Trans Mountain Pipeline: Indigenous Protesters In Washington Vow To Stop Expansion

VANCOUVER — Cedar George-Parker remembers the moment he decided to devote his life to defending Indigenous people and their traditional territories. It was the one-year anniversary of a shooting at his high school that killed four of his classmates in Marysville, Wash. “I dropped to my knees and I said, ‘I’m going to make a change in the world,’” he recalled. George-Parker is among the Indigenous protesters in Washington state promising to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Activists call the project the Standing Rock of the north, comparing it to the fierce Standing Rock Sioux protests that stalled the Dakota Access Pipeline for months. The Trans Mountain expansion —… Read More

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YouTube Music Launches In Canada

Video platform YouTube announced Monday it’s bringing its music streaming service to Canada. YouTube Music will feature music videos, customized playlists, and personalized recommendations. The service also has a smart search feature, which helps users find a song even if its name is only just on the tip of their tongue. Similar to Spotify, there are two tiers of subscriptions. The premium service, which is ad-free and includes free downloads, is free for the first three months and $9.99 a month after that, or $14.99 for up to six family members in the same household. The service also launched in at least 11 other countries, including Austria, Finland, France, Germany,… Read More

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Bill Morneau Didn’t Violate Conflict Laws With C-27 Pension Bill, Watchdog Says

OTTAWA — The federal ethics commissioner says Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not violate any conflict of interest laws in sponsoring a pension bill last year. Morneau found himself in hot water when he introduced pension-reform legislation, which critics insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell, his family company. More from HuffPost Canada:Morneau Doesn’t Want To Talk About Last Year’s ‘Bulls**t’Morneau Gets Into Testy Exchange Over $10-Million Stock SaleWatchdog’s Report Draws Blunt Conclusions About Trudeau-Aga Khan Friendship Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says the allegations were worrisome enough that this predecessor decided to open a full investigation. In a decision released today, Dion says since the bill affects all federally regulated private-sector employers,… Read More

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Toronto’s Feed It Forward Grocery Store Lets Customers Pay What They Can

TORONTO — There’s a reason you don’t often see a pay-what-you-can grocery store, say marketing experts intrigued by a Toronto venture billed as the first of its kind. But chef Jagger Gordon says it’s an experiment he’s eager to try with his Feed It Forward Grocery Store, which opened Saturday with many of the typical staples you might find in a conventional supermarket. The difference is that visitors are encouraged to take just what they need, and only pay what they can, even if that’s no money at all. Gordon doesn’t expect to make a profit from this project, which includes a bakery and cafe and is the latest endeavour… Read More

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Canadian Companies Are Getting Creative When It Comes To Pot Edibles

VANCOUVER — Beer brewed with marijuana, baking mixes concocted to bring out the unique flavours of cannabis oil and good, old-fashioned pot cookies: Canadian companies are creating them all, but it’s unclear when stores will legally be able to stock the edibles for recreational users. Instead, business owners have been getting creative to manufacture, refine and sell their products. Ottawa has pledged that recreational marijuana will become legal sometime this year and the Senate recently approved the pot legalization bill. But the federal government has said the sale of edible cannabis products will not be legal immediately. That hasn’t stopped Canadian companies for entering the market. Tim Moore, CEO of… Read More

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H-1B: Bay Area residents view work visa more favorably than nation as a whole

Living and laboring among some of the brightest employees the world has to offer, Bay Area residents stand apart from the nation in their positive views toward the H-1B visa for highly skilled foreign workers, according to a new poll that is the first to probe the region’s views on the controversial work permit program. The differences are stark: While 44 percent of U.S. voters believe H-1B workers take jobs from Americans, just 23 percent of residents in the Bay Area hold that view, according to a survey conducted for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and this news organization. And nearly four in 10 Bay Area residents said H-1B workers… Read More

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