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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Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie Dead at Age 53

Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie Dead at Age 53

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

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Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

TORONTO — Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.

Downie died Tuesday night “with his beloved children and family close by,” the band said in a statement on its website Wednesday morning.

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Dressler’s Return Gives Injury-Depleted Blue Bombers a Timely Boost

Dressler’s Return Gives Injury-Depleted Blue Bombers a Timely Boost

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Weston Dressler (7) celebrates with fans after the team scored against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of CFL football action in Winnipeg, Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Blue Bombers should get a boost against the Argonauts with the return of veteran receiver Weston Dressler, who is set to return from injury. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – The return of Weston Dressler gave the Blue Bombers a much-needed boost Tuesday.

The veteran receiver said he’s ready to play against the Argonauts in Toronto Saturday, news that comes on the heels of Winnipeg losing leading-receiver Darvin Adams and star linebacker Maurice Leggett to injuries last weekend.

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Jack Johnson Helps Blue Jackets Keep Rolling with 5-2 Win Over Jets

Jack Johnson Helps Blue Jackets Keep Rolling with 5-2 Win Over Jets

By Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Nic Petan (19) can’t score on Columbus Blue Jackets’ goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) as Jets’ Marko Dano (56) battles with Blue Jackets’ Zach Werenski (8) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, October 17, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Their coach said the Columbus Blue Jackets kept it simple, checked well and were rewarded with their fourth straight win of the young NHL season.

“You could tell we had really good energy when the game started,” John Tortorella said after the Blue Jackets downed the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Tuesday night. “I thought it was the best checking we’ve done all year long and I think that helped us create offence.

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