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Minor leak balloons into major web outage at StatsCan: documents

An incident involving a leaky air conditioner at Statistics Canada’s Ottawa data centre in June mushroomed into a major outage that, among other problems, left some exporters’ trucks stuck at the American border. The rapid escalation of a minor spill into a 30-hour crisis was no accidental series of escalating events, says the former head of the agency. Instead, it ...

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Buildings renamed, monuments fall in recognition of oppression of Indigenous people

While Canadians observing the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., may feel assured this country does not have hundreds of U.S. Civil War monuments, some statues and buildings divide Canadians along similar lines. One is the statue in Halifax of Edward Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia and a military officer credited by the British for founding the city in 1749. Later that ...

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Western farmers worry they’ll pay the price of saving supply management under NAFTA

Kevin Auch has been putting in long hours on his southern Alberta farm harvesting durum wheat — and also fretting about distant trade negotiations that may affect the price. He wasn’t pleased, earlier this week, when Canada’s foreign affairs minister vowed to defend supply management on Canadian farms in the NAFTA negotiations just getting underway. The system of controlled production and price protection ...

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Man who faked physiotherapy licence recently worked at Halifax clinic using alias

A man with a lengthy history of faking his physiotherapy credentials, including during his time in the Canadian Forces, was until recently working under an assumed name as a manager in Atlantic Canada’s largest hospital system, CBC News has learned. Sources say Kelvin Cheung, who was convicted this week in Winnipeg of pretending to be a licensed physiotherapist, was hired last fall ...

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Removal not the only way to deal with racist relics, historians say

As momentum builds to tear down monuments and rename buildings that are deemed racist relics of the past, some historians say offensive memorials should remain intact to deepen education and even bridge divides. Hundreds of statues remain across the U.S. in the wake of the Civil War, marking military figures or battle sites, and there is a growing push to remove what many regard as ...

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Move it! Too much standing is bad, study finds

People who stand for long periods at work may have another reason to join their seated colleagues in moving more. When researchers followed 7,300 Ontario workers aged 35 to 74 who were free of heart disease, they found the risk of heart disease was higher among those whose job titles involve mainly standing compared with those who mainly sit. “There’s a ...

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Distancing himself from The Rebel might be a defining moment for Scheer and his party

Suffice it to say, Andrew Scheer is probably not going duck hunting with The Rebel’s Faith Goldy, as he suggested he would when the two sat down for an interview in February. It was some combination of Goldy’s reporting for Rebel Media from the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., and the horrifying attack on counter-demonstrators that precipitated this week’s sudden turn against Ezra Levant’s ...

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Solar eclipse myth-busting: Facts and fiction behind nature’s stunning event

Have you heard that it’s safe to look at an eclipse through sunglasses? Or that radiation during one could be dangerous for unborn children? Don’t believe it. Solar eclipses aren’t your run-of-the-mill event: while they occur about once every 18 months, the same location may not experience one for many years. So it’s no surprise that there are a few misconceptions about them. ...

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Obi-Wan Kenobi reportedly getting a stand-alone movie

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to do a Star Wars spinoff based on the beloved Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, a character played by Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness, according to a media report. The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday there’s still no script or leading actor, but Daldry would be helping to develop an origin story with Lucasfilm. A Madame Tussauds wax figure ...

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Negotiators get to work in quiet contrast to the political noise outside

While President Donald Trump tweeted up a storm Thursday, the massive NAFTA negotiation he launched was off to a quick, quiet start in the boardrooms of a Washington hotel. Separate working groups on more than two dozen topics are holding their first encounters in this week’s intial round of North American trade talks, including groups that will deal with some ...

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