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Raptors go down with their best in one-point loss to Celtics

BOSTON — No one will argue DeMar DeRozan taking an open look at the top of the free throw line for the win. Not even DeRozan fading away to make that shot. He’s practised it countless times, made it countless more and this time it didn’t go in as the Raptors came up on the short end of a 95-94 …

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Canadiens notebook: Carey Price skates; Jonathan Drouin skips practice

There was good news on the Carey Price front Wednesday as the goaltender skated for the first time since he suffered a minor lower-body injury in last Thursday’s 6-3 loss in Minnesota. Price was on the ice in full equipment at 9 a.m. and skated for about 30 minutes. He was accompanied by defenceman David Schlemko, who is on the …

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Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec playing key roles in Habs’ revival

Brendan Gallagher wasn’t surprised to see Tomas Plekanec racing down the ice to negate an icing call in the first period of the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night. And he was only a bit amazed when Plekanec threaded a pass through two defenders to find Gallagher alone in front of the net. “People don’t realize …

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Charlie Lindgren’s success poses a dilemma for Canadiens

When a goaltender shuts out the opposition, it’s rarely seen as a problem. But minor-leaguer Charlie Lindgren’s performance in Chicago Sunday night could pose a dilemma for the Canadiens’ brass. In a perfect world, the 23-year-old Lindgren would spend the entire season with the Laval Rocket, filling in occasionally at the NHL level when the team runs into injury problems. …

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Murray Koffler, Shoppers Drug Mart founder, dies at 93

Murray Bernard Koffler, the founder of Shoppers Drug Mart and a noted philanthropist, has died at 93. Koffler, born in 1924, took over his father’s two Toronto pharmacies when he was just 17 years old, following his father’s death. He died on Sunday, Nov. 5, at his home in Toronto. He is survived by Marvelle, his wife of 67 years, …

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While politicians play politics with Sears pensioners, the Supreme Court appears to be on their side

On Monday in Ottawa, a private member’s bill is expected to be tabled by NDP Hamilton Mountain MP Scott Duvall that will attempt to give corporate employees rock-solid protection for their pension benefits in the event their employer goes bankrupt. The bill, developed in the context of Sears Canada’s collapse with a $270-million pension fund shortfall, is good policy that …

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Despite their celebrity, video-game voice actors have to fight for rights

LOS ANGELES—She woke up with a tickle in her throat. This was worrying for Ashly Burch, who, at 27, is a rising star in the small world of voice actors, best known for her work in video games. She knew actors who had blown out their voices in the studio. She’d come close herself. So leaving her house that morning …

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Michael Kors turns to personalized style tips and store revamps to win back customers

NEW YORK—Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.’s turnaround plan hinges on making its customers feel like they’re being personally dressed by its namesake designer — even if they aren’t. The company is revamping stores and training sales associates to deliver personalized style ideas that are handed down from Kors. Example: how to match a black-sequined-and-cheetah-print dress to a pair of calf leather …

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Competition Bureau’s bread price-fixing probe leaves experts surprised

Experts reacted with surprise on Wednesday to news that the Competition Bureau is investigating possible price-fixing of bread products by suppliers and retailers in Canada’s grocery industry. “I think it’s unlikely that it’s a widespread or very senior scheme,” said Mark Satov, strategy adviser and founder, Satov Consultants Inc. Satov was reacting to the news that Competition Bureau investigators, accompanied …

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Tesla driving away customer confidence with unfulfilled promises

A year ago, Tesla set up a hastily organized conference call between Elon Musk and reporters. Tesla had something big to announce — big enough for the chief executive to open the floor to questions. That doesn’t happen very often. What followed wasn’t so much the unveiling of a new product as a plan for a product. Tesla’s driver-assistance platform, Autopilot, was about to begin …

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