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Nov 13, 2013

Toronto mayor admits he bought crack; council urges him to step aside

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto’s embattled mayor, Rob Ford, professed a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and gangs on Wednesday, but he also admitted he had bought crack cocaine in the past two years.

Speaking after Toronto City Council almost unanimously urged Ford to take a break from his duties, Ford said he could not change the past and would continue his efforts as mayor to save Toronto money.

Nov 7, 2013

Manulife, Sun Life shares hit multi-year highs on results

TORONTO (Reuters) – Shares of Manulife Financial (MFC.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Sun Life Financial, two of Canada’s largest life insurers, jumped to multi-year highs on Thursday after the companies posted better-than-expected results on the back of stronger mutual fund sales and favorable market conditions.

Manulife stock jumped 3 percent and touched a 3-1/2 year high after the insurer reported a third-quarter core profit of 36 Canadian cents a share, which topped analysts’ estimates by a penny a share.

Nov 6, 2013

Toronto Mayor Ford admits he smoked crack; will not resign

TORONTO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted
on Tuesday he has smoked crack cocaine, probably “in one of my
drunken stupors,” but insisted he’s not an addict and said he
would stay in office and run for reelection next year.

Speaking just days after Toronto’s police chief confirmed
that police have recovered a copy of a video that two media
organizations have said shows the mayor smoking the drug, Ford
said he had smoked crack about a year ago.

Nov 5, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits he smoked crack cocaine

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted on Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine, probably “in one of my drunken stupors,” but insisted he’s not an addict.

Speaking just days after Toronto’s police chief confirmed that police have recovered a copy of a video that two media organizations have said shows the mayor smoking the drug, Ford told reporters he had smoked crack, perhaps about a year ago.

Nov 1, 2013

Toronto mayor’s lawyer tells police to release alleged crack video

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s lawyer said on Friday his client was not smoking crack cocaine in a video that has been seen only by a few but has dominated Canadian headlines for months, and he urged the city’s police to release the video to the public.

His comments come a day after Toronto police said they had recovered a copy of a video that is “consistent” with one reportedly seen by journalists at the Toronto Star newspaper and by media blog Gawker earlier this year.

Oct 31, 2013

Police have video of Toronto mayor, won’t detail contents

TORONTO, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Police said Thursday they have
obtained a video “consistent” with media accounts that it shows
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, but they would not
confirm the contents of the video.

Ford, who has denied he smokes crack, said he could not
comment on the matter because the video is evidence in a
separate case before the courts. But he said he would not quit
his job.

Oct 10, 2013

Canada’s Munro wins Nobel literature prize for her short stories

STOCKHOLM/TORONTO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Canadian Alice Munro
won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for her tales of
the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada
that made her what the award-giving committee called the “master
of the contemporary short story.”

“Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov,” the Swedish
Academy said in announcing the award on its website, comparing
Munro to the 19th-century Russian short story writer.

Oct 10, 2013

Canada’s Munro, “master of the short story”, wins Nobel literature prize

STOCKHOLM/TORONTO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Canadian Alice Munro
won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for her tales of
the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada
that made her what the award-giving committee called the “master
of the contemporary short story”.

“Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov,” the Swedish
Academy said, comparing her to the 19th-century Russian short
story writer in a statement on its website.

Oct 10, 2013

Alice Munro seen as master of the short story

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian writer Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, is an admitted short-story addict who has garnered international praise for her tales of the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada.

She became the second Canadian-born writer to win the prize, although she is the first winner with a distinctly Canadian identity. Saul Bellow, who won the award in 1976, was born in Quebec, but raised in Chicago and is widely considered an American writer.

Oct 9, 2013

Canadian business magnate Paul Desmarais Sr. dies at 86

TORONTO, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Paul Desmarais Sr., the
controlling shareholder of conglomerate Power Corp of Canada
and one of Canada’s richest and most well-connected
businessmen, has died at the age of 86.

Desmarais, a self-made billionaire who took control of
Montreal-based Power Corp in 1968 and served as its chairman and
chief executive officer from 1968 to 1996, died late on Tuesday,
the company said. It did not disclose the cause of death.