Daily Archives: December 20, 2017

For Justin Trudeau, a vacation on the Aga Khan's island was not worth the trip

Responding to the ethics commissioner’s findings, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the word “family” four times in the course of a four-sentence prepared statement. “The commissioner’s report this morning makes it very clear that I should have taken precautions and cleared my family vacation and dealings with the Aga Khan in advance,” he said from the foyer of the House ...

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B.C. actors approve new contract that includes anti-harassment measures

The latest contract covering performers in British Columbia contains what the actors union says is precedent-setting language against sexual harassment. Members of the Union of B.C. Performers voted strongly in favour of the deal, which reflects the powerful social media movement that sprang up following sexual assault and harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. A statement from the union ...

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Loud fish orgies could make dolphins deaf, scientists say

Scientists warned a species of Mexican fish can harm dolphin’s hearing due to the loud sound they make during mating.  (Reuters) A species of Mexican fish makes such a loud noise when engaging in mass reproductive orgies that nearby marine mammals could be in jeopardy of losing their hearing, scientists have warned. Scientists Brad E. Erisman and Timothy J. Rowell ...

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Myanmar blocks UN rights investigator weeks before visit

The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar is calling for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar’s military commanders after she was barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure. Yanghee Lee said she had been due to visit in January to assess human rights across Myanmar — including alleged abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. But Myanmar told ...

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Missed out on the $60 10 GB cellphone plans? Experts bet more deals are coming

If you missed out on the recent cellphone plan deals that sparked long customer lineups, fear not. Industry-watchers say the time is ripe for more discounted plans as competition heats up in Canada’s wireless market. “I don’t think it’ll take very long to see these deals again,” said Rose Behar, senior reporter for the tech site MobileSyrup in Toronto. “Canadians ...

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Ottawa pouring an extra $3.6B into veterans' benefits

The Liberal government today initiated an intricate overhaul of the system to compensate wounded ex-soldiers, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to placate a volatile community of Canadian veterans. The plan, rolled out by Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan, is meant to address smouldering grievances among veterans that has led to protests and at one point spawned ...

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Combustible cigarettes kill millions a year. Can Big Tobacco save them?

BESIDE a serene lake in Switzerland sits a modern glass building called the Cube. Wide-leafed tobacco plants grow in the lobby. In one room machines that can “smoke” more than a dozen cigarettes at a time dutifully puff away, measuring the chemicals that consumers would inhale. The research centre is run by Philip Morris International (PMI), which sells Marlboro and ...

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