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As the U.S. Retreats, Canada Doubles Down on Net Neutrality

As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to rollback net neutrality protections, the Canadian government has used the controversy to double down on its support for net neutrality safeguards, linking it to democracy, equality, and freedom of expression. As the U.S. heads toward a period of uncertainty – the net neutrality rollback is likely to […]

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What to do about China’s “sharp power”

WHEN a rising power challenges an incumbent one, war often follows. That prospect, known as the Thucydides trap after the Greek historian who first described it, looms over relations between China and the West, particularly America. So, increasingly, does a more insidious confrontation. Even if China does not seek to conquer foreign lands, many people […]

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Why Trumponomics won’t make America great again

Accordng to this article in The Economist: DONALD TRUMP rules over Washington as if he were a king and the White House his court. His displays of dominance, his need to be the centre of attention and his impetuousness have a whiff of Henry VIII about them. Fortified by his belief that his extraordinary route […]

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Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of the Slims river, which spanned up to 150 metres at its widest points, […]

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Canadian Rangers

The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserve and are the military’s eyes and ears in the north. They provide patrols and detachments for national-security and public-safety missions in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada that can not conveniently or economically be covered by other parts of […]

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US immigrants make sub-zero trek for slim chance at asylum in Canada

His wet clothes frozen stiff and feet sinking into the deep snow, Mamadou allowed himself a shred of hope when he glimpsed a faint light in the distance. Many hours earlier, he had set out for the border just as the sun was setting, trudging through thick woods near Plattsburgh, New York, towards Canada. Temperatures […]

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Canada lobbies against Trump push for biometric screening for visiting U.S.

Canada has launched a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign against a push by Donald Trump to subject all visitors to the United States to biometric screening – such as finger-printing, retina scans or facial recognition tests – upon both entry and exit. The U.S. President’s call for the stepped-up use of such technology, meant to monitor whether […]

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Two suspects identified in deadly Quebec City mosque attack

Two men were in custody after a mass shooting Sunday night at a mosque in Quebec City that killed six people and wounded several more, and was condemned by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “a terrorist attack on Muslims.” Court officials in Quebec City identified the suspects as Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed El Khadir. They […]

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Canada’s new bird

Canada’s new offical bird has a bit of heritage; “whiskey-jack”, was taken from Wiskedjak, Wisagatcak, Wisekejack, or other variations of a word used in the Algonquian family of aboriginal languages of eastern Canada to designate a mischievous, transforming spirit who liked to play tricks on people. A trickster eh. The Gray Jay has a reputation; […]

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Kevin O’Leary – the Hairless Trump of Canada

Kevin O’leary is the Canadian version of a hairless Trump. The man who made a name for himself belittling and berating wannabe entrepreneurs on CBC’s Dragons’ Den is – drum roll – ‘considering’ entering the political arena as a Conservative. I used the term ‘considering’ after watching his ‘I haven’t made up my mind if […]

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The father of Canadian computing

Computing pioneer Kelly Gotlieb was quintessentially Canadian in that he united high technical achievement with a low public profile. Leaders in the field of digital computation, however, have long regarded the University of Toronto professor emeritus, who died on Oct. 16 at the age of 95, as the father of Canadian computer science. In 1948, […]

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$10,000 prize for Canadian authors

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and you published a debut book in 2015, you might be eligible to nominate your title for Kobo’s second annual Emerging Writer Prize. They’re now accepting nominations in categories of Literary Fiction, Romance and Non-Fiction. All submitted books must be available for sale in the Kobo store. […]

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Canada’s New Dollar

“You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it,” warned former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006. All I can say is, thank God he’s gone. 0

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Why Canada Can Safely Meet Its Refugee Commitments

When evaluating security threats, Canadians would do well to look at the evidence. All of the identified attackers from Paris appear to be Belgian or French nationals, yet no politician has suggested increased screening of European visitors or immigrants to Canada. Studies out of the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto and Harvard […]

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Threesome word puzzles ebook for Amazon Kindle

My Threesome word puzzles ebook is now available for Amazon Kindle devices in Japan, Mexico, America, Brazil, India, Canada, the United Kingdom and many other countries served by Amazon. The object of “Maintain Your Brain Vocabulary Builder Threesome Edition” is to find the same 3 letters which either begin or end a selection of words […]

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Canadian embassy used as safe haven during Ukraine uprising, investigation finds

According to an article by the CBC Canada’s embassy in Kyiv was used as a haven for several days by anti-government protesters during the uprising that toppled the regime of former president Viktor Yanukovych. The Harper government never fully acknowledged — during the upheaval or since — the depth and extent of the security breach, […]

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Separating mental illness from terrorism

Governments, police and news outlets are too eager to blame recent deaths on terrorism when mental illness is likely the culprit. Before jumping on the ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism’ bandwagon police and news agencies should first find out the whole truth and not the superficial truth behind a ‘terrorist’ act like those in Ottawa recently. Before […]

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Canada’s Digital Privacy Act anything but private

“The Digital Privacy Act, Bill S-4 has got a provision in it that basically throws the door open to warrantless disclosure of people’s private information to companies, to non-governmental agencies as well as the government,” said David Christopher, spokesman for the Vancouver-based Internet advocacy group OpenMedia.ca. “The victims of that privacy breach wouldn’t even know […]

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Support The Tyee for better news in Canada

Canada is undergoing radical change at a time when our national media is in collapse. In two years there will be another federal election. Canada needs more diverse reporting to inform that democratic moment — reporting that cares more about your values than shareholder profits. That’s what The Tyee has done for more than 10 […]