Published on: April 20, 2017 | Last Updated: April 20, 2017 7:06 AM EDT
Photo of the day: Iraqi men attend a ceremony celebrating the Yazidi New Year on April 19, 2017, in the town of Bashiqa, about 20 kilometres north east of Mosul. SAFIN HAMED / AFP/Getty Images
Here’s our roundup of the best and brightest stories this morning.
Dairy intolerance: Quebec farmers say they’re not worried about recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump attacking the way Canada manages the production of dairy products. “I think most farmers around here are taking everything that comes out of the U.S. with a grain of salt,” said John McCart, a dairy farmer and the president of the Quebec Farmers’ Association. “He’s under the impression that every time he speaks, people are going to jump and that’s not how it works.” Trump has singled out Canada’s treatment of U.S. dairy products as an example of unfair trade practices. François Dumontier, a spokesperson for Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, says it’s “unclear what Mr. Trump really had in mind.” Eight per cent of milk consumed in Canada is imported, he says, compared with less than two per cent in the U.S.
Talk to yourself nicely: “What separates the good from the great is between the ears, the way they talk to themselves, their inside communication,” say sports psychologist and biomechanics expert Sylvain Guimond. “If they talk to themselves with a lot of respect, their self image and esteem is higher. … I’ve seen many people with so much talent but never succeeded … because they don’t have the brain that goes with their talent.” Guimond has evaluated and treated a wide range of pro athletes, including Mario Lemieux and Tiger Woods. He believes as many as 50 per cent of pro athletes suffer from performance anxiety, yet he doesn’t buy the excuse players in big markets succumb to the scrutiny that comes from it, saying an athlete should relish being under the microscope. “At the end of the day, it’s just a game. You’ve reached the top of the hill, now go out and enjoy.”
Paddling up stream: Canada’s telecommunications watchdog is set to release a decision that could change whether video and music streaming services count towards customers’ cellular data plans. The CRTC held hearings into what’s known as differential pricing, when companies allow customers to access certain streaming services without it counting against their data plans. The practice has angered consumer advocacy groups, who say it unfairly discriminated against other music streaming services that were still subject to data usage fees
Hermit hunt: A months-long international search by an Austrian town to find a new hermit has ended — and Stan’s the man. Mayor Erich Rohrmoser of Saalfelden, near Salzburg, says officials chose Belgian Stan Vanuytrecht, a former artillery officer, surveyor and a Roman Catholic deacon, because the bearded 58-year-old pipe smoker “emanates calm and comes across as steady.” Vanuytrecht is pleased — and surprised. More than 50 people applied, and state broadcaster ORF quotes him as saying “I thought I have no chance.” Built into a cliff, the more than 350-year-old hermitage near the town has no heat, no running water and is habitable only between April and November. The hermit’s unpaid job includes greeting pilgrims making the trek to the building, which has been empty since a Benedictine monk left last year.
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