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Wednesday May 15 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

$170 billion of Canadian money in 12 global tax havens

The citizen group Canadians for Tax Fairness has calculated that Canadian money in the top 12 global tax havens has now hit $170 billion.

Three havens account for $109 billion of the Canadian money. Barbados leads with $59 billion, then the Cayman Islands with $30 billion, and Luxembourg follows with $20 billion.

The group  used data released ...

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Eating bugs in Canada?

The United Nations is encouraging people to eat more insects but it’s not clear Canadians are ready to tuck in. Bugs are nutritious and they are much better for the environment than are animals according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Certain beetles, ants, ...

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Doctors demand halt to marketing unhealthy foods to children

An extensive coalition of medical professionals and organizations is making a clear call to stop marketing of unhealthy foods to children. These are products high in fats, added sugars, and sodium.


Dr. Norman Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Hypertension, and medical professor at the University of Calgary © 

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Liberals re-elected in B.C. provincial election, leader defeated

To the surprise of pollsters, the Liberal government of the Pacific coast province of British Columbia was re-elected Tuesday night (May 14), and with a strong majority. The party won 50 of the 85 electoral ridings.

Liberal Premier Christy Clark in her victory thanked voters saying: "You have humbled us tonight with this opportunity and the tremendous obligation you ...

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Discovery in Ontario of world's oldest prehistoric water

Scientists have recently discovered what is the oldest water in the world. They say the water is slowly leaking into a mineshaft in Timmins Ontario, almost 2 and half kilometres underground. While miners have known about the salty water leaking into mines in the area since the late 1800’s, no-one has analyzed it till now.

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, a ...

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Poop on the roof

Dena McMartin, a professor at the University of Regina, says people have made lots of jokes about her research, from poop on the roof, to her “crappy” job.

She takes it in stride noting the importance of studying sometimes deadly E Coli bacteria. She notes the findings could have important implications in food storage and handling, farming, and water ...

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Store apologizes for not printing breastfeeding photo

Wal-Mart has apologized for refusing a man who asked the store to print a photo of his wife nursing their baby. He wanted to frame the picture and give it to his wife, Kayla Andre for Mother’s Day.

Controversies over breastfeeding pop up regularly in Canada. Part of the population is squeamish about nursing. Part of the population avidly promotes it. ...

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Canadian engineering giant used secret code for ‘bribery’ payments

SNC-Lavalin has for years used a secret internal accounting code that former employees say was for bribes on projects in Africa and Asia. The World Bank has already barred the engineering firm from bidding on contracts it funds for ten years.

Code words were used on contracts for a division called SNC-Lavalin International Inc., according to an ...

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Bill could give Canadian snowbirds extra two months a year in U.S.

Canadian media is reporting a proposed bill may give Canadian "snowbirds" (long-term vacationers) in the United States the right to stay two months more than the present limit of six months.

Under the present laws, Canadians who stay longer than six months are treated as residents for tax purposes.

The proposal is not yet law, but it does ...

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