‘Uncertainty is never a good thing’: MPs, senators reach out to U.S. lawmakers

Canadian MPs and senators plan to stress the importance of trade when they meet with their U.S. counterparts in the weeks following Donald Trump’s inauguration as president. Members of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group are expected to gather in Washington sometime before spring for wide-ranging talks on issues important to both countries. But trade will be the biggest concern for Canadian officials.  “Our economies ...

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RCMP unit plays cat-and-mouse game to crack phones, seize data

They can find out who you’ve talked to, where you’ve been and what sites you’ve browsed on the internet. Deleting information or smashing a computer hard drive isn’t going to thwart their efforts either. They are the members of the RCMP Technological Crime Unit. From a nondescript series of rooms inside Nova Scotia’s RCMP headquarters in the Burnside Industrial Park, the unit provides technical ...

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How cocaine and dirty needles are turning 20-somethings into heart patients

He performed two life-saving, expensive surgeries successfully, but even cardiologist Dr. Sean Connors couldn’t save one man from the grip of drug use. The 30-year-old patient underwent two open heart surgeries in St. John’s after a dirty needle spread infection from the injection site to his heart valve. “We pulled him through another heroic surgery — because these are very big surgeries — ...

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Dimming star power: Do celebrities’ anti-Trump voices matter?

Many Hollywood stars will be easy to find in the next few days, assembled at the various anti-Donald Trump protests: from Mark Ruffalo and Michael Moore’s New York demonstration on Thursday to the Women’s March on D.C. on Saturday, where Scarlett Johanssen and Cher are expected to walk.  Just don’t expect these protests to achieve much. “I think they will be very satisfying for ...

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Canada Revenue Agency monitoring Facebook, Twitter posts of some Canadians

The Canada Revenue Agency is scrutinizing the Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media posts of Canadians it suspects could be cheating on their taxes. That’s just one example of the agency’s increasing focus on what it can learn by collecting and analyzing many kinds of data — both its own internally generated information and what it calls “publicly available ...

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Could the oilsands really be phased out? Here are the possibilities

The question of whether Canada should phase out oilsands production seems to have an easy answer, depending on whom you ask. It is either a ridiculous idea, or a ridiculously obvious one. Does Canada care about its economy, or does it care about meeting its Paris climate objectives? Prime Minister Trudeau has walked back his comments from last week, saying that the oilsands are a resource that ...

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Virginia executes man who killed House of Freaks singer and his family

Virginia has executed a man convicted of killing two young girls and their parents during a New Year’s Day home invasion more than 11 years ago. Authorities say 39-year-old Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. Asked if he had any last words, he responded, “Nope.” ...

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