Monthly Archives: October 2019

Chinese social media giant flouting Canadian election law

Canadian election ads are appearing on the popular WeChat social media platform. (REUTERS) Chinese social media giant WeChat is flouting Canada’s new elections rules, allowing election ads to run without setting up a digital ad registry as required by law, CBC News has learned. The platform’s owner, Tencent, says election ads aren’t running on its popular WeChat social media site and it has ...

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After the Bloc's gains in Quebec, Liberals now have another worry: a climbing NDP

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has boosted his party’s support, according to multiple polls. (Nathan Denette / Canadian Press) New Democrats looking at the polls are probably feeling pretty thankful today. That’s because the NDP is having a bit of a moment. Both the Liberals and Conservatives appear to be losing steam, while the New Democrats have momentum heading into the election ...

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Where the party leaders are on Day 34 of the federal election campaign

Top row, from left: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Bottom, from left: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier. (CBC News) Here’s what you need to know about where the leaders of Canada’s political parties are on Day 34 of the election campaign. You can ...

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Prairies 'bright spot' in Canadian cannabis market as legalization anniversary nears, expert says

A worker at Green Relief Inc. in Hamilton holds a cannabis plant in a facility in a 2016 file photo. The Prairie provinces have outpaced Ontario and Quebec in adapting to the new legal cannabis industry, says one analyst. (Chris Seto/CBC) As the one-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational cannabis approaches, an industry expert says the Prairie provinces are outpacing ...

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'We stand with you': Choir!Choir!Choir! performs at U.S.-Mexico border

Daveed Goldman, co-founder of the Toronto-based choral group Choir!Choir!Choir!, led a gathering of drop-in singers at the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday. (Zulekha Nathoo/CBC) The Toronto-based singing group Choir!Choir!Choir! staged a performance Sunday at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the decision was based on a desire to foster community rather than on politics alone. With a barbed wire fence and border patrol dividing two ...

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'Definite uptick': Global wave of ransomware attacks hitting Canadian organizations

Canadian companies are reporting an increase in cyberattacks in 2019, according to one recent survey. (Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA) When a Toronto dentist learned last week that his office’s computer network had been attacked with ransomware, it felt like a “violation.”  “It was terrible,” he said. “My wife was even nervous about sleeping at home.” Staff were locked out of digital files for ...

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Margaret Atwood among favourites to win fiction's Booker Prize

Canadian author Margaret Atwood poses with her book The Testaments during the photo call for the authors shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction at Southbank Centre in London, England, on Sunday. (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images) Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is the bookies’ favourite to win the coveted fiction trophy again for The Testaments, her follow-up to ...

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Trudeau took 'unprecedented' step by wearing bulletproof vest: RCMP sources

Surrounded by beefed up security detail, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau attends rally during an election campaign visit to Mississauga, Ontario on Saturday. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters) Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took an “unprecedented” step by wearing a bulletproof vest at a campaign rally in response to a security threat, say two veteran RCMP sources. The sources, who are familiar with the operations of the prime minister’s personal security ...

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Singh says strategic voting makes people settle for less, counters Liberal push

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, right, and his wife Gurkiran Kaur, left, cast their ballets at an advanced polling station in his Burnaby South riding during a campaign stop in Burnaby, B.C., on Sunday, October 13, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he doesn’t believe in strategic voting, because it makes people settle for less. Singh is ...

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