Supreme Court says warrant needed for Internet info

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says police need a search warrant to get information from Internet service providers about their subscribers’ identities when they are under investigation.

The high court’s landmark 8-0 ruling on online privacy issues comes in the appeal of a Saskatchewan man facing child pornography charges.

The case has implications for the federal government’s current cyber-bullying bill, setting the stage for another political clash between the Harper government and the Supreme Court.

The ruling deals with a 19-year-old Saskatchewan man who was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography after police used his Internet address to get further details from his online service provider, all without first obtaining a search warrant.

Lawyers for the man contend that violated his right to be protected from unlawful search and seizure.

But in this specific case, the court ruled that the evidence gathered should not be excluded as evidence from the man’s trial, saying the police acted in good faith.

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  • Canadians value online privacy, but aren’t proactive in protecting themselves

  • Cybercrime costs global economy $445 billion a year: report

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CFL players vote to ratify new collective bargaining agreement

TORONTO – The CFL Players’ Association has voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

The union said in a statement Thursday night that its players voted to accept the five-year contract reached Saturday with the CFL.

“It’s a YES!” offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski, a player rep with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, tweeted. “We’ve got a new CBA! It’s time to get back to football! #Everybodywins.”

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The CFL’s board of governors is scheduled to vote on the deal Friday and the expectation is they’ll accept it.

The CFLPA didn’t provide a breakdown of the votes but a majority of players – 50 per cent plus one – on six of the nine CFL teams was required for the deal to be accepted.

The players voted in favour despite many expressing their unhappiness publicly and on social media about the deal. It offers a $5-million salary cap in the first year of the agreement after the CFLPA had originally sought a $6.24-million cap.

Last year, the CFL’s salary cap was $4.4 million.

The CFL also got the players to agree to its gross revenue formula that would trigger the renegotiation of the cap or entire collective agreement.

The players, who initially wanted the CBA to include revenue sharing, wanted the cap or entire agreement renegotiated if league revenues increased by more than $18 million – excluding the Grey Cup- in the third year of the deal. But the union ultimately agreed to the CFL’s figure of $27 million.

The union did get the option year on CFL contracts eliminated, excluding rookies. Also, the players’ practice day, for the most part, remains at 4.5 hours but can be increased to a maximum of six hours while teams will hold just one padded practice a week during the season.

Toronto Argonauts players met Wednesday night to discuss the agreement and centre Jeff Keeping, a member of the union executive, said good questions were asked.

“I’m happy the guys have all the facts,” Keeping said. “I feel at the end of the day the guys are more informed than they were prior to that. The mood is mixed. Guys are entitled to their own opinion and
every man is going to make his own choice.”

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Friday, June 13, 2014 on The Morning Show – Toronto

STEPHEN BALDWIN – American actor Stephen Baldwin joins the conversation on the national edition of The Morning Show. He is in Toronto to promote his new film 2047: Sights of Death. The movie features a showdown between the Confederate Central Government and the Green War organization to see if what is left of the world can be saved.

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WOLFCOP – The Morning Show takes a look at the new film Wolfcop. The Canadian horror flick was filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan with the plot revolving around an alcoholic small town cop who transforms into a werewolf after being cursed. The movie is directed by Lowell Dean.

JOSH LEVI – American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Josh Levi began singing at the age of five. He has since appeared on a number of television shows and has worked in films. He competed in season 3 of X Factor. Josh continues to build his fan base with LeviNation. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL – Cristiano de Florentiis is the co-founder and artistic director of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival. The ICFF is the only Italian Film Festival in Canada and showcases contemporary cinema of Italian origin from all over the world. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

SPA MY BLEND – Clarins heiress, entrepreneur and socialite Prisca Courtin-Clarinsjoins us in-studio to discuss the Spa My Blend by Clarins which is located in the Ritz Carlton. She believes your beauty regime should only takes 30 seconds and she has also developed a new concept around called “Spa & Lunch.” TORONTO SHOW ONLY

SUMMER TOYS – Ryan Carr from Mastermind Toys showcases some of the top toys for the summer. From a giant jax game to an aquapod bottle rocket, there’s something for every child at a reasonable price. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

ONTARIO ELECTION PANEL – The West Block’s Tom Clark, Queen’s Park reporter Alan Carter and Wilfred Laurier University professor Barry Kay break down the results of the Ontario election. Ontario’s Liberals have managed to pluck out a majority in an election where few pundits were willing to predict a result. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

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Spurs beat Heat in Game 4 of NBA Finals to take 3-1 lead

MIAMI – Here they are again, back on the brink of a championship.

It slipped away from the San Antonio Spurs last year, but it would take something special – historic, actually – to stop them now.

The Miami Heat would have to make the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history.

“They’re the two-time champs, they’re a great team, and there is still one more game,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said. “We have to win one more game.”

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  • Kawhi Leonard, Spurs roll to 111-92 victory over Miami Heat

  • James carries Heat past Spurs to tie NBA Finals

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the Spurs routed the Heat again, winning 107-86 on Thursday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead.

The Spurs can win their fifth NBA championship with a victory at home in Game 5 on Sunday and avenge their seven-game loss to Miami last year. They have three chances, and the way they’re dominating the Heat, they might need just one.

“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”

LeBron James had 28 points and eight rebounds, but Dwyane Wade was just 1 of 10 through three quarters and finished with 10 points.

“They smashed us,” James said. “Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.”

No team has overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals, and the way the Heat were outclassed twice on their home floor makes it hard to imagine the two-time champions being the first.

“We put ourselves in a position where it is about making history,” James added.

Parker added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 57 per cent from the field and are hitting 54 per cent in the series.

The Spurs lost twice in Miami to end last year’s finals, their only defeat in the championship round. They won their two games in South Florida this time by a combined 40 points.

San Antonio’s surprising dominance has Miami on its heels, and unless Miami can figure things out quickly, the Heat’s two-year championship reign will come to an abrupt end.

If this was the last home game of the season in Miami, it looked and sounded nothing like the ones to end the last two years, which featured confetti falling and trophies raised. This one had the unfamiliar sound of boos late in the first half and a chant of “Go Spurs Go!” with under 3 minutes left from the San Antonio fans who remained long after many of Miami’s had bolted.

A Heat win Sunday would force a Game 6 in Miami Tuesday.

The Heat had followed their last 13 post-season losses with a victory, but now at the end of a fourth straight season that has gone the distance, they might be out of gas. Miami seemed to lack the energy – or maybe effort – to defend San Antonio’s precision ball movement for the full 24 seconds, and time after time the Spurs ended up with a shot from somebody who didn’t have a defender nearby.

Not quite as sharp as when they shot a finals-record 75.8 per cent in the first half Tuesday night, the Spurs were still plenty good enough to open another huge lead by halftime, and they withstood every attempt Miami made to make a run.

“We were expecting a reaction from them but we were ready for it, so we just did the same thing,” Spurs forward Boris Diaw said.

The Spurs knew their defence had to be better, realizing their once-in-a-lifetime, 19-for-21 start in Tuesday’s 111-92 Game 3 victory covered the fact that they allowed Miami to make more than 50 per cent in the game.

They held Miami to 35 per cent in the first half.

“They played great and I can honestly say I don’t think any of us were expecting this type of performance,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

San Antonio blew the game open late in the second quarter with seven straight points, capped by Leonard’s soaring follow dunk that made it 55-33.

James, who battled cramps in Game 1, left the court and briefly returned to the locker room midway through the first quarter Thursday. But he had 10 quick points in the third quarter to bring Miami within 13, but San Antonio pushed it to 81-57 after three and never looked back.

Notes: Under Popovich, the Spurs have won 15 of the 18 best-of-seven series in which they led 2-1. … The Heat hadn’t lost back-to-back games in the playoffs since dropping three straight against the Boston Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

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Winnipeg squeegee couple living in squalor find each other – and hope – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – He sold drugs and she sold herself to feed their hunger for crack cocaine – but with squeegees and hope, they’re pulling themselves out of the gutter.

Drew and Rina Hermkens do a job many hold in low esteem, but it’s brought them together and it marks a big step away from their destructive pasts.

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“It’s nice to be able to go to the fridge and say the food is still here because the crackhead didn’t steal it,” Drew Hermkens says. “It’s nice to be able to leave a bar of soap in the bathroom. In a rooming house, you leave that there and it’s used.”

Rina Hermken hated her now husband when they first met seven years ago on the street, where they sold what they had so they could get high. Now they’re married and they share a home, paying their bills with their squeegees and helping out at the Winnipeg Harvest food bank.

“I just looked at him and I thought, ‘What a low life,’ ” Rina says.

“You weren’t any better,” Drew responds.

“I had no feelings for nobody. All I wanted was that drug,” he says. “Food cut into the drug fund, cigarettes cut into my drug fund, alcohol cut into my drug fund.”

“When you are out there and you say to yourself, ‘I don’t care, I just want that drug’ – well, eventually you’re going to have to deal with that when you’re sober,” she says.

But the two challenged each other and slowly began to make changes.

“I told her, ‘Why don’t you clean a car instead of getting into one?’ ” he says.

“And I found it easier to do that,” she says. “He started building up on my good qualities. … He was making me think about myself and my character.”

He did it because he saw something others had missed.

“I really respected her because she stood up to me. … Even the biggest guys back then wouldn’t stand up to me, because I was very intimidating.”

Then another person stepped into their lives and helped them succeed in the changes they were making.

The couple, striving to escape their miserable lifestyle, pitched a tent behind the Winnipeg Harvest building, and that’s where food bank executive director David Northcott found them.

“It was his eyes and his gentle approach that made me take that helping hand,” Rina says.

They started to get counselling and became Winnipeg Harvest volunteers. They took a marriage course before they married and the certificate from that program and others are proudly displayed in their home.

They still work the streets together, but now, they wield squeegees to earn money for their life together instead of selling their souls for drugs. They’ve been sober for six months.

“It was almost like as if I couldn’t be without him. He was more important than the drugs – he was part of me, of finding myself,” Rina says.

“I knew I was stuck with her and I love her very much,” Drew says, kissing his wife.

They won’t beg and they feel good about how they earn their living. They want everyone to know their success story, and learn from it.

“A lot of people we see say, ‘If Drew can quit drugs, so can anybody,’ ” Rina says. “We are an exception to the rule.”

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Powerful images of protests against World Cup in Brazil – National

Protesters and Brazilian police continued to clash in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and at least three other World Cup cities Thursday.

More than 300 demonstrators gathered along a main highway leading to the stadium in Sao Paulo as they protested the money the country has spent on hosting the tournament.

READ MORE: Police, World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

Some tried to block traffic, but police repeatedly pushed them back, firing canisters of tear gas and using stun grenades.

A few protesters suffered injuries after being hit by rubber bullets.


We take a look at some of the most powerful images from the World Cup protests in Brazil.

A police officer stands next to a destroyed police car during a violent demonstration at the 2014 soccer World Cup in the center of Belo Horizonte , Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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A demonstrator protest while wearing a mask with the face of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and that reads in Portuguese, “Go to see the game, You fool”, during a march against the FIFA 2014 soccer World Cup, at Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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A soccer fan (L) and anti-World Cup protestors yell at each other at a restaurant that was showing the game on Copacabana beach on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Police move past burning debris during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration by people demanding better public services and against the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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Protestors hold up signs during an anti-World Cup demonstration in the Copacabana section on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A protester is detained by police during a demonstration demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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A protestor lies on flags in front of police during an anti-World Cup demonstration in the Copacabana section on June 12, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Police fire non-lethal rounds at protestors during a World Cup protest outside Carrao Metro Station on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Iraqi Shiite cleric urges citizens to defend country – National

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BAGHDAD – A representative for Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Friday urged Iraqis to defend their country as militants who have seized large swaths of the nation’s Sunni heartland captured two towns in an ethnically mixed province northeast of Baghdad.

Neighbouring Shiite powerhouse Iran signalled its willingness to confront the growing threat from this week’s militant blitz, which the United Nations estimates has claimed hundreds of lives.

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    US weighing it’s options as militants continue to make gains in Iraq

  • Sunni militants vow to march on Iraqi capital

The fresh gains by insurgents, spearheaded by fighters from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, come as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government struggles to form a coherent response after militants overran the country’s second-largest city of Mosul, Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit and smaller communities, as well as military and police bases – often after meeting little resistance from state security forces.

The fast-moving rebellion, which also draws support from former Saddam-era figures and other disaffected Sunnis, has emerged as the biggest threat to Iraq’s stability since the U.S. withdrawal at the end of 2011. It has pushed the nation closer to a precipice that could partition it into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish zones.

Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the U.N. human rights office, told journalists in Geneva that the number of people killed in recent days may run into the hundreds, and that the number of wounded could approach 1,000.

He said top U.N. rights official Navi Pillay plans to issue a statement later today expressing alarm at the rapid deterioration of security in Iraq, and said the office has received reports that Iraqi army soldiers as well as 17 civilians in a single street in Mosul had been rounded up and killed by militants.

The assault also threatens to embroil Iraq more deeply in a wider regional conflict feeding off the chaos caused by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported Friday that former members of Tehran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have announced their readiness to fight in Iraq against the Islamic State, while Iranian state television quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying his country will do all it can to fight terrorism next door.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will apply all its efforts on the international and regional levels to confront terrorism,” the report said Rouhani told al-Maliki by phone.

Iran has built close political and economic ties with postwar Iraq, and many influential Iraqi Shiites have lived for stretches of time in the Islamic Republic. Iran earlier this week halted flights to Baghdad because of security concerns and said it was intensifying security measures along its borders.

Shiite cleric Sheik Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalaie told worshippers Friday it is a civic duty to confront the threat facing Iraq. He represents Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most revered Shiite spiritual leader in Iraq.

“Citizens who can carry weapons and fight the terrorists in defence of their country, its people and its holy sites should volunteer and join the security forces,” al-Karbalaie said.

Police officials said militants driving in machine-gun-mounted pickups entered the two newly conquered towns in Diyala province late Thursday – Jalula, 125 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad, and Sadiyah, 95 kilometres (60 miles) north of the Iraqi capital. Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts there without any resistance, they said.

Residents of Jalula said the gunmen issued an ultimatum to the Iraqi soldiers not to resist and give up their weapons in exchange for safe passage out. After seizing the town, the gunmen announced through loudspeakers that they have come to rescue residents from injustice and that none would be hurt.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists, and the residents declined to give their names because of fears for their safety.

The Islamic State has vowed to march on Baghdad, but with its large Shiite population, the capital would be a far more difficult target.

So far, the militants have stuck to the Sunni heartland and former Sunni insurgent strongholds where people are already alienated by al-Maliki’s government over allegations of discrimination and mistreatment. The militants also would likely meet far stronger resistance, not only from government forces but by Shiite militias.

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shiite militia vowed to defend Shiite holy sites, raising the spectre of street clashes and sectarian killings.

Still, Baghdad authorities have tightened security around the capital and residents are stocking up on essentials. Hundreds of young men crowded in front of the main army recruiting centre in Baghdad on Thursday after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle the insurgents.

Trumpeting their victory, the Islamic militants also declared they would impose Shariah law in Mosul, which they captured on Tuesday, and other areas they seized.

A video posted online showed Islamic State fighters holding a parade in a Mosul neighbourhood, with many of the gunmen cruising in armoured vehicles seized from Iraqi forces.

A fighter using a loudspeaker urged the people to join the militant group “to liberate Baghdad and Jerusalem.” The Islamic State’s black banners adorned many of the captured vehicles. Some in the crowd shouted “God is with you” to the fighters.

The video appeared authentic and consistent with Associated Press reporting of the events depicted.

In northern Iraq, Kurdish security forces have moved to fill the power vacuum caused by the retreating Iraqi forces – taking over an air base and other posts abandoned by the military in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk.

Three planeloads of Americans were being evacuated from a major Iraqi air base in Sunni territory north of Baghdad, U.S. officials said Thursday, and Germany urged its citizens to immediately leave parts of Iraq, including Baghdad.

President Barack Obama said Iraq will need more help from the United States, but he did not specify what it would be willing to provide. Senior U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name said Washington is considering whether to conduct drone missions in Iraq.

The advances by the Sunni militants are a heavy defeat for al-Maliki. His Shiite-dominated political bloc came first in April parliamentary elections – the first since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011 – but failed to gain a majority, forcing him to try to build a governing coalition.

“We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter,” Obama said in Washington.

Al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders have pleaded with the Obama administration for more than a year for additional help to combat the growing insurgency.

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Ukrainian minister: troops hit separatists in port – National

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s interior minister said Friday that government troops have attacked pro-Russian separatists in the southern port of Mariupol – the second-largest city in the Donetsk region.

Arsen Avakov said that four government troops were wounded as forces retook buildings occupied by the rebels in the centre of the city and that troops destroyed a light armoured vehicle used by the separatists. An AP reporter saw a bullet-riddled armoured vehicle and truck in front of a building in Mariupol.

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  • Tanks enter eastern Ukraine from Russia, interior minister claims

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The renewed fighting came as rebel leaders confirmed they have three tanks. Ukrainian officials have said the tanks crossed from the Russian side of the porous border and were attacked by Ukrainian troops, but there has been no independent confirmation the tanks came from Russia.

Rebel leader Denis Pushilin told Russian state television the separatists, who call themselves the Donetsk People’s Republic, have the tanks, but that it was “improper to ask” where they had gotten them.

Ukraine and the West have accused Moscow of fomenting the unrest in the east, but Russia has denied sending troops or weapons to Ukraine.

READ MORE: Ukraine orders civilian corridor in east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who took office less than a week ago, on Thursday rallied support for his plan to end fighting in phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Poroshenko told Merkel he is willing to negotiate, but not with what he calls terrorists, and could offer amnesty to those who don’t have “blood on their hands.”

According to his spokesman, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, he told Putin it was “unacceptable” that tanks had crossed the border, while a Kremlin statement said Poroshenko told Putin about his plan for resolving the crisis.

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Ray Davies among honourees at Songwriters Hall of Fame gala

NEW YORK — A death in Ray Davies’ family didn’t allow the singer to attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, but Jon Bon Jovi closed the three-hour event by performing Kinks hits such as “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night.”

Davies, who was dealing with his sister’s death, accepted the honour in a video, saying he was proud to be part of the 2014 class that included Donovan as well as songwriters Jim Weatherly, Graham Gouldman and Mark James.

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Rosanne Cash played double duty at the ceremony in New York City. She sang her father’s “I Still Miss Someone” to honor BMI President Del Bryant – where she grew emotional – and she performed “Catch the Wind” with Donovan following his induction.

American Idol champ Candice Glover sang an impressive version of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” one of many songs Weatherly – a former quarterback for the University of Mississippi – wrote.

“I always assumed I’d be a football coach,” he told the crowd at the Marriott Marquis.

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A Great Big World, the duo behind the recent Christina Aguilera-assisted hit “Say Something,” performed 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” to pay tribute to Gouldman, the English songwriter who wrote the Yardbirds’ “For Your Love” and the Hollies’ “Bus Stop.” And Martina McBride performed “Suspicious Minds,” a No. 1 Elvis Presley hit James wrote.

Grammy-winning R&B singer Miguel gave a show-stopping performance of “Me and Mrs. Jones,” written by Gamble & Huff, who received the Johnny Mercer award, the night’s top prize.

The Philadelphia duo, inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 1995, earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

“What’s next, an Oscar?” Kenneth Gamble said to laughs.

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds received the Hal David Starlight award and performed a slow, piano version of the Grammy-winning “Radioactive,” which he wrote along with his bandmates.

The 26-year-old musician said songwriting strengthened his relationship with his father, who Reynolds said worked a lot because he was raising nine children.

“Every song I write I play it for him,” the singer said. “It’s bonded us in a way that sometimes time wasn’t able do.”

Reynolds added that music also is bringing him closer to his nearly 2-year-old daughter Arrow, who he named after Harry Nilsson’s song “Me And My Arrow.”

Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, who received a respectable introduction from Jimmy Iovine, was also honored at the 45th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The show featured rousing performances from Chita Rivera, Chubby Checker and Jackie Evancho.

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Chubby Checker challenges rock hall of fame to induct him soon

NEW YORK — Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into their exclusive club before it’s too late.

“I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85-years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling,” Checker said on Thursday.

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Checker’s recording of “The Twist,” and subsequent, “Let’s Twist Again” are considered among the most popular songs in the history of Rock and Roll.

“Let’s Twist Again’ was the first rock and roll song that received a Grammy (in 1962),” Checker pointed out.

The 72-year old recording artist equates a place in the Cleveland, Ohio-based hall to the ability to sustain his career.

“If you put me in when I’m too old to make a living, then it’s no good for me to be in there.”

He added: “The Rolling Stones, they’re in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they’re young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they’re still making money.”

He made the comments on the red carpet for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York where Checker performed “Let’s Twist Again” for the ASCAP Centennial celebration.

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, Daryl Hall mentioned that Hall and Oates was the first Philadelphia-based band to be inducted. And after mentioning Chubby Checker, he responded: “Why isn’t he in?”

And he’s not alone. Before going into the ceremony, legendary songwriter Kenny Gamble – of the songwriting team Gamble and Huff – said he feels Checker is long overdue.

“I think Chubby Checker should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s the only person I know to have the same song go to No. 1 twice.”

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Toronto Morning: What you need to know today – Toronto


The Ontario Liberals have won the provincial election and will form a majority government. Polls near the end of the campaign showed the Liberals and Tories neck-and-neck, but Kathleen Wynne managed to connect with voters in her first election as premier.Tim Hudak is stepping down as Progressive Conservative leader after a disappointing second place finish in the provincial election. Hudak said he plans to speak with his caucus to discuss the selection of an interim leader. It appears he will keep his seat as MPP for Niagara – West Glanbrook.Unofficial results say voter turnout for Ontario’s 2014 elections was 51.7 per cent. That is 3.5 percentage points higher than the 2011 elections, which brought out the lowest voter turnout Ontario has ever seen, with 48.2 per cent.Ontario Election 2014 results: Find out who won in your riding using our interactive map.Durham CUPE Local 1764 has informed region officials it will give 48 hours notice before taking strike action as a result of an ongoing labour dispute.The union is in a legal strike position as of Friday, June 13 at 12:01 a.m. Daycare workers will remain on the job today as well as paramedics, health inspectors and other staff.


Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing late this afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h this afternoon. High 24 except 19 near Lake Ontario. UV index 7 or high.

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World Cup 2014: The big rematch between Spain and Netherlands has come around quickly. The teams that played in the final of the last World Cup meet again on Day 2 in Brazil.

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World Cup battle between Spain and Netherlands to dominate Day 2 – Toronto

WATCH: Spain has a winning mentality

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The big rematch between Spain and Netherlands has come around quickly. The teams that played in the final of the last World Cup meet again on Day 2 in Brazil.

The 2014 tournament kicked off with host nation Brazil beating Croatia 3-1 after conceding an early own goal on Thursday. The Group B clash between defending champion Spain and Netherlands is one of three games set for Friday.

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Here are some things to look for:

NO COMPARISON: Dutch winger Arjen Robben has consigned his team’s 1-0 loss to Spain in the 2010 final to history, saying he doesn’t believe in revenge and there’s no way to compare a group game with a title decider.

That doesn’t mean there’ll be any less ferocity in the tackles.

On the eve of the rematch, coach Louis van Gaal defended the tough tackling in the 2010 final that resulted in a total of 13 yellow cards, one red card and wide criticism for his predecessor. That sounds like a cue for more of the same.

Van Gaal signalled he’s considering playing five defenders to stifle Spain’s slick-passing forwards in a further sign that the attacking “total football” style of the Dutch teams of the 1970s and ’80s has been supplanted by a tough, uncompromising focus on defence.

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And they train as they intend to play – Robben was floored twice in tackles in practice this week and midfield playmaker Wesley Sneijder was left wincing in pain after a tackle from behind by Nigel de Jong.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes his team is in its prime and determined to continue a winning run in major events that started at Euro 2008.

Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa is expected to start up front for a Spain, which will likely be relying on a midfield containing David Silva, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets to help the team dominate possession.

Fabregas will be playing a day after announcing he is leaving Barcelona to return to Chelsea on a five-year deal.

Venue: Salvador. Kickoff: 4 p.m. local time (3 p.m. in New York, 8 p.m. in London, 4 a.m. in Tokyo).

VIDAL AVAILABLE? Midfield playmaker Arturo Vidal could make an earlier than expected comeback from injury to play in Chile’s World Cup opener against Australia.

Vidal, who had knee surgery last month, practiced well this week, leading coach Jorge Sampaoli to say it was “highly likely” the Juventus star would be fit before Chile’s game against the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

Most of the pre-tournament attention in Group B has focused on the 2010 finalists Spain and Netherlands, but the way the Chileans have risen steadily in the rankings has many pundits – even Brazil great Pele – picking them to progress out of the group.

If Vidal doesn’t play, the attacking thrust will fall mostly on speedy Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, who is among the players who’ve benefited from Sampaoli’s expansive and high-tempo tactics and is more than capable of exploiting any weaknesses in the inexperienced Australian defence.

Australia, which has slid down to No. 62 in the FIFA rankings since its run to the second round in 2006, will need some moments of genius from New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill to have any chance against Chile.

Venue: Cuiaba. Kickoff: 6 p.m. local time (6 p.m. in New York, 11 p.m. in London, 7 a.m. in Tokyo).

MONEY TALKS: Cameroon’s players arrived late for the World Cup after belatedly resolving a bonus payment dispute with their national federation. Now they’re under pressure to show why they’re worth it.

With players like Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o and Barcelona’s Alex Song, Cameroon is capable of advancing out of Group A. But they need to put the bonus flap, and a disappointing three losses at the last World Cup, behind them and concentrate on Mexico.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera is set to leave Manchester United forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on the bench and give starts up front to Villarreal forward Giovanni Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta, the star of Mexico’s gold-medal win at the London Olympics.

Venue: Natal. Kickoff: 1 p.m. local time (noon in New York, 5 p.m. in London, 1 a.m. in Tokyo).

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Ontario Liberal budget to be reintroduced within 20 days – Toronto

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberals have won a majority government in the provincial election. Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised to reintroduce the Liberal budget – which failed to get the support of the opposition parties last month, triggering the election, within 20 days of the election.

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Here are some highlights from the Liberal fiscal plan:

– eliminate the $12.5-billion deficit by 2017-18.

– create a 10-year $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund to partner with industries poised for growth. Measures include $10 million for a nine-month paid community work and service program to help graduating high school students, and $5 million in grants for the next two years for new small-scale manufacturers.

– invest $15 billion in transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, including the electrification of GO Transit commuter trains and a downtown Toronto subway relief line.

– invest $14 billion in roads, bridges, highways and other transit projects outside the GTHA, including $1 billion to support the development of the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario, with or without financial help from the Harper government.

– provide up to $230 million to expand access to natural gas in under-served communities, including agricultural communities.

– increase taxes for individuals earning more than $150,000.

– increase the minimum wage to $11 on June 1, 2014, and index it to inflation after that.

– create an Ontario retirement pension plan which could be integrated into a CPP expansion in the future.

– guarantee that every Ontarian has access to a primary care provider.

– continue to reduce health-care wait times, focusing on referrals to specialists.

– fund 20 more hospices.

– continue to expand the scope of practice for nurses and pharmacists.

– improve math scores and help kids be more active through 60 minutes of physical activity connected to their school day.

– provide wage increases to child-care workers outside the public school system.

– continue the 30 per cent off tuition grant for post secondary education.

– promise to build new campuses and create spaces for 15,000 more post secondary students in Ontario.

– increase the number of apprentices training in Ontario.

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