Tragically Hip Fans Bask in Celebration and Sadness at Gord Downie Memorials

Tragically Hip Fans Bask in Celebration and Sadness at Gord Downie Memorials

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

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Theresa Eagles from Nova Scotia does a smudging for Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip in downtown Kingston, Ont., Wednesday Oct., 18, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg)

KINGSTON, Ont. – What began as a subdued memorial for Gord Downie organized by city officials in his Kingston, Ont. hometown erupted into an improvised candlelight vigil on Wednesday night with residents taking over the proceedings.

Tearing a page from the Tragically Hip frontman’s own taste for the unexpected and impromptu, fans paid tribute to the performer with sing-alongs, breakout dance parties and, in one case, broadcasting classic Hip concerts from a flatscreen TV in the back of a van.

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‘It’s Over for Us:’ Retrial in Candace Derksen’s Death Ends in Acquittal

‘It’s Over for Us:’ Retrial in Candace Derksen’s Death Ends in Acquittal

By The Canadian Press

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Wilma and Cliff Derksen leave the Winnipeg courthouse Wednesday, Oct.18, 2017 after Mark Edward Grant was found not guilty of killing the Derksen’s daughter, Candace, in 1984. The Derksens say after 33 years of uncertainty and legal hearings, they hope the Crown does not appeal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – The killing of a Winnipeg teenager 33 years ago that gripped the Manitoba capital is once again an open legal question.

Mark Edward Grant, a man with a long criminal history originally convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Candace Derksen, was found not guilty Wednesday in a new trial that followed an appeal.

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Amazon Would Save $1.5B a Year If New HQ Located in Greater Toronto Area: Clark

Amazon Would Save $1.5B a Year If New HQ Located in Greater Toronto Area: Clark

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

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In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, file photo, the Amazon logo is displayed at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

TORONTO – Setting up its second headquarters in the Greater Toronto Area would save Amazon $1.5 billion a year, the man heading up Ontario’s bid for the project said Wednesday, as the deadline loomed for cities in North America to make their pitch.

Ed Clark, a business adviser to Premier Kathleen Wynne, said the region offers highly trained talent at a savings when compared to most U.S. jurisdictions — a software programmer in Ontario costs 34 to 38 per cent less than in Boston or New York — and corporate taxes in the province are lower than south of the border.

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Former NHL Agent Charged After Allegedly Defrauding Players of $12M

Former NHL Agent Charged After Allegedly Defrauding Players of $12M

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This April 30, 2014 file photo shows Minnesota Wild left winger Dany Heatley during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, in Denver. Winnipeg police have charged an ex-NHL agent with fraud alleging he bilked former Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips and Heatley out of $12 million. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jack Dempsey)

An ex-NHL agent has been charged by Winnipeg police after alleging defrauding former Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips and Dany Heatley out of $12 million.

Police say Stacey McAlpine, 54, used funds provided by the victims to invest on their behalf. Instead, police say McAlpine used the cash for personal business and provided both players with fraudulent account statements for their bogus investments.

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Refugee Students Get Hands-On Construction Training

Refugee Students Get Hands-On Construction Training

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WINNIPEG — Nineteen newcomer refugee students from Red River College picked up tools on Wednesday to help Habitat for Humanity put the finishing touches on a new home for a Winnipeg family.

The students are part of RRC’s Language Training Centre’s Pathway Program to Construction Skills. The students come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan.

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