Feb 22, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Hello Cabuyano! 

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DiManno: Ford is a loser; and I'm jealous

I hate Rob Ford. Not because he orchestrated the whack job on TTC general manager Gary Webster but because Project Ford Lite, his personal Stop the Gravy vow, is one commitment that hasn’t screeched to a no-can-do halt.

Highway 407 workers go on strike

Call centre and customer service workers at 407 ETR, the company that owns the toll-operated Highway 407, went on strike Wednesday morning.

Mentally ill win right to challenge their lawyer’s performance

Appeals court rules in favour of man who felt poorly represented at a hearing to decide his right to refuse anti-psychotic drugs.

Sunday Times reporter, French photographer killed in Syria

A French photojournalist and an American working for a British newspaper were killed Wednesday by Syrian government shelling of the opposition stronghold of Homs, France's government said.

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Consultants are ruling the future

All three levels of government are outsourcing their fiscal problems and our choices.


Sears Canada sales, profits plunge during holiday season

Sales at one of Canada’s largest department store chains continued to slide over the key holiday sales period while profits shrank.

Cross-border shoppers buoy Buffalo's economy

Canadian shoppers in Buffalo helped buoy Erie County while in Canada, retail sales suffered in December. 


PlayBook 2.0 upgrade gives RIM back its swagger

PlayBook upgrade fills in what was missing when Blackberry-maker RIM first released its tablet to compete fast with Apple’s iPad. It’s not a game-changer, but it at least gets RIM back in the game.

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Feschuk: Maple Leafs badly in need of an upgrade

As the trade deadline nears and the losses pile up, the shopping list in Leafland only seems to get longer.

Toronto Maple Leafs fall to New Jersey Devils in overtime

After Phil Kessel’s late goal forced extra period, Leafs hit the post before Devils beat Jonas Gustavsson.


Video: Clarke MacArthur scores as Phil, Sport Chek’s ‘Employee of the Month’

It’s a video that might have Sport Chek employees fearing for their jobs.

Tampa Bay Lightning trade Steve Downie to Colorado Avalanche in three-way deal

Red Wings add Kyle Quincey, Bolts get first-round pick after losing captain Vincent Lecavalier with broken right hand.

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Downton Abbey goes back to beginning

Season 1 of hit PBS drama Downton Abbey begins airing again on VisionTV.

Oscars 2012: George Clooney, Octavia Spencer dish on red carpet underwear

Anyone who knows their Oscars knows that nominees’ fashion plans are strictly top secret until the big day. They seem to be more revealing about their designer undergarments, though.


Justin Bieber’s back with second book: ‘Just Getting Started’

The book is described as "the second official photographic book" from the multiplatinum-selling superstar.

Brit Awards: Adele wins 2 awards, flashes her middle finger at ‘suits’

Despite her happiness, Adele made an obscene gesture after her acceptance speech for her second award was cut short due to time constraints but she insisted she did not want to offend her fans.

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Needle phobia in childhood linked to future health-care fears

For young children who fear getting a needle, researchers have developed a scale — a series of increasingly frightened faces — that helps youngsters report their feelings.

Ralph Rucci money woes may sink America’s most brilliant designer

Ralph Rucci cancelled his New York Fashion Week show. Now reports say he’s considering bankruptcy. Jeanne Beker is devastated, but not surprised.


Organ donation registrations jump after Ellen DeGeneres joins Ottawa woman’s crusade

The same day Helene Campbell appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week, more than 700 Ontarians registered to be a donor.

Lone Twin documentary explores the pain a twin feels after the other dies

Belgian filmmaker Anna Van der Wee set out to answer the question “Am I still a twin?” after her brother was killed in an accident.

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A perfect weekend in Miami

The shopping and beach mecca of Miami, Florida is often at the top of Canadians' travel lists.

Europe on a $23.71 a day . . . or maybe $118.78

Backpacker study finds Sofia, Bulgaria the cheapest city in Europe, while Oslo, Norway is the most expensive. Be prepared!


Travel Deals: Newfoundland, Bahamas, Hawaii, Ontario and more

Newfoundland and Labrador have done a great job promoting their destination these past few years with an eye-catching ad campaign. If you’re ready to book, Globus has a deal: 12-day tours discounted by $200 per person, as long as you reserve by April 17. Trip highlights include Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its spectacular scenery, the Strait of Belle Isle (also known as ‘Iceberg Alley’), L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site and the only known Viking settlement in North America, the historic community of Trinity, Cape Spear and St. John’s with a cruise of Witless Bay to see the humpback whales. With the discount, prices start at $2,379 per person and include accommodation, touring, attraction tickets, daily breakfasts and most dinners, including a lobster dinner and a farewell dinner complete with one of Newfoundland’s famous ‘Screech-In’ ceremonies on the last night. Tours run June through September. See www.globusjourneys.ca.

Rivers and Dust â€" The two sides of Africa

Finding wild animals on a safari to Africa is a special experience. But it's really all about the water.

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