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January 10, 2019 9:22 PM Japanese auto supply giant Denso joins Montreal AI cluster with new R&D lab

Quebec premier Francois Legault, on hand for the downtown announcement, said AI will yield productivity gains across the globe and increase nominal GDP in Quebec by more than $4 billion annually. Over the past few years, Montreal’s booming big-data sector has lured corporate behemoths such as Facebook, Microsoft Corp., Google parent Alphabet Inc., Royal 140

January 4, 2019 9:30 PM Insurer says ‘obviously inappropriate’ ASIMIL8 plate shouldn’t have been issued

WINNIPEG—Documents from a legal challenge by a Star Trek fan who had his personalized ASIMIL8 licence plate revoked show a Manitoba Public Insurance senior executive was shocked the plate was ever issued at a time when reconciliation with Indigenous people was coming to the forefront. The email from vice-president Keith Ward to registrar of motor vehicles 137

January 2, 2019 5:49 PM Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

GLAND, SWITZERLAND—Michael Schumacher’s family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion’s 50th birthday. In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing 141

December 29, 2018 11:59 PM Migrants crossing the English Channel has become ‘major incident,’ U.K. says

This week, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid asked that his government department “treat the situation as a major incident.” And NBC News reported on Saturday that Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said Javid was leaving his family vacation early to address the increase in crossings. In November, French authorities said there had been nearly double 122

December 27, 2018 12:28 AM Hundreds show up at Winnipeg dog shelter to keep canines company on Christmas

Gordon says some of the visitors said they plan to return to adopt a dog when the facility opens for regular hours on Thursday. “When we created the Facebook event we thought ... ‘Who’s going to want to come in on a holiday to play with our dogs?’ So we were blown away,” Gordon said. Many visitors brought donations for the animals based on a wish list, while 124

December 26, 2018 11:33 PM California authorities launch manhunt after killing of police officer

In the photos, the heavy-set suspect with short dark hair is wearing a thick chain necklace, jeans, a dark hoodie and dark-coloured T-shirt. Surveillance footage also captured the suspect’s vehicle, a grey Dodge Ram pickup with paper dealership plates, matching the description that Singh had called in. “We have sent out information to law enforcement 118

December 20, 2018 11:21 PM Kings owner brings NBA games to Mumbai

“Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver added in a statement. The NBA prizes its growth in India. The population and growing middle class has generated grassroots and business opportunities 130

December 19, 2018 5:55 PM Royal Bank of Canada denies report it had access to users’ Facebook messages

The bank says it needed to be able to send the messages to confirm the identity of the Facebook user receiving the money and to send them a receipt of the transaction. The bank denied having access to private messages, or needing access to these messages. The service, which used the bank’s mobile app, was decommissioned in 2015 due to low usage 140

December 5, 2018 4:39 PM U.K. releases Facebook emails about data privacy

“There’s a big question on where we get the revenue from,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in one email. “Do we make it easy for devs to use our payments/ad network but not require them? Do we require them? Do we just charge a rev share directly and let devs who use them get a credit against what they owe us? It’s not at all clear to me here that we have a model 126

November 22, 2018 4:34 PM Tory MPP Amanda Simard breaks ranks over French-language cuts

A newly elected Progressive Conservative MPP has broken ranks with her party over Premier Doug Ford’s cuts to French-language services. Amanda Simard (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) has taken to Facebook to express her displeasure at Ford’s elimination of the independent watchdog for French and his cancellation of a francophone university. “The decisions 119