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Facebook bans Faith Goldy amid crackdown on ‘organized hate’

Facebook has banned former Toronto mayoral candidate and far-right media personality Faith Goldy as part of a move to crack down on white nationalism and organized hate on its platform.

She is among several Canadians that the social media giant is banning, including white nationalist Kevin Goudreau and the Canadian Nationalist Front. The bans also cover content posted to Facebook’s photo-sharing app Instagram.

The move comes weeks after a gunman killed dozens of people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, livestreaming the attacks on Facebook.

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Foreign interference likely in Canada’s October election, federal security agency warns

Canada’s national cybersecurity agency says it is very likely Canadian voters will encounter foreign cyber influence before and during the fall federal election.

In its latest update on cyber threats, Canada’s Communications Security Establishment says political parties, candidates and political staff continue to be “attractive targets.”

Threat activity could include manipulating information online and using cyber tools to influence voters’ opinions and behaviour.

Felicity Huffman, others to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scandal, prosecutors say

American actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other people have agreed to plead guilty to participating in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history, the prosecutors said today.

They are among 50 people, including wealthy parents and college team coaches, accused of engaging in schemes that involved cheating on college entrance exams and paying US$25-million in bribes to secure their children admission at well-known universities.

Separately, Stanford University says it has expelled a student who lied in her application. University officials have not identified the student, but say she is among three students being reviewed as part of the college-admission bribery scandal.

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques becomes fourth Canadian astronaut to complete spacewalk

David Saint-Jacques became just the fourth Canadian astronaut to complete a spacewalk today (for subscribers). He and NASA astronaut Anne McClain accomplishing several tasks in about six-and-a-half hours before returning inside the International Space Station.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Saint-Jacques has been an engineer, astrophysicist and physician, Ivan Semeniuk writes. Now, he can add a new role to his résumé: cable guy.

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Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques is seen on a live monitor from the International Space Station during a video conference. (Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press


Neurosurgeon Shamji pleads guilty: Toronto neurosurgeon Mohammed Shamji was fighting with his wife who wanted a divorce when he choked Elana Fric-Shamji to death, a court heard today as he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder (for subscribers).

Fleetwood Mac Canadian dates delayed: Fleetwood Mac is postponing four Canadian tour dates scheduled for this week and next as singer Stevie Nicks deals with the flu.

Pioneering heart surgeon Wilbert Keon dies: Surgeon and former senator Wilbert Keon, who performed Canada’s first artificial-heart implantation in 1986, has died. He was 83.

Ontario to legalize tailgaiting: Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government will use its budget this Thursday to amend liquor permit rules to allow tailgating (for subscribers).


Energy stocks powered Canada’s main stock index slightly higher today. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite index closed up 11.14 points at 16,407.29. The energy sector climbed 1.5 per cent, as oil prices rose to five-month highs on OPEC cuts.

The action on Wall Street was mixed, as investors braced for what could be the first decline in corporate profits since 2016 as the quarterly reporting of earnings begins in earnest at the end of the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 83.97 points to 26,341.02, the S&P 500 rose 3.03 points to 2,895.77 and the Nasdaq Composite added 15.19 points to end at 7,953.88.

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How Canada got so smart on artificial intelligence

“When the robots take over, lots of strange things are going to happen. Cars will drive themselves. Your smartphone may be able to say if that mole is cancer. ... But possibly the strangest thing of all will be where the robots will be invented. High on the list of likely birthplaces is Toronto.” - Globe editorial

Trying to find answers for the sex recession, we’ve reached a double standard

“Abstaining from sex by choice is much different from being celibate due to a lack of prospects more broadly in life. Instead of gawking with morbid fascination at the sex recession – and in some cases, mocking men for falling short – our next step should be seeking solutions, from which both sexes will ultimately benefit.” - Debra Soh

We’ve forgotten that vaccination isn’t just for kids

As new vaccines come along and show their worth, they get added to childhood immunization schedules. But we don’t do catch-up programs, so entire cohorts miss out on protection. André Picard

Trump’s flip-flops on policy show a leader in directional disarray

“Donald Trump, who in a volatile presidential campaign and through two years of Washington tumult reversed many of the assumptions of American public life, suddenly is reversing course himself with astonishing frequency. And this week he will face fresh pressure to reverse course on an important central-bank appointment.” - David Shribman


If you’re a new home owner, it can be hard enough keeping up with mortgage payments, never mind dealing with unexpected repair expenses. Here are some tips to stay ahead of it so they don’t end up on credit cards and lines of credit.

  • Save up for that rainy day: Keep a portion of your savings earmarked for home-related emergencies liquid and accessible.
  • Don’t bail yourself out with debt: Do not think of a line of credit as emergency savings.
  • You’ve got an asset – work it: Have a basement apartment you can rent out? Or stay with family and friends from time to time and put your home on a short-term hotelling site to bring in some extra cash.


Female executives are still scarce in Corporate Canada. The few who made it are fed up

As a final act after 26 years with KPMG Canada, Beth Wilson fired off an e-mail to her female colleagues, clearing the air on what prompted her to pack up and leave. “I reached for the top rung and failed,” she wrote in a heartfelt exit note in 2017. “Yes, I just used the F-word and I am okay with that.”

The year before, she’d put herself in the running to be the firm’s next chief executive, the first woman to ever do so, but ultimately lost to a man. Because she felt worthy of being a CEO, Ms. Wilson left the firm with nowhere to go. But she wanted women in the ranks below to know that moving on was her choice – and that they should never settle, either.

“I had a lot of boxes ‘checked’ on the competency and experience checklist and I still didn’t make it – that is all the more reason why you should push, and push hard,” she wrote. The wait was worth it. A few months later, Ms. Wilson was named Canada CEO of Dentons, a global giant in corporate law.

The anecdote is one of many powerful stories in a new book, The Collective Wisdom of High-Performing Women, co-written by those who have made it to the highest echelons of Canadian business. Globe subscribers, read Tim Kiladze’s full story here.

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From left: Jane E. Kinney, Janet Kestin and Beth Wilson with Colleen Moorehead, editor of The Collective Wisdom of High-Performing Women. (Photo by Tim Fraser for The Globe and Mail)Tim Fraser/The Globe and Mail

Toronto restaurateur Norman Chin, an original partner at Sai Woo, was known as the ‘Cary Grant of Chinatown’

Norman Chin’s life was the quintessential Canadian success story, Anita Kunz writes of her father-in-law. He studied art in China, but cut short his education at 18 to move to Canada and join his father, who ran a café in Toronto. At that time, it was a difficult move because of Canada’s $500 Chinese head tax.

He continued his studies and learned English at school. He began his restaurant career by busing at his father’s diner, working his way up to become, in 1957, one of the original partners of Sai Woo restaurant in Toronto.

Many celebrities were said to have dined there, including Danny Kaye, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Red Skelton (who sent a bouquet of flowers the next day), Ronnie Hawkins, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Pierre Berton and Sam (the Record Man) Sniderman were both regulars. Norman was nicknamed the “Cary Grant of Chinatown.”

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