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Monday 20th of April 2015 06:23:57

Canadian News

On your mark: balanced budget to set 2015 federal election campaign running

Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver tries on his new budget shoes with the assistance of Bruce Dinan, president of Town Shoes, during a photo op in Toronto on Monday, April 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank GunnThe symbolism of Finance Minister Joe Oliver donning a pair of Tory blue sneakers Monday for the traditional new-budget-shoes photo opportunity shouldn't be lost on anyone. A federal election date may yet be six months away, but Tuesday's promised delivery of the Harper government's first balanced spending blueprint in eight years means the Conservatives are already off and running. The long march continued last Halloween at a campaign-style event in Vaughan, Ont., where Prime Minister Stephen Harper rolled out a five-year, $27-billion package of improvements to family benefits and targeted tax cuts — a sort of rolling campaign barrage timed to light up the fireworks in July when families receive their first retroactive benefit cheques. "In my riding of Oak Ridges-Markham, (constituents) get up every morning, they get to work and what they want their government to do is put more money back in their pockets to invest in their priorities," said Paul Calandra, Harper's parliamentary secretary, who holds one of the coveted 905 area code ridings around Toronto.


Prosecutors: Captain and crew member of capsized boat that killed hundreds off Libya arrested

Italian Coast Guard officers disembark the body of a dead migrant off the ship Bruno Gregoretti, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Monday, April 20 2015. A smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action. So far rescuers saved 28 people a recovered 24 bodies. (AP Photo/Lino Azzopardi)Prosecutors said Tuesday that they arrested the captain and a crew member of the boat in which as many as 900 people are feared to have drowned in the unremitting waves of migrants seeking to escape from war-torn Libya. Decrying what he called an "escalation in these death voyages," Italian Premier Matteo Renzi urged Europe to put the focus on preventing more boats from leaving Libya, the source of 90 per cent of migrant traffic to Italy. The European Union foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, said this weekend's appalling human toll — which, if verified, would be the deadliest migrant tragedy ever — had "finally" fully awakened the European Union to the evils of human trafficking.


Investigation into Sherwood Park homicide continues

Investigation into Sherwood Park homicide continuesRCMP spent Monday searching more than one property in connection with the homicide of Paula Stiles, a mother of three found dead inside her Sherwood Park home last week. Monday's search in Strathcona County follows a search with 20 RCMP officers at an another property in the area on the weekend. Neighbours on the cul-de-sac where Stiles lived said Stiles and her husband separated last year and have three young daughters aged 6 to 13. Gibson Glavin Glavin said Haeberle is one of a number of people police are trying to eliminate as possible suspects.


Calgary Flames not taking series lead over Canucks for granted

After Sunday's 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks in front of a home crowd, the Calgary Flames are seeking a repeat performance as they get set for Game 4 of their opening series in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. A win tomorrow night is critical since the series moves back to Vancouver on Thursday for Game 5, and Vancouver hasn't dropped any back-to-back games at home since January. "We have tons of respect for the Canucks, but all year we've prepared ourselves according to our game plan," said head coach Bob Hartley.

Bail granted for four members of British navy accused of Halifax sex assault

One of four members of the British navy, in Nova Scotia for a hockey tournament with local military personnel, arrives at provincial court in Dartmouth, N.S. on Monday, April 20, 2015. The men face charges of sexual assault following an alleged incident at a Canadian Forces base in Halifax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew VaughanFour members of the British navy are set to appear in a Nova Scotia court today on charges of sexual assault following an alleged incident at a Canadian Forces base in Halifax.


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Weight Loss

There Are 6 Types Of Obesity — And Each Should Be Treated Differently

Family of dogsTurns out, all obesity was not created equal.


4 Things You Should Know About the Paleo Diet

PaleoThe Paleo diet has been promoted as the optimal diet, offering the eater a plethora of benefits including weight loss, disease prevention, and improved health. It is designed to mimic what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate and includes grass-fed meats, nuts, seeds, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and some oils. Foods to avoid on the diet include all grains, cereals, dairy, beans, and potatoes, as well as processed foods, sugar, salt, and refined oils.


Physicians want Dr. Mehmet Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty, say he lacks integrity

FILE - In this June 17, 2014, file photo, Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice chairman and professor of surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ten top physicians want Columbia University to remove the celebrity doctor from his medical faculty position. They cite what they call the heart surgeon's "egregious lack of integrity" as host of a television program where he promotes weight loss products. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)"Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show. Led by Dr. Henry Miller of California's Stanford University, the doctors sent the letter to Lee Goldman, dean of Columbia's Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine.


Buklkax V and All Seasons Detox Kit recalled for lead, arsenic

A herbal laxative and detox kit are under recall for unacceptably high levels of lead or arsenic.

Man run over by Suge Knight says he punched ex-rap mogul before he, friend were hit by truck

FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Marion "Suge" Knight, center, arrives in court for a hearing about evidence in his murder case, in Los Angeles. Knight is due back in court Monday, April 13 for a hearing in which prosecutors will detail some of their evidence in a murder case against the former rap music mogul. A judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to support murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges against the Death Row Records co-founder. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool Photo via AP, File)Cle "Bone" Sloan testified Monday about the day he and friend Terry Carter were hit by a pickup truck driven by Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records. "I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison," said Sloan, an adviser on the upcoming film "Straight Outta Compton," adding that he was only on the stand because he was subpoenaed.


Lifestyle

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to charges of threatening to kill, drugs possession

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, right, arrives at a court in Tauranga, New Zealand Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Rudd pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call, and he is seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd.


CBC nixes plan to use both 'q' and 'Q' for show brand, sticks with all lowercase

Rapper Shad is shown in an interview with The Canadian Press in Toronto on Thursday October 17, 2013. So is it "q" or "Q"?Last week, CBC announced the new Shad-hosted version of its arts and culture radio program "Q" was getting a little makeover. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank GunnGhomeshi was fired in October amid sexual assault charges. Shad made no mention of Ghomeshi as he steered his inaugural "q" broadcast in front of a live audience at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio. The Vancouver rapper, otherwise known as Shadrach Kabango, presided over a two-hour program long on performances and relatively short on talk. Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Toronto songwriter Bahamas and Grammy-winning Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales all contributed performances, while further support was offered in cameo form from the likes of Elvira Kurt, Damian Abraham and Peter Mansbridge.


First-time Ontario filmmaker to debut 'Sleeping Giant' at Cannes Film Festival

Nate (Nick Serino), at the wheel, Riley (Reece Moffett) in the passenger seat, and Adam (Jackson Martin) in the back are shown in a scene from the film "Sleeping Giant." Ontario-bred Andrew Cividino says he never dreamt he'd debut his first feature at the Cannes Film Festival.But the rookie writer/director now finds himself preparing for a trip to France's prestigious showcase where he will unspool his Lake Superior-set drama "Sleeping Giant." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Aaron YegerOntario-bred Andrew Cividino says he never dreamt he'd debut his first feature at the Cannes Film Festival. "I'm stoked, it's just starting to set in," Cividino said Monday, stealing a moment from last-minute tweaks to his teen drama. Cividino says he hopes to help bring attention to "a great scene of emerging filmmakers" coming out of Canada, considering himself to be part of a vanguard of artists harnessing digital technologies and limited budgets to tell stories in new ways. "One way to do that is definitely using more improvisation," says Cividino, whose film relies heavily on improvised dialogue from his teenage actors.


Meryl Streep funds initiative to help women screenwriters: TRFN

Meryl Streep arrives for "An Evening of SeriousFun Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Newman" event in New YorkBy Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. actress Meryl Streep is among the funders of a new initiative to support women screenwriters in a film industry dominated by men. The Writers Lab, run by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and announced at the Tribeca Film Festival, will provide mentorship to eight women screenwriters over the age of 40 at a location in upstate New York in September. Screenwriters Kirsten Smith (Legally Blond, Ten Things I Hate About You) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights) are among the mentors.


Anthony Doerr, Stephen Adly Guirgis among Pulitzer winners in arts

This book cover image released by Scribner shows "All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday, April 20, 2015 for fiction. (Scribner via AP)Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See," an emotional and intimate World War II novel that has been one of the top-selling literary works of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker, was working on an article for the magazine in a small town in Bavaria when she got the news.


Sports

High security, cold weather greet Boston Marathon runners

The Latest: Wheelchair champ gives wreath to Richards familySecurity was high near the start line in Hopkinton, along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course and around the finish line in Boston, in recognition of the bombing of the 2013 race, which killed three people and injured 264 in the one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. The race goes on during a pause in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen who was convicted earlier this month of the bombing. Sentiment is mixed in Boston over federal prosecutors' plan to seek a death sentence for Tsarnaev, with a rising number of victims saying they would prefer to a see a deal in which he was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, which could eliminate four more weeks of emotionally grueling testimony. "We believe that the best way to move forward and achieve our goals is a life sentence in prison without the opportunity for parole." The field includes Meb Keflezighi of San Diego, who in 2014 became the first U.S. male to win the race in three decades, with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds, as well as top Kenya and Ethiopian contenders including Patrick Makau, Abel Kirui and Wilson Chebet.


Tebow in line for surprise return at Philadelphia

NCAA Football: National Championship-Ohio State vs Oregon(Reuters) - Tim Tebow is set to make a surprise return to the NFL after the quarterback agreed on a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the league reported on Sunday. Terms of the contract have yet to be revealed but the 27-year-old Tebow is expected to join a large group of quarterbacks vying for spots on the Philadelphia roster. Tebow has been employed as a television analyst since his last NFL game in 2012 but worked out with the Eagles last month and appears to have made a good impression.


Serena says not ready for claycourt season yet

(Reuters) - Twice French Open champion Serena Williams said her struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup on Sunday had been a real "eye-opener" as the claycourt season gets into full swing. World number one Williams eventually prevailed 4-6 7-6(3) 6-3 against the dogged Italian to take her career record over her to 8-0 but the American was not impressed. The U.S. were beaten 3-2 as Williams and Alison Riske were thrashed 6-0 6-3 in the doubles rubber by Errani and Flavia Pennetta, meaning they were relegated to World Group II. "Today has been a big eye opener," Williams said afterwards.

Winnipeg could be example to Las Vegas on how to market NHL hockey

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking to media prior to game three NHL playoffs between the Winnipeg Jets' and Anaheim Ducks in Winnipeg, Monday, April 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor HaganWhat True North has done since getting the Jets from Atlanta could be an example for Las Vegas if the ownership group led by Bill Foley is awarded an expansion franchise. "I think in terms of introducing a team to a market, whether it's an introduction or a re-introduction, I don't know how anybody could have done it better than the Winnipeg Jets did here," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday night at MTS Centre. Naturally there are differences between Winnipeg, a city with a tradition of NHL hockey getting a team back in relocation and Las Vegas potentially getting one through expansion.


Jets fans embrace return of NHL playoffs to Winnipeg after 19 year absence

Winnipeg Jets' fans, from left, Yves Lapointe, Guy Chateau, Russ Lapointe, and Marc Chateau cheering for their team prior to game three NHL playoff hockey against the Anaheim Ducks action in Winnipeg, Monday, April 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor HaganThe first NHL playoff game in Winnipeg in 19 years was all many city residents could talk about Monday. Corporate offices relaxed dress codes to allow for Jets jerseys, people on the street wore all-white clothing in honour of the team's Whiteout playoff gear. Friends, family, everyone," said Scott Furman outside MTS Centre before the game. It's nerve-racking, " laughed Lindsey Anderson.


Celebrity

Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity to enter marijuana business with 'Willie's Reserve'

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, comedian and marijuana icon Tommy Chong, second from right, talks to visitors as he stands near a life-sized cardboard cut-out of himself, while promoting his line of marijuana products, including his "Chongwater" hemp drink, a custom joint roller, and his "Smoke Swipe" wipes that can remove the odor of pot smoke from clothing, during CannaCon, a marijuana business trade show in Seattle. On Monday, April 20, 2015, singer Willie Nelson joined the list of Chong and other celebrities promoting pot-related products, saying he plans to roll out his own brand of marijuana called ``Willie’s Reserve.’’ (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20. The move makes the 81-year-old "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace. "Willie's Reserve" will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal.


Willow Shields' 'DWTS' Blog

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas during 'Dancing with the Stars' rehearsals -- ABCI will never forget "Ferdinand the Bull," "Where the Wild Things Are," and Laura Ingalls Wilder's adventures on the prairie. So after one of my dances on "Dancing with the Stars," when Bruno expressed that I was beginning to "Express through your body as you would with your words," I was fascinated. From those early years reading with my family, to finally being able to do it on my own, first with little chapter books and then eventually my Harry Potter years (which, let's face it, have never ended), stories have been huge for me.


George Lucas tells Stephen Colbert he should be replacing Jon Stewart, not David Letterman

George Lucas, left, and Stephen Colbert attend the Tribeca Talks: Director Series during the Tribeca Film Festival at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)Stephen Colbert came to the Tribeca Film Festival to interview filmmaker George Lucas, but the "Star Wars" creator had a question of his own. "The perfect choice to replace that Jon Stewart fellow would have been you," Lucas told Colbert. Colbert, who replaces David Letterman in September as host of "The Late Show" on CBS, tried to explain. Moreover, he said, "I don't want to be the guy to take over from Jon Stewart.


Is Kim Kardashian a geek? 'Star Talk' host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to know

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose new talk show “Star Talk” debuts on the National Geographic Channel on Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-NG Studios/Brian StansfieldKim Kardashian may not seem like a natural fit for "Star Talk," the new talk show hosted by celebrity astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the National Geographic Channel. "If I have the opportunity to get Kim Kardashian on 'Star Talk' ... what will I talk about? "Does she use a hair straightener? You have to give them some other reason to participate in a science conversation, and one way to do that is to comb the elements of pop culture," says Tyson.


Physicians want Dr. Mehmet Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty, say he lacks integrity

FILE - In this June 17, 2014, file photo, Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice chairman and professor of surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ten top physicians want Columbia University to remove the celebrity doctor from his medical faculty position. They cite what they call the heart surgeon's "egregious lack of integrity" as host of a television program where he promotes weight loss products. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)"Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. Oz was not reachable Thursday night at his Columbia office number, which played a recorded message explaining how callers could get tickets to his TV show. Led by Dr. Henry Miller of California's Stanford University, the doctors sent the letter to Lee Goldman, dean of Columbia's Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine.









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