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Saskatchewan couple sells the farm to bike across Canada for 2nd time

SASKATOON – Two retired Saskatchewan farmers biked from coast to coast this past summer. Rob and Nancy Howse also did it 37 years ago on their honeymoon.

Both trips started at the water’s edge in Victoria, B.C. and ended at Cape Spear in Newfoundland, which is the most easterly point in the country.

Although the reason why is hazy, both agree it was Rob’s idea for the newlyweds to attempt such an adventure after exchanging vows.

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“Rob got the idea when we were first married and we did this cross-Canada trip as our honeymoon in 1978,” said Nancy.

“We hadn’t seen much of the country. I bought my first 10-speed bike the fall before. We really had no idea what we were getting into but when you’re 20 or early 20s, you can do, with a little bit of determination, whatever you want,” said Rob.

“It helped that I had an uncle who laughed, scoffed at me, and said ‘you’ll never make it.’ That was probably the best encouragement I had.”

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After completing the more than four-month journey in 1978, Rob mailed his uncle a postcard from the east coast.

“And it turned out to be a fantastic journey,” said Rob.

But how romantic was it for the couple to bike across the country? Rob laughed when asked the question and conveyed that the “romance” was witnessing the infinite beauty of Canada with his wife, twice.

“All along the way, the sunshine coast of B.C., stopping and hiking to Berg Lake at Mount Robson, going through The Narrows in Manitoba, seeing the Gaspé Peninsula, Cape Breton Island … it was just all so. I’m sorry. I’m a little bit at loss of words. It was so thrilling, so wonderful and just my jaw drops at the awesomeness of this country,” said Rob.

“Some people think ‘oh that must have been so hard’ but it wasn’t. It was one big holiday really, for people who like doing that kind of stuff which we are,” said Nancy.

The honeymooners slept in a tent for all but two nights on their first journey. One of those was after a rainy day in Banff. Alta. and Rob said, jokingly, they decided to treat themselves.

This photo shows Rob and Nancy completing their journey back in 1978 at Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

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This photo shows Nancy Howse on a rural Saskatchewan road back in 1978.

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Here’s a photo of the newlyweds on their first trip across Canada in 1978.

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Here’s a photo of the couple enjoying a meal on the east coast of Canada in 1978.

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Here’s a photo of the couple by the shore of Lake Superior in 1978.

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Here’s of photo of the tent Rob and Nancy used while camping in British Columbia in 1978.

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This photo shows Rob and Nancy at the half-way marker on the Trans-Canada Highway back in 1978.

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Here’s Rob and Nancy in 1978 beginning their journey in Victoria, B.C.

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The newlyweds made their home in Saskatoon and farmed for many years near Porcupine Plain, Sask. Meanwhile, the thrill of the open road burned bright in them.

“Even since 1978, we vowed when we finished [farming] that first trip, that someday we would do it again. But then we started farming, had a family and continued farming even as the family grew up. We could never figure out how to do a cross-Canada bicycle trip and farm at the same time,” said Rob.

“I thought, ‘if we’re going to do this trip, if we’re really going to do it, we have to rent the farm or sell it. I have to take a year off and we’re going to do the trip’ and when we let the word out that we wanted to rent it out. We wound up getting offers to buy it and reluctantly, I have to say, we sold it.”

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To prepare, the now grandparents trained for months and went on bike tours. The challenge, once again, was getting used to biking such long distances with all their camping gear.

“Really, to get in shape for something like that, you just have to start doing it. So we took it a little slow to begin with until we got used to it for a couple weeks or maybe a month, at our age it takes longer,” said Nancy.

“I wasn’t as cocky or sure of myself at age 61 as I was at age 24 … by the time we got to the half-way mark, we were feeling in pretty good shape, we’d learned the ropes of camping, we’d fine-tuned our skills, we’d survived way out into Ontario, I was pretty sure we’d make it,” said Rob.

This past summer’s trip started May 26 and concluded Oct. 5. The couple estimates they travelled approximately 12,120 kilometres.

The routes they took for each journey was not the same. The trek started and ended in the same place, but the travel enthusiasts tried out some new experiences along the way in 2015.

“Mostly, we tried to do a different way than the way we went before,” said Nancy.

“We tried to stay off the main highways as much as possible, because they’re just too busy and noisy and we didn’t enjoy them. Even though, they usually have room for a bicycle on the edge.”

“Cycling around the north shore of Lake Superior, I would say, is the quintessential Canadian experience for cycling and there’s no way we were going to take any different route through that area,” said Rob.

Thirty-five millimetre photos were used to capture their first trip but this time around a digital camera recorded their progress as Nancy, simultaneously, created an online blog on Facebook.

This photo shows the retired Saskatchewan farmers in Ottawa this past summer.

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Here’s a photo of Nancy Howse taking a well-deserved rest along the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon this past summer.

Rob and Nancy Howse / Facebook

This photo shows Rob Howse biking in July 2015 near Lake Superior.

Rob and Nancy Howse / Facebook

Here’s the couple celebrating on Oct. 6, 2015 after reaching Cape Spear, Newfoundland.

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This photo shows Rob and Nancy Howse reaching the end of their second journey across Canada via bicycle.

Rob and Nancy Howse / Facebook

The couple visited the Terry Fox memorial in St John’s, N.L. in 2015.

Rob and Nancy Howse / Facebook

Here’s a photo of the retired farmers starting their 2015 adventure in Victoria, B.C. this past summer.

Rob and Nancy Howse / Facebook

This photo shows Nancy Howse at Berg Lake. The couple hiked there as one of their side trips in 2015.

Rob and Nancy Howse / Facebook

Besides a variety of vivid landscapes, Canada’s environment also had its challenges. Rob remembers being thrown a few curve balls along the way which included a heat wave in B.C., thick smoke from northern Saskatchewan wildfires and even the effects of Hurricane Joaquin as it grazed the Atlantic coast.

“We got hit by a hail storm on the road in Alberta. It snuck up behind us and it left the ditches white and there was no way to get off of the road, it left us frozen and drenched in about two minutes flat. We had helmets on but the hail stung the arms,” said Rob.

While camping in every province they made many friends; however, one encounter particularly stood out for them. It involved waking up around 3 a.m. in Quebec and peeking out the tent to come face to face with a skunk.

“I said [to the skunk], ‘I hung all the food up in a tree, there’s nothing of interest to you here you may as well leave’ but it wouldn’t leave. So it kind of went around behind some of my saddle bags that were stored under the tent,” said Rob.

“I slowly and carefully opened the zipper at the far side of the door and snuck out without trying to scare it. I got a long stick and I kind of reached under in kind of a sweep under the storage area, but I think it left while I was going to get the stick, so we we’re lucky.”

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Rob says they would love to do the cross-country trip again but they would much rather go back to the Maritimes next summer and see it in more detail.

“One of the hardest things on this trip, on the first trip too, was you’re in areas that are so beautiful and there’s hiking trails or there’s things to do, things to see, that you want to stay longer. But you have to average over 100 kilometres a day if you’re going to actually get across the country before the snow flies,” said Rob.

As incentive, the Howse’s left their bikes in Halifax.

“I consider myself very lucky to have had the chance to do it once and now even luckier that we’ve done it twice, it’s a pretty challenging trip, especially full-camping and taking full-gear along the way. I’m not sure it will ever happen again,” said Rob.

“I won’t say never.”

The Howse’s message to other travellers is that you don’t necessarily have to jet across the globe, there’s plenty of adventure just beyond your driveway.

“I’ve never felt more patriotic or privileged to live in Canada in all my life,” said Rob.

“I’ve seen a fair bit of Canada. Of course, there’s still lots I haven’t seen and I saw quite a few areas from this trip that I’ve never seen before but I repeat, it’s just a magnificent country.”


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‘Vengeful rage’ not the answer following Paris attacks: Premier Wynne

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says “vengeful rage” is not the answer to overcoming the “evil” of last week’s attacks on Paris.

All three provincial party leaders rose in the legislature today to share condolences with Paris, where 129 people were killed in Friday night’s co-ordinated terrorist attacks.

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Wynne says “it is almost impossible not to react with anger and loathing at the cowardice of these attacks,” but while those emotions can be used to fuel the global response, they “should not be at the heart of the strategy.”

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The premier also says she was saddened to hear about a deliberately set fire Saturday at a mosque in Peterborough.

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown condemned the “vicious acts of terrorism” in France and made reference to the fire in Peterborough, saying it’s important to remember that Muslim Canadians also share in the world’s grief.

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says everyone in Ontario must reach out to the Muslim community because “there is no place in our province for acts of hate and prejudice against any community in any form.”

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This Instagram account wants there to be more models of colour

MONTREAL – In a time when multiculturalism seems so celebrated, one Instagram account is bringing attention to the persisting lack of ethnic models in the fashion industry.

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The @moremodelsofcolor account is taking to social media to promote models of colour  – and their portfolios – to overcome the idea of “tokenism” – having one ethnic model on a runway or in a photo shoot to “fill a quota.”

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The blog was started by a fashion design student, who told Global News they didn’t want to give their name, age or location because the point of the page was to remain anonymous.

“I really like Grace Bol. She’s beautiful, regal and is an absolute sweetheart,” the creator told Global News in an e-mail.

“I have many favourite models – Issa Lish, Pooja Mor, Fei Fei Sun, Kayla Scott, Tschan Andrews, Amilna Estevão, Bhumika Arora, Aamito Lagum. I’m happy for any model of colour.”

Indian model Pooja Mor.

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The creator admits the account was started to ask Alexandra Shulman, British Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief, why there hadn’t been a black model on the front page of the magazine since Naomi Campbell graced the cover in 2002 (Jourdan Dunn was recently put on the cover in February).

“The UK is such a multi-diverse country and their Vogue is so whitewashed,” they said.

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Though the inspiration behind the blog isn’t rooted in a personal experience in the industry, the creator of More Models of Color said they still take it to heart when a coloured model is left out in the cold.

“There is still a long way to go and lots to change,” they said.

“The difference should not only be on the runways, but also on campaigns, magazine covers, everything.”

Jourdan Dunn (L) and Naomi Campbell (R) in an ad for Burberry.

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Models from Naomi Campbell to Jourdan Dunn have already come out strongly against the lack of ethnic diversity in the industry.

“There are many races. With all the models that are out there, it’s possible to have a very diverse casting,” wrote More Models of Color.

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Surviving the slump: 5 tips for networking at Christmas parties

CALGARY – Christmas parties aren’t just about mistletoe and eggnog, they’re also a great time for networking.

Whether you are recently unemployed or looking to climb the corporate ladder, Global News is getting advice on how to take advantage of holiday celebrations from professionalism expert Sue Jacques.

Do your research

Get familiar with the party you’re attending before you even walk through the door.

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“If we prepare in advance, we’re a lot more confident when we walk in the room because we know what to expect,” says Jacques.

Jacques suggests learning more about the company (or person) hosting the party, who might be in attendance and if a sponsor or charity is involved.

In addition, Jacques suggests making an effort to know the tone of the event before attending. For example, is it formal or casual? Knowing these details will also help you dress appropriately.

“There’s nothing like walking into a room wearing jeans and a T-shirt if everybody else is in tuxedos and taffeta,” Jacques adds.

Keep your body language in check

There are five poses that Jacques warns party-goers to avoid – because they will make you look uncomfortable:

– The Fig Leaf: standing with your hands clasped in front of you, below your waist

– The Superman: standing with your hands on your hips

– Hands in Pockets: standing with your hands in your pockets

– The Self-hug: standing with your arms crossed

– The Room-gazer: staring around the room instead of looking at the person you’re speaking with

The best way to appear confident is to stand with your hands by your side and maintain eye contact with the person (or people) you’re talking to.

Don’t socialize with the same people all night

“Sometimes we walk in with somebody we work with, we stick with them all evening and then we leave with them,” says Jacques.

Instead, Jacques recommends you divide and conquer.

“Depart from the person you walked in with, even if it’s just for a little while, and go approach somebody you don’t know.”

If you aren’t sure who to approach, Jacques suggests finding someone who is alone.

Learn how to listen

There’s no quicker way to kill a networking opportunity than by failing to pay attention to the person you’re speaking with.

“We get nervous and we think about what we’re going to say next, instead of listening to what the other person is saying to us,” warns Jacques. “When that happens, we can lose track of the conversation.”

One way to prove you’re a good listener is by asking open-ended questions.

Jacques suggests using the phrase “tell me about,” which gives the speaker plenty of room to elaborate.

Follow up after the event

A simple thank-you note, email or text is a good way to let whoever hosted the party (or invited you to attend) that you enjoyed yourself.

Jacques also recommends following up with any new contacts you made at the event.

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Football fans yell ‘Muslims suck’ during moment of silence, are chastised by Aaron Rodgers

Football fans yelling “Muslims suck” loudly interrupted a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks in Paris during a football game Sunday.

A handful of football fans at the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game Sunday afternoon yelled the statement during what was supposed to be a moment of silent tribute to the 129 people murdered in Paris on Friday.

Just before the moment of silence ended, another man can be heard yelling “have some respect.”

Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, was forced to comment on the outburst after the game, suggesting those type of “prejudicial” comments have contributed to current events.

“I must admit, though, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate, during the moment of silence,” Rodgers told reporters.

“It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.”

The moment of silence during the Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals game Sunday night was also interrupted when some fans yelled “ISIS sucks.”

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2 Paris attackers lived in Brussels: official

A Belgian official says seven people have been detained in Belgium linked to the Paris attacks.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press in Brussels by phone, also said two of the seven attackers who died in Paris on Friday night were French men living in Brussels. He said one of the French attackers was living in the Molenbeek neighbourhood, which is considered a focal point for religious extremism and fighters going to Syria.

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The official said the seven people who were detained will hear later Sunday whether they will be held in custody longer.

He spoke on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.

The remains of one of the terrorists at the Bataclan were identified as a 29-year-old Ismael Mostefai, a Frenchman who was known to police.

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Mostefai, who had a record of petty crime and had been flagged in 2010 for ties to Islamic radicalism. He was identified from fingerprints found on a finger amid the bloody carnage from a Paris concert hall, the Paris prosecutor said. A judicial official and lawmaker Jean-Pierre Gorges confirmed his identity.

Police detained his father, a brother and other relatives Saturday night, and they were still being questioned Sunday, the judicial official said.

Another attacker was found with a Syrian passport outside the Stade de France.

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Officials in Greece said the a man using that passport had entered in October through Leros, one of the islands that tens of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in Syria and elsewhere have been using as a gateway to the European Union in recent months.

The same passport was used by a man entering Serbia from Macedonia on Oct. 7 who requested asylum in Serbia, according to Serbian police.

It was not clear if the passport was real or fake, or if it belonged to the suicide bomber. The chief of the European Union border agency Frontex has said trafficking in fake Syrian passports has increased as a flood of refugees has poured into Europe.

His identity has not yet been released to the public.

There’s no official word on the rest of the people involved.

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E-book written by serial killer Paul Bernardo vanishes from Amazon

TORONTO – A self-published fictional e-book purportedly written by notorious Canadian killer Paul Bernardo is no longer for sale on Amazon.

The online retailer did not immediately respond to an email asking whether it removed “A Mad World Order” from its site.

A web search did not turn up the 631 page fictional work that involved a plot to return Russia to a world power.

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Bernardo is serving a life sentence for the brutal murders of Ontario teenagers Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French in the early 1990s.

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Word of the e-book provoked an angry reaction, with many customers posting on Amazon that they would no longer do business with the retail site as it was heading into the Christmas shopping season.

could not confirm Bernardo is the author, but his lawyer told Global TV last week he was aware that his client was writing a book.

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The Correctional Service of Canada said the book did not relate Bernardo’s “specific” crimes, but it couldn’t explain how it was published as federal inmates have no access to the Internet or email.

Attempts to enter a weblink to the book on Amazon produced “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site.”

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Obama vows to ‘redouble’ Islamic State fight after Paris attacks

ANTALYA, Turkey – President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to redouble U.S. efforts to eliminate the Islamic State group and end the Syrian civil war that has fueled its rise, as world leaders struggled to offer concrete proposals for how to escalate the fight in the wake of the extremist group’s horrifying terror spree in Paris.

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Opening two days of talks at a major summit in Turkey, Obama pledged solidarity with France in the effort to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice. He said “the skies have been darkened” by the Paris attacks, but offered no details about what the U.S. or its coalition partners might do to step up its assault against the Islamic State group.

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“The killing of innocent people, based on a twisted ideology, is an attack not just on France, not just on Turkey, but it’s an attack on the civilized world,” Obama said after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In addition to the Paris attacks, IS is blamed for two deadly bombings in Turkey this year.

The spectre of the Islamic State threat and Syria’s civil war hanged over the Turkish seaside city of Antalya as Obama and other leaders descended for the Group of 20 summit meeting of leading rich and developing nations. Although the overlapping crises were already on the lineup for talks, they were thrust to the forefront by elaborately co-ordinated attacks that killed 129 in the French capital just two days earlier. It was the most destructive attack in the West blamed on the extremist group.

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In a fresh reminder of the Islamic State’s expanding capacity to wreak havoc, five Turkish police officers were injured Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a police raid on a suspected IS hideout near the Syrian border. Turkish security forces also rounded up 20 suspected IS militants in and around Antalya in the run-up to the G-20.

Yet beyond sweeping condemnations of IS, leaders have yet to float new, specific proposals for intensifying the fight following the Paris attacks.

European Union leader Donald Tusk called on G-20 leaders to show “full determination” against terrorism and urged co-operation to prevent terror financing — a step that nations have already been pursuing for more than a year. Obama, asked whether he would consider additional action against IS, wouldn’t tip his hand.

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Obama’s meeting with Erdogan came at the start of a 9-day trip to Turkey, the Philippines and Malaysia that has already been largely overshadowed by the Paris attacks and two related issues: Syria’s civil war and the resulting migrant crisis. Obama said the U.S. stands with Turkey and Europe in the effort to reduce the flow of migrants, and Erdogan predicted a “strong message” on fighting terrorism would emerge from the summit.

“This terror attack was not just against the French people, it was against the whole of humanity,” Erdogan said.

The summit’s host, Erdogan is fresh off his party’s impressive victory in Turkey’s recent elections, but his relations with Obama have been strained over tactical disagreements about how to push Assad out of power in Syria.

The United States, along with coalition partners, has been bombing IS in Iraq and Syria for more than a year with limited success. Obama has been reluctant to get pulled deeper into the conflict and has ruled out a major U.S. ground offensive, although he recently authorized sending a few dozen special operations forces into Syria.

Other nations the U.S. views warily — like Iran and Syria — have also bombed IS, in a dizzying range of militaries piloting the skies above the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Cautious U.S. optimism about Russia’s involvement quickly soured when the U.S. determined Russian President Vladimir Putin was more focused on targeting rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government than defeating IS.

Putin and Obama, who are now on opposing sides of Syria’s bloody civil war, planned no formal sit-downs while in Antalya — just a few hundred miles from Turkey’s border with Syria. Yet they crossed paths briefly during a group photo, shaking hands and exchanging a few words.

“It’s only possible to deal with the terror threat and help millions of people who lost their homes by combining efforts of the entire global community,” Putin said earlier.

Obama also scheduled a meeting Sunday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, a majority Sunni nation that opposes Assad and is deeply skeptical of Iran’s involvement in any solution to the conflict.

One option that emerged in the wake of Friday’s attacks was the possibility of France asking for help from its NATO allies. Only once in its 66-year-history — after 9-11 — has NATO’s communal defence obligation been invoked.

Shrouding deliberations about the Islamic State were diplomatic manoeuvrings over a new plan to wind down Syria’s long-raging civil war. The proposal, discussed over the weekend by foreign ministers in Vienna, appears based largely on a Russian initiative, and envisions negotiations between Assad’s government and opposition groups starting by Jan. 1.

But hopes for a major breakthrough were softened by gaping, open questions about the proposal — such as Assad’s future and the list of opposition groups to be deemed terrorists and barred from participating.

Although the IS threat promised to dominate this year’s G-20 summit, the agenda also included efforts to hasten global economic growth, with a particular focus on addressing the effect that China’s economic slowdown is having on other nations.


Associated Press writers Vladimir Isachenkov in Antalya and Suzan Fraser in Ankara contributed to this report.

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Santa Claus parade coming to downtown Saskatoon

SASKATOON – It’s going to be a relatively nice day for the annual Santa Claus Parade in Saskatoon. Children and parents will be treated to the 25th edition of the event Sunday.

More than 50 floats should get going around 1 p.m. CT. This year’s theme is “silver bells.”

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The parade route starts on 19th Street East and 3rd Avenue South. It then winds its way north to 23rd Street, before heading over to 1st Avenue and then back down to 19th.

Global News personalities will be on hand to help spread some holiday cheer.

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According to Environment Canada, Sunday is expected to be mainly sunny with a high of 11.

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World stock markets steady following terror attacks; impact ‘limited’

TORONTO – North American markets rose Monday morning, following on a mixed day for European and Asian shares amid worries about the possible economic effects of the attacks in Paris last week.

In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index gained 23.23 points to reach 13,098.65, helped by strength in the gold and health care sectors. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 13.37 points at 17,231.87, while the broader S&P 500 index gained 0.21 of a point at 2,023.25.

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Shares were holding up better than many expected in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed and wounded hundreds in France’s capital.

In Europe, Germany’s DAX edged up 0.4 per cent, while France’s CAC-40 was little changed. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.5 per cent. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell nearly 1 per cent, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost nearly 1 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.7 per cent.

“Immediate market reaction to the Paris outrages has been limited in European markets,” Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Global Insight, said, suggesting the impact of the Paris attacks would be of a similar magnitude to terror attacks on London and in Madrid a decade ago.

“Experience from the London subway and bus bombings in 2005 as well as the Madrid train bombings in 2004 suggest that the economic impact should be limited and temporary,” Archer said.

On the commodity markets, the December gold contract gained US$4.30 at US$1,085.20, while the December crude oil contract slipped 15 cents to US$40.59.

The Canadian dollar was down 0.16 of a cent to 74.93 cents U.S.

—; With files from The Associated Press, Global News

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