• AP sources: Trump, others agitated by Giuliani's performance
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    AP sources: Trump, others agitated by Giuliani's performance

    Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of misstatements and hurried clarifications, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews. Trump was frustrated with Giuliani, according to three White House officials and Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. The president told advisers that he felt his lawyer had obscured what he believed was a public relations victory: the special counsel's rare public statement disputing portions of a BuzzFeed News story that Trump instructed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie before Congress.

  • Protests will continue until GM decides to keep Oshawa plant open, union head vows
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    Protests will continue until GM decides to keep Oshawa plant open, union head vows

    Protests by workers against General Motors will continue in Ontario until the company reverses its decision to close a plant in Oshawa later this year, Unifor national president Jerry Dias says. Dias said workers are also upset that GM is refusing to honour a collective agreement, signed in 2016, that was to cover a period until September 2020. Dias addressed workers outside entrances to GM headquarters at a protest that began early Wednesday.

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    China detains students, labor activists in deepening crackdown

    A loose but active coalition of workers, activists and students across China has since July 2018 faced off against police, with dozens detained over their support for workers who protested after being blocked from forming a labor union with leaders of their choice. The clampdown has spread to top universities, with some students being detained and, they say, threatened by police. Three students and two recent graduates of Peking University, known informally as Beida, and a student from Renmin University have been missing for more than 24 hours, according to a post from a solidarity group, released online late on Tuesday.

  • Mexico City neighbourhood celebrates "Roma" nominations
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    Mexico City neighbourhood celebrates "Roma" nominations

    MEXICO CITY — News of Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" being nominated for 10 Academy Awards Tuesday had residents of the director's childhood Mexico City neighbourhood joyfully mining their own memories and anticipating showing their children the film someday. Cuaron's personal film shot in black-and-white with dialogue in Spanish and Mixtec was an atypical hit. The film dedicated to a domestic worker in his childhood home was released on Netflix allowing an audience far beyond those likely to buy a ticket to an intimate art house-type film to catch a glimpse of the capital's middle class Roma Sur, or South Roma, neighbourhood. Gloria Silvia Monreal lives across the street from Cuaron's childhood home. On Tuesday, she promised to shower Cuaron with kisses if he wins. "He lived there in front and my parents and his parents greeted each other like good neighbours," Monreal said. "My brothers say they played ball here in the street." Cuaron recreated the original facade of his home on Monreal's house to shoot some scenes. She has already seen the movie four times. "It was something sensational, lovely," she said. "For us it was an incredible experience." Roma Sur has been undergoing a steady transformation in recent years and becoming one of the city's hipper neighbourhoods. Original art deco-style homes now mix with six-story chic apartment buildings. Bare bones taco posts give way to cafes and craft beer bars. Rocio Moreno, 58, has lived in the Roma for 40 years. She hopes the film's attention will more generally help the image of Mexico and Latinos, "above all to boost the perception of this type of movie." The home featured in the film sits on a quiet narrow street. In "Roma" the home's address is conveniently visible making it an easy pilgrimage site for fans visiting the city. The movie's success has made the film home and Cuaron's real childhood house across the street something of a tourist destination. On Tuesday, Alex Kitterman, a 49-year-old fire man from England was snapping photos of the street. He saw "Roma" recently on Netflix and decided to stop by during his vacation. "It makes a nice change to what is there in the cinema generally at the moment, all those Marvel Comics movies, a lot of violence," he said. "This is a gentle movie so I think it's a nice contrast to what is there at the moment." Eliana Olaizola, a native of Argentina, now lives with her family in Cuaron's childhood home. The 45-year-old doctor said it was wonderful that Mexican cinema was getting such international exposure. "I like that (the film) is going to be something that I'll be able to show my children when they're older and they're going to be able to see their childhood home," she said. "I loved the movie." Berenice Bautista, The Associated Press

  • Celebrities to keep social media posts 'clean', UK watchdog says
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    Celebrities to keep social media posts 'clean', UK watchdog says

    Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and other celebrities have agreed to spell out in social media posts if they are being paid to promote a brand, Britain's Competition and Markets Authority said on Wednesday. The agency said it has secured formal commitments from 16 celebrities, who also include models Alexa Chung and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley, to change how they label social media posts to their millions of followers.

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    OurCrowd, 7thirty launch $30 million fund to invest in cannabis tech

    Israeli equity crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd is partnering and investing with 7thirty to build a global cannabis technology venture capital fund, the companies said on Wednesday. The new $30 million fund will be based in Boulder, Colorado and will focus on emerging cannabis technology companies in med-tech, ag-tech, retail, e-commerce and marketplaces. The 7thirty Opportunity Fund is led by Micah Tapman, a U.S early-stage cannabis technology investor.

  • China's Baidu pledges to improve search service after complaint
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    China's Baidu pledges to improve search service after complaint

    Baidu was placing low-quality pieces from its Baijiahao service, which selects articles from both legacy and independent media outlets for display on Baidu's own webpages, and other Baidu properties toward the top of its search results, journalist Fang Kecheng wrote in an article on Tuesday. The complaint comes after Baidu, often compared to Alphabet Inc's Google, underwent a restructuring and rigorous cleanup of illegal medical advertising that emerged in 2016 and led to regulation that slashed the number of eligible advertisers. Fang's article was read over 100,000 times on the author's public WeChat account and shared by influential domestic media outlets.

  • At Alibaba's futuristic hotel, robots deliver towels and mix cocktails
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    At Alibaba's futuristic hotel, robots deliver towels and mix cocktails

    The robots are part of a suite of high-tech tools that Alibaba says drastically cuts the hotel's cost of human labor and eliminates the need for guests to interact with other people. Formally opened to the public last month, the 290-room FlyZoo is an incubator for technology Alibaba wants to sell to the hotel industry in the future and an opportunity to showcase its prowess in artificial intelligence. It is also an experiment that tests consumer comfort levels with unmanned commerce in China - a country where intrusive data-sharing technology is readily tolerated and often met with enthusiasm.

  • O2 and Vodafone extend UK network sharing deal to include 5G
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    O2 and Vodafone extend UK network sharing deal to include 5G

    Telefonica's O2 and Vodafone have stepped up their challenge to British market leader BT by extending their network sharing deal to cover 5G, enabling them to accelerate the deployment of the faster mobile service at a lower cost. "We believe that these plans will generate significant benefits for our business and our customers as we move into the digital era of connected devices, appliances and systems on a mass scale," Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said.

  • Bilingualism forum touches on anglophone input, education
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    Bilingualism forum touches on anglophone input, education

    A standing-room-only crowd turned out for a forum in Moncton on Tuesday about anti-bilingualism, but one panellist said he wished more anglophones had turned up. Organizers said francophones felt a rise in anti-bilingual sentiment in recent months, and they wanted to start discussions about bridging the gap with other New Brunswickers. The attendees included politicians from various parties, leaders of interest groups, university professors, students and members of the general public.

  • Johnson & Johnson eyeing surgical robotics firm Auris Health: Bloomberg
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    Johnson & Johnson eyeing surgical robotics firm Auris Health: Bloomberg

    Johnson & Johnson is pursuing an acquisition of surgical robotics firm Auris Health Inc, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. J&J is seeking to purchase Auris at a premium to the valuation from its latest funding round that valued the company at $2 billion, Bloomberg reported. The final deal has not been reached and there is no certainty that the deliberations will lead to a sale of Auris, according to Bloomberg.

  • 'We are a country of rule and law' Trudeau on Meng extradition
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    'We are a country of rule and law' Trudeau on Meng extradition

    Justin Trudeau was asked about comments from Canada's Ambassador to China, John McCallum regarding Meng Wanzhou's extradition to the U.S., saying the Canadian system allows for her to mount a strong defence.

  • Subaru halts bulk of global car output over part defect
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    Subaru halts bulk of global car output over part defect

    Shares in Japan's sixth-largest automaker fell nearly 7 percent at one point before recovering some ground after the company announced further details, including plans to restart production on Monday at the earliest. The production stoppage, which started from the night shift on Jan. 16 at one of Subaru's only two factories worldwide, was first reported in the Asahi newspaper on Wednesday. The possible defect affected the Forester, Impreza, and XV models, the automaker said.

  • Monday's rain no match for Marble Mountain
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    Monday's rain no match for Marble Mountain

    The hills at Marble Mountain are ready and waiting for skiers Wednesday morning after making it through Monday's rain and winds with minimal damage, says Richard Wells, Marble's marketing manager.

  • Oilers fire maligned Peter Chiarelli; Keith Gretzky named interim GM
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    Oilers fire maligned Peter Chiarelli; Keith Gretzky named interim GM

    Edmonton Oilers management, mere hours after dismissing general manager Peter Chiarelli, says the team isn't in rebuild mode, believes the solution to its recent struggles lies in the dressing room and remains focused on making the playoffs this season. Bob Nicholson, CEO and vice-chair of Oilers Entertainment Group, addressed reporters for 18 minutes Tuesday, saying the team wouldn't rush to name Chiarelli's successor and that assistant GM Keith Gretzky would assume much of the GM's duties on an interim basis. "We've got some real good players. We've got some real good staff," said Nicholson, "but there's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right and we've got to get that figured out. "The way you figure that out is you talk to people. I'm going to try to open up more doors in all aspects of this organization to find out those little things that haven't been fixed over the last number of years [to get us into the post-season]." WATCH | Bob Nicholson details Peter Chiarelli firing: Nicholson added he would lead hockey operations and the search for a full-time GM while Gretzky, 51, would be the point man in preparing for the Feb. 25 trade deadline. The brother of former Oilers great Wayne Gretzky joined the team in July 2016 after serving as director of amateur scouting with the Boston Bruins and previously with the Arizona Coyotes. 'We're not going to trade our 1st-round pick' "I know there's people out there that believe this team can't make the playoffs. We believe in the organization, we believe in the dressing room, that we can," Nicholson said. "We're not going to trade our first-round pick and any of our assets away for a quick fix. We know we have to bring in some other pieces but we're going to put the onus on the group inside the dressing room because they have shown they can do it." The Oilers, following Tuesday night's 3-2 home loss to the last-place Detroit Red Wings, are off for 10 days, with the all-star game this Saturday at San Jose followed by a bye week. WATCH | Oilers drop 3rd straight at home, leading to Chiarelli's firing: "We have a lot of work to do here in the organization over this break," said Nicholson. "We gotta find out answers of how we can make this team better to make the playoffs, but I emphasize again we're not going to give away the future." Edmonton's ninth defeat in the past 11 at Rogers Place pushed the team three points out of playoff position with a 23-24-3 record. Sure, the Oilers are only three points behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the NHL's Western Conference but there are three teams ahead of them in Vancouver, Anaheim and Arizona. Chiareilli, who departs with one season left on his five-year contract, arrived in Edmonton in August 2015 after guiding the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup title in 2011. But he didn't witness a drastic improvement in play during his tenure as the Oilers missed the post-season twice in his first three seasons. They lost in the second round in 2017 following a 47-win, 103-point regular season. Questionable moves In late November, Chiarelli fired head coach Todd McLellan during a 1-6-0 slide and brought in Ken Hitchcock. Following an initial 8-2-1 surge, Edmonton has faded in recent weeks. "We saw [after the coaching change] that we have it within the players in the dressing room to play a top level in the league," said Nicholson. "[But] we slipped again. Some of the moves we've made have not worked and I felt Peter had done everything he could to make this team better, so we needed a new direction." A series of moves by Chiarelli didn't complement a top-heavy roster, led by captain Connor McDavid and fellow forward Leon Draisaitl. Chiarelli's notable trades with Oilers * June 26, 2015: Acquired defenceman Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders for Pittsburgh's first-round pick and Edmonton's second-rounder in 2015 draft. Reinhart had one point in 29 games for the Oilers in 2015-16 and was selected by Vegas in the 2017 expansion draft. The first-round pick (16th overall) turned out to be centre Mathew Barzal, who had 85 points last season. In 49 starts this season, the 21-year-old has a team-leading 45 points . * June 27, 2015: Picked up goalie Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers for a third-, fifth- and seventh-round pick. Decent move, at least in the short-term, as none of the players drafted by the Rangers has appeared in an NHL game. * June 29, 2016: Taylor Hall dealt to Devils for Adam Larsson: Perhaps Chiarelli's most notorious blunder. Drafted fourth overall in 2011, Larsson has yet to reach 20 points in any of his three seasons with Edmonton while Hall was the 2018 Hart Trophy recipient (NHL MVP) after scoring 39 goals and 93 points in the 2017-18 campaign. * June 22, 2017: Jordan Eberle traded to Islanders for Ryan Strome: A cost-cutting move by Chiarelli, who watched Strome play 100 games (36 points) before moving him to the New York Rangers two months ago for fellow forward Ryan Spooner. Earlier this week, Spooner cleared waivers and has been largely ineffective in an Oilers sweater. Eberle had 59 points last season on Long Island and has 23 points in 45 contests this year. Marginal gains on special teams "I'm certainly not absolving myself of any responsibility on the player personnel [side]," Chiarelli said in November. "This is a collective thing and it's our job to get to the playoffs. We owe it to our fans." Hitchcock inherited an Oilers outfit that has scored fewer goals than it has allowed (57-66) and is having its troubles on special teams as the power play ranks 15th (20.6 per cent success rate) in the 31-team NHL while the penalty kill is 27th (74.2 per cent). WATCH | Oilers even having problems with their Zamboni: Edmonton has since slipped or improved slightly in those areas, with a minus-18 goal differential while sitting 11th of 31 clubs on the power play (21.1 per cent) and 25th on the penalty kill (77.3 per cent) through Tuesday. Nicholson said Hitchcock's role hasn't changed following the Chiarelli firing and that he would remain head coach for the balance of the season. In his first move Tuesday, Nicholson assigned 20-year-old forward Kailer Yamamoto and Spooner, 26, to the Bakersfield Condors in California. "We want our younger players to develop more in the American Hockey League," he said. "I think we gotta leave them down there until they're overripe. Yamamoto is on the verge of [being an NHL regular] but he has to play a lot of minutes. We really believe in this player." We need to make sure we have the right chemistry in the [dressing] room, the right character in the room, to bring the best out of all of our players. — Bob Nicholson, CEO and vice-chair of Oilers Entertainment Group Nicholson also scoffed at the suggestion that the Oilers allowed Chiarelli to re-sign goaltender Mikko Koskinen on his own to a three-year, $13.5 million US deal less than 36 hours before he was fired. "Peter did not make that deal all by himself," said Nicholson. "This deal started when we got together with our pro scouts in Palm Springs [Calif.]. We looked at the goalies that would be available next year. We really believe in Mikko. We had to make a decision between Mikko and Cam [Talbot]." A pending unrestricted free agent, the 31-year-old Talbot recently lost his starting job to the 30-year-old Koskinen, who had four games of NHL experience before this season. Koskinen will have an average salary cap hit of $4.5 million, or nearly double his current one year hit of $2.5 million. "We have the best player in the world [in McDavid]. We have other good players in that dressing room," Nicholson noted. "Do we have to supplement that better? Yes, but I really believe a lot of the solution is inside the dressing room. "Speed and skill is a big part of the game and character is one thing we're going to look at. We can be a good team but haven't shown that consistently. We need to make sure we have the right chemistry in the room, the right character in the room, to bring the best out of all of our players."

  • 'You would not survive': Badger bridge conditions alarming for drivers
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    'You would not survive': Badger bridge conditions alarming for drivers

    Crumbling pavement, deep potholes and protruding metal make crossing the Trans-Canada Highway bridge in Badger dangerous and frustrating, according to a transport truck driver. Tony Power tweeted a video Wednesday morning, showing a long line of traffic inching across the bumpy, eroded blacktop.

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    From bait to plate: Blockchain platform tracks food's journey

    OpenSC, a global digital platform developed in Australia, allows users to scan QR codes with a smartphone camera to see where the product came from, when and how it was produced and follow its journey along the supply chain. Launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and investment firm BCG Digital Ventures, it uses blockchain technology that records information such as the movement of the product and details of its storage. "What the OpenSC platform does is it democratizes that information," Paul Hunyor, Managing Director of BCG Digital Ventures, told Reuters Television.

  • HuffPost Canada 'Backbenchers': It's Showtime For NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh
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    HuffPost Canada 'Backbenchers': It's Showtime For NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

    Jagmeet Singh is super duper confident of two things. (OK, probably more than two, but let's keep it neat and tidy for now). One: He believes not wearing socks with a suit can be stylish. And two: He is adamant that he will emerge victorious in an upcoming byelection in the B.C. riding of Burnaby South, to the point that he even refuses the "premise" of losing. The NDP leader will need this conviction -- and a whole lot of hard work -- if he wants to finally snag a seat in the House of Commons. He'll probably need an act of divine intervention to get other politicians onboard with the whole no-socks thing. On the latest episode of "Backbenchers," HuffPost Canada's biweekly snapshot of Canadian politics, we speak to the leader from his home in Burnaby, explore the challenges that await him and his party -- even if he wins the Feb. 25 byelection battle -- and touch on some extremely important topics, like halloumi cheese. We also take a look at the so-called "leader's courtesy," a political tradition that sees some parties sheathe their swords and refrain from challenging a party leader who is looking to win a seat in a byelection. Note: this does not work for us simple, non-politician folk. Turns out you can't skip the line at Wendy's while yelling "leader's courtesy! leader's courtesy!" Watch the episode embedded above. Want more "Backbenchers?" You can watch previous episodes here.

  • Power restored to homes and businesses in dark in Mississauga
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    Power restored to homes and businesses in dark in Mississauga

    Power has been restored in Mississauga after thousands were in the dark early Wednesday, Alectra Utilities says. The outage affected more than 6,000 homes and businesses at its peak in an area from Highway 403 to the south, Bristol Road to the north, Mavis Road to the west and Cawthra Road to the east. The lights are back on as well for six homes and businesses that were without power for about an hour longer than most.

  • Charities feeding hungry Calgarians compare menus to new food guide
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    Charities feeding hungry Calgarians compare menus to new food guide

    Calgary organizations that provide food to those in need will be reviewing their menus to see how they stack up to Canada's new food guide. The guidelines, last revised in 2007, were updated this week and push Canadians to eat more protein that comes from plants, more whole grain foods, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Bethany Ross, director of operations with Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids, says she likes what she sees in the new food guide.

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    Driver argued with paramedic moments before hit and run, police say

    Calgary police have charged a driver who they say got into an argument with a paramedic at an emergency scene, then hit the paramedic as he drove away. The paramedic was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries after the hit and run in the southwest community of Haysboro Tuesday night. Police say the paramedic was preparing to load a patient into an ambulance in the 1-100 block of Hillgrove Drive S.W. around 9 p.m. when an approaching driver stopped briefly, then accelerated past the ambulance, hitting the paramedic with his silver Mercedes-Benz sedan.

  • City doesn't owe owners for years-long delay for permit to demolish historic home: appeal court
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    City doesn't owe owners for years-long delay for permit to demolish historic home: appeal court

    The City of Vancouver should not be held liable for the decrease in property value of a century-old home after staff stalled for years on approving a demolition permit, B.C.'s highest court has ruled. A B.C. Supreme Court judge found in 2017 that city staff acted in bad faith when they put off rejecting Zheqiang Wu and Binxia Cao's application to tear down their Shaughnessy mansion until after a heritage protection bylaw for the neighbourhood could be passed.

  • Yellowknife librarian details incident that led to increased security
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    Yellowknife librarian details incident that led to increased security

    Yellowknife's public library is beefing up security after a recent fight caused hundreds of dollars in damages. "They pushed against a table which broke, and a wall that broke and caused extensive damage," said John Mutford, the library's manager. There were seven fights at the library in 2018, according to Mutford, but this latest one pushed the issue over the edge.

  • Long-forgotten war medals discovered in Regina headed to family of Sask. war heroes
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    Long-forgotten war medals discovered in Regina headed to family of Sask. war heroes

    The path the medals have taken back to the family of the two men — William Arthur Harvie and a son, William Alexander Harvie — began back in the 1960s, when Regina's Joe Mignon found a metal box in the garbage. Engraved on the top of the box was "W.A. Harvie," and inside were six military medals and 17 pins from the two world wars — but Mignon had no idea who they belonged to. The response was overwhelming, Mignon-Stark said.

  • SQDC sells $40 million in cannabis so far, but not yet profitable
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    SQDC sells $40 million in cannabis so far, but not yet profitable

    Despite supply shortages, Quebec's cannabis retailer is one of the biggest legal sellers in the country. SQDC president Jean-François Bergeron estimates this amounts to 35 per cent of legal cannabis sold in the country by weight. Initially open seven days a week, the retail outlets are now only open Thursday to Sunday to put less of a strain on in-store supplies.