Daily Archives: March 17, 2018

Why Doug Ford may govern more as a moderate than a 'radical conservative'

As Doug Ford was declared the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, critics and political opponents wasted no time portraying the new party chief as a radical, hard-right conservative who poses a threat to civil liberties and women’s rights. A statement by the Ontario Liberal Party declared that Ford’s win signalled the Tories had “gone back in time to pick the most conservative ...

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Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica, data firm that aided Trump campaign

Facebook Inc. said it suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that helped President Donald Trump with the 2016 election, after learning that it misled the social-media giant and violated its policy for handling user data. Facebook said late Friday it been given information that Cambridge Analytica, along with two individuals who don’t work there, improperly kept Facebook user data for years despite ...

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Putin, widely expected to win 4th term as Russia's president, presses for maximum votes, reports say

Putin faces seven other challengers but none present a real threat. He solidified this, however, by barring them from campaigning on the final day of the election.  (AP) As Sunday’s presidential election nears, Vladimir Putin is widely expected to be guaranteed a landslide win in his quest for a fourth term. But reports emerged Saturday that local and state officials ...

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Voicemail emerges reporting Miami bridge crack before collapse, 4 victims ID'd

Police have officially released the names of four people killed following the Miami bridge collapse after recovering two vehicles from the wreckage Saturday. Authorities continue to look for bodies as word emerged that an engineer’s voicemail reporting cracking in the structure wasn’t discovered until Friday, one day after the collapse. The Miami-Dade Police Department said Navarro Brown, who was among several people ...

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Germany’s two biggest utilities strike a deal

WHEN Johannes Teyssen took control of E.ON in 2010, it was Germany’s second-biggest company after Siemens, an industrial giant. From its headquarters in chic Düsseldorf, the utility looked down on RWE, its longtime rival, based in Essen, a down-at-heel former coal-and-steel town 40 minutes’ drive away. The illusion of superiority did not last. The following year Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, ...

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Woman accused in sex trade fights to stay in Canada

A Taiwanese woman who moved to Richmond, B.C., to marry is being connected to the running of a series of bawdy-houses and recruitment of foreign nationals to work in the Lower Mainland sex trade. According to documents filed in federal court, Canada Border Services Agency agents confronted Chun Tao Zhang after allegedly arranging to meet her for sex through a Chinese-language messaging ...

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Doubling tarmac time limit among changes denounced by airline passenger rights advocates

Airline passenger advocates are criticizing proposed changes to the Canada Transportation Act, which include doubling the maximum amount of time customers could be forced to wait on the tarmac before they’re allowed to disembark.  The changes are encompassed in Bill C-49, which passed in the House of Commons last fall and is currently before the standing Senate committee on transport and communications. “I will be ...

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