Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Wednesday December 18 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Reindeer, caribou, and climate change

If Santa Claus resides at the North Pole, and Canada hopes to claim the North Pole as part of its territory, then one wonders if Santa’s reindeer might not really be Canadian caribou.

New research shows a strong genetic connection between the reindeer of Europe and northern Asia and the caribou of Canada, especially northern Canada .

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Ottawa's reluctance stalls finance ministers' talks on pension reform

Despite most of Canada's provinces wanting to move ahead to protect Canada's government pension plan, Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said this was not the right time to do anything, or plan anything.

Finance ministers from Canada's 10 provinces met with Minister Flaherty Monday (December 16) and came out with opposing views about how to ensure Canada's pension ...

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China joins ‘elite space club’ with lunar mission

China says its mission to the moon has been successful and is paving the way for a future mission that will bring back lunar soil and rock samples. This is the first time vehicles have landed on the moon in almost four decades.

“China now is really entering a very elite club of space-faring nations which only ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Helicopter plucks crane operator from fire

A military rescue technician was lowered from a helicopter to rescue a crane operator stranded above a raging fire in Kingston in the province of Ontario on Tuesday afternoon. The operator was lucky the incident occurred less than 100km from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, home to airborne rescue teams.

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Action needed to save woodland caribou

Although it was put into place in 2010, Canada’s Northwest Territories have just added the first four species to their “Species at Risk” act.

Listed as “threatened” are the Boreal and Peary Caribou, and a rare plant called the hairy braya, while polar bears have been listed as a “species of special concern”.

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One-day crowdsourcing experiment to track longest night in Edmonton

When the sun sets Friday (December 20) in the western Canadian city of Edmonton, it will be the start of the longest night of the year. A group of professors and students hope to "shed some light " on what it means to live that experience, so they're asking people to share tweets, narratives, pictures, videos and posts on line.

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Designing the better Christmas tree

For those who like the look and wonderful pine frangrance of real tree to place in their house to celebrate Christmas, there are nevertheless some drawbacks.

While selecting a nicely shaped tree can take time, perhaps the major concern is that within a short period of time, the tree begins to lose its needles, which can be quite a ...

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Canada's Competition Bureau to investigate Google search dominance

Canada's Competition Bureau is seeking a court order that would require Google's Canadian subsidiary to furnish antitrust investigators with internal company records as part of an investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance of the Internet search market to stifle competition and drive up digital advertising prices.

In a filing made in an Ottawa federal court December 11, the independent ...

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Judges defy government’s crime penalties

Justice Minister Peter MacKay says judges who refuse to apply mandatory penalties for convicted criminals are showing contempt for the law. As part of its tough-on -crime agenda, the current Canadian government doubled the amount criminals should pay for victim’s services. The fine for a summary or less serious offence is $100, and for an indictable offence it is $200. ...

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