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Homeless Count numbers ‘cannot be accurate’ INNER CITY

Boyle Street exec says he’s seen spike — not 24% decrease Kevin Maimann

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The executive director of an inner-city agency says Edmonton’s Homeless Count numbers don’t add up. Julian Daly with Boyle Street Community Services said he is “baffled” by figures Homeward Trust released Tuesday showing a 24 per cent decrease in homelessness since 2014. “They don’t reflect what we’re seeing and they don’t reflect any evidence, empirical or anecdotal, that we have about homelessness in the city,” Daly said. “Anyone on the front line, anyone that has any experience working with homeless folk ... knows that this cannot be accurate.” Daly said he has actually seen a “significant increase” in homelessness. He says there has been a dramatic in-

crease of people using Boyle Street to pick up their mail, up from 1,600 in 2015 to 2,200 this year — all people who do not have a fixed address. The number of people accessing Boyle Street’s drop-in for hot meals continues to grow as well, Daly says. He says Boyle Street outreach teams have worked with 800 people living without homes in the river valley this year alone, which marks a 43 per cent increase — whereas the Homeless Count pegged the number of river valley dwellers at 284. Daly is concerned that the Homeless Count’s positive outlook will lead to a reduction in crucial services and resources for people experiencing homelessness. But Homeward Trust CEO Susan McGee said she was “surprised” by the critique Wednesday, after working with Boyle Street staff for months to determine how to get the best coverage in the October count. “I don’t think that there has ever been a suggestion that the count would have captured absolutely everybody,” McGee said. “Having said that, we are very confident in how we did the count and the methodology.”

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Alberta pipeline reactions A day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline and as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley heads to B.C. to calm backlash against the decision, we take the pulse of the province with the most to gain from the decision. METRO

I feel like Alberta made a huge strategic error in wasting so much time talking and pushing for pipelines. Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Canada spokesperson, Edmonton

This is just the shot in the arm that we needed. The approvals will mean tens of thousands of new jobs in Alberta.

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Metro | Edmonton Adam Millie says he would spend 30 minutes in traffic just to travel a few blocks. The reason? The Metro Line. “Four times a day and a half an hour each time,” said Millie, who lives near the Kingsway/ Royal Alex Hospital station. “It was really frustrating — you’d call to complain and you’d get an answering machine.” Some city councillors were also dismayed Tuesday when city officials said they have no timelines to get the Metro Line running at its intended 50 km/h speed — it’s currently travelling at half that. Getting the line to move at that speed requires fixing the current signalling system. “We’re continuing to push and continuing to challenge the contractor to get things done,” deputy city manager Adam Laughlin told council Wednesday. “But there’s still no timeline on the Plan B switch.” Coun. Bev Esslinger asked, “So we’re just going to keep working and we’re not sure when

that might happen?” “Correct,” Laughlin replied. Esslinger retorted, “All right, that, too, is disappointing.” City spokeswoman Holly Budd said in an email Wednesday that Edmonton is sill waiting for a sign-off from Rail Safety Consulting, which is conducting a safety audit before the Metro Line can go to full speed. However, the only areas the line isn’t running at designed speeds is on roadway crossings north of Churchill station, Budd added. Traffic congestion also reduced when the city modified the system at the Princess Elizabeth Avenue and 106 Street intersection. Edmonton also made adjustments to the layover time at the NAIT station to improve traffic flow. But Millie recalled times when no train would show up despite signals flashing and railroad arms being down. “And after the train comes, the traffic that was stuck waiting the longest doesn’t get to go first,” he said. But he acknowledged signalling has improved slightly since then. He said he would like to see the train come to a complete stop at 111 Street, wait for the signal to flash and the arms to descend, and then move along. “It’s been slowly getting better, but it was completely unreasonable before,” he said.

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Metro | Edmonton Rodney Gladue is a fast walker, so he’s stoked to see the city propose co-ordinated traffic lights specifically for pedestrians along west Jasper Avenue. “Having to hit a red light and just look around seeing no cars for more than a minute isn’t the greatest,” said Gladue, a resident in Oliver. The city hosted an open house on Imagine Jasper Avenue Wednesday evening, a plan that would see full traffic lights at every intersection from 109 Street to 124 Street — an approach many other cities have long-ago added. During rush hour, pedestrians walking an average speed along Jasper sidewalks won’t hit a red light because they would

A Canadian Judicial Council committee says a judge’s apology for asking a sexual assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together doesn’t offset the damage done and Robin Camp should lose his job. “We conclude that Justice Camp’s conduct is so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the judge incapable of executing the judicial office,” the five-member panel wrote in a unanimous decision released Wednesday. Court transcripts show Camp called the complainant, an indigenous woman who was 19 years old and homeless at the time of the alleged assault, “the accused” throughout the trial — a phrase he repeated during a September judicial council disciplinary hearing before quickly correcting himself. He also told the young woman “pain and sex sometimes go together.” the canadian press

Ceara Crawford (left) and Rodney Gladue think Edmonton needs more pedestrian-friendly roads. They attended the Imagine Jasper open house on Wednesday. Kevin Tuong/For Metro

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Metro | Edmonton The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has named MLA Sandra Jansen an honorary member in recognition of her speaking out against bullying in politics. “The board felt that she was such an excellent role model for any woman or girl who has been subjected to bullying or threats or verbal abuse, and she stood up to it in a very courageous way,” said executive director Jan Reimer. The organization names honorary members who have made a significant contribution to ending violence against women. Jansen made headlines last week when she stood up in the Alberta legislature to read a sample of the gendered abuse sent her way since she crossed the floor from the PC Party to the ruling NDP. After reading the messages — some calling her a “lying bitch,” “dumb broad,” and a “useless tit”— she challenged her fellow politicians to stand up against the attacks levelled at women in positions of power. “It’s good to see so many women standing together to denounce this kind of misogynistic behaviour,” Reimer said.

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters is recognizing Sandra Jansen for calling out bullying of female politicians. The Canadian Press

Sometimes you see that kind of remarkable courage change things for the better. Jan Reimer

Reimer is still the only woman to be mayor of Edmonton — she was elected in 1989 and led the city’s only female-dominated council — and said seeing Jansen stand up against the bullies is encouraging. “Sometimes it makes me think we’ve got so much further to go in terms of the comments are made and the behaviours, but on the other hand, sometimes you see that kind of remark-

able courage change things for the better.” With all the attention on bullying in politics, the ACWS is making a challenge of their own to politicians: they’re inviting any interested MLAs to take their Leading Change training, which teaches participants how to tackle gender-based violence. So far, Reimer said they’ve had police officers and CFL football players take the course, but no politicians. Reimer also said the program would give politicians the tools to both recognize issues and intervene. “We’re encouraging politicians and leadership candidates to pick up that challenge as well, and look at how they might lead change to end gender-based violence,” she said. “This is a ready made program that they could step into.”

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Annexation plans reduced Jeremy Simes

Metro | Edmonton The City of Edmonton has scaled back its request to annex land in Leduc County after Mayor Don Iveson says they realized they could meet future growth needs with a smaller portion. Iveson and Leduc County Mayor John Whaley announced the new annexation plans Wednesday, which have been under negotiation since 2013. “It’s been a really long journey,” Iveson said during a news conference. “Today is a real milestone in committing ourselves as a city and a county on collaborating growth around the airport.” The city originally had its eye on a larger piece of Leduc Coun-

ty, but withdrew its request to acquire lands west of the airport and south of Highway 19. The land they’re getting shrank by 2,584 hectares to a total 9,748 hectares. Annexing Edmonton International Airport (EIA) land, however, remains in limbo as the city, Leduc County and EIA continue to negotiate. Leduc County will retain the north Nisku industrial area and the reservoir, which was previously part of original plans. Unless it’s mutually agreed on, the Edmonton’s boundary won’t shift again into Leduc Country until joint planning for the area has been completed. With such reductions, Iveson says the city can still meet growth targets as it plans to build denser neighbourhoods.

That means prime agriculture land will be saved, according to Whaley. However, he acknowledged some of that land will be lost. “As farmers we recognize that,” he said. “We struggle with that.” Both Iveson and Whaley took aim at the province’s decision to approve Beaumont’s plans to annex 21 quarter sections north of town. Edmonton was eyeing nine of those sections. “(That) was a travesty for this region,” Whaley said. “The Capital Region was supposed to be working together. That decision will keep everyone in silos.” Iveson says the city will try to still annex those nine sections, adding he’s inviting Beaumont and Leduc County to collaborate with the city on those lands.

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Drilling into dental history U of A

Book to delve into faculty’s 100-year storied history Ameya Charnalia

For Metro | Edmonton

Few enjoy a trip to the dentist, but as one intrepid writer is discovering, Edmonton has deep roots in the dental world. Taylor Lambert is weaving together a history of the University of Alberta’s school of dentistry (officially the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) for its centennial celebrations. His research has uncovered some relatively unknown facts about the dental school, which opened in 1917. Take, for example, Harry Bulyea — the first director of the faculty. Bulyea was one of the first orthodontic specialists in Alberta — and Lambert’s research has found that he also owned the first dental X-ray machine in the province. Lambert, a journalist and

Taylor Lambert sits among some of the stranger contraptions in the museum of the U of A’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Kevin Tuong/For Metro

author, was hired in the fall by the U of A to chronicle the dentistry faculty’s 100-year anniversary, to be celebrated in September 2017. Since then, his work has taken him deep into the university archives and the school of dentistry’s museum, where

The history of the school is very much at the core of the book. Taylor Lambert

strange dental tools from the early 20th century fill the drawers and are flanked by eerie, early models of dental-instrument washers. “The history of the school is very much at the core of the book — that’s the primary focus,” Lambert said. “But I

want to tell that story in a way that keeps people engaged.” Part of the challenge of writing the book, Lambert said, was that his exposure to the world of tooth repair prior to agreeing to write the book was limited. “My knowledge of dentistry begins and ends with my occasional trip to the dentist,” he said. “It’s been a steep learning curve but I’ve been running up it as fast as I can.” With a keen eye for developing characters, Lambert has found that the faculty’s storied history is replete with people who played an important role in establishing dentistry on what was at the time the frontier. His book will highlight the importance of Edmonton creating the first school of dentistry in the province — the nearest faculties at the time in the North American west were in Denver and Portland. “It was really weird that Edmonton should have this dental school, but it was also that much more important for this remote area,” Lambert said. “It became really important to the community.”

IN BRIEF Suspect sought in parking lot assault Police are searching for a male suspect who allegedly slapped a woman in the face while yelling obscenities at her after she got out of her car in a Windermere parking lot. Police said Wednesday that the incident, which occured on Sunday afternoon, has them searching for a white male in his 50s who was last seen in an older Ford van with the word “RIPPER” on the front of it. metro Union creates fund for fallen worker’s family The union representing a city employee killed on the job on Nov 1. has started a trust fund for the man’s wife and daughters. CUPE Local 30 has put $5,000 in the fund and is now asking others to contribute. “Our union is a family, when one of us falls, it hurts us all deeply,” president Mike Scott said in a release. The fund has been set up at River City Credit Union. The 44-year-old man was killed while working underground on a sewer line construction project. Metro

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Expert says it’s not actually fog clouding up the air of late Alex Boyd

Metro | Edmonton City residents want to know: Why is it so foggy these days? Well, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Dan Kulak, it isn’t fog. Instead, it’s mist that’s blanketing the city, and it’s the result of a simple equation: a lot of moisture and not a lot of wind. “We’ve had a relatively mild November, and it’s taken a lot

We’ve had a good run here if you don’t like winter, but to think we’re going to escape it totally is probably unrealistic. Dan Kulak of time for the surface water to freeze,” Kulak said. “And we’ve got a very stagnant air mass. There hasn’t been a lot of wind for days now.” The haze doesn’t quite clear the bar for what Environment Canada considers true fog — that’s a word they only use when visibility drops below about 800 metres — but it’s still a mist that has hung on day after day. “This is more indicative of what we might get in the middle of February, when you get a really stagnant air mass,”

Kulak said. But the end of the f— ... err, mist may be in sight. With temperatures expected to drop back into the wintery range next week, the mist will likely disappear as the cold air moves in and the rivers start to freeze, Kulak said. “We’ve had a good run here if you don’t like winter, but to think we’re going to escape it totally is probably unrealistic.” It’s been an unseasonably warm November in the city, with one of the warmest starts to the month in decades.


PC and Alberta parties contemplating merger Josie Lukey

For Metro | Calgary A new political party merger is percolating in Alberta — and no, it’s not the “unite Alberta” or “unite-the-right” movement. Members of both the PC Party and Alberta Party have said they wouldn’t be opposed to a merger, and according to the presidents of both parties, neither would they. Katherine O’Neill, PC Party president, said she started hearing about a possible merge

with the Alberta Party once the PCs lost the provincial election. “It wasn’t surprising there was part of our membership that said, ‘If you’re going to do a merger, it should be with the centre,’” said O’Neill. Currently, she said, the party is focused on the ongoing leadership race, and a merger wouldn’t be up for real discussion until mid-2017. At that point, O’Neill explained, the PC Party will have a new leader and will be sending a signal about how they see themselves moving forward. Alberta Party president Pat

Cochrane said she’s heard talk of a merger among members of her party but added there’s been no official contact with the PC Party. Cochrane also said the Alberta Party and Alberta Liberal Party are still talking. In the past, the Alberta Party was open to merging with the Liberals, who rejected the proposal. “If you’re a centrist, the political party label isn’t such an issue. It’s how do we make sure that we don’t have extremes take over the province,” said Cochrane.

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Vacancies highest since 1996 Housing

Dropping rents expected to continue next year

There’s a lot more selection than there was a couple of years ago CMHC Edmonton market analyst Christina Butchart

Kevin Maimann

Metro | Edmonton A construction boom coupled with economic gloom has left Edmonton with its highest rental vacancy rate since 1996. Edmonton’s vacancy rate was at 7.1 per cent in October, up from 4.2 per cent a year ago, according to the latest rental market report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Alberta’s overall vacancy rate is slightly higher at 8.4 per cent. “The larger contributing factor is we’ve really added a lot of rental apartments to our universe. We’ve had a lot of rental construction in Edmonton over the past few years, which has pushed the supply of rental accommodation higher,” said CMHC Edmonton market analyst Christina Butchart.

It’s a renter’s market in Edmonton.

More than 2,700 rental units were added in the city over the last year. While the news is not great for landlords and property

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average renter will pay $1,229 instead of $1,259. Landlords have been offering incentives like a month of free rent to win an edge in the marketplace. “They’re having a little bit more difficulty attracting and keeping tenants, so there’s more positive news for renters out there looking for a place. There’s a lot more selection than there was a couple of years ago,” Butchart said. The report also notes 35.8 per cent of Edmonton’s rental properties saw a turnover of tenants in last 12 months. Edmonton is not feeling the hit like some parts of the province, however. Cold Lake has the highest vacancy rate in Alberta at 26.2 per cent, due to a glut of rental construction and loss of jobs.

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Anne Bissonnette is fascinated by eyeglasses. Kevin Tuong/For metro

U of A go through the looking glass history

Eye-opening new exhibit on fashion of vision Ameya Charnalia

For Metro | Edmonton

A new exhibit at the University of Alberta hopes to shed some light on the history of an often overlooked, everyday garment: Eyeglasses. Anne Bissonnette, an associate professor at the department of human ecology at the U of A, collaborated with students in her 19th, 20th and 21st Century Dress in the Western World course to create a new exhibit called Eyewear: Fashion With Vision. Bissonnette hopes the exhibit will make people move beyond the perception of glasses simply as an object to correct

vision loss. “It was an object that could synthesize all sorts of ways of looking at fashion,” she said. Some of the items of exhibit are on loan from local opticians, but a big chunk of them were actually donated to the faculty in 2013 by an optician called Bill Carmichael. His collection included a unique pair of glasses called “railway glasses” from the early 19th century. They come with side lenses for peripheral protection from glare and debris. “We see a lot of portraits of young men — very fashionable — wearing them,” said

They didn’t always look like they do now. Donnalee Riley

Bissonnette. “To me it highlights the fact that very little research has been done that looks at this protective eyewear, aside form this is just an object that protects, to an object that’s part of how you construct your image socially.” Donnalee Riley, a student of Bissonnette’s, was part of a group that studied the design of the glasses and helped prepare the exhibit. “It was interesting seeing that some of them didn’t just come with temple arm — they had hair pins on chain attachments to put in your hair; there were ones that you could hold with a handle; monocles; and ones that just sit on your nose,” she said. “It was cool that they didn’t always look like they do now.” The exhibit is open to the public until Feb. 5 at the human ecology building at the U of A.


Uber makes some inroads in Calgary, despite issues here Helen Pike

Metro | Calgary As Uber officials continue to wrestle with bylaws in Edmonton, it looks like they’re revving up for progress elsewhere. On Wednesday, Uber gathered reporters outside of the Calgary Municipal Building for an “exciting announcement.” Pending a court ordered injunction is lifted, they will resume operations in the city on Dec. 6. “We expect to have quite a few drivers, to have a reli-

able experience, right on day one,” said Uber Alberta general manager Ramit Kar. “We’re likely going to open up Calgary and surrounding areas, as soon as we begin operations in Calgary.” That means behind the scenes, Calgary administration’s legal team, and Uber’s lawyers will have to agree to sit down and talk costs. For the city, building up their case, and fighting for an injunction while Uber operated illegally cost a ballpark $21,000 — money the city wants to get

back for their cover operation with third party companies. “What we’re talking about in terms of the injunction costs, obviously we had a pretty significant operation when we charged the drivers a year ago,” said Ryan Jestin, director of Calgary Community Standards. “Our plan is we would ask for those charges to be covered.” Uber drivers in Edmonton have been struggling bylaws here with one report last week that company drivers have been hit with over 150 tickets for a variety of offences.

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Canadian firms more diverse Women make up 21% of the directors in big companies Ryan Tumilty

Metro | Ottawa Canada’s major corporations have a few more women and a bit more diversity around their boardroom tables — but they are still a long way from reflecting the make-up of the country. The Canadian Board Diversity Council released its annual survey this week showing that women now make up 21.6 per cent of the directors on the boards of 500 major Canadian companies. That’s up slightly from 19.5 per cent last year and up significantly from the 10.9 per cent in 2009, when the survey first began. About 4.5 per cent of board

Some sectors (like) finance and insurance have more women. Sean Hemraj

directors said they were a member of a visible minority, 1.8 per cent identified as a person with disabilities, 0.6 identified as Indigenous, and 2.1 per cent

said they were a member of the LGBTQ community. Sean Hemraj, vice-president of business development and marketing for the Women’s Executive Network, said the numbers are an improvement but there is a lot of work to do. He said diversity is not just about better representation, but about better business. “It offers a different perspective that helps organizations recognize, adapt and innovate based on what is happening in the real world,” he said. Not all Canadian industries are created equally on this front. Retail companies had the most gender diversity on the board, with 29.4 per cent, but mining and oil and gas firms were much lower, at 13.1 per cent. Hemraj said some businesses have done a better job attracting women to their industry. “We are seeing some sectors (like) finance and insurance have more women, essentially in the talent pipeline, than others like mining, oil and gas,” he said. He said those companies


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are concerned about the issue and they believe it’s just a matter of when. “We have spoken with representatives from those industries and it is definitely a high priority

on their list, it is something they’re looking to improve on,” he said. Despite those numbers, 76 per cent of directors believe their board is diverse.

The Ontario Securities Regulator has required companies to disclose diversity since 2014 and a bill currently before Parliament would require all companies across the country to do the same.

Hemraj said that hasn’t moved the needle considerably, but they still believe it will. “We haven’t seen that as of yet, but that is something we are still hoping to see an impact from.”

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Aaron Driver, seen leaving the Law Courts in Winnipeg, was picked up by police in Winnipeg in June 2015. He was released under a raft of conditions in February. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Shooting justified, police probe finds Terrorism

Probe backs use of lethal force in Aaron Driver’s death A police investigation has found RCMP were justified in fatally shooting a terrorist sympathizer during a confrontation in southwestern Ontario earlier this year. Aaron Driver died in an encounter with RCMP in Strathroy, Ont., in August, after making a martyrdom video that suggested he was planning to detonate a homemade bomb in a Canadian urban centre during morning or afternoon rush hour. The Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Branch and the Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service conducted an investigation into the shooting of Driver to determine if the use of force in the incident

was legally justified. Strathroy-Caradoc police said Wednesday that the investigation concluded the use of lethal force was justified. An independent review of the investigation by Crown prosecutors upheld the probe’s conclusion, the force said. Canadian authorities were tipped off about Driver’s activities by the FBI and confronted him hours later. The FBI tip included a video of a masked Driver railing against western “enemies of Islam” and warning that the only solution would be the “spilling of your blood.” In announcing the result of their investigation Wednesday, Strathroy-Caradoc police recounted details of the encounter with Driver that ended with his death. The 24-year-old Driver had come out of a residence with a backpack and got into the rear seat of a waiting cab when RCMP officers blocked the


Son of Cirque founder dies in accident on set Officials say a technician with the Cirque du Soleil “Luzia” show who died after being hit in the head by an aerial lift Tuesday is the son of one of the founders of the show. In a statement from Cirque du Soleil, officials confirmed that 42-year-old Olivier Rochette of Quebec died Tuesday night in San Francisco. According to the statement, his immediate family, including his father Gilles Ste-Croix, one

of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, has been informed of the accident. “I am heartbroken. I wish to extend in my name and in the name of all Cirque du Soleil employees my sincerest sympathies,” said CEO Daniel Lamarre. Julia Bernstein of the state’s workplace safety regulator, Cal/ OSHA, said Wednesday that the employee was struck in the head by an aerial device. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

vehicle from leaving the area, Strathroy-Caradoc police said. RCMP directed the taxi driver and Driver to exit the vehicle, the force said, but as an officer approached the cab, Driver detonated an improvised explosive device. “Mr. Driver exited the vehicle and failed to comply with the police and their directions. Fearing for their safety, and believing that Mr. Driver would detonate a second device the RCMP shot Mr. Driver fatally wounding him,” StrathroyCaradoc police said. At the time, Driver had been under a court order not to associate with any terrorist organizations or to use a computer or cellphone. But he wasn’t under continuous surveillance despite concern he might participate or contribute to the activity of a terrorist group. He had moved to Strathroy earlier this year to live with his sister. THE CANADIAN PRESS

IN BRIEF Christmas too early, says Newfoundland town The municipal council in a small Newfoundland town has declared that Christmas has come too early for many retailers, and they’ve decided to do something about it. Local politicians in Gander have unanimously adopted a motion asking merchants to refrain from Christmas advertising until after Remembrance Day. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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CHESS Carlsen remains the chairman of the board Magnus Carlsen of Norway defeated Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the World Chess

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Cubans say bye to Fidel MOURNING

Late leader makes his final journey through nation To waving flags and some shouts of “Long may he live!” Fidel Castro’s ashes began a four-day journey across the island Wednesday, retracing the path of his triumphant march into Havana nearly six decades ago. A small, Cuban-flag covered cedar coffin containing the remains of the 90-year-old leader was taken out of Cuba’s Defence Ministry just after 7 a.m. and placed into a flower-bedecked trailer pulled by a green military jeep for the more than 500-mile (800-kilometre) procession to his final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago. The ashes will be interred Sunday, ending the nine-day mourning period for the man who ruled the country for nearly 50 years. The route traces in reverse the victory tour Castro and his bearded rebels took after overthrowing the forces of strong-

A child holds a picture of Fidel Castro. GETTY IMAGES

man Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Outside Havana, the caravan will pass through rural communities significantly changed by social and economic reforms he adopted. Many residents now have access to health care and education. But many of those towns are also in a prolonged economic collapse, the country’s once-dominant sugar industry decimated, the sugar mills and plantations gone. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Metro | Toronto He walks pretty quickly for someone carrying 86 pounds — perhaps because the content of the bucket is worth $1.6 million. New York police released surveillance video from Sept. 29, showing a man milling about an armoured truck in Midtown Manhattan before grabbing a bucket off the back of the vehicle and scurrying away.

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ing members of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team travelling to Medellin for the Copa Sudamericana finals — the culmination of a fairy tale season that had electrified soccer-crazed Brazil.

Captain heard panicking on recording of doomed flight The pilot of the chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and desperately pleaded for permission to land before crashing into the Andes, according to a leaked recording of the final minutes of the doomed flight. In the sometimes chaotic exchange with the air traffic tower, the pilot of the British-built jet requests permission to land because of “fuel problems” without making a formal distress call. A female controller explained another plane that had been diverted with mechanical problems was already approaching the runway and had priority, instructing the pilot to wait seven minutes. As the jetliner circled in a holding pattern, the pilot grew more desperate. “Complete electrical failure, without fuel,” he said in the tense final moments

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If this is confirmed, it would be very painful because it stems from negligence. Alfredo Bocanegra, head of Colombia’s aviation agency

Chapecoense players who did not travel with their team on a flight to Colombia that crashed, mourn during a tribute to the crash victims at the club’s stadium. Andre Penner/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

before the plane set off on a fourminute death spiral that ended with it slamming into a mountainside Monday night. By then the controller had gauged the seriousness of the situation and told the other plane to abandon its approach to make way for the charter jet. It was too late. Just before going silent,

the pilot said he was flying at an altitude of 9,000 feet and made a final plea to land: “Vectors, senorita. Landing vectors.” The recording, obtained Wednesday by Colombian media, appeared to confirm the accounts of a surviving flight attendant and a pilot flying nearby who overheard the frantic exchange.

These, along with the lack of an explosion upon impact, point to a rare case of fuel running out as a cause of the crash of the jetliner, which experts said was flying at its maximum range. For now, authorities are avoiding singling out any one cause of the crash, which killed all but six of the 77 people on board, includ-

As the probe continued, mourning soccer fans in Medellin and the southern Brazilian town of Chapeco, where the team is from, held simultaneous stadium tributes to the victims. The six survivors were recovering in hospitals, with three in critical but stable condition, while forensic specialists worked to identify the victims so they could be transferred to a waiting cargo plane sent by the Brazilian air force to repatriate the bodies. the associated press

War laws broken in Syria Parties to the Syrian conflict have systematically disregarded the laws of war, showing time and again that they are willing to do anything to gain military advantage, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday. Speaking via video-link from London, Stephen O’Brien told an emergency meeting of the Security Council that was nowhere more apparent than in the besieged city of eastern Aleppo with nearly a quarter of million people trapped inside. “There are no limits or red lines left to cross. The rules of war — sacrosanct notions borne out of generations of costly and painful lessons and set more than 150 year ago in the First Geneva Convention — have been systematically disregarded in Syria,” O’Brien said. O’Brien said some 25,000 people, most of them women and children, have been displaced from their homes since Saturday and that it is likely thousands more will flee in the coming days as Syrian forces step up their attack. the associated press






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Agency’s boss warns against ‘us versus them’ mentality The president of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is warning against an “us versus them” mentality in Vancouver, where he says foreign buyers are not the major factor driving unaffordability. Evan Siddall delivered a pointed speech on Wednesday to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, where he said housing should not become a wedge that divides newcomers from long-time residents. “When a white person buys a house, we don’t notice. When somebody of a different colour does, we do. That’s not good economics,” he said. Vancouver’s skyrocketing housing prices have increas-

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation President and CEO Evan Siddall, addresses the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS

ingly been blamed on foreign capital flowing from China. The British Columbia government introduced a 15-per-cent tax on foreign buyers in July in response to those concerns. Asked by reporters whether he believed racism was playing

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the foreign-buyers tax was introduced. While offshore buyers are one factor contributing to unaffordability, he said, they are not the only factor. The most important factors over the long term are economic: rising disposable incomes, increased inflows of people and lower mortgage rates, he said. A report released Wednesday by the CMHC showed foreign ownership of condominiums in Canada’s largest cities has slowed down since last year. Foreign ownership was the highest in Vancouver and Toronto at 2.2 per cent and 2.3 per cent, respectively. However, that was down from 3.5 per cent in Vancouver and 3.3 per cent in Toronto in 2015, according to the report. The report said the relatively higher shares in Vancouver and Toronto in 2015 were due to an unusually high proportion of foreign ownership in newly constructed condominiums.

Breaking with years of inaction, OPEC agreed Wednesday to cut its oil output for the first time since 2008. The move effectively scraps its strategy of squeezing U.S. competition through high supply that had backfired by lowering prices and draining the cartel’s own economies. The reduction of 1.2 million barrels a day is significant, leaving OPEC’s daily output at 32.5 million barrels. And OPEC President Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada said nonOPEC nations are expected to pare an additional 600,000 bar-

rels a day off their production. The combined cut will result, at least in the short term, in somewhat more pricey oil — and, by extension, car fuel, heating and electricity. In the longer term, however, analysts say it’s highly unlikely that oil will return to the highs of around $100 US a barrel last seen two years ago. That’s partly due to the fact that President-elect Donald Trump has promised to free up more oil drilling in the U.S., which would increase global supply. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Canadian railways CP Rail, CN Rail positive about a Trump presidency Canada’s two largest railways told a transport­ ation conference they’re not worried about a Donald Trump presidency. CP Rail president Keith Creel said Trump’s atten­tion in threatening changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement is

targeted mainly at Mexico. And Trump’s $1-trillion US infrastructure program would increase demand for Canadian raw materials. Ghislain Houle, chief financial officer of CN Rail, was similarly positive but was concerned quotas on softwood lumber exports would hurt the railway. THE CANADIAN PRESS


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Trudeau’s announcement is unlikely to win him supporters within the ranks of those who most support the pipeline agenda. They tend to be spoken for by the Conservative party. It is a rare government decision that involves a lot of predictable political pain for little obvious electoral gain. For better or for worse, the approval by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline falls in that category. It is unlikely to win him supporters within the ranks of those who most support the pipeline agenda. They tend to be spoken for by the Conservative party and, for the most part, have no appetite for Trudeau’s proactive climate change agenda. On the other hand, at least some of the seats of the 17 Liberal MPs elected in B.C. in the last election could be on the line. The approval of this pipeline plan will not sit well with many of the constituents. Even if he wanted to, Trudeau could not get all his caucus members to sing the same song on this issue. A handful of them have already broken ranks with his decision. The Liberals are not the only ones potentially at risk on what is probably Canada’s most contentious front these days. Take British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. She will be campaigning for reelection in the spring. If she supports Trudeau’s move, it will be her provincial Liberals who will first test the post-announcement waters.

There is no way Trudeau could have killed two pipelines to the Pacific coast and then backed the no less controversial Energy East project.

She could be in for a choppy crossing. There is a widespread expectation on Parliament Hill that Clark will at some point publicly sign off on the Trans Mountain project.

wants to see how it all plays out before taking a definitive stance. Then there is the NDP. While Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was celebrating a big win alongside Tru-

PIPELINE PALS Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speak on Parliament Hill, Tuesday. the canadian press

The federal government has been playing nice with its B.C. counterpart, delivering a much wanted green light for a major liquefied gas development and promising billions of federal dollars to improve marine safety. But Clark would not be the political survivor that she is if she did not have a well-honed instinct for selfpreservation. B.C. elections are won or lost in the greater Vancouver area, the site of the pipeline whose capacity to carry bitumen oil to the coast Kinder Morgan plans to expand. On Wednesday, she said Trudeau was close to meeting all of her conditions for supporting the pipeline. She invited the prime minister to come to B.C. to sell the decision. By all indications, she

deau on Tuesday, Thomas Mulcair was calling the federal decision a betrayal of the trust many B.C. voters placed in the prime minister. The provincial New Democrats are also critical of the federal decision. The cracks between the ruling NDP in Edmonton and their opposition cousins in Parliament and in Victoria are becoming too wide to be papered over. Whoever succeeds Mulcair will be hardpressed to square the pipeline circle. In any event, as of now Trudeau and Notley are joined at the hip. On Tuesday, the prime minister argued it was the premier’s determination to rein in Alberta’s carbon emissions that made his approval of a pipeline consistent with Can-

ada’s climate change commitments. But if she fails to win reelection the quid pro quo is unlikely to survive her NDP government, leaving Trudeau with little to show on climate change for having delivered a pipeline from tidewater to Alberta. Had the prime minister vetoed the Kinder Morgan project, he might as well have declared a moratorium on any plan to bring more of Alberta’s bitumen oil to the Canadian coasts. There is no way Trudeau could have killed two pipelines to the Pacific coast (Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain) and then backed the no less controversial Energy East project. (Punting the decision on the Vancouver area pipeline would most likely only have hardened opposition to the plan.) That being said, it might be prudent for TransCanada — the company behind the plan to link the oilfields to the Atlantic Coast through the Prairies and Central Canada — to not take this week’s federal yes to Kinder Morgan as a sign that its pipeline will be good to go any time soon, if at all. A betting person might reasonably wager that Trudeau will not want to open another front in the pipeline wars between now and the 2019 election. And that probably makes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, who could be facing an uphill reelection battle in less than two years, a collateral winner of this week’s developments. Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer. Her column appears in Metro on Thursdays.


Gilmores’ girl-on-girl banter sounds suspiciously like life When Gilmore Girls premiered 16 years ago, it was unique — a female-centric show that stayed focused on women — but the data shows that with its return to Netflix, it is still an anomaly. Gilmore Girls can do no wrong. In my heart, it already has five stars (I rate on a four star system.) It would be like Netflix putting out a show called Your Mom, featuring only video clips of my mother. Even when she’s not perfect, she’s perfect to me. So instead of quality or plot, I’m watching for validation. This isn’t to set the bar low for the revival. With a cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Bishop, and Edward Herrmann there were many Emmy-worth episodes in the original run. Exhibit A: In a Season 1 episode, Rory (Alexis Bledel) returns home in the early morning after a date. On finding out, Lauren Graham’s Lorelai veers from panicking to castigating her mother to fighting with her daughter. Within a five-minute span, she hits every single note perfectly. Notably, that scene like countless others in the Gilmore Girls’ canon, is focused on women’s relationships with each other. This was a show entirely about women’s lives apart from men. (Occasionally, the plot centres on a man but, despite our best efforts, that happens in women’s lives too.) In writing women’s lives, film and television consistently fail. Take the Disney princess films. You’d think that women clearly dominate the dialogue in movies about

them. Turns out that even in fictional cartoon worlds, men routinely talk over women. Researchers found that in the original three princess films — Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella — female characters speak as much or more than male characters but that in the films of the 1990s, male voices dominate the dialogue: they speak 76 per cent of the time in Pocahontas, 68 per cent in The Little Mermaid, and 71 per cent in Beauty and the Beast. In the newer films like Tangled, Brave and Frozen, males still get the majority of talk time. An exhaustive study from Polygraph confirmed the trend. Looking at screenplays for 2000 films, the team found that men over-indexed in speaking roles across every genre of film and age of actor. Even romantic comedy had men speaking 58 per cent of the lines. Polygraph also found that women actors over 42 experienced a sudden drop in assigned dialogue and that by age 65, they were virtually mute. Conversely, as men aged, they were given more speaking roles. From a bird’s-eye view, then, it’s easy to see why the revival has caught the attention of so many women. We’re starving to hear women’s voices, even if they’re the same ones we’ve heard before. So not only is it great to hear the Gilmore women talk again but in the dim landscape of television and film, it’s nice to hear any women talk at all. Philosopher Cat by Jason Logan

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Metro | Toronto Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is Fidel Castro’s long-lost illegitimate son. It’s the latest example of a totally made-up, 100 per cent false news story, one that was circulating on Facebook after the Cuban leader’s recent death. To help weed out such bogus news, which proliferated during the U.S. election and generated big ad dollars for creators, librarians at the University of Toronto have developed a handy cheat sheet.

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Student engagement librarian Heather Buchansky said it’s about giving readers the tools to spot fake stories and the guide is a “reminder to be more critical” as more and more people turn to sites like Facebook for information. “It’s quite easy to fall prey when you look at a website and you’re thinking ok, well if it’s online it must be true,” she said. Gavin Adamson, a journalism professor at Ryerson University, urges people to click around a bit before sharing articles on social media. When news sources don’t have a lot of other content it’s a clue that stories may be fake. “These websites don’t stand up to a lot of due diligence. If you just take a moment after recognizing you’re probably being manipulated it’s very easy to tear these things down,” he said. For Jeffrey Dvorkin, lecturer

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A tweet by @TrumpaholicMAGA claimed “they sure look alike,” and the user shared this image of Trudeau and Castro. Fake news stories easily gain momentum online. illustration by metro; photo via @TrumpaholicMAGA

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and director of the journalism program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, fake news is not a new problem, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. “The problem with the digital culture is that it is really the Wild West of information,” he said. “We shouldn’t freak out

and figure the sky is falling, although the clouds are a bit lower than they use to be.” Given the “tsunami” of content available online, people are driven towards sources where they feel more comfortable that often just confirm their own biases, he said. Both Google and Facebook have been under fire for al-

lowing fake news, and recently announced they will take measures to curb sham stories. Closer to home, Buchansky said they’ve had a good response to the guide, posted Friday, and shared by librarians on social media. “It hasn’t spread as far as fake news itself,” she said. “But it’s been positive.”

Look at the domain name. When sites end in unusual ways, such as “,” it’s a clue they may be fake. Check out the source a little more carefully. If you’ve never heard of a website look at the “About Us” section for more info, or explore it more to see how much other content there is. Google the headline to see how other news sources are reporting the story. Are there any other accounts? How have other outlets reported it? The use of ALL CAPS, and very poor web design are clues you’re not looking at a reliable source. Does the article make you incredibly angry or outraged? Good journalism can also evoke emotion but if something is trying to make you mad on purpose to share the story and get ad revenue, it’s a red flag There are a few handy websites that can help verify stories and sources, such as:, PolitiFact, and Snopes.

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An old soul with an Witty, wry, even sad, Fleabag a sensation eye on the future johanna schneller what i’m watching

THE SHOW: Fleabag, Season 1, Episode 1 (Amazon Prime) THE MOMENT: Dissing the ex

Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who created and writes the show) has just met a bucktoothed man on a bus (Jamie Demetriou). He asks how her ex was fool enough to let her go. “He was just really kind and supportive,” she says. “He’d cook all the time, run baths. Laugh at my jokes. He was great with my family. Plus he was really f—ing affectionate.” She’s serious, but Bus Rodent doesn’t get it. “Yeah, he sounds like a dickhead,” he says. She gives him her number. “I’ll be sure to treat you like a nasty little bitch,” he says. She grins into the camera at us. “Um, that was a joke,” he says. “Oh, I know,” she trills. But

to us, she frowns. In this six-part series, Waller-Bridge’s sharp-tongued, but secretly self-loathing, Londoner (we never learn her real name) frequently breaks the fourth wall, talking directly to the viewer in the middle of a scene. It’s like watching your best friend’s home movies while she whispers the real, raunchier story in your ear. She obsesses about sex, “the performance of it. The awkwardness.” She kills time in the failing café she opened with her best pal Boo (Jenny Rainsford). She laments to her uptight sister Claire (Sian Clifford) that her farts now sound like their mum’s. You can see why the show is a sensation. Waller-Bridge is witty and wry and then suddenly sad. Though by the end you may feel that a piece of her soul is still missing, you’d happily come back for more.

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Rajiv Surendra on heartbreak, big dreams and trying to swim Sue Carter

For Metro Canada When Rajiv Surendra was only 12 years old — well before he was cast as the rapping mathlete Kevin Gnapoor in Tina Fey’s cult comedy Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan — he took up calligraphy while working as a costumed interpreter at Toronto’s Black Creek Pioneer Village. It’s an unusual hobby for a young boy, but Surendra has always been something of an old soul. “I think there’s something so important about looking at the past to understand the future,” Surendra says. “I feel such a connection with a slower, quieter time.” The key to creating his smooth pen or chalk strokes, Surendra explains, is that it takes not just a steady hand, but use of his full arm, right from his shoulder. It took years to perfect the craft, which he has now turned into a career. Surendra’s obsessive nature and unwillingness to settle also led him on the biggest journey of his life, trying to snag the lead role in the film adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel The Life of Pi. His failed quest is at the heart of his memoir, The Elephants in My Backyard, which he refers to as “the Eat, Pray, Love for the millennial generation.” It was a camera operator on the Mean Girls set who suggested

Surendra describes his book, The Elephants in My Backyard, as “the Eat, Pray, Love for the millennial generation.” contributed

Surendra read Life of Pi, saying, “It’s a book about you.” Surendra tore through the novel and discovered eerie similarities with Martel’s protagonist. Although he had obviously never survived on an ocean raft with a menagerie of wild beasts like Pi, both were young, thin Tamil men who grew up with animals, and studied at the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s College. And so when news broke that a film in the works, Surendra wanted the lead more than anything in his life. He was Pi. Surendra travelled to India for several months to immerse

in the culture. He dove off a cliff and stared a tiger in the eye, but that was not half as frightening as getting in the water. “On the horrible, horrible days when I was so scared in the water and I was hyperventilating and my muscles were seizing, I would tell myself that even if you don’t get this part, all the work and struggling will be worth it because you will know how to swim,” he says. When director Ang Lee eventually cast unknown Indian actor Suraj Sharma in the part, Surendra was devastated, and took off for Munich for a year to mourn. “After six years of re-

search and dreaming, Pi was a real person to me — it was like he died,” he says. Eventually Surendra came back to Toronto, and picked up his calligraphy pen again. “The reason why I was motivated to write this story down is because I learned so much,” he says. “Hey, if I could embark on something like this, and fail and pick myself up and keep going, then the next big dream or journey won’t be difficult.” Sue Carter is the editor at Quill & Quire magazine.

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Suspense novel up next for Girl on the Train author The British author of The Girl on the Train will next tell a tale of murder in a riverside town. Riverhead Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water is a suspense novel about family secrets and “the slipperiness of truth” that will be published May 2. The plot centres on the discovery of the bodies of a mother and teenage girl at the bottom of a river and the investigation that follows. the associated press

It’s about how your memories of childhood shape you and make you the person you are. Paula Hawkins


A-Listers’ natural beauty celebrated Pirelli on Tuesday unveiled the 2017 edition of its famed calendar, which sees photographer Peter Lindbergh mature beyond snaps of seminude models and set his lens on Hollywood. The calendar, entitled “Emotional” and launched in Paris, stars 14 Oscar-winning actresses featured in black-and-white close up, in clothed poses with invisible makeup. It’s a dramatic move away from decades of risqué shots that made the calendar, produced by the Italian tire manufacturer, one of the most recognizable in the world. A-listers including Charlotte Rampling, Uma Thurman,

Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Lea Seydoux, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Rooney Mara, Zhang Ziyi and Jessica Chastain all agreed to go near-makeup-free for the grown-up shoots. Speaking about his artistic choices, the German photographer said that he’s “not so fond of high heels and bikinis” and wanted to capture the nakedness in the soul of the calendar’s stars, not their bodies. “In a time when women are represented in the media (as) perfection and truth, I thought it was important to remind people that there is a different beauty,” Lindbergh said. the associated press

I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future. Serena Williams

equity Women ‘must continue to dream big’ Serena Williams has penned an open letter calling out what she sees as double standards faced by women in sports. The 22-time Grand Slam champion says people call her one of the “world’s greatest female athletes,” but notes that male athletes such as LeBron James and Tiger Woods aren’t described by their gender. Williams says the equal pay issue frustrates her because women “have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts.” She says women “must continue to dream big” to “empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.” The letter was published in Porter Magazine and republished by British newspaper The Guardian. Luca Bruno/AP file Nicole Kidman, left, and Uma Thurman. AP Photo/Francois Mori

Recounting the chaotic history of The Stooges biography

Frontman Iggy Pop astounds writer with rich memory What began innocently as Iggy Pop reminiscing over items from his past with memorabilia collector Jeff Gold turned into the definitive oral history about one of the most influential rock bands ever. Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told by Iggy Pop, out this week via Third Man Books revisits in explicit, expletive detail how these Michigan misfits were unappreciated, commercial failures during their initial run from 1967-1974. Their legend as punk pioneers, however, grew exponentially in the three decades that followed. The Stooges reunited in 2003 at the Coachella Music Festival, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and continued to experience an unexpected renaissance that has dovetailed into Iggy Pop enjoying his most successful year to date.

“We were completely unprepared for how much (Iggy) remembered,” Gold said prior to a book launch event with Pop in New York City. The habitually shirtless vocalist has had a long-standing reputation for drug use. “I was astounded at the breadth of his recall,” which put the collector-turned-author at times in a “bizarre situation of having to cut him off periodically. You knew this wasn’t a guy making it up, that he actually did remember all of this.” Gold modestly sees himself not so much as a writer, but more of a wrangler. “I had this incredible interview, I had these incredible pictures. (Total Chaos) went from being interesting to being important history. I felt like I had an obligation to history to get this right.” Well yeehaw to that! As for Third Man Books, the imprint offshoot of Motor Cityraised rocker Jack White, Gold said he already had a publisher for what would eventually come to be Total Chaos, but “was just absolutely blown away at how (Third Man) have reinvented the record business” with everything they’ve got going on in Nashville and now Detroit’s Cass Corridor.

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“It was just so natural” for them to be home to his Stooges book. Limited Editions from Third Man will not only have Iggy’s John Hancock, but also a 7” vinyl record of him singing over I’m a Man, a song by his first band The Prime Movers. Way, way cool. “People who are interested in Iggy and the Stooges, I think it’s a natural,” says the biographer, now a friend of the frontman. He solicited the opinions of several A-list rockstars about the effect this uncharacteristic band has had on them. A definite highlight of Total Chaos is the amazing story Dave Grohl relates about how his life was profoundly changed by Pop in 1990; the Iggster plucked him

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Life-hack put to the test: shaving cream on the mirror Ariel Teplitsky

Torstar News Service The problem You want to shave, put on makeup, brush your teeth or just stare into your own beautiful eyes after a nice refreshing shower — but now the mirror is all fogged up. You could wipe it with your hand, but that will leave streaks and the fog will fast return, a perplexing problem indeed. Dear lord, there must be a better way!

The solution Your most petty prayers have been answered. According to life hack science, all you need is a dollop of shaving cream. Let’s see if it works. Step 1: Squirt Step 2: Smear Step 3: Wipe away with a wet cloth. Step 4: Hot ’n’ steamy shower.

The result The mirror is all fogged up! That didn’t work at all. But what if the problem was the shaving cream I used? Maybe the all-natural, fragrance-free, “botanical blend” cream is lacking in fog-inhibiting chemicals. Test 2: I redo the test with good, old-fashioned, totally unnatural shaving foam, smearing it on the mirror then

wiping it away before hopping in a hot shower. The result: Eureka! It worked perfectly, leaving a circle of clarity in the middle of a foggedup looking glass. Life hackers recommend the technique for defogging eyeglasses and windows as well. May the view of your perfect face never be obstructed again.

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Grenier leads green team Alpine skiing

20-year-old has the most experience on Canada’s squad The Maple Leaf will be green at the women’s World Cup downhills in Lake Louise. Valerie Grenier, who turned 20 in October, will be the only Canadian woman with previous World Cup downhill experience at this weekend’s season-opening races. Meanwhile, the winningest woman at Lake Louise is absent because of a broken arm. Eighteen of Lindsey Vonn’s 76 World Cup victories have come at the Alberta resort west of Calgary dubbed “Lake Lindsey.” Reigning Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. will provide some star power, however, when the 22-year-old makes her downhill debut. A World Cup at Lake Louise was cancelled for the first time when it was deemed not cold enough to make snow for the men’s downhill and super-G last week. But the women’s event, with downhills Friday and Saturday followed by Sunday’s superG, got the green light. The recent retirement of

Valerie Grenier of Mont-Tremblant, Que., competes in a World Cup giant slalom on Oct. 22 in Soelden, Austria. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images

Larisa Yurkiw means it could be a few years before a Canadian woman contends for the podium again in speed events. Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., and Erin Mielzynski of Collingwood, Ont., are experienced medal threats in slalom and giant slalom, but they don’t race downhill.

I know what to expect, where it’s high speed and where you’ve got to be smarter. Valerie Grenier

Grenier arrived in Lake Louise with more confidence and better health than she possessed a year ago. The rookie crashed in the first downhill there in 2015, but made it to the bottom the next day to finish 43rd. Grenier also placed 16th in super-G, which is a shorter course with more turns.

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T h e M o n t - Tr e m b l a n t , Que., skier has since won the women’s world junior downhill title in Sochi, Russia, and increased her World Cup downhill starts to five. “For sure starting a lot more World Cup downhills last year helped me a lot,” Grenier told The Canadian Press. “It made my confidence grow for sure. It just makes me feel better on my skis. A lot of learning too. Especially winning the downhill at the world juniors, that was amazing for me. It proved to me that I am good enough.” April surgery on her shins for compartment syndrome allowed Grenier to fully participate in off-season dryland and snow camps when she couldn’t in 2015. She’s feeling more confident in her strength and preparation heading into Lake Louise this year. Grenier posted the 14thfastest time in Wednesday’s training session. She was 1.09 seconds behind winner Christina Ager of Austria. Mikaela Tommy of Wakefield, Que., Toronto’s Candace Crawford and Stefanie Fleckenstein of Whistler, B.C., will make their World Cup downhill debuts Friday. The trio finished 62nd to 64th respectively in Wednesday’s training. The Canadian Press

IN BRIEF Flames ambush Leafs for pair of early goals Chad Johnson made 39 saves and Freddie Hamilton and Kris Versteeg scored in the opening minute of the game as the Calgary Flames beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Wednesday. The last time any NHL team scored twice in the opening minute of a game was Philadelphia against the New York Islanders on April 9, 2011. Johnson has started eight of the last 10 games, going 6-2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average, a .951 save percentage and a career-best three shutouts. The Flames improved to 6-3-1 in their last 10. The Canadian Press

MMA stars engage in fight for equity Former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre and other star fighters have launched the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association to protect UFC fighters and help get them their fair share of the sport’s revenue. The fighter-run association is not a union, with Rebney saying its power will come from the star quality of its members. THe Canadian Press


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A wet and wild comeback MLS CUP PLAYOFFS

night played out in the rain before a BMO Field record crowd of 36,000. Only once before in MLS playoff history had a club trailed by as many as three goals in a two-legged aggregate series and come back to win the tie. The San Jose Earthquakes were Substitutes Benoit Cheyrou and down 4-0 in 2003 before rallyTosaint Ricketts scored two min- ing to defeat the Los Angeles utes apart in extra time to send Galaxy 5-4. Toronto FC to the MLS Cup final Tied 5-5 on aggregate, with a 5-2 win on the night and Cheyrou scored on a header a wild 7-5 agin the 98th gregate victory SECOND LEG In Toronto minute, just one minute over the Montreal Impact. after entering It took extra the game, when time and 12 he knocked in a goals to decide Steven Beitasha scintillating our cross. Then two-legged EastJozy Altidore outmuscled a ern Conference couple of definal. Toronto will host the Sefenders to send attle Sounders in a cross that on Dec. 10 in Ricketts, beatthe MLS chaming two more TFC WINS 7-5 ON defenders to pionship game, AGGREGATE becoming the the ball, swept first Canadian team to go for in. the title. The Toronto FC faithful, who Toronto trailed 3-2 after had been rained on most of the Game 1 in Montreal and had night, started chanting “This is to come back the hard way our house.” after the Impact scored first. The Toronto bench came flyAnd when Toronto responded, ing onto the field after the final Montreal came back in a heavy- whistle to celebrate the historic weight battle on Wednesday win as confetti flew from the

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Hagglund, leaving Toronto fans to watch in pain as it trickled slowly into the net. Hagglund restored order with a superb header in the 68th minute to make it 3-2 on the night and 5-5 on aggregate. It came off a short corner with Justin Morrow delivering the cross. THE CANADIAN PRESS


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first half was over, tying the aggregate score at 4-4 with an away goals edge to Toronto. But Impact danger-man Ignacio Piatti made it 2-2 — and 5-4 on aggregate — in the 53rd minute after substitute Johan Venegas found him behind the defence. The ball bounced off either Piatti or defender Nick NFL

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Young Zidane shines in debut Enzo Zidane made his dad proud on Wednesday, scoring a goal on his competitive debut for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. Zinedine Zidane, the coach, gave his 21-year-old son a chance and he took full advantage, finding the net with a nice right-footed shot from the edge of the area to help Madrid rout third-division club Cultural Leonesa 6-1 and secure a spot in the round of 16. “It’s a dream to debut with Real Madrid and score a goal,” Enzo Zidane said. “And I’m happy that it happened at the Bernabeu and with a victory.” The crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium loudly chanted Enzo’s name after his goal. The youngster said the game jersey would go to his father for all his support through the years. “I’m happy for Enzo as a father and as a coach,” Zidane said. “I’m happy for his goal and for what he did during the game. When I get home, I’m sure I’ll have some words for him. But right now, as a coach, I’m happy for all the players.”

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rafters. The players then went to celebrate in front of the southstand fans before the Eastern Conference cup presentation. Dominic Oduro opened the scoring in the 24th minute for Montreal, a goal that meant Toronto had to score twice. Armando Cooper and Altidore did just that before the


IN BRIEF Lowry hits 29 to help Raptors maul Grizzlies Kyle Lowry poured in 29 points and the Toronto Raptors overcame 18 turnovers for a 120-105 win over the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. DeMar DeRozan added 24 points and Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors (12-6), who rode a seasonbest 16 three-pointers en route to their fourth straight win. Memphis (11-8) has lost two straight. Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with 21 points and Marc Gasol added 18 points and eight rebounds. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Fragrant One Pot Sweet Potato and Arugula Pasta photo: Maya Visnyei

Ceri Marsh & Laura Keogh

For Metro Canada The peppery arugula and woody rosemary are the perfect match for sweet potato in this dish designed for fall. Ready in 30 minutes Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients • 500 grams penne pasta • 8 cups baby arugula • 1 sweet potato, diced into small cubes • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced • 1 shallot, cut into thinly sliced • 1 sprig of rosemary • 3 Tbsp of olive oil, plus 1 for garnish

• 1 Tbsp salt • 6 cups water • 1/2 cup grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese • Salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Combine penne, arugula, sweet potato, garlic, shallot, rosemary, 2 Tbsp oil, salt and water in a stock pot. Bring to boil over high heat. Cook, stirring pasta frequently, until pasta is cooked al dente and water is nearly evaporated, about 10 minutes. 2. Remove pot from heat and take out the rosemary stem. Stir in the last tablespoon of oil, cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with another sprinkle of cheese. for more meal ideas, VISIT

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It’s all in The Stars Your daily horoscope by Francis Drake Aries March 21 - April 20 This is a fabulous day to schmooze with others. Enjoy your interactions with groups and friends, as well as partners and those who are close to you. Laugh it up!

Cancer June 22 - July 23 This is an excellent day to discuss shared property, taxes, debt and inheritances, because quite likely you will end up laughing all the way to the bank.

Taurus April 21 - May 21 Today you make a great impression on bosses, parents, VIPs and anyone in a position of authority (including the police). Your ambition is strong, and so is your confidence.

Leo July 24 - Aug. 23 Your interactions with others are positive and dynamic today, primarily because you have lots of energy. Because enthusiasm is always contagious, people are pumped to be in your presence.

Gemini May 22 - June 21 Do whatever you can to take a vacation or find a change of scenery, because you need this. Today you want adventure, thrills and a chance to learn something new and exciting!

Virgo Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 You will get a lot done at work today because you are energetic, focused and upbeat. A happy mind that is ready to work is unstoppable!

Libra Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 Accept all invitations to party, because © 2016 King Features Syndicate, Inc. today is a wonderful, social day for you. Enjoy the arts, sports events, playful times with children and romantic liaisons. Scorpio Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 Increased activity and chaos on the home front might be a challenge. However, today you have the energy to pull your act together at home. Do what you can. Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 You will be successful in all your communication. This is great news for those of you who sell, market, teach, act or write for a living.

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Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 This is a moneymaking day for you! Trust your moneymaking ideas. All of your financial negotiations will benefit you. Aquarius Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 Fiery Mars is in your sign today, dancing with lucky Jupiter. This gives you lots of positive get up and go! It’s a great day for athletics and outdoor activities. Pisces Feb. 20 - March 20 Secret liaisons will be exciting today. (This includes private love affairs.) You’re happy to work alone today.

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