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Quebec court acquits author, declares part of child pornography law invalid

MONTREAL — A Quebec author charged with producing child pornography in connection with fictional scenes in a horror novel has been acquitted in a ruling that also declared part of Canada's law invalid.
As restaurants brace for cold weather, second wave, industry seeks meal subsidy

As restaurants brace for cold weather, second wave, industry seeks meal subsidy

HALIFAX — Two things are keeping Brenda O'Reilly’s restaurants in Newfoundland and Labrador afloat: Government subsidies and patios. “Patios have been a real godsend,” the owner of four St. John’s restaurants said in an interview Friday.
Desk shortage forces people to get creative about workspaces

Desk shortage forces people to get creative about workspaces

NEW YORK — First it was toilet paper. Disinfectant wipes. Beans. Coins. Computers. Now, desks are in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 causing stress, depression and obsessive behaviour: Alberta survey

COVID-19 causing stress, depression and obsessive behaviour: Alberta survey

EDMONTON — An online survey of Albertans who have reached out for help during the COVID-19 crisis suggests the pandemic is taking a toll on mental health, with increased signs of obsessive behaviour, stress and depression.

Music fan seriously hurt by stage diver wins $2M settlement

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — A New Hampshire man who suffered serious spinal injuries when a stage diver landed on his head during a concert in New Jersey has reached a $2 million settlement with the show's organizer.
Nobel laureate refuses local honour over Poland's LGBT 'rift'

Nobel laureate refuses local honour over Poland's LGBT 'rift'

WARSAW, Poland — Nobel Prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk has declined an honorary citizenship from the region of Poland where she lives because she would have had to share the honour with a Roman Catholic bishop who has made hostile comments about
Milan Fashion: Marni avenges lockdown with global video

Milan Fashion: Marni avenges lockdown with global video

Milan Fashion Week continued in disjointed, discombobulated style for the third day on Friday, veering from the physical to the digital, with an uneasy eye fixed on the economic damage wrought by coronavirus.
Feds offer $50-million fund to film, TV productions struggling to get insurance

Feds offer $50-million fund to film, TV productions struggling to get insurance

Canadian producers are applauding a new temporary federal relief fund to help film and television productions that have been stalled by a lack of COVID-19 insurance.
COVID precautions to curtail Thanksgiving gatherings

COVID precautions to curtail Thanksgiving gatherings

TORONTO — Thanksgiving fanatic Genna Buck is used to going all-out with an elaborate turkey spread for as many as 30 friends.
Review: Sufjan Stevens creates electronic world of inquiry

Review: Sufjan Stevens creates electronic world of inquiry

Sufjan Stevens, “The Ascension” (Asthmatic Kitty) Synthesized drums and dissected, distorted vocals open the upbeat electronic track “Lamentations” as Sufjan Stevens sings out: “I was only thinking of human kindness/I am the future, define the future