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December 11, 2018 5:22 PM Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

McConnell said he was moving the bill as soon as this week “at the request of the president” and following improvements to the legislation. A revised bill makes some changes requested by Senate Republicans and law enforcement groups who had concerns it would be too soft on some offenders. Cornyn announced Tuesday morning that he had requested changes 8

December 10, 2018 11:45 PM A PC coverup under the nose of Doug Ford’s kangaroo court

Like kangaroos, politicians are a peculiar species, given to strutting and kicking. Coverups are second nature as they try to hide their tracks — fiscal, political and personal — to throw rivals off the scent. But predators, partisans and premiers are always in hot pursuit. Doug Ford created a legislative committee last September to ferret out the truth 9

December 8, 2018 11:23 PM Improving the starting rotation is Blue Jays’ main focus

Randal Grichuk: The Jays’ trade for the outfielder last January may not have looked great when he hit .106 in the first 25 games of the season and landed on the disabled list by May 1. But the 27-year-old came back in June a new player, hitting a near career-high .271 in the final four months. He finished with a team-high 25 home runs and 61 RBIs, and played 9

December 5, 2018 6:18 PM Russell Peters reveals his girlfriend is pregnant with his second child

The Toronto-born Brampton-raised Peters, 48, has one previous child, a girl, Crystianna, born in 2010 to Monica Diaz, now his ex-wife. The comedian — who credits the early days of YouTube for his attainment of a vast international following — recently completed an arena tour in Canada, including a stop at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. A rap aficionado 15

December 5, 2018 5:36 PM Gold plows toward its strongest season

Gold futures have fallen 7.1 percent in 2018, which has proven difficult for investors in every asset class from equities to real estate and government bonds. The $9.2 billion (U.S.) VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF is down 16 percent this year, putting it on track for its biggest annual decline since 2015. If history is any guide, both could be poised 16

December 4, 2018 7:05 PM Seattle will become NHL’s 32nd team. Here’s what you need to know about the new addition

If the Seattle team follows the Golden Knights’ successful script, which included a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, they will hire a veteran general manager similar to George McPhee. That opens the door for Dean Lombardi, Ron Hextall, Ron Francis, Don Maloney and Garth Snow, among others. If Seattle wants a fresh face, Columbus Blue Jackets assistant 14

December 2, 2018 2:12 AM Alabama goes back to Jalen Hurts, beats Georgia to stay No. 1

This time, it was Hurts who bailed out the Crimson Tide. When he trotted off the field after the winning TD, Tagovailoa was one of the first ones to greet him on the sideline. Afterward, they stood side-by-side on the podium in the middle of the field while Alabama received its SEC championship trophy. Now, the Crimson Tide is headed back to the College 10

December 1, 2018 5:57 PM Trudeau and other Canadians offer condolences to Bush family

Canadian politicians past and present are offering their condolences following the death of George H. W. Bush, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying the former U.S. president's commitment to his country was clear. "His exemplary spirit of service and commitment to country would mark each of his roles – including in Congress, as ambassador to the United 14

December 1, 2018 12:50 AM USMCA? CUSMA? What the new NAFTA is called depends on who’s talking

In official documents, they are calling it CUSMA, with Canada first. (“The legal name under Canadian law is CUSMA as Canada always comes first in treaties,” Freeland spokesperson Adam Austen said on Friday.) And in their own speeches, as Trudeau did in his own speech at the signing ceremony on Friday, they have simply been calling it “the new NAFTA 17

November 30, 2018 7:56 PM Leafs’ Marner graduates with honours from ‘primary’ school

The depth of the Leafs’ lineup — even in the absence of restricted free-agent William Nylander, and during Auston Matthews’ absence with a shoulder injury — goes a long way. The Leafs have four lines built on speed, skill and puck control, allowing Marner a bit more room to freelance than others. “We’re not three or four guys dangerous; we’re three and four lines 14