Modest money: small sums obscure more than 40 per cent of federal fundraising

OTTAWA — Since the 2015 election, Canadians have donated nearly $75 million to the five political parties with seats in the House of Commons— but federal law makes it impossible to tell where more than 40 per cent of it came from.

The Canadian Press analyzed Elections Canada financial data on donations to parties between Oct. 20, 2015 — the day after the federal election that vaulted Justin Trudeau’s Liberals into power — and June 30, 2017.

In total, $74,792,986.82 was donated directly to political parties during that time frame.

The Conservatives were responsible for 42.5 per cent of it, or $31.8 million, followed by the Liberals, with 38 per cent or about $28 million. The NDP was a distant third, raising $9.3 million, about 12.5 per cent of the total.

The Green party came in with 6.2 per cent, or $4.6 million, while the Bloc Quebecois brought up the rear with $1.1 million, or 1.4 per cent.

Fully 42 cents of every dollar the parties raised — $31.1 million — can’t be traced by donor or by the province or city they live in, thanks to a clause in the Canada Elections Act.

The law only requires parties to publicly disclose the names and addresses of people who donate at least $200 in a single year.

Fully half of what the Bloc and the Greens raised, and 47 per cent of what the NDP brought in, came from donations less than $200. That group accounted for 43 per cent of all Conservative donations and 32 per cent of what the Liberals raised.

The rules are different when it comes to leadership contests, however: parties

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Port Authority looking for owner of large sum of money found on bus

Port Authority police are looking for the owner of a large amount of money that was found on a bus in July.

According to officials, the woman boarded the inbound 61C bus in Homewood at 11 a.n. July 20, and got off the bus in Oakland not long after boarding.

The bus operator found the money and turned it into police.

Anyone who can help identify the woman is encouraged to call Port Authority police at 412-255-1385.

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How much money did the BMX championships bring to Rock Hill?

Rock Hill officials estimate that hosting the 2017 UCI BMX World Championships generated around $19.2 million for this area.

The event, held in late July, far exceeded the expectation of $13 million that officials had been touting for months.

John Taylor, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director, said the number inflates to $29 million when accounting for national and international airfare in and out of the greater Charlotte area.

“We were very happy about what it did economically for the community,” Taylor said. “But I think the biggest thing about the event was that the whole community bought in. People were proud to be Rock Hillians, and show it off to the world.”

Taylor said the economic numbers are created by a series of in-depth surveys with consumers, digging into information such as food, lodging and transportation expenses.

The international event attracted nearly 20,000 people, while projected cumulative attendance for the week from multi-day admissions is estimated around 50,000-55,000, according to the PRT study.

Officials say around 3,700 riders from 48 countries flocked to Rock Hill for the championships.

Taylor says the event has broken BMX records.

A webcast of the challenge races July 25-28 broke viewership records with more than 500,000 views, making them the highest-viewed challenge races in BMX World Championships history.

City manager David Vehaun told the Rock Hill City Council Monday night that UCI officials complimented Rock Hill on its management of the event, which took three years to plan.

“They called it the best they’ve ever had,” Vehaun said. “John (Taylor)

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Team Liquid wins International 2017 and $10 million+ prize money

Team Liquid have been crowned champions at this year’s DotA 2 The International competition, taking home the Aegis of Champions and a prize pool of more than $10 million, transforming the players’ lives over night. But it wasn’t a smooth road for the champions, who had to fight back from diversity to take their place in the history of top-level esports.

Team Liquid dominated their group stage league, but lost a close-fought best of three game against Invictus Gaming in the first round of the main event. That placed it back in the losing bracket, which meant it would need to win a lot more games to make it through to the championships. But do so they did.

Next up was Team Secret, which Team Liquid beat in a conservative 2-1 victory. Next up it dominated Team Empire, followed by Virtus Pro, a tough matchup for any pro team. Going even further though, Team liquid then beat out top Chinese ranked teams LGD gaming and semi-finalist loser LGD ForeverYoung to head into the grand finals against Newbee, who had dominated all the competition thrown their way in the winners’ bracket.

But it was TeamLiquid who would ultimately walk away the victors in the first 3-0 washout of The International’s history.

There were a number of exciting moments in DotA 2 top-level competition throughout The International. What were some of your highlights?

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Judge says Costco owes Tiffany $19.4 million for fake Tiffany rings

Eminem selling Michigan mansion for $2 million less than he paid

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Eminem’s Michigan mansion is up for sale, but the rapper is about to lose some serious dough.

Eminem’s Rochester Hills home is listed for just under $2 million, according to Trulia, but he originally bought the house for $4.75 million 14 years ago — meaning he’s getting less than half his money back.

The mansion includes six bedrooms, nine and a half bathrooms and stretches 17,000 square feet, according to Trulia. Each bedroom is a suite, so it has plenty of room inside, and sits on nearly six acres in the northern outskirts of the Detroit suburbs.

The outdoor space offers amenities, too. The mansion’s grounds include tennis courts, a waterfall pool and spa, an “entertainment cabana” and a guest house with its own game room.

And for occupants like The Real Slim Shady who may need security, the compound offers a “guard house” outside the main residence. Check out photos of the mansion below, from Trulia.

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For many young Canadians, home won’t be a house

A construction worker shingles the roof of a new home in a development in Ottawa on Monday, July 6, 2015. Experts say measures introduced by the Ontario government to cool the red-hot housing market are likely to leave a lot of the buyers on the sidelines as they await to see the impact of the changes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick© Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2017.

It’s probably time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell his young followers that the “Canadian dream” no longer comes with a lawn.

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Last week, Statistics Canada reported a big drop in the issuance of building permits for single-family homes in cities with populations greater than 10,000. Municipalities in June granted permissions for such structures at a seasonally adjusted rate that would yield 65,100 units in a year, the slowest pace since April 2009 and one of the weakest on records that date to 1960.

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The decline is noteworthy because you’d think the stars were aligned for a boom in the construction of dream homes: the economy has been churning out jobs steadily for a year, real-estate prices are high, and

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