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Canada Morning Update: Tiger Woods is back; Alberta’s election a day away; Game of Thrones’ final season kicks off

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Tiger Woods is a Masters champion once again

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It took him 11 years, but Tiger Woods finally won another major golfing tournament. And he did it at 43 years old, on the biggest stage of all, by a single shot. It’s his fifth green jacket from Augusta National, and his first since 2005.

Cathal Kelly says the fall and rise of Woods may be the most unlikely career arc in sports history: “For as long as he can keep his body co-operative, Woods is back. Given the current thirst for stars, he may be bigger than ever. And it’s possible this version of Woods is the perfect sporting hero for the age. Brilliant, compromised, fragile, a little bitter. A man who has been to the other side, and has come back determined never to return there.”

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Alberta’s election: Where things stand one day out

A new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail shows Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives hold an eight-point lead over Rachel Notley’s NDP among voters who had made a decision or were leaning toward a particular party. The Nanos Research numbers put the UCP at 44 per cent, the NDP at 36 per cent and the Alberta Party at 12 per cent. Sixteen per cent of those surveyed were undecided.

The big issue in this election is the economy, which had been on a postrecession upswing in Alberta until another oil crash late last year. While employment has improved for women in the key 25-54 age demographic, it’s a different story entirely for men. (for subscribers)

Other key topics on the agenda in the campaign have been pipelines, health care and education. Go here for a detailed look at how the UCP and NDP platforms differ, and a reality check on their promises.

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B.C., meanwhile, is preparing for a continued standstill in provincial relations regardless of who wins the Alberta vote. Both Kenney and Notley are pushing pro-pipeline platforms in direct opposition to the stand of the BC NDP.

Kenney is vowing to move ahead with a “turn-off-the-taps” bill, which could send already high B.C. gas prices soaring. And John Horgan’s government wants to enact its own turn-off-the-taps bill that would limit any increase of Alberta’s heavy oil into his province. (for subscribers)

Doug Ford is still raising money through his leadership campaign, despite it being debt-free

Ford, Premier of Ontario, has raised more than half a million dollars through his leadership campaign since May of 2018, when a financial statement shows the bid had no debt. More than $200,000 of that amount has poured in the first three months of this year alone. (for subscribers)

A Globe analysis reveals that 69 per cent of donors are doubling up on contributions, giving money to Ford’s campaign and the PC Party of Ontario. The funds handed to Ford’s campaign are being transferred to the party.

While the practice is permitted, experts say it goes against the spirit of rules on campaign contributions, which are designed to allow former leadership candidates to continue raising funds for 14 months in order to pay off debts.

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A suspect has been charged with 14 counts of arson after allegedly setting fire to 13 cars in Edmonton on Friday night. “I was instantly afraid the car would explode,” said Jessica Venne, who made a split-second decision to speed up her car in order to extinguish the flames. She had watched as the suspect, 22-year-old Malice Sutton, allegedly used a jerry can to douse the hood of her car and flicked his lighter.

One man is dead and another is in custody after a shooting at a church in the B.C. Interior. A man entered the Church of Christ in Salmon Arm just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning and shot two churchgoers, police said. Police confirmed a connection between the 25-year-old suspect and one of the victims.

Jane Philpott says she’s considering running as an NDP, Green or independent candidate in the fall federal election. The former Treasury Board president, who was ousted from the Liberal caucus over her criticism of the SNC-Lavalin affair, ruled out joining the Conservative Party.

Sudanese protesters continue to demand further reforms, saying the new compromises announced by the now-governing military council don’t go far enough. The military, which ousted long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir, is promising to name a civilian prime minister and cabinet. But it wants to maintain hold over the presidential post despite calls to “immediately and unconditionally” transfer power to full civilian rule.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to bounce back against the Boston Bruins, but they’ll likely have to do it without forward Nazem Kadri. That’s because he’s bound to be suspended for a second consecutive year in the playoffs, this time for a cross-check to the head of the Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk. The series is tied 1-1, with Game 3 in Toronto at 7 p.m. ET. (for subscribers)

The Calgary Flames are in Colorado tonight with their series against the Avalanche tied at one game apiece (10 p.m. ET). The game could feature the NHL debut of Calgary’s Cale Makar, who made the jump straight from the NCAA Frozen Four to signing with the Avs.

After losing the opening two games at home, both by just one goal, the Winnipeg Jets narrowed the series gap with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues yesterday. (for subscribers)


Markets mixed

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Global stocks were mixed early Monday after the U.S. and China said they were closing in on a trade deal, without giving a timeline for when negotiations would wrap up. Tokyo’s Nikkei gained 1.4 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and the Shanghai Composite each lost 0.3 per cent. In Europe, London’s FTSE 100, Germany’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 were up by between 0.1 and 0.3 per cent by about 6:45 a.m. ET. New York futures were up. The Canadian dollar was at about 75 US cents.


Bloody but predictable Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere proves that, like all men, all expectations must die

Barry Hertz: “[It’s a shame] that much of Sunday night’s GoT season premiere felt, if not predictable, then like a lot of par-for-the-course place-setting. The episode opened with a grand bit of promise, as we watched Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s vast army march into Winterfell – complete with two dragons to impress the locals – but mostly the cultural event that has inspired a breathless run of media coverage felt like a yawning exercise in ticking off the exposition boxes.” (for subscribers)

On immigration, the Trudeau Liberals are going off-brand – and hitting the mark

Globe editorial: “Canada needs immigrants. Canada needs secure borders. These may sound like contradictory claims; they are not. They go hand-in-hand. Over the past couple of weeks, the Trudeau Liberals have abruptly woken up to this reality. ... But though it’s out of sync with the Trudeau government’s previous rhetoric, it’s in line with how Canadian governments of all stripes have dealt with immigration over the past few decades.”

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Instead of vilifying anti-vaxxers, we’ll be better off finding ways of reaching them

Julie Bettinger and Devon Greyson: “Ridiculing and ostracizing non-vaccinating parents is tempting to do: It’s easy to roll our eyes at those who opt their children out of life-saving vaccination, and those who believe in erroneous theories about vaccine harms. But this is counterproductive. Instead, Canadian vaccine advocates should swallow their righteous pride and do the work it takes to build confidence.” Julie Bettinger is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. Devon Greyson is an assistant professor University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


(David Parkins/The Globe and Mail)

David Parkins/The Globe and Mail


With a looming aging crisis, who is helping the caregivers?

Seniors are projected to make up a quarter of the population by 2036. With health advances allowing those with chronic illnesses to live longer, respite care remaining costly and inconsistent and more patients preferring aging at home, the burden placed on family caregivers will only grow in this country. In this long read, Zosia Bielski reports on how a patchwork of hospital programs, government supports and online communities shows a way forward.


Tommy Douglas’s election rally, 1965

For more than 100 years, photographers and photo librarians working for The Globe and Mail have preserved an extraordinary collection of 20th-century news photography. Every Monday, The Globe features one of these images. In April, we’re looking at the country from above.

(Boris Spremo/The Globe and Mail)

Boris Spremo/The Globe and Mail

Four days before Canada’s Nov. 8, 1965, general election, NDP Leader Tommy Douglas rallied the troops in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. As shown in this image, shot by The Globe’s Boris Spremo in the Gardens catwalk, 150 feet off the floor, Douglas got a good-sized crowd as he hammered home his “Fed up? Speak up! Vote for the New Democrats!” slogan. The NDP took 17.9 per cent of the popular vote, and 21 seats (a gain of four seats from 1963) in the election, which was won by the Liberals’ Lester Pearson. Douglas remained the NDP leader until 1971. The Gardens remained the home of the Maple Leafs hockey team until 1999. It has since been repurposed as Ryerson University’s hockey rink, basketball arena and fitness centre. On the ground floor, there is a Loblaws; Douglas is standing in what is now a frozen-foods section. – Philip King

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