Author Archives: Contributor

Nova Scotia election to be held Tuesday, May 30

Nova Scotians are heading to the polls on Tuesday, May 30. The election call came Sunday after Premier Stephen McNeil visited Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and requested he dissolve the current House of Assembly. The 30-day campaign is the minimum allowed under Nova Scotia’s election laws. The announcement comes just three days after the McNeil government introduced a balanced budget that included: A ...

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Iranian filmmaker jailed for his work released early

An award-winning Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work has been released after serving about five months of his year-long sentence, though he doesn’t know whether he’ll make movies again in the Islamic Republic. Keywan Karimi told The Associated Press on Sunday that he credited international pressure for his early release, as well as escaping the 223 lashes that were part ...

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Pipeline politics: How an NDP victory in B.C. could divide Canada’s left

An NDP victory in the B.C. provincial election on May 9 — a distinct possibility, if you believe the current polls —  would put progressive parties in charge of Canada’s two westernmost provinces. But it could also spark a conflict with electoral ramifications in Alberta and beyond. “It’s really important for Rachel Notley that the B.C. NDP do not win,” said Duane ...

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Despite presidential snub, Trump jokes front and centre at White House press dinners

Without U.S. President Donald Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders. Instead of the typical roasts — presidents of both parties have delivered their own zingers for years — ...

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Good news about butter: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Here’s the consumer news you need to know from CBC’s Marketplace. Get this in your inbox every Friday. Sign up here. Very un-hip Tragically Hip fans are being warned about counterfeit merchandise claiming to help charity. (Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press) If you bought Tragically Hip merchandise online to show support of the band and raise cash to help fight ...

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Second Opinion: A dietary dust-up over saturated fat story

​​Second Opinion is our round-up of the week’s interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science from reporter Kelly Crowe and Darryl Hol at CBC Health. Simplifying science — A cautionary tale The pitch from the British Journal of Sports Medicine was irresistible. The press release announced: “Popular belief that saturated fats clog up arteries ‘plain wrong’ say experts.” ...

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More than a hashtag: Making diverse, inclusive theatre the norm

Personal stories of race, gender and sexuality shared in a Caribbean hair stylist’s chair. A glimpse into a convenience store and an Asian-Canadian family’s struggles. A thoroughly remixed Hamlet delivered in English and American Sign Language. Canada is no stranger to acclaimed plays told from diverse perspectives, but a new wave of theatre artists is pushing past existing boundaries to ...

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Iconic Dad’s chocolate chip cookies discontinued, customers bitter

For months, some Canadians have been searching in vain for their beloved Dad’s chocolate chip cookies. A current Facebook thread on the topic is full of tales about quests for the item. “So annoyed, I’ve looked everywhere for these as they are my absolute favourite,” wrote Karen Strom from Edmonton. “This is so upsetting,” posted Sara Ortega from Vancouver. “Can’t ...

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The race to space: Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off

Space. The final frontier, and quite possibly your family’s next March Break vacation. Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off. But while great leaps are being made at what seems like warp speed, it’s a venture that’s still fraught with issues that go far beyond its out-of-this-world price tag. Cost of launch, of course, remains a ...

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Mexico and Canada ‘in this together’ on NAFTA, amid Trump confusion

Misery loves company, so Mexicans could be forgiven for feeling relieved to learn this week that they are not alone in Donald Trump’s sights. Canada’s there now too, as disputes over dairy products and softwood lumber made us the bad neighbour. “Mexico had managed to stay under the radar for quite a few weeks,” said Monica de Bolle, a senior fellow at Washington’s Peterson ...

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