More needed to prevent foreign interference in Canadian elections, watchdog says

Commissioner of Elections office has already started working with Facebook, Twitter Commissioner of Elections Yves Côté says more has to be done to ensure foreign interference and social media abuse don’t disrupt Canada’s elections. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press) 1605 comments More has to be done to prevent foreign interference and abuse of social media from disrupting Canada’s elections, says Canada’s chief election watchdog. In his annual report tabled in Parliament last week, Commissioner of Elections Yves Côté said he has already begun to prepare for possible threats to next year’s federal election. Data sheds…

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Ottawa must pick up the ball on basic income project

Providing a basic income to everyone, with no strings attached, is a tempting idea that is gaining support in many countries struggling with the problems that arise from poverty and inequality. In theory, it could ensure a decent living standard for millions of people while saving billions of dollars now being spent on health care, social housing, welfare and policing. Federal Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos should pick up the ball dropped by the Ford government when they killed the basic income pilot project.  (PATRICK DOYLE / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Still, there’s no…

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Early Federal Election rumours build

Liberal hawks, like those of a generation earlier, are heatedly debating a snap election call. Not entirely surprising, since have not seen a decade since the ’50s when a government has not been forced by events, or decided to seize a strategic advantage, and called an early election. The Liberal hawks’ arguments are getting stronger. Neither of their opponents is ready, and each will likely be stronger a year from now. The Federal Court and Donald Trump have both just stuck a finger in the Prime Minister’s eye. This is…

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Ottawa must pick up the ball on basic income project

Providing a basic income to everyone, with no strings attached, is a tempting idea that is gaining support in many countries struggling with the problems that arise from poverty and inequality. In theory, it could ensure a decent living standard for millions of people while saving billions of dollars now being spent on health care, social housing, welfare and policing. Still, there’s no guarantee such a program would work. Conservatives worry about the cost and undermining incentives to work. Many progressive-minded people fear governments might use “basic income” as a…

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Bear tranquilized, removed from Ottawa’s downtown ByWard market

Ottawa police says a bear that roamed one of downtown Ottawa’s busiest neighbourhoods on Thursday morning is on its way out of the city. Const. Amy Gagnon says the bear was first reported in the ByWard Market shortly before 3:30 a.m. Police established a perimeter around the animal and shut down a block of the market as conservation officers tried to tranquilize it. Police close off section of downtown Ottawa after several calls about a bear @PringleJosh / Twitter. Gagnon says they succeeded shortly after 9 a.m. and the bear…

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