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December 3, 2018 3:59 PM Wisconsin Republicans forge ahead with power-stripping bills

He also held out hope Walker might stop the bills, but Walker has not voiced any opposition to date. The last lame-duck session in Wisconsin was eight years ago, just before Walker took office, when Democrats tried unsuccessfully to approve union contracts. This year’s proposals are wide-ranging and would affect everything in the state from transportation 16

December 3, 2018 3:26 PM Tories rush to raise official party status bar amid fears of Simard defecting to Liberals

The jittery Progressive Conservative government is rushing a change to official party status in the legislature amid fears former Tory MPP Amanda Simard will join the Liberals. Even though legislation is expected to pass later this week increasing the threshold to 12 MPPs from eight, the Conservatives have added a motion to the order paper so the change 13

November 29, 2018 4:59 PM UN says millions misspent on Africa’s biggest refugee crisis

KAMPALA, UGANDA—The United Nations refugee agency has misspent millions of dollars on Africa’s largest refugee crisis, including paying $320,000 for what became a parking lot at the Ugandan prime minister’s office, an internal inquiry says. The new report by the U.N.’s internal watchdog says about $11 million alone is now being spent on a recount of the South 18

November 23, 2018 10:06 PM Canada beats Hong Kong to qualify for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Conor Hartley scored a try for Hong Kong. Matt Rosslee kicked a penalty and a conversion. Millions of dollars in funding and, to some degree, Canada’s rugby reputation, were at stake in Marseille. Rugby Canada badly needs the funding that World Rugby provides to World Cup participants. And the Canadian men have struggled to hold their own in recent years 17

November 23, 2018 9:00 AM Art Gallery of Ontario reveals which Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room it plans to buy

Called Infinity Mirror Room — Let’s Survive Forever, the piece features mirrored walls and reflective stainless steel balls on the ground and suspended from the ceiling. It also has a mirrored pillar in the centre, which has been described as “an infinity room inside an infinity room,” and when patrons get close to it, it creates one of the artist’s 17

November 17, 2018 6:03 PM Nevada Museum of Art to launch $1.5M space balloon amid criticism

The “Orbital Reflector” project is the idea of Berlin-based artist Trevor Paglen, who said the project was “designed as a provocation.” “An opportunity to think about outer space, the geopolitics of the heavens, and the militarization of earth orbits,” he wrote in an essay. “It’s a project about public space, and a project about who gets to exercise 15

November 15, 2018 11:47 PM NFL provides University of Calgary $12M for concussions research

Emery says research will evaluate risk factors, look at how to predict recovery and gauge effectiveness of concussion prevention across multiple sports including hockey, rugby, football, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading. “We will recruit over 6,000 high school students across 60 schools nationally and we will follow 13

November 8, 2018 3:30 PM Ottawa will bankroll some climate change programs left after Ford ends Ontario’s cap-and-trade

Ottawa is stepping into the breach to bankroll some of the climate change programs left after Premier Doug Ford ended Ontario’s cap-and-trade environmental alliance with Quebec and California. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on Thursday announced that small- and medium-sized Ontario businesses as well as community organizations and non-profit 25

October 23, 2018 5:10 PM Faraday Future, running on fumes, announces layoffs and pay cuts

When it emerged from start-up stealth mode in 2015, Faraday Future held the potential to make Los Angeles a centre of electric car development. Now layoffs are the way at the Gardena, Calif.-based company as cash runs low, and employees will each take a pay cut of 20 per cent — from salaried executives to hourly factory workers. Loaded with funds from Chinese 27

October 12, 2018 7:49 PM Judge says it’s up to B.C. government to fund translator for murdered teen’s mom

VANCOUVER—The mother of a 13-year-old girl found murdered in a park in Burnaby, B.C., has requested a Mandarin translator so she can understand court proceedings, and a judge has recommended the province fund that request. The mother’s lawyer, Esther Kornfeld, told the court her client’s friend translated proceedings last month after a man accused of the crime 53