are being killed in the most inhumane ways — using chemical weapons and other kinds of weapons.” Ghanam believes that statements from officials in the United States, Europe and the Middle East seem to point clearly toward a military strike of some kind against Assad. Some of the strongest language yet came on Tuesday, from U.S. VicePresident Joe Biden.

Along with Britain, France appears poised to back U.S. military intervention against the Syrian regime. In Paris, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that France is “ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents.” Kenzo Tribouillard/the associated press/Pool

“There’s no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: The Syrian regime,” Biden said. Ghanam, who still has family living in Syria, said he’s convinced there will be a strike of some kind but is unsure of the scale. “I just hope that the strike will only be target-

ing specific air bases and specific places where Assad is launching his attacks against the Syrian people,” he said, adding that many Syrians see this as a “last resort” but one that must be carried out. “If you consider everything that we have seen for the past two-and-a-half years, we can see clearly

that there are no other options,” he said. “But we don’t want this to be a war of interests from superpowers. We don’t want anybody to stay there. We just want this to be a humanitarian intervention to protect civilians, and that’s about it.” With files from the Canadian Press

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The Arab League, a 22-member body dominated by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, also called for justice, laying blame for the alleged chemical attack outside Damascas on the Syrian government.

Despite hundreds of his drivers walking off the job for hours on Monday, the general manager of Calgary’s largest taxi company says he won’t consider reopening discussions on an exclusive contract for airport service. “Not for at least the next three years, anyway,” Jeff Garland, of Associated Cab, said on Tuesday morning. “The airport authority has a legal obligation with the contract. If we break that contract, it will cost us tens of millions of dollars.” Associated was awarded the airport deal in 2010 after it was put out to tender. It does not expire until 2016, which is why Garland said the terms could be reviewed only then. But drivers with Associated and other companies say the contract has hurt their business and led to inefficiencies. All non-Associated drivers can drop customers at the airport but are prevented from picking up a return trip curbside. Hundreds of drivers, who parked in a lot near the airport on Monday and refused for hours to take fares, said they would return to work only once the contract had been revoked. But by mid-afternoon, the strike petered out and Garland said there were 400 vehicles on the road Tuesday morning. Officials with the Calgary Airport Authority have pledged to establish a working group to address the drivers’ concerns. Jeremy Nolais/metro

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No plan to recall Parliament. Baird talks Syria with opposition Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is talking to opposition leaders about the developing crisis surrounding Syria. But the department says calls to recall Parliament to discuss military action are premature. Baird spoke first to Tom Mulcair, whose spokesman, George Smith, said the NDP leader “was very clear with Minister Baird that Parliament would have to be recalled if there was any direct military involvement. Mr. Mulcair also stressed the importance of working with the United Nations.” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Canada needs to proceed cautiously. “As soon as we talk about military intervention, there are many, many questions unanswered. Like

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what would military victory look like? Who would we be helping?” Trudeau said. “There are grave questions, both about the government side but also about the rebel side. That’s where we have to have honest and open dialogue about it. And I’m certainly not going to pretend that anyone has all the answers.” The Canadian Press

Division in the ranks. UN mandate needed for action against Syria, Italy says beyond the context of the Security Council, which for us is and remains the only point of legal reference that cannot be ignored,” Bonino said. Italy offered both military bases on its territory and its own aircraft for the 2011 NATO campaign in Libya. Bonino didn’t specify how Italy might view base use during any intervention against Syria led by allies. the associated press

Any military strike against Syria must be authorized by the UN Security Council, Italy insisted on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino called Syria’s alleged chemical attack a “war crime” but said her government wouldn’t support military action without UN Security Council authorization. “Italy would not actively take in any military action ...

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The Obama administration tried to bolster its case on Tuesday for military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical attack on civilians. The U.S. was unlikely to act before Thursday, when British Prime Minister David Cameron will convene an emergency meeting of Parliament during which MPs are expected to vote on a motion clearing the way for an armed response. President Barack Obama and Cameron conferred on response plans on Tuesday, their second known conversation. U.S. officials argued that Assad’s actions posed a direct threat to national security, providing Obama with a possible legal justification for launching a strike without consent from the United Nations or Congress. However, officials did not detail how the U.S. was directly threatened by an attack contained within Syria’s borders. “Allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant

At a news conference in Damascus on Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said his country would use “all means available” to repel a U.S.-led strike on Syria. “We have the means to defend ourselves and we will surprise everyone,” he said. the associated press

scale to take place without a response would present a significant challenge to, threat to the United States’ national security,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Officials said the goal was not to drive Assad from power or impact the broader trajectory of Syria’s bloody civil war. “The options we are considering are not about regime change,” Carney said. Assad has denied using chemical weapons.

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‘We are ready to go’ Military forces are poised to strike Syria immediately if the commander-in-chief gives the order, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday. “We are ready to go,” Hagel said during a television interview while

travelling in Asia. The navy has four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean within range of targets inside Syria and also has warplanes in the region. Before any strike, the U.S. also plans to release intelligence it says will directly link Assad to the Aug. 21 attack in the Damascus suburbs. the associated press

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When basketball player Jason Collins came out early this year, he renewed the debate about whether openly gay players are welcome in the arena of professional sports. While others came before him — like David Kopay, Martina Navratilova, Ian Roberts, Mark Tewksbury, Gareth Thomas and Robbie Rogers — will locker rooms be the last closet?

A level playing field? Team Tolerance. Metro brought together a diverse group of athletes for a round table discussion on sports and sexuality Jennifer Melo Metro Canada

Silver linings playbook: Will a day come when a player’s sexuality won’t get in the way of their game? istock images

More than 45 years after Pierre Elliott Trudeau declared the state had no business in the bedrooms of the nation, 21 years after Canada allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in our military, and more than a decade since same-sex marriage has been legal across the country, Canadians may think we’d finally be able to stamp “paid” to the gay/lesbian/queer rights debate. Sadly, we have yet to smash a significant barrier — the right for Canada’s LGBT community to play community-league sports without the fear of literal and metaphorical locker room lockouts. Dave Doucette, 41, played hockey until he was 16. He vividly remembers hearing gay slurs, disparaging remarks about women and talk that made him feel like an outcast. “‘F—ing faggots’ and similar comments came out in the dressing room and you’re like, ‘Oh God. I think I’m one of

those.’” Add the usual team pack mentality, where aggression and adrenaline are considered performance enhancing “drugs” and it’s easy to see how homophobia can run rampant. Eric Demarbre, 34, admits he was one of the bullies, picking on others when he played high school hockey. Even though he knew he was gay, he “didn’t show it,” alluding to stereotypical gay male behaviours. While Demarbre victimized others, he too suffered. “I never felt any feeling worse in my life than that. Like go-homeand-cry bad,” he explained. “You’re pretending to be one of them, and you’re debasing yourself in that process just so you can fit in.” The women in our group tell me the experience is different in women’s sports. Their sexuality didn’t keep them from playing the sports they love. But they didn’t get off scotfree either. “My team and I went to Montreal for a tournament and we stayed overnight,” remembers Ana Oliveira, a 34-year-old soccer player from Brampton, Ont. “A couple of the girls said they didn’t want to stay with me in the room because they didn’t want me to touch them inappropriately. I said, ‘Don’t flatter yourself. You’re not my type.’” Oliveira, who was supported by friends, family, coaches and teachers since she came out as a lesbian at the age of 17, said the

experience was unexpected. “I was surprised at the comment, but I didn’t let it get to me,” she said. “They’re ignorant and it was my job to just stop it there.” On the field, the incident was forgotten. “We played. We were focused. We just wanted to play,” Oliveira said. Receiving an unwanted sexual advance in the locker room is perhaps the greatest unspoken fear in mixed (gay and heterosexual) teams. “I’m pretty sure it’s the only thing that anyone’s really worried about,“ Demarbre said. But straight guys should stop worrying, says Doucette. “I play on an all-gay hockey team,” he says. “We’re in the showers with a bunch of gay guys and nothing’s happening so…” Only one of our group came out while playing on a mixed (queer and straight) sports team. What would it have taken for the others to do so? “A miracle!” says Doucette. “Because of everything that’s being said in that room, there was no way I was going to ostracize myself.” Change is happening, though. There is support for the LGBT community with organizations like Outsport Toronto and programs like the You Can Play Project, encouraging LGBT athletes to keep competing. And if teachers, coaches, family and friends of the LGBT community work together, maybe there will come a time when an NBA player’s public declaration of homosexuality won’t be a big

deal. But according to this group, that time is not now. “I’d like to believe that no one’s going to care if every gay athlete came out, but that’s not necessarily the case,” says J.D. Muir, 29, who’s played on men’s hockey, rugby and football teams. Muir talks about how we define sports as a culture. “They’re aggressive. They’re war games,” he explains. And the language used in sports, he says, includes homophobic slurs and pressure to be strong, powerful and non-submissive. 
 Strong role models can help. “You hear about kids being bullied and beat up and ostracized, so to have someone to look up to is really important,” says Lela Kouyoumdjian, 38, who plays for the Toronto Soccer Association and Pink Turf soccer league. Today, Jason Collins is the only major league athlete to come out while still in the game. “I think there’s a lot of paving still to be done,” Kouyoumdjian says. “When someone like Collins comes out, it’s very courageous; it’s very brave. And we need more people to do that.” We can all make a difference, however, and we can start by choosing our words with care. “It’s words like lame and retarded and gay,” says Doucette. We can work on “eradicating these words that people fluff off and don’t consider as damaging — except by the people they’re being thrown at.”

‘I never in my life felt bad for being gay’ Don’t hate, just skate. She’s an accomplished and respected hockey player, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, and, she’s a lesbian. Find out what makes Sarah Vaillancourt a role model for women both in and outside of the LGBT community.

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The 28-year-old retired from Canada’s national women’s hockey team a month ago, after undergoing years of hip and hernia surgeries from sportrelated injuries. Today, Sarah Vaillancourt, from Sherbrooke, Que., continues to follow her heart, coaching teen athletes, pursuing a master’s degree with a goal to becoming an ESL teacher and building a house with her girlfriend. In this exclusive interview, Vaillancourt shares her thoughts on living proud. What do you think of NBA player Jason Collins’ decision

to come out publicly? It’s really brave and if more athletes had the courage to do it, it would become something so normal that we wouldn’t even have to say it out loud. Why do you think so few pro athletes come out? A lot of athletes are afraid to be seen differently. And they want to be known more for their athletic performances than their sexual orientation. Do you think sponsorship and endorsement opportunities would increase or decrease after coming out? Unfortunately, I think they’d decrease. But I strongly hope and wish that at some point, it

doesn’t matter … you get sponsorships for the person and the athlete that you are, regardless of your sexual orientation. What was behind your decision to come out publicly? To help people suffer less and give them strength. When I was at Harvard University someone committed suicide, another person tried to, and I later heard that they were homosexuals. Something like that rings a bell in your head. If I can help people come out and be who they want to be — and be who they are — if I can save one or two lives, that goes a long way. Have you ever experienced

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homophobia? No, never. I’ve been really lucky. I don’t think I allow people to be homophobes around me either, so… How do you do that? Stand up for yourself. Be proud of who you are. And know that you’re not alone.


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Race car driver, former Second World War pilot and parent of two, Roberta Cowell, now 95, was born Robert Marshall Cowell. Growing up with signs of hermaphroditism, Cowell had feminine qualities such as wide hips, narrow shoulders and undeveloped but apparent breasts. “I had always known that my body had certain feminine characteristics,” she wrote in an autobiography titled Roberta Cowell’s Story, published in 1954. Cowell gained notoriety as the first known British transsexual to have sex reassignment surgery. Cowell, now known as Roberta, was Robert until the age of 33. photo: Handout

The world’s first professional soccer player to publicly come out as gay, Justin Fashanu’s story turned tragic in 1998 when he committed suicide. “You have to understand that footballers are very narrow-minded people,” the former Norwich City forward said in one interview. “It’s the nature of the business. When you put yourself in the firing line, you are open to attack. I know I’m there to be shot down in flames.” At the time of his death in May 1998, he was charged with sexual assault and the accuser was a 17-year-old boy from Maryland. In a suicide note, Fashanu said the sexual relations were consensual, and believed he wouldn’t get a fair trial because of his homosexuality. photo: Allsport UK /Allsport

Jamaican-born former NFL player Kwame Harris, 31, was publicly outed in January following a highly publicized fight and legal battle with his ex-boyfriend Dimitri Geier. The former offensive lineman played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders for six seasons. Harris described his conflict over whether or not to come out while he was in the league as “turmoil” and “despair” and regretted his decision to keep his sexuality private during his time in the NFL. “I didn’t see those two things as being compatible, but now when I look back, in hindsight I could have done it differently,” Harris said in a CNN interview.

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Toronto-born Angela James, 48, is one of the first two women inducted into the international Hockey Hall of Fame, a seventime gold medal winner, a top performer for Team Canada and “the Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey.” She’s also a lesbian, a wife and a mother. James was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, an occasion where she publicly acknowledged the roles of her partner, Ange, and their three children in her life. In an interview with Xtra!, James explained the significance of the event. “Until then, no openly gay athlete had ever been inducted into one of the major North American sports halls of fame. In fact, no current or former NHL player has ever come out.” photo: getty images

Alan Gendreau, 23, became the first publicly gay athlete to enter the NFL draft in 2012. Out since he was 16, Gendreau had supportive teammates both during his high school football years in Apopka, Fla., and in his college football years at Middle Tennessee State. But not everyone was accepting of his sexual orientation. Gendreau was asked to leave when he brought a boyfriend to a church event. “It was like my family telling me I wasn’t allowed to come home,” the devout Christian said in an interview with Outsports, a website that provides resources and a community for gay athletes. “I’m a kicker that happens to be gay,” Gendreau said in an interview with the New York Times.

Ranked No. 4 featherweight by the World Boxing Organization, Orlando Cruz, 31, became the first active professional boxer to publicly come out on Oct. 4, 2012, declaring in a statement, “I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.” In an interview with The Associated Press, the former Olympic athlete for team Puerto Rico said, “I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession … knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows, in this sport that is so macho. I kept this hidden for many, many years.” Cruz recently got enaged to his boyfriend. photo: getty images

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Transparency. Trudeau says folks are stoked that he openly spoke of toke Justin Trudeau says he’s received “almost universal” praise for admitting he smoked marijuana after becoming a member of Parliament. And that certainly seemed to be the case Tuesday as the Liberal leader did a spot of mainstreeting in downtown Charlottetown. Young and old seemed giddy at the prospect of meeting him. They sought his autograph or to have their picture taken; several spontaneously thanked him, Cronuts at the CNE

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as one middle-aged woman put it, “for telling the truth, Justin, no matter what.” “The conversations I’ve had with Canadians have almost universally been about people pleased with the level of openness and transparency that a Canadian politician is demonstrating,” Trudeau said later. Trudeau’s political opponents accuse the leader of flouting the law and demonstrating that he’s unfit to govern. The Canadian Press

refrigeration, said Dr. Lisa Berger of Toronto Public Health. “There were temperature-control issues both at the supplier and on site,” she said. “The staphylococcus aureus toxin is not killed by cooking. Refrigeration prevents the bacteria from multiplying.” The investigation is now focused on Le Dolci, the jam’s Toronto-based supplier. The Canadian Press

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Al Capone in Sask.? Great-niece of infamous gangster comes north for new documentary Alyssa mcdonald Metro in Regina

Feeding off swirling rumours and passed-down stories about Chicago gangster Al Capone’s bootleg operation in the Prairies, a Saskatchewan documentary crew is going deep — literally — to search for proof behind the prohibition tale. The documentary, titled Finding Al, involves historical data and assorted tales surrounding the iconic mobster’s rumoured appearances in and around Moose Jaw, Sask., in the 1920s. “I’ve been to the Tunnels (of

Deirdre Capone, 73, centre, is filmed in the Tunnels of Moose Jaw for a documentary, Finding Al, about her great-uncle. Alyssa McDonald/Metro

Moose Jaw) many times and I just wanted to investigate it,” director and producer KellyAnne Riess told Metro in Moose Jaw — nicknamed Little Chicago by some — on Tuesday, referring to passageways below the city’s downtown streets. The tunnels were turned into a

tourist attraction in 2000 with Capone-themed tours and costumed characters. Because of extremely limited paper documentation, Riess has focused on accounts passed down the generations. Riess had planned to visit Capone’s great-niece Deir-

dre, who has written a book about her family story. But the 73-year-old ended up coming to Saskatchewan from her Florida home to be featured in the documentary. “There is no one else that can (tell the story),” Deirdre Capone said after taking a guided tour of the Tunnels. “He was a mobster, but not a monster.” Capone didn’t let on to her relation to the crime figure during the tour, even whispering to a Metro reporter, “I wonder what these people would say if they knew who I was.” Riess pointed out that her favourite Saskatchewan story on Capone comes from a Weyburn-area home, where Deirdre’s great-uncle would allegedly host firearm-filled parties once a year for his men and local farmers. “I just like the idea of bootlegging mobster farmers,” Riess said.

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Feds requested data on 219 Facebook users Online privacy. Firm is latest tech company to release stats on how often governments seek customer information

N.S. licence plates boost buying local A new licence plate is being made available in Nova Scotia that encourages people to buy locally produced goods. The plate features an image from the Select Nova Scotia marketing campaign. The optional plate will be issued on request to passenger and light commercial vehicles.

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CAN AFFLECK BE THE WORST BATMAN? There’s even a petition on the White House Are you ready to have some fun? website demanding that the president intervene Are you ready to play the Batman game? and prevent ‘Batfleck’ from spoiling Batman. Granted, this is probably only fun for people Many fans believe Bale redeemed Batman who have yet to get beyond the mental age of 12, from weak portrayals by otherwise decent acbut that’s almost everybody. The rest of you, get tors such as George Clooney and indecent actors over yourselves. such as Val Kilmer, and they don’t want to see anThe Batman game is easy to play, of course: In other lame flying mammal re-infest the bat the history of Batman stretching back to 1943, cave. who has been the best — and the worst — BatOK, if Clooney, the world’s most admired man? movie star, failed to own the belfry, what does It’s time to play the game again, because now Batfleck expect? It’s a dangerous job, fighting that The Dark Knight’s Christian Bale has JUST SAYIN' crime in Gotham City for $15 million an episode. moved on to Shakespeare or whatever, Ben AfWhen you play the game, you probably start fleck has been announced as his replacement, Paul Sullivan during the era when you first encountered the causing thousands of bat fans to fall screeching metronews.ca Caped Crusader. For me, that would be back in from the sky. the ’60s, and the inane Batman TV series of 1966-68 starring Even though Ben has restored his reputation with an Oscar Adam West. Of course, it was supposed to be inane — or “camp,” I for Argo, the stench from the “Bennifer” era and his participabelieve it was called then — when inane was cool. tion in Gigli, often cited as the worst movie ever, lingers.

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• Some predicted a baby boom next winter. Cynics suggest a hike in divorce rates —spouses are locked up together for longer. • Others fled the turmoil to the Mediterranean coastline.

I thought it was a really interesting and apt point made by the author that children and teens are exposed, without question, to huge amounts of violence, and yet are sheltered from any open, honest, and fact- or experience-based discussion of sex and sexuality. Due to the inadequacy of sex education in schools, and many parents’ squeamishness about discussing the topic, teens are left to educate themselves and each other about sex — getting their (mis)information from urban myths, chat rooms, and reality television. Talking to one’s child about sex can

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When it came time to prepare for his role as the wheelchairbound detective in Global’s reboot of the television classic Ironside, Blair Underwood turned to his mother for advice. “I spent a lot of time talking to her about her experiences,” Underwood said about his mother, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. “It was very important that we as professionals … me as an actor, are really respectful and authentic as we can be to this disability that this character has.” The fact Underwood’s character uses a wheelchair is about as far as this reboot of the TV classic goes in trying to emulate Raymond Burr’s show, which aired from 1967 to 1975. “It was a very curious idea; I was a little taken aback,” admitted Underwood about being asked to join the cast. “But then I thought, I liked All about the dialogue

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Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez are the stars of Getaway, a new action adventure film from Toronto-born director Courtney Solomon, but the scene-stealer is the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, built by legendary car customizer Shelby American. “Since Getaway takes place in a foreign country,” said Soloman, “I felt strongly that we needed the quintessential American muscle car with enough star power to shine with Ethan and Selena.” Two Shelby GT500 Super Snakes were actually used to tell the story of a former race car driver who must steal the souped-up car and per-

form a number of duties to prevent his wife from being killed. The first can be seen in the Bulgarian-shot action scenes. The second was used during audio recording in Los Angeles. The silver Super Snake is a sleek thing of beauty, but the most famous movie car has to be the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger. Not only was it the first and most recognized James Bond car — after the movie was released it was called “the most famous car in the world” — but it also inspired a popular Corgi car that became the biggest selling toy of 1964. The British-made vehicle also appears in The Cannonball Run, driven by former Bond Roger Moore and in a highly stylized form as a secret agent (voiced by Michael Caine) in Pixar’s Cars 2. T h e first auto to have its own screen credit was

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METRO DISH OUR TAKE ON THE WORLD OF CELEBRITIES The Word

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Cheyne Thomas has Miley’s back with choice words for Kelly Clarkson Miley Cyrus has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism for her risqué MTV Video Music Awards performance with Robin Thicke, but she has at least one person in her corner: good pal Cheyne

Thomas. “Kelly Clarkson called Miley a pitchy stripper. Do you think she’s mad because her past few singles flopped and she wasn’t asked to perform?” Thomas posted to Twitter. “And she’s fat and 30.”

It looks like Rihanna is spending time with old flame Drake, as the pair got in some quality time at N.Y. nightspot Sons of Essex the Friday prior to last weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, according to E! News. “Drake came in around 10 p.m. with 10 people and had four large security guards. Rihanna came about an hour later, alone, not counting her security,” a source says. “They sat in a back room, the lights were dimmed and there was sort of a barricade of tables blocking their group off.” But don’t call it a

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‘When are you guys going to do something?’ We did. Just for a minute, though,” he says. “It was really about (Justin Timberlake) and all that he’s accomplished. He wanted to acknowledge that part of his career, and so we all decided to do it.”

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If you prefer to actually vacation alongside the stars, book your holiday to celebrity favourites like Las Vegas, Telluride, Colorado or the Caribbean islands of St. Bart’s or Anguilla. Anguilla’s laid back vibe is particularly attractive to celebrities like Ellen and Portia, Jay-Z and Beyoncé and camera-shy Janet Jackson, who was seen wandering around the supermarket alone. ST. BART’S HARBOUR/ISTOCK IMAGES

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This year’s Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 5 to the 15 and will provide opportunities to see stars such as Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Aniston. Film festivals are a great way to include star gazing into your vacation. Celebs are there to promote their movies and mingle, so they tend to be more open to the attention. Stake out the red carpets and lie in wait over cocktails at hip locations like the Drake Hotel, the Shangri-La or the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel. AC-

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If you want to say you spent the night with a famous friend-to-be, check in to a celebrity-owned hotel like Bono and The Edge’s The Clarence in Dublin, Ireland; Abba’s Benny Andersson’s Hotel Rivalin in Stockholm, Sweden or Elizabeth Hurley’s No. 11 Cadogan Gardensin in London, England. THE CLARENCE HOTEL, OWNED BY SINGER BONO/GETTY IMAGES

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Black Bean Chilaquile: Heavy on Mexican flavour, light on the wallet Nutri-bites

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Ingredients • 1/2 onion, chopped ($0.44) • 1 tbsp olive oil ($0.08) • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.10) • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped ($0.23) • 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed ($0.11) • 1 can black beans, drained ($1.29) • 2 tsp lime juice ($0.12) • 1 package frozen spinach , thawed and drained well ($1.89) • 1 tsp each oregano and chili powder ($0.11) • 2 cups tortilla chips, crushed ($0.79) • 3 oz cheddar cheese ($1.76) • 1 cup salsa ($0.60) Total $7.52 (about $2.50 per 3 people or $1.88 per 4 people)

Eat cheap (and healthy)

1. Sauté onion in oil for 8 minutes until very soft. Stir in garlic, tomatoes, corn, black beans, lime juice, salt and pepper and cook 5 min to

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For the next three Wednesdays, Metro’s Theresa Albert will be serving up some easy to make and healthy recipes that are perfect for families or starving students.

You know how you love nachos but the calories will kill you? Here is a way to have all the taste and none of the guilt. That’s because a black bean and veggie heavy casserole gives you the same crispy, cheesy feeling. This is a great make ahead party dish too. Just stop before the baking step and pop it in the oven for 20 minutes before you want to serve.

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heat through. Stir in spinach and heat through; sprinkle in oregano and chili powder.

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Side. Prosciutto, Cantaloupe and Orecchiette Salad 1. Bring pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions.

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Ace of heart-to-hearts: How to know if you impressed your interviewer You felt like you fit

I came, I saw, a contract. Don’t be too perplexed as to whether you pleased the professionals

• I have had interviews before where I automatically thought “this is the perfect fit” or in other cases, “I’m not sure if this company/role is for me.”

Meghan Greaves

• If you felt as though you fit in well during the interview, chances are that the interviewer shared the same feeling. If an interviewer feels as though you had a good interview and also thinks you’ll fit well with their environment, chances are you’ll be on the top of their mind when making the final hiring decision.

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Before an interview, it’s only natural to feel nervous. But post-interview is when the anxiety tends to kick in. Our mind hops on the over-thinking train and doesn’t look back. The main reason this happens is because we know the decision is now out of our hands and we don’t have much control over it. You’ve gone through the application process and the interview. The next thing to do is wait patiently to hear back with the decision. But the time between the interview and when you hear back can seem like an eternity. To help with the postinterview jitters and make the wait a little quicker, read these signs to look out for during and after the interview and what they could mean for you as the interviewee. The interview went longer than scheduled An interview that goes longer than scheduled is always a good sign that the interviewer wants to get to know you better and is interested in the conversation. This is a win-win situation because you get to learn more about

Body of work: If you noticed that the interviewer was engaged in the conversation, nodding, smiling or giving off any other positive body language hints, take this as a predictor that you’re on a fast track to success. istock

the company and position, and you get more time to show how you will be a great asset. They told you when you’ll hear back If the interviewer gives you a firm date as to when you’ll hear back, it means that they have a timeline defined for the hiring process. This could also mean that during the interview they made the decision (hiring you!) and just need to speak with their

team to work out the details. Even if the news isn’t what you were hoping for, at least you have a concrete idea as to when you’ll know the decision. You talked about topics beyond the job description Ensuring that you answer each question during the interview effectively is the first step toward having a successful interview. An interview that exceeds expectations is one where you

answer every question and then start to talk about the contributions you can make beyond the job description. If you found that this was happening in the interview, you probably left the interviewer with a positive impression. The interviewer sells the company or position to you If the interviewer discusses why the position you’re being interviewed for is extraordinary, this means

to the team or giving you an office tour. If at the end of the interview they offer to show you around, be sure to say yes and to take it as an indication that they’re interested in hiring you.

they might be trying to convince you about why being hired on would be mutually beneficial. If an interviewer knows they want to hire a candidate, they’ll spend extra time explaining the advantages to you. Take this as a sign that they’re very interested.

You hear that your references have been contacted Reference-checking is time consuming. Unless you’re being seriously considered, interviewers won’t spend the time to do this. If you hear from your references that they have been contacted, this is a signal that they’re finalizing their decision and you’re a top candidate.

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As a student, it’s important to be aware of where your tuition money goes. College and university can be expensive, but it’s not just the courses you’re paying for. There are services that can help the fitness, career, extracurricular and social aspects of your student life. Here are a few things you should use to your advantage while you’re still in school:

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Student discounts Between tuition, books and a social life, being a student can mean a strained wallet. Student unions often provide student discounts on a number of activities such as movies, transit tickets, theme parks, sporting events and other special deals so you can go out once

in awhile without worrying about spending a fortune. Tip: Check frequently for different deals. You can visit your student union’s website, stop by their office or give them a call to find out more. Gym membership For some, the gym is the perfect place to unwind before, after or in between studies. Gym memberships are included in many tuition packages, but students may find themselves “too busy” or claim that the gym “isn’t their thing.” Exercise is an important part of keeping the body and mind healthy. If you’re not into lifting weights or running on the treadmill, here are two alternatives to consider: • Take a group class: Some gyms offer fitness classes such as yoga, zumba, pilates and cycling. There may even be some unique ones such as martial arts, aqua fitness and hip hop dance. • Join an intramural team: Athletic councils or facilities often host intramural teams within the school. If you like

to play for fun but not competitively, this is a great way to get exercise, meet new people and improve your game. Teams are usually separated by gender or, in some cases, are co-ed. Chances are there’s Credit requirement checks

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a soccer, basketball, volleyball or floor hockey team you can be part of. Tip: Get a copy of the exercise schedule. Try different classes by yourself or with a friend and see which ones you like best. Mark an activity or two into your weekly schedule as you would with academic classes. Health centre Students spend most of their time at school and may not have time to go to the doctor. That’s where the health centre comes in. Health and dental coverage are included in your tuition fees, whether you have a medical plan or not. The health centre usually covers counselling services, nutrition and blood tests. Tip: You can opt out of health and dental services and receive a refund on the fees. Check with your university for more details. TalentEgg.ca is Canada’s leading job site and online career resource for college and university students and recent graduates.

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Working 5-9, what a way to make you shine Part-time plus. Working on the side of being a student can mean much more than some extra moola Meghan Greaves TalentEgg.ca

Being a student comes with a heavy price tag, which is why most students balance work alongside their studies. Students don’t think about the perks that come with having a part-time job while being a full-time student. While working at school isn’t for everyone, being aware of some of the advantages you can tap into will help you decide whether or not you’re making the right decision.

Stable cash flow Although obvious, this remains one of the greatest perks of working part-time while in school. Having a steady income allows you to pay off debts quicker, leaving you with less financial stress after graduation. Students don’t realize how much little things cost while at school (like groceries, the odd beer, gas) and having an income helps you stay out of dipping into your savings to buy the “extras.”

tion, customer service — the list goes on. So put yourself out there. Your resumé will thank you for it. Gives you a break During school, it’s easy to feel as though you’re in a bubble filled with classes, studying, projects, friends and late nights. It’s not a bad bubble to be in, but sometimes we all

only commitment is your studies, you may think you have all the time in the world to finish school work. This could result in a less effective work ethic. Having a job forces you to manage your time and organize your tasks in a productive and effective manner. The amount Improves grades of hours a student can hanThis might be surprising T:6.614” but it’s true. When your dle varies, but for the most need a bit of a break from student life. Having a part-time job allows you to get out of the library or house and away from your roommates, giving you a much-needed break from the stressors of being a student.

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Yankees go yard four times in rout Alfonso Soriano hit two of New York’s four home runs and Andy Pettitte threw seven shutout innings as the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Tuesday at Rogers Centre. Soriano hit a towering three-run shot in the first inning and added a solo shot in the third — his 28th homer of the season and 400th of his career. Mark Reynolds and Alex Rodriguez added solo homers for the Yankees. THE CANADIAN PRESS

MLB

Federer a shadow of his former self Roger Federer returns a shot to Grega Zemlja during their first-round match at the U.S. Open on Tuesday in New York. ELSA/GETTY IMAGES

U.S. Open. While solid by most standards, Swiss player’s season not matching up to those during his prime

U.S. Open practice court late Tuesday afternoon, putting in some training time shortly after finishing off a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over 62nd-ranked Grega Zemlja of Slovenia in the first round. At 32, at his lowest ranking, No. 7, in more than a decade, coming off a stunningly At this point in his career, early exit at the previous maRoger Federer recognizes the jor tournament — one of a serimportance of a little extra ies of newsworthy losses lately — Federer is OK with making work. That’s why the owner of a some concessions. He insists record 17 Grand Slam titles, his passion for tennis is still WJ _ 6 9 6 6 _ M e t r o . and p d fthe man P a gwho e spent 1 8more / 2 3 /there. 1 3 , 1 0 : 5 8 AM “I’m in a good spot right weeks ranked No. 1 than any other, was out there on a now,” Federer said. “I want to

enjoy it as long as it lasts.” He made it sound, though, as if it isn’t as easy to enjoy things the way his results have been going. Federer entered Tuesday 32-11, a .744 winning percentage that doesn’t sound too bad, until you consider his career mark at the start of this season was .816, and he’s had years where he went 81-4 (.953). and 92-5 (.948). He’s only won one tournament in 2013, which would be great for some guys, but Federer topped 10 titles three times, and hasn’t won fewer than three in any season since 2001. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Canadians on court

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., defeated Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-3 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open. • Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C., missed a chance to join him, losing to Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra — 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-2, 7-6 (10) — in a match that was carried over from Monday due to rain.

Jays GM stands by his man(ager) Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is giving his skipper a vote of confidence. Speaking to reporters before Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees, Anthopoulos said John Gibbons will return as manager in 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Sheets running up awards total CFL leading rusher Kory Sheets is the league’s offensive player of the week after another impressive performance. Sheets rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Saskatchewan’s 30-27 win over Edmonton on Saturday. Sheets was also named the top offensive player in Week 3 and the offensive player of the month for July. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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2005 juniors make up sizable chunk of Olympic prospects Sochi Games 2014. Accomplished class’s chemistry could provide gold-medal spark The Canadian junior men’s hockey team of 2005 is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to the Olympic Games. Ten of the 47 players invited to Calgary to start preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics won gold at the 2005 world junior hockey championships in Grand Forks, N.D. Seven of the 2005 alumni are already Olympic gold medallists, having played for their country in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Defencemen Brent Seabrook and Shea Weber, and forwards Patrice Bergeron,

Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Michael Richards made up almost a third of the victorious team in Vancouver. They were joined at this week’s orientation camp in Calgary by 2005 teammates Dion Phaneuf, Jeff Carter and Andrew Ladd. The 2005 junior team, coached by Brent Sutter, is considered Canada’s best of all time. Canada steamrolled through the tournament, outscoring its opposition 41-7. The Canadians dismantled a Russian team that featured current NHL superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin by a 6-1 score in the final. It was Canada’s first world junior gold since 1997 and sparked a run of five straight titles. Richards was captain of the junior team in Grand Forks.

He believes the shared history of those players helped team chemistry in 2010 and can do so again in Sochi in February. “I think it always helps in a short tournament when you know each other and are comfortable with each other ...” he said. the canadian press

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Tuesday’s results N.Y. Yankees 7 Toronto 1 Boston 13 Baltimore 2 Chicago White Sox 4 Houston 3 Kansas City 6 Minnesota 1 L.A. Angels 6 Tampa Bay 5 Oakland 6 Detroit 3 (5 innings, rain) Texas at Seattle Monday’s results Houston 10 Chicago White Sox 8 Kansas City 11 Tampa Bay 1 Oakland 8 Detroit 6 Texas 8 Seattle 3 Toronto 5 N.Y. Yankees 2 Wednesday’s games — All Times Eastern Texas (Perez 7-3) at Seattle (Hernandez 12-7), 3:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 11-9) at Toronto (Redmond 1-2), 7:07 p.m. Oakland (Straily 6-7) at Detroit (Fister 11-6), 7:08 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 4-5) at Tampa Bay (Archer 7-5), 7:10 p.m. Baltimore (Norris 9-10) at Boston (Lackey 8-11), 7:10 p.m. Houston (Cosart 1-1) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 9-12), 8:10 p.m. Kansas City (Chen 5-2) at Minnesota (Albers 2-1), 8:10 p.m.

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The 2013 Nissan Leaf

Review. Norway shows the way environmentally as Leafs continue to fly off the shelves They’re clever people, the Norwegians. In Norway electric cars are flying off the shelves. Why? Because in Norway there is no sales tax or road tax to pay on EVs and in cities, including Oslo, parking and charging — via a comprehensive citywide infrastructure — is free. Best of all you can drive in the bus lanes, improving commuting times significantly. Consequently Nissan’s electric Leaf has been selling very well there. Helped by its conventional packaging, the compromises of Leaf ownership are very few. Which is why we were testing the new Leaf in Norway, because the Leaf and the city of Oslo represent one vision of an automobile future for all of us. This 2013 Leaf model has been improved by increasing power and range and by moving the plug-in charging unit to the front of the car, increasing boot space by 40 litres. The car is also lighter and has improved ride thanks to a retuned chassis tweaked for European tastes. The result is that this electric car has become more comfortable, practical and fun. In fact it’s more conventionally car-like, which can only

The 2013 Nissan Leaf

•Type. Four-door •Engines (hp). 80 kW electric motor (109PS of power)

• Range for one charge. 199km • Emissions. 0g/km

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Now available in more conventional black trim instead of beige, the interior is familiar yet futuristic; a clever mix of comfort with cool blue accents and icons to remind you you’re a trendsetter.

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Zippy, comfortable and quiet, this kind of progress feels efficient and fun. The new Leaf feels faster than its 0 to 100 km/h time of 11.5 seconds suggests.

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The refinements are subtle, so the styling remains divisive and is not to everyone’s taste. In other words, it’s kind of funny looking.

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The 80 kW electric motor is under the hood.

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be a good thing. Inside the Nissan Leaf you’ll find five seats, five doors, and plenty of smart storage throughout. Plus all the high tech gadgets you would expect from a car this innovative, like Bluetooth connectivity, Nissan intelligent key with push button start, and a USB connection port for iPods and other compatible devices.

• Biggest plus Knowing you will rarely have to deal with gas stations. Or pay for fuel for that matter. The charging speed has been halved too. •Biggest flaw The steering doesn’t feel fantastically responsive at speed, though around town this translates into belowaverage manoeuvrability.

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Nissan’s trucks now diesel-fuelled zombies Autopilot. The Titan, accompanied by the Cummins engine, will attempt to change the company’s fortunes in the light-duty market Auto pilot

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The diesels keep coming, like zombies that won’t take decapitation for an answer; only with lots more torque and fuel range, and the fact that we’re actually glad to see them. This time it’s Nissan, which announced last week it would offer a newly developed Cummins 5.0-litre V8 turbo-diesel in its nextgeneration Titan pickup. Putting a Cummins V8 diesel into the Titan will certainly shake things up in the light-duty full-size pickup segment, where torque

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now, but probably not good ones. The dominance of the full-size truck that can easily accommodate the big lump of a (relatively inexpensive) V8 is probably one of them. Another is our historically crappy diesel fuel, which couldn’t be tolerated by global diesel engines designed to run on the better stuff. The Cummins engine destined for the Titan will instantly make the Titan a pickup celebrity. For competitive reasons, Nissan is not yet announcing launch dates for the new Titan. But apparently engineering prototypes powered by the Cummins engine are already undergoing extensive publichighway performance and durability testing. If you see a current Titan pulling a train or something similar, it’s probably testing one of those Cummins engines. Industry analysts predict the North American “light duty” pickup wars will soon be full of dieselequipped competitors. About time…

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Charging ahead to keep electric vehicles going Driving force. With the sales of electric and hybrid cars rising, buyers now need to know where to recharge Jil McIntosh

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No matter where you are, you’re probably not very far away from a gas station. You can confidently drive almost anywhere, knowing you can buy fuel when you get low. But for people with electric cars, finding a spot to recharge away from home is far more difficult, since public charging infrastructure is still in its infancy. “It’s the chicken and egg,” says Teresa Di Felice, director of government and community relations for CAA South Central Ontario (SCO). “It’s really in what comes first. Do we need a certain number of vehicles before there’s a willingness

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Libra

Aries

Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 Others may be raving about a new fad but you have your doubts it is as good as they think it is. Don’t be afraid to take an opposing view. Your judgment is sound.

March 21 - April 20 As Mars moves into the dynamic sign of Leo today, your energy and confidence will surge. Yes, all things are possible but that does not mean you have to try to do it all at the same time.

Scorpio

Taurus

Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 You seem even more ambitious than usual now and you will certainly not be inclined to settle for second best. You may have to fight it out with an equally ambitious rival but it will be a one-sided battle.

April 21 - May 21 You should make an effort to convince loved ones that you are still on their side. Why might they doubt you? Because you have been strangely uncommunicative of late.

Gemini

Sagittarius

Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 The next few days will see a big change in the way you look at an event. You will begin to realize that you have only part of the story and the missing parts are of huge significance.

May 22 - June 21 Don’t stop to analyze your motives: act while the passion is hot. One bold move could be all it takes today to start the ball rolling in your favour again.

Cancer

Capricorn

June 22 - July 23 There are major opportunities heading your way but are you in the right frame of mind to take advantage of them? Take an hour out of your busy schedule today to get your head back in the right place.

Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 It may seem as if you are out of touch with the feelings of those around you but that’s OK. You are who you are and don’t have to act in ways that don’t come naturally to you.

Leo

Aquarius

July 24 - Aug. 23 The world needs people who are willing to take a risk and with Mars moving into your sign today, it’s you. Don’t wait to be told to do what you feel is right — self-belief is all the permission you need.

Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 You are in the middle of a creative phase and anything of an artistic nature will go well for you over the next few days. This is an especially good time to learn a new skill. What do you dream of doing?

Virgo

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51. Cook, this way 54. Larks about 56. Small photograph 57. National symbol: 2 wds. 59. Laura Branigan hit that goes “God how I love you so.”: 2 wds. 61. Paranormal power, briefly 62. Fatty, as some meat

Feb. 20 - March 20 Tough decisions must be made and you must expect some people to be less than happy with what you decide. That’s too bad. If they had acted sooner, it would not be down to you to put things right. SALLY BROMPTON

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Across 1. Weightlifter’s pride 6. US speed meas. 9. Mr. Tolkien 12. Originated 13. 1988 Summer Olympics locale 15. Farm song vowels 16. Sub instrument 17. Turntable artists, e.g.: 2 wds. 19. Bill [abbr.] 20. Menu clickees 22. Leaf’s lines 23. Derelict building, perhaps 25. Froster 27. Connecting points 28. ‘60s song: “__ and Clover” 32. Detect 34. Move like a hummingbird 35. Green Day drummer, __ Cool 36. Corn chip bag’s one-of-some 37. Actress Charlotte 38. Nancy of “Entertainment Tonight” 40. Virgo’s predecessor 41. Storage space 43. Fawn 44. Gave to charity 46. Birth a bovine 47. Enthusiastic, __ ho 48. Finds one’s positioning

Pisces

Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 Although the Sun and Mercury are boosting your confidence in a big way, other influences suggest you may have to be on your guard for secret enemies over the next few days. You can’t be too careful.

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Crossword: Canada Across and Down

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