Author Archives: Contributor

‘That speed is unbelievable’: Take a slide on a P.E.I. ice boat

You might wonder why anyone would want to skim across the ice at 100 km/h, but Doug Gaudet of Charlottetown can’t imagine not doing it every chance he gets. “When you get good ice and your ice boat is working really well, the speed is unbelievable going across the ice when you’re laying down about eight inches off the ground,” ...

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Ottawa to overhaul victims’ fund, where administrative costs far outstrip benefits

A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration costs as it has on actual grants. Internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press show that the fund has doled out $170,000 in grants as of March 2015, while at the ...

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Quebec increases maple syrup production amid internal revolt, foreign competition

Quebec, the world’s largest producer of maple syrup, is ramping up output as it fends off rising competition from the U.S. and neighbouring provinces as well as a farmer rebellion from within. The province is adding five million taps over the next two years to its existing 43 million spigots. Simon Trépanier, executive director of the Quebec Maple Syrup Federation, ...

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Atlantic Canada premiers talk U.S. trade at western Newfoundland meeting

Three of the four Atlantic Canadian premiers gathered for meetings on Newfoundland’s west coast Monday talk about business growth and international trade.  “National trade and what’s happening south of the border dominated a lot of our discussions, ” said Newfoundland and Labrador’s Dwight Ball, who is hosting the session.  New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLaughlan met with Ball in Steady Brook at ...

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How saying yes to free Wi-Fi could mean ‘you are the product’ for businesses

Twenty minutes after Zoe Elder stopped at a Gateway Newstands location in downtown Toronto to buy a pack of cigarettes, an email showed up in her personal Hotmail inbox. “Buy one Nestlé single bar + get one free,” it began. The sender? Gateway Newstands. Though Elder, 30, didn’t know it at the time, she was being targeted by a Wi-Fi marketing campaign — anyone logged in ...

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‘Feeling squeezed out’: Will a move to save Vancouver’s housing past compromise its future?

In a city where “bulldozer-bait” homes can fetch close to $3 million, Vancouver’s chief planner is faced with a choice that could shape the city for decades to come.   Are up to 12,000 pre-1940 homes — an immense swath of the city’s housing supply — worth preserving at the expense of a younger generation of people who feel they’ll never be able to afford them? Thousands ...

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Plutocrats with their crony capitalism are taking over again in the U.S.: Don Pittis

Can one of the richest cabinets in White House history since the late-19th-century Gilded Age make the United States equal again? Many have their doubts. In fact there are signs that instead, the U.S. is moving in the direction of what Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, once decried as “crony capitalism.” Freeland wrote her award-winning book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the ...

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Salivating over history: Manitoba Museum curator gives artifacts the old spit shine

How do you clean a nearly 140-year-old oil painting? Well, if you’re Manitoba Museum conservator Carolyn Sirett, you roll up your sleeves, roll a cotton swab and put your muddy where your mouth is. Dirt doesn’t stand much of a chance against the power of human saliva, apparently. There are solid scientific reasons for giving something the old spit shine, or for licking your ...

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‘I feel bullied,’ says condo owner taken to court over backyard garden items not allowed in bylaws

An Ontario woman says a dispute with her condo board and property management company over minor garden infractions has left her emotionally devastated and contemplating moving out. Jayne Pilot of Brampton was sitting by the pool at her condo complex with friends last July when she was handed an envelope containing a court summons. “I was shocked,” says Pilot. “I ...

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Government to weed out pesticides from foreign websites

The federal government is moving to close a loophole that allows Canadians to make legal online purchases of pesticides not registered for use in Canada, and have them shipped into the country. Right now, if someone buys the pesticides for use around their own home and doesn’t exceed the amount that qualifies for an exemption, there is little that authorities can do to stop ...

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