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‘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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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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‘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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‘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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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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Student protesters should have ‘mouths washed out with soap,’ Ontario premier says

February 19, 2019

Doug Ford admonished protesting students for their “filthy” mouths on Tuesday after a group decrying cuts to post-secondary grants disrupted a session at Ontario’s legislature by shouting obscenities at the premier. A handful of student protesters seated in the public gallery interrupted legislators by shouting chants of “free tuition” followed by profanity directed at the […]

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Peter Cosgrove, photographer of more than 100 space shuttle launches, is dead at 84

February 19, 2019

A former Associated Press photographer in Florida who covered more than 100 space shuttle launches, the Elian Gonzalez saga, and the presidential recount, has died. Peter Cosgrove died of a heart attack in his sleep on Saturday in Orlando, Fla., at the age of 84. During a journalism career that spanned almost 50 years, the […]

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Why microwaving grapes creates a dazzling plasma light show

February 19, 2019

It’s a crowd-pleasing party trick: Cut a grape in half, pop it in the microwave, hit “start” — then sit back and be dazzled by the grape balls of fire. Naturally, the resulting bright sparks and balls of light, sometimes accompanied by a buzzing sound, are popular on YouTube. (Although researchers say there are good reasons […]

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