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March 19, 2018 17:26 UTC
Comedians with roots in Ottawa are remembering fellow funny guy Mike MacDonald, a trailblazer who they say never got too big to help out the younger comics who followed him into the business. "Everybody who knew anything about comedy in Canada knew Mike MacDonald was the best," said Jeremy Hotz, who also began his career in Ottawa performing at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club. - Howard Wagman, Yuk Yuk's OttawaHotz said MacDonald took him under his wing and — he now believes — purposely toned down his own routine so Hotz, who was headlining, wouldn't disappoint the audience. Ottawa's comedy scene is mourning the loss of Mike MacDonald, who died Saturday. Comedy was 'air to him'Howard Wagman, owner of Yuk Yuk's Ottawa, regards MacDonald as the first superstar of Canadian comedy.
March 19, 2018 17:26 UTC
Postmedia’s journalists have been nominated for 12 National Newspaper Awards, recognizing excellence in daily newspaper work in Canada. The Edmonton Journal’s three nominations were the most of any Postmedia newspaper. Nominated twice each were the London Free Press, National Post, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun/Province. Bryan Passifiume of the Calgary Herald Sun secured Postmedia’s other nomination, for his coverage of a raging wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park. The National Newspaper Awards, now in their 69th year, will be handed out at a ceremony in Toronto on May 4.
March 19, 2018 17:15 UTC
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Uber suspended all of its self-driving testing Monday after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving the vehicles. The Uber self-driving test vehicle was travelling around 40 mph when it struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg late Sunday in a Phoenix suburb. He says Herzberg was struck immediately as she stepped on to the street outside of a crosswalk while walking a bicycle. The federal government has voluntary guidelines for companies that want to test autonomous vehicles, leaving much of the regulation up to states. California is among those that require manufacturers to report any incidents to the motor vehicle department during the autonomous vehicle testing phase.
March 19, 2018 17:03 UTC
NEW YORK — Broadway fans are buzzing over the release of a new song by two popular Tony winners in support of the upcoming March for Our Lives. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, the original star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” have recorded a duet called “Found/Tonight,’ mixing lyrics from “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Story of Tonight” from “Hamilton.”The song was released at midnight on Monday and is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart. The multicity March for Our Lives on March 24 was planned after the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Miranda has been releasing “Hamilton”-related content each month in a series called Hamildrop.
March 19, 2018 16:53 UTC
Silva, 28, arrived on a free transfer from Club Atletico Lanus of Argentina. Montreal used targeted allocation money to sign the attacking midfielder to a three-year contract, which avoided using their one remaining designated player slot after midfielders Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taider. MONTREAL—The Montreal Impact boosted their attack with the acquisition of Uruguayan midfielder Alejandro Silva on Monday and are expected to make at least one more signing soon. “His versatility on the field is very positive in that he can also play as a central midfielder. Silva is expected to see his first action when Montreal resumes play on March 31 in Seattle after this week’s international break.
March 19, 2018 16:52 UTC
"We have have every reason to believe it is present in Weyburn but we've got nothing to substantiate that yet," said deputy chief of police Rod Stafford. Stafford said the WPS received credible information from people "involved with the drug culture in Weyburn" and opted to treat the news as true. Weyburn has one dedicated drug unit officer for a population of more than 10,000 people, according to Stafford. Cocaine has been a staple drug, if I can use that term, here for a number of years," he said. "What you're seeing in Regina and Saskatoon, we're seeing in Weyburn."
March 19, 2018 16:52 UTC
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Prosecutors are reviewing charges against a man held for fatally stabbing two men at a Salvation Army apartment building in Minnesota. The man was arrested shortly after the stabbings Saturday night as he tried to leave the building through a back stairway. The Olmsted County Attorney’s Office was reviewing the case Monday and expected to file charges Tuesday. The suspect was being held on two tentative counts of second-degree murder. Police say the victims, 57-year-old Phillip William Hicks and 45-year-old Eric Alan Flemming, were stabbed in the chest and upper abdomen.
March 19, 2018 16:52 UTC
The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the U.S. presidential election has also taken swipes at Canadian targets, including the country's oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But things like Canadian oil are a natural target, said one analyst on Russian information campaigns. The report lists media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik as examples. The report lists media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik as examples. A U.S. State Department official said at the report launch that the solution isn't creating troll farms in Western capitals.
March 19, 2018 16:48 UTC
CHICAGO—A fatal shooting on the West Side over the weekend was the 100th homicide of the year in Chicago, a milestone reached nearly a month later than the past two years, according to data kept by the Tribune. Last year, Chicago recorded its 100th homicide on Feb 24. The number of shootings and homicides this year continue to be higher than other recent years. In 2015, Chicago did not record its 100th homicide until April 10; in 2014 it was April 26 and in 2013 it was April 30. At least 454 people have been shot in Chicago this year, again lower than 2016 and 2017 but higher than 2015, 2014 and 2013, according to Tribune data.
March 19, 2018 16:43 UTC
Via Rail won’t establish minimum content requirements for the new trains it plans to order for Canada’s main railway corridor that transports millions of passengers annually. A spokesperson for Bombardier Inc.’s railway division called the Via Rail project interesting. About 94 per cent of the nearly four million passengers Via Rail carries annually travel on the Quebec City to Windsor corridor. Via Rail president Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said the funding will improve service by ensuring uninterrupted access along the busy rail corridor. Via Rail was created by the federal government in 1977 to take over intercity passenger service provided by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.
March 19, 2018 16:41 UTC
Cambridge Analytica said it strongly denies the claims, according to a statement on its website. Facebook and its rivals, including Twitter and YouTube, have largely withstood political pressure stemming from Russia's manipulation of their services. It was not clear whether Republicans who hold congressional committee gavels would announce hearings related to Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. But the calls reflected mounting bipartisan concern in Washington over whether internet firms are fair trustees of the massive amounts of user data they collect. Britain's Information Commissioner's Office said it would consider the potential new evidence as part its separate civil and criminal probe into whether Facebook user data had been abused in British elections.
March 19, 2018 16:36 UTC
The end result is that after the rejections, the government has only a slight decrease in the number of eligible applications compared to last year. In 2017, the government received 41,961 applications for Canada Summer Jobs. After the rejections, that leaves 41,031 eligible applications in 2018, representing a 1.7 per cent decrease from the number of eligible applications in 2017. In 2016 it started doubling the amount of money going into Canada Summer Jobs, with the aim of funding around 70,000 placements each year. MPs can reorder the lists for their riding, but rejected applications aren’t included on the list.
March 19, 2018 16:36 UTC
LOS ANGELES — Eva Longoria is a master of multitasking. “My line and my actual baby in my stomach.”For Longoria, who has been sewing and designing since she was 7, everything comes back to championing women. She gave an impassioned speech at the recent women’s march in Los Angeles and called out E! During an interview in Los Angeles, Longoria showed off patterned crepe jumpsuits, which she calls “onesies,” wide-legged pants and comfy stretch denim she promised will ward off the dreaded muffin top. Longoria sported one of the collection’s popular bomber jackets in floral-print jacquard, joking that it’s the only thing that fit her growing belly.
March 19, 2018 16:30 UTC
Details will be announced in Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s March 28 budget, which will have a deficit as high as $8 billion. The premier added that there would be an expanded public dental program in next week’s fiscal blueprint. “It’s awfully coincidental that they stuck ‘dental’ into their throne speech,” said the NDP leader. “These are fights that our children and grandchildren can’t afford for us to lose,” the throne speech said. Child-care advocates were buoyed by the throne speech’s references to chronically low wages for early childhood educator and sky-high parent fees.
March 19, 2018 16:27 UTC