Canadian officials in Brussels to discuss US, UK electronics ban on some flights

Officials from Transport Canada are in Brussels to discuss heightened airline security measures brought in by the United States and United Kingdom. Washington moved last week to bar passengers arriving from eight countries from bringing electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in their carry on luggage. Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s office released a statement Tuesday confirming Canadian officials are in Brussels “to attend ...

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Conservative senators come to Lynn Beyak’s defence while others say ‘shame’

Conservative senators came to the defence of their colleague Lynn Beyak Tuesday, saying she has the right to free speech and should remain a member of the Red Chamber’s Aboriginal Peoples committee, despite her rosy views of the residential school system. “Senator Beyak has exercised her right to free speech. We don’t want a bunch of yes people on committees who are only ...

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Supermassive black holes give birth to stars, astronomers discover

A team of astrophysicists has discovered that supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies aren’t just destroyers of stars, but can also be their creators. Stellar black holes form from the collapse of a large star. They can have a mass of 20 times that of of our sun or higher, and they consume anything that gets too close, including a star.  There’s ...

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Senator Larry Smith elected leader of Senate Conservatives

Senator Larry Smith has been elected the new Leader of the Opposition and the Conservative caucus in the Senate.  Smith defeated Ontario Senator Linda Frum and Nova Scotia Senator Stephen Greene in the Tuesday vote. Senator David Wells was elected Conservative Senate Caucus Chair. Smith is the former commissioner of the Canadian Football League and president of the Montreal Allouettes. ...

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Former Valeant CEO suing company over unpaid shares

Former Valeant Pharmaceuticals CEO Michael Pearson is suing his former employer for breach of contract for failing to deliver more than three million shares and consulting fees. In a lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S., Pearson alleges that Valeant breached his separation agreement by refusing to hand over 580,676 restricted share units and about 2.4 million performance share awards he ...

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Guelph-area farm will rent you backyard chickens

If you like the idea of keeping chickens in your backyard, but aren’t sure you’re ready to fully commit, a farm southeast of Guelph will rent them to you. Belbeck Family Farm in Moffat, Ont., near Milton, is making their Rent The Chicken business available to Kitchener residents now that the city’s bylaw allows backyard chickens. The farm already offers chicken ...

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Home Capital shares dive after company terminates CEO

Shares of Home Capital Group Inc. traded down more than seven per cent on the TSX on Tuesday, a day after the company said it had terminated its top executive. Home Capital announced Monday after stock markets had closed that that Martin Reid, its president and CEO, was out, effective immediately. Investors responded by sending shares of Home Capital down ...

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Margaret Atwood expands The Handmaid’s Tale for audiobook

Margaret Atwood hasn’t quite finished telling The Handmaid’s Tale. The Canadian author has provided additional material for a special audio edition coming out next week exclusively from audio producer and distributor Audible.com, which is owned by Amazon.com. The audiobook expands upon a version released in 2012 and narrated by Claire Danes, Audible told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Atwood’s novel, ...

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Senator Don Meredith invited to committee hearing on ethics case April 4

Senator Don Meredith has been formally invited to make his case to the Senate committee that is considering sanctions against him following an explosive report on his relationship with a teenage girl. The Senate ethics committee will meet for a second time behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss the report from the Senate’s ethics commissioner, who found Meredith violated the Red ...

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Drake’s More Life smashes records, including his own

He started from the bottom, but now Drake’s sitting atop the music charts again. More Life, the Toronto rapper’s latest release, is officially a record-breaker. The 22-track album, which Drake has described as a “playlist” project, set a new U.S. record for most online streams from a single album in one week, with 385 million streams recorded across all platforms. More Life ...

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