Trudeau government’s vacant appointments backlog up 80%

Five months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government assured Canadians that its new system would soon fix the backlog of appointments that need to be filled, the problem has gotten much worse. An analysis by CBC News reveals that one in three governor in council positions — ranging from directors of government agencies to members of tribunals that hear appeals of employment ...

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Deadline for women to opt out of RCMP sex harassment settlement is today

Today is the deadline for female Mounties to decide if they want to opt out of a historic sexual harassment class action lawsuit. Any woman who has worked as a civilian or regular member of the RCMP is eligible to file a claim under the negotiated settlement to compensate for on-the-job harassment and abuse. RCMP Const. Agata Purcell said she’s sticking ...

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Byelection performance can be predictive of future results

After the votes are counted in Monday’s five federal byelections, only the parties that make gains will want to talk about the results. The others will point out that byelections are local affairs that tell us nothing about broader national trends; that they don’t really matter.  But that’s a myth. In fact, there is a relationship between how a party does in ...

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A ‘hard Brexit’ creates uncertainty for Canada on what’s next for trade

As the United Kingdom triggers divorce negotiations with the European Union, Canadians are watching closely to see if this split can be amicable. If it’s adversarial, and the Brexit terms are harsh, businesses may need to bail quickly or risk getting burned. “This is a question all of our trading partners are asking themselves. And it’s an unfortunate effect of them choosing to ...

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‘I feel duped’: Why bank employees with impressive but misleading titles could cost you big time

Mike Black says he feels “completely betrayed” after trusting RBC employees with impressive-sounding titles to manage his life savings, only to earn far below the market average for six years. “I worked 35 years at two jobs and saved up a considerable amount due to the fact that I didn’t have a pension and would need money for retirement,” said Black, who ...

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Canada and U.S. on diverging tracks as Trump signs climate order: Don Pittis

Only six months ago, Canada and the United States seemed like trains on the same track. Sure, there were policy differences. But especially after the election of a Liberal government in Ottawa, the two capitals were generally agreed on climate change, free trade, immigration, taxes, bank regulation and many other issues. But suddenly, with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president instead of ...

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3 dead as freelance tornado chasers for Weather Channel crash vehicles

Three storm chasers were killed when their vehicles collided at a rural crossroads during severe West Texas storms on Tuesday. The storms spawned multiple funnel clouds and an occasional tornado in open areas of West Texas on Tuesday afternoon. No damage was reported. The crash happened at a remote intersection near the town of Spur, about 85 kilometres southeast of ...

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‘Create a carrot that evokes larger social issues’: Artist makes whatever her algorithm demands

Wednesday March 29, 2017 more stories from this episode Some artists draw inspiration from nature and self-discovery. But Nicole He is ruling out the creative process completely. She has developed an algorithm that tells her what art to make, at any given moment. And so far, that algorithm’s suggestions have been significantly weirder than, say, “Paint a landscape”. The computer algorithmically calculates ...

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‘It was a shock’: Residential school survivor sees her painting more than 50 years later

It was a way to express the horrors she went through at residential school. It was cathartic. That is how Gina Laing describes the after-hours art classes she attended at the residential school in Port Alberni. A member of the Uchucklesaht Tribe, Laing was recently reunited with art she painted more than 50 years ago. Laing’s paintings were part of a collection donated to the ...

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Irving concerned ‘speed of decision-making’ in Ottawa will add to shipbuilding gap

Federal officials are examining an unofficial proposal to extend construction of the Arctic offshore patrol ships to keep the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard operating until the navy is ready to start building replacement frigates, CBC News has learned. The discussions, according to several sources, have been quietly going on for months and involve adding two light icebreakers to the existing schedule, vessels ...

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