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Canada, Western allies rebuke Russia over alleged global hacking campaign

Canada and Western allies strongly denounced Russia today for a campaign of computer hacking they say was aimed at undermining democracies and which targeted institutions from sports anti-doping bodies to the UN’s chemical weapons watchdog, Steven Chase writes.

The United States said that it had indicted seven Russian intelligence officers for conspiring to commit cyberespionage and steal data. In some of the strongest language aimed at Moscow since the Cold War, Britain said Russia had become a “pariah state.”

The Canadian government joined in the condemnation. The Russian embassy in Canada rejected the criticism from Western countries, saying the accusations were lies designed to distract the populations of NATO countries.

Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard retires from politics after election defeat

Premier Philippe Couillard announced today that he is retiring from politics, three days after he led the Quebec Liberal Party to its lowest share of the popular vote since Confederation, Les Perreaux writes. The Coalition Avenir Québec under François Legault swept vast areas of the province outside Montreal and will be the first new party to win government since the Parti Québécois victory in 1976.

Mr. Couillard spent much of his departure speech urging Quebeckers and the new government to take care of the province’s minorities and immigrants. Mr. Legault’s party has proposed a series of measures to protect Quebec’s identity and the French language, including cutting immigration quotas, imposing values and language tests on migrants, and introducing a dress code to ban religious expression among some public servants.

U.S. not invited to Canada’s save-the-WTO summit of 'like-minded’ countries

Canada has not included the United States in talks this month aimed at saving the international trading system because it doesn’t share the views of invited countries, new Canadian trade minister Jim Carr says. He says the group ultimately wants to persuade Washington of the continued usefulness of the World Trade Organization, but for now the best way forward is without the U.S. in the room.

Canada is inviting Australia, Brazil, Chile, the European Union, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland to two days of talks on the WTO starting Oct. 24 in Ottawa.

Republican hopes grow for Kavanaugh confirmation as Democrats decry FBI report as ‘whitewash’

Confidence grew among President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans today that Brett Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, after positive comments from two senators – Jeff Flake and Susan Collins- about an FBI report on accusations of sexual misconduct by the judge.

The report was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses. But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirmation.

Cannabis growers behind on shipments, provinces warn

Canada’s largest cannabis growers are behind on their first orders for recreational marijuana, a development that will leave consumers with less choice on Oct. 17, provincial distributors and retailers are warning.

British Columbia says its four largest suppliers won’t meet shipping deadlines and are coming up short on their initial supply commitments. Nova Scotia says there will be less inventory and variety than planned in its 12 stores. Quebec is also bracing for the possibility of lower supply for its dozen initial retail locations and online shop.

This dearth of cannabis has left provincial distributors scrambling to source more product and risks derailing the launch of Canada’s new legal program. (Mark Rendell and Christina Pellegrini, for subscribers)

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Reaction to the rape allegations against soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was left off Portugal’s national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches following rape allegations in the United States. Nike and EA Sports, sponsors of the soccer great, have expressed deep concerns about the allegations while his Italian club, Juventus, has publicly backed him up.

The player has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says he assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. He has denied the accusation.

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A two-day unloading of U.S. Treasuries pushed their yields to multiyear peaks today as robust economic data and hawkish speeches by Federal Reserve officials stoked concerns about inflation, and stock markets sank globally.

Canada’s main stock index fell amid broad-based declines led by financial and energy companies. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 65.38 points at 16,006.67.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 200.91 points to 26,627.48, the S&P 500 lost 23.90 points to close at 2,901.61, and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 145.58 points to 7,879.51.

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Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden announced today he hopes to run as a Liberal candidate for the long-time Conservative riding of Milton, Ont. – a clear sign the Liberals are ramping up efforts before the 2019 election with star-studded names. The 36-year-old has four Olympic medals to his name, as well as two world championships, and served as Canada’s flag-bearer at the Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing.


Politicians can’t interfere with where and how Tori Stafford’s killer serves her time

“The separation of powers between legislators and judicial and administrative decision-makers is vital to safeguard the rule of law. To stay the hand of vengeance is not easy. That’s why we have an independent justice and corrections system that’s insulated from political pressures.” – Benjamin Perrin, law professor at the University of British Columbia

Legault gets ahead of himself on the notwithstanding clause

“On Wednesday, the CAQ MNA who served as the party’s justice critic in opposition moved to clean up the damage Mr. Legault created on Tuesday. Simon Jolin-Barrette insisted that the new government intends to ensure that any future legislation on religious accommodation would stand up in the courts. He added that invoking the notwithstanding clause, while an option, would never be the CAQ’s first course of action.” – Konrad Yakabuski

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Solon Angel lives in Ottawa now, but his journey to get there was hardly average. In Episode 4 of The Globe’s I’ll Go First podcast, the founder of MindBridge Ai opens up about his tumultuous childhood, his personal connection to fraud and his thoughts on Canada’s tech industry.


Hosting a Thanksgiving feast this weekend and wondering what to make for your vegetarian guests? The good news is that you can serve them something special – not just mounds of veggie sides – without resorting to a manufactured turkey substitute. Lucy Waverman suggests stuffed portabello mushrooms with a red-wine sauce, aioli or watercress pesto. Other options include butternut squash and leek bread pudding, a spinach-feta tart or vegetable lasagna.


Brampton comes alive: A big, bold vision for remaking the suburbs

At the corner of Main Street and Steeles Avenue are a Food Basics supermarket, a mall fronted by a Canadian Tire and a lot of parking lots. Nine lanes of traffic growl past in each direction as the evening rush begins. From here, Brampton doesn’t look like a city of the future, Alex Bozikovic writes.

Yet, this suburban city of 600,000, northwest of Toronto, envisions a different picture here a generation from now. Instead of this mall there would be a cluster of towers, one of three high-density centres served by rapid transit and linked by bike trails. This is part of Brampton 2040, a vision for a city that has grown without much vision over the past 40 years.

So far it’s aspirational, but it’s bold – precisely the sort of policy needed to remake the places where most Canadians live: car-oriented suburbs, whose rapid growth has produced material comfort for many, along with a host of problems from traffic congestion to public-health issues to quality of life.

From Palm Beach to Congo: How the Barrick-Randgold deal came together

The biggest gold-mining takeover in seven years got its start with an arranged meeting. A mutual friend introduced John Thornton, Barrick Gold’s executive chairman, to Randgold Resources’s founder and CEO, and in late 2015 they sat down together.

At that first meeting, Mr. Thornton and Mr. Bristow chatted broadly about the mining industry and found they had a lot in common. They agreed on the advantages of a small headquarters, the importance of a partnership culture, a focus on quality assets and an emphasis on the long term. Mr. Bristow told Mr. Thornton he had in fact modelled Randgold on Barrick’s early years under founder Peter Munk, when it was significantly leaner without layers of middle management.

The two executives would meet again over the next few years. In the spring of 2017, things started going south again for Barrick. Meanwhile, in 2018, Randgold for the first time in its history was facing its own mini crisis. Suddenly the rationale for Barrick and Randgold to get together made sense from both sides. (Niall McGee and Rachelle Younglai, for subscribers)

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