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June 15, 2018 8:19 PM Ronaldo scores hat trick as Portugal, Spain draw at World Cup

Ronaldo rubbed his chin after scoring minutes into Portugal’s opener against Spain, implying he is the Greatest Of All Time. Then he scored two more goals, including a perfectly placed 88th-minute free kick that gave his team a 3-3 draw Friday. “When I play against a player like Ronaldo, these things can happen,” said Fernando Hierro, Spain’s newly appointed 10

June 15, 2018 1:09 AM Auditor general defends calling Phoenix pay system an ‘incomprehensible failure’

Ferguson’s audit report last month concluded that the Phoenix system was an “incomprehensible failure” of project management and oversight, which led to green-lighting a system that wasn’t ready. The report said it was unfathomable that no one spoke up to say it wasn’t going to work and needed to be stopped; it blamed “an obedient culture” among public 11

June 14, 2018 8:00 AM As World Cup kicks off, Russia looks to show the West it's not isolated

Inside Vladimir Putin's latest attempt to rebrand Russia With Moscow's historic squares, pedestrian malls — and, starting today, soccer stadiums — filling up with foreign tourists, President Vladimir Putin's latest rebranding exercise for Russia is well underway. The first game of the World Cup kicks off at 6 p.m. local time in the refurbished and freshly 18

June 13, 2018 12:52 AM Top public service official criticizes ‘sweeping generalizations’ in Auditor General’s report

OTTAWA—The public service’s top bureaucrat is taking issue with Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s spring report which criticizes the culture in the public service. Ferguson’s message in his report on culture in the public service is an “opinion piece,” Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick said Tuesday. Wernick was called before the House of Commons Public 8

June 12, 2018 4:19 PM Trump adviser apologizes for saying Trudeau has ‘special place in hell’

WASHINGTON—A senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump has apologized for saying there is a “special place in hell” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Peter Navarro, one of Trump’s top advisers on trade, drew condemnation across U.S. and Canadian party lines for a series of disparaging remarks about Trudeau in a Sunday interview on Fox News. The vitriol 10

June 12, 2018 10:00 AM What would Banksy think of people paying to see his work? We asked his former agent

Toronto show may cost $35, but Steve Lazarides says Banksy would rather art be seen than stored in a basement It may be put on by some of the biggest names in the promotion world, but the curator of a new exhibit spotlighting the ultra anti-capitalist Banksy insists the artist would prefer his work be on display than stored away in a collector's basement 14

June 11, 2018 5:57 PM Ontario PC party still sending text messages after winning election

'Do you support Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario PC plan to scrap the carbon tax?' asks one text Four days after the election campaign ended, the Ontario PC party is sending unsolicited text messages asking people whether they support some of premier-designate Doug Ford's key promises. The text messages refer to "Premier Ford" although he does not officially 19

June 10, 2018 2:59 PM 'Special place in hell': Trump advisers blast Trudeau for comments at G7 summit

PM didn't respond to reporters' questions on the matter Sunday morning Top advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump are launching blistering attacks on Justin Trudeau for comments he made at the end of the G7 leaders' summit this weekend, with one going as far as to say the prime minister deserves a "special place in hell." Speaking Saturday after Trump 19

June 7, 2018 4:41 PM G7 protests begin as leaders’ summit kicks off in Quebec

While the G7 summit will be held in La Malbaie, diverse groups including unions, aid organizations and anti-capitalists are expected to protest in the provincial capital. Others were gathering near the summit site itself, in an area officially designated for speaking out. Byrnes said it would be “too bad” if the often-violent clashes that occur between 9

May 31, 2018 8:37 PM Nova Scotia premier says lobbying-law changes not on his radar after Chrétien meeting

“Regarding McNeil’s remarks, it’s clear to me that he likes the status quo because it means zero accountability for him, the minister responsible and the Act itself,” McCracken said in an earlier direct message. The day before he met McNeil, Chrétien described to reporters why he thought the premier should support the idea and said he “worked for” the Sydney 10