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Google, Facebook raise questions about secretive think tank’s climate stance

November 1, 2014

The recent exodus of some prominent information technology firms from a secretive group that links lobbyists with U.S. politicians has prompted a war of words over whether the organization is challenging scientific evidence linking humans to climate change. Companies such has Google and Facebook have publicly questioned the policies of the American Legislative Exchange...
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Checkout charity campaigns can backfire: Roseman

October 31, 2014

When making a retail purchase, are you annoyed when asked about donating to charity? Or are you happy to add a few cents or dollars to your bill? If you don’t mind charitable pitches in large stores, you are in the minority. Research shows a growing resentment with point of sale philanthropy. Samantha Kemp-Jackson,...
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Toronto’s Cadbury factory finds the sweet spot in a changing city

October 31, 2014

There isn’t an Oompa-Loompa in sight at the Cadbury chocolate factory on Gladstone Ave. The closest thing to Willy Wonka, plant manager Dave Heaven, is wearing a hairnet, not a top hat. And the elevators only go up and down. Making chocolate is a prosaic business these days — at least the way it’s...
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Eric Frein, Suspect in Pennsylvania Trooper’s Death, Is Captured After 7-Week Manhunt

October 31, 2014

Photo Eric M. Frein Credit Pennsylvania State Police, via Associated Press Eric M. Frein, the fugitive accused of killing one state trooper and seriously wounding another in an ambush, was captured Thursday and brought back to the barracks near Scranton, Pa., where his seven-week flight from the law began. Mr. Frein surrendered to federal...
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RCMP failed to keep records on warrantless access, watchdog says

October 30, 2014

OTTAWA—There’s no way to know if the RCMP complied with privacy laws in requesting Canadians’ personal information without a warrant, or even how often the Mounties made such requests, according to Ottawa’s privacy watchdog. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said his office was not able to track how often the national police force requested access...
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How the news ruined Halloween: Menon

October 30, 2014

How did Halloween costumes become a showcase for terrible judgment? At a party one year, I recall making small talk with Hitler. He seemed nice enough. Still, it was awkward. Another time, I watched Kunta Kinte pound back shots of tequila as Superman mock-whipped his back and one of the Spice Girls cheered. It...
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Consumer Reports ranks Toyota #1 in reliability

October 30, 2014

DETROIT—Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports’ annual reliability rankings. The company’s Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, while its Scion brand is in the top ten. It’s the eighth year in a row that a Toyota brand has led the rankings. “Toyota has a strategy that emphasizes reliability over excitement,” says...
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Shomi dips a toe into the video stream

October 30, 2014

While there has been excitement in the U.S. over networks embracing video streaming, in Canada, Shomi, a new service from Rogers and Shaw, is about to get its servers rolling. Earlier this month, HBO announced it was launching a stand-alone digital offering next year; CBS also recently launched a streaming service at a cost...
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First Draft: Poll Shows Democrats Slipping Among Young Voters

October 29, 2014
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Poll Shows Democrats Slipping Among Young Voters Photo Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, speaking at the University of South Carolina last month, worked to improve the Republican Party’s image among young voters.Credit Richard Shiro/Associated Press Memo to Democrats: Your days of winning the youth vote may be over. Starting next week. A new poll...
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Disclosure may not work in investing: Roseman

October 29, 2014

Imagine that you want to buy a mutual fund. You go to your trusted financial adviser, who tells you about two funds with similar objectives and past performance. Fund A pays his firm an annual fee of one per cent. Fund B does not pay any annual fees. Clearly, he has a conflict of...
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