Author Archives: Contributor

Oil and stock prices higher as Donald Trump sworn in

Stock markets headed into the first day of the Trump administration in a largely positive way, with the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 all higher despite a slight swoon while America’s 45th president delivered his inaugural address. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by about 40 points to 19,779 in the afternoon, just minutes before the new ...

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A Dog’s Purpose Hollywood premiere, some preview screenings cancelled

The Hollywood premiere of A Dog’s Purpose has been cancelled amid growing concern and calls to boycott the shot-in-Canada film, following the release of a video — purportedly from the movie set — showing a distressed German shepherd being forced into turbulent water. On Thursday, producer Amblin Entertainment cancelled the movie’s weekend promotional events in Los Angeles. “Because Amblin’s review ...

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Scientists protest Trump inauguration with #USofScience on Twitter

As Donald Trump prepared to become the 45th president of the United States, scientists from around the country  marked the day by taking to Twitter. Stand up for science! We’ll be flooding the social media airwaves with research and discovery during the inauguration, using #USofScience. — @JacquelynGill During the election campaign, Trump repeatedly remarked on issues of science, often incorrectly. ...

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Navdeep Bains defends open borders for global trade in Davos speech

Automakers on both sides of the border fear the potential negative effects of a Donald Trump presidency, Canada’s economic development minister said Thursday as he met with international business and political leaders in Switzerland. Navdeep Bains said he’s been having nervous conversations with concerned automakers, both at the recent auto show in Detroit and during his current visit to the ...

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Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines

Thai people walk past an information banner on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2015. There is a call for proposals to develop a shot against the virus. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty) A global coalition of governments, health specialists and philanthropists launched a new plan to “outsmart” future disease epidemics with a fund to prepare and create new vaccines. Stung by the devastation ...

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Inflation heats up to 1.5% in December as higher gas prices offset cheaper food

Gasoline prices increased in December on an annualized basis. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) The cost of living in Canada increased by 1.5 per cent last month, as slightly more expensive gasoline prices helped offset slightly cheaper food prices. Statistics Canada reported Friday that seven of the eight components it tracks were more expensive in December compared to November. The transportation index, ...

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Tim Hortons owner launches app to pay-and-go with no lining up

The parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King plans to launch an app Canada-wide this spring that would allow customers to order and pay in advance on their smartphone without lining up to pay a cashier. The move by Restaurant Brands International follows a similar one by Starbucks and is the latest push towards more automation in the food ...

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Toronto college investigates after dozens of students treated for stomach illness

More than 70 Humber College students fell ill Thursday night with some type of gastrointestinal illness, a spokesman for the Toronto school has confirmed. The students, who all live at the one residence on the school’s north campus at Highway 27 and Finch, started reporting feeling ill late in the afternoon, according to Andrew Leopold, director of communications. More students ...

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Chief asks: Could courts force Canada to spend more on First Nations suicide prevention?

It’s time for First Nations leaders to consider a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Indigenous young people who have died by suicide, says Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations. Day’s comments came as Wapekeka First Nation revealed this week that it had asked for help to prevent a suicide pact ...

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Beware friends, family, secretly snooping on your Facebook account

Digital spies are often thought of as government spooks, or shadowy online groups pilfering data from afar in headline-grabbing attacks. But for many of us, the greatest threat can come from those we know and love. A new study on so-called “social insider attacks” — where the attacker personally knows the victim — estimates that 24 per cent of survey participants had ...

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