Part of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech sounded a lot like Batman villain Bane

If you caught Donald Trump’s inaugural address on Friday afternoon – and happen to be a fan of DC Comics – then you may have noticed more than a slight similarity between Trump’s words and those of the infamous Bane. Bane, of course, being the primary villain in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, as played by Tom Hardy with the distinctive voice articulation of a muzzled wolf trapped in a submarine. And we give it to you, the people.”It isn’t the first time Trump has been compared to fictional villains. RelatedIn September, Seth Meyers joked that all his one-liners aimed at Trump during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner may have inspired him to seek office. “I thought, ‘Oh, that was a good job of zinging that guy.’ And then it seems like I gave Bane his origin story,” Meyers said.

January 20, 2017 20:01 UTC

Champagne corks pop in Moscow as Russians applaud Trump inauguration

People watch the presidential inauguration ceremony for Donald Trump in Moscow, Russia, Friday. Trump’s promises to fix ravaged relations with Moscow have elated Russia’s political elite following spiralling tensions with Washington. ( Ivan Sekretarev / The Associated Press )MOSCOW—Champagne corks popped Friday in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump’s presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries. An hour before Trump took the stage in Washington, the sound of opening champagne bottles echoed in the vaulted hall. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, predicted that Moscow will face a pragmatic but very tough partner in Trump.

January 20, 2017 19:59 UTC

Rex Murphy: Trump delivered a plain, serious and monumental promise to give Washington back to the people

He calls them, rightly, the forgotten Americans. Trump’s promise is visceral not rhetorical; it is particular — it is reaching down to the jobless, to the gang- and murder-torn inner cities, to those in economic torment, and saying this is really going to change for all of you. Trump has virtually cleared the table of politics as it has been practiced and played for over a generation. This is a wholesale reworking of the mode and understanding of modern American politics. I should remark the incidental serendipity that — were you to subtract from Bernie Sanders his conspiracy theories of business and capitalism, and his Soviet honeymoons — Sanders could have given Trump’s speech.

January 20, 2017 19:39 UTC

Frothy, fun atmosphere and some delightful singing in COC's Magic Flute: review

Elena Tsallagova as Pamina, Goran Juric as Sarastro and Andrew Haji as Tamino in the Canadian Opera Company's 2017 production of The Magic Flute. ( MICHAEL COOPER )The Magic FluteBy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Emanuel Schikaneder. A Canadian Opera Company production at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., until Feb. 24. or 416-363-8231 or 1-800-250-4653 Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is about the trials a youth must overcome to find true love. His breathtaking performance of the opera’s Act II aria “In diesen heil’gen Hallen” was a highlight. Celebrated conductor Bernard Labadie also makes his COC debut, leading the orchestra in a buoyant if equally thoughtful reading of Mozart’s poignant score.

January 20, 2017 19:33 UTC

No longer president, Obama’s first stop is Palm Springs before becoming Ivanka Trump’s neighbour

The White House confirmed Tuesday that the former president and his family will hop aboard the presidential aircraft on Friday after watching new U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It’s not known how long the Obama family will spend at their desert getaway — or what they’ll be doing there. “I want to spend precious time with my girls.”The Obamas started packing up their possessions in the White House — books, furniture, clothes, mementos — weeks ago. With moving trucks for each family firmly positioned outside the White House, the group of workers will split their forces. As for his new full-time job, Obama suggested many of his friends and close aides will be working with him at the Obama Foundation.

January 20, 2017 19:23 UTC

Fed up with combative Gaétan Barrette, medical specialists want new bargaining partner

When it comes to the delicate art of negotiating, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette often resembles a bull in a china shop. Beginning next week, medical specialists will be unable to charge many of the fees that have become important sources of revenue for their practices. But now Quebec's federation of medical specialists, the FMSQ, is pushing back. Diane Francoeur, head of Quebec's federation of medical specialists, wants the government to replace Barrette at the bargaining table. The medical specialists are also hoping to strengthen their bargaining position by hiring former premier Lucien Bouchard to represent them in possible legal actions against the government.

January 20, 2017 19:21 UTC

Threat closes school in La Loche, Sask., nearly 1 year after deadly shooting

A school in La Loche, Sask., where a deadly shooting occurred a year ago was closed Friday after an anonymous threat was received. RCMP said its La Loche detachment received a complaint of a potential shooting threat on Thursday against La Loche Community School. Classes will resume on Tuesday, La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said in a news release. "This was already a difficult time for La Loche, made even more difficult now with this latest threat," he said. As soon as police became aware of Thursday's threat, they began an investigation, the RCMP said.

January 20, 2017 19:09 UTC

Trudeau congratulates Trump, citing close economic and security ties

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is congratulating Donald Trump on becoming the 45th U.S. president — and reminding him of Canada's historically close ties with its southern superpower neighbour. "Canada and the United States have built one of the closest relationships between any two countries in the world. This enduring partnership is essential to our shared prosperity and security," Trudeau said in a statement. Trudeau reminded Trump of the "robust" trade, investment and economic ties that support millions of Canadian and American jobs. Earlier today, Trudeau urged the mayors of Canada's biggest cities to keep close ties with their American counterparts to maintain an open border with the United States.

January 20, 2017 19:09 UTC

Night hunting 'becoming a race war,' says Premier Brian Pallister

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is coming under fire for saying divisions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people over hunting at night are "becoming a race war." Night hunting 'becoming a race war,' says Premier Brian Pallister2:28The premier said in the statement that reports of dangerous hunting practices and night hunting charges have increased. The province has cracked down on illegal night hunting, laying 44 charges in 2016, nearly double the previous year's total. NDP MLA Wab Kinew said the premier's comments about a 'race war' over night hunting are irresponsible and that the premier is pitting neighbour against neighbour. Night hunting rulesNight hunting is illegal in Manitoba for non-Indigenous hunters.

January 20, 2017 19:04 UTC

Trump makes cyberwarfare an official priority for new White House

U.S. President Donald Trump will make cyberwarfare a "priority" in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations, the new administration revealed on Friday. The White House website was updated shortly after President Trump's inauguration — offering little insight into the government's plans, but the clearest official indication yet that the government is actively engaged in digital attacks. Under another section, Making Our Military Strong Again, cyberwarfare is mentioned too. President Trump had previously said in October that cybersecurity would be "an immediate and top priority" if elected. It remains to be seen what specific measures President Trump — who spoke vaguely about his own plans during the election campaign — will enact.

January 20, 2017 19:03 UTC

It’s the year of the quarterback: Arthur

( Charles Krupa / The Associated Press )It’s hard, being a quarterback. In some ways it’s easier than it has ever been, since the phrase “kill the quarterback” has been replaced by “concuss or otherwise hurt the quarterback, maybe break his ribs or something.” It’s easier for receivers to get open. THE PICKS Green Bay (+4.5) at Atlanta Aaron Rodgers is the greatest quarterback I have ever seen, I think. He couldn’t rear back: he flicked it, and like the best Rodgers throws it seemed to travel through space in a different way, like a vector, and it was perfect. Atlanta outscored Oakland and Derek Carr, New Orleans and Drew Brees twice, and Rodgers this season.

January 20, 2017 18:38 UTC

Douglas Garland triple murder trial hears about bloody footprints in Liknes home

An expert in crime scene footwear impressions is testifying on Day 5 of Douglas Garland's triple murder trial about a bloody footprint found at the home where a five-year-old boy and his grandparents were last seen. Garland is on trial on three counts of first-degree murder before Court of Queen's Bench Justice David Gates and a jury of 14. Garland is connected to the Liknes family through his sister Patti, who was in a common-law relationship with Alvin Liknes's son, Allen. Patti Garland, her parents and Allen Liknes have all testified that Garland harboured a grudge against Alvin Liknes after a business relationship soured years earlier. Tampered lock and DNA foundKathy Liknes, her grandson Nathan O'Brien, 5, and Alvin Liknes were last seen on June 29, 2014.

January 20, 2017 18:34 UTC

CBC/Radio-Canada premier media partner of 2017 North American Indigenous Games

CBC/Radio-Canada has been named premier media partner for the upcoming 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), the organization announced Friday. The eight-day, multi-sport and cultural event will be held in Toronto from July 16-23. CBC Arts will produce a variety of digital and radio content reflecting cultural expression during 2017 NAIG . CBC Sports to produce signature 2017 NAIG sport features for a variety of CBC platforms including, Twitter and Facebook . The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), in collaboration with the City of Toronto and government of Ontario, won the bid to host 2017 NAIG.

January 20, 2017 18:30 UTC

Why isn’t Kanye West performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration today?

Well, according to presidential inauguration committee chair Tom Barrack Jr., West simply isn’t “traditionally American.”Not the wisest choice of words. Barrack went on to prompt visions of a man removing several articles of Yeezy footwear from his mouth while burying himself alive by “clarifying,” “We haven’t asked him. He considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue. It’s going to be typically and traditionally American. But if you want to know who Trump’s team does consider traditionally American, look no further than their list of hastily scheduled last-minute performers, including 16-year-old Jackie Evancho, who performed the national anthem on Friday afternoon.

January 20, 2017 18:26 UTC

‘Legends of Canada’: Nam Nguyen hopes to follow legacy left by figure skating greats

Winning national skating championship after national championship, they carved out a place in history with their own artistic elegance, pizzazz and electric leaping ability. He’s a former world junior champion, and a Canadian champ in 2014-15, when Chan took a year off. Elvis sometimes skates at YRSA (York Region Skating Academy) and he’s ripping out those triple toes and double axels — they’re, like, massive, too. “I hope I can affect the younger generation in a positive manner the way Elvis and Kurt did for me. I missed my mom’s cooking a lot when I was in the States, so I’m really glad to be back and eating her food — fried rice with chicken.

January 20, 2017 18:18 UTC

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