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  • Bowmanville remembers Limba the elephant

    December 9, 2013 2:51 AM 46

    The 50-year-old Asian elephant, likely suffering from cancer, was euthanized on Dec. 3. When Limba the elephant was alive, residents of the trailer park adjacent to the Bowmanville Zoo would gaze in wonder as she approached one particular home and tapped on the window with her trunk. She was looking to get some “elephant sandwiches” from the woman she affectionately

  • Juan Gonzalez, 95, watches over iconic glasses at John Lennon statue in Cuban capital

    December 8, 2013 8:43 PM 181

    A bronze likeness of the Beatle, who was assassinated 33 years ago Sunday, was inaugurated in a leafy Havana park 13 years ago. But souvenir-seekers kept stealing the iconic circular spectacles that adorned it. Officials tried gluing them on. But they should have known better: Vandals simply broke them off. Enter Juan Gonzalez, a 95-year-old retired

  • Shirley MacLaine: Endearment on her own terms

    December 8, 2013 7:46 PM 31

    At 79, the outspoken Oscar winner joins brother Warren Beatty as a Kennedy Center honoree. MacLaine, during a news conference in Frankfurt, in connection with a tour of Germany. She has an incessant carpe-diem metabolism. Eight years earlier, it was captured in the film “Sweet Charity,” as, in the title role Charity Hope Valenitne, she sang “I’m gonna

  • Whistler Blackcomb opens new Crystal Ridge Express chairlift 

    December 8, 2013 3:54 PM 36

    Eager riders brave -20C to ride new chair After busy summer of construction and moving over 40,000 cubic metres of earth, the Crystal Ridge Express opened at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 to a cold crowd of enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders. "I think this investment is going to exceed people's expectations for many years to come, said Whistler Blackcomb's

  • Blackcomb's Crystal chair opens Saturday

    December 8, 2013 6:37 AM 29

    The much-anticipated Crystal Express quad chairlift on Blackcomb will start running Saturday, Dec. 7, exactly at 10 a.m., ending nearly a year of anticipation. Passengers on the new Express chairs will start from the bottom of the Rock n Roll ski run for riders exiting the Blackcomb Glacier and Crystal area. The lift will make it much easier to get to the Crystal

  • Drake among Canadians to earn Grammy nominations

    December 8, 2013 2:00 AM 32

    TORONTO — A number of Canadians, lead by Toronto rapper Drake, earned Grammy nominations on Friday. Drake is up for Best Rap Album (Nothing Was the Same) as well as both Rap Performance and Rap Song for “Started from the Bottom”. “F***in’ Problems,” Drake’s collaboration with ASAP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, is also up for Rap Song. Vancouver’s

  • Whistler Film Festival awards top prize to director Bruce McDonald’s The Husband

    December 8, 2013 12:02 AM 24

    Toronto director Bruce McDonald’s taut psychological comic drama The Husband took the $15,000 prize Sunday in the Whistler Film Festival’s Borsos competition for best Canadian feature film. McDonald was a distinctive sight around Whistler over the weekend in his trademark cowboy hat — I always mean to ask him how a guy from Toronto came to the cowboy

  • Rebecca Black is back: An in-depth analysis of what the Friday singer did on Saturday in troubling new video

    December 7, 2013 7:57 PM 21

    Be afraid. Rebecca Black, the singer behind the notorious YouTube sensation Friday, has returned – with the imaginatively-titled follow-up Saturday. Yes, having previously shared her teenage experiences of a typical Friday with the world in 2011, she’s now a little older, but not necessarily any wiser, as she goes about showing her fans what she gets up to on a typical

  • People wait hours in freezing cold for Bushwakker mead

    December 7, 2013 7:52 PM 23

    People bundled up and braved the freezing temperatures Saturday morning to line up for the annual holiday mead release outside the Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina. With icicles on his moustache, Mark Wilson, who held second place in line with three other buddies, said the wait is worth it. "They're shaking their heads at you, and wondering why you don't

  • Ian McKellen finds his inner Gandalf

    December 7, 2013 9:01 AM 38

    British actor reprises role as wizard in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug In the early months of 2011, more than a decade after he first began work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ian McKellen returned to New Zealand to play the wizard Gandalf the Grey once again. He’d had his reservations about reprising his role: Legal entanglements and union