Canadian early voting rises, tight race prompts talk of need for partners

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s federal elections watchdog said on Tuesday more Canadians voted early this year compared with four years ago, while on the campaign trail party leaders increasingly discussed the possibility that no party will win a majority in parliament.

In the four days ending on Monday, voters were allowed to cast an advance ballot. During the first two days, some 2 million people voted, an increase of 25% from 2015, Elections Canada said. Election day is Oct. 21.

“The trend has been that more people take advantage of the option of advanced polling … because they like the convenience of it,” said Nick Gamache, director of media relations at Elections Canada.

Though overall numbers for all four days have yet to be tallied, Gamache said it was a “safe assumption” that there was an overall increase in advance voting versus 2015.

Advance voting “has been trending up in every federal election,” Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker said on Twitter. It “doesn’t always mean overall turnout will be higher,” he said.

Polls show the two biggest parties, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, are tied nationally though neither is positioned to win an outright majority in parliament, meaning they may need a partner to govern.

The left-leaning New Democrats (NDP) gained 5 percentage points to 20% over the past week and is in third place nationally, according to an Ipsos poll published on Tuesday, a surge that could hand NDP leader Jagmeet Singh the balance of power.

All the candidates were campaigning on Tuesday after many took a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Speaking in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Trudeau urged voters to choose Liberals not only over Conservatives, but also over the rival, left-leaning NDP and the Green Party.

“If you want progressive action, you need a progressive government, not a progressive opposition,” Trudeau said.

Singh, who himself cast an early ballot over the weekend, said on Sunday that he was open to working with other parties to keep the Conservatives out of power, but on Monday adjusted his message to say his goal was to win, not enter a coalition.

“It’s quite clear the NDP would join a high-deficit, high- tax government, and it’s quite clear Justin Trudeau would pay any price to stay in power,” Scheer said in Quai Saint-Andre, Quebec.

Though leaders are speaking to a smaller audience after millions cast early ballots, one exception may be Manitoba, which was struck by a major storm packing snow and toppling trees over the weekend.

Elections Canada is looking into ways to help those in the areas hardest hit to vote on election day, Gamache said.

“We’re in evaluation mode. We’re already looking at adding resources on the ground so that people can cast a ballot,” he said. “If there’s an influx (on election day), we want people not to have longer lines.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan talk baby Archie at gala for kids

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, made their first joint appearance since their South Africa tour to attend the WellChild Awards, an awards ceremony for kids with serious illnesses and their caregivers.

Harry and Meghan met one-on-one with three of the night’s winners, a 16-year-old boy who cares for his younger brother, a 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia last year.

While talking to the 12-year-old girl, Milly Sutherland, Harry bonded with her over both being redheads while Meghan shared that she had just taken the couple’s 5-month-old son Archie to his first playgroup.

“I just took Archie for his first class,” Meghan said, according to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie. “It was a lot of fun. He loved it.”

Harry is patron of WellChild, which describes itself as the “national UK children’s charity helping to get seriously ill children and young people out of hospital and home to their families.”

Meghan’s dark green dress for the awards ceremony in London was nearly identical in shade to the evening gown her sister-in-law Duchess Kate wore Tuesday night at a reception in Pakistan.

Meghan’s dress for the event also appears to be the same one she wore for a joint interview she and Harry did after their engagement was announced in November 2017.

Meghan has made a fashion statement recently by recycling some of her old looks, including on at least three occasions on the couple’s recent 10-day tour of South Africa.

The WellChild Awards, which Harry and Meghan also attended last year, is the first time the couple has appeared together in public since the news broke last week that Harry started legal action against several British tabloids with regard to “the illegal interception of voicemail messages.”

A few days before that it was confirmed that Harry and Meghan are also taking legal action against another British tabloid, the Mail on Sunday, for what they allege was an invasion of privacy.

“There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face — as so many of you can relate to — I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been,” Harry said in announcing the legal action, adding later in the statement, “I have been a silent witness to [Meghan’s] private suffering for too long. To stand back and do nothing would be contrary to everything we believe in.”

The legal action against the Mail on Sunday was confirmed on Oct. 1, just as Harry and Meghan wrapped up their tour of South Africa.

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Snooze button, checking emails, social media – Britons’ morning routine

Three in 10, of the 2,000 adults polled, said checking social media was the first thing they do as they wake, while a tenth make catching up on work emails a priority. The research, commissioned by Quaker Oats, also revealed almost half the nation “snooze” their alarm with one sixth doing so more than twice. But these additional minutes in bed means less than half make time for breakfast everyday and a third of “snoozers” admitted they’d rather have a few extra winks than food. It also emerged 54 percent agree the amount of sleep they have affects their productivity during the day.

Quaker Oats has teamed up with Tom Daley to help get mornings back on track and launch the Daley Kickstart to inspire the nation to wake up on the right side of the bed.

Medal-winning diver Tom Daley said: “I’m no stranger to early mornings – my training schedule not to mention being a new dad keep me pretty busy – but I always make time for breakfast.

“With snoozers twice as likely to struggle concentrating, how you wake up and what you eat in the morning really does set you up for the day.”

Professor John Groeger from Nottingham Trent University’s sleep centre added: “Snoozing and our modern morning routine is having a detrimental effect on our body clocks and the day ahead.

“Pushing the snooze button isn’t a solution and the few minutes you save by having breakfast will cost you much more later in the day.

“It’s better to get up, eat a slow energy-release breakfast and get outside into the daylight as soon as you can.”

The study also found “manic Mondays” still rings true as almost a quarter of the nation said they find it the hardest day to wake up.

Many differences were revealed between those who get up at the first alarm and “snoozers”, with the latter taking five extra minutes to get ready on a morning.

A further 44 percent of those who stay in bed as long as possible admitted they feel “tired” during the working day compared to one third those who jump straight up.

And one in five struggle to concentrate in work – double the amount of those who do not snooze their alarm.

A third of adults who get up at the first alarm feel productive during the day compared to just a quarter of those who opt for more sleep.

Those who don’t snooze their alarm also feel happier, converse with their colleagues regularly and work to the best of their ability more than Brits who stay in bed.

It also emerged one in five adults take more than an hour to get ready before heading to work, with 20 percent claiming that eating breakfast takes up the most time.

A further one in five of those polled, via OnePoll, said they feel more motivated from eating breakfast.

Those who make time for breakfast tend to have their first snack at 11.25am while Britons who don’t eat when they wake up are ravenous by 10am.

Excuses for not making time for food first thing include a lack of time and not being hungry with one in five admitting they would rather have more time in bed.

Rebecca Parker, from Quaker Oats, added: “The morning routine is clearly different for everyone, whether they’re an early riser or prefer those extra minutes in bed.

“We want to encourage Brits to wake up on the right side of the bed each day in order to feel alert, productive and ready to seize the day.”

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Grease: Rydell High Musical Spinoff Series Coming to HBO Max

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HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service owned by WarnerMedia, has ordered Grease: Rydell High, a musical series inspired by the 1978 hit movie, Grease.

The series will be set in and around the world of Rydell High, the high school where greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and innocent transfer student Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) fell in love all over again after meeting over the summer.

The show will reimagine the movie “with some characters you already know, and a whole lot more you will soon meet,” a press release teased. “It’s still the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers.”

Grease is an iconic pop-culture phenomenon that works for every generation, and I’m thrilled that our friends at Paramount were excited about the idea of opening up the show and putting it on a larger canvas for a weekly series,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock’n’roll musical. It’s Grease 2.0 but with the same spirit, energy, and excitement you immediately think of when you hear any of these iconic songs.”

Said Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television, “Grease is one of the most beloved Paramount titles and it’s a thrill to be re-imagining it for today’s audience with our good friends at Temple Hill and Picturestart. When [WarnerMedia chairman] Bob Greenblatt called about bringing it to television, we knew we would be in the perfect hands because of our great working relationship with HBO Max and Bob’s genuine passion for musicals and Grease in particular.”

A premiere date for Grease: Rydell High has yet to be announced. HBO Max is expected to launch in the spring of 2020 and will exclusively stream shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory, as well as the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot.

Reflecting on the iconic movie’s 40th anniversary last year, Travolta, 65, and Newton-John, 71, confirmed they’re still good friends.

“We text!” Newton-John told PEOPLE. “We did something life-changing, making that film. I feel grateful to have worked with him.”

Temple Hill, Picturestart and Paramount Pictures are also developing a feature film prequel to Grease, titled Summer Lovin’.

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Sterling K. Brown says his teachers told him to stop lifting weights

Not everyone endorsed Sterling K. Brown‘s exercise routine in grad school.

“My teachers told me to stop lifting weights,” the “This Is Us” star told Men’s Health of his NYU professors. “I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And they were like, ‘It’s gonna be hard for things to pass through you with all this musculature. So for emotion, for feelings to flow through, you have to be a vessel, a sieve, rather than something that is heavily armored.’”

Brown, who then looked to cardio and yoga, now regularly incorporates calisthenics and basketball into his workouts — and he’s now ripped.

“There’s a wider breadth of who you can be onstage than was allowed on the camera,” the 43-year-old actor explained. “Denzel Washington, Sam Jackson, Delroy Lindo, Don Cheadle — all these dudes come from theater, and they weren’t jacked-up, crazy-looking dudes.”

Though Brown has enjoyed immense professional success, the “Frozen II” star has other goals in mind, specifically, maintaining a balanced regimen and diet to reach 100 years of age.

“I just don’t want to give in to the statistical analysis that says that is my fate,” he says. “So I try to do things as proactively as possible to ensure that I’m around to see my children’s children and be of value to them when they come into the world. There’s so much to live for, and I don’t want to sell myself short by thinking I don’t have a right to longevity and vitality any more or less than anyone else.”

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Evil Casts Renée Elise Goldsberry as Someone Crucial From David's Past

Oh, Evil‘s Leland Townshend is going to have a field day with this one.

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Altered Carbon, One Live to Live) will recur on CBS’ supernatural drama this season, our sister site Deadline reports. Her character, Renee Harris, is a charismatic lawyer who works on behalf of the Catholic Church.

However, here’s the most devilish of details about Renee (or, at least, the one by which we’re most intrigued): She’s the sister of David’s late, often-referenced girlfriend Julia. Goldsberry will appear in multiple episodes.

The Tony-winning actress (for playing Angelica Schuyler in the original Broadway cast of Hamilton) has a long TV resume that includes The Following, The Good Wife, Younger, Masters of Sex, Law & Order: SVU, Ally McBeal and the “Original Cast Album: Co-Op” episode of Documentary Now!. She also played the title role in HBO’s film adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her first major small-screen role was that of Evangeline Williamson on the ABC soap One Life to Live, a part she played for the better part of a decade.

Evil airs Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS.

Got thoughts on what Goldsberry’s character could mean for Mike Colter’s David? Hit the comments! 

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Nick Jonas, Shawn Levy Team for Netflix YA Series

Nick Jonas and “Stranger Things” producer Shawn Levy are teaming on a YA holiday series which has been ordered at Netflix.

The show in question, “Dash & Lily,” is based on the book series “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and will consist of eight 30-minute episodes, scheduled to launch sometime in 2020.

Austin Abrams (“Euphoria”) and Midori Francis (“Good Boys”) have been cast as the titular romantic couple. In the show, a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.

Levy will executive produce with Josh Barry via his 21 Laps banner, which now has multiple projects including “Stranger Things,” set up at the streamer. Jonas will EP via his Image 32 shingle. Joe Tracz, who previously worked on “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” has been named as the showrunner, writer and executive producer.

“The most essential quality of 21 Laps shows and films is heart, and ‘Dash & Lily’ has that quality in spades,” said Levy in a statement. “Josh Barry and I are thrilled to be starting production with such an exceptional group of collaborators on and off screen – from writer/showrunner Joe Tracz to our talented directors, incredible cast, and of course, our producing partner, Nick Jonas. This show is inspiring to us and promises to give audiences a uniquely romantic and entertaining New York City holiday adventure.”

“Dash & Lily” will also star Dante Brown and Troy Iwata as series regulars, as well as Keana Marie, James Saito and Jodi Long in recurring roles.

Cohn and Levithan are on board as co-executive producers. Brad Silberling will direct and executive produce the first two episodes, while Fred Savage and Pamela Romanowsky will also direct part of the series. 

Scott Rudin Productions had previously optioned the rights to Cohn and Levithan’s books and attached Lena Dunham to write and direct, however, that project never came to fruition. 

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Sainsbury’s unveils mega half price toy sale – with 50% off on popular brands

Although it might be a little bit too early to start your Christmas shopping, Sainsbury's will still tempt you with its incredible half price sale.

The supermarket giant is launching a massive toy sale with up to 50% off popular brands like PAW Patrol, Barbie, LEGO and VTech this week.

A shopper confirmed details of the upcoming sale – which will be available in stores and online – with savvy customers using the hotukdeals website.

The user wrote: "Goes live October 16. My 'insider' was correct on the info and thanks to all the community for confirming also."

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If you want to make the most of this sale, you'll have to act quick because stock is expected to sell out quickly.

The bargain hunter also revealed examples of deals to look out for in this year's toy sale.

Shoppers can expect 33% off the PAW Patrol Ultimate Rescue Pups Pals, a half price Barbie Babysitters Sitting Pack and 25% off a Peppa Pig Kitchen.

  • Tesco announces fuel offer – shoppers can save 10p per litre on petrol or diesel

And with every Sainsbury's purchase, customers can earn plenty of points by scanning their Nectar card points.

Each £1 spent at the supermarket is equivalent to 1 Nectar point. Customers can collect points on selected financial products and fuel once they've registered their cards.

If you forget to swipe your card at tills, simply present your receipt at the Customer Service Desk with your Nectar card.

For more details on the Nectar card, visit the website.

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Gina Kirschenheiter Wonders 'Who the F–k' Meghan King Edmonds Is in RHOC Exclusive Sneak Peek

“Who the f–k is Meghan?!” Gina shouts. “I just met this girl!”

Things heat up between Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson on Tuesday’s episode of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," and a former castmember gets caught in the crossfire.

In TooFab’s exclusive sneak peek of the group’s birthday trip to celebrate Shannon Beador, Emily refuses to come out of the bathroom because she’s hysterical over her feud with Gina. Last week, Gina learned the man Emily tried to set her up with — Shane’s cousin — had a girlfriend, and he told Gina that the Simpsons both knew.

In the bathroom trying to console a blubbering Emily was "RHOC" alum Meghan King Edmonds, who was at the receiving end of Gina’s initial fury when she reluctantly got up from the table and decided to go check on her friend. By the way, a confrontation in any bathroom is the self-proclaimed germaphobe’s "worst nightmare."

"I tried to do something nice; it didn’t work out. No harm, no foul. You didn’t go out on a date. It’s not like you were emotionally invested in him and then you found out," Emily was seen explaining to Meghan when Gina came charging through the door. "Hello?!"

Gina was livid. "I’m just gonna tell you this: I’ve done my best. I just met Meghan. I would never bring her into my business," she said, looking directly at a wide-eyed Meghan. "You shouldn’t get involved in any of our business! And you know what I told everybody else at that table? ‘I’m gonna talk to her about it.’"

"Who the f–k is Meghan?!" Gina animatedly shouted during a later confessional. "I just met this girl, and you’re gonna spill your guts to her in the bathroom?!"

After some back and forth, Edmonds snuck into one of the stalls, leaving Kirschenheiter and Simpson to duke it out on their own.

"I think what I think, and that’s it! Have more confidence about shit!" Gina hurled at Emily, who barked back, "How can I when I f–king call you three days in a row, and you won’t even call me back?!"

"Whatever, Emily! I’m pissed at you!" Gina shouted, as Emily got up in her face and yelled back, "I don’t give a f–k! I’m pissed at you! I am pissed at you!"

Emily was inconsolable. She stormed out of the bathroom and demanded that an off-camera producer get her "a f–king car." The producer calmly urged Emily to "hang tight for just one sec," but she couldn’t believe she was "even dealing with this bullshit!"

Back in the bathroom, Gina was still going. "I can only be a friend to her as much as I can be a friend to her," she said to a still-wide-eyed Meghan. "I’m allowed to be upset at my friends, and it doesn’t mean that all of a sudden that I’ve abandoned you! Like, she has abandonment issues!"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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Meghan Markle Is Wearing Her 2017 Engagement Dress for a Special Outing with Prince Harry!

Meghan Markle has pulled a very special dress out of her closet!

After the Duchess of Sussex recycled many of her previously worn outfits during her recent tour of Africa with Prince Harry, she stepped out on Tuesday for the WellChild Awards wearing a forest green dress with a bow detail around the waist by P.A.R.O.S.H. The ensemble is certainly familiar to royal fans — it’s the same one Meghan wore in November 2017 after the couple announced their engagement for a photo call and joint interview.

Meghan, 38, even styled the look similarly to nearly two wears ago — she covered her shoulders in a long wool coat and wore her hair in the same loose waves.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

It was all about green for the royals on Tuesday. Kate Middleton and Prince William wrapped up the first full day of their royal visit to Pakistan at a special reception in their honor. Kate glittered in a sparkling deep emerald column gown by Jenny Packham and earrings by Onitaa, sourced from Pakistan, while William cut a dashing figure in a traditional green sherwani — a long coat-like garment — by Pakistani designer Naushemian. (Kate was predicted to wear green during the royal tour as it represents the green flag of Pakistan.)

Kate Middleton and Prince William

And earlier in the day, Kate wore an emerald green tunic by Catherine Walker over cream pants from Pakistani designer Maheen Khan for a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. She accessorized her look with a printed green scarf by Satrangi and earrings by Pakistani jewelry designer Zeen (her new go-to!).

Kate Middleton

The annual WellChild Awards, one of the annual highlights of the couple’s calendar, honors gravely ill children and their caregivers, and is one of the couple’s most emotional events of the year. They celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the U.K.’s seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy, including the outstanding health, social care and education professionals.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The royal couple, who are parents to 5-month-old son Archie, attended a pre-ceremony reception where they met the young winners of each award category and their families, and the nominated healthcare professionals.

They shared a touching moment with a young girl who wore a tiara for the special occasion.

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Harry, 35, has been patron of WellChild since 2007, and Meghan attended the awards for the first time last year. WellChild was also one of the four charities chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to benefit from the generous donations made by the public on the occasion of the birth of their son.

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