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August 31, 2018 10:30 AM Esi Edugyan’s new book Washington Black is a ‘cinematic epic of slavery and freedom’

From Toni Morrison’s Beloved to Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, the slave narrative has produced many powerful novels. Esi Edugyan offers an inventive spin on the genre in Washington Black, the Victoria author’s follow-up to her 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Half-Blood Blues. A cinematic epic of slavery and freedom, it’s also a tale of high adventure 7

August 27, 2018 1:42 PM John McCain’s former Vietnamese jailer says he was ‘very fond of him’

Speaking to reporters after writing in a book of condolences, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said McCain was “a great leader and real hero” who helped normalize relations between the former enemies. “He was a warrior, he was also a peacemaker and of course he fought and suffered during the Vietnam War, but then later as a senator, he was one of the leaders 22

August 24, 2018 6:38 PM BC bus service along ‘Highway of Tears’ more than doubles in six months

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—The British Columbia government says thousands of people have used an intercommunity bus service across northwestern B.C. in the 19 months since it was launched to offer safe, affordable travel along Hwy. 16, the so-called Highway of Tears. The Ministry of Transportation says the BC Transit-operated route has more than doubled its ridership 10

August 21, 2018 3:01 PM Aimia accepts Air Canada’s sweetened $450M bid for Aeroplan

A group led by Air Canada agreed to buy Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan for $450 million in cash, ending a takeover battle for one of Canada’s most popular loyalty programs. Air Canada and its banking partners sweetened their bid for Aeroplan, winning over Aimia’s board and an activist shareholder that was seeking a higher price. Air Canada initially made a $250 million 19

August 19, 2018 9:29 PM New Brunswick political parties jump into election season early

The province’s Green Party plans to get ahead of the writ as well, with party leader David Coon telling The Canadian Press in an email that he plans to launch his campaign on Tuesday. Early polls suggest the election may be too close to call, though Gallant’s main opponent appears to be Blaine Higgs, who became head of the Progressive Conservative Party 12

August 13, 2018 2:06 AM India prepares to fight hate speech in world’s biggest election

Holding elections in world’s second most populous country is a complex and daunting task. The Election Commission has already begun preparations on logistic and security arrangements in the country of 1.3 billion, scheduled to elect their new federal government in April and May 2019. About 875 million voters are eligible to cast their votes, or more than the combined 19

August 12, 2018 12:56 PM And we have liftoff! NASA solar probe en route to the sun for the closest look ever

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA.—A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, that was visible during last August’s total solar eclipse. It eventually 21

August 10, 2018 8:10 PM NASA sending spacecraft straight into sun’s glittering crown

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA.—NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun’s glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither. Set to launch early Saturday, the Parker Solar Probe is as heat-resistant as a spacecraft gets, essential for exploring our star closer than ever before. The U.S. got a glimpse of the sun’s 16

August 2, 2018 10:56 PM Is it Parkdale or Vegandale? Fight intensifies over neighbourhood’s identity

A battle over a neighbourhood’s identity is pitting some Parkdale residents against an emerging vegan movement in the area. Over this coming weekend, Vegandale, the branding used for a chain of vegan restaurants and retail businesses on a stretch of Queen St. between Dufferin and Brock, is holding a block party to celebrate the launch of new ventures 12

July 31, 2018 11:50 PM Federal government stalls on the release of a new Canadian citizenship guide that was intended to launch last year

OTTAWA—It’s been more than two years since work began on revising the controversial study guide for Canada’s citizenship test, but the federal government says it needs more time to work on the publication and has no set timeline for release. Internal emails from the Immigration department dating back to 2016 show officials were hoping the launch of the new guide 17