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Western University student getting a PhD in Drake

Amara Pope is a long-time Drake fan, so it was only natural for the Kitchener, Ont. woman to turn to one of her favourite artists for her master’s thesis and her PhD. Pope, who did her master’s at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., focused on Drake because she was interested in his ability to connect with and represent many ...

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‘He is hip-hop:’ Obama praised as America’s first hip-hop commander-in-chief

​Not only is President Barack Obama the first black president of the U.S., but it’s safe to say he has been America’s first hip-hop commander-in-chief. Obama embraced hip-hop more than any of his predecessors: He’s used Jay Z’s lyrics and Kanye West in speeches, released playlists on Spotify that included Nas, Chance the Rapper, Mos Def and Method Man, and ...

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Trump presidency could lead to more ‘stable’ U.S. foreign policy, Stephen Harper says

Former prime minister Stephen Harper says he is taking a “glass half full” approach to the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House, while acknowledging the U.S. election is to blame for a great deal of uncertainty. The former Conservative leader delivered one of his first major foreign policy speeches since leaving office Thursday in New Delhi, where he ...

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Canadian police hit by major computer network outage

The failure of a critical core computer network device prevented Mounties and other police agencies including the Toronto Police Service from accessing a critical computer program they need to do their jobs called the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. According to sources, the outage started around midnight ET, and lasted roughly 12 hours. It also affected mobile computer workstations in RCMP ...

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NewLeaf cancels more flights amid ‘schedule change’

Budget flight company NewLeaf has cancelled more flights in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and Nova Scotia for the next few weeks. According to a memo sent to passengers, four flights — all on Sundays — have been cancelled, effective Jan. 15: Hamilton to Halifax. Halifax to Hamilton. Abbotsford, B.C., to Edmonton. Edmonton to Kelowna, B.C. NewLeaf spokeswoman Julie Rempel told CBC News that ...

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‘No smoking gun’ found to explain hundreds of thousands of herring deaths

Federal scientists now believe hundreds of thousands of herring died in the Bay of Fundy late last year, but they still can’t pinpoint a cause. Alain Vezina, regional director of science at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, told the resources committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature there’s “no smoking gun” and a combination of factors likely led to the fish kill. After ...

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New species of moth named after Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s name won’t just go down in history as the 45th president of the United States. He’ll be forever remembered in taxonomy, as the namesake of a newly discovered species of moth. The new moth — named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi — is just the second belonging to a genus of twirler moths. Vazrick Nazari, an evolutionary biologist and an expert in taxonomy, discovered the ...

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