Supreme Court set to rule later this week on appointment of Justice Nadon

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is poised to deliver an unprecedented ruling later this week on whether Justice Marc Nadon is eligible to join its ranks.

The top court will release a ruling Friday on a reference regarding the constitutionality of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s sixth appointment to the Supreme Court bench.

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  • New Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon’s white Red Wings lie raises eyebrows

  • Harper nominates Marc Nadon as Supreme Court justice

Justice Nadon has been in legal limbo since he was appointed by Harper last September.

READ MORE: Supreme Court of Canada to hear case for Nadon eligibility

A semi-retired judge from the Federal Court of Appeal, Nadon’s qualifications were questioned because he was appointed to one of three openings on the Supreme Court reserved for Quebec jurists.

A constitutional lawyer from Toronto, Rocco Galati, and the government of Quebec argued those Quebec appointments must come from specific courts listed in the Supreme Court Act.

The Harper government attempted to alter the Supreme Court Act’s language in an omnibus bill before referring the whole mess to the Supreme Court itself to sort out.

California man arrested at Canadian border planned to join al-Qaida

SEATTLE – A 20-year-old California man has been arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists, federal prosecutors said Monday.

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Nicholas Teausant, of Acampo, California, an unincorporated area near Lodi, was taken off a northbound Amtrak bus just short of the border overnight. A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento described him as a student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton and a member of the National Guard who is being discharged for failing to meet basic academic requirements.

Beginning last spring, Teausant began expressing on his online photography account a desire to see America’s downfall, saying “I would love to join Allah’s army but I don’t even know how to start,” the complaint said. Later in the year, he took to another online forum to say he hoped to fight in Syria, it said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Teausant had a lawyer. He was charged with a single count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and was due to appear in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Monday afternoon.

The complaint said he had been planning since last October to support the efforts of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has been fighting in Syria’s three-year-old civil war and is designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization. Investigators said he discussed his scheme at length with a person who turned out to be a paid FBI informant, repeatedly affirming that he was serious about it.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a breakaway organization from al-Qaida that is considered one of the most brutal groups fighting in Syria’s civil war, made up largely of non-Syrian Islamic militants. It has seized several areas in Syria as it fights the government of President Bashar Assad.

Among Teausant’s plans was to appear in videos for the group, without covering his face – to be “the one white devil that leaves their face wide open to the camera,” he was quoted as saying in the complaint.

The informant put Teausant in contact with a “mentor” – in reality, an undercover federal agent – who could purportedly approve his efforts to join the extremists. Early this month, the “mentor” blessed Teausant’s travels, and he boarded a train for Seattle Sunday night, the complaint said.

When the bus arrived in Blaine, just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped it and questioned Teausant about where he was headed. He responded that he was travelling to Vancouver and was arrested, the complaint said.

The complaint said Teausant enlisted in the National Guard in April 2012, but never underwent basic training because he didn’t meet academic requirements.

The maximum penalty for attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

2 Vancouver heritage homes slated for demolition moved to a new location – BC

They are known as ‘The Dorothies’, and are two Tudor-style homes dating back to 1931.

The duo, originally located on West 43rd Avenue, were slated for demolition but thanks to an online petition and a group of businessmen willing to pay for the move, they were saved. Nickel Bros. House Moving provided their services to move the homes.

Their name ‘The Dorothies’ comes from the fact that two women named Dorothy lived in them – Dorothy MacMillan and Dorothy Smith.

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The homes were bought by two families with the intention of demolishing them and rebuilding new homes on those plots, but it was discovered they were classified as ‘Heritage B’, meaning they had “individual heritage importance.”

Public outcry about their demolition helped save the homes, which will now ‘live’ on West 41st Avenue and will be the focus point of a new townhouse development by Trasolini Chetner.

“At this point we’re not 100 per cent sure what the city is going to allow us to do,” said Paul Trasolini from Trasolini Chetner. “It’s still, we’re still in the works, but we’re at least going to have two houses on that site, and hopefully a few more units on the site as well.”

He said if possible, they would like to have more heritage homes on that site, but are still working out the details with the City of Vancouver.

WATCH: The move drew quite a crowd on Monday morning:

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Quebec election posters: Who gets an ‘A’? – Montreal

MONTREAL – For the third time in the past eighteen months, Montrealers will be going to the polls on April 7.

In perhaps the most depressing election in recent memory, Quebecers will be asked to decide between the scandal-plagued Liberals, whom it seems we just finished kicking out of office, and a Parti Quebecois government, which has turned breaking campaign promises into an art form during their short stint in government.

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But while the top line battle plays out between the heavyweights of Quebec politics, the smaller parties struggle to be noticed.

The Coalition Avenir Quebec, staring oblivion in the face, want to give us Legault. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to want him and their returns policy remains murky.

WATCH: Quebec political parties unveil TV ads

Quebec Solidaire must be wondering anew about the existence of a higher power, and if such a power is indeed on their side, after the entry of Pierre Karl Peladeau into the fray.

While the full effect of his candidacy remains to be seen, it’s no less than a godsend for a progressive party which is only really competitive in Montreal. In the Eastern reaches of the island, they can expect an influx of angry Pequistes, no longer willing to hold their nose and vote for Peladeau’s brave new PQ.

But as much fun as it is to sit here and gripe about the dismal choices we face, it’s far more fun to set aside politics for a moment and take a look at the offerings of the various parties through a different lens.

The first sign of an election is always the signs which crop up on hydro poles and light posts from one end of the city to the other.

So we thought it would be fun to take a look at what the various parties are polluting our fair streets with, and grade them on the effectiveness of their visual design and appeal.

These rankings are entirely subjective, and represent my opinions alone. For this exercise I’ll be ranking all street signs put up by a party as parts of a greater whole. The parties are listed here in order of finish in the 2012 election.

Parti Quebecois: B+

Parti Quebecois election poster.

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The visual rhetoric of the PQ has been miles ahead of their Liberal competitors in this campaign, and their signs are no exception.

Similar in conception to those of the CAQ, they make more effective use of the negative space around their candidates, and by introducing grey on a gradient, avoid leaving large white areas to be covered by graffiti and road grime.

Unlike the CAQ and Quebec Solidaire, the PQ opted not to go with a slogan sign, and theirs are restricted to conventional 4×4 signs featuring Premier Pauline Marois and 2×4 signs featuring the local candidate.

The slogan, “Déterminée,” is a solid, if unspectacular, choice. The PQ want to project competence and show Marois as a leader.

Their grey, gritty signs succeed on both counts.

It isn’t rocket science, nor is it particularly innovative, but it’s a solid example of conventional campaign signs done well. That said, distribution leaves something to be desired. In much of Montreal, they have been slow to place their signs.

Liberals: F

Quebec Liberal Party election poster.

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If someone had hired me to come up with the worst, least effective campaign signs imaginable, I think they’d have looked a lot like the hot mess that is the Liberal signs.

Their size is a weird hybrid between the large 2×4 and 4×4 signs designed to be visible to drivers, and the smaller “chandelles” designed to catch the eye of pedestrian traffic.

In practical terms, this means they’re too small to be seen from cars, but often placed too high to be visible to pedestrians.

Speaking of visibility, the colour scheme is deathly dark, and the posters all but invisible once the sun sets.

This problem is particularly pronounced with dark-skinned candidates, who simply disappear into the dark blue background of their signs. Someone was asleep at the switch for them to fail so miserably at the single, most important function of campaign signs.

Meanwhile, the slogan, “On s’occupe des vraies affaires” (We’ll take care of the real issues), may sound good to English-speaking voters, but as Journal de Montreal columnist Lise Ravary has pointed out, it’s most often used by French-speaking Quebecers when referring to anything but serious business.

How do you not realize your slogan is a well-known joke among your target audience?

I have yet to see any leader signs, and I travel large swaths of Montreal on a daily basis. Either they don’t have any, which would compound the disastrous failure of their candidate signs, or they have been unable to allocate the resources to get them up on the streets.

I suspect the answer might be the latter, given the story which came out this week of the Liberals paying two men thousands of dollars to put up a hundred signs. Apparently the men were able to negotiate such a favourable rate due to the desperation of the Liberal campaign. Other parties typically rely on their volunteer base, rather than paid labour, to put up signs.

So to recap: the design is a disastrous failure, the size is incomprehensible, the distribution is weak and the impact is negligible. If the PLQ win this election it will be despite their signs, not because of them.

Coalition Avenir Quebec: C

Coalition Avenir Quebec election poster.

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When it comes to the CAQ, it’s really a tale of two signs.

The candidate signs, brilliant white against the snow, come in both 2×4 and 4×4 varieties. They’re clean and simple, and have candidate photos in grayscale to leave all the colour to the gorgeous rainbow logo.

While the ample white space is pretty now, it will make an appealing target for teens with Sharpies, and will inevitably become grey and dingy with the accumulation of road grime.

If these were their only signs, their grade would be significantly higher. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

Sprouting up all over town are another variety, 2×4 signs emblazoned with the absurd slogan “Contribuables: on se donne Legault” (Taxpayers: We give you Legault).

These signs somehow manage not to include a picture of the man they are offering to Quebecers, and are text-heavy eyesores.

Then there’s the slogan itself, which lends itself to ridicule, and really doesn’t make strategic sense given that Legault’s personal popularity is not particularly high.

These epic failures are deserving of an F, but the overall grade is boosted by the solid candidate signs.

Also worth noting is the fact that the CAQ have been moderately efficient at placing their signs and I’ve seen them in all parts of town.

Quebec Solidaire: A

Quebec Solidaire election poster.

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Before moving into journalism, I spent many years working on political campaigns, often overseeing the sign effort for parties like the NDP and Projet Montreal.

To my jaded eye, I think Quebec Solidaire have set a new bar for campaign signs, one which other parties will be aiming for in future campaigns.

Before we get to content, there’s the unprecedented size, which I estimate at 2.5×4.5 feet, and the comprehensive coverage.

From Park-Ex to Berri, St. Henri to Hochelaga, no party has more signs on the street than QS.

The three flavours of issue signs (inequality, environment and sovereignty) are easily scanned by passing drivers and transmit complex ideas in a single visual.

These are complemented by local candidate signs and full-sized leader signs featuring Amir Khadir and Françoise David. But confusingly, not Andres Fontecilla, who replaced Khadir as co-spokesperson last year. One assumes internal numbers show Khadir is more popular than his replacement.

The signs contain not one but two slogans, and if there is a criticism to be made of them it is that they are too busy.

The top part of the leader signs reads “Pour l’amour d’un Quebec solidaire” (For the love of a Quebec ‘solidaire’), local candidate signs replace Quebec with the name of their riding, and issue signs speak of a more just, more green and more free Quebec.

An example of Quebec Solidaire’s issue poster.

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Meanwhile the main slogan, carried on a banner draped across the bottom of all signs, is ‘Votons avec notre tête’ (Let’s vote with our head), followed by a heart.

This is, of course, a reference to the dismissal of their party as a gang of dreamers without a grasp of the political realities of the day.

This slogan takes on the main attack of the party’s rivals and turns it into a positive, arguing that their policies are both emotionally and intellectually appealing.

I can’t imagine anyone could dispute the fact that QS is the clear winner of the sign war.

Option Nationale: C-

Option Nationale election poster.

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I feel for ON, I really do. Their founder and patron saint, Jean-Martin Aussant, has departed and left the fledgling party he built in his image struggling to define their identity.

With support hovering around one per cent and no sitting MNAs, it’s easy to imagine that this will be the last election for the ‘sovereignty-in-a-hurry’ party.

As for posters, if they have candidate signs, I haven’t seen them.

All that has popped up around Montreal are leader signs featuring new party chief Sol Zanetti, his shirt sleeves rolled up and every bone in his body straining to convey the idea that it’s time to get to work.

Depressingly enough, they feel the need to identify him as the leader of the party in a caption.

The slogan, “Réveiller le courage” (Awaken the courage) is quite good, and appropriate to their mission of immediately tackling the issue of sovereignty.

But really, a party in their position needs to be a bit bolder and do more to attract attention than they have with these posters.

Green Party: D-

Quebec’s Green Party election poster.

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The Greens, under new leader Alex Tyrell, are to be commended for putting up more signs, and taking clearer positions, than I have seen them do before.

Unfortunately for them, that’s where the plaudits end.

While I’m happy to see a party, any party, provide an eco-socialist option to federalists who support free education, strict environmental protections and more equal taxation, but are unable to bring themselves to vote for a sovereigntist party like Quebec Solidaire – the execution of these posters leaves a lot to be desired.

The Green Party signs are, and there’s really no way to put this nicely, an eyesore.

They look like they were designed by a grade-schooler, feature far more text than can be read from a car, or indeed while walking past, and bring new meaning to the term busy.

Not only do they print out their web address (you folks know we can Google you, right?), but the web addresses for their 桑拿会所 and Facebook accounts as well.

For future reference, we assume the Greens have accounts on those platforms, and if we want to find them, we know how to use the search function.

The three together take up nearly a quarter of their signs’ surface.

Given that their campaign saw both Campaign Director Peter Deslauriers and Director of Communications Simon Delorme resign their positions in the first week, reportedly as a result of disputes with the party’s embattled leader, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that their communications strategy leaves something to be desired.

What do you think? Whose signs do you like? Which ones make your eyeballs bleed? Let us know in the comments below.

Ethan Cox is a Montreal-based political commentator and senior partner with CauseComms: Communications for the Common Good. He writes about Quebec and national political issues for Global News, The National Post, Toronto Star and other news outlets, and is also a regular analyst and host on radio with CJAD 800 and on television with CTV.

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Jewish group says apology from Parti Quebecois candidate just ‘meaningless excuses’

MONTREAL – A Quebec Jewish group said the apology of a Parti Quebecois candidate who has been accused of anti-Semitic remarks is nothing more than “meaningless excuses.”

Louise Mailloux, a staunch supporter of the PQ’s proposed secular charter, came under fire last week for written comments equating the Jewish practice of circumcision to rape.

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READ MORE: Quebec premier defends PQ candidate accused spreading anti-Semitic propaganda

Mailloux also suggested in an old blog post that the high price of kosher goods is used to help fund Jewish activities and political interests abroad.

The PQ candidate and philosophy professor issued an apology on Saturday, saying she didn’t mean to offend anyone and made the comments in the context of a debate over religious accommodation in Quebec.

But Luciano Del Negro, a spokesperson for the Quebec branch of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said that the apology isn’t enough.

He said the PQ must “categorically disavow” the anti-Semitic theories put forward by Mailloux.

PQ Leader Pauline Marois has stood by Mailloux and emphasized her party does not harbour anti-Jewish views.

“Madame Mailloux adheres to the Parti Quebecois program and adheres to our attitudes and those are very respectful of people’s right to choose their convictions and how they practise their religion,” Marois said Friday.

Raw video: Marois comments on PQ candidate’s remarks

The PQ secular charter, which would forbid public employees from wearing visible religious symbols including hijabs, turbans, kippas and larger-than-average crucifixes, has sparked intense debate in Quebec and in other parts of Canada.

Watch: Marois defends anti-Semitic remarks of candidate

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Family of man killed in highway crash gets surprise gift

CALGARY- A grieving Red Deer family devastated by a highway crash earlier this month has received a generous and timely gift.

46-year-old Eric Cote was killed in a pileup on the QEII north of Calgary on March 7th, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters.

All three suffer from a genetic disease that causes tumours in the nervous system.

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  • Family struggling financially after father killed in highway crash

  • Help floods in for family of man killed in highway crash

The family has been struggling financially since Eric Cote’s death and the crash left them without a vehicle.

On the weekend, a group of Alberta businessmen, who wish to remain anonymous, bought Cote’s wife, Ghislaine, a 2013 Ford Escape with the help of Legacy Ford in Ponoka.

It comes complete with winter tires, a service package and an extended warranty.

The car will help Ghislaine Cote and her children get to medical appointments.

READ MORE: Help floods in for family of man killed in highway crash

A trust fund has been set up for the Cote family at ATB.

Anyone wishing to donate can go to any location, but will have to provide the account number 712-00265716300.

‘Two and a Half Men’ star Angus T. Jones denounces series

TORONTO — Angus T. Jones, who grew up on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, said he was a “paid hypocrite.”

The actor, who played Jake Harper on the series from 2003 until the end of last season, told Houston TV station KHOU he is happy about his decision to walk away.

“It was making light of topics in our world that are really problems for a lot of people,” said Jones, “and I was a paid hypocrite because I wasn’t okay with it but I was still doing it.”

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Jones made millions working on Two and a Half Men — he was the highest paid child actor on television — and continues to reap royalties.

Jones, now 20, has stopped shaving and is enrolled at the University of Colorado. He was in Houston to speak at the Seventh-Day Adventist congregation World Harvest Outreach.

“I really want to be able to come into the light because I know that’s where genuine healing is and I’ve just seen God do amazing things,” he explained.

In a video posted online in late 2012, Jones urged people to stop watching Two and a Half Men. He later issued a statement apologizing to series creator Chuck Lorre.

But in the new interview, Jones said: “I insulted his baby and to that degree I am apologetic but otherwise I don’t regret saying what I said.”

Jones said he is interested in returning to acting, but in “Bible-based stories and stuff like that.”

Two and a Half Men, starring Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher, has been renewed for another season.

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Industrial Light & Magic opens their Vancouver office

The studio responsible for visual effects for some of the world’s most famous movie franchises officially opens its Vancouver office today – and it will soon get to work on the new Star Wars movie.

Industrial Light and Magic, founded in 1975 by George Lucas to produce visual effects for his movies, is holding a ribbon-cutting event today with Kathleen Kennedy, President of LucasFilm.

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  • ‘Angry Birds’ movie to be made in Vancouver

  • Pixar closes its Vancouver studio

They hope to have 200 new employees at the studio by the summer in order to work on a host of upcoming movies, including Transformers: Age of Extinction, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: Episode VII, which is expected to be released in December 2015.

The studio, which has been nominated for dozens of academy awards in the last 30 years, has been responsible for the visual effects in the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park franchises, among others.

They’ve moved into a Gastown studio that was formerly filled by Pixar, the Disney-owned animation company which operated in Vancouver for three years before closing shop in 2013.

Despite the loss of Pixar, Vancouver has increasingly become a hub for the visual and digital effects industries. Last month it was announced the ‘Angry Birds’ movie would be created at Sony Pictures Imageworks’s Vancouver studio.

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NYC mayor skips St. Patrick’s Day parade amid tension over gay rights – National

WATCH ABOVE: St. Patrick’s Day controversies in Boston, NYC

NEW YORK – New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade stepped off Monday without Mayor Bill de Blasio marching along with the crowds of kilted Irish-Americans and bagpipers amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.

The world’s largest parade celebrating Irish heritage set off down Fifth Avenue on a cold and grey morning, the culmination of a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry.

De Blasio held the traditional St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion with the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, but was boycotting the parade, which doesn’t allow expressions of gay identity.

WATCH BELOW: New York Mayor withdraws from St. Patrick’s Day parade

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  • Chicago River dyed green in annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition

  • Sam Adams pulls out of St. Patrick’s parade over exclusion of gay groups

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Boston’s new mayor, Martin Walsh, also opted out of that city’s parade Sunday after talks broke down that would have allowed a gay veterans group to march.

Guinness beer abruptly dropped its sponsorship of New York’s parade on Sunday over the controversy. The Dublin-based company has pulled sponsorship assets, including on-air presence, parade participation and any promotional materials that weren’t already printed, although the beer maker had already made a payment to parade organizers, spokeswoman Alix Dunn said.

Other beer companies earlier joined the boycotts, with Sam Adams withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s parade and Heineken following suit in New York. That leaves Ford as the last remaining major sponsor of the Manhattan parade.

Parade organizers in New York have said gay groups are not prohibited from marching, but they are not allowed to carry gay-friendly signs or identify themselves as LGBT.

For the second year running, Dublin’s major parade was including groups from Ireland’s gay rights groups, Dublin Pride and BeLonG To. Gay groups are a big part of the Dublin community dance groups, which wear flamboyant outfits and feature in each year’s Dublin parade.

While New York’s Irish, their descendants and the Irish for a day planned to revel in the celebration of culture on Monday, de Blasio’s decision to skip the parade underscores lingering political tensions over gay rights issues in the United States. Kenny, however, refused to be sidelined, saying he’d join the procession Monday in Manhattan because the holiday is about Irishness, not sexuality.

De Blasio, in one of the first major events that Gracie Mansion has hosted under the new mayor, addressed several hundred people at the breakfast, many of Irish descent.

Sporting a green tie, de Blasio, who is not Irish, recalled his roots growing up in Massachusetts, living in congressional district once represented by Irish-Americans John F. Kennedy and Tip O’Neill. “I also grew up in an atmosphere so rich in Irish culture,” the mayor said.

He said in a toast that New York is a “city of immigrants” and residents “never forget” where they came from.

Kenny presented de Blasio a book containing a history of Ireland. The mayor of the Big Apple dropped a crystal apple he was presenting to Kenny. It did not appear to break.

Kenny, Ireland’s head of government, on Sunday became the first Irish prime minister to attend Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. He has resisted pressure, in both Ireland and America, to support the gay rights lobby’s demand to have equal rights to participate in parades on St. Patrick’s Day.

“The St. Patrick’s Day parade (in New York) is a parade about our Irishness and not about sexuality, and I would be happy to participate in it,” Kenny said in Dublin before leaving for a six-day trip to the U.S.

Some LGBT groups were to protest the parade along the parade route on Fifth Avenue on Monday. Others had planned to dump Guinness beer from the shelves of the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the gay rights movement, in protest of the brewer’s plan to sponsor the parade, but that demonstration was cancelled late Sunday after Guinness said in a statement that it had dropped its sponsorship.

New York’s parade, a tradition that predates the city itself, draws more than 1 million spectators and about 200,000 participants every March 17. It has long been a mandatory stop on the city’s political trail, and includes marching bands, traditional Irish dancers and thousands of uniformed city workers.

Associated Press writers Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin and Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia, contributed to this report.

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Nakamoto hires lawyer in Newsweek bitcoin fight – National

LOS ANGELES – The man Newsweek claimed is the creator of bitcoin has hired a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name, repeating a denial he made to The Associated Press more than a week ago that he has never had anything to do with the digital currency.

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In a statement issued by his lawyer, Ethan Kirschner, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto said Monday that he “did not create, invent or otherwise work on” bitcoin. In the magazine’s return to print this month after more than a year, Newsweek’s cover story declared Nakamoto to be the “face behind bitcoin.” Despite the repeated denials, the magazine has stood behind the story.

Nakamoto, 64, did not say whether he plans to sue the magazine.

Nakamoto repeated that he had not heard of bitcoin until his son told him a reporter asked about it in mid-February. He said he has not been able to find steady work for 10 years and had cancelled his Internet service last year “due to severe financial distress.”

Nakamoto added that he is trying to recover from prostate surgery in 2012 and a stroke he suffered last October.

“My prospects for gainful employment has been harmed because of Newsweek’s article,” he said in the statement. “Newsweek’s false report has been the source of a great deal of confusion and stress for myself, my 93-year-old mother, my siblings, and their families.”

Newsweek said in a statement that it “has not received any statement or letter from either Mr. Nakamoto or his legal counsel. If and when we do, we will respond as necessary.”

On March 6, the day Newsweek posted its story online, about a dozen journalists descended on the home where Nakamoto lives with his mother in Temple City, Calif. Nakamoto denied ever being involved with bitcoin multiple times, including during an exclusive two-hour interview with the AP in which he discussed his life, career, family and addressed the assertions in Newsweek’s piece.

The magazine developed its thesis on the creator’s identity by matching Nakamoto’s name, educational history, career, political views and writing style to the alleged creator of bitcoin, who has been known only as “Satoshi Nakamoto.” Many believe the name to be a pseudonym.

It’s not clear whether Nakamoto sought out legal counsel or was approached after the story and his denial reverberated around the globe. Kirschner’s website says he handles business and entertainment matters, and a listing on movie database IMDbPro indicates that the rapper KRS-One is a former client.

Kirschner graduated from law school at the University of Minnesota and became qualified to practice in California in 2005, according to the State Bar of California. His office is on a residential street in the hip Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

Nakamoto said his statement will be his last public statement on the matter. Neither he nor his lawyer responded to requests for further comment.

In the days since the Newsweek story and Nakamoto’s denial made headlines, a barrage of criticism has been levelled at the magazine. Meanwhile, Nakamoto has been the target of charitable donations. Nearly 1,900 people have contributed bitcoins worth about $29,000 to an account created by bitcoin entrepreneur Andreas Antonopoulos.

Antonopoulos said on the website Reddit杭州夜网 that it seems “increasingly unlikely” that Nakamoto was indeed the digital currency’s creator and that the fund was created to “soften the damage caused by irresponsible journalism.”

Antonopoulos said he plans to convert the bitcoins into U.S. dollars at the end of March and deliver them to Dorian Nakamoto or donate them to a charity of his choice.

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