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Economy, Politics, Society

Government seeks stronger rules on airline refunds

Many airline passengers are furious with Canadian airlines that have not given them cash refunds for trips that were cancelled because of the pandemic. Instead, many of them were offered vouchers to fly at another time.  In a statement, Canada’s »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Ottawa looking to private sector to help plan the economic recovery

Looking for work? Here’s a job for the non-faint of heart and today’s the deadline. The federal government is heading to the private sector for advice on how to achieve a strong economic recovery in Canada in the wake of »

Health, Society

Can new plain cigarette packs be effective in reducing smoking?

Cigarette packs in Canada will soon all look quite similar, as federal rules will make drab brown the default colour for tobacco brands next week. From November 9, all retailers will have to remove their logos and attractive features from »


Shooting reignites controversy over short-term rentals

Two men were shot early on Oct. 20, 2019 at an Ottawa home that neighbours told CBC was an Airbnb rental. This was not confirmed by the company. But several neighbours told CBC reporters that the home was what they »

Politics, Society

Liberals will not ban guns until the coming elections but have new measures in mind, says federal minister

The Canadian Minister of Organized Crime Reduction and Border Security, Bill Blair says that measures must be taken to address gun violence in Canada but that no ban or other regulation will be voted before the coming federal elections. Entering »

International, Internet, Science & Technology

U.K., Canada, others consider regulating websites

The United Kingdom has published proposals to directly regulate social-media platforms to stop hate speech and extremist posts.  It would include large media like Facebook and Twitter but smaller one too. Canada may follow suit. Fines, manager liability, shut-downs considered »


Telecom complaints increase dramatically in Canada

Complaints about telephone, wireless, internet and TV services increased by 73 per cent between August 2017 and January 2018 compared to the same period the year before. These complaints were received by the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services which »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics, Society

Province puts water-bottling business on hold

The province of Ontario is proposing to suspend the creation or expansion of bottled water plants while it considers changing the rules that allow companies to take water to sell, reports Canadian Press (CP). The proposed changes come after a »


Pilots no longer need to fly to keep licences current

Rules have changed in Canada so that pilots can simply use simulator testing to keep their pilots’ licenses up to date, and experts say that is a threat to public safety. In the past, pilots could not maintain their licences »

International, Society

Canada lacks clear laws on surrogacy: professor

Canada has become an attractive place for couples outside the country to seek surrogate mothers to carry their embryos. There is said to be an increasing demand as countries like India, Mexico and Thailand stopped allowing international surrogacy. And while »