Canada's housing market is likely to be a drag on economic growth over the next couple of years, thanks to too much supply and high levels of household debt making further buying a risky affair, a Reuters poll found. The housing market has been one of the brightest spots in the Canadian economy in recent years. Strong housing helped Canada weather the worst of the global financial crisis as the U.S. housing market south of the border collapsed.
Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria released more than a dozen Lebanese soldiers and police it has held for more than a year on Tuesday as part of a Qatar-brokered deal in which Lebanon freed at least 11 prisoners, including a former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The release caps Lebanon's lengthy ordeal over the fate of its soldiers while also providing the al-Qaida branch, known as the Nusra Front, with new leverage as a group that can be negotiated with. "My happiness is beyond description," said a Lebanese policeman, one of the 16 released on Tuesday, shortly after he was brought to the point where the exchange took place in the eastern town of Arsal, near the Syrian border.
The courtroom was full to overflowing for Oland's testimony at his murder trial, now in its 12th week, and defence lawyer Gary Miller asked his client moments into his testimony whether he killed Richard Oland. Police identified Dennis Oland as a suspect during an interview with him the day after the murder. A grainy, black and white surveillance video was played for the jury that showed someone getting into a light coloured car on Canterbury Street near Richard Oland's office, then opening and closing the hatchback before getting into the vehicle and driving away between 6:12 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on July 6, 2011.
Thor star Chris Hemsworth is taking time out from making blockbuster films to star in a new campaign for Swiss watch company TAG Heuer. The brand believes that the Australian actor is the perfect embodiment of their campaign slogan #DontCrackUnderPressure. Chris Hemsworth is the new face of TAG Heuer watches.
Unlike a crusty old gym coach fixated on a sure-fire way to lose weight, a Saskatoon-based physical trainer is unconvinced that one single way is the best approach for people to lose weight. Amid a growing number of people in the health and fitness industry who say that brisk walking, not lifting heavy iron, is the best way to lose weight, Harvest Stack spoke with Saskatchewan Weekend host Eric Anderson. Stack is based at Saskatoon's Freedom Fitness.
Health Canada says it will take "appropriate action" after U.S. authorities this week announced a major crackdown on potentially dangerous dietary supplements. This week, a fifth estate investigation revealed that Health Canada's oversight over the natural health products industry has slowly eroded. The FDA along with the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies has announced civil and criminal charges against more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements.
Nevada has created health guidelines for cryotherapy after a Las Vegas spa worker was found dead in a tank that subjects users to subzero temperatures, a treatment that experts say has been growing in popularity but is largely unregulated and whose benefits are not proven. Dr. Tracey Green, the state's chief medical officer, said Friday that the guidelines from the state health department recommend that the machines not be used by minors under 18, those under 5 feet tall and anyone with certain health conditions, such as a history of stroke, high blood pressure, seizures and infections, as well as people who are pregnant or have pacemakers or claustrophobia. Users should only have one session per day for no more than three minutes and have their blood pressure taken before and after.
Michael Caine sits down for lunch at the St. Regis Hotel in midtown New York clutching a copy of the day's Daily News given to him by the hotel doorman, who's earmarked a photo of Caine and his "Youth" co-star Jane Fonda. Caine, 82, is known just about everywhere. Some know him as the star of British classics like "Aflie," ''The Italian Job" and "Get Carter." Others know him as Batman's butler (and a regular of just about every Christopher Nolan movie).
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld on Tuesday announced a series of stand-up shows in New York next year, saying he will perform once a month at a theater in his Manhattan neighborhood. The Emmy-winning co-creator of "Seinfeld," the beloved 1990s comedy series "about nothing," will take on a residency at the city's Beacon Theatre, performing once a month from January through June 2016. The shows, called "Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand," follow the example set by singer Billy Joel, who in 2014 began a series of monthly sellout performances at New York's Madison Square Garden.
The force of "Star Wars" has drawn together two of the biggest pop culture sensations of the year. The Mos Eisley Cantina scene of "Star Wars" is beloved for its jazzy alien lounge act, an instrumental penned by composer John Williams. Abrams said he met Miranda after a Broadway performance of "Hamilton," and Miranda jokingly offered to write a Cantina scene.
(The Sports Xchange) - Baltimore Ravens safety Will Hill gave up the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter Monday night, but he atoned for that error in a big way. Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards on the final play of regulation, lifting his team to a 33-27 win over the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens (4-7), playing with backup quarterback Matt Schaub plus backup running backs Javorius Allen and Terrance West, avenged a 33-30 loss to the Browns on Oct. 11 in Baltimore.
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius will find out if he will return to jail when the Supreme Court of Appeal announces on Thursday if it will scale up the track star's conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp from manslaughter to murder. The Paralympic gold medallist was released on parole in October after serving a fifth of his five-year prison term for the "culpable homicide" of Steenkamp, whom he killed by firing four shots through a locked toilet door on Valentine's Day 2013. Prosecutors said Pistorius, 29, should be convicted of murder and sent back to jail because he knew the person behind the door could be killed when he fired.
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Former world middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor entered guilty pleas in an Arkansas state court on Tuesday to felony charges stemming from three incidents, and is set to face sentencing in April, court officials said. Taylor, 37, had earlier indicated he would contest the charges that include shooting and wounding a cousin in 2014 near the boxer’s suburban Little Rock home. In January, he was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a pistol to threaten a family during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock, and in July was charged with battery for assaulting a man at a Little Rock substance abuse treatment center. In exchange for Taylor’s guilty plea, the state dropped a child endangerment enhancement count in the January incident and reduced in severity the charge arising from the July episode. Taylor has offered repeated apologies for his erratic behavior in recent years. He has vowed to resume his career in the ring, and was granted permission on Tuesday by state court judge, Leon Johnson, to leave the state for training. Following a court-order examination, a state psychiatrist testified in February that Taylor needed psychiatric care and should be monitored for substance abuse in lieu of incarceration.
Going into the finale of his team's five-game road trip, Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan knew a victory would be a huge confidence boost. Instead, the Oilers were shut out by the Toronto Maple Leafs to fall to 1-3-1 on the trip. "We're not where we need to be," McLellan said after the 3-0 loss to the Leafs.
Mitch Marner knows what's expected of him and his teammates on Canada's world junior team. Marner and Dylan Strome were two of the biggest names on Hockey Canada's 30-man selection camp roster announced on Tuesday. The two NHL draft picks will be counted on to lead Canada's forwards to back-to-back world junior championships.
A half century after completing a magazine piece that had frustrated and disappointed him, Gay Talese was honoured at the 21 Club for his landmark Esquire story on Frank Sinatra. Tom Wolfe, Robert Caro and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg were among those seated at the banquet table Monday night as toasts were offered to Talese, whose "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" has been reissued by Taschen as an illustrated coffee table book. Talese's stylish, 15,000-word epic was published in Esquire's April 1966 issue and is widely regarded as a model for the expansive and self-consciously literary "New Journalism" of the '60s and '70s and as one of the greatest and most revealing celebrity profiles, even though Talese never spoke to Sinatra.
Comic legend Steve Martin's passionate evangelism of Lawren Harris seems to have boosted interest in the Canadian painter, the president of Heffel Fine Art Auction House said a day after a blockbuster sale. David Heffel wouldn't say where the buyers were from, but noted that bids throughout the night came from around the globe. "Steve Martin generates a lot of attention in the media, for sure," Heffel said of the comic's possible influence on pushing Heffel bids into the stratosphere.
Newlyweds Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello might have cashed in by selling their wedding photos to a celebrity magazine, but instead they posted the pictures online, and the benefits could be priceless. Vergara shared 55 photos from her wedding weekend on Instagram, from the romantic, flower-filled setting to her first dance with her new husband. There are shots of her co-workers — "Modern Family" stars Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson — and a snap of the couple cutting their cake.
Music icon Neil Young has declared that "Canada is back" now that a Liberal government has taken charge in Ottawa. The singer-songwriter was in Vancouver on Monday to debut his high-resolution audio player and online store, under the PonoMusic brand, in Canada. Young said he's received many emails and phone calls from Canadian friends revelling in the new government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.