In China’s ‘underground Great Wall,’ tunnels go dry and Uyghurs fear for their Civilization

Tahir Tomur steps from his car and looks in astonishment at the side of a dusty road, where a hole the size of a massive sewer grate was piled full of dirt and refuse. “Oh my God, they have covered it,” he says. “This is a karez!” A couple of dozen metres away, he finds another similar hole stuffed with…

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From biscuits to condos? Plans up in the atmosphere for 27-acre Christie’s website near Humber River

A couple of decades ago, the background to the Christie’s bakery tower as seen in the Gardiner Expressway was the water of Lake Ontario. Now, looming large behind the bakery’s iconic water tower is a phalanx of condominium buildings. And shortly, those condos could be moving a littlenbsp;nearer. The bakery was shuttered in 2013 and with it, 550 jobs were…

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Sexual-orientation and gender-identity battle grips B.C. schools?

When Brad Dirks delivered his eldest child to Grade 9 in Langley, B.C., two decades back, he was scared that Cole could be misunderstood and excluded: “It was always about only having our son attend college, where he was accepted for who he is, so he would have a normal school year, the like everyonenbsp;else.” Cole is transgender. And after…

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Los Angeles police investigating 2013 sexual assault allegation against Harvey Weinstein

Los Angeles Police Department said on Thursday that it is investigating a 2013 sexual assault allegation against film producer Harvey Weinstein. The LAPD robbery and homicide division interviewed a possible sexual assault victim, spokesman Kevin Maiberger told Reuters. No additional information was given on who made the allegations or where the alleged incident happened. “Mr. Weinstein clearly can’t talk to…

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The Cheesecake Factory to open Nov. 21 in Toronto’s Yorkdale mall

Cheesecake lovers near Toronto should save their appetites for November 21 when The Cheesecake Factory will open the doors during its first Canadian location. The U.S. chain, which serves dozens of different types of cheesecake, declared earlier this year that it would bring its restaurant into Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre this fall. Its place will span 10,400 square feet (or…

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Former senator and Pierre Trudeau confidant Michael Pitfield dies at 80

Michael Pitfield, a former Senator and Chairman of the Privy Council, has died at the age of 80. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared the departure late Thursday, saying Pitfield was a “family friend who had been particularly dear” to his dad and his loved ones. Pitfield, who joined the public service in 1959, was a close confidant of former prime…

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Trailers could temporarily house residents displaced by California wildfires

Residents of Northern California’s wine country left homeless by the nation’s deadliest-ever wildfires may be temporarily housed in national authorities trailers, officials said on Wednesday, as the death toll from the blazes climbed to 42. Since erupting on Oct. 8 and 9, the blazes have blackened more than 245,000 acres, (86,200 hectares) and destroyed an estimated 4,600 houses together with…

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Just for Laughs president Gilbert Rozon steps down amid allegations

Gilbert Rozon, a giant in the Quebec entertainment business, is stepping down from different positions amid what he calls “allegations involving him{}” Rozon stated on his Facebook page Wednesday he’s no longer president of the Just For Laughs comedy festival, vice-president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce or involved with the city’s 375th anniversary parties. Rozon said he’s “shaken” by…

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Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

A unit of Google’s parent company, dedicated to urban invention, has signed a deal to map out a new sort of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology may enhance the quality of citynbsp;life. On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet Inc., and the government agency Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership where Sidewalk initially will spend…

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Ontario’s ex-cabinet secretary says he was reluctant to grant access to hard drives

Ontario’s former top bureaucrat says he was not comfortable giving former premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff special access to desktop computers in the premier’s office, allowing him to install software and delete documents, but he says he had no basis for denying the request. Peter Wallace, secretary of cabinet at the time, testified in court at Toronto’s Old City…

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