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December 17, 2018 10:25 AM British PM Theresa May to argue a second Brexit referendum would violate public trust

Some members of May’s Cabinet are urging the government to ramp up planning for a “no-deal” Brexit — a chaotic outcome that could see gridlock at U.K. ports, planes grounded and shortages of essential goods. Others are seeking to work with opposition politicians to find a way out of the morass. May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports 4

December 15, 2018 9:01 PM Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veteran’s stolen guitar

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Two famous Newfoundlanders stepped in to help an elderly veteran whose guitar went missing earlier this month. Edward Sheppard, 82, was devastated after his guitar — a gift from his late wife — was stolen from his home in Stephenville Crossing, N.L. “It meant a lot to all of us, it was a labour of love,” Sheppard’s daughter, Yolanda 8

December 15, 2018 10:00 AM ‘Soft’ skills key for young people looking for work, says study

Those sectors are the best bets for youth looking for an entry-level position, according to a study which is being released Monday by Civic Action. And employers in all those industries are looking for some of the same abilities: most sought-after are skills such as communication and empathy — not just the latest technical knowledge or courses 6

December 15, 2018 3:21 AM Davie warns of shipbuilding strategy ‘disaster’ as Coast Guard icebreaker delivered

“We’re ready to help. We’ve got the capacity,” Boisvert said. Davie, he said, “could build in parallel six massive ships. The two other shipyards, Seaspan (in Vancouver) and Irving (in Halifax) they can only do one at a time. So, sincerely, that national strategy might become a bit of a disaster if we’re not leveraged properly.” The comments cast a cloud 8

December 14, 2018 11:52 PM CN Rail reaches tentative agreement with 2,100 Canadian mechanics, electricians

MONTREAL—Canadian National Railway and the union that represents its 2,100 mechanics, electricians and apprentices in Canada say they have reached a tentative collective agreement. No details of the deal are being released until it is presented to members in ratification meetings. Negotiations began Oct. 5 with Unifor saying that wages, benefits and the contracting 8

December 14, 2018 6:53 PM Fresh start for Warriors extends to roster as Richardson focuses on local talent

After a new ownership group moved and rebranded Vancouver’s National Lacrosse League franchise, new general manager Dan Richardson was given a mandate to remake the entire roster. Canucks Sports and Entertainment bought the NLL’s Stealth in the off-season, moved them from the Langley Events Centre to Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver and renamed them the Warriors 8

December 14, 2018 4:24 PM Tories could recall legislature over Christmas to zap power workers’ strike

The Progressive Conservative government is prepared to recall the legislature to impose back-to-work legislation to short circuit power workers from shutting down half of Ontario’s electricity system, the Star has learned. Concerned about job action from the Power Workers’ Union after it rejected Ontario Power Generation’s final contract offer, the government 7

December 12, 2018 5:00 AM Johannes Debus rekindles boyhood love of Handel’s Messiah

After a 10-year old Johannes Debus had sung Handel’s Messiah for the first time, he begged his mom to buy him an album. Three decades later, Debus is music director of the Canadian Opera Company, far removed from the cathedral choir in Speyer, Germany, where he had his first musical immersion. But he is having a happy reunion with Messiah next week. Debus 6

December 11, 2018 11:37 PM Jayne Eastwood is ACTRA Toronto’s pick for its 2019 Award of Excellence

She is also a voice and theatre actor. She was part of the cast of a legendary Toronto production of Godspell that brought together future comedy stars Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner and Eugene Levy in 1972. She won a Gemini Award in 1998 for the TV movie Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story as well as the Earle Grey Award for lifetime 5

December 11, 2018 10:59 PM Hockey Night in Canada’s relationship with Huawei to continue

“Awkward is awkward,” said Chris MacDonald, an associate professor at Ryerson University specializing in business ethics. “I can imagine Rogers execs keeping a close eye. There’d have to be something pretty close to a smoking gun before you’re going to kill that kind of a deal. “It’s OK to be uncomfortable with something without saying it’s unethical 9