Author Archives: Contributor

Bill Morneau tries to divest himself of a controversy: Aaron Wherry

Just before question period, the finance minister summoned reporters to a small media room in Centre Block’s basement to explain that he would be divesting himself of a million shares in his family business. In the House of Commons, the opposition would attempt to divest from Bill Morneau its pound of flesh. “The finance minister hid his offshore company in France, until he got ...

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Los Angeles police investigate Harvey Weinstein sex assault allegation

Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein — the first involving the producer in the city. Police spokesperson Sal Ramirez said the department has interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who alleges that an incident occurred in 2013. He said the investigation is ongoing and he could not offer any other details. ...

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The Pollcast: What to watch in Monday’s federal byelections

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal. Voters head to the polls in two byelections on Monday. One of them is in a safe Conservative seat in Alberta, but the other, in the Quebec riding of Lac-Saint-Jean, is being hotly contested by four parties in a province that ...

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Airport security stops calling police on passengers carrying prescription pot

Canadian airport security screeners have stopped calling the police every time they process a passenger traveling with medical marijuana.  The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) changed its policy this month after an exponential growth in the number of passengers with prescription pot in their carry-on luggage.  CATSA spokesperson Mathieu Larocque told CBC News that in the past six months, ...

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‘Not up to the federal government’ to challenge Quebec’s religious neutrality law: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke for the first time about Quebec’s controversial religious neutrality legislation today, saying it’s not up to his government to challenge the law but that he would “always defend” people’s rights under the charter. Trudeau made the comments in Roberval, Que., where he was campaigning for Richard Hébert, the outgoing mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini, who is running ...

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‘He really inspired me’: Gord Downie’s brother on his legacy and the work still left to be done

A day after the world learned of Gord Downie’s death, his brother Mike Downie says their collaboration on an ambitious project aimed at reconciliation has motivated him to keep pushing for improved conditions within Canada’s Indigenous communities. “He’s my brother but he really inspired me, you know, he really inspired me to try to do something that could make a difference,” ...

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Fate of alleged Amanda Lindhout kidnapper now lies with judge as trial wraps

After weeks of emotional testimony, the fate of a man charged with holding Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout hostage is in the hands of an Ontario Superior Court judge. In a withering final submission, Crown prosecutor Croft Michaelson told Justice Robert Smith the Somalian man accused of being the main negotiator should be convicted of hostage-taking for the role he played in holding ...

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A ‘monster’ discovery: Tiny translucent crustacean a 1st in Canada’s Arctic

It’s a phantom that’s secretly haunted the subsurface waters of the frozen Arctic for untold millennia — until now.  University of Manitoba researcher Aurelie Delaforge accidentally discovered a new form of Monstrillopsis zooplankton in the cold aquatic environment of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in 2014. The findings were published in the journal ZooKeys on Thursday. “When we study the Arctic, there are still things we ...

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Postmedia sees Q4 profit on sale of Informart unit

Postmedia Network Inc. reported a $40.3-million profit in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its Infomart business. The media company said Thursday the profit amounted to 43 cents per share for the quarter ended Aug. 31 compared with a loss of $99.4 million or 35 cents per share a year ago. Revenue for the company’s fourth quarter totalled ...

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Disabled Chinese space lab likely to crash to Earth in coming months

A defunct, yacht-sized Chinese space lab is expected to fall out of orbit and crash to Earth in the coming months. China launched the eight-tonne Tiangong-1 satellite in 2011. Tiangong means “Heavenly Palace” in Chinese. The satellite, which is 12 metres long and 3.3 metres in diameter, was designed to test technology for a future space station. The Chinese space program used ...

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