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NDP calls for social media watchdog as scrutiny of Facebook heats up

Oct 18 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — New Democrats are demanding the federal government crack down on social media giants following recent revelations by a Facebook executive that have rekindled questions around how to regulate big tech. NDP MP Charlie Angus called on Ottawa to establish an independent watchdog to address disinformation, hateful posts and algorithm transparency on digital platforms. […]

Ottawa eyes tasking airport security with vaccine verification for travellers

Oct 15 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Airport security agents may soon be screening more than your luggage. The federal government is mulling handing responsibility for verifying passengers' vaccination status to airport officers, rather than airlines — which hope to skip the headache. Canadian carriers received three consultation papers from Transport Canada this week asking for feedback on putting an […]

Ottawa eyes charging airport security with vaccine verification for travellers

Oct 15 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Airport security agents may soon be screening more than your luggage. The federal government is mulling handing responsibility for verifying passengers' vaccination status to airport officers, rather than airlines — which hope to skip the headache. Canadian carriers received three consultation papers from Transport Canada this week asking for feedback on putting an […]

Twitter requires Maxime Bernier to delete tweet sharing reporters’ emails

Sep 23 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Twitter has required People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier to remove a tweet that insulted individual reporters and shared their contact information. In a tweet Wednesday, Bernier called three journalists from mainstream news outlets "idiots" and listed their emails, writing: "They want to play dirty, we will play dirty too." He encouraged […]

Twitter requires Maxime Bernier to delete tweet sharing reporters’ emails

Sep 23 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Twitter has required People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier to remove a tweet that insulted individual reporters and shared their contact information. In a tweet Wednesday, Bernier called three journalists from mainstream news outlets "idiots" and listed their emails, writing: "They want to play dirty, we will play dirty too." He encouraged […]

Federal leaders point fingers at each other over Alberta’s COVID-19 health emergency

Sep 16 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Federal leaders pointed fingers and fired rounds at each other Thursday over the spiralling COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, each seeking to forge a link in voters' minds between the province's dire health emergency and the others' policies. A day earlier, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney reintroduced limits on gatherings along with elements of a […]

Federal leaders point fingers at each other over Alberta’s COVID-19 health emergency

Sep 16 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Federal leaders pointed fingers at each other Thursday over the spiralling COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, each seeking to forge a link in voters' minds between the province's dire health emergency and the others' policies. A day earlier, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney reintroduced limits on gatherings along with elements of a vaccine passport system […]