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April 20, 2018 1:04 PM Pump prices, airline tickets help propel Canada’s inflation rate to 2.3%

OTTAWA — Canada’s annual inflation rate continued creeping higher last month to hit 2.3 per cent. The March figure from Statistics Canada shows the pace of inflation inched a little farther past the midpoint of the central bank’s ideal range of between one and three per cent. By comparison, inflation was 2.2 per cent in February and 1.7 per cent in January 10

April 18, 2018 9:54 PM Pipeline debate resonates with politicians more than it does with voters — so far

Poll suggests that Trudeau’s handling of the Trans Mountain feud has yet to become a factor in next year’s federal election. It is rare that a single issue costs a federal ruling party its re-election. Based on the latest poll to measure the impact of the ongoing pipeline crisis on the political fortunes of its various protagonists, the fate of the Trans 13

April 16, 2018 8:26 PM Netflix original shows lure more new subscribers than expected

Netflix Inc.'s blitz of new programming attracted a surprisingly high 7.4 million new customers from January to March, reassuring investors who are betting the video streaming pioneer's massive spending will fuel growth around the world. Shares of Netflix jumped more than seven per cent in after-hours trading on Monday to $330.30 US. They are up 65 per cent this year. Wall Street 14

April 16, 2018 5:02 PM Blue Rodeo, Miranda Lambert, Kamasi Washington announce Toronto concerts

Rapper, a YouTube gaming star, and much more headed for Toronto. Sharp-eyed country-music fans have known she was coming for some time, but Monday’s armload of concert announcements made it official: Miranda Lambert is coming to town on Aug 23. Lambert, with support acts Little Big Town, Turnpike Troubadours and Alberta’s Tenille Townes, takes to the Budweiser 15

April 15, 2018 5:21 PM Trump’s approval rating has bounced back to first-100-day levels, poll shows

The U.S. president’s approval rating now stands at 40 per cent, slightly more than his 36-per-cent rating measured in January. Trump garners above-water approval among white people, 53 per cent of whom approve of the president, up seven points from January. He does even better among white people without college degrees (60 per cent, up seven points) 13

April 9, 2018 9:31 PM SiriusXM sweetens Top Comic pot with a gig at Australian JFL festival

Whoever wins SiriusXM Top Comic this year will play JFL Sydney as well as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver shows. Whoever is named the SiriusXM Top Comic this year is going international. Besides a $25,000 cash prize, the 2018 winner will be guaranteed a spot to perform at JFL Sydney in Australia as well as JFL42 in Toronto, JFL NorthWest in Vancouver 7

April 7, 2018 3:19 AM Cecil Taylor, pioneer of free-jazz movement, dead at 89

Taylor was also known as a poet and would recite his poems at live shows Cecil Taylor, the visionary pianist who revolutionized jazz by launching the free-jazz movement in the late 1950s, died Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. Taylor's legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner, confirmed the death to The Associated Press by phone Friday. No more details 11

April 5, 2018 6:01 PM Tim Hortons falls from 4th to 50th in survey of Canadians’ most admired brands

Tim Hortons recently faced an onslaught of negative publicity as some of its Ontario franchisees clawed back employee benefits, sparking nationwide protests and boycotts. Tim Hortons recently faced an onslaught of negative publicity as some of its Ontario franchisees clawed back employee benefits, such as paid breaks, to help offset the province’s minimum 13

April 5, 2018 1:34 PM Canada's trade deficit widens to $2.7B in February

Canada has large trade surplus in goods with U.S. but deficit with the rest of the world The gap between what Canada sells to the rest of the world and what it buys widened to $2.7 billion in February, as imports surged more than exports did. Statistics Canada reported Friday that the country's trade deficit widened from $1.9 billion in the previous 15

April 4, 2018 3:43 PM Paterno on HBO shows a lot of ugliness — and finds the proper heroine

Famed football coach gets well-deserved grilling at the dinner table over abuse scandal, in movie directed by Barry Levinson and starring Al Pacino. Director Barry Levinson has sliced out a narrow time frame to encompass the astonishing downfall of one of the winningest coaches in college football history. But for a few flashbacks, we stick to the week the news broke 13