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The U.S. says the Wagner Group is a transnational criminal organization. Here’s why

Jan 28 2023 — — The U.S. Treasury Department this week designated the Wagner Group a significant transnational criminal organization — part of an effort to crack down on an entity responsible for a growing number of atrocities in Ukraine. The Wagner Group — a private military company owned by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin — first took to the battlefield […]

Trudeau government dropped the ball on fighting abuse in sport, former minister says

Jan 27 2023 — — A Liberal MP and former sport minister is again calling for a public inquiry into abuse in sport — and is accusing her own government of not doing enough to tackle the problem. Kirsty Duncan said the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to build momentum behind her efforts to prevent harassment, abuse and […]

‘Everything seems broken,’ Poilievre says in fiery speech ahead of Parliament’s return

Jan 27 2023 — John Paul Tasker — Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre accused the Liberal government of plunging the country into “chaos” after eight years in office, blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a spike in crime, inflation woes and trouble at the country’s airports. “What’s happening in our country? Seriously. Look around you,” Poilievre said in a Friday speech to the Conservative […]

Green Party posted sensitive information about voters and members online

Jan 27 2023 — David Thurton — The Green Party posted sensitive and personal information belonging to its members and supporters online, violating the party’s own internal rules. Tens of thousands of names, phone numbers, addresses and other sensitive items of information were left available online, accessible through the party’s website. It’s not clear how long the information was available online. CBC […]

Intelligence agency calls for a ‘heightened state of vigilance’ against Russian-aligned hacks

Jan 26 2023 — Catharine Tunney — The agency that oversees cybersecurity for the federal government on Thursday called for a “heightened state of vigilance” against the threat of retaliatory cyber attacks from Russia-aligned hackers — just hours after Ottawa promised to give Ukraine four Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks. The warning comes as Killnet, a group Canada and its allies […]

Transport minister didn’t speak to Via Rail during holiday travel chaos

Jan 26 2023 — — Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra was not personally in contact with officials at Via Rail during the Christmas winter storm that left hundreds of passengers stranded for hours on a disabled train, the railway’s executives told a House of Commons committee Thursday. The executives told MPs on the transport committee that while Via Rail was […]

Trudeau announces Amira Elghawaby as Canada’s first representative to combat Islamophobia

Jan 26 2023 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of a special representative on combating Islamophobia that will advise the federal government on how to better fight discrimination against the Muslim community. Human rights activist Amira Elghawaby will be responsible for serving “as a champion, advisor, expert and representative to support and enhance” the government’s efforts, the […]

Home Depot didn’t get customer consent before sharing personal data with Meta, privacy watchdog finds

Jan 26 2023 — Catharine Tunney — Home improvement retailer Home Depot didn’t get customer consent before sharing personal data with Meta, which operates social media sites Facebook and Instagram, according to a new report by Canada’s privacy watchdog. Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne released the findings of his latest investigation Thursday morning. It found Home Depot was sharing details from e-receipts since […]

Independent probe into contact between Alberta premier’s office, prosecutors needed, says political scientist

Jan 26 2023 — — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith should call an independent investigation into contact between her office, the justice minister’s office and crown prosecutors to put questions to rest, one political scientist says. Sources have told CBC News that Smith, over several months, asked for updates on cases or inquired whether it would be possible to abandon them. […]

COVID-19 misinformation cost at least 2,800 lives and $300M, new report says

Jan 26 2023 — — The spread of COVID-19 misinformation in Canada cost at least 2,800 lives and $300 million in hospital expenses over nine months of the pandemic, according to estimates in a new report out Thursday. The report — released by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), an independent research organization that receives federal funding — examined how […]

Alberta premier pressured justice minister’s office to get rid of COVID charges, sources say

Jan 25 2023 — — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith pressured the attorney general and his office to intervene in COVID-related court cases, according to multiple sources familiar with the interactions. Exchanges between the premier’s office and Justice Minister Tyler Shandro’s office over several months included what sources characterized as attempts to influence cases. “I would classify it as inappropriate,” one […]

Court rejects Competition Bureau’s appeal to block Rogers’ takeover of Shaw

Jan 24 2023 — — Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has rejected the Competition Bureau’s request to block the takeover of Shaw by Rogers, a decision that removes one of the final hurdles standing in the way of the $20-billion merger from going ahead. The merger, first proposed in 2021, would see Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. take over Calgary-based rival […]