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December 13, 2018 6:21 PM Toronto council approves using 11 surplus properties for affordable housing

Council unanimously approved using 11 city-owned surplus lands to try to build new affordable housing on Thursday. The vote followed a move by Mayor John Tory announcing the use of those city lands, what would contribute to the existing “Open Door” housing program started under Tory’s tenure last term. But it’s not yet clear how the lands will be developed 10

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 7

December 10, 2018 1:11 AM Lawyer versus consultant? Immigration data shows visa applicants have best shot with former

Foreign nationals who prepare their own Canadian visa applications are nearly as successful in being accepted as those who spend money on a consultant to do the job. But chances of success are much higher if they hire an immigration lawyer to help get their study, work or visitor visas, according to immigration data obtained under an access to information 7

December 7, 2018 7:58 PM China readies Chang’e-4, its moon lander, for launch

The instruments will probe the structure of the rocks beneath the spacecraft, study the effects of the solar wind striking the lunar surface. Chang’e-4 will also test the ability of making radio astronomy observations from the far side of the moon, without the effects of noise and interference from Earth. According to the Xinhua News Agency, Chang’e- 10

December 7, 2018 5:03 PM Chen wins short program, Zagitova stumbles at GP Finals

VANCOUVER—Nathan Chen’s strong post-Olympic season continues after he won the short program at the Grand Prix Finals. Chen, the first American men’s world champion since 2009, finished with 92.99 points even though he made a mistake on his quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, which cost him some points. “Clearly I made the big mistake at the end of the program 10

December 6, 2018 4:51 PM Canadian businesses face retaliatory risk after Huawei arrest, say analysts

The Justice Department says the United States is seeking Meng’s extradition, but is not providing further details about the case because of a court-ordered publication ban on her pending bail hearing. Chinese officials are loudly calling for Meng’s release and want Canada to reveal the reason for her arrest. Fen Hampson, the director of the global security 15

December 5, 2018 3:19 PM Oilsands firm Canadian Natural cuts $1 billion from budget due to low oil price

CALGARY—Oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources is setting its 2019 capital budget at $1-billion less than its “normalized” range but says it will ramp up spending if heavily discounted oil prices in Western Canada rebound. The Calgary-based company says it is targeting a 2019 base capital program of $3.7 billion, about 20 per cent below its preferred 13

December 4, 2018 9:18 PM UBC study says cows can be pessimistic — and it affects their ability to cope with stress

VANCOUVER—Dairy cows can be optimistic or pessimistic from a young age and their inherent outlook can predict their ability to cope with stress, new research from the University of British Columbia says. Benjamin Lecorps, a PhD student in the animal welfare program, said the study has implications for animal welfare and suggests some commonalities between 14

December 4, 2018 8:53 PM Your face is your boarding pass at Atlanta airport

Face scans have officially replaced paper boarding passes and passports for travellers flying to select international destinations out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Delta Air Lines has unveiled the first all-biometric terminal. Now travellers on certain international flights will be able to use their faces to check baggage and board 14

December 4, 2018 12:28 AM Makeshift Canadian men’s team stuns Brazil for World Cup basketball berth

The Canadian men have only played in one significant worldwide tournament since 2002 — an 0-5 run at the 2010 worlds in Turkey — and have not been to an Olympic Games since Sydney in 2000. But through a convoluted and long qualification process that forced Canada to dress 35 different players over 10 games with three different head coaches, the team stands 16