Global coalition aims to outpace epidemics with new vaccines

Thai people walk past an information banner on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2015. There is a call for proposals to develop a shot against the virus. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty) A global coalition of governments, health specialists and philanthropists launched a new plan to “outsmart” future disease epidemics with a fund to prepare and create new vaccines. Stung by the devastation ...

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Inflation heats up to 1.5% in December as higher gas prices offset cheaper food

Gasoline prices increased in December on an annualized basis. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) The cost of living in Canada increased by 1.5 per cent last month, as slightly more expensive gasoline prices helped offset slightly cheaper food prices. Statistics Canada reported Friday that seven of the eight components it tracks were more expensive in December compared to November. The transportation index, ...

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Tim Hortons owner launches app to pay-and-go with no lining up

The parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King plans to launch an app Canada-wide this spring that would allow customers to order and pay in advance on their smartphone without lining up to pay a cashier. The move by Restaurant Brands International follows a similar one by Starbucks and is the latest push towards more automation in the food ...

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Toronto college investigates after dozens of students treated for stomach illness

More than 70 Humber College students fell ill Thursday night with some type of gastrointestinal illness, a spokesman for the Toronto school has confirmed. The students, who all live at the one residence on the school’s north campus at Highway 27 and Finch, started reporting feeling ill late in the afternoon, according to Andrew Leopold, director of communications. More students ...

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Chief asks: Could courts force Canada to spend more on First Nations suicide prevention?

It’s time for First Nations leaders to consider a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of Indigenous young people who have died by suicide, says Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations. Day’s comments came as Wapekeka First Nation revealed this week that it had asked for help to prevent a suicide pact ...

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Beware friends, family, secretly snooping on your Facebook account

Digital spies are often thought of as government spooks, or shadowy online groups pilfering data from afar in headline-grabbing attacks. But for many of us, the greatest threat can come from those we know and love. A new study on so-called “social insider attacks” — where the attacker personally knows the victim — estimates that 24 per cent of survey participants had ...

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French a major advantage for Conservative leadership contenders

Can a candidate for the Conservative leadership win the party’s top job and become prime minister without speaking French well enough to order a plate of poutine in a brasserie? Kevin O’Leary hopes so — and the poor performances in Tuesday’s French-language debate suggest a few of his leadership rivals do, too. Bilingualism isn’t a requirement to win either office. But demographics, ...

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Prior leaks of navy info were on RCMP’s radar prior to vice-admiral’s removal

The RCMP conducted at least two prior investigations into leaks of sensitive information involving naval projects before this week’s suspension of the military’s second-highest ranking officer, sources tell CBC News. The revelation comes at the same time the Trudeau government has quietly moved to reassure allies that no foreign intelligence data was compromised in relation to the controversy involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. A ...

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Canada cuts $48M in tariffs to boost food manufacturing

As the incoming Trump administration talks about piling on new tariffs to discourage imports and protect American jobs, the Canadian government quietly moved in the opposite direction over the holidays: eliminating tariffs.  Why? To support Canadian jobs. A customs tariff order published Dec. 28 in the Canada Gazette describes how roughly 200 different tariffs on imported food ingredients will be repealed or ...

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