True test of Trudeau’s expensive data devotion will be whether he follows the numbers

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are a group that enthuses about “evidence-based policy” and “smarter decisions” and has concerned itself with “deliverology.” And they are apparently hungry for more data. “The challenge that we’re facing is one of — and we saw this more acutely a year ago in Vancouver — a dearth of data,” the prime minister said recently when asked about what his government might do ...

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Genetic analysis reveals origins of dog breeds

In the pages of human history, the paw prints of man’s best friend are tracked all over. As companions, guardians, hunters and herders, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, evidenced by the enormous variety of breeds. New research from the U.S. National Institutes of Health draws a family tree of over one hundred breeds. The results, published in the ...

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The race to space: Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off

Space. The final frontier, and quite possibly your family’s next March Break vacation. Experts say 2018 will be the year space tourism takes off. But while great leaps are being made at what seems like warp speed, it’s a venture that’s still fraught with issues that go far beyond its out-of-this-world price tag. Cost of launch, of course, remains a ...

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Samantha Bee gets star support for her Not The Correspondents’ Dinner event

Washington’s once-glitzy “nerd prom” is about to get overshadowed. Late-night TV star Samantha Bee was pulling in celebrities for the first Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday — a tongue-in-cheek play on the real bash, where journalists, the president and, in recent years, lots of bold-face names have mingled. The real White House Correspondents’ Association gala event is being held on ...

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Bahamas-based Fyre Festival fizzles, promising refunds and better luck next year

In this day and age, the young and beautiful live and die on social media. In the case of the ill-fated Fyre Festival — a multiday music, art and culture party that promised “an invitation to let loose and unplug with the like-minded” on the Bahamian island of Exuma — it’s been a sudden and ugly death, chronicled in real-time ...

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13 Reasons Why: Is it ‘exposing the truth’ or a ‘primer’ on teen suicide?

It’s a death scene unlike most others on television. A 17-year-old girl kills herself in a bathtub and the audience, which includes a significant young adult following, sees every moment. The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the best-selling YA novel by Jay Asher, has scored fans around the world for its raw portrayal of high school life and teen suicide. But it’s also getting widespread criticism from ...

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What Harjit Sajjan really did while serving in Afghanistan

Truth being the first casualty of war has taken a decidedly different turn with growing outrage in both the political and military communities about Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s characterization of himself as the architect of Operation Medusa in Afghanistan. The bloody, protracted battle in the scorched grape fields west of Kandahar city in September 2006 was a significant milestone in Canada’s five-year ...

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Killer curiosity: PTSD risks associated with watching graphic videos

The video is short, under a minute. It shows a young woman’s face bloodied and injured. Her dark, long hair is dishevelled and matted. A foot relentlessly stomps down onto her. Community members of Sagkeeng First Nation believe it is the attack which ultimately led to the death of 19-year-old Serena McKay. A day after McKay’s body was found, the graphic video surfaced online  — and in the social media ...

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Millennials, boomers meet as Conservative Party-crashers

​The 160-plus voters crowded into a Toronto barroom last Tuesday would seem at first to be ripe and easy pickings for the Conservative Party of Canada. The group included longtime Liberals and New Democrats who now seethe under the much-larger-than-promised deficits of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and want to test out a more right-wing politics. There were millennials who have voted ...

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Look beyond the jesters, and you’ll find real, live progressive conservatives in the CPC race: Neil Macdonald

Well, Mr. Wonderful certainly deserves credit for self-awareness.   In the end, Kevin O’Leary was sensible enough to realize Quebecers would probably not embrace any leader whose French is lousy to nonexistent, especially someone who was born in Montreal and educated in Quebec, making him one of those remarkably arrogant anglo Quebecers from the last century who couldn’t be bothered ...

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