News/Canada

Public agencies paid millions to national translation firm that stiffs its workers

February 17, 2019

Government agencies have given millions of dollars in business to one of Canada’s biggest translation firms in recent years in the face of mounting evidence the company was shortchanging its contract workers — and, in some cases, despite warnings from their own staff. From 2014 to 2017, federal, provincial and municipal governments and agencies spent at least $4.7 million […]

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A life of wandering the world: The legacy of Joe Schlesinger’s journalism

February 16, 2019

Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada’s most respected and beloved journalists, died this week at the age of 90. He led what he called “a little boy’s dream” of a life, “wandering around the world, watching the universe unfold and actually getting paid for it.” And he left behind a rich legacy of that work, including a […]

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A life of wandering the world: The best of Joe Schlesinger’s writing for CBC

February 16, 2019

Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada’s most respected and beloved journalists, died this week at the age of 90. He led what he called “a little boy’s dream” of a life, “wandering around the world, watching the universe unfold and actually getting paid for it.” And he left behind a rich legacy of that work, including a […]

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One of Canada’s biggest translation firms faces financial ruin amid a global trail of debts

February 13, 2019

Creditors besieged its bank account. The CRA obtained seizure orders for its assets and put liens on its president’s home and luxury cars. Its biggest clients have walked away. And more than 200 people have sued for nearly $1.8 million in unpaid earnings and other damages.   Able Translations was once one of the biggest […]

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Sudden snow days ‘little less problematic’ for some parents, challenging for others

February 13, 2019

When the Toronto District School Board made the rare move to cancel classes across the city because of Tuesday’s winter storm, it was the first time it had done so in eight years — in part because of the impact a decision like that has on thousands of families. As the country’s largest school board in Canada’s largest city, the TDSB represents […]

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Twitter trolls stoked debates about immigrants and pipelines in Canada, data show

February 12, 2019

Twitter trolls linked to suspected foreign influence campaigns stoked controversy over pipelines and immigration in Canada, according to a CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts since deleted. Roughly 21,600 tweets from those troll accounts directly targeted Canadians — many of them with messages critical of Canadian pipeline projects and tweets that highlighted divisions over Canada’s […]

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Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada’s foremost journalists, has died at 90

February 11, 2019

Joe Schlesinger, who narrowly escaped the Nazis as a young boy growing up in the former Czechoslovakia and ended up becoming one of Canada’s most beloved and respected journalists, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 90 years old. As a foreign correspondent for the CBC, Schlesinger covered some of the most significant news […]

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Michael Wilson, former finance minister and ambassador to U.S., dies

February 11, 2019

Michael Wilson, a former politician, diplomat and longtime mental health advocate, has died at 81. The University of Toronto, where Wilson served as chancellor from 2012 to 2018, confirmed his death in a post on its website Sunday evening, saying the school’s flag will fly at half-mast until Wilson’s funeral. The school’s president, Meric Gertler, […]

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A closer look at SNC-Lavalin’s sometimes murky past

February 8, 2019

One of Canada’s biggest engineering companies is at the centre of what appears to be a growing scandal engulfing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government. The Globe and Mail reported Thursday that SNC-Lavalin lobbied the government to agree to a deferred prosecution agreement or remediation agreement. The company faces charges of fraud and corruption in connection with […]

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How does a judge decide between concurrent and consecutive sentences?

February 6, 2019

We sometimes hear that a U.S. judge has imposed several consecutive prison sentences on a criminal, adding up to more than 100 years. The Guinness Book of World Records says the longest so-called death-defying sentence handed down for multiple counts in the U.S. was against Charles Scott Robinson, who was sentenced in 1994 to 30,000 […]

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