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Sparks’ shutout debut a first for Leafs

TORONTO—Shutouts don’t come easy for the Maple Leafs.

Rookie Garret Sparks made it happen last night.

The 22-year-old Sparks stopped 24 shots in his NHL debut to lead Toronto to a 3-0 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

It was the first time since Dec 23, 2014 that the Leafs shut out their opponent, with Jonathan Bernier blanking the Dallas Stars 4-0 that night.

Dip recipes run gamut from hummus, cheese, mushroom to accompaniment with fruit

Holiday entertaining isn’t complete without an interesting dip or two. Here’s a selection of savoury and sweet ones to try.


This versatile and nutritious hummus is perfect with vegetables or crackers but also works well as a spread on wraps.

For a chunkier version, use a mortar and pestle to make the hummus.

Enrolment numbers up

OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says the country’s post-secondary institutions saw more people both enrolling and graduating during the 2013-14 school year.

The federal agency said enrolments climbed 1.2 percent over 2012 levels as more than two million students began classes at a public college or university.

Man to recant oath to Queen

TORONTO—A soon-to-be Canadian has served notice that he plans to recant the mandatory Oath of Allegiance to the Queen immediately after he becomes a citizen.

In a letter sent to the citizenship court judge earlier this month, Dror Bar-Natan states his opposition to the oath, which he calls “repulsive,” and his plan to renege on the pledge following his citizenship ceremony today.