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December 12, 2018 6:54 PM Via Rail places $989-million train order with Siemens for key rail corridor

MONTREAL—Via Rail has selected Germany’s Siemens over Bombardier Inc. for a $989-million contract to build new rolling stock as the Canadian passenger rail service renews its fleet of locomotives and cars for the rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont. Via Rail and Siemens also announced a 15-year technical services and parts agreement valued 7

December 12, 2018 6:52 PM Canadian maple syrup production falls 22 per cent last year due cold winter

The total value of Canadian maple products fell 22 per cent to $384.4 million while the price of syrup remained relatively unchanged. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers tapped its strategic reserves this year to avoid wild price swings or supply shortages. Quebec produces about 72 per cent of the world’s maple syrup, with the rest of Canada 6

December 12, 2018 6:38 PM Cavalry FC adds four local players to its Canadian Premier League roster

CALGARY—Cavalry FC has signed four local players in Calgarians Marco Carducci, Chris Serban, Dominick Zator and Elijah Adekugbe. The Calgary club is one of seven founding franchises in the Canadian Premier League, which kicks off its inaugural season in April. The 22-year-old Carducci, a goalkeeper, is a two-time Canadian U-17 Player of the Year. He joined 6

December 12, 2018 5:00 PM WestJet says it’s co-operating with predatory pricing probe by Competition agency

Edmonton-based Flair Airlines has accused WestJet and low-cost offshoot Swoop of undercutting its business by pricing fares at or below cost and flooding certain routes with flights, contrary to competition legislation that protects new entrants from more dominant carriers. Flair chief executive Jim Scott tells The Canadian Press that the ultra-low-cost 5

December 12, 2018 12:15 PM Why congress can’t cave in to Trump on NAFTA

The best argument for Congress to pass U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweaked version of the North American Free Trade Agreement is also the worst argument for it. It’s the argument from stability. It concedes that the new agreement, labelled the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), may not be a vast improvement over NAFTA, or an improvement at all. But it urges 5

December 12, 2018 5:00 AM Johannes Debus rekindles boyhood love of Handel’s Messiah

After a 10-year old Johannes Debus had sung Handel’s Messiah for the first time, he begged his mom to buy him an album. Three decades later, Debus is music director of the Canadian Opera Company, far removed from the cathedral choir in Speyer, Germany, where he had his first musical immersion. But he is having a happy reunion with Messiah next week. Debus 6

December 11, 2018 11:37 PM Jayne Eastwood is ACTRA Toronto’s pick for its 2019 Award of Excellence

She is also a voice and theatre actor. She was part of the cast of a legendary Toronto production of Godspell that brought together future comedy stars Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner and Eugene Levy in 1972. She won a Gemini Award in 1998 for the TV movie Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story as well as the Earle Grey Award for lifetime 5

December 11, 2018 10:59 PM Hockey Night in Canada’s relationship with Huawei to continue

“Awkward is awkward,” said Chris MacDonald, an associate professor at Ryerson University specializing in business ethics. “I can imagine Rogers execs keeping a close eye. There’d have to be something pretty close to a smoking gun before you’re going to kill that kind of a deal. “It’s OK to be uncomfortable with something without saying it’s unethical 9

December 11, 2018 6:40 PM Mikael Kingsbury wins Lou Marsh trophy as Canada’s top athlete of 2018

The award, voted on by a panel of sports editors and broadcasters, is given annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star and named after the former sports editor. A spirited debate among the voting panel of sports media surrounded the inclusion of ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who captured their eighth national title at the Canadian 5

December 11, 2018 6:22 PM David Shoemaker named chief executive officer of Canadian Olympic Committee

“It is a dream job and a homecoming too, to be able to come back to Canada after spending so much time abroad in sport and be able to contribute to Team Canada.” Prior to joining the NBA, Shoemaker served as WTA president from 2009 to 2011. He was promoted to that position from Beijing where he’d spent almost two years heading up the WTA’s Asia-Pacific 6