Aaron Rodgers' family feud in spotlight after NFC championship loss

Following Green Bay's 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship Sunday, Aaron Rodgers' long-time girlfriend and actress Olivia Munn took to Instagram to voice support for her beau — and also disapproval of his family. The post seems to be a not-so-subtle dig at Rodgers' family, which has been estranged from the 33-year-old quarterback since 2014, a few months after he began dating Munn. Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers and actress Olivia Munn, known for her roles in The Newsroom and X-Men Apocalypse, have been dating since 2014. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Adding to the speculation, Munn liked a few select comments on her post calling Rodgers' family a "negative distraction" or referencing their appearances in the media in recent weeks. Rodgers' father, Ed, recently told The New York Times that his son and the rest of the family are not on speaking terms.

January 23, 2017 19:16 UTC

Kevin O’Leary says Kathleen Wynne is ‘incompetent’

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary has fired back in generalized fashion after Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said he had his facts wrong on the province's auto sector. ( Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo )Flamed by Premier Kathleen Wynne for making erroneous claims about Ontario’s auto sector, a former Dragons’ Den star is firing back. Federal Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary, target of an unusual weekend attack from Wynne, lashed out at the premier Monday. “I’m getting involved in the Conservative leadership race because I can’t stand watching incompetent politicians destroy my country. Both Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault sent O'Leary‎ open letters Monday afternoon calling him out for his accusations.

January 23, 2017 19:02 UTC

Affordable housing 'a significant advantage' for Atlantic Canada

A new international affordable housing index released Monday by the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies contains good news for Atlantic Canada. The study found that the top three most affordable cities for housing in Canada are in New Brunswick, and Charlottetown ranked fifth. Moncton most affordableThe 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey determines housing affordability by dividing median house prices by median income. It considers any result less than 3 as affordable housing, and any result over 5 as severely unaffordable. Affordable housing index Moncton 2.1 Fredericton 2.2 Saint John 2.4 Charlottetown 2.6 St. John's 3.8 Halifax 3.9Outside of Atlantic Canada cities did not fare so well.

January 23, 2017 19:01 UTC

Colby Cosh: Kevin O’Leary didn’t come back for you. In fact, he didn’t come back at all!

Kevin O’Leary was on Global’s Sunday political talk show The West Block this weekend, and that in itself is already an interesting little factlet, isn’t it? From that standpoint, Global giving Kevin O’Leary free political advertising induces despair. As Liberal leader, Michael Ignatieff did not think he had an Ignatieff Problem. What we learned on Sunday is that Kevin O’Leary may have an Ignatieff Problem, but he has a totally different strategy for handling it. Kapelos asked O’Leary whether his leadership campaign plans include “spending more time in Canada.” O’Leary immediately said “I’m a global investor.

January 23, 2017 18:57 UTC

U.S. officials probe Yahoo over data breach

WASHINGTON—Federal officials are investigating Yahoo over how promptly the beleaguered Internet company informed the public about its historic data breaches that together affected more than 1 billion consumers, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. An even earlier breach, in 2013, left about a billion customers at risk, though it was not until last fall that Yahoo discovered evidence of that attack, as well. The investigation is being handled by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which in 2011 began requiring companies to disclose information about hacking risks or incidents that may affect investors in a “material” way. Shortly after Yahoo made its discovery of the 2014 hack public, critics called on the SEC for a deeper look at the company's conduct. In September, Senator Mark Warner said in a letter to the agency that Americans had the right to know “what senior executives at Yahoo knew of the breach, and when they knew it.”

January 23, 2017 18:54 UTC



Crickets are a hot new source of protein — but their real value could lie in the poop they produce

However trendy, the North American mainstream don’t seem quite ready to make bugs a daily source of protein, let along farm them at home. Due to the scale of their farm, they produce large amounts of both crickets and frass. Though this kind of research is new, cricket frass has been used in farming for decades — it just hasn’t been advertised widely. Owners of Ghann’s Crickets Farm would toss some of the cricket remains into the grass of their property and saw growth increase exponentially. The organization intends to broaden its standards about organic fertilizers to include cricket frass, as their current insect-based listing is limited to worm castings.

January 23, 2017 18:52 UTC

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan to miss 2 games with ankle injury

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan will miss at least two games with a sprained right ankle. DeRozan suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Toronto's 115-103 loss to Phoenix Suns on Sunday. DeMar DeRozan (right ankle sprain) is expected to miss the next 2 games. #wethenorth — @RaptorsMRToronto, which has lost three straight games, hosts San Antonio on Tuesday before heading to Memphis on Wednesday. DeRozan isn't expected to make the trip to Memphis and will be re-evaluated at the end of the week.

January 23, 2017 18:50 UTC

Toronto budget chief echoes Rob Ford and suggests that city has too many managers

Taking a page from the late Rob Ford’s playbook, budget chief Gary Crawford suggested Monday that the city could be run more efficiently — and cheaply — with fewer middle managers. “The management or middle management ranks could potentially be bloated. We want to look at how do we reduce that properly,” Crawford said Monday a day before Tuesday’s wrap-up budget meeting. He acknowledged the plan — which still requires council approval — does nothing to address the $91 million shortfall in the 2017 budget. The budget committee will finalize those “options” Tuesday and forward them to the executive committee and then council for final approval next month.

January 23, 2017 18:38 UTC

9-year-old N.W.T. artist follows father's footsteps, one brush stroke at a time

When nine-year-old Joshua Wedzin of Behchoko, N.W.T., isn't watching TV, playing with his brother or at school, he is at work in his artist father's studio, painting the stars. His father, James Wedzin, is a well known Tlicho artist who taught himself and then trained at art school in Victoria. Joshua's father James Wedzin, a well-known N.W.T. I didn't bug him to paint at the time... and then finally one day he came in and says 'I want to paint northern lights.'" Art by Joshua Wedzin.

January 23, 2017 18:30 UTC

NDP schedule March leadership debate despite having no official candidates for Mulcair’s job

OTTAWA — The federal NDP has scheduled a leadership debate for early March, even though there are still no official candidates to lead the party. Still, NDP national director Robert Fox expects at least a few contestants will appear at an Ottawa hotel March 12. Ontario MP Charlie Angus is also in the process of gathering support for a potential bid. Rumours persist that Québec MP Guy Caron, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and the deputy leader of the Ontario NDP, Jagmeet Singh, are also considering a run. The NDP will pick Thomas Mulcair’s successor via weekly ballots held throughout October, with a new leader chosen by Oct. 27.

January 23, 2017 18:28 UTC

Keeping lonely seniors company keeps them healthy

Cathy Michalec, the executive director of the local non-profit, said cities such as San Francisco can be especially difficult because of the hills, crowded streets and old housing stock. The organization started in France after the Second World War and now operates in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Across the nation, geriatricians and other health and social service providers are growing increasingly worried about loneliness among seniors like Girardi. Finally, Narruhn convinced him to go out to lunch and to visit a hidden, tile-covered staircase in San Francisco with her. AARP, the Gerontological Society of America and other organizations are hoping to help create more understanding of isolation and loneliness, and to help lonely seniors build more social connections.

January 23, 2017 18:24 UTC

DeMar DeRozan out at least two games

DeMar DeRozan is out for at least two games with a sprained right ankle, the Raptors announced early Monday afternoon. The all-star guard will be reevaluated Friday, the Star’s Doug Smith reported. DeRozan put up 22 points in a 115-103 loss to the Pheonix Suns at the Air Canada Centre Sunday, but went 6-for-17 in shooting. The Raptors are set to host the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night before visiting the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday. The team wraps up its week with two home games, hosting the Milwaukee Bucks Friday and the Orlando Magic Sunday.

January 23, 2017 18:23 UTC

‘We are the new American resistance’: Bruce Springsteen addresses the Women’s March

Although he wasn’t able to make an appearance at the Women’s March on Saturday, Bruce Springsteen had a few words for those in the crowd while on the Australian leg of his tour. “Our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city in America, and in Melbourne who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare, and immigrant rights,” he said. “We stand with you. We are the new American resistance.”RelatedSpringsteen has been very vocal about his aversion for President Donald Trump, recently calling him both a “moron” and a “flagrant, toxic narcissist.”He also staged a secret solo acoustic concert at the White House’s East Room for Barack Obama and his staffers to thank the administration for their work over the past eight years just after one of his cover bands, The B Street Band, cancelled their inauguration gig out of “respect” for the singer.

January 23, 2017 18:17 UTC

How clean eating became a dirty word as food gurus distance themselves from the trend that made them famous

Much of this new advice goes far beyond healthy eating, and in some instances argues that food can actually make you well. Clean eating is not one way of eating, but encompasses many different dietary approaches. Well, when I drove into the hills outside San Diego to see Young on his “pH miracle ranch,” I found out. Young believes that in order to maintain the alkaline pH of our blood, we have to eat alkaline foods. The gurus of clean are doing nothing wrong encouraging healthy eating, but they have a responsibility to ground their promises in proof.

January 23, 2017 18:16 UTC

Father Raymond J. de Souza: How Trump could help a broken Middle East

Neither will he be grandiosely addressing the “Muslim world,” as Obama did in Cairo during his first months. Nevertheless, the Muslim ban is fairly cited as evidence that Trump’s relations with the Islamic world will be rocky. Certainly that’s true for the part of the Muslim world that Obama focused attention on — the Middle East. Indeed, the great engagement promised by Obama with the Muslim world really meant a disengagement with the Middle East. The most haunting failure of Obama’s engagement with the Islamic world is that so many are desperately trying to leave it.

January 23, 2017 18:10 UTC



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