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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

IN THE NEWS…

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.

WEATHER       

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.

More on current weather conditions and a 7-day forecast. 

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Sports:

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.

WATCH: Dutch team looking to take their game to next stage

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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ELECTION RESULTS: Riding numbers on election night

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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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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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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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.”

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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Jamaica to relax some marijuana laws – National

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s government on Thursday announced a major rethinking of its marijuana laws, including plans to partially decriminalize small amounts of pot and to allow possession for religious, scientific and medical purposes.

Justice Minister Mark Golding said the Cabinet is backing a proposal to make possession of no more than 2 ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, or “ganja” as it’s known locally, a petty offence that would result in a fine but not a criminal arrest.

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“I wish to stress that the proposed changes to the law are not intended to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes,” Golding said. “The objective is to provide a more enlightened approach to dealing with possession of small quantities.”

Golding also announced that marijuana will be decriminalized for religious purposes – a major victory for Jamaica’s homegrown Rastafari spiritual movement. Many Rastafarians smoke marijuana as a sacrament which they say brings them closer to the divine but they have always faced the possibility of prosecution for doing so.

Government plans call for decriminalization for medicinal and scientific purposes as Jamaica hopes to cash in on the burgeoning cannabis industry. “It is not only wrong but also foolhardy to continue with a law that makes it illegal to possess ganja and its derivatives for medicinal purposes,” Golding said.

READ MORE: Lobbyists call for Jamaica to decriminalize pot

Legislation will also be drafted to provide a path for people to get criminal records expunged if they have been convicted under the current law for smoking small amounts of marijuana.

Debate has raged for decades around loosening marijuana laws in Jamaica, an island that is nearly as famous for its weed as it is for its scenic beaches and unique culture. The drug has been pervasive but outlawed for a century on the island where about 300 young men receive criminal records each week for possessing a little marijuana.

Previous efforts in Jamaica to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana have been scuttled because officials feared they would violate international treaties and bring sanctions from Washington.

But as the pot decriminalization movement gains unprecedented traction across the globe, particularly in U.S. states, there’s been a growing push to lift restrictions on a cash-strapped island where political leaders have been emboldened by changes in the U.S.

“I think it highly unlikely this will get a negative reaction from the Obama administration,” said Ethan Nadelmann, director of the non-profit Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization group based in New York.

Ruling party lawmaker Raymond Pryce, who introduced a motion to relax drug laws in the House last year, said he’s confident that the administration of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller “will continue to take all appropriate and necessary steps to completely achieve a legitimate ganja sector fully reflective of the religious, cultural and medicinal opportunities which can now be pursued.”

Golding stressed that the current law prohibiting pot remains in effect until legislation to amend that law has been authorized by lawmakers. With Simpson-Miller’s party having a 2-to-1 majority in Parliament and many opposition legislators supporting relaxing the drug laws, the measures are almost certain to be authorized.

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U.S. soldier released in controversial swap with Taliban arrives home – National

WASHINGTON – Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Bergdahl was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base.

While at the Texas Army base, Bergdahl “will continue the next phase of his reintegration process,” Kirby said, adding there was no timeline for the process.

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“Our focus remains on his health and well-being,” he said. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel “is confident that the Army will continue to ensure that Sgt. Bergdahl receives the care, time and space he needs to complete his recovery and reintegration,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The Idaho native was expected to be reunited with his family in San Antonio. He was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and released by the Taliban on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Before his departure from Germany on Thursday, officials in Washington said Bergdahl will not receive the automatic Army promotion that would have taken effect this month if he were still in captivity. Now that he is back in U.S. military control, any future promotions would depend on his performance and achievement of certain training and education milestones.

Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl’s condition out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight after a lengthy period in captivity and amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release.

Officials also said Thursday that the Army has not yet formally begun a new review into the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture and whether he walked away without leave or was deserting the Army when he was found and taken by insurgents.

The answers to those questions will be key to whether Bergdahl will receive more than $300,000 in back pay owed to him since he disappeared. If he was determined to have been a prisoner of war, he also could receive roughly another $300,000 or more, if recommended and approved by Army leaders.

Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since June 1.

Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl. Some of Bergdahl’s former Army colleagues have accused him of deserting his post.

Critics also have said the five Taliban members could return to the battlefield. Administration officials have told Congress that four of the five Taliban officials likely will rejoin the fight.

In congressional testimony Wednesday, Hagel called the former Taliban government officials “enemy belligerents” but said they hadn’t been implicated in any attacks against the United States. He said Qatar, which has agreed to keep the five inside the country for a year, promised sufficient security measures to warrant making the swap for Bergdahl.

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