Posts Tagged ‘ canada ’

Canadian Greens leader apologises for not smoking pot

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

“I am not a fan of marijuana use. I have to confess this, I know all politicians are asked. I’ve never used marijuana. I apologise,” said Elizabeth May, who won extra attention this year by being allowed to join the televised national leaders’ debates.



Canadian solution to cap political patronage

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

If both parties can come to agreement it raises the prospect of a bipartisan report that for the first time in the country’s history recommends the introduction of legislatively mandated caps on campaign spending. The model that has committee members most interested is the “cap and gap” system used in Canada.



Prisoner pulls a Houdini on cops, steals police car

Sep 3rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A handcuffed woman sitting in the back of a Canadian police car slipped her cuffs yesterday, wiggled into the front and took off in the cruiser, only to crash kilometres away along the Highway 401, east of Woodstock.



‘Stargate: Atlantis’ nominated for four Geminis

Sep 1st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Science Fiction

Actress Jewel Staite and writer Alan McCullough are among those honored with nominations in the twenty-third annual Gemini Awards, recognizing the best in television produced in Canada. ‘Stargate Atlantis’ received four nominations this year.



Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.

Aug 31st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Data is increasingly flowing around the United States, which may have intelligence — and conceivably military — consequences. Some Internet technologists and privacy advocates say that the actions of US intelligence agencies and other government policies may be hastening the shift toward Canada and Europe.



Canadian copyright crusaders to launch cyber campaign

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Industry Minister Jim Prentice introduced the bill in June, calling it a “made-in-Canada” solution to online piracy. But critics responded that the bill was a carbon copy of the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and have created a Facebook group called Fair Copyright for Canada that boasts 90,000 members.



Government appoints new UK, Canada high commissioners

Aug 6th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Both positions will be filled by diplomats from the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade, as opposed to former politicians. New Zealand High Commissioner John Dauth will be the new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland while Secretariat head Justin Brown will be the new High Commissioner to Canada.



Lottery winner keeps secret for a year

Jul 30th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The 24-year-old realtor put his million-dollar winning ticket in a safety deposit box and spent a year thinking about how the money would change his life. However, all of the patient waiting did come at a cost — the loss of about $100,000 in interest.