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December 3, 2018 5:47 PM Crocs to buy back 50 per cent of Blackstone preferred stake as rebound builds

Crocs Inc. will buy back and convert some of the preferred shares held by Blackstone Group LP in the latest sign that a multiyear turnaround effort has put more spring in the step of the maker of colourful, rubbery shoes. The footwear maker will pay $183.7 million (U.S.) for half the preferred stock Blackstone acquired as part of a $200-million investment 10

November 19, 2018 12:51 PM Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

PARADISE, CALIF.—The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines. Up to 400 people fanned out Sunday to search the ash and rubble where homes once stood before flames roared through 17

November 15, 2018 3:40 PM The Front Runner’s 1980s politics can’t keep pace with Trump era

In these Trumpian days of shock-a-minute presidential peccadillos, Jason Reitman’s dramatic recreation of Gary Hart’s 1988 flameout as a leading White House contender, thanks to his dallying aboard the bad ship Monkey Business with ex-model Donna Rice (Sara Paxton), might seem like the quaintest of fairy tales. But with Hugh Jackman strongly conjuring 13

November 14, 2018 12:47 PM Canada’s cannabis advantage going up in smoke as U.S. moves in

Canadian companies still take the top three spots north of the border, though the biggest pot company by market value, Nanaimo, British Columbia-based Tilray Inc., is listed in the U.S. and has a market value of $10.4 billion (U.S.). Canadian companies took on a leadership position as Canada became the world’s first major economy to legalize pot for both recreational 9

November 13, 2018 12:47 AM Ottawa talking with Pakistan about bringing woman released from death row to Canada

OTTAWA—The federal government is talking with Pakistan about the possibility of bringing a Pakistani woman, who was recently released from death row, to Canada. Asia Bibi, a Christian, was sentenced to death in Pakistan eight years ago for blasphemy after being convicted of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad — a charge her family has long denied 17

November 11, 2018 11:21 PM Study: Carnivores’ return helps Yellowstone park streams

The idea that bringing back wolves and cougars would have cascading effects across Yellowstone’s ecosystem has long been of interest to researchers. Prior studies concentrated on the impacts to other animals and plants. Ripple and Beschta took that a step further to see what happens to the landscape itself. “This is the first time that we studied how the reintroduction 20

November 8, 2018 8:41 PM Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

A hospital and several schools were evacuated as thick grey smoke and ash filled the sky above Paradise and could be seen from miles away. The Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise evacuated all its patients and staff, given its close proximity to the fire, and transported them safely to hospitals in neighbouring towns, said Jill Kinney 24

November 8, 2018 1:01 AM Boras blames Blue Jays brass for attendance drop

“Toronto is a wonderful city. It’s been a great franchise. They’ve drawn three million fans,” Boras said. “They’ve lost near a third of their fan base due to the Blue Flu of not bringing attractive players that their fans find interesting to their market.” The Blue Jays, who finished fourth in the American League East with a 73-89 record, had a total 18

November 5, 2018 1:49 AM Manchester puts the boots to Southampton 6-1

“We played excellently without, and especially with, the ball,” Guardiola said. “We were aggressive in the final third, but we were lucky to score the goal in the last minute of the first half. The game was not over. Southampton created more chances than most teams this season.” MORATA MAGIC: Alvaro Morata continued his recent resurgence with two goals 19

November 1, 2018 4:00 PM Manitoba Tories reject bill on weight and height discrimination

The governing Tories allowed the bill to go to public hearings this week, but have now voted against bringing it back to the legislature chamber to be passed into law. Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says the government does not believe that protecting people from being discriminated against because of their height or weight requires a formal change to the human 18