Archive for September, 2019

LISTEN: 10 versions of the Oscar-winning song ‘Let It Go’

TORONTO — Millions of people were familiar with “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack before it was performed at the Oscars by Idina Menzel — after all, the song is featured in a movie that has grossed $1 billion worldwide.

But millions more heard it for the first time on Sunday, when it won the Academy Award for Original Song.

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The song — not to be confused with the ’80s hit of the same name by Canadian singer Luba — has been recorded many times. Whether it’s by a teenage boy alone in his room, a pair of young girls or a guy playing a ukulele, there is probably a version for every taste.

Here is Menzel’s original version from Frozen followed by 10 cover versions and parodies that have popped up this season online:

“Let It Go” performed by Idina Menzel in the movie Frozen

“Let It Go” performed by Demi Lovato from the Frozen soundtrack

“Let It Go” performed by Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

“Just Don’t Go” performed by Cincinnati traffic reporter Bob Herzog

“Let It Go” with Vivaldi’s “Winter” performed by ThePianoGuys

“Let It Go” performed by Alex Boye with One Voice Children’s Choir

“Let It Go” acoustic male version performed Gunnar Oden

“Let It Go” mashup (with Passenger’s “Let Her Go”) performed by Sam Tsui

“Let It Go” performed by Maddie and Zoe

“Let It Go” performed by vocal group Cimorelli

“Let It Go” performed on the ukulele by Sungha Jung

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Gates back on top of Forbes’ billionaire rankings – National

NEW YORK – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is back on top of the list of the world’s richest people after a four-year hiatus.

Forbes magazine announced its ranking of the world’s billionaires Monday.

Gates, who led the list for 15 of the past 20 years, won the spot back from Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu, who had topped the list for the past four years. Gates’ net worth is estimated at $76 billion; Slim Helu follows at $72 billion.

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Spanish clothing magnate Amancio Ortega, known for the Zara retail chain, maintained his third-ranked spot and came out ahead of famed U.S. investor Warren Buffett, who ranked fourth. Larry Ellison of Oracle came in fifth.

Forbes says a record 1,645 billionaires made the list this year, with an average net worth of $4.7 billion. That’s up from 1,426 billionaires last year with a net worth of $4.2 billion. Total net worth of this year’s list was $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion last year.

David Thomson and his family were the highest ranked Canadians at 27th on the list and the only one to crack the top 100 with a total value of $22.6 billion.

Galen Weston and family were 153rd with $8.5 billion and Jim Pattison was 184th with $7.3 billion.

The magazine said that 1,080 of the billionaires were self-made, 207 inherited their wealth and 352 inherited a portion but are still growing it.

The largest net worth gainer on the list was Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who more than doubled his fortune to $28.5 billion as the value of his company’s stock soared. He ranks 21st on the list.

The social media giant helped bring a few notable newcomers to the list, including Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, who recently sold their business to Facebook for $19 billion.

Forbes said 268 billionaires were new to the list, beating out a prior high of 226 newcomers in 2008. And a record number of women made the list this year, with 172 women joining, up 25 per cent from last year.

Altogether 100 people dropped out of the rankings, while 16 passed away.

The U.S. was the country with the greatest number of billionaires at 492, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111. Billionaires from four new countries joined, adding Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania and Uganda to the geographic mix.

University of Ottawa suspends men’s hockey program amid sex assault investigation

Video: The University of Ottawa has suspended its entire men’s hockey team over allegations of sexual assault. The incident happened more than a month ago, when the team was in Thunder Bay, and several players may be involved. Vassy Kapelos reports.

TORONTO – The University of Ottawa men’s varsity hockey program—including its coaches— has been suspended amid a sexual assault investigation.

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Thunder Bay Police believe the alleged sexual assault happened on the weekend of Feb. 1, when the Ottawa hockey team was in Thunder Bay for two scheduled Ontario University Athletics (OUA) division games against Lakehead University.

A Lakehead spokesperson was made aware of the situation Monday, and couldn’t confirm if the alleged incident involved a Lakehead student or took place on campus. The spokesperson said the university had not yet been contacted by police.

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The University of Ottawa would only say the Sports Services department received third party information on Feb. 24 about an unspecified incident involving allegations of serious misconduct on the part of some members of the Ottawa hockey team.

Thunder Bay Police became aware on Feb. 27, and are following up with “involved parties” with the help of the Ottawa Police Service, according to a release.

The hockey rink in the University of Ottawa’s Minto Sports Complex on March 3, 2014.

Vassy Kapelos / Global News

The university has launched an internal review into the Gee Gees hockey team.

“The University is deeply concerned that senior management was only informed about these allegations on February 24, and then by a third party. This will be among the matters examined in the review,” said the release.

Ottawa bartender Ashley Bowen works at the Draft Pub in the sports complex on campus, and said hockey players come into the bar all the time. Bowen said some players were there Friday, and “never showed any sign anything was off.”

Bowen was shocked at the suspension and said the young men were “like a family.”

Ottawa’s Draft Pub–where many Ottawa hockey players frequent–seen March 3, 2013.

Draft Pub Ottawa

Global News contacted members of the Gees Gees but didn’t immediately hear back.

Watch: University of Ottawa spokesman Patrick Charette on when the incident spurring the suspension of the varsity men’s hockey program occurred, and what will be looked at during the school’s internal review.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Thunder Bay Police Service (807) 684-1200, Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222 ext.5944 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous web tip at 苏州纹眉学校tipsubmit苏州纹眉学校.

With files from Global News reporter Vassy Kapelos

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Gluten-free tops Canada’s hottest food trends for 2014 – National

The local food movement and dark leafy superfoods have been usurped — gluten-free is Canada’s hottest food trend for 2014.

A new survey shows that the gluten-free, allergy-conscious food trend has firmly taken hold in the minds of Canadian restaurateurs and chefs.

According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, more than 330,000 Canadians are believed to be affected by celiac disease (although only 110,000 have been diagnosed).

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The CDHF also says the rate of celiac disease in western countries has doubled in the last 25 years.

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder where the immune system reacts against gluten found in wheat and other grains. For those with celiac disease, exposure to gluten can cause a number of complications including vomiting, chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, bloating and pain. Health Canada says the only way to avoid these symptoms is a “life-long gluten-free diet.”

“The Canadian diner has a heightened awareness of food intolerances, allergies and ingredients, and chefs are taking note,” said Garth Whyte, Restaurants Canada CEO.

More than 400 professional chefs participated in the annual Restaurants Canada Chef Survey.

Gluten-free knocked reigning food trend champion, the local food movement, from the top spot it held for the previous four years.

After being knocked out of the top ten, quinoa is back in the number two spot.

Top 10 hot food trends in Canada

    Gluten-free/food allergy consciousQuinoaLocally sourced foodsLeafy greens (e.g. kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens, collard greens, dandelion, beet greens)Craft beer/microbrewsFood smokingHeirloom fruit and vegetablesCharcuterie/ house-cured meatsFood trucksInexpensive/ underused cuts of meat (e.g. beef cheek, brisket, pork shoulder, skirt steak)

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Crime in Fort McMurray lower than Canadian average: study

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A study is suggesting that Alberta’s oilsands capital is not the wild and woolly, crime-ridden boomtown it’s sometimes painted to be.

“It seems clear, by looking carefully at the best available data, that crime is not rampant in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo,” writes author Neil Boyd, head of criminology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

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Municipal officials put out a call for someone to do a crime study in Fort McMurray after repeated magazine and news stories suggested the city was a dangerous place to live.

Boyd concluded that while “Fort McMoney” may have a bit of a cocaine problem, violent and property crimes are not only lower than national averages but are falling faster.

A British outlet said Fort McMurray was “synonymous with crime, an explosion in prostitution and the tough, young, bored single men with too much money and little to do, who are fuelling the chaos.” A Canadian magazine used official statistics to rank the city as the eighth most dangerous in Canada.

Those statistics are part of the problem, said Boyd, whose bid to conduct the study was chosen by the municipality.

Federal census figures don’t count Fort McMurray’s so-called “shadow population.” Including people who live in work camps in the area adds 80 per cent to the number, making a huge difference to the crime rate.

“We’re not calculating crime rates on the right population,” said Boyd.

He calculates Fort McMurray’s rates of break-and-enter, robbery and sex assault are substantially lower than seven other similar-sized cities. They are also lower than the Alberta and Canadian average. The city’s sex assault rate is slightly more than half the Alberta average and its robbery rate is three-quarters the provincial one.

And while crime is decreasing across Canada, it’s falling faster in Fort McMurray.

Boyd said his figures show the amount of all Criminal Code violations fell by 47 per cent between 2003-2012 in Fort McMurray. The Canadian average was 28 per cent.

Violent crime in Fort McMurray dropped 44 per cent over that time, said Boyd, while falling 17 per cent in the rest of the country.

The community’s rate of cocaine-related crime was almost four times the national average and its vehicle theft rate approached double. But other crimes such as marijuana possession or prostitution were in line with where they are elsewhere.

Boyd suggests the young, single men who flock to Fort McMurray are there for one reason — work.

“People are either eating, sleeping or working,” he said. “It’s that kind of a life when you’re in the camp.”

Boyd also credits the increasing prevalence of no-alcohol work camps for keeping crime down.

RCMP Supt. Bob Couture agrees that Fort McMurray isn’t the rowdy place it once was.

“It was probably a little rougher than it is today,” he said.

“We see huge improvements in our downtown. We had some well-known facilities that attracted bad behaviour. Those are closed, bulldozed and gone.”

Couture said that over the years “this has developed into a young, sustainable community. People are moving here to put down roots.”

Boyd guesses that the community of Fort McMurray gets tarred with the same brush that taints its main industry —the oilsands.

“People have environmental concerns about the oilsands and they bring those concerns to the community itself.”

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