Bercow spends £13,000 on three-day Canada trip and £113 a month on Sky

Speaker Bercow spends £13,000 on three-day Canada trip, £70 on photos for ‘fans’ and £113 a month on Sky Sports for his opulent grace-and-favour home (but pays back £40 for films for his children) More details of John Bercow’s official spending were released under FOI rules His travel bill included a three-day trip to Canada that cost the taxpayer £13,000 […]

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Philippines' Duterte loses patience, orders trash shipped back Canada

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the trash, his spokesman said on Wednesday. “The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by […]

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Cuba, Canada foreign ministers meet in Havana on Venezuela crisis

HAVANA (Reuters) – Canada’s foreign minister met with her Cuban counterpart in Havana on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Cuba’s longtime ally Venezuela and other issues after the island’s Communist government said it was willing to help mediate. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reached out to Cuba two weeks ago on behalf of the Lima Group, a bloc […]

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China formally arrests two Canadians on state secrets charges

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have formally arrested on state secrets charges two Canadians detained last year, the government said on Thursday, drawing condemnation from Canada in a case that is likely to further increase tension between Ottawa and Beijing. Businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were picked up separately in December, shortly […]

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Instagram may axe ‘likes’ tally to cut teenage stress

Instagram may axe ‘likes’ tally to cut teenage stress in a move to make the platform ‘less pressurised’ The picture sharing platform has been accused of fuelling cyber-bullying  Yesterday the company announced it was trialling a new scheme in Canada  Will see the number of likes under each image hidden from view on the platform Instagram may get rid of the […]

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In Canada, you can pay your taxes with bitcoin

A small town in Canada is experimenting with letting residents pay some of their property taxes with bitcoin. Innisfil, located in southern Ontario, will launch a one-year pilot program in April to see if the cryptocurrency is a viable alternative. Residents who navigate to the town’s website to pay an installment of their property taxes will see the new payment […]

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Canadian minister quits as political crisis deepens for Trudeau

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould quit on Tuesday amid news reports that she was pressured to go easy on a major firm last year when she was justice minister, a development that deepened a political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just months ahead of an election. Wilson-Raybould, who did not give any reasons for her resignation, […]

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Ontario securities regulator looking into digital platform Quadriga

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s main securities regulator said on Friday that it was looking into Quadriga CX, the digital platform whose founder died in December, trapping millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies in its accounts. “Given the potential harm to Ontario investors, we are looking into this matter and have already been in contact with the monitor,” the Ontario Securities Commission […]

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