Friday, January 10, 2014

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Friday January 10 2014 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Not only is unemployment up, Canada's employment rate barely above recession levels

A big jump in the December unemployment rate in Canada has many observers concerned. And economist Jim Stanford says looking at employment rates, shows Canadians are barely better off than at the height of the recession in 2009.

On Friday (January 10), the Canadian government's statistic gathering agency, Statistics Canada, reported an unemployment rate of 7.2 per cent in ...

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New app teaches Inuit language through song


Each week Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from across the North

No language is easy to learn, but Inuktitut?

Many a langauge student has been sidelined by the complex sounds and system of infixes.

But a new iPad app is attempting to make learning Inuktitut just a little more fun by ...

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More money in bear viewing than hunting: study

Viewing bears in the majestic Great Bear Rain Forest in western Canada generates more “value to the economy” than shooting them, according to a new study.  The study was conducted by the Center for Responsible Travel, a research institute at Stanford University in Washington, D.C. and was funded by the conservation group Tides Canada.
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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Obamacare website designer, CGI of Montreal, loses contract

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration will not renew its contract with the Montreal-based CGI Group as the main IT contractor for the Obamacare health insurance site.

According to the Washington Post, a new contract will be signed with Dublin-based technology and consulting company Accenture.

More information:
Washington Post - Obama administration to end contract with CGI Federal, company behind HealthCare.gov ...

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Celebrating Canada’s first Prime Minister

January 11th marks the 199th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister.

He’s known as the “father of Confederation”  having convinced the various provinces to join in a federation to form the country of Canada in 1867,  He’s also known for being the driving force to build a trans-continental railway, which led to ...

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"Rights vs accommodation” issue flares at Canadian university

A debate over accommodation of religious beliefs versus gender equality rights has flared up at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s most populous and ethnically diverse city.

The issue began back in September, and although it has since been resolved, has nonetheless sparked a debate which has grown and become public recently.

A man taking a correspondence course ...

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Canada to cut aid to Sudan

The Globe and Mail reports Canada is considering scaling back on its foreign aid to Sudan. The newspaper obtained an internal document by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that recommends cutting or ending aid because Sudan is not of “strategic importance” to Canada.

Aid to South Sudan should however continue, says the report, to avoid “future, ...

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Canadian lab cracks the DNA code for 1800’s cholera pandemic

At Hamilton, Ontario’s McMaster University, scientists have once again travelled back in time to solve a medical mystery.

Known as the Ancient DNA Centre at the university’s Department of Anthropology, it has become a leader in the emerging field of paleopathogenomics, the excavation of the genetic sequences of pathogens that infected in eras before science could ...

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Fire continues, as train derailment investigated

The fire at a train derailment in the Canadian province of New Brunswick continues, but is under control, according to railway authorities, who have not yet been able to approach the derailed cars because of the fire. The accident occurred Tuesday (January 7) near the town of Plaster Rock.

Among the cars that derailed some carried crude oil and others were ...

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