Day: February 25, 2019

Infared Photos Reveal Dubai’s Green Space

February 25, 2019

Dubai’s desert landscape isn’t exactly hospitable to plant life. Sitting on the Arabian Peninsula, the soil is sandy and poor, the wind and heat extreme, and it only rains about three inches a year. Related Stories But that hasn’t stopped Dubai from striving to become a “green paradise.” Over the past three decades, its gardeners have […]

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Calgary duo fined millions in one of the ‘worst frauds perpetrated in Alberta’

February 25, 2019

The Alberta Securities Commission has ordered a man and a woman to pay millions after orchestrating what it says “was among the worst frauds perpetrated in Alberta.” Arnold Breitkreutz, his company, Base Finance Ltd., and office manager Susan Elizabeth Way were found to have deceived investors and spent their money on properties for themselves or loaned it […]

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‘The husky is not cold, leave us alone,’ says lawn sign of couple dogged by complaints their pet is outdoors

February 25, 2019

A Charlottetown couple who have been receiving numerous complaints from people worried their dog Riley is cold when left outside is asking to be left alone.  The two say the dog, which they describe as a husky mix, prefers the outdoors, so they’ve put a sign on their lawn that says, “The husky is not cold, leave us alone.” They […]

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Doug Ford’s van customization has $50K price tag, documents show

February 25, 2019

Customizing a van for Premier Doug Ford — with items that included a reclining leather sofa and a mini-fridge — would have cost taxpayers more than $50,000, according to a document filed in Ontario Superior Court.  An estimate for customizing the van was filed by lawyers for Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair as part […]

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Tariffs, BAT, and Social Credit: A US-China Debate

February 25, 2019

Over the past few years, China’s tech ascension has become one of the hottest topics du jour. Just as there are America’s FAANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google), a trio of Chinese companies have become their own tech acronym: BAT’s Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. And China has clear aims to surpass the United […]

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Growing anti-vax movement has global ramifications

February 25, 2019

Welcome to The National Today newsletter, which takes a closer look at what’s happening around some of the day’s most notable stories. Sign up here and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. TODAY: The anti-vaccination movement is spreading worldwide, leading to record-setting numbers in the resurgence of preventable disease. Electric cars are on […]

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Your Weather Tweets Are Showing Your Climate Amnesia

February 25, 2019

Every time someone in a position of power (for example) says that a cold snap in winter proves that climate change is not a thing, a dutiful chorus responds with a familiar refrain: weather is not climate. Weather happens on the scale of days or weeks, over a distance relevant to cities or states. Climate […]

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R. Kelly enters not guilty plea in sex abuse case

February 25, 2019

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he sexually abused four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls. His attorney said the R&B star was still trying to come up with the bail that would allow him to go free while awaiting trial. Kelly walked into a Chicago courtroom wearing an […]

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First-of-its-kind registry in B.C. targets under-the-radar condo flippers

February 25, 2019

The British Columbia government says it has launched Canada’s first registry aimed at cracking down on pre-sale property flipping and tax evasion in B.C.’s real estate market. The Ministry of Finance says the Condo and Strata Assignment Integrity Register will improve fairness and transparency in property transactions. Finance Minister Carol James said in a news release […]

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Climate change: CO2 emissions fall in 18 countries with strong policies, study finds

February 25, 2019

In a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers suggest that countries that are turning to renewable energy sources and moving away from fossil fuels are making progress in reducing CO2 emissions. The study looked at emissions from between 2005 and 2015. Globally, CO2 was on the rise — about 2.2 per […]

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