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September 22, 2018 8:54 PM Backup plan in net among Maple Leafs’ toughest calls

There’s a battle brewing for the Maple Leafs’ backup goalie job, and coach Mike Babcock is enjoying it. In fact, if Garret Sparks and Curtis McElhinney make the decision hard right down to the end of training camp, that would suit Babcock fine. “The beauty of it is, we’ve got five more games, don’t we,” Babcock said Saturday as the Leafs prepared for an exhibition 5

September 19, 2018 8:23 PM Potential replacements for Phoenix pay system to start testing soon, Treasury Board president says

The government earmarked $16 million in its last budget to search for a replacement for Phoenix, which has caused massive headaches for more than half of the country’s federal workers, many of whom have been overpaid, shortchanged or not paid at all. Brison said it is not yet known how much a replacement HR system will cost. It’s estimated that Phoenix 8

September 16, 2018 4:43 PM Women lead trucking industry charge to get more female big-riggers behind wheel

Linda Young, head of human resources for Winnipeg-based Bison Transport, chairs the trucking HR association’s Women With Drive initiative. Launched in 2016, it aims to raise the number of women entering the 18-wheeler workforce through awareness campaigns and resources for employers. “In the last two years it has gotten worse,” Young said. “This year in particular 26

September 16, 2018 2:28 PM Aircraft hunt for plane reported overdue on flight from Edmonton to Chilliwack

CHILLIWACK, B.C. — Aircraft are searching the British Columbia Interior for a small plane with two people on board that’s gone missing. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says in a statement that its Pacific division was notified Friday afternoon that a small, private plane was overdue on a flight from Edmonton to Chilliwack, B.C. It says a Hercules 11

September 12, 2018 5:06 PM Three-day search for lost horse Noah comes to tragic end in swamp near Guelph

PUSLINCH TOWNSHIP, ONT.—Over three days more than a hundred volunteers combed fields and forest searching for a missing horse named Noah. But hope turned to heartbreak Tuesday afternoon when the horse’s body was spotted by a helicopter pilot in a swampy area in Puslinch, about 20 kilometres south of Guelph. The 23-year-old dark bay thoroughbred is believed 11

September 6, 2018 9:00 AM Home prices rise against tighter supply in August

August appears to have cemented the Toronto region’s real estate recovery, with average resale home prices up 4.7 per cent year over year to $765,270, including single-family homes and highrise apartments. That is about $34,000 higher than the average a year ago. The number of detached-house sales increased 19.2 per cent in the 905 areas outside of Toronto 12

August 28, 2018 3:39 PM Donald Trump accuses Google of showing only ‘Fake News Media’ in search results

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump promised Tuesday to address what he says is the “very serious situation” of social media companies “suppressing” conservative voices and “hiding information” and good news. Trump recently has made similar complaints about the issue, which has been making the rounds in conservative media. But on Tuesday he targeted 23

August 26, 2018 11:25 PM Manitoba hiker’s body found in Alps, three weeks after he went missing

BRANDON, MAN.—Family of a Manitoba man who disappeared more than three weeks ago while hiking alone in the Bavarian Alps are confirming that his body has been found. Jeffrey Freiheit, a teacher and avid hiker from Brandon, was last seen on Aug. 2 in the southern German town of Bad Tolz. German police say remains were found on Saturday in a wooded area near a mountain 25

August 23, 2018 11:45 PM Buffalo’s Eichel hopes to reel in emotion

“I think it’s good for us, some fresh faces,” Eichel said. “The last few years have been pretty bad, so I think it can bring a bit of a different culture.” They join a team built around Eichel, a swift-skating, hard-shooting six-foot-two, 196 pound centre, who hasn’t yet played to his full potential due to injuries and a lack of top-line talent around 14

August 20, 2018 3:15 PM Woman ‘sang to stay awake’ after falling off cruise ship and spending 10 hours in Adriatic Sea

PULA, CROATIA—A British woman who fell from a cruise ship and spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night sang to stay alive, her rescuers said Monday. The captain of the Croatian rescue ship that found Kay Longstaff, 46, floating some 83 kilometres or 45 nautical miles off Croatia’s coast said “luckily for her we saw her immediately because she raised 14