Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Wednesday January 22 2014 edition

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HIGHLIGHTS

Photos of Syrian torture may spur action: analyst

Smuggled images of torture and killings may eventually lead to prosecution for war crimes, but for now, may only serve to draw attention to the Syrian conflict and the need for international players to take action to end it, says Kyle Matthews, a project director at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University in ...

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Bank of Canada Governor maintains interest rate, warns of low inflation

Canada's Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz released his Monetary Policy Report on Wednesday (January 22). After describing the economic situation in Canada, and his concerns about low inflation, he announced that the bank would maintain its overnight interest rate at 1 per cent.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has a report.

More information:
Bank of Canada Governor - Release ...

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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 HEADLINES

Briefing notes, what the minister will say when disaster strikes

Newly released documents outline what Canada's Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney is supposed to say when a disaster strikes. Talking points cover terrorist attacks and natural disasters in Canada and in the United States, and an assault on electronic networks, according to a Canadian press article by journalist Jim Bronskill.

For instance, in the event of a terrorist incident ...

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Yukon announces its plans for development of Peel watershed

In a highly contentious decision the government of the Yukon Territory has released its plan for development in the Peel River Watershed.


The Peel watershed comprises almost as much area as Scotland. The Yukon government has announced only 29% of the area ...

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Tribute for former PM Jean Chretien celebrates 80th birthday, 50 years of public service

To many Canadians, Jean Chretien was and is known as the "Little Guy from Shawinigan" - a tough, political scrapper from Canada's predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec who was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1963. Monday night (January 21) politicians of all parties and others celebrated his 50 years of public service, and his 80th birthday.
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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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