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Japan votes: Incumbent PM Abe appears headed to victory

Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press Published Friday, October 20, 2017 9:13PM EDT Last Updated Friday, October 20, 2017 9:27PM EDT TOKYO — Japan’s leader may have made the right call after all, if not for his country than for himself. Media polls indicate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition will handily win a general election Sunday, possibly even retaining its two-thirds majority in the more powerful lower house of parliament. Japanese voters may not love Abe, but they appear to want to stick with what they know, rather than handRead More

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released Thursday in the Lancet medical journal. The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report says,Read More

De Grasse, international track returns with ‘Track & Field in the 6ix’

TORONTO — Andre De Grasse was a promising young sprinter at the 2015 Pan American Games and raced to double gold in the 100 and 200 metres. It was his coming-out party, and a jam-packed crowd at Toronto’s York University stadium was there to celebrate. Two world championship and three Olympic medals later, De Grasse is happy to headline track and field’s return to Toronto this summer. Dubbed “Toronto 2018: Track and Field in the 6ix,” the city will host the NACAC championships, Aug. 10-12 at Varsity Stadium. “When IRead More

Free Bentley? Only with purchase of $3.13 million Edmonton penthouse

A luxury penthouse in the heart of a developing area of downtown Edmonton has hit the market — and you’ll get a $200,000 car for free if you decide to call the $3.13-million condo home. David Sanche with Westrich Pacific Developments, the developers behind the Ultima Tower where the 32nd floor condo resides, is offering up a 2013 Bentley Continental GT to anyone who chooses to buy the biggest penthouse currently on the Edmonton market. The 3,000 square-foot, two-storey condo is custom designed and includes more than 1,300 square feetRead More

Eco-friendly cargo ship Avontuur docks in Montreal

With its eight sails, the Avontuur is unlike any other cargo ship currently plying the world’s waters. Billed as the 21st century’s first eco-friendly cargo ship, the 43.5 metre long schooner is now docked in the Port of Montreal, having just brought over cargo from Europe. Built in Germany in 1920 and refurbished in 2016 to include solar panels and wind turbines, the ship hopes to create a “greener” and “oil free trade path” between Europe and North America. Following its first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, the Avontuur arrivedRead More

Accused Lindhout kidnapper admitted receiving $10,000 of ransom: RCMP officer

The Canadian Press Published Friday, October 13, 2017 2:07PM EDT Last Updated Friday, October 13, 2017 3:14PM EDT OTTAWA — An undercover Mountie says Ali Omar Ader admitted receiving $10,000 in ransom money for his role in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia. The RCMP officer, who cannot be legally identified, is telling an Ontario court today about how he posed as a businessman to gain Ader’s confidence and promise him a book-publishing contract. Lindhout was a freelance journalist from Red Deer, Alta., when she and Australian photographer NigelRead More

Former NFL star says parents should be warned of football’s risks

WASHINGTON — Parents should be informed before they sign up their kids to play football that the sport can cause long-term neurological damage, even to players who don’t have obvious concussion symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson told a congressional panel on Friday. Carson, other former players and brain-injury researchers spoke at a forum organized by House Democrats who are exploring what, if anything, Congress can do to make the nation’s most popular spectator sport safer. The former linebacker, who made nine Pro Bowls and won a Super BowlRead More

New poll puts Bill Smith in the mayor’s chair in Calgary

A new poll, released just three days ahead of Election Day in the city, indicates that Calgary will be seeing a new face at city hall when the dust settles on Monday. The survey, conducted by Mainstreet and Postmedia, says that Bill Smith is ahead of the incumbent mayor Naheed Nenshi by 13 points. The pollster says that this has been one of the most vicious and negative campaigns it has ever seen and it’s likely going to be those strategies that end up deciding which way voters will goRead More

Train derails near Laval, Que.

LAVAL, Que. – Four empty cars from a derailed freight train plunged into a river Thursday night in Laval, Que. The derailment happened at about 9 p.m. near the entrance to the Sophie-Masson bridge, which connects Laval and Terrebonne. The Terrebonne fire department said there were no injuries in the derailment and that the freight cars which usually carry cement were empty at the time of the accident. Division fire chief Eric Harnois said the 107-car train belongs to the Quebec-Gatineau Railway company. He said both the company and theRead More

Haqqani network’s release of hostages raises concerns over possible quid pro quo – World

Thomas Daigle The release of a Canadian-American family held hostage by the Haqqani network has cast a spotlight on the lesser-known terror group. It also has raised questions about what the network might have received in return. The kidnapping of Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife, Caitlin Coleman, fits into the group’s pattern of violence on Western targets. Kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, the family was kept alive and ultimately freed Wednesday in neighbouring Pakistan. Their release comes as Pakistan feels increased pressure from the U.S. to annihilate militant groups such asRead More