Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Tuesday January 21 2014 edition

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HIGHLIGHTS

Attempting to control "big surveillance"

Every day seems to bring more and more digital devices and systems which become part of our daily lives.

While supposedly making our lives easier, and/or safer, supported by arguments for the need of “security”, they also make personal private data collection easier.

Ann Cavoukian is Ontario’s third and longest serving Information and Privacy Commissioner. She ...

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Canadian PM to Israel: 'Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you'

During his speech in Israel's Knesset, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper's received lots of applause, and a few heckled comments, as he outlined his government's support of Israel on Monday (January 20).

After receiving the "Key to the Knesset" and warm words of welcome from Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Harper outlined Canada's and his own support for ...

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Mountain pine beetle: potential destruction of the boreal forest.


The mountain pine beetle. the size of a grain of rice, but with massive numbers, has caused incredible forest destruction in western Canada and has entered the boreal forest © CBC

The Canadian federal government, through the Natural Sciences ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Heroic rescuer mourned in Western Canada

Tributes are pouring in for Tim Jones, a man who dedicated himself to rescuing people in distress in the western province of British Columbia. Jones died Sunday evening from sudden cardiac arrest near a rescue cabin on Mount Seymour.

The 57 year-old volunteered to lead the community-based North Shore Rescue and had been involved in about 2,000 ...

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Maple syrup yield is down, scientist seeks answers

Recent studies have shown maple syrup to be an excellent and very healthy substitute to sugar. With its unique flavour, it also tastes delicious and adds that unique flavour to recipes.

And, it’s almost uniquely Canadian.

While the north-eastern US states provide about 20% of the world’s maple syrup, almost all the rest comes from central and eastern ...

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'Hybrid Bodies' project: Doctors, artists, and the heart transplant

What can artists contribute to helping understand heart transplant patients and what they go through? That's part of what is at the centre of a collaboration and exploration by a heart transplant team in Toronto, a philosopher, and four artists.

On Wednesday (January 22), the multi-year collaboration will open under the title "Hybrid Bodies" at Montreal's PHI Centre.
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Long-lived giraffe dies at Toronto Zoo

Ginetta, the oldest giraffe in a Canadian zoo died Monday afternoon at the Toronto zoo. Officials said the Masai giraffe was born at the facility and turned 30 years old last August. At the time she was presented  with a gelatine birthday cake with carrots and apples.

Giraffes in the wild live 20 to 25 ...

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Mobile phones, privacy, and police searches

Another criminal case in Canada is hinging on evidence police gathered from a private cell phone.

A lawyer in the west coast province of British Columbia is arguing in the provincial Appeals Court, that police should obtain a warrant before being able to search the contents of mobile phones.

The case involves a man convicted of a kidnapping. ...

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Government inland waters centre, 20 fewer scientists, 'toxic' research culture

There's a "toxic" attitude at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) and a belief that the Canadian government is putting up barriers to all the science being done at the facility, according to former CCIW research scientist Michael Arts who spent 22 years working at the facility.

And according to CBC News, there are at least 20 fewer federal ...

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IN DEPTH

 



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