Month: February 2019

‘I was fed up’: Haitian-Canadian activist reflects on anti-corruption campaign he helped start

February 20, 2019

Gilbert Mirambeau, the man credited with helping to spark anti-corruption demonstrations raging across Haiti for nearly two weeks, settled into a big rattan chair in an empty Port-au-Prince restaurant and asked CBC not to disclose the location for fear the place could be torched by people who don’t like him and what he’s up to.   “My […]

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Insta-worthy destinations: How businesses are creating experiences for the selfie fan

February 20, 2019

A growing number of companies are building their business models around the selfie, attracting people with destinations that beg visitors to take out the phone and snap away. Instagram playgrounds, as some people are calling them, are a new type of destination where consumers pay between $25 and $50 to experience a creative, themed environment, […]

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‘This is soul-destroying’: Families of captured Ukrainian sailors fear the world has forgotten them

February 20, 2019

To Russia’s government, Ukrainian sailors Yuri Bezyazichny and Sergei Chuliba are criminals, flanked by thuggish-looking guards in balaclavas and kept in a cage with steel bars during their infrequent court appearances. But to their families, they and 22 other Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia as they sailed through disputed waters in the Kerch Strait incident in […]

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Why Rachel Notley’s crude-by-rail plan is risky and possibly unnecessary

February 20, 2019

The Alberta government has once again intervened in the energy sector, signing contracts to spend $3.7 billion to ship more oil out of the province by rail, but industry experts say the plan is risky. The province announced Tuesday it has signed contracts with CN Rail and CP Rail to lease 4,400 rail cars to move oil across […]

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‘Very concerning’: Senate watchdog hasn’t finished an ethics probe since 2017

February 20, 2019

The Senate ethics officer didn’t publish a single inquiry report last year, prompting some senators to wonder exactly what the office (which has a $1.2 million budget) has been up to — and why it’s taking so long to finish investigations that have been underway for months. Pierre Legault, a career public servant, was tapped by Prime Minister […]

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The SNC-Lavalin scandal so far: plenty of drama, few facts

February 20, 2019

In official Ottawa, some weeks feel longer than others. This one scarcely got started before the SNC-Lavalin affair exploded — again — leaving more questions than answers. And it’s only Wednesday. First, Gerry Butts stunned everyone Monday by abruptly resigning as the prime minister’s top adviser — even as he insisted that neither he nor anyone else in Justin Trudeau’s office sought to […]

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Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020

February 20, 2019

Elon Musk is no stranger to bold predictions, and on Tuesday, he lobbed another one at self-driving tech doubters: The Tesla CEO said the electric carmaker’s full self-driving feature will be completed by the end of 2019. And by the end of 2020, he added, it will be so capable, you’ll be able to snooze […]

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Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

February 20, 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found. Death rates for asthma in 10 to 24-year-olds was highest in the UK among all 14 European nations included in an analysis of 19 high-income countries. The UK also […]

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How cold is it on Mars? Now you can track the red planet’s weather online

February 19, 2019

If you think the temperature swings in your part of the country are bad these days, rest assured: they don’t even approach those on Mars. As of Tuesday, you can track them and compare. NASA’s newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet’s frigid winter. The space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs […]

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Audi Cars Tell You How Fast to Go to Catch All Green Lights

February 19, 2019

The challenge is as old as the stoplight itself: How to time your pace through town so you hit green light after green light, nixing any time spent twiddling your thumbs at red lights. Go too slow, and you’re forever lurching forward trying to squeak through yellows. Go too fast, and you soon reach red […]

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