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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

U.S. Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley resigns, gives no reason

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is leaving her post at the end of the year, she and President Donald Trump announced today. The former South Carolina governor gave no reason for departing after two years, though there has been speculation she will return to government or politics at some point. “No, I’m not running in 2020” for president, she joked.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close ally of Mr. Trump, tweeted that Ms. Haley “has a very bright future and will be a key player in both the future of the Republican Party and our nation as a whole for years to come.”

Explosion at Irving Oil refinery unlikely to affect gas prices

The explosion that rocked Irving Oil’s Saint John refinery yesterday is unlikely to affect the price of gasoline in Canada, experts say. (for subscribers) The quick return to the facility by contractors as well as the fuel storage tanks likely being full to ensure customers were supplied during a scheduled maintenance shutdown mean the refinery interruption should have little short-term impact on consumers, they said.

Black smoke and flames had billowed for hours over Saint John on Thanksgiving Day after an explosion at about 10 a.m. at the Irving Oil Refinery rattled windows across the city, Molly Hayes writes. While Irving Oil confirmed that afternoon that all of its workers and contractors were “safely accounted for,” workers recount an escape that did not always seem certain.

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The latest on cannabis: Ontario launches youth awareness campaign; Walmart mulls sales

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government is launching a public awareness campaign next week aimed at educating young people about the risks of cannabis use as the drug is set to be legalized across the country on Oct. 17, Laura Stone writes. Attorney-General Caroline Mulroney said the campaign is focused on reaching young people over digital and social channels to communicate the rules, regulations and health and safety measures related to using marijuana.

What’s your province or territory doing about cannabis legalization? Check out our guide. (for subscribers)

Walmart’s Canadian unit said today it is exploring the possibility of selling cannabis-based products, but has no immediate plans to get into the business.

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Quebec public servants to shed religious symbols, but crucifix stays in legislature

The incoming Coalition Avenir Québec government says it has no intention of removing the crucifix that hangs behind the Speaker’s chair in the legislature. A spokesman for the transition team says there is no contradiction between the new government’s plan to impose strict secularism rules on certain public servants and its desire to maintain the crucifix, saying it’s part of Quebec’s heritage.

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MARKET WATCH

Canada’s main stock index fell broadly today, taking cues from world markets, after the International Monetary Fund cut its forecasts for global economic growth, blaming tariff war. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index dropped 92.12 points to 15,854.05.

On Wall Street, the Dow and S&P 500 slipped slightly as investors sold materials and industrials, but falling bond yields kept declines in check. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 56.21 points to 26,430.57, the S&P 500 lost 4.09 points to 2,880.34 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 2.07 points to 7,738.02.

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WHAT’S TRENDING ON SOCIAL

Google unveiled its latest slate of devices today, including the third edition of its Pixel smartphone and its first tablet computer, the Pixel Slate, seen as bids to compete with Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Last year’s Pixel 2 arrived with bugs that prompted user complaints about unwanted noises during calls, a crashing camera app and an unexpected screen tint. Google also matched rivals Amazon and Facebook with a smart speaker that has a display to show visual responses to voice commands.

Separately, Google said yesterday that it was shutting down the consumer version of its social network Google+ after data from up to 500,000 users may have been exposed to external developers by a bug that was present for more than two years in its systems. The company said in a blog on Monday it had discovered and patched the leak in March of this year and had no evidence of misuse of user data. Google+ will be wound down over a 10-month period, slated to end August, 2019.

TALKING POINTS

The legal age for cannabis won’t magically protect young people from harm

“People who start using drugs at a young age (including cannabis, alcohol and tobacco) tend to have a lot of other stuff going on in their lives; they are often victims of trauma and abuse. If a 14-year-old is getting stoned every day, it’s hard to imagine how raising the legal age to 21 from 18 will make a difference.” André Picard

To avoid catastrophic climate change, we need carbon pricing

“The best that science has to offer is telling us that we should act with urgency on climate change. The best that economics has to offer is telling us we have a key solution right under our noses. Carbon pricing is now a Nobel Prize-winning idea. Let’s take this occasion to remind ourselves that in Canada’s climate debate, evidence should carry the day.” Dale Beugin and Chris Ragan, of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

With Trump, there can be no Canadian-U.S. rapprochement

“Mr. Trump doesn’t bear any animosity toward the Canadian people as such. He ‘loves’ Canada, he says. But in terms of values, beliefs and hostile actions, no president has been more anti-Canadian. He is not about to change and if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to represent his population, his post-trade-deal approach with Mr. Trump must reflect its disdain.” Lawrence Martin

The evidence is clear. Canada needs electoral reform

“The imperative of moving to proportional representation is neither a right-wing nor a left-wing point of view. It’s simply democratic common sense. And recent Canadian election results underline the urgency of getting a move-on.” Ed Broadbent, former federal NDP leader, and Hugh Segal, former senator

LIVING BETTER

When a personal care brand discontinues a product or shade, changes a formula or simply folds, finding a replacement can be a frustrating process. Caitlin Agnew offers a few strategies. If you have advanced warning, you can load up on any remaining stock you find (keep in mind though that even if a product doesn’t have a best-before date, it can deteriorate over time). In the United States, Estée Lauder has a Gone But Not Forgotten program that will help you search their discontinued products and buy up to six pieces depending on the leftover stock. Websites such as Temptalia maintain a dupes database, where you can search for similar products. And in the Twitter age, you can also take to social media to ask a brand to bring back your long lost essential.

LONG READS FOR A LONG COMMUTE

Goodbye Toronto, hello Winnipeg: Are Canada’s young giving up their big-city dreams?

Daniel Moscovitch had always wanted to leave his hometown of Winnipeg for greener pastures. For a while he did, moving to Vancouver in 2008, when he was 24, then living in Tel Aviv for six years and returning to Vancouver two years ago, where he had hoped to finally build a family and a career, Bryan Borzykowski writes.

He had been sharing a two-bedroom, 800-square-foot condo and while it was well situated in the city’s Mount Pleasant area, his tiny room had just enough space for a double bed and a small desk. Buying a house in a city where the average home price topped about $1.08-million in August, seemed to be an impossible task.

Meanwhile, in Winnipeg, where the average home price is around $300,000, his friends were buying homes and saving money. While creating a business in Vancouver seemed ideal, his dream to build a life out West changed. “I felt like I had returned to Vancouver at a bad time, like I was too late,” he says. “And I started thinking about what lifestyle I want for me and my future kids.” He moved back to Winnipeg in March.

Appraisers warn of the real-estate cost of homegrown cannabis

The national organization representing home appraisers is warning that growing cannabis at home will soon be legal, but it still comes with a risk, Shane Dingman writes. (for subscribers) The new law legalizing cannabis includes allowing Canadians to grow a maximum of four plants in their homes. Keith Lancastle, CEO of the Appraisal Institute of Canada is calling on the federal government to help educate homeowners on what he calls the dangers of growing at home.

“The challenge with cultivation of marijuana, is the ability of the plants themselves to get so large given the right amount of light and moisture,” Mr. Lancastle said. The impact of four cannabis plants is more akin to setting up a greenhouse for hothouse tomatoes, he says, than simply having four sizable houseplants. “Humidity is a byproduct of normal growth and it could well become an issue for the property. You either deal with moisture damage or potentially mould. If you had mould that ran amok … you hear the horror stories of people having to take houses right down to the studs and starting over again [for remediation] – although that would be an extreme case.”

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