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Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89

Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89

NEW YORK — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89.
In mandate letter, PM tells Freeland to spend on temporary measures until crisis ends

In mandate letter, PM tells Freeland to spend on temporary measures until crisis ends

OTTAWA — Emergency spending to deal with the COVID-19 crisis must not outlast the pain it's meant to salve, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instructed Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland in a newly released mandate letter.
New Brunswick premier to appoint two commissioners to review Official Languages Act

New Brunswick premier to appoint two commissioners to review Official Languages Act

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says he will appoint two commissioners to undertake a review of the province's Official Languages Act.
Review: 'Locked Down' mirrors our quarantine experiences

Review: 'Locked Down' mirrors our quarantine experiences

Doug Liman's “Locked Down,” one of the first and most ambitious films to be conceived and shot during the pandemic, is, like our own quarantine experiences, erratic, a little absurd and sporadically delightful.
Mr. WorldWide to NASCAR: Pitbull joins Trackhouse ownership

Mr. WorldWide to NASCAR: Pitbull joins Trackhouse ownership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing has brought entertainer Pitbull on as an ownership partner for an organization making its debut next month at the Daytona 500.
Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, will read at Biden inaugural

Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, will read at Biden inaugural

NEW YORK — At age 22, poet Amanda Gorman, chosen to read at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, already has a history of writing for official occasions. "I have kind of stumbled upon this genre.
Quebec prosecutors won't appeal acquittals in Rozon, Salvail cases after review

Quebec prosecutors won't appeal acquittals in Rozon, Salvail cases after review

MONTREAL — The Crown says it won't appeal the acquittals in the cases of Quebec media stars Gilbert Rozon and Eric Salvail.
Melinda Gates writes US$250K cheque for prize spotlighting female fiction writers

Melinda Gates writes US$250K cheque for prize spotlighting female fiction writers

Philanthropist Melinda Gates has donated US$250,000 to a new prize celebrating women's contributions to American and Canadian literature.
'Parasite's' Bong Joon Ho to head Venice Film Festival jury

'Parasite's' Bong Joon Ho to head Venice Film Festival jury

“Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho has been selected as jury president of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, organizers said Friday.
'This is too much': Art shows children's struggles during pandemic, says researcher

'This is too much': Art shows children's struggles during pandemic, says researcher

A collection of children's drawings made during the pandemic illustrates the mental toll the crisis is taking on Canadian youth, says the researcher behind a project analyzing their artwork. Many of the submissions by kids and teenagers on childart.