Morneau and Trudeau are looking out for the rich

The finance minister’s company has been involved in converting workers into riskier pensions, which of course haven’t affected managers. Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen in the House of Commons in Ottawa in October, are looking out for the rich, Linda McQuaig writes.  (ADRIAN WYLD / THE CANADIAN PRESS)   By LINDA MCQUAIGColumnist Thu., Nov. 23, 2017 There’s lots of lamenting about the way the rich keep getting richer while ordinary folk struggle to keep their heads above water. Along with the lamenting, there’s usually some resigned muttering about how it’s…

Driverless trucks are coming to Canada and the impact will be profound

At last week’s rollout of Tesla’s electric truck, it was the battery that got most of the attention. That and the new Tesla Roadster that CEO Elon Musk says will be the fastest commercially produced car on earth. “It will be faster than that jet over there,” Musk quipped, gesturing at a passing aircraft. But according to some experts, while most of the world focused on the jet-fast car and the fact that both car and truck run exclusively on electricity, a far more consequential feature was buried deep in the vehicles’ electronics. It will change…

Sask. gov’t email fiasco a scandal that’s going to get worse

Province stands to lose part of its documentary heritage, argues renowned historian By Bill Waiser, CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2017 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 13, 2017 6:00 AM ET The Ministry of Social Services says former Minister Donna Harpauer’s emails may not be accessible through a freedom of information request because they’re stored on tapes that may have deteriorated. (CBC) There’s another government records horror story coming out of Regina these days. And the scary part is that it’s probably only going to get worse. A few months ago, Premier Brad…

Feds pay $31.3M settlement to 3 men unjustly imprisoned in Syria

The federal government has paid a total of $31.3 million in settlements to three men wrongfully accused of links to terrorism and tortured in a Syrian prison, CTV News has learned. The lump sum was split between Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin. Officials won’t confirm how much of the total $31.3 million each man received. The three men filed $100 million lawsuits over the federal government’s role in their imprisonment, claiming that their reputations were destroyed and they were left psychologically and physically shattered after the ordeal.…

Insect-sized robot can go from air to water and back again

Engineers at Harvard University have developed a tiny, insect-like robot — complete with flapping wings — that can fly through the air, land on water and take off again. At just 175 milligrams, this microrobot inspired by nature weighs one-thousandth as much as previous aerial aquatic robots, and it’s the first of its kind to successfully transition from water to air. The design was reported in the journal Science Robotics Wednesday. The tiny robot is modelled off species in the animal world that exhibit what is known as “multimodal locomotion,”…

Edmonton Neighborhoods Evacuated After Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails

Residents of two neighborhoods in Sturgeon County, Alta., were allowed to return home Sunday evening after their homes were evacuated in the aftermath of a train derailment Sunday afternoon, county officials say. At about 1:45 p.m., 12 cars overturned on the railway northwest of Edmonton. The rail cars were carrying crude oil and two of them leaked, releasing about 30 to 50 litres, said Sheila Moore, communications officer for Sturgeon County. Those leaks have been stopped, CN spokesperson Patrick Waldron said in a statement Sunday evening. ‘Pretty unsettling’ A resident of River’s Edge Place, Teri Gosselin, heard the clatter Sunday she described as the “craziest…

Sturgeon Lake walks against drugs and alcohol

The Sturgeon Lake First Nation took a stand, or a walk rather, against drugs and alcohol today. The sun was shining, but the air was frigid as students gathered along the main road connecting the Sturgeon Lake First Nation. Wearing crisp white T-shirts emblazoned with SLADA (Sturgeon Lake Against Drugs and Alcohol), they marched down roughly four kilometres of road holding signs promoting positive lifestyle choices. The event was part of the second annual walk against drugs and alcohol, organized by the staff from the Sturgeon Lake Health Centre. Hundreds…

Battlefords RCMP looking for missing 15-year-old girl

CTV Saskatoon Published Saturday, October 21, 2017 4:19PM CST Battlefords RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Maria Bluebird. The 15-year-old was last seen around 3:30 p.m. in North Battleford on Friday, October 13th. The teen is described as an Aboriginal female, approximately 5/6’ tall and weighing 100-pounds. She has long brown hair, brown eyes, with braces on her teeth. She was last seen wearing grey leggings, a black hoody, gold high top running shoes, and was carrying a backpack with green colouring on it. Battleford RCMP says…

$14M mansion in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood destroyed by fire

A multi-million-dollar mansion in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighborhood was gutted by a fire early Sunday morning. Crews were called to the home, located in the 3700-block of Angus Drive, at around 3 a.m. At the height of the blaze, flames could be seen shooting up through the mansion’s roof. READ MORE: Vancouver firefighters tackle blaze at African drum shop on Broadway The 106-year-old mansion — last assessed at $14 million — is being called a write-off. Crews say no one was displaced by the fire as the home has been vacant…

US-allied coalition force takes Syria’s largest oil field from ISIS

The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With ISIS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq. WATCH: The United States to lay new sanctions against Syria, Assad government The SDF, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition, said Sunday it captured the…