Multiple Organism• 2.5 stars out of 5• Stage 36, L’UnitheatreThis self-described surrealist comedy is definitely surreal, bizarre and unusual, but it isn’t exactly a comic laugh-riot. Originality they have in spades — this might be the first Fringe show where the audience sees a woman both simulating a three-way with shadow toothbrushes and later pooping them out. There’s also a great image of a mosquito being squished that will make everyone tormented by these bugs cheer. Although the talking stomach claims to find one in its beard (don’t ask), the point they’re trying to make with these vignettes is a bit opaque. At one point someone may have summed everything up by saying “I just want to be myself.”But the performers, obviously no fools, probably better reflected what was on more than one audience-member’s mind when they ask: “What’s the message here?”Gordon Kent
August 19, 2017 00:00 UTC
I never did realize much in the way of the promised tax savings: as soon as corporate me paid personal me, the difference in tax seemed to disappear. Society does not benefit from paying people to take on risks they would not otherwise assume, whether the payment takes the form of a subsidy or a special tax rate. These amount to attempts to discourage people from doing what the current tax system so plainly encourages them to do. Investment income earned inside a corporation would be subject to complex new calculations of tax owing. That gap has only widened in recent years, as governments have increased personal taxes and lowered corporate and small business rates.
August 18, 2017 23:48 UTC
“Perk up, pianist”• 3.5 stars out of 5• Stage 10, Acacia HallToronto’s Sarah Hagen is a classical concert pianist who wound up taking her act into the comedy realm. First she plays piano, then she shows us her bust! Perk Up Pianist offers a neat balancing act. My only surprise was that she kept the piano parts at a fairly ambient level and never really resorted to high drama or thundering chords. But then, high drama wouldn’t fit with the life of a concert pianist as Hagen tells it and I would have been disappointed if she lowered herself to such manipulative methods.
August 18, 2017 23:48 UTC
Authorities in West Kelowna are investigating two fires in Glen Canyon Regional Park that started in steep terrain on consecutive days this week. The West Kelowna Fire Department responded to the first fire early Wednesday evening. On Thursday afternoon, crews responded to a second fire in the area after someone reported seeing a column of grey smoke. The RCMP and the fire department are investigating the cause of each fire, said Brolund, who added both fires are being considered suspicious in nature. Brolund said it's too early in the investigation to say if the fires were deliberately set or notAnyone with information is asked to call the RCMP.
August 18, 2017 23:37 UTC
It’s All In The Kilt, and Other Scottish Tales• 3.5 stars out of 5• Stage 10, Acacia HallEvery show is different when Calum Lykan shows up, in a kilt of course, to tell you stories and answer your questions about his native Scotland. His brain holds a vast archive of everything Scottish and the jovial gentleman encourages his audience to suggest subjects or bring up anything they’ve ever been curious about. Our show started with an inquiry on how that tradition of not wearing anything under the kilt got started (he managed to keep it clean for youngsters). Over the hour Lykan addressed queries on obscure Scottish islands, ancient legends, famous battles between the Scots and the Norse, and the curious history behind the invention of Scotch whisky (it had something to do with the secret recipe for hallucinogenic ale, believe it or not). The hour seemed all too short.
August 18, 2017 23:37 UTC
California has rapidly deployed renewable energy and now produces 40 per cent of the nation’s solar power. For about three hours Monday, there will be diminished solar power available. Solar energy now makes up only about 1 per cent of the U.S. power supply, but it’s far higher in some areas. The Solar Energy Industry Association says California solar panels produce enough energy to power 258 homes on average. The last total solar eclipse in the United States was in 1979, before solar power was connected to the country’s power grid.
August 18, 2017 23:26 UTC
At least one person was killed and several injured in the home where police believe the deadly plan for the attack took shape. Eighteen hours later, a rented van veered into Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade, swerving along the walkway Thursday and killing 13 people. A woman sits next to tributes on Las Ramblas near the scene yesterday's terrorist attack in Barcelona. (Carl Court/Getty Images)Authorities were still dealing with the Barcelona van attack when police in Cambrils, 130 kilometres to the south, fatally shot the five attackers who had plowed into tourists and locals with their car near the town's boardwalk. Barcelona's Las Ramblas is one of the most popular areas in a city that swarms with foreign tourists in August.
August 18, 2017 23:17 UTC
As far as measuring sticks go, there are few better in Major League Soccer than Bastian Schweinsteiger. And few in MLS know better than Sebastian Giovinco what Schweinsteiger can do. I think it’s important for the league and also for (those) who play against him,” Giovinco said this week. He might be past his prime in his first season in MLS, but he can still produce magic. But Chicago’s revolution this year, climbing from the bottom of the conference last year, has involved far more than just one star.
August 18, 2017 23:03 UTC
Dozens of four-wheelers, race cars and mud trucks took part in the procession Thursday down Highway 2 to St. Bernard's Catholic Church where a funeral was being held for Christopher (Kipper) McCulloch. Christopher (Kipper) McCulloch died suddenly of a heart attack in his Enfield home on Aug. 11. Christopher (Kipper) McCulloch is pictured with his son. These skid marks were left after drivers did burnouts during a funeral procession for Christopher (Kipper) McCulloch on Highway 2 in Enfield on Thursday. RCMP say their investigation is ongoing and they are trying to identify other drivers allegedly involved in the burnouts.
August 18, 2017 22:59 UTC
Relying completely on the kindness and generosity of a town of complete strangers caused a profound transformation in Kevin Tuerff, and now he’s trying to transform the world around him. “I can’t pay (the people of Gander) back, so I can pay it forward,” said Tuerff on Friday at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, touting his new book and new outlook, which both flowed from his time spent in the Newfoundland community in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11. Tuerff, the inspiration for the character Kevin T in the hit musical Come from Away, was in Toronto for a reading, a talk and to sign his book Channel of Peace, a memoir about his experience when his plane from Paris to New York was diverted to Gander after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Gander’s 9,000 residents took in about 6,500 passengers whose flights ended up in their town. Tuerff, a Texas native then in charge of an environmental marketing firm, was deeply touched — “there are good people everywhere, but there’s just a special place in my heart for the people of Newfoundland.”The process of writing the memoir was “cathartic,” said Tuerff.
August 18, 2017 22:41 UTC
Share Secret Siblings version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"? Despite extensive inquiries, nothing could be learned about Jean’s mother or father. “She said, ‘What would you say if I told you that you had a sister?’ ” Faye said. Evelyn opposed Faye’s suggestion they look for the child saying: “No, it’s too late for that!” Repeatedly, Evelyn made Faye promise she’d keep the family secret. In early October of 2008, Mark connected with Faye and her husband Mert and learned he had other siblings.
August 18, 2017 22:41 UTC
HAMILTON — A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails will forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States in what his lawyer has called an effort to speed up the legal process. Karim Baratov signed documents agreeing to waive the hearing before a Hamilton judge on Friday, after weighing the decision for months. An extradition hearing for Baratov had been scheduled for early September, though his lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, suggested in June that his client may opt out if talks with American officials proved fruitful. He has been held without bail since his arrest because an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that he was too much of a flight risk to be released prior to an extradition hearing. Baratov is accused of hacking 80 Yahoo accounts and faces 20 years in prison in the U.S. if convicted.
August 18, 2017 22:21 UTC
The camp was set up to cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States. ( Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS )We’ve all grown up with the story of living alongside the world’s longest undefended border. I get to jog past American border patrols, bicycle up to checkpoints (passport in hand), and hike alongside unguarded border markings. The death rate among migrants crossing the Mediterranean has nearly doubled, with more than 1,500 lives lost so far this year. And a reminder that the fantasy of open borders — the cornerstone of which is compliance — is usually a story without a happy ending.
August 18, 2017 21:56 UTC
“We’re playing good baseball. We were hoping like hell we were going to play them last year (in the World Series). For our sake we have to play good. We can’t afford any more bad stretches, but they’re playing good.”It seemed fitting that a turning point early in Friday’s contest came when Jays starter J.A. Only Happ had been watching Smoak and had not headed over to cover first.
August 18, 2017 21:56 UTC
By Mia Rabson and Salmaan FarooquiA Canadian killed in a terrorist attack on a popular street in Barcelona was described by his family as a man who enjoyed lively debate and travelling. Vancouver police issued a statement from the officer’s family saying Wilson was killed when a van plowed into crowds of tourists on Thursday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that in addition to the Canadian who was killed, four other Canadians were injured in the terrorist attack. “Sophie and I offer our condolences to the families and friends in mourning, and hope for a speedy recovery for the injured Canadians. In total 13 people were killed in Barcelona and another in a separate attack in the resort town of Cambrils south of Barcelona.
August 18, 2017 21:49 UTC