Iran Bans U.S. From U.N. Nuclear Inspections

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi holds a press conference at Iran's Foreign Ministry in Tehran on July 22, 2015.
Fatemeh Bahrami—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi holds a press conference at Iran's Foreign Ministry in Tehran on July 22, 2015.

"Inspectors should be from countries that have diplomatic relations with Islamic republic of Iran"

(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Iran will only allow inspectors from countries that have diplomatic relations with it. The previously undisclosed remarks were made during a Sunday meeting with parliamentarians.

“American and Canadian inspectors cannot be sent to Iran,” said Araghchi. “It is mentioned in the deal that inspectors should be from countries that have diplomatic relations with Islamic republic of Iran.”

He also said inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will not have access to “sensitive and military documents.”

Iran and world powers reached a historical deal earlier this month aimed at curbing Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Western nations have long suspected Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian atomic program, allegations denied by Tehran, which insists its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful.

The U.S. and Iran severed diplomatic relations after the 1979 Islamic revolution and the hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Canada closed its embassy in Tehran and suspended diplomatic relations in 2012.

TIME movies

It Must Be Oscar Season Because the Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Has Been Announced

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Isaiah Trickey—FilmMagic Piers Handling, CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, artistic director, attend a press conference at TIFF Bell Lightbox on July 28, 2015, in Toronto

300 movies feature in total

The Toronto International Film Festival, considered the opening of Oscar contender season, will kick off on Sept. 10 in Toronto. It will be the festival’s 40th anniversary.

Demolition, a film starring Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays a forlorn banker with family troubles, will open the 10-day event, according to the Toronto Star.

Among other highlights, Eddie Redmayne will play a transgender woman in The Danish Girl, while Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will feature as lesbian lovers in Freeheld. The festival will also have its fair share of thrillers, with Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch heading up the Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass, and Matt Damon starring as a lost astronaut in The Martian.

The screening list of documentaries will be announced later this summer, the Star says, but Academy Award winner Michael Moore’s latest film, Where to Invade Next, is expected to be the leader of the pack.

See the full list of 300 feature films, with 49 special presentations, here.

TIME Canada

Pressure Drove Daughter to Slaughter Parents, Friend Says

Jennifer Pan received two life sentences for the murder of her mother and attempted murder of her father

In January of this year, a 28-year-old Ontario woman, Jennifer Pan, along with her accomplices, received two life sentences for the murder of her mother and attempted murder of her father in a staged home invasion robbery in 2010. However, it is the story written by one of her high school classmates, Karen K. Ho, for Toronto Life last week exploring the back story of how Pan got to that point that has Asian Americans and Asian Canadians talking about the horrific case again, in the context of high expectations from immigrant parents and the pressures of the model minority myth…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News



Toronto Cab Drivers Sue Uber for $300 Million

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Class-action suit could include drivers across Ontario

Toronto cab drivers are suing the ride-hailing app Uber for over $300 million ($400 million Canadian) in damages and seeking an injunction to get the startup out of the Canadian city.

The class-action lawsuit, which specifically targets the low-cost UberX service, covers all cab drivers in Ontario, according to the law firm representing the drivers. Uber said the suit was without merit.

An earlier attempt by the city of Toronto to remove Uber from the city was rejected by an Ontario court. On Thursday Uber expanded into several new cities in southwestern Ontario, including Hamilton and London.

Toronto is just one of many cities where Uber is embroiled in municipal fights. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had threatened to impose a cap on the number of Uber cars that could drive in the city, but tabled the initiative this week. In France the company suspended its Uberpop service at the start of July following large protests by the city’s taxi drivers.


TIME Music

A Toronto City Councillor Wants In On The Meek Mill/Drake Twitter Feud

No one puts his beloved Drake in a corner

Canadians may have a reputation for being polite, but Toronto politician Norm Kelly is proving that he won’t let Meek Mill bully Toronto’s very own golden boy, Drake.

After the U.S. rapper accused Drake of getting ghost writers to churn out his lyrics, Kelly was quick to respond.

Mill, who is scheduled to perform in Toronto on July 28, was cutting in his response.

Kelly quickly clarified his statement, but stuck to his love of Drake, calling him a Canadian hero.

Kelly has earned a reputation among Torontonians for his irreverent and hilarious tweets. Most recently, Kelly offered his condolences to Conrad the raccoon of #DeadRaccoonTO fame.

He’s also been known to rag on his beloved Drake as well.

TIME relationships

Twenty Percent of the Canadian Capital’s Residents Are Registered on Ashley Madison

That's pretty spicy of you, Ottawa

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is also it’s most potentially adulterous, Reuters reports. Around 1 in 5 of the population is registered on Ashley Madison, a social network aimed at married people that touts “Life is short. Have an affair” as it’s slogan.

The sleepy city, with a population of around 883,000 boasts 189,810 users, according to Avid Life Media, the Toronto-based company that owns the service.

ALM faced a huge hack this week from a group called the Impact Team, exposing 37 million users’ data in a demand to take down Ashley Madison and sister site EstablishedMen.com. The hackers referred to the site’s clients as “cheating dirtbags who deserve no discretion.”

The site says that it has suspended fees for users who want to delete their accounts.

Meanwhile, it seems like Ottawa’s politicians and civil servants are the ones having the most difficulty staying faithful — the most-registered postal code in the city represented Parliament Hill, the seat of power in the country, Reuters reports.

ALM CEO Noel Biderman thinks “power, fame and opportunity” are the likely causes of infidelity in the city. In a newspaper report published earlier this year, Biderman admitted that capital cities usually top subscription rates for the adulterous service.

Ottawa residents seem to think the reason is much simpler — everyone is just bored out of their minds.

“Why do you think everyone goes to Montreal to have a good time?” Kary, who refused to give her last name, told Reuters. “Ottawa is the city fun forgot.”


TIME Canada

Watch a Canadian Cop Posing as a Disabled Man Receive Charity

He was undercover to catch a thief but instead was granted unexpected acts of kindness

After a pair of knifepoint robberies in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood, a Canadian police officer was sent into the neighborhood undercover as a disabled person in an effort to apprehend the perpetrator. Instead of uncovering any wrongdoing, however Staff Sergeant Mark Horsley received unexpected acts of kindness while carrying out “Operation Wheelchair.”

Claiming to have suffered a brain injury that rendered him partially paralyzed and unable to count properly, Horsley relied on the kindness of others to deal with him fairly—everyone did. The 30-year police veteran said that no one attempted to rob or shortchange him, instead offering aid, money and prayers to the wheelchair-bound cop.

The operation did not ultimately lead to any arrests.

[CBC News]

TIME Food & Drink

This Is Every City’s Favorite Food, as Told by Instagram Hashtags

New York loves sushi more than any city in Japan, but London is the burger capital of the world

Other than selfies and cute cat photos, photo-sharing app Instagram is known for pictures of one other thing: food.

But photoworld.com decided to dig a little deeper and find out which cities like what kind of food, through an interactive project called “The Food Capitals of Instagram.” The project features a series of maps, taking 18 popular dishes from various countries to see — through hashtag numbers — which city shows them the most love.

New York City loves bacon the most, contributing nearly 8% of all bacon photos on the social network.


It also loves the quintessential Caribbean dish jerk chicken more than the Jamaican capital city of Kingston, and (along with three other cities) loves sushi more than anywhere in the Japanese delicacy’s country of origin.

It also has more pizza lovers than Italy.

There are other surprises, however, such as the fact that (based on Instagram at least) London is the burger capital of the world:


As for macarons, the delectable French pastries that are a favorite dessert of many — they’re most popular in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok followed by South Korean capital Seoul (the two cities account for 15% of all tagged macaron photos):

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Canada, however, can take heart from (or be offended by) the fact that its signature potato-based dish poutine remains very much its own:


Check out the full interactive here.

TIME celebrities

A Lot of Canadians Really Don’t Want Kanye to Perform at the Pan Am Games

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Prince Williams—WireImage Kanye West performs at the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash Block Show at Philips Arena on June 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia

Even though the games are supposed to be pan-American

Kanye West will perform at the closing ceremonies of the Pan Am Games, despite the ire of Canadian tweeters.

The main problem? Some Canadians think the games — and the main music acts — simply aren’t Canadian enough.

This year’s games are being held in Toronto, Canada’s most populous city.

As soon as organizers announced on Wednesday that Kanye will headline the July 26 closing ceremonies at the Rogers Centre, social media erupted with posts calling for them to reconsider.

A petition has even been launched on Change.org calling for organizers to replace the rapper with a Canadian artist.

Canada has some pretty big-name music acts, like Toronto native Drake, Deadmau5, indie rockers Metric and pop star Nelly Furtado.

Some Torontonians are perfectly happy with Kanye, though.

Others brought up an entirely new point — why are Canadians protesting Kanye when Pitbull is also on the bill?

TIME Bizarre

People in Toronto Have Created a Memorial to a Dead Raccoon Left on the Street

#RIP Conrad

Residents of Toronto rallied around a dead raccoon left on the side of the street for an entire day, creating a memorial to him. As the memorial grew, #DeadRaccoonTO began trending on Twitter.

It began at around 9 a.m. local time Thursday, when a concerned Torontonian tweeted at Animal Services to pick up a dead raccoon on the street.

As the hours progressed, the raccoon’s corpse remained untouched. Instead of running away in disgust, some Torontonians decided to memorialize him.

Passersby left notes, candles and even flowers. Twitter took notice and the raccoon was even give a name, Conrad.

Once night fell, though, a City of Toronto worker finally came to pick the raccoon up. At that point, #DeadRaccoonTO had captured the hearts and minds of Twitter.

Some Twitter users even made a meme out of Conrad’s ordeal.

#RIP Conrad. You may be lying dead in a dumpster somewhere, but, like Jon Snow, we won’t forget you.

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