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T.O. actor Chaykin dead at 61 HBO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Maury Chaykin, the malleable actor who established himself as a mainstay of Canadian film and TV through eccentric roles including the faded rock star hero of Whale Music, died yesterday on his 61st birthday. The Gemini and Genie Award-winning performer died at Toronto General Hospital surrounded by family, said Chaykin’s agent Paul Hemrend. Hemrend would not

elaborate on the cause of death, but friend and Whale Music director Richard Lewis said Chaykin had been battling several ailments that saw his health crest and fall over the past year. Robert Lantos, who produced many of the films Chaykin appeared in including Whale Music and Barney’s Version, called the man “an icon� and “one of the greatest character actors in the world.�

“The refrain that for a great actor ‘no part is too small,’ must have been coined with him in mind,� Lantos said. Chaykin was born July 27, 1949, in New York to an American father and a Canadian mother before later moving to Toronto. Other roles included a memorable turn in Dances With Wolves, as well an acerbic movie studio honcho in Entourage. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Environmental commissioner blames retailers, not province, for backlash and confusion over tax “We failed to bring adequate oversight to Stewardship Ontario to make sure that they ... provided the best possible communications plan to Ontarians�

Clarification Due to an editing error, a story in Monday’s Metro indicated Industry Minister Tony Clement saved a drowning woman. The original Canadian Press story said a strong current made Clement return to the riverbank, and the woman was pulled to safety by Clement’s wife and father-in-law. Metro regrets the error.

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‘We came up short’: McGuinty on eco fee The Liberal government should have done more to make sure Ontario consumers were prepared for eco fees that some retailers started charging on thousand of household products July 1, Premier Dalton McGuinty admitted yesterday. Last week, the government was forced to scrap the eco fees for 90 days to retool the program, which aims to recycle or dispose of hazardous materials in everything from light bulbs and batteries to laundry detergent and household cleaners. “It’s a sound principle, it’s one that we adopted as a government, but the truth is we came up short in terms of execution,� McGuinty said after an unrelated event in Trenton. Ontario’s environmental commissioner issued a spe-

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Businessman Jacques Kamin, seen here yesterday at the Locke branch of the Toronto Public Library, still uses reference books in a library, despite being Internet savvy. He uses printed company directories to find clients and make contacts for business in the Ivory Coast.

City libraries phasing out reference books Many underused titles being cleared out: Librarian It’s a familiar undertaking for academics, bookworms and the occasionally curious: Furiously scanning the library shelves, lugging out a thick, dusty volume, and thumbing through the pages for that muchsought-after entry. But the act of reaching for that almanac, encyclopedia or dictionary in a local library may soon become a thing of the past, as several Toronto libraries move to reduce their print reference collections. Susan Caron, manager of collection development for the Toronto Public Li-

“It’s a whole industry trend; it reflects the whole trend of people looking for more of their information online.” SUSAN CARON, TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY

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John Tory is poised to jump into the Toronto mayoral campaign as early as next week in the wake of encouraging internal polls and backing from political heavyweights, including former premier Mike Harris. Tory, chairing a forum on the local economy during his vacation from his radio show, declined comment by email yesterday. But sources say he has been polling and his supporters are optimistic after two privately commissioned surveys suggested he would fare well against front-running candidates Rob Ford and George Smitherman. “He’s getting down to the short strokes” of making a decision with help from advisers, and is keen to make up his mind very soon, said one of the many

Factors Four things, confidants say, have John Tory leaning toward another run for the mayor’s chair.

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politicos to whom Tory has spoken. “I think he’s leaning more yes than no ... but it’s not 100 per cent. I think we’ll see a final answer within 10 days,” the source said. Tory ran unsuccessfully against Mayor David Miller in 2003. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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Want a bike? Take a bike. Done with it? Leave it. That’s the idea behind a public bike-sharing program slated to launch across Toronto’s downtown core next May. But first the city needs 1,000 people to commit to using the network by the end of November. For $95, you will get 12 months of Bixi bike use. The bikes are adjustable and designed to fit all body types. The wheels generate electricity to power the fixed-on lights. For around $5 per day, you can pick up a bike from one of 80 downtown docking stations. When you’re done, drop it off at the closest site.

A 24-year-old Mississauga woman convicted in 2005 of murdering her mother will be allowed to attend University of Waterloo in September. She will live at an undisclosed residence under a form of house arrest and other conditions. The woman and her younger sister, now 23, were dubbed the so-called “Bathtub Girls” during their Brampton murder trial in 2005. The 24-year-old held her mother’s head under the bathtub water for four minutes. She has served four years of the maximum 10year sentence she and her sister received.

Toronto police are praising two construction workers who rushed to the aid of an 87-year-old woman who fell into a swimming pool. Const. Tony Vella said the woman is in hospital in life-threatening condition after being pulled from the pool. When her daughter began screaming for help, two construction workers heard the commotion and jumped over a fence to pull the woman out of the water and perform CPR. Foul play is not suspected but police are trying to determine how the woman, who does not know how to swim, fell into the water.

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Demolition of world-famous architect’s grandparents’ home could happen this winter Design of condos planned for site has been derided Toronto’s past and future are clashing at a downtown corner with the approaching demolition of Frank Gehry’s grandparents’ home. It was in this modest mid-18th century home where Gehry watched carp swim in his grandmother’s bathtub and was fascinated by their glistening scales — a memory later attributed to his sleek metallic designs, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The home, described as

“a façade and nothing else” in a city report, was owned by a Swiss family when BSAR Group of Companies bought it in 2008. Tarek Sobhi, a principal of the company, said their goal is to build a funky condominium that would fit into the area. The Grange Park neighbourhood is home to some of Toronto’s most notable architectural designs, including Gehry’s redesign of the AGO. The city did postpone the house’s demolition for a short period of time in or-

der to search for the bathtub where the Kensington Market carp used to swim, said city Coun. Adam Vaughan. “We were hoping to find it, coat it in titanium and put it in the neighbourhood.” Instead, Sobhi says his firm will think of another way to pay tribute to Gehry’s grandparents’ home. This gesture may be seen as an olive branch to members of the community who have spoken out against the development.

‘Awful’ It has taken nearly two and a half years of negotiation with the city and community to begin work on the condominium project at the site, called 12 Degrees. The design, which Frank Gehry decried as “awful” in a report in the Globe and Mail, was not meant to be a tribute to the internationallyrenowned architect.

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McGuinty names targeted ministries Nearly two weeks after Ontario Provincial Police conducted raids on several offices in a provincial government building, Premier Dalton McGuinty yesterday finally confirmed which ministries were the target of the corruption probe. The three offices that were the target of the provincial police raid are the ministries of Transportation, Economic Development and Trade, and Community and Social Services, said McGuinty. “What I want to undertake to do here is to keep Ontarians as informed as best as I can given the information that we receive from police,” McGuinty said. “I can tell you that there is an investigation underway that affects three ministries.” It was the first confirma-

“I would hate for this somehow to kind of tar the entire committed public service.” PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY

tion from the Liberal government about exactly which ministries were the target when the Ontario Provincial Police raided the Macdonald Block, an office tower across the street from the legislature that houses 13 agencies and ministries. The opposition parties and public sector unions have been complaining about the Liberal cabinet’s silence on the police raid, which they complained left a cloud of suspicion hanging over thousands of public servants who work in the Macdonald Block. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Judge to decide on abuse suit COURTS. A judge is set to

decide today whether a group of developmentally disabled people can sue the province over alleged abuse at an Ontario institution. The former residents of Huronia Regional Centre and family members are suing the provincial government, alleging systemic neglect and abuse there for more than 100 years. Ontario Superior Court Justice Maurice Cullity is expected to give the lawsuit the go-ahead as a class action. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Two arrested in shooting CRIME. Police have arrest-

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They’ve created everything from tables to bowling balls and spaceships, but students attending a computer camp in Mississauga are doing more than putting their own stamp on a digital canvas — they’re taking it to another dimension. From Shrek Forever After to Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me, three-dimensional animated films have proven to be big business at the box office this year, as moviegoers flock to theatres and don the signature glasses to soak in the specialized visual effects of 3-D rendering. Students enrolled in the

3-D animation summer course at the Computer Camp 4 Kids at Mississauga Secondary School are getting a taste of what goes into the process with a hands-on introduction to 3-D animation, while learning how to create their own works. Course instructors teach students how to use Blender, an open source, cross-platform suite of tools designed for use in 3D modelling and creation. “It’s almost like with Blender you get a block of clay, in a sense, and you’re just moulding it and shifting it,” said instructor Kaitlin Fantin. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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only ate half, she said he could have the other half. A short time later, police say the woman became infuriated that the sandwich was missing and punched her boyfriend in the face. Police say later in the night the two became involved in an unrelated argument and she punched him in the chest. A 27-year-old Chatham woman has been charged with two counts of assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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provinces and U.S. states have released a plan for a regional cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse-gas emissions they hope will become a model for North America. The Western Climate Initiative aims to reduce emissions to 15 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Voluntary census means lower quality data: Former top statistician The country’s former chief statistician says he quit his job when it became apparent his agency has suffered a hit to its credibility. An emotional Munir Sheikh, who resigned his post last week, told a House of Commons committee that he could not stand at the helm of Statistics Canada once it was reported his agency had recommended scrapping the mandatory long-form census. “The reason I stepped aside was because of some media stories that Statistics

Canada was not just implementing the decision, but recommending it.” Those media stories arose from statements by Industry Minister Tony Clement, saying he had gone with a recommendation of StatsCan to replace the long-form census with a voluntary survey. Clement has since clarified his comments, and repeated at the committee the decision to scrap the census was made by the federal cabinet alone. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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caused by rain in southern China left 21 people missing yesterday, adding to a growing death toll from China’s worst flood season in a decade, which is expected to worsen with heavy rains forecasted. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Montreal cracks top 10 and a smile Just for Laughs festival is large factor in happiness No other Canadian city named on Lonely Planet list

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River turbines in Canada? MONTREAL. The mighty St. Lawrence River will soon be home to a power-generating pilot project that could one day churn in rivers across Canada. The company that builds the underwater river turbines says the test phase will start off small, producing enough energy to power 750 homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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U.S.-led armada holds drills off S. Korean coast Four months after North Korea allegedly sunk a South Korean warship Event signals no tolerance On the 57th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, U.S. and South Korean ships intensified high-profile military exercises yesterday that underscore rising tensions in a region yet to truly find peace. The massive manoeuvres, called Invincible Spirit, are being conducted by an armada of South Korean and U.S. ships including the USS George Washington supercarrier in international waters off the South Korean coast. “Since our nation’s founding, the United States has relied on our armed forces to ensure our safety and security at

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Soldiers in Pyongyang, the country’s capital, marked the anniversary by laying bouquets at a memorial. Pyongyang cites the presence of U.S. troops in South Korea as a key reason for building up its atomic weapons program. North Korea wants to establish diplomatic relations with Washington to guarantee the U.S. won’t invade and topple Kim Jong Il’s dynastic communist government. The U.S. has said it has no intention of attacking the North.


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Black’s case could be put on the fast track But experts believe the former media baron, guilty of fraud, won’t be returning to Canada anytime soon A new development in the case against Conrad Black may frustrate his efforts to return to Canada while he is free on bail awaiting an appeal of his fraud convictions — but it could also mean his case is on the fast track to a final resolution. A U.S. appeals court has ordered written arguments from prosecution and defence lawyers in the case against the former Canadian media by Aug. 16, the same day Black is set to provide Chicago Judge Amy St. Eve with a financial affidavit that could be a determining factor in his request to leave the U.S. and travel to Toronto while on bail.

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that St. Eve will decide Black should stay in the U.S. in order to appear again as soon as possible, white-collar crime expert Jacob Frenkel said yesterday. “It’s very likely that the judge will continue the stay in the U.S. order in effect and set another status hearing for another 30 days out,” he said. “As soon as 7th circuit reaches a decision, there’s no reason for further delay for Judge St. Eve to decide what’s next.” The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of three appellate circuit judges led by Judge Richard Posner.

Quebec man arrested for 10th DUI A Quebec man has been arrested while allegedly driving drunk — for the 10th time. Police doing a random licence plate check nabbed Daniel Gaudreault, a repeat drunk driver who had previously been banned from ever driving a car in Canada again. The 59-year-old Chicoutimi resident was arrested July 26 and his car was seized after Saguenay police smelled alcohol in his vehicle. He was arraigned yesterday on charges of breaking his ban on driving, along with driving while impaired. He remains in detention until Aug. 10. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Repeat offender Const. Jean Boily said Daniel Gaudreault was given a pair of breathalyzer tests at the police station, which showed he was two times above the legal limit of .08.

Mourners gather yesterday in a tunnel in Duisburg.

GERMANS ANGERED “SAUERLAND, RESIGN! YOU FAILED.” A memorial service will be held for the 20 people crushed to death in a mass panic at the Love Parade techno festival, German officials said yesterday, as hundreds of people lit candles, left notes and placed flowers at the site of the tragedy. People in the western German city of Duisburg gathered to express their grief near where the victims died and 500 others were injured in a jammed tunnel that was

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Former Bosnian leader goes free

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A British judge has thwarted an attempt to force former Bosnian leader Ejup Ganic to stand trial for war crimes in Serbia, blasting Belgrade’s attempt to extradite him as abusive and politically motivated. Ganic’s release ends a five-month-long legal battle. Judge Timothy Workman said he believed the extradition proceedings “are brought and are being used for political purposes, and as such amount to the abuse of process of this

May be confusion with friendlyfire deaths the next day Says leaks could put more lives at risk Canada’s former chief of defence staff says human error is likely to blame for a leaked U.S. document that suggests four Canadian soldiers who died in Afghanistan in 2006 were killed by friendly fire. The documents are part of a massive stack of U.S. military reports re-

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leased Monday on the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks that document six years of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan. The four soldiers were killed Sept. 3, 2006, in a well-documented and bloody battle with a fierce Taliban force. Retired general Rick Hillier says hundreds of witnesses saw precisely what happened, and the American account is simply incorrect. He says it’s a cardinal rule among soldiers in the field to take every piece of information with a grain of salt, because it’s only in the fullness of time that the true picture emerges. THE CANADIAN PRESS

The statue God Bless America will overlook the this year’s State Fair in Indianapolis, Ind. KELLY WILKINSON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Head in the clouds Doug Roberts of the Sculpture Foundation guides the head of a woman into place atop the 25-foot sculpture based on Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting. The piece was created by J. Seward Johnson and has been displayed in several cities.

Pickton ruling set for Friday The Supreme Court of Canada will rule Friday on whether or not serial killer Robert Pickton deserves a new trial. Pickton was convicted in the murders of six women in British Columbia but faces charges in the

court.” He blocked the extradition and freed Ganic immediately. Serbian prosecutors said they would appeal, but it was unclear how since Ganic is leaving the country. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

deaths of 20 others. He appealed his seconddegree murder conviction on grounds the judge made a mistake in his instructions to the jury. But B.C. prosecutor John Gordon told the high court during arguments earlier this year that even if there were errors, they didn’t warrant a new trial. Pickton is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS


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Israel’s prime minister tried to mobilize Jordan’s king in an effort to persuade the Palestinians to resume peace talks, but the chief Palestinian negotiator rejected the idea yesterday. A recent document noted the U.S. is also pressing the Palestinians.

City council in Owen Sound has been told Bruce Power’s plan to ship 16 decommissioned steam generators through the Great Lakes to Sweden poses no danger to the public or the environment. The plan has yet to be approved.

Less than three weeks after the end of an almost yearlong strike, 18 workers at Vale in Sudbury have received layoff notices. When the strike at the mining company ended July 8, the union said 113 positions would be eliminated.

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Approval for youngest sailor’s solo world tour May start from Portugal in two weeks Council for Child Protection wants guardianship extended A 14-year-old Dutch sailor will be allowed to launch a risky attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, a court said yesterday, clearing her for an adventure that could begin within two weeks. Laura Dekker said she was thrilled to hear of the Middelburg’s family court’s decision to lift a guardianship order imposed on Dekker last year after she said she wanted to set sail when she was still just 13. “I was so happy I almost jumped into the water,” Dekker told reporters at the harbour where her yacht is moored alongside

the boat where she lives with her father. Presiding Judge S. Kuypers said the decision and responsibility for Laura now “lies with her parents.” “It is up to them to decide whether Laura can set off on her sail trip,” he said. Dekker’s plan ignited a worldwide debate on how far parents should go in supporting or encouraging their children’s improbable dreams. Both of Laura’s parents, who are separated, now say they support her attempt, though her mother initially was against it. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Talks to start in fall: Iran Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said talks with the major powers over Iran’s disputed nuclear program will start in early September regardless of the conditions he set earlier last month. The interview, aired late Monday night by the

state-owned English language Press TV, is the latest in a series of announcements by Iran of its willingness to talk about nuclear issues, most likely in an effort to deflect pressure and international sanctions. The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to use its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Iran has denied the charge, saying its program is intended for peaceful purposes such as energy generation.

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Grits, Tories lose in poll A pox on both your houses is the message Canadians are sending to both the ruling Conservatives and the opposition Liberals, a new poll suggests. The Tories’ national lead over the Liberals slipped to five points from eight, a new Canadian Press Harris Decima survey found. The Conservatives stand at 31 per cent, the Liberals 26 per cent, the NDP 18 per cent, the Greens 12 per cent and the BQ 10 per cent. The biggest drop for the

people 2,030 were surveyed between July 15 and 25 as criticism over the move on the census hit its zenith. Tories was in vote-rich Ontario, where they have lost a seven-point lead to tie with the Liberals at 34 per cent. But both parties have lost ground to the NDP in British Columbia, while all three are far behind the Bloc Québécois in Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Pipeline to Al-Qaida go on: Alta. fight premier pledged Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach says a controversial Alberta-to-Texas oil pipeline will be built, despite a likely delay of six weeks in construction of the nearly $7-billion US project. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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RCMP turmoil troubles MP Canada’s public safety minister says he’s troubled by reports of turmoil at the RCMP. Vic Toews said yesterday the Mounties are carrying out a “workplace assessment” to resolve the conflict. But he wouldn’t elaborate, saying the assessment relates to internal management of the force.

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ments. Semrau — who fired two rounds into an insurgent who had been strafed by a U.S. gunship helicopter — was convicted last week of disgraceful conduct in the shooting. A military court is hearing final arguments on sentencing. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Rogers Communications Inc. felt the impact of new competition in the wireless sector, but the telecom giant still managed to either meet or beat analyst expectations with strong second-quarter growth. “We delivered solid quarterly results despite an increasingly competitive environment in the second quarter,” president and chief executive Nadir Mohamed told analysts in a conference call. He added Rogers expects “a more challenging environment” in the last half of the year, a particularly competitive period for carriers as students subscribe to new wireless plans at the start of the school year and the holiday shopping season en-

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Canada’s consumer confidence tanks Gloom spreads in both Canada and U.S. over economic slowdown 2nd straight month of worry RYAN REMIORZ/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Conference Board says consumers’ confidence in the economy fell in July for the second straight month. The think-tank’s monthly survey of consumers shows Canadians across the country were feeling less bullish — particularly in regards to jobs. The survey shows only 20.7 per cent of those surveyed expect jobs to be more plentiful in the next six months, down 2.4 percentage points from June. There was also a similar increase in the number of people who expect there will be fewer jobs. The confidence reading came after Statistics Canada reported the economy created 93,000 jobs in June, far more than economists had expected.

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ou know, “vacation?” When you trade the office, the desk, the phone and high-speed Internet for the hotel room with the desk, the phone and high-speed Internet. Vacations are quality time spent with “families” when you only check your messages 35 times a day instead of the regular 70. It’s that time when you can get out on the beach or the golf course and listen to all the tweets. There are even some birds left, too. Wait a minute! Stop the insanity! It’s time to draw a line in the sand. What better time and place than on vacation, where sand is

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my toes. often available. I’m a little concerned since On this vacation, I pledge to there’s another person coming — unplug and rediscover my my wife — and she surroundings, in will probably this case the coast “Somewhere on expect me to interof Oregon, which act with her in real has some of the Earth there’s a face-to-face, most awe-inspiring client who needs time, and we’re not talksand on the planet. me, a deadline to ing Facebook. RelaIt won’t be easy, because wherever I be met, an email tionships these days consist of two go I can get to five to answer, a people sitting in bars and do friend request, a deck chairs with business, 24/7. Somewhere on follower to add. devices talking to Earth there’s a The plan is to set everyone they know except each client who needs up the Mother of other. What do we me, a deadline to All Firewalls ...” say to each other? be met, an email to Like OMG, who answer, a friend reRU? quest, a follower to I’m hardly the only one who add. The plan is to set up the feels this way. Out there, on the Mother of All Firewalls, let nothroad, at the breakfast buffet, the ing through and just sit there, beach, the patio, I’m likely to encontemplating the sand between

counter other fidgeting workaholics sneaking desperate furtive glances at their BlackBerrys while pretending to be interested in this seashell or that sunset. To you I say: We’re pathetic. A couple weeks a year — at least — it’s a good idea to stop being important multi-tasking members of the hive and just Be. Be a husband, a dad, a wife, a daughter, a son, a (real) friend. Caution, this requires something called an attention span, with which you may not be familiar. Cold turkey, that’s my only hope. Leave the smart devices at home and take only the stupid ones, like a flip phone with a My Sharona ring tone for ordering pizza in Cannon Beach. Now, how do you set up those “I’m away until Aug. 16” messages on email ...

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It’s no secret Toronto houses a disproportionate amount of underground talent. But rarely is there an opportunity to pull that talent together across its myriad genres. Eric Chow and Jay Repovz are hoping to change that with their Random Acts of Culture initiative. Tonight’s inaugural event at the Capitol Theatre will feature artist booths

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Actress voices hairless feline determined to destroy the world in Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Supports green projects when not in the studio

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A scene from Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which includes voice work from Bette Midler.

Daniel Craig has a new mission. The current star of the James Bond films has signed on for the English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Distributor Sony Pictures confirmed that Craig is taking on the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the thriller based on the first novel in the bestselling series from the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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In Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, singer, actress and allaround entertainer Bette Midler got to sink her teeth into the titular villain, a hairless cat hellbent on world domination. And Midler admits the desire to take over the world was pretty easy to relate to. “I think a lot of female entertainers think about that when they start out,� she says. “I did.� But as for her character

turning evil after an onthe-job accident causes her fur to fall out, Midler insists that’s where they differ. “Something happens to my hair in real life every day and I don’t,� she says with a laugh. Dealing with hair issues is something she says she learned about early on in her career. “A long time ago when I first started in the theatre, I was in Fiddler on the Roof, and one of the girls in Fiddler was a Puerto Rican girl,� Midler remembers. “The opening night, she had done something to her hair, she had tried to straighten her hair or

“It’s our 15th anniversary this year, and it’s been fantastic. (New York Restoration Project) has been one of the great projects of my life.� BETTE MIDLER something, and her hair fell out. Literally. And she didn’t even blink. She went out, she got a piece, she slapped it on, she went out, she gave the performance of her life. And I never forgot that. From that time on, I never thought twice. I just look around, grab a piece, put it on and go.� Of course, doing voice work for her latest film didn’t require much concern about her hair. “It’s

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Big stars set to shine at Toronto film festival Kidman, McGregor, Knightley movies debuting at TIFF Lineup features films from around the world Films featuring Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Steve Coogan and Keira Knightley are set to debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In all, the festival will include 25 world premieres, 15 galas and 35 special presentations during the run between Sept. 9 to 19. Films from around the world will screened, including works from Chad, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Festival organizers say the slate of world premieres will include a new feature from director Robert Redford called, The Conspirator, about a woman accused of aiding her son in the assassina-

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the number of world premieres coming to the Toronto International Film Festival tion of President Abraham Lincoln. It stars James McAvoy and Robin Wright. Oscar-winner Cotillard appears in Guillaume Canet’s film, Little White Lies, about a group of friends who are forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other. In Rabbit Hole, Kidman teams up with Aaron Eckhart to portray a couple devastated by the loss of their son. Other films bound for

the fest include Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. It’s about a man forced to examine his relationships when his 71-year-old father comes out of the closet. Knightley and Carey Mulligan star in the British offering Never Let Me Go, Coogan stars in the comic road movie The Trip’ directed by Michael Winterbottom, and David Schwimmer directs Clive Owen and Catherine Keener in Trust, about a family rocked by their daughter’s new online friend. “On the occasion of our 35th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce this selection of important and notable films,” said festival director and CEO Piers Handling in a release. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Award-winning The Office’s talented cast has garnered much attention over the years. A regular Emmy nominee for best comedy series and winner of the award in 2006, The Office is holding steady in the ratings. It drew 700,000 more viewers last season than it did two years ago, rare for a veteran show.

Actor Steve Carell leaves his post as erratic boss Michael Scott in The Office once his contract expires in 2011.

parture of Steve, because that will impact the show, but we have tremendous faith in the writers and actors to keep it alive,”

jaw-dropping moves in a two-hour live performance episode of So You Think You Can Dance. Last week, judges stunned audiences when they decided not to eliminate any contestant, so two will get the boot this week. (CTV, Fox)

Bromstad said. Carell, 46, who’s become a busy big-screen actor during his Office tenure, has said in inter-

Sir Paul visits the White House AWARD Sir Paul meets Barack Obama in Paul McCartney: In Performance at the White House. At this recent event, the U.S.

views he plans to leave the series to better balance his work and family life. He’s married with two children. Carell voices the lead character in the new animated comedy Despicable Me and stars with Paul Rudd in Dinner for Schmucks, out this week. His other film credits include Date Night and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The door is open if he wants to make return visits to the show, Bromstad said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Actress Angelina Jolie, in Tokyo for the weekend opening of action thriller Salt, brushed off rumours about her shaky relations with Brad Pitt. “He was just a wonderful father,” she said yesterday of Pitt, during work on the film, in which she plays a tough spy. He often brought the children to the set, she recalled. “They played with fake blood, and they found mommy very strange in her different hair,” she said. Last week, Pitt and Jolie accepted undisclosed damages to settle a privacy claim against a British tabloid that had reported in January that they were planning to split. The pair has six children together. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Actor Rainn Wilson of The Office has countersued a Portland company in a website development dispute. He’s seeking at least $400,000 US in damages from Think Brilliant, accusing the company in a recent federal court filing of fraud and breach of trust. Think Brilliant sued Wilson earlier this month, seeking $11.3 million US and alleging the actor failed to properly compensate the company for website development work.

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Think Brilliant also contends Wilson hacked into its database and accessed confidential materials. The actor and the company had an apparently amiable relationship over two years as Think Brilliant helped develop Wilson’s website, SoulPancake. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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“St Lucia is simply one of the most perfect places on earth to do nothing.� Sometimes, if you listen very closely, you can hear absolutely nothing. It’s a perfect soundbite, and I’m probably not the first to hear it, but Anthony Bowen, president of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, makes a perfect point. St. Lucia, a tiny volcanic outcrop in the eastern Caribbean just 22 km wide, specializes in calm. It can be a dramatically beautiful place. Its volcanic heritage provides sharp topography (most famously in the Pitons, two

towering shards of lava punched through the earth’s crust) but elsewhere it is softened by acres and acres of banana plantations. And of course the sea is ever-present — the Atlantic on one side and the Caribbean on the other — both wonderfully adept at that soft lapping which is nature’s own Valium. St. Lucia is simply one of the most perfect places on earth to do nothing. As he shows me around one of the island’s success stories the Windjammer Landing resort (windjammer-landing.com), where he is also Managing Director “In the first world you’ve have forgotten the art of relaxing,� Bowen said. “You come to St. Lucia and you’re reminded of the primordial need to kick back and do nothing.� Two decades ago the is-

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land’s politicians, particularly three-time Prime Minister Sir John Compton, became acutely aware of the need to shift St. Lucia’s commercial emphasis from agriculture to tourism. And Windjammer was one of a new breed of St. Lucian resorts designed to

accommodate the era of relatively cheap international travel. It has just celebrated its 20th birthday. It is a stunning development. The whitewashed, red-roofed villas, with their private pools, and hot-tubs lend a Mediterranean feel, but the tropi-

cal backdrop and white sands and cobalt waters of Labrelotte Bay are pure Caribbean. It is Nirvana for anyone looking to stop the world for a couple of weeks. That is not to say there aren’t things to do. The resort and the island offer an extensive program from

snorkelling and sailing to volcano and helicopter trips And, don’t miss the islanders’ own entertainment — the Friday night “jump up.� I joined one at Gros Islet where the entire town seemed to have turned-out to set up temporary sound systems and

even more temporary bars selling the island’s famous rum and the dancing goes on pretty much until dawn. But that, with a little limbo thrown-in, is about as strenuous as it gets. As Anthony says: “You won’t find a sweeter people than the St. Lucians, or

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The so-called Teardrop Island of Sri Lanka has more reasons to shed tears than most. A quarter century of civil war left countless dead and 300,000 displaced, then in 2004 a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean sparked a tsunami which claimed 40,000 Sri Lankan lives and left another two million displaced. But the war is over and the rebuilding has begun. And the nation is fighting, and winning a new battle to bring back tourists in large numbers. Sri Lanka of course has an ace card. It is staggeringly beautiful. The New York Times has already named it the number one must-go destination of 2010 and it’s combination of lush, tropical fauna, fascinating history, and breath-taking beaches is very hard to beat. And arguably the best beach, and certainly the most famous, is Unawatuna.

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Morzine, in the French Portes du Soleil area, is the hub around which European mountain biking revolves. There are chairlifts to carry bikes uphill, 3,300 metre tracks descending 500 vertical feet, 12 resorts to ride in and numerous bars where muddy floorboards are accepted as standard. What it doesn’t have is a great deal of women, leading to its nickname “Manzine.” “I was just bored of trying to keep up with my husband and his mates,” says Sara Burdon, the creator of Dirtgirls and owner of Flow MTB holidays. “And the conversation was pretty rubbish too. I also wanted some skills tuition

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green to black, meant our coaches Norco pro Fionn Griffiths and Maxxis rider Jo Petterson had the pick of the terrain for our lessons. The week started with cornering instruction and ended with jumping. Landing, apparently, comes with practice. The lessons came thick and fast: rain does not stop, weight distribution is an essential skill, don’t brake on corners, keep your elbows out (but don’t hit trees) and definitely don’t dally or you’ll lose it. After ploughing down the difficult single track full of raised corners and sharp descents into Chatel, we stopped off at Chez Babette — an atmospheric mountain restaurant full of fairy lights and lace. With Dirtgirls, you get all of the action but none of the testosterone.

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Blackberries and iPhones. More like Crackberries and i-can’t-stop-playing-withmy-Phones. Addictive, efficient and, at times, an over-used substitute for good old fashion talking. According to a recent survey by textPlus, a texting app, 11 per cent of respondents felt it was appropriate to ask for a raise via texting, while 32 per cent think it’s okay to let their bosses know they’re taking a sick day by typing it on their mobile. According to Dr. James Norrie, associate dean and professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, there’s a

“(With) high stakes communication, you should try to be using a high engagement communication method (like phone or face-to-face).” DR. JAMES NORRIE

time and a place for such technology. “(With) any high stakes communication, you should try to be using a high engagement communication method,” he says, such as the telephone or a face-to-face meeting. He says once certain factors are eliminated from the message, like tone or facial expression, there becomes a disconnect between the content and the context. A 31-year old director’s

It may be hard to unglue your eyes from your smart phone screen, but there are certain situations when it really is necessary.

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When employers draft employment contracts, there are a great many things that can be overlooked when it comes to the law.

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NFL. Training camp

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Sean Lissemore dives at a tackling dummy yesterday. TONY GUTIERREZ/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Bills coach gets down to business Gailey removes TVs from weight room, seeks to overhaul team with 10-year playoff drought

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Coach Chan Gailey has a simple message for his Buffalo Bills: Break time is over. To drive his point home, Gailey had the dozen or so big-screen TVs removed from the walls of the weight room. He considered them a distraction in what should be a place of work — not a cosy suburban health club spa. “We want to make sure that we understand that when we walk into this fa-

cility it’s all work,” Gailey said. “That’s a workplace. It’s not a place to watch TV. So that was my message: It’s business.” It was also not lost on the coach that a mental and cultural overhaul was in order in Buffalo. This was, after all, a team that’s done little to earn life’s luxuries. The Bills have spent much of the past decade muddling through mediocrity, going 10 straight years of

missing the playoffs and with only one winning season during that stretch. “We’ve got something to accomplish,” he said. “We’ve not been where we’ve needed to be in the last few years. And we’ve got to get back there. And I only know one way to accomplish that, and that’s through hard work.” After a little more than a month off since the end of minicamps, the work for

Yao talks about ending his basketball career

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Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming is pondering quitting basketball if he doesn’t fully recover from his lingering foot injury next season. In wide-ranging comments to Chinese state media yesterday, Yao sounded far from optimistic about his future and also made a rare criticism of China’s national basketball program. “If the foot injury does

not heal next season, I might choose to call it quits,” Yao said. Yao missed last season following foot surgery, but is set to return to the Rockets after deciding not to opt out of the final year of his contract. Though he has said his recovery was going well, the Rockets have signed seven-foot veteran Brad Miller to share the work at centre. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

the Bills begins in earnest tomorrow when the team opens training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, N.Y. It will mark the start of an intensive month-long stretch during which Gailey will have numerous major decisions to make to give his team shape and identity in leading up to the regularseason opener against Miami Sept. 12. There’s a starting quar-

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Ponikarovsky lands in L.A. NHL. The Los Angeles

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terback to be named after Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who split the starting duties last year, and third-stringer Brian Brohm equally shared practice time with the first-team during minicamps. Gailey won’t provide a timetable for when he will name his starter, but will open camp by establishing what he calls “a pecking order” between the three. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Maradona out as coach SOCCER. Diego Maradona

is no longer the coach of Argentina. The Argentine Football Association said yesterday it would not renew Maradona’s contract, ending his erratic 21-month stint in charge of the national team. The AFA had offered him a four-year contract to continue through to the 2014 World Cup, but Maradona said he would only stay if his entire staff remained. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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2010: The Year of the Pitcher indeed Garza’s no-no the latest in this historic season Not since 1991 has the majors seen this many no-hitters in a year MIKE CARLSON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Scoreboard

JAYS MONDAY BOX SCORE

BASEBALL AL EAST NEW YORK TAMPA BAY BOSTON TORONTO BALTIMORE

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L

Pct GB

63 60 56 51 31

35 38 44 49 68

.643 .612 3 .560 8 .510 13 .313 32.5

AL CENTRAL CHICAGO MINNESOTA DETROIT KANSAS CITY CLEVELAND

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L

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54 54 51 42 41

44 46 47 57 58

.551 .540 1 .520 3 .424 12.5 .414 13.5

AL WEST TEXAS OAKLAND LOS ANGELES SEATTLE

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L

Pct GB

58 50 52 39

41 48 50 61

.586 .510 7.5 .510 7.5 .390 19.5

Yesterday’s AL results N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland Baltimore at Toronto Detroit at Tampa Bay Oakland at Texas Minnesota at Kansas City Seattle at Chicago White Sox Boston at L.A. Angels

BALTIMORE AB B.ROBERTS 2B 5 M.TEJADA 3B 5 MARKAKIS RF 3 SCOTT DH 4 AD.JONES CF 5 PIE LF 4 WIETERS C 2 FOX 1B 4 C.IZTURIS SS 4 TOTALS 36 TORONTO AB F.LEWIS LF 4 Y.ESCOBAR SS 5 J.BAUTISTA RF 4 V.WELLS CF 4 LIND DH 4 A.HILL 2B 4 OVERBAY 1B 4 ENCARNACION 3B 4 1-MCCOY PR-3B 0 J.MOLINA C 3 TOTALS 36 BALTIMORE BERGESEN L,3-9 ALBERS TORONTO MORROW W,7-6 JANSSEN PURCEY S,1-1

R H BI BB SO AVG. 0 2 0 0 0 .185 0 0 0 0 0 .269 1 1 0 1 0 .294 2 1 2 1 0 .295 0 1 0 0 3 .271 0 0 0 0 3 .269 2 2 3 2 0 .251 0 2 0 0 2 .229 0 1 0 0 1 .248 5 10 5 4 9 R H BI BB SO AVG. 1 1 1 1 0 .279 1 1 0 0 2 .359 2 2 3 0 0 .245 1 1 0 0 1 .271 2 3 2 0 0 .222 1 2 3 0 0 .202 0 0 0 0 2 .248 0 2 0 0 0 .249 1 0 0 0 0 .200 0 1 0 0 0 .276 9 13 9 1 5 IP H R ER BB SO 5 10 8 8 1 1 3 3 1 1 0 4 IP H R ER BB SO 6 5 2 2 4 6 12⁄3 5 3 3 0 2 11⁄3 0 0 0 0 1

TODAY IN SPORTS July 28

Today’s AL games Minnesota at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m. Boston at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

1994 - On the night baseball players set an Aug. 12 strike date, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitches a perfect game for a 4-0 victory over California. 1991 - Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game as the Montreal Expos beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0. 1928 - The Summer Olympics open in Amsterdam and the Olympic flame is lit for the first time.

CFL NL EAST Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Garza, centre without hat, celebrates his no-hitter in the Rays’ 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Five no-hitters, two perfect games and another gem that was spoiled by an umpire. By now, San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow and others around baseball are beginning to expect a piece of pitching history every week. “I do. I can’t explain it,” said Krukow, who pitched in the majors from 1976-89. “Amazing. I think it’s pretty cool. The Year of the Pitcher.” Matt Garza tossed Tampa Bay’s first no-hitter Monday night in a 5-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, becomBRUCE BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES

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ing the fifth big leaguer to turn the trick during a season of mastery on the mound. The last time there were five no-hitters in one year was 1991, when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan threw one of seven in the majors. Now, arms are in charge again — so much so that no-hit alerts seem commonplace. Ho hum, another shutout. Complete game? Yawn. “Pitching has gotten better,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “I don’t know that the hitting has gone back a

bit, but the pitching has definitely gotten better.” The numbers back him up. Fourteen times a pitcher has carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning this year. That’s the most through July 26 since at least 1974, as far back as such records go at STATS LLC. As a comparison, it happened six times by that date last season. “I don’t know if there are any explanations for it,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It runs in cycles and you just go through it.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Moulson re-ups with Islanders The New York Islanders have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a $2.45-million US, one-year contract with winger Matt Moulson. The 26-year-old from Toronto led the Islanders with a career-high 30 goals last season, when he fin-

ished fourth on the team with 48 points. “Matt is one of our young core of players and we’re excited to have him return this upcoming season,” Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Elite group Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden retired all 27 batters against Tampa Bay May 9 and Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay duplicated the feat 20 days later at Florida, making this the only season besides 1880 to include a pair of perfect games. Arizona’s Edwin Jackson and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez also threw no-hitters, while Detroit righthander Armando Galarraga was denied a perfect game because of a missed call at first base by an umpire.

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The New York Rangers bolstered their offence by signing free agent forward Alexander Frolov to a $3-million US, one-year deal. The 28-year-old winger, who spent his first seven NHL seasons with Los Angeles, is coming off a disappointing year with the Kings.

ATLANTA PHILADELPHIA NEW YORK FLORIDA WASHINGTON

W

L

Pct GB

57 53 50 49 42

41 46 49 49 57

.582 .535 4.5 .505 7.5 .500 8 .424 15.5

NL CENTRAL ST. LOUIS CINCINNATI MILWAUKEE CHICAGO HOUSTON PITTSBURGH

GP W L T PF PA Pt MONTREAL TORONTO WINNIPEG HAMILTON

4 4 4 4

3 3 2 1

1 1 2 3

0 0 0 0

137 103 137 93

103 108 114 116

6 6 4 2

WEST DIVISION

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L

Pct GB

55 55 47 45 40 34

44 45 53 54 58 64

.556 .550 .5 .470 8.5 .455 10 .408 14.5 .347 20.5

GP W L T PF PA Pt SASK. CALGARY B.C. EDMONTON

4 4 4 4

3 3 1 0

1 1 3 4

0 0 0 0

135 117 75 74

129 85 87 129

6 6 2 0

Thursday’s game Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

NL WEST SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO LOS ANGELES COLORADO ARIZONA

EAST DIVISION

W

L

Pct GB

58 56 53 51 37

39 43 46 48 62

.598 .566 .535 .515 .374

3 6 8 22

Yesterday’s NL results Arizona at Philadelphia Atlanta at Washington St. Louis at N.Y. Mets Chicago Cubs at Houston Cincinnati at Milwaukee Pittsburgh at Colorado L.A. Dodgers at San Diego Florida at San Francisco

Today’s NL games Chicago Cubs at Houston, 2:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Florida at San Francisco, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.

Friday’s game B.C. at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Saturday’s games Hamilton at Saskatchewan, 6:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS American League CLEVELAND INDIANS - Selected the contract of RHP Josh Tomlin from Columbus (IL). Optioned OF Michael Brantley to Columbus.

NBA MIAMI HEAT - Re-signed F Shavlik Randolph

NHL NEW YORK ISLANDERS - Agreed to terms with LW Matt Moulson on a one-year contract. NEW YORK RANGERS - Agreed to terms with F Alexander Frolov. PHOENIX COYOTES - Re-signed LW Alexandre Picard to a one-year contract.


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Following a new model in 2009, Mitsubishi skipped a year and has now released the 2011 Eclipse Spyder.

Mitsu Eclipse Spyder spins web of wonder Looking for a drop-dead-gorgeous topless road companion? 2011 Japanese convertible got the looks for a price that won’t break your bank JIL MCINTOSH

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I’ve never figured out why some cultures perform rain dances in dry weather; all they need to do is give me a convertible to drive. My week with the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder included rain every single day, but I braved the sprinkles for the joy of driving with the roof down. The Spyder has faults, but on a summer’s day, it’s easy to forgive them once the top stows away. It isn’t

quite the driver’s car that Mitsubishi claims it to be, but it’s a good wind-in-yourhair machine. There’s no 2010 model: Its production dates would have released it in the dead of winter, and so Mitsubishi Canada went straight from 2009 to 2011. There are two versions: the GS, at $30,498, uses a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, while my tester, the $35,998 GT-P, contains a 3.8-litre V6. Mine used a six-speed manual transmission, while a sixspeed automatic can be added for $1,200.

The 265-horsepower V6 is a work of art. It’s strong and smooth, with a deliciously throaty exhaust note; the clutch is light, the shifter is precise, and it’s simply a joy. What isn’t pleasant is the torque steer, the tendency for a front-wheel-drive car to pull to one side on acceleration. With this much power, the car will all but turn a corner if you’re not holding on tight. An all-wheel system would make a huge difference, and Mitsubishi makes an incredible one that it

plugs into its Lancer Evolution, but it would undoubtedly push the car’s price out of reach. The outside is gorgeous, and the inside is too. The heated sport seats are heavily bolstered, and when combined with my tester’s orange exterior shade, the interior is three-tone. Consider this a windingroad sportscar and you may be disappointed; look at it as a drop-dead-gorgeous topless traveller, and you’re closer to the mark. Given the prices of some rivals, it’s hard to do much better.

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The specs 2011 MITSU ECLIPSE SPYDER GT-P VEHICLE TYPE Sports convertible PRICE $35,998 ENGINE 3.8-litre V6 FUEL ECONOMY City 13.1 L/100 km, hwy 8.0 L/100 km, as-tested 11.4 L/100 km WARRANTY coverage is always important to buyers, and Mitsubishi offers an especially long one: five years or 100,000 km on almost everything, and an additional ten years or 160,000 km on the powertrain.

PT Cruiser bows out Chrysler is shutting down shop in terms of its quirky retro design car, the PT Cruiser. 1.3 million of car have sold since it was launched in 2000.

Hundreds of Evoque testers descend upon cities The all-new Range Rover Evoque has entered its final phase of testing, with hundreds of prototype models dispatched around the globe for trial in the toughest climates and conditions. Land Rover is making no secret of the operation. Its design team has fitted ten prototypes with funky camouflage wraps, to introduce the new car in 10

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Hood cushion for pedestrians Volvo front-ends are designed to minimize impact not only on driver, but also pedestrians Combining rigidity with softness was a challenge

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EXPLORER NEW CHAPTER IN SUV STORY The Sport Utility Vehicle, or SUV, is an interesting phenomenon. Before the 1980s, they were uncommon and an acquired taste, like certain foreign cheeses, or the movies of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. During the 1990s they took over the landscape.

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Volvo’s pedestrian protection hood is available on the new S80.

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In a collision between car and pedestrian, it’s inevitable: the car will always win. Automakers can’t change that, but they are working on designs that will help lessen the degree of injury, such as Volvo’s pedestrian protection hood. “When it comes to hood design, you want to have the hood structure be energy-absorbing,” says

Thomas Broberg, senior technical adviser of safety for Volvo Cars. “It should have a cushioning effect on the pedestrian.” In any type of collision, absorbing crash energy before it gets to the human body is the key to preventing serious injury. That’s why modern cars crumble so spectacularly even in low-speed collisions: they’re designed to take the brunt of the crash, rather than the passengers. What’s tricky about making a safer hood is that it has to remain stiff enough to open and close properly. “Hood design is usually two sheets of metal,”

“The entire front end of the car is designed for pedestrians. The hood is just one part.” VOLVO’S THOMAS BROBERG

Broberg says. “There’s the one you see on the outside, and underneath you usually have a beam structure, which gives the hood stiffness so you can open it, and it won’t buckle when you lean on it. What’s different with this type of design is that the understructure of the hood isn’t rigid beams

that crisscross under the hood.” Designing a hood that’s safer for pedestrians also means creating space under it. If the hood is too close to the engine, it will deform against it, creating an unyielding hard surface that will cause more serious pedestrian injury. “We’ve been working with these kinds of passive countermeasures for years, but the laws of physics are hard to get around. Cars are hard, and people are soft. What we really feel is the way forward in these kinds of situations is to try to avoid the collision in the first place.”

n the last decade, they became somewhat vilified and watched helplessly as their devotees changed stripes, and embraced carbased crossovers. This decade we’re seeing the actual vehicles changing stripes. Once proud truck-based SUVs nameplates are now switching over to carbased platforms. Earlier this year we saw Kia Sorrento make the move. And just this week Ford introduced its new generation Explorer, the first Explorer to go “unibody” and to offer front-wheeldrive versions, in addition to its AWD versions. The Explorer move is significant, because the nameplate is credited as the major force behind the initial SUV tsunami. In its first year of production (1990), Explorer sold 14 million units. It helped turn a niche vehicle into the most dominant one of the era. I think the clearest explanation of why the

phenomenon developed back then came from John Rock, once a vicepresident of GM. He observed that traditional car buyers at the time “just loved truck-based powertrains.” At Ford Canada’s reveal of the 2011 Explorer, I caught up with Paul F. Roy, the company’s marketing director. He noted that current customers are not hung up on which vehicle is body-on-frame or unibody; they’re more interested in what the vehicle can do, than the nature of its construction. He added that Explorer is a name that continues to resonate, and there is a swath of buyers who prefer the more, rugged SUV vibe. They just want that vibe in a more fuelefficient and sophisticated package. So now we have another niche — a car-based crossover that’s trying to channel some old-school truck-based SUV mojo. At first I thought, “naw, doesn’t feel right.” Now I’m thinking, “why the hell not?”


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Tough car

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are several worthy options to consider in the used market. The new Sorento is now on sale at Kia dealerships, leaving the former valuepriced model in the used market with a praised ladder-frame structure and real 4x4 transfer case with low-range gearing. These two attributes form the basis for real-world sport ute toughness that gear the Sorento towards a shopper actually planning to work their machine a little with some towing or off-roading.

Sorento was powered by one of several V6 engines. Earlier models got a 3.5 litre unit with 192 horsepower, while a 3.8 litre, 262 horsepower V6 was also available. Later in the Sorento’s life, a 3.3 litre, 242-horsepower engine joined the lineup, and shoppers can look for a four or five-speed automatic, as well as the rarer five-speed manual transmission. What Owners Like Value, equipment levels and styling are rated high-

ly by last-generation Sorento owners, as are a safe and confident driving feel that comes as part of a tall height and solid ride. Fit and finish were also praised, as were good steering and acceleration. What Owners Hate Standard 4x4 complaints regarding fuel mileage top the list of lastgeneration Sorento owner gripes, with a “thin” paint job and some interior noises and rattles following behind.

Common issues Shoppers test-driving a used Sorento are advised to check that the 4x4 system shifts in and out of its various modes as expected, thus ensuring an expensive actuator within the transfer case isn’t malfunctioning. Models with a manual transmission should shift smoothly with no grinding, clunking or clutch slippage. Ask a mechanic for help if you have any concerns. A check beneath the used Sorento for signs of damage, rust or fluid leaks should be considered mandatory, too. If the vehicle’s former owner incurred any damage during an off-road mishap, you’ll want to find out about it before handing over your cash.

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ODYSSEY ON ‘HER MAJESTY’S’ SERVICE Meet the driver

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Why did you choose the Odyssey?

I have three children (11, five and four years old) and I test drove a few minivans before choosing this one. Honda’s a very reliable car; she’s just beautiful. I use her a lot to ferry the kids around and to drive between cities when I’m performing. She has a lot of room but drives just like a car. She has an amazing sound system. I warm up in the van all the time. Actually, as funny as it sounds, I’m more comfortable singing on my own in the car or when I’m drying my hair than in front of an audience. I get stage fright (laughs). What type of driver are you?

My son calls me the best driver in the world, second to my father, who

taught me how to drive. I’m not aggressive, definitely defensive. I’m always very safe. We’ve taken lots of road trips with the kids across North America so they’ve seen almost everything on this continent. What is your dream car?

An Audi! An Audi A4 convertible please! I haven’t thought of a colour yet though. Something on the lighter side. Or, if I went dark with the exterior, I’d go light with the interior. What would we find in your glove compartment?

You’d find an extra pair of glasses for my daughter in case her pair breaks because with kids accidents happen. You’d find an instruction manual for the car, insurance papers, the registration, a

MA ANNE DIONISIO WHO SHE IS Ma-Anne Dionisio is a Manila-born, Canadian singer and actress currently starring in Miss Saigon (a role she first played in the original Toronto production back in 1993) as Kim. Since 1993, she has toured with Miss Saigon all over the world and is now on the Toronto stage once again until Aug. 1 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. WHAT SHE DRIVES A 2007 golden-coloured Honda Odyssey “we call Her Majesty because she’s a queen (laughs).”

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U.S. President Barack Obama got his first exposure and seat time earlier this month in the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability during a visit to the Compact Power battery plant in Holland, Mich. LG Chem, the parent of Compact Power, is making the battery cells for the Volt, which goes on sale late this year. The Volt has a range of about 340 miles and is

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WARRANTY. The Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range will provide customers with an unprecedented, standard, eightyear/100,000-mile warranty on its advanced, lithium-ion battery. GM claims it is the industry’s longest, most comprehensive battery warranty for an electric vehicle, and is transferable at no cost to other vehicle owners. The Volt’s comprehensive battery warranty covers all 161 battery components, 95 per cent of which are designed and engineered by GM. FROM CARGUIDE


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