February 22nd, 2020

Business

Marchers support Assange ahead of London extradition hearing

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on February 22nd, 2020

LONDON – Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. Famous Britons, including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the crowd protesting the U.S. ... Read More »

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Unscripted ‘Friends’ reunion special to launch with HBO Max

By The Associated Press on February 21st, 2020

LOS ANGELES – WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will debut with some extra “Friends.” The company announced Friday that the entire original “Friends” cast will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May. A reunion has been long-sought by fans of the NBC series, which ended ... Read More »

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Eastlink, TekSavvy at odds over whether Canada needs more wireless competition

By David Paddon, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

One of the country’s smaller regional telecom companies and an Ontario-based rival with hopes of expansion on Friday took opposite sides of a battle over whether a new category of wireless competitor would be good for Canadians. Eastlink, a family-owned phone and internet company that primarily serves Atlantic Canada and pockets of other provinces, has ... Read More »

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Alice Munro among Nobel Prize winners urging Trudeau to deny oilsands project

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

Canadian author Alice Munro and dozens of other Nobel Prize winners around the world have joined the heated opposition facing a massive oilsands project in northern Alberta, decrying the proposed development as “a disgrace.” Munro, Canadian biologist Jack W. Szostak and 40 other global winners from various fields signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister ... Read More »

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Energy and tech sectors weigh on stocks in Toronto, index sheds 100 points

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index plummeted 100 points Friday, weighed down by the energy and technology sectors. The S&P/TSX composite index fell 100.53 points to 17,843.53. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average declined 227.57 points to 28,992.41. The S&P 500 index retreated 35.48 points to 3,337.75, while the Nasdaq composite lost 174.38 ... Read More »

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Wells Fargo to pay $3B to resolve probes into fake accounts

By Ken Sweet, The Associated Press on February 21st, 2020

NEW YORK – Wells Fargo agreed Friday to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil investigations into a long-running practice whereby company employees opened millions of unauthorized bank accounts in order to meet unrealistic sales goals. Since the fake-accounts scandal came to light in 2016, Wells has paid out billions in fines to state ... Read More »

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Global warming to drastically reduce regrowth of key softwood species in Maritimes

By Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

HALIFAX – Global warming is likely to drastically reduce regrowth of a tree species that is a cornerstone of the Maritimes pulp and lumber industry, a new study by forestry scientists concludes. Lead author Anthony Taylor, a forest ecologist with Natural Resources Canada, also suggests that harvesting practices, including clear cutting, will be a factor ... Read More »

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Trudeau says time for blockades to end, Indigenous leaders to work with government

By Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says after two weeks, barricades on rail lines and other major transportation routes have to come down. He said injunctions to clear tracks must be obeyed and the law must be upheld, and there’s no point making the same overtures to Indigenous leaders if they aren’t accepted. “We are ... Read More »

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Trudeau says time for blockades to come down

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says after two weeks, the barricades on rail lines and other major transportation routes have to come down. Speaking in Ottawa, he says the situation is unacceptable and untenable, with goods not moving and workers being laid off. He says injunctions to clear tracks must be obeyed and the ... Read More »

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Alice Munro among Nobel prizewinners urging Trudeau to deny oilsands project

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

Canadian author Alice Munro is among dozens of Nobel prizewinners urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deny approval to a massive oilsands project in Alberta. Munro, Canadian biologist Jack W. Szostak and 40 other global winners from various fields signed a letter published in the Guardian decrying the Teck Resources Ltd. proposal. Also addressed to ... Read More »

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Eastlink wireless expansion, upgrades on hold because of regulatory uncertainty

By The Canadian Press on February 21st, 2020

GATINEAU, Que. – The head of Atlantic Canada’s largest independent phone and cable company says it has put on hold all upgrades and expansions of its wireless networks because of uncertainty about what prices it will be able to charge in future. Eastlink president Lee Bragg told a CRTC hearing today that his family-owned, private ... Read More »

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