Daily Archives: February 15, 2018

Canada set to open free trade talks with South American bloc

On March 8, Canada’s minister of international trade, Francois-Philippe Champagne, will sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership — the CPTPP, formerly known as the TPP. CBC News has learned that the following day, if all goes as planned, Canada’s delegation will board a plane and fly over the Andes to Asuncion, Paraguay, to launch free trade talks with the Mercosur bloc ...

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Enhancing athletic performance on a genetic level

​Doping is always a hot topic at the Olympics. One day, we may never again have to ban the entire Olympic team from Russia, not because athletes won’t be doping, but because they will be gene doping and be able to completely avoid detection. The World Anti-Doping Agency (or WADA) is trying to stay a step ahead. What is gene doping? Gene doping ...

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin fast-tracked as Met Opera's new music director

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade. Nézet-Séguin’s appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson’s disease caused the end of James Levine’s 40 year-run. The company announced Nézet-Séguin would start a five-year contract ...

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Google's Chrome browser starts blocking 'disruptive' ads

On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google’s own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that ...

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Why the cannabis tax will only be one small part of government windfall: Don Pittis

Governments across Canada are already making money on legal recreational marijuana and they haven’t sold a gram here. As governments at all levels bicker about their slice of the pot pie, experts say the excise tax they are fighting over is only one part of the pickings governments will harvest from expanding legal sales. Yesterday, the country’s biggest marijuana producer, Canopy Growth, which was an ...

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Ottawa rescues military disability insurance plan with $622 million bailout

The Liberal government is spending more than $622 million to bail out the Canadian military’s long-term disability insurance plan, newly tabled federal budget documents reveal. The enormous infusion of cash comes almost five years after the former Conservative government settled a class-action lawsuit with disgruntled veterans who were angry that their payments were being clawed back. Supplementary budget estimates for the ...

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