Author Archives: Contributor

Supreme Court urged to clarify law on journalist source protection

Protection for a journalist’s sources currently exists in legal void that needs filling given the importance of media to our democracy, a new application to the Supreme Court of Canada states. In seeking leave to fight an RCMP demand for a reporter’s background materials, Vice Media and journalist Ben Makuch argue Canada’s top court has never dealt with journalist-source communications. ...

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U.S. suing Fiat Chrysler for cheating on emissions tests

FILE – This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo, shows the hood of a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Bill DeLuca’s dealerships in Haverhill, Mass. On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, the U.S. government alleged that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles failed to disclose that software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under ...

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OPEC set to prolong oil output cuts by nine months

OPEC is likely to extend production cuts for another nine months, ministers and delegates said on Tuesday as the oil producer group meets this week to debate how to tackle a global glut of crude. OPEC’s top producer, Saudi Arabia, favours extending the output curbs by nine months rather than the initially planned six months, as it seeks to speed ...

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Guelph student union criticised for calling Lou Reed song ‘transphobic’

The University of Guelph’s student union has faced a torrent of online criticism after referring to Lou Reed’s classic song Walk on the Wild Side as transphobic.  In a Facebook post that has since been removed, the association apologized for including the song in a playlist, and called its decision to play the song at an event an “error in judgement” made by someone who didn’t “know or understand” ...

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‘It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie:’ Zack Snyder steps down from Justice League after daughter’s death

The recent death of director Zack Snyder’s daughter has driven the prominent filmmaker to step away from finishing the ensemble superhero movie Justice League. A source close to production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Monday that director Joss Whedon would take over completing the film, which should still hit its Nov. 17 release. Snyder and his wife ...

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How to talk to children about Manchester concert attack

A man writes a message on the pavement in central Manchester. (Darren Staples/Reuters) For Canadian parents grappling with how to talk to their children about the attack at U.S. pop star Ariana Grande’s concert in the U.K., the first step is reassurance, psychologists suggest.  The American Academy of Pediatrics’s statement of condolence in response to the attacks in Manchester said ...

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‘Avocado hand’ injuries nothing to roll your eyes at, Calgary doctor says

If you thought deep frying a turkey was dangerous, try making a bowl of guacamole. Cutting avocados is causing serious hand injuries, leading the secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons to tell a newspaper earlier this month safety labels should be put on the fruit. Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, a Calgary family physician and urgent care ...

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Trump budget cuts funding for clean air and water programs

The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air and water programs. The White House’s proposed spending plan for the EPA amounts to less than $5.7 billion, a 31 per cent cut from the current budget year, according to a briefing ...

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In Bombardier fight, Boeing sees ghost of Airbus ascent

Two words underpin Boeing’s decision to launch a U.S. trade complaint against Bombardier, which plunged it into a row with Canada last week: “Never again”. Allegations that the Canadian firm dumped newly designed CSeries passenger jets in the United States at a steep loss have threatened a sale of F/A-18 warplanes to Ottawa, sending Boeing scrambling to save the deal. ...

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Frustrated families vow to ‘blockade’ missing and murdered inquiry hearings

Some family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are vowing to blockade meetings of the national inquiry to protest what they call a disastrous start. “We are prepared to take blockades against this inquiry, if it goes through our communities we will be there, it doesn’t matter where,” John Fox told reporters Tuesday. Fox said many families are “tired of ...

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