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U.S. State Department issues presidential permit for Enbridge line 67

CALGARY — The U.S. State Department has issued a presidential permit allowing Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) to ship more oil on its Line 67 pipeline after a five-year review. Enbridge says it welcomes the news, which will allow it to ramp up the flow on the line — also know as Alberta Clipper — to as much as 890,000 barrels per day from...

CAPP CEO calling on feds to cut energy sector taxes

OTTAWA, O.N. — The head of the group that represents Canada's oil and gas industry is calling on the federal government to cut taxes and ease regulatory burdens to restore the energy sector's competitiveness with the United States and other global producers. Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says Canada is “falling behind” and must act...

Top judge said naming courthouse for Danny Williams was inappropriate

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A top Newfoundland and Labrador judge raised concerns before a new courthouse was named after former premier Danny Williams, saying the move was inappropriate. David Orsborn was acting chief justice of the provincial Supreme Court's trial division when he wrote the letter dated Aug. 12 to then-premier Tom Marshall. It was released this week during proceedings related...

Hydro power storage project to be built near retired Alberta open pit coal mine

CALGARY, A.B. – A hhydropowerstorage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval. Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the recent ruling by the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can now seek financial support for what it says would...

Tories follows Quebec’s lead, promising ban on veils at citizenship ceremonies

OTTAWA — The Harper government is planing to bring in legislation to ban face coverings at citizenship ceremonies. Tim Uppal, the minister of state for multiculturalism, says the government supports Quebec legislation that would require people to have their faces uncovered when giving or receiving government services. The Alberta MP says Canadians expect that people who are taking the oath at citizenship ceremonies...

CN Rail’s Q3 revenue and adjusted earnings up; net profit slips to $958 million

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railways says its net profit slipped one per cent to $958 million in the third quarter, even as revenues rose seven per cent to $3.2 billion. The Montreal-based railway (TSX:CNR) also says its adjusted profit reached $989 million or $1.31 per share during the three months ended Sept. 30. That compares to $1.25 per share of adjusted profit a...

Two police officers wounded, civilian dead in Mississauga incident

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — One person is dead and two Peel Region police officers are in hospital with serious wounds after an incident late Friday night in Mississauga, Ont. just west of Toronto. Police spokesman Const. George Tudos said one officer was shot and the other was stabbed. He described their conditions as serious. Const. Tudos said one "civilian" was found...

Russell Martin homers twice vs old team, Blue Jays hit 5 to back Price in 11-5 rout of Yankees

NEW YORK — Russell Martin homered twice and drove in four runs against his former team, and the Toronto Blue Jays went deep five times to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 Friday night in the opener of their weekend showdown for first place in the AL East.

Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak each hit a two-run shot in a five-run first inning to build a big lead for David Price. Edwin Encarnacion added a titanic drive after the Blue Jays chased rookie starter Luis Severino in the third.

Seeking its first playoff appearance in 22 years, Toronto increased its division lead to 2 1/2 games over New York. The teams play a rare single-admission doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Saturday to make up Thursday night's rainout. The four-game series concludes Sunday.

Mike Fitzpatrick, The Associated Press

Ortiz hits go-ahead single in ninth as Red Sox come back to beat Blue Jays

TORONTO — David Ortiz hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday.

Jackie Bradley Jr., had a home run in the ninth to tie it 4-4 while also adding a double in the sixth for Boston (70-77), which had lost back-to-back games.

Wade Miley started for the Red Sox and was dominant, striking out seven batters and giving up two runs but earning a no decision. Noe Ramírez gave up two runs out of the bullpen, while Jean Machi and Tommy Layne (2-1) also pitched relief.

Robbie Ross Jr. gave up two runs but also earned the save in one inning of work.

Edwin Encarnacion had a home run and an RBI single as Toronto (85-63) had its three-game win streak snapped.

R.A. Dickey struck out three over six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Relievers Mark Lowe and Brett Cecil held the Red Sox scoreless before Roberto Osuna blew his save opportunity in the ninth.

Aaron Sanchez (1-5) and Ryan Tepera also came out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays.

Bradley blasted a pitch from Osuna into the right-field seats, bringing home Brock Holt.

Boston took the lead four batters later when Ortiz stroked a single to left field off Sanchez, cashing in Dustin Pedroia.

The Red Sox made it 6-4 in the next at bat when a wild pitch got past Toronto catcher Russell Martin, allowing Bogaerts to score. Rusney Castillo added another run to Boston's lead, singling to centre field to drive Deven Marreno across the plate.

Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista combined to bring the Blue Jays close in the bottom of the ninth. Donaldson walked with two out, then Bautista hit a home run, cutting the Red Sox's lead to 7-6.

Minor league callup Matt Hague followed that up with a double off the outfield wall, but Justin Smoak grounded out to end the game.

Bogaerts broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth, putting a Dickey knuckleball into the left-field stands for a 1-0 Boston lead.

Encarnacion responded for Toronto in the bottom of that inning, hitting a sharp line drive off the second deck, driving home Donaldson who'd reached base on a walk to leadoff the sixth.

Dickey left the game to a standing ovation in the seventh after Holt hit a ground-rule double over the left-centre field wall.

Holt tied it 2-2 for the Red Sox, crossing home after Bradley Jr.'s double handcuffed Cliff Pennington and bounced into shallow right field before the Blue Jays second baseman could recover.

Encarnacion had his second hit of the game in the bottom of the eighth, putting a single through the gap and into shallow left field to drive in Josh Donaldson for a 3-2 Blue Jays lead. Donaldson and Bautista were both aboard after back-to-back walks.

Chris Colabello loaded the bases in the next at bat, again putting a single through the gap.

Kevin Pillar kept the rally alive after Russell Martin struck out, hitting an RBI single to shallow right field, plating Bautista for a 4-2 Toronto lead.

The Blue Jays' big inning ended when shortstop Ryan Goins hit into a 4-2-3 double play.


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Weigh your patients, say new obesity guidelines for MDs; experts unconvinced

TORONTO — An expert committee has issued new guidelines for family doctors instructing them on how to help address the ballooning problem of adult obesity. But other experts in the field question whether the updated guidance from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care will do much good. The task force draws up its recommendations by assessing and grading the...

TSX falls as energy stocks fail to get lift from highest crude price in nine weeks

TORONTO, O.N. - Canada's main stock market resumed its downward trajectory Wednesday as energy stocks failed to get a lift even though crude oil prices hit nearly a nine-week high. There was a disconnect as the overall market didn't benefit from higher commodity prices because of uncertainty over NAFTA negotiations, said Candice Bangsund, vice-president and portfolio manager for Fiera Capital. ``We're...

Testing shows 4 of Toronto’s measles cases are not linked to Disneyland outbreak

TORONTO — Early evidence suggests Toronto's measles outbreak is not linked to the growing outbreak in the United States that appears to have started at the Disneyland theme parks in California. Toronto Public Health said Monday that viruses from four of the six confirmed cases in the city have been typed, and they do not match the Disneyland outbreak strain. The...

Bear shot dead by police after cornered in backyard in Newmarket, Ont.

NEWMARKET, Ont. — Outrage erupted on social media Monday after police shot a black bear in a suburban backyard just north of Toronto. People took to Twitter and other platforms to decry the bear's death as unnecessary and criticize police for not trying to subdue the animal first. But York Regional Police said they had no choice but to shoot the bear after it was...

Alberta imposes cost saving measures in face of falling energy revenues

EDMONTON — Alberta is imposing some cost-saving measures to help deal with sharply falling resource revenues. Premier Jim Prentice says government hiring will be restricted to critical or frontline positions. There will also be spending restrictions for goods and services and on discretionary items such as travel and training. Prentice has formed a special committee of cabinet ministers to work on the...

Imperial Oil reports fourth-quarter loss, revenue down from year ago

CALGARY — Imperial Oil Ltd. reported a loss in its latest quarter as it was hit by non-cash charges related to its Horn River development and the Mackenzie gas project. The company said Friday it lost $137 million or 16 cents per share in its fourth quarter. The results included a $289-million charge related to Horn River and a $277-million hit associated...

Canada’s economy grows more than expected in October, GDP up 0.3% from September

OTTAWA — Canada's gross domestic product rose by 0.3 per cent in October, which was above expectations. Statistics Canada says the growth was broad-based, affecting several major sectors of the economy — especially oil and gas extraction, mining and manufacturing. That was partly offset by weakness in agriculture and forestry sector and utilities. Economists had estimated the Canadian economy would grow...

Dominic Moore scores late goal, Rangers beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers aren't the same team the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated in the regular season. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals showed that. Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 to play and the Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Saturday to move within three wins of returning to the Stanley Cup finals. The game-winning goal came...

B.C. Indian Chiefs condemn RCMP enforcement of TransCanada injunction

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says they are concerned about the safety and well-being of the Wet’suwet’en as the RCMP set up nearby the Gidimt’en camp to enforce the interim injunction from the BC Supreme Court in December 2018. UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip stated “We strongly condemn the RCMP’s use of intimidation, harassment, and...

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