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January 15, 2019 9:11 PM Google wants court to decide whether search curbs would infringe charter rights

Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien has asked the Federal Court to clarify if Google’s popular search tool is covered by the law governing how companies handle personal information. A man who says a Google search reveals outdated and highly personal information about him will be the test case that helps a judge decide whether the search engine must remove 660

January 15, 2019 12:26 AM Avalanche fortunate not to have been buried in the West during slide

“It’s a tough test for us right now, what we’re going through,” Landeskog said. “A lot of guys in this dressing room haven’t gone through things like this at this level. Last year, we didn’t have a stretch like this of six weeks without a whole lot of wins. We have to stick together.” The Leafs, by comparison, had earned 12 points since Dec. 19. If they had earned 516

January 7, 2019 2:21 PM Cardinal on trial in France’s biggest church sex abuse trial

If found guilty of failing to report the priest’s actions, the defendants could face up to three years in prison and a 45,000-euro ($51,300 U.S.) fine. Barbarin and some other defendants are also charged with failing to assist a person in peril. The case is a new test for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse has threatened his legacy and thrown 123

January 3, 2019 4:59 PM North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite diplomatic corps, and has previously insisted that they are South Korean or U.S. plots to undermine its government. About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to South 151

January 2, 2019 2:54 PM Eugenie Bouchard advances to quarter-finals at ASB Classic

The native of Westmount, Que., downed Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the season-opening event on Wednesday. Ranked 87th in the world, the 24-year-old Bouchard missed a chance to win the first set with her serve, but battled back in the second and third sets to take out the 174th-ranked Schoofs. Bouchard will face a much stiffer 122

December 29, 2018 3:00 PM Overlooked in 2018: Annihilation — how a hot movie abruptly went cold

It may seem odd to describe a movie with a red-hot director, an A-list cast and global distribution as having been “overlooked,” but that’s exactly what I’d say about Alex Garland’s Annihilation. The sci-fi thriller also happens to be one of the best films of 2018, according to many movie critics (yours truly among them) and a certain cineaste named 130

December 28, 2018 3:41 AM Game Centre: Canada hangs on for slim victory over determined Swiss side

Switzerland put up a better fight than Denmark – much better — but the result was the same: A Canadian victory, this one by the razor-thin margin of 3-2. Canada got second-period goals from MacKenzie Entwistle and Noah Dobson and then held on while Switzerland rallied, aided by penalties and the extra attacker, late in the third. But knee-knocking aside 125

December 23, 2018 5:09 PM Hand-held self-checkout emerges at Canadian retailers with middling results

He has noticed customers prefer hand-held self-checkout when buying a few items, but that letting a cashier ring up a purchase is more ideal when someone has a full cart or basket. “(Hand-held self-checkout) is not for everyone and it is not for every occasion,” he said. “I know some retailers have had checkout on the app and some customers liked it and some didn’t 146

December 10, 2018 4:46 PM BlackBerry to unveil secure smart-city traffic technology service

BlackBerry Inc. is attempting to aid in the creation of smart cities with a new service that provides the infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lights to exchange information in a secure manner. The Waterloo-based tech company says it will not charge service fees for automakers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle pilots 118

December 7, 2018 7:58 PM China readies Chang’e-4, its moon lander, for launch

The instruments will probe the structure of the rocks beneath the spacecraft, study the effects of the solar wind striking the lunar surface. Chang’e-4 will also test the ability of making radio astronomy observations from the far side of the moon, without the effects of noise and interference from Earth. According to the Xinhua News Agency, Chang’e- 117