Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

B.C. surpasses Ontario as top locale for film production

A new report says British Columbia, the home of blockbuster movie shoots such as “Deadpool 2” and “Star Trek Beyond,” has surpassed Ontario as Canada’s top locale for film and television production for the first time. The report by the Canadian Media Producers Association says the 2016-2017 fiscal year was strong for Canada overall, with production volume in the country ...

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The Latest: Woman who cut baby from neighbor gets life term

FARGO, N.D. –  The Latest on the sentencing of a North Dakota woman who admitted killing a pregnant neighbor (all times local): 2 p.m. A North Dakota woman who admitted killing a pregnant neighbor and cutting the baby from the womb while the mother was still alive has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Brooke ...

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Driver arrested after truck damages Nazca lines World Heritage Site

Authorities in Peru have detained a truck driver accused of damaging part of the world-renowned Nazca lines. The nation’s Ministry of Culture says Jainer Flores drove into an unauthorized section of the U.N. World Heritage site on Saturday, leaving tracks and damaging part of three lines. The Nazca lines are huge etchings depicting imaginary figures, creatures and plants that were ...

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A new sort of health app can do the job of drugs

LUANN STOTTLEMYER has had diabetes for 23 years, but it was only in 2016 that her doctor prescribed a treatment that changed her life. It has allowed her to bring her blood-sugar levels under control and lose weight. Yet this miracle of modern science is not a new pill. It is a smartphone app called BlueStar. The program is one ...

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The NDP and a possible path to a second victory

Three years ago, Alberta voters probably surprised themselves by giving Rachel Notley’s New Democrats a crushing victory over the divided forces of province’s conservatives. Will they do it again? Just maybe. Though the current fight with B.C. is certainly going to make that more difficult.   Victory in a dark time Notley’s victory came just in time for her to ...

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Is Facebook bad for democracy?

Some things are clearly bad for democracy: overbearing dictators, the rise of fascism, military rule. But social media? Really? It seems like a bad joke that the very same platforms where we share vacation photos and viral cooking videos could actually be damaging democracy right in front of our eyes. But that’s the topic of Facebook’s most recent round of “Hard Questions,” a ...

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RCMP backlogged with access-to-information requests from its own staff

The RCMP has reversed course after a policy forcing officers to use the Access to Information Act to get their own personnel and medical information backfired badly.  The RCMP has been flooded with so many new ATI requests over the past few years that it now has a backlog of about 3,250 unanswered files that have gone past their legislated deadlines, with the number ...

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