HuffPost Canada ‘Backbenchers’ Episode 6: The Carbon Tax Kerfuffle And Ontario’s Awkward Election

For the past couple of weeks in the House of Commons, Conservative MPs have been hammering the Liberal government for what they are calling a “carbon tax cover-up.” The Tories are asking why the government has not released an official estimate of how much its proposed carbon pricing plan will cost the average Canadian family. The Liberals, meanwhile, have been firing back by asking the Conservatives if their party has a plan to fight climate change. Ah, question period! Where questions can be answered with … questions. But the carbon tax kerfuffle isn’t just a House spat between the Liberals and the Tories. On the sixth episode of “Backbenchers,” we… Read More

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TV tonight: ‘New Girl’ bids farewell; Blake Shelton performs on ‘The Voice’

TV picks for Tuesday, May 15 WATCH THIS: “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC): Blake Shelton takes to the stage to perform his latest single “I Lived It.” Also, performances by Panic! At The Disco and Kane Brown. As for the remaining eight contestants, it’s “Special Duets” night. In addition to a solo performance, the they’ll team up to perform duets that blend two songs in a unique way. “The Middle” (8:30 p.m., ABC): Now that Frankie knows Axl was offered a job in Denver, she makes it her mission to sway him from taking it and moving away. Meanwhile, the usually overly optimistic Sue is depressed over Sean leaving for… Read More

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Horoscopes: May 15, 2018

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Alexandra Breckenridge, 36; Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 37; David Krumholtz, 40; Chazz Palminteri, 66. Happy Birthday: Getting along with others will result in new opportunities that will help stabilize your life. Learn all you can from the experts, and use your skills strategically in order to get ahead. A change in the way you feel about someone you’ve known for a long time will lead to a personal conclusion that will help you move forward. Your numbers are 8, 12, 22, 25, 34, 40, 47. ARIES (March 21-April 19): An unexpected change should not be handled poorly. You may not like what’s offered, but making a fuss… Read More

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Word Game: May 15, 2018

TODAY’S WORD — COOLANT (COOLANT: KOOL-ent: An agent that draws off heat in an engine.) Average mark 17 words Time limit 25 minutes Can you find 23 or more words in COOLANT? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — GLOXINIA gain goal lain ling lingo lion loan loin long oiling nail nilgai noil ailing align along axil axing To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3.… Read More

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Bridge: May 15, 2018

Tribune Content Agency Playing the cards in the proper order wouldn’t seem hard, but looking even three or four tricks ahead can perplex players who lack card sense. Against today’s 3NT, West led the jack of hearts, and South won with the king and led the queen of clubs. East took his ace to return a heart. Declarer won and took the jack of clubs. With a normal 3-2 break he would have had 10 tricks, but when West discarded a diamond, South could only take dummy’s king of clubs and four diamond tricks and give up. Down one. LOW CLUB South should win the first heart with the ace… Read More

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I love department stores

Wrought-iron staircases. An ornate clock that drops from the ceiling. Shiny floors. Counter after counter of sparkling rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, beckoning passersby to slip something on. This was the scene inside the Harris’ in San Bernardino, California — a department store built in a bygone era, since shuttered, and now just etched in my memory. Department stores are dwindling, thanks to online retailers like Amazon and big-box stores offering cheaper prices. It bums me out. I have always been a shopper. Regardless of what I’m looking for — a pair of sandals for the summer, a gift for a baby shower, a new necklace because hey, it’s a… Read More

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