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Forget ‘cultural appropriation’ — it’s about censorship

It seems to me the debate about so-called “cultural appropriation” is really about censorship. Cultural appropriation — which can be positive or negative — is inevitable. Without it, Shakespeare doesn’t write The Merchant of Venice, Joseph Conrad doesn’t write Heart of Darkness, John Howard Griffin doesn’t write Black Like Me and Gord Downie doesn’t write The Secret Path. The fact …

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Is it Wise to Take Kids Along on a Gambling-Centric Trip in Canada?

Maybe a friend told you Canadian casinos are among the most fun she’d ever visited or perhaps you’ve just been thinking about becoming more familiar with the gambling opportunities available in Canada after doing some basic online research and really liking what you found. Gambling trips are fun but might seem too complex to manage if you have kids who …

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Jays Hurting, But not for Long

TORONTO – Having three starting pitchers on the disabled list is only one part of the challenge facing the Blue Jays rotation. The other is getting by with veteran everyday catcher Russell Martin residing in the same injury ward. Enter call- up Luke Maile, who is doing a solid job behind the plate in Martin’s absence. “He’s good back there. It’s nice …

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WestJet Pilots Vote to form Union

CALGARY—The Air Line Pilots Association, International says more than 1,400 WestJet pilots have voted 62 per cent in favour of forming the first union at Canada’s second-largest airline. The ALPA says that once the results are certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board, it will be the exclusive bargaining agent for WestJet pilots. WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky said in …

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Amazon Leans into Tipping Point for Online Apparel

SEATTLE—If future anthropologists want to study the rubble of early-21st-century retail, a good place to start will be what Amazon.com did to apparel shopping in the few years before and after 2017. The outlook for physical retailers is grim, the sector roiled by store closings, layoffs and bankruptcies. This year, Amazon will surpass Macy’s, which last year announced it would …

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R&R: Rest and Ryan Getzlaf Benefit Ducks in 4-3 Overtime Win

When Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was asked by a Kelowna newspaper scribe Tuesday if getting out of hockey-mad Edmonton for a few days would be worth it, he shrugged his shoulders. “We think it’ll benefit us but we’ll be judged by our performance in Game 4, won’t we?” he said. “Tied 2-2 or down 3-1. By tomorrow night about …

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John Summers: Ottawa Lawyer Perpetuates Abuse Against Sick Elderly Woman

Is it really true that the world is coming to an end? This is the million dollar question that many people have been asking for a very long time now and conspiracy theorists will straight away answer in the affirmative. A look at the situation involving an elderly woman, Dezrin Carby-Samuels and her son, Raymond being subjected to all forms …

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UPS Profit Slips in U.S Package Division

ATLANTA—United Parcel Service Inc. continued to struggle to get the most out of residential deliveries, as efficiency dropped in the key U.S. market. First-quarter operating profit slipped 2.4 per cent in the U.S. package division even as revenue rose 5 per cent from a year earlier, Atlanta-based UPS said in a statement Thursday. That signalled continued challenges in the company’s …

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Canadian Olympian Shawn Barber Announces he’s Gay

Via Facebook, world champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber has announced he is gay. “Gay and proud,” the Canadian Olympian wrote Monday morning in a post that was confirmed as legitimate by his agent, Paul Doyle. “Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My …

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Some Negative Reviews for the Stro Show

ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Marcus Stroman has lost some love in the Los Angeles Angels dugout and he’s getting more hate from Sportsnet analyst Gregg Zaun. But one thing you can expect from the fiery Blue Jays pitcher is an emotional show every day he’s on the mound. Stroman took some heat after his brilliant complete-game victory over the Angels on Sunday, most …

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