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by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Records show charity closely linked to Trudeau has received multiple sole-source contracts from Liberal government
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Records show charity closely linked to Trudeau has received multiple sole-source contracts from Liberal government

WE Charity, which has close ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family — and which will receive millions of dollars to administer a federal student volunteer grant program — has received a series of exclusively sole-source contracts from the federal government over the last three years, go...
by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Decision to reduce Trudeau's daily briefings will further erode government oversight, experts say
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Decision to reduce Trudeau's daily briefings will further erode government oversight, experts say

OTTAWA — The decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to begin winding down his daily press briefings could further erode government oversight at a crucial time in the COVID-19 pandemic, democracy experts and an opposition MP said. Trudeau on Monday announced that he would be reducing his daily bri...
by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General News
Topic: John Ivison: The COVID mission is far from accomplished, despite Trudeau's latest feel-good message
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John Ivison: The COVID mission is far from accomplished, despite Trudeau's latest feel-good message

George W. Bush never did say  “Mission Accomplished,” as he declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq. In fact he said: “Our mission continues.” But the giant banner that was used as a backdrop aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln trumpeted that bombastic message, and the incident became a byword...
by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Hundreds of thousands of U.S. visitors are still crossing border into Canada each week
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Hundreds of thousands of U.S. visitors are still crossing border into Canada each week

Even with travel fears, economic collapse and government restrictions there were still 201,866 border crossings from the United States into Canada in one week this month, according to the most recent data. For Canadians watching the seemingly uncontrolled rise in COVID-19 cases raging south of the b...
by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Introducing Canada's newest COVID-19 bubble: the four Atlantic provinces
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Introducing Canada's newest COVID-19 bubble: the four Atlantic provinces

This Friday, on the first weekend after Canada Day, with the pandemic summer officially arrived, the Atlantic provinces will go into a bubble together. Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island announced they would reprise on a provincial scale what households ha...
by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General News
Topic: 'It's still right here with us': Canadian experts nervously watching COVID-19 surge in U.S.
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'It's still right here with us': Canadian experts nervously watching COVID-19 surge in U.S.

With new confirmed COVID-19 infections surging across the American south, David Fisman said a reasonable expectation would be that the U.S. “is in for a hellacious couple of weeks” in terms of deaths. “This has been so badly mishandled from the get-go in the United States. It’s horrible to watch,” s...
by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Black bus driver in Vancouver panicked when a passenger said ‘he should hang himself’ 
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Black bus driver in Vancouver panicked when a passenger said ‘he should hang himself’ 

A Metro Vancouver bus driver has detailed “the worst night of his week” after a passenger suggested the driver should hang himself on Wednesday. The incident was reported and is being investigated, Translink told the National Post. However, no additional comment or information was provided as transi...
by Mark Fournier
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: General News
Topic: A strange radiation cloud is making its way across Scandinavia, but Russia says don't blame us
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A strange radiation cloud is making its way across Scandinavia, but Russia says don't blame us

Russia has not been informed of any emergency situation in regard to nuclear particles detected over the Baltic Sea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, in response to reports that a radiation cloud currently floating across Europe came from within Russia’s borders. “We have an absolutel...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: 'Now is not a good time': Why COVID-19 and lockdown anxiety could be leading to lower birth rates
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'Now is not a good time': Why COVID-19 and lockdown anxiety could be leading to lower birth rates

Catherine Lebel’s team launched their online survey of pregnant women in April, in the early and uncertain days of these exceptional times. Lebel and her colleagues wanted to know, how were pregnant women holding up? How much did they fear their own lives were in danger? Were they feeling more alone...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: What is systemic racism? There is broad national confusion about the concept
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What is systemic racism? There is broad national confusion about the concept

ANALYSIS Systemic racism is a tough topic. Part of the problem is definitional, about what the word “racism” means and how it can be “systemic.” Conversations get trapped in cycles of mutual incomprehension, with people literally not talking about the same thing, and many ending up offended. This w...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Ontario psychiatric hospital committed assault and battery with bizarre, painful 'therapy,' court rules
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Ontario psychiatric hospital committed assault and battery with bizarre, painful 'therapy,' court rules

One former head of an Ontario government psychiatric hospital compared the experimental treatment regimen used there for almost 20 years to the brainwashing employed by Chinese military in the 1960s. It seems he wasn’t exaggerating. Patients, many found not-guilty of crimes by reason of mental illne...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: U.S. senator accuses Canada of 'evading' commitments on dairy amid heightened trade tensions
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U.S. senator accuses Canada of 'evading' commitments on dairy amid heightened trade tensions

OTTAWA — The top-ranking senator in the U.S. Democratic Party is pressuring Ottawa over protections for its dairy industry, saying the Liberal government is “evading its commitments” under a new trade agreement set to come into force next week. Chuck Schumer, minority leader in the U.S. Senate, wrot...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: John Ivison: Trudeau ruled out a prisoner swap with China but don't expect him to take harder line
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John Ivison: Trudeau ruled out a prisoner swap with China but don't expect him to take harder line

The emphatic nature of Justin Trudeau’s disavowal of a prisoner swap with China to free two Canadian detainees should not build expectations of a more combative approach by Ottawa. Nobody inside the federal government expects a dramatic shift from the policy of enlisting allies to exert quiet pressu...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: 'I am deeply sorry and ashamed': CBC News host Wendy Mesley disciplined for using racial slur in two separate meetings
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'I am deeply sorry and ashamed': CBC News host Wendy Mesley disciplined for using racial slur in two separate meetings

CBC News is taking unspecified “disciplinary action” against journalist Wendy Mesley, who released a statement admitting to using the n-word on two separate occasions in news meetings. On June 10, CBC announced it was suspending Mesley from her duties as host of The Weekly pending an internal invest...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Arthur Conan Doyle's estate sues Netflix, claiming Sherlock Holmes' emotions are copyrighted
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Arthur Conan Doyle's estate sues Netflix, claiming Sherlock Holmes' emotions are copyrighted

The lawsuit, filed against Netflix, the film’s production company, Springer and her publisher, alleges that “emotional warmth, respect for women and (Sherlock’s) kindness in relationships” are characteristics that are protected by trademark.  Sherlock is popularly known as an “aloof and unemotional ...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Federal health minister cites lack of animosity in Canadian politics as asset in COVID fight
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Federal health minister cites lack of animosity in Canadian politics as asset in COVID fight

OTTAWA – Health Minister Patty Hajdu told senators Friday that Canada’s less fractured political culture has been an asset in the fight against COVID-19, especially compared to  America. Speaking at the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology, Hajdu said politicians of all stripes...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Trudeau says charity with ties to him and his wife 'only one' that could run COVID-19 student volunteer grant program
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Trudeau says charity with ties to him and his wife 'only one' that could run COVID-19 student volunteer grant program

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says an organization that he and his wife have worked with and that was chosen to administer the federal government’s COVID-19 student volunteer grant program is the “only one” able to do so. “The WE organization is the only organization in Canada that has the ...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: COVID-19 outbreak: 18 new cases linked to nail salon in Kingston, Ont.
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COVID-19 outbreak: 18 new cases linked to nail salon in Kingston, Ont.

By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard A COVID-19 outbreak at a nail salon in Kingston, Ont., is now linked to 18 local cases of the virus, according to public health. In a video Friday morning, Dr. Kieran Moore, the medical officer of health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, sa...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Canada’s surprising history and questionable partnership with a Chinese company and its military-backed COVID-19 vaccine
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Canada’s surprising history and questionable partnership with a Chinese company and its military-backed COVID-19 vaccine

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last month that Canada would soon be holding human trials of a new COVID-19 vaccine, there was a lot of excitement, and some confusion. The developer of the would-be vaccine was a Chinese company called CanSino Biologics, hardly a household name in the ph...
by Mark Fournier
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Hundreds of COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented by eliminating four-person nursing-home rooms: study
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Hundreds of COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented by eliminating four-person nursing-home rooms: study

A new study points to a disturbingly simple explanation for some of the havoc wrought by COVID-19 in Canada’s nursing homes: keeping residents in ward-like shared accommodation can be lethal. The deaths of close to 300 long-term care residents in just one province could have been prevented if those ...
by Mark Fournier
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Kenney speechwriter under fire for 2013 essay calling residential schools a 'bogus genocide story'
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Kenney speechwriter under fire for 2013 essay calling residential schools a 'bogus genocide story'

EDMONTON — Jason Kenney’s speechwriter has found himself embroiled in controversy over an article written in 2013 that declared Canada’s residential schools a “bogus genocide story.” The column, which Paul Bunner — who was also Stephen Harper’s speechwriter between 2006 and 2009 — wrote for the publ...
by Mark Fournier
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Family of Canadian jailed in Egypt without charge fear he has COVID-19 but not being treated
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Family of Canadian jailed in Egypt without charge fear he has COVID-19 but not being treated

OTTAWA – Family members of a Canadian man who has been imprisoned in Egypt for more than a year, worry he has been infected with COVID-19 and is not receiving enough medical care. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi late Wednesday about the case of Yasser Al...
by Mark Fournier
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Did a volcano in Alaska contribute to the fall of the Roman Republic? Yes, study finds
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Did a volcano in Alaska contribute to the fall of the Roman Republic? Yes, study finds

A new study has revealed how an ancient volcanic eruption in Alaska contributed to the rise of the Roman Empire more than 8,000 kilometres away. Historians had previously suspected that a volcano caused the extreme cold experienced in the Mediterranean region at the time of the assassination of Juli...
by Mark Fournier
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Why didn't Black Lives Matter protests spread COVID-19? Because everyone else stayed home, study suggests
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Why didn't Black Lives Matter protests spread COVID-19? Because everyone else stayed home, study suggests

Hundreds of cities saw protests in North America earlier in the month, but it’s hard to trace even a single outbreak to the rallies. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, confirmed this week that not even a single new infection could be attributed to the recent demonstration in the city. ...
by Mark Fournier
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General News
Topic: Earning too much could be next problem for Canadian small businesses due to government subsidy rules
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Earning too much could be next problem for Canadian small businesses due to government subsidy rules

OTTAWA – Of all the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph Mireault now faces one he never thought possible. He is making too much money. With his wife, Mireault owns Tru-Valu optical, selling glasses and contact lenses in downtown Vancouver. Due to the virus, the doors were closed in Apri...
by Mark Fournier
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: General News
Topic: John Ivison: Trudeau is right to reject hostage diplomacy with China
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John Ivison: Trudeau is right to reject hostage diplomacy with China

Justin Trudeau said that he “deeply disagrees” with the idea of buckling to Chinese pressure and ending the extradition process surrounding Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, as a means of securing the release of two Canadians facing espionage charges in China. That should come as no surprise. After al...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Scientists find 66-million-year-old sea lizard egg in Antarctica, the biggest ever recorded
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Scientists find 66-million-year-old sea lizard egg in Antarctica, the biggest ever recorded

A 66-million-year-old fossil found in Antarctica almost ten years ago was recently found to be one of the biggest eggs ever recorded, scientists say. In 2011, a group of Chilean researchers were exploring the southern frozen continent looking for fossils of marine reptiles, when they came across a w...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: 'Don’t waste a good crisis': Experts push governments to create digital ID programs in wake of COVID-19
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'Don’t waste a good crisis': Experts push governments to create digital ID programs in wake of COVID-19

OTTAWA – On the basis that no good crisis should ever go to waste, experts are pushing Canadian governments to use the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate their digital transformation and create a digital identity program for people. Quebec recently became the first province to formally announce a five-...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: 'No room for soft right now': Canadian woman whose husband was detained in China shares her hard lessons
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'No room for soft right now': Canadian woman whose husband was detained in China shares her hard lessons

Karen Patterson worked tirelessly for nearly a year to free her husband from detention in China. Ten years later, she’s written a book about the ordeal and has some advice for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he works to free two Canadians currently detained by the Chinese government. “I think he ju...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: John Ivison: Bye-bye 'Y'? Vital non-profit social programs are collapsing awaiting Ottawa's help
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John Ivison: Bye-bye 'Y'? Vital non-profit social programs are collapsing awaiting Ottawa's help

La Maison des Collines is a six-bed palliative care home for residents of the Gatineau Hills in Wakefield, Que. In normal times, it receives close to half its operating budget from the provincial government and raises the other half from fundraising events like golf tournaments, wine-and-cheese even...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Hackers target Canadians with fake COVID-19 contact-tracing app disguised as official government software
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Hackers target Canadians with fake COVID-19 contact-tracing app disguised as official government software

Malicious computer ransomware specifically targeting Canadians was embedded in a fake COVID-19 contact-tracing app disguised as official government of Canada software. The bogus application for mobile phones was advertised as Health Canada-approved and cleverly distributed through coronavirus-themed...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: How many humans needed to start a colony on Mars? 110, a new study finds
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How many humans needed to start a colony on Mars? 110, a new study finds

In the 2015 science fiction movie ‘The Martian,’ Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney was stranded on Mars after a mission went wrong. Against all odds, he managed to survive on the Red Planet for over a year-and-a-half, before he was rescued and returned to Earth. However, had Watney had the help of ...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: 'Heritage attack': Another artwork destroyed in Spain after amateur attempt at restoration
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'Heritage attack': Another artwork destroyed in Spain after amateur attempt at restoration

A group of professional restorers in Spain is calling for greater government regulation after a botched attempt to clean a copy of a famous painting by baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo resulted in an unrecognizable Virgin Mary. The Valencia-based owner of the copy of The Immaculate Conceptio...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: 'We can’t wait years': Airlines tell MPs they want COVID-19 rules eased so their business can restart
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'We can’t wait years': Airlines tell MPs they want COVID-19 rules eased so their business can restart

OTTAWA – Canada’s airlines want the government to ease travel restrictions, border closures and mandatory quarantines so their businesses can take off again. Representatives from Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat all testified at a House of Commons health committee, with a unified message that it’...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Alberta goes back to the future with idea of provincial police force to replace RCMP
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Alberta goes back to the future with idea of provincial police force to replace RCMP

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by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: O'Toole campaign believes alleged hack came from MP's office, says it has received confession letter
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O'Toole campaign believes alleged hack came from MP's office, says it has received confession letter

Erin O’Toole’s Conservative leadership campaign is alleging that someone in a Member of Parliament’s office passed sensitive login information to rival Peter MacKay’s campaign, giving his chief competitor access to virtually all high-level campaign activity, according to a letter sent to police and ...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Ben Mulroney steps down as host of CTV's 'etalk' to make way for Black, Indigenous voices
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Ben Mulroney steps down as host of CTV's 'etalk' to make way for Black, Indigenous voices

Ben Mulroney has announced he’s stepping down as the host of CTV’s etalk entertainment news show, the latest fallout from a recent scandal involving his wife of 11 years, Jessica Mulroney. This month, Jessica had her own CTV show, the wedding-themed I Do, Redo, cancelled by the broadcaster after bei...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Toronto cop part of organized crime group involved in vicious tow truck wars, chief says
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Toronto cop part of organized crime group involved in vicious tow truck wars, chief says

A corrupt Toronto police officer was part of a criminal organization that used stolen encrypted police radios to unfairly profit in southern Ontario’s lucrative and dangerous tow truck wars, police said Monday. Eleven people were arrested in the anti-corruption and organized crime probe, including a...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Top UBC official quits after liking anti-Black Lives Matter tweets
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Top UBC official quits after liking anti-Black Lives Matter tweets

OTTAWA — A senior official at the University of British Columbia has resigned after he liked a series of Tweets that criticized the Black Lives Matter anti-racism campaign, the university and local media said. Michael Korenberg, chair of the university’s board of governors, quit after a “deeply hurt...
by Mark Fournier
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General News
Topic: Government COVID-19 emergency measures are 'death of civil liberties by a thousand cuts': report
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Government COVID-19 emergency measures are 'death of civil liberties by a thousand cuts': report

OTTAWA — The many emergency laws and regulations introduced to target the COVID-19 pandemic have amounted to the “death of civil liberties by a thousand cuts,” a new report says. The non-profit Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) on Friday released a lengthy document that reviews emergency m...