Apples – red apples – sometimes seem like the key to understanding Mary Pratt’s work. . Here was an artist of the everyday and the edible, and what could be more quotidian than an apple? She ate them for breakfast herself, she said. . But the “wonderful wicked apple,” as she once called it, also has a sinful lore – and she channelled it. To look at the Red Delicious in Ms. Pratt’s Glassy Apples (1994) is to think of Eve as readily as pie. The reds are a little sanguine. The skin glints like it’s coated with something. Cut in half, one seems to lie belly up and vivisected. . This, too, was characteristic of Ms. Pratt, who died on Tuesday at the age of 83. Her immaculate photorealist surfaces often contained a short story’s worth of sublimated pain and angst. . The comparison has been made before, but Ms. Pratt really was the Alice Munro of painting – and not only because, as with the Nobel winner, she was among the finest practitioners of her form this country has produced, an art-world giant not only in her own province of Newfoundland and Labrador, but across the country, a status capped by the National Gallery of Canada’s triumphant solo retrospective of her work in 2015. . Both women became great artists while doubling as housewives and dwelled in their art on the darkness and frustrations of being a married woman in their generation: the drudgery, the sexual daydreams, the curdling of spousal love, the grinding work and sudden disasters attendant on motherhood and the female body. . Read Eric Andrew Gee’s full story on Mary Pratt via the link in our profile. . Bowld Banana (1981), Collection of Richard Gwyn and Carol Bishop-Gwyn . Eggs in an Egg Crate (1975), The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland Collection . Fish Head in Steel Sink (1983), Private collection . Pyrex on Gas Flame (1977), Private collection . Grilse on Glass (1980), Private collection
Making news for Friday August 17. . 1. Hundreds of cancer patients in Canada did not receive the full dose of three highly concentrated intravenous medications because of problems with the way they were administered. However, at least two provinces disagree on whether the patients need to be told. . The drugs are for advanced cases of cancer and are given to patients in hospitals using a similar method to how chemotherapy is administered: via an intravenous tube attached to a pump. In June, Cancer Care Ontario learned that the way some hospitals were using this system when they administered these drugs could leave small amounts behind after the treatment ended. The problem was first noticed by a health-care worker at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. . 2. Emergency officials in British Columbia are bracing for an increase in extreme fire activity in the province’s central Interior as hot, dry weather is expected to cause wildfires to quickly spread, adding to a crisis that has already forced thousands of people from their homes. . A day earlier, the B.C. government declared a state of emergency − the second in two years − as more than 500 wildfires burning in nearly every corner of the province have overwhelmed the province’s firefighting resources. As of Thursday, there were 26 evacuation orders issued, affecting about 3,100 people, while another 19,000 were under evacuation alerts that could call for them to leave their homes. . 3. U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting Canada has deliberately been left on NAFTA’s sidelines as one-on-one talks heat up between Washington and Mexico. . For four straight weeks, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo have held bilateral negotiations on the North American free-trade agreement, while Canada has been absent from the bargaining table. . Canadian officials have insisted they’re unfazed by being left out of the discussions because it’s allowing the U.S. and Mexico to sort out tough bilateral issues, such as their differences on autos. . For more on these and other stories follow the link in our bio.
Aretha Franklin remembered for her transcendent voice — At Chicago’s Regal Theater in 1967, at the height of her powers, Aretha Franklin had a crown placed upon her head in a coronation that was official enough. She was pronounced the Queen of Soul. But what does that mean? . There are certain artists who possess, beyond the admiration for their art, a supernatural sway in evoking our love. In a better world, they would be our royalty. . But, uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. Queening ain’t easy, something Aretha spelled out on Respect and many other songs she recorded. . Aretha Franklin died Thursday, at the age of 76. She will be remembered, of course, for her voice, a transcendent instrument under an expressive expert’s full control. The phrasing, the colour, the communicative ability, the sheer power – it’s all there. Beyond that, we will remember Franklin’s piano-playing musicianship, her songwriting (Think, Day Dreaming, Rock Steady, Who’s Zoomin’ Who) and her extraordinary command in a variety of different styles. Soul music? Queen of, as discussed. Pop? After Franklin sang I Say a Little Prayer, Dionne Warwick (who recorded it first) winced and shrunk an inch. Swamp rock? Chain of Fools struts like Creedence Clearwater Revival on grits, deep spite and back-woods voodoo. Gospel? Franklin, the daughter of a Detroit preacher, was a virtuoso at age 15. By that time she had already given birth to two children. — Reporting by Brad Wheeler
More than 500 wildfires burn as B.C. declares state of emergency — British Columbia was placed under a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 500 wildfires overwhelmed the province’s firefighting capacity and officials conceded the only thing that will help is rain. . More than 3,000 people are on the ground fighting the fires, which have prompted evacuation orders and alerts in almost every region of the province and blanketed an even larger area with a choking layer of smoke and haze. On Wednesday, the federal government was in the process of deploying as many as 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel. . The Armed Forces confirmed that a first team of 100 would be deployed on Thursday to an area west of Kelowna to begin mopping up and to relieve the fire crews there. . “We’re going to throw everything we have got at these fires, but in a lot of cases, Mother Nature is going to be in the drivers’ seat,” Kevin Skrepnek, the province’s chief fire information officer, said in a conference call. . He said rain would be critical – “and not just a small, quick event, but widespread rain across the entire province to really start to alleviate the situation.” . However, he added: “We’re not really seeing [rain] in the forecast right now.” . This is the second straight year that B.C. has declared a wildfire emergency, but the problem now is the sheer number of fires, with 566 recorded as of Wednesday, compared with 150 at the same time last year. Still, there have been fewer evacuations than last year. . Shannon Hatch lives in the community of Fort Fraser, near the Village of Fraser Lake, which was put on evacuation alert this week. Huge plumes of smoke have darkened the region, about 160 kilometres from Prince George. . “Ash has been falling like snow,” Ms. Hatch said on Wednesday. “Yesterday in the afternoon, it was pitch black, like nighttime.” — Photographs by Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press Reporting by Ian Bailey and Andrea Woo Map by Murat Yukselir
‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dead at 76 — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. . Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute” in Detroit. . The family added: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.” — Photo by Charles Sykes / The Associated Press Reporting by Mesfin Fekadu and Hillel Italie
Making news for Thursday August 16. . 1. British Columbia was placed under a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 500 wildfires overwhelmed the province’s firefighting capacity and officials conceded the only thing that will help is rain. . More than 3,000 people are on the ground fighting the fires, which have prompted evacuation orders and alerts in almost every region of the province and have blanketed an even larger area with a choking layer of smoke and haze. On Wednesday the federal government was in the process of deploying as many as 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel to relieve fire crews and help with evacuations. . 2. Fortune 500 company Constellation Brands Inc., the global alcohol company that makes Corona beer and Robert Mondavi wine, is taking aim at the booming cannabis market with a $5-billion bet on Canopy Growth Corp. − hedging against potential declines in beer and liquor sales as consumer tastes change. . The investment in the Canadian marijuana grower is by far the largest deal to date in the cannabis industry. It cements the link between the alcohol-beverage giant, with all its marketing and deal-making expertise, and the emerging sector, where recreational use is winning legitimacy in Canada and elsewhere. . 3. U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a former top U.S. official who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration. Mr. Trump also threatened to yank the clearances of a handful of individuals, including former top intelligence and law enforcement officials, as well as a current member of the Justice Department. All are critics of the President or people he appears to believe are against him. . For more on these and other stories follow the link in our bio.
CNE foods sneak peek — $100 Golden Burger from Bacon Nation Brioche bun covered in 24kart (edible) gold, two beef patties, maple bacon, peameal bacon, avocado, cheddar, onion rings, jalapenos, chipotle mayo . Deep Fried Ferrero Rocher from Bacon Nation Ferrero Rocher wrapped in cookie dough, dipped in funnel cake batter and deep fried. . Pineapple Poke Bowl from Fresh Chopped Tuna, carrots, cucumber, slaw, avocado inside a pineapple . Deep fried mac and cheese popsicle from Farm to Fryer Macaroni and cheese deep fried in a Cheetos batter. . Mexican street corn from Roasted Corn Booths roast corn rolled in Sriracha mayo, parmesan cheese, cheddar and jalepeno and Flaming Hot Cheetos & The Big Poppa ramen burger from Yatai Ramen noodle bun, beef, spam, fried chicken — Photos by @meltait
Making news for Wednesday August 15. . 1. The collapse of the elevated Genoa. Italy, highway bridge during a severe storm on Tuesday has killed at least 37 people, but authorities fear that toll will grow as rescue efforts continue. . Shortly after the bridge collapsed in the northwestern Italian industrial and port city, the Italian media reported that an engineer had warned two years ago that the soaring 1960s structure had a troubled maintenance history and often required hefty repair jobs. . The bridge, known as the Morandi Viaduct, collapsed shortly before noon, local time, during heavy rainfall, sending about 20 vehicles plunging some 80 or 90 metres into the industrial zone below. “It was just after 11:30 when we saw lightning strike the bridge,” eyewitness Pietro all’Asa told ANSA. “And we saw the bridge going down.” . 2. The Ontario government has suspended salary increases for public-sector senior executives, including those at school boards, universities, colleges and hospitals, effectively reinstating a wage freeze that has been in place for the better part of a decade. . A directive sent on Monday to public-sector board chairs, a copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, said the salary restrictions will be in effect until a review of the compensation program for executives is completed by June, 2019. Executives are those entitled to receive $100,000 or more in a calendar year. . 3. British Columbia’s Trinity Western University has dropped a requirement that students adhere to a community covenant that forbids sex outside of heterosexual marriage, but says it has no plans to revive its proposal for a law school. The change, announced Tuesday, follows a Supreme Court ruling in June that upheld the right of provincial law societies to reject the graduates of the proposed law school. Law societies in B.C. and Ontario argued the mandatory covenant amounted to discrimination against LGBTQ students. . For more on these and other stories follow the link in our bio.
Italian highway bridge collapse kills dozens in Genoa — The collapse of the elevated Genoa. Italy, highway bridge during a severe storm on Tuesday has killed at least 26 people, but authorities fear that toll will grow as rescue efforts continue. . Shortly after the bridge collapsed in the northwestern Italian industrial and port city, the Italian media reported that an engineer had warned two years ago that the soaring 1960s structure had a troubled maintenance history and often required hefty repair jobs. . Italy’s ANSA news agency, citing fire brigade sources, says at least 35 people are dead. . In his assessment, Antonio Brencich of the University of Genoa said the bridge had been the “object of deep maintenance that leads to the expectation that, in not too many years, maintenance costs will exceed the cost of reconstructing the bridge: At that point, the time will come to demolish the bridge and rebuild it.” . The bridge, known as the Morandi Viaduct, collapsed shortly before noon, local time, during heavy rainfall, sending about 20 vehicles plunging some 80 or 90 metres into the industrial zone below. “It was just after 11:30 when we saw lightning strike the bridge,” eyewitness Pietro all’Asa told ANSA. “And we saw the bridge going down.” — Follow the link in our bio to read the story by Eric Reguly — Photos: 1. AP Photo/Antonio Calanni 2. Paolo Rattini/Getty Images 3 & 4. Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP 5. Andrea Leoni/AFP/Getty Images 6. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Making news for Tuesday August 14. . 1. Police said Monday that the New Brunswick man charged with four counts of first-degree murder after a shooting on Friday killed two civilians and two police officers had a firearms license. The long gun, which is believed to be used in the attack, is also commonly available for purchase. At a press conference outside of the Fredericton Police Department, Deputy Chief Martin Gaudet told reporters that the firearm is not prohibited or restricted. The police department has been transformed into a memorial for the deceased officers, with flowers, cards and teddy bears set up outside the headquarters. . 2. The Ontario government announced that recreational cannabis will be sold online through a retail channel when it is legalized this fall, and that customers will have to wait till Apr. 1 to be able to go into a brick-and-mortar store and buy the product legally. The Progressive Conservatives’ plan, as The Globe and Mail revealed last month, reverses the course on the preceding Liberal government’s system, which would have had legalized cannabis distributed through publicly-owned and operated stores. The “tightly regulated” private retail model will also give municipalities the choice to opt out of hosting any cannabis shops within their boundaries, leaving the province with the task of wholesaling product to retailers and managing the only legal online store. . 3. The decision to remove a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald from the steps of Victoria’s City Hall this past weekend easily passed a city council vote last week, but the controversy over the first prime minister’s effigy is being dragged out further: Ontario has waded into the debate by offering to display the removed statue. Victoria promptly rejected the offer. The Ontario Progressive Conservative House Leader Todd Smith had wrote Victoria on Friday offering to “take ownership of the statue,” arguing that “our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald holds a significant place in the hearts of many Canadians and should be honoured accordingly.” . For more on these and other stories, visit the link in our bio.
Uyghur diaspora haunted by anxiety, guilt as family held in Chinese camps — Sometimes, at the Vista Heights Public School in Mississauga, when the teacher gathers students around for a community circle, Khadija Abdulaziz talks about her relatives in China, the dozens of people who have disappeared. . “I told them about the concentration camps and the thing that my grandma died,” said Khadija, who is 10. . Those camps are what the Chinese call political re-education centres. They are internment facilities where Chinese authorities have placed large numbers of Muslims as part of a campaign to counter what Beijing deems religious radicalism in the country’s far-western Xinjiang region. . It is weighty material for an Ontario primary school. But Khadija talks about it in hopes that “Canadians will understand us, and they might help us.” . She talks, too, because what’s happening 10,000 kilometres away has cast a pall over her home in Canada, where she and her family, once prosperous textile traders in China, have been unable to escape what is happening in Xinjiang, even as they have sought safety for themselves as refugees. . In the past year, more than 50 people in Khadija’s extended family have vanished. Her mother and father believe the disappeared have been placed into indoctrination camps, where, according to the accounts of others who have been released, detainees undergo forcible Chinese-language instruction, skills training and political instruction – which includes praising the Communist Party and declaring religious belief stupid. . Although China has not formally acknowledged its re-education campaign, satellite imagery and online government-procurement documents have confirmed an extensive effort that has incarcerated hundreds of thousands in Xinjiang, locking many behind high walls and barbed wire. . Among them are Uyghurs who have previously travelled abroad or even communicated with people elsewhere. Those with overseas connections, scholars say, have been specifically targeted for indoctrination. — Follow the link in our bio to read the full story by Nathan Vanderklippe Photos by Christopher Katsarov and Deborah Baic @catsarov @dbglobe
Making news for Monday August 13. . 1. The daylight slaying of four people in Fredericton, including two police officers and a couple embarking on a new romance, was perpetrated by a lone shooter with a long-gun, authorities allege. . Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder Saturday morning, one day after a Fredericton neighbourhood was locked down as police sought a gunman at an apartment complex on Brookside Drive. Mr. Raymond is currently recovering from police-inflicted gunshot wounds in a local hospital. . At a Saturday afternoon press conference, police officials would only say that lethal shots were fired by a shooter who was perched in an apartment window and fired at the courtyard below. No details are being released about how he chose his targets. Police are not speaking to the model of the weapon used, or whether it was lawfully acquired. . 2. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by promising that his government would implement all of the commission’s calls to action but, nearly three years later, the progress has been slow. . Few of the 76 calls to action that fall under federal jurisdiction have been fully met, and many have not advanced beyond the initial stages. . 3. ‘Unite the Right 2’, a white supremacist rally in Washington D.C. drew about 20 demonstrators and hundreds of chanting counterprotesters on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va. . A large police presence kept the two sides separated in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. After roughly two hours and a few speeches, the Unite the Right 2 rally ended early when it began to rain and two police vans escorted the demonstrators back to Virginia. . For more on these and other stories follow the link in our bio.