BMO hikes dividend as profit rises 28%

First big bank to report earnings since probe into sales practices shows no sign of slowdown The Canadian Press Posted: May 24, 2017 8:37 AM ET Last Updated: May 24, 2017 8:37 AM ET The Bank of Montreal had $1.25 billion of net income in its second quarter. That’s up 28 per cent from $973 million during the same period last ...

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Harjit Sajjan on the future of UN peace operations LIVE

Air Date: May 24, 2017 8:30 AM ET Harjit Sajjan on the future of UN peace operations LIVE0:00 Canada’s defence minister speaks at International Peace Institute about the future of UN peace operations and the role of the next defence ministerial meeting in support of meaningful reform

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Animal sculptures made of Lego on display at Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest attraction of its kind in Canada, has installed Lego sculptures of plants and animals throughout one of its parks. The colourful works were created by New York artist Sean Kenney, whose Lego statues are touring across North America and are now also on show in Memphis, Tenn., and Houston, Texas. Among the 14 sculptures ...

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Never before has so much steaming hypocrisy occupied the White House: Neil Macdonald

Hypocrisy is so deeply embedded in politics that the two words are synonyms. That shamelessness pays is an axiom. And look, for sure, hypocrisy is the best thing about covering politics. It’s white truffles, it’s Belgian chocolate, it’s a spigot of fine wine that never, ever runs out. Some politicians, called on hypocrisy, bluster, claiming they were only adopting a ...

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Public spaces are tricky to police — and attackers know to exploit it

It’s a reaction that’s becoming all too familiar: In the wake of an attack, there comes the promise to beef up security. After Monday’s bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., a number of event venues around the world were swift to say they were upping their own measures, including Winnipeg’s MTS Centre and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The ACC — which ...

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53 First Nations reserves lack adequate fire protection: audit

An Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada audit has found that 53 First Nations reserves lack adequate resources to fight fires. The internal audit identified 14 “underserviced” sites (13 in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba) and 39 “limited service sites” (17 in Ontario, 22 in British Columbia) in a briefing note prepared for Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and obtained by CBC News through an Access to ...

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‘Taxing the rich’ gets biggest reaction in real-time survey of Budget 2017 speech

A select group of Canadians hired to offer immediate gut reactions to Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget speech gave the biggest thumbs-up to his pledges to make Canada’s tax system fairer.  Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, Canada 150 celebrations and a new defence plan, on the other hand, were met with a yawn and a shrug. ‘There was a very positive reaction with ...

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U.S. views on NATO polarized while allied support climbs

Canadians and Americans may disagree about the appropriate level of defence spending, but a new report says they do have one thing in common — they like NATO more than they did a few years ago. New research by the Pew Center, a U.S.-based, nonpartisan think-tank, suggests increased public support for the transatlantic alliance, despite the political bashing it took ...

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Bitcoin ‘mania’ grows, as virtual currency passes $2,000 US mark

Bitcoin, the decentralized digital currency with global name recognition, has jumped in value once again. The value of the cryptocurrency surged past $2,000 US on May 20, according to data from institutional digital currency exchange GDAX. A single virtual “coin” cost $2,262 US (about $3,057 Cdn) late Tuesday afternoon, GDAX data showed. The value of bitcoin has surged more than 400 per cent in ...

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Toronto tech firms seeing more interest from U.S. job seekers — and not just because of Trump

Last month, Roy Pereira, CEO of Toronto startup zoom.ai, received so many applications for a software engineering position from U.S.-based job seekers that he thought they were fake.  “I thought it was maybe bots spamming us,” he remembered, noting only about one per cent of the company’s past applications had come from the States. The applicants he interviewed, many of whom were living in ...

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