Daily Archives: October 18, 2017

'Part of me feels I should have died with my cats': Siksika residents lose homes, animals in fire

Norbert Bear Chief wipes tears from his cheek as he watches the smouldering ruins of his home after it burned to the ground in a vicious grassfire on the Siksika Nation in southern Alberta Tuesday night. “It’s kind of hard for a 58-year-old man to be crying,” said Bear Chief from the driver’s seat of his car. Bear Chief’s home was still smouldering when he ...

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Fake news ads are reportedly popping up on fact-checking websites

Fake news ads are reportedly popping up on fact-checking websites. The New York Times reported that as recent as last week, these ads were found on sites like PolitiFact and Snopes. The report said the ads took the reader to sites that looked like major media websites, like Vogue and People. The headlines read, for example, “Melania Trump is leaving ...

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Researchers say it's time to crack open AI 'black boxes' and look for the biases inside

Courts, schools and other public agencies that make decisions using artificial intelligence should refrain from using “black box” algorithms that aren’t subject to outside scrutiny, a group of prominent AI researchers says. The concern is that, as algorithms become increasingly responsible for making critical decisions affecting our lives, it has become more difficult to understand and challenge how those decisions — which ...

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Outspoken Mountie who won't shave goatee removed from regular duty

An RCMP officer who was reprimanded last week for voicing displeasure about senior management has now been assigned administrative duties because he’s refusing to shave off his goatee. Cpl. Pat Bouchard first got into hot water after speaking to CBC News outside the Moncton, N.B. courthouse on Sept. 29, when the RCMP was found guilty of breaking the Canada Labour Code in connection ...

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Harry Potter exhibit on magic marks 20th anniversary of 1st book

A new British Library exhibition is tracing the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. With the orphaned boy wizard as guiding force, the exhibit opening Friday has broken records for advance sales at the London library. More than 30,000 tickets have been snapped up so far. ...

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'We are less as a country': Politicians pay tribute to Gord Downie

Politicians are paying tribute to Canadian icon Gord Downie following his passing, praising him as a musical legend, loving man and strong advocate for reconciliation with Indigenous people. The Tragically Hip frontman died Tuesday night at age 53. He was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer in 2015. Tears flowed from an emotional Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‏ ...

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Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co. board

Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, it said on Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business. In a statement, the board said it also ratified its Oct. 8 decision to fire Weinstein as chief executive of the award-winning movie and ...

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