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Global seed vault at risk — and climate change is to blame, say experts

Wednesday May 24, 2017 more stories from this episode In Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, at the northernmost tip of Europe, sits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. In a protected chamber dug into the side of a mountain sit almost a million types of seeds, waiting for withdrawal if the effects of climate change, natural disasters or war mean the plants become threatened. ...

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Third-party election activities under scrutiny as complaints rise

The number of complaints about third-party activities during the last federal election jumped almost nine-fold over the previous one, prompting the elections commissioner to suggest an update of the rules. A spokeswoman for Yves Cote, the commissioner of Canada Elections, told The Canadian Press there were 105 complaints related to third-party activities in the 2015 campaign. After the 2011 ballot, ...

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Montreal schizophrenia patients face their demons through virtual reality

A pilot project at Montreal’s Philippe-Pinel Institute has patients with schizophrenia confronting voices that torment them by way of a virtual reality experience. The project, developed by psychiatrist and researcher Alexandre Dumais, allows patients to create computer-generated avatars that look and talk like the demons they face inside their heads. Richard Breton, 52, has been struggling with hallucinations and paranoia since he was diagnosed ...

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Online threat against Sophie Grégoire Trudeau leads to arrest of Lethbridge woman

A Lethbridge, Alta. woman is facing charges after allegedly posting threats online against Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team based in Alberta — K-INSET — was alerted to the threats made against the Canadian government on May 11 and an arrest was made the next day. Lisa Seymour-Peters, 49, was ...

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Canada dives deep into data to make case to US on NAFTA, says Freeland

The federal government is using a deep mine of digital data to map out what it says are the economic benefits to the United States of its unfettered trade with Canada, says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Freeland told an audience in Mexico City on Tuesday that the government’s trove of data drills down into individual U.S. congressional districts to ...

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Federal inmate dies by suicide after 118 days in solitary confinement

The day before Guy Langlois took his own life, he picked up the phone. “Strangely, he got in touch with a lot of people to tell them he loved them and to never forget he loved them,” his sister Nathalie Langlois recounts. The next afternoon, the 38-year-old Métis inmate — who had a long history of mental health issues and suicide ...

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Growth council’s new tasks: unlock business spending, broaden job skills help

The Trudeau government’s influential team of economic advisers is pursuing solutions to an issue that has preoccupied policy-makers for years: how to open the spigot on business investment. Dominic Barton, chair of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s growth council, told The Canadian Press that the group’s next report, due this fall, will outline ways to encourage more business investment with the ...

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Toronto stock index climbs on banks, industrials

Canada’s main stock index eked out a moderate gain Tuesday as financial stocks got a boost ahead of Canadian bank earnings this week. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 18.48 points to 15,476.94, also helped by a rise in industrials and utilities stocks. But it was financials that were the session’s most influential gainers, one day before the ...

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Will the show go on? Musicians weigh upcoming concerts after Manchester blast

The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists cancelling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled. Blondie cancelled a Tuesday night concert in London “as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack” at the Manchester Arena. Lead singer Debbie Harry tweeted that ...

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Flood prediction, climate change impacts on water studied at new Canmore lab

At a new research lab in Canmore, Alta., scientists are studying the impact of climate change on water, glaciers and snow, and developing tools to predict and warn people about future floods.   The Coldwater Laboratory, led by John Pomeroy, recently moved from the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis Country to the Bow Valley. The expanded lab in Canmore ...

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