Tag: Canada

Google Pay adds support for more banks in Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Poland, Australia, Brazil, and Russia

Here in the US, Google Pay is widely supported, and for that we’re grateful. In international markets, support isn’t always as easily found, but the list of partner banks is ever expanding. Over the past month, we’ve noticed that Google Pay has added support for a number of new banks for a handful of countries […]

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Alexandre Bissonnette Sentenced to 40 Years Without Parole for Quebec Mosque Killings

Alexandre Bissonnette, a 29-year-old former politics student fixated on President Trump, the far right and Muslims, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 40 years for shooting six people dead in an attack on a mosque in Quebec City in January 2017. During […]

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Canadian venture capital firm Framework Venture Partners launches $115 million AI startup fund

Canada’s artificial intelligence (AI) startup scene is certifiably red hot. Companies like Element AI, Rubikloud, Interset, Mnubo, and Maropost have collectively raised close to $200 million alone, and in the second quarter of 2018, Canadian AI startups attracted $169 million (CAD $222 million) in venture capital financing — up 104 […]

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Canada Slashes Diplomatic Staff in Cuba After Another Mystery Illness

The Canadian government said on Wednesday that it would withdraw up to half of its diplomatic staff in Havana, as it disclosed that another employee had fallen ill with the mysterious symptoms that have affected dozens of Americans and Canadians stationed in Cuba. Since early 2017, American and Canadian government […]

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Huawei and China, Facing U.S. Charges, Have Few Ways to Retaliate

SHANGHAI — Ever since Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer at the Chinese technology giant Huawei, was arrested in Canada nearly two months ago, Chinese officials have denounced the move as “wrongful” and “arbitrary” — a political affair cloaked in a judicial one. Now that the United States has laid […]

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Huawei and China Have Limited Ways to Answer U.S. Charges

SHANGHAI — Ever since Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer at the Chinese technology giant Huawei, was arrested in Canada nearly two months ago, Chinese officials have denounced the move as “wrongful” and “arbitrary” — a political affair cloaked in a judicial one. Now that the United States has laid […]

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Canada’s Ambassador to China Pushed Out Over Controversy

MONTREAL — Canada’s ambassador to China has resigned following a series of diplomatic missteps that further complicated already strained relations between the two countries. The resignation came days after the ambassador, John McCallum, stunned seasoned diplomatic observers by saying that Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom […]

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Scholars and Ex-Diplomats Warn of Chill After Canadians Detained in China

BEIJING — Warning that China’s arrest of two Canadians has created a dangerous chill for people working on policy and research in that country, more than 100 academics and former diplomats have signed an open letter calling for the two men to be immediately freed. Made public on Monday, the […]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Brexit

ImageA broker at the stock market in Frankfurt on Wednesday, the day after Prime Minister Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit plan.CreditMichael Probst/Associated Press What’s going to happen with Brexit? A second referendum? A disorderly hard exit? A new offer from the European Union that isn’t as offensive […]

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Saudi Woman Who Fled Home Embraces All Things Canadian. (O.K., Maybe Not Winter.)

TORONTO — She wants to go to college to study architecture. She would like to take English classes. She is wondering about how to harness her newfound media stardom. But mostly, the celebrated Saudi-turned-Canadian-refugee Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun just wants to experience what it is like to be a teenager, free […]

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Saudi Teenager Fleeing Family Arrives Safely in Canada

TORONTO — It was another proud moment for Canada: a Saudi teenager who had just been granted asylum walking through the arrivals gate at Toronto airport embraced by the country’s popular foreign minister. Wearing a gray sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Canada,” 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled at the throng […]

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A month after the statutory restoration of expat Canadians’ voting rights, Supreme Court says taking those rights away was illegal

In 2015, Stephen Harper’s Tory government began enforcing a 1993 law that stripped expatriate citizens like me of our right to vote in Canada; last month, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government restored our voting rights. But it turns out that the Liberals’ action was largely symbolic: yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada broke with […]

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[Update: More and more countries] Google One’s storage plans start rolling out in the UK and Canada

Looks like the Google One love is already spreading, and now we get word that the service is now available to users in additional nations across Europe, including Spain, France, The rollout of Google One has been hitting more and more countries over the past few weeks. We’ve had reports from users in New Zealand, Taiwan, […]

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Ex-Canadian Prime Minister Joins Rashida Tlaib Calling Trump ‘Motherf**ker’

Canada’s first female prime minister, Kim Campbell, referred to President Donald Trump with an expletive Saturday over his commitment to building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Campbell, who served as prime minister from June to November 1993, described President Trump a “motherf**ker!” in a tweet sent before 10:00 a.m. this morning — using the same profanity-laced term as […]

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Failed white supremacist “law-and-order” Toronto mayoral candidate is now breaking the law by selling Canadian coat-of-arms merch

Faith Goldy is the white supremacist who failed in her bid for mayor of Toronto (despite an endorsement from US white supremacist Congressman Steve King); during her campaign, she unsuccessfully sued Canadian media monopolist Bell Media for refusing to run her ads, saddling her with an order to pay $43,117.90 in Bell’s legal fees. […]

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American Detained in Moscow Also Has British, Irish and Canadian Passports

WASHINGTON — The American man being held on espionage charges in Moscow also has British, Canadian and Irish citizenship, officials said on Friday, a status that is certain to put more pressure from the West on Russia. The man, Paul N. Whelan, could benefit from stepped-up efforts by multiple governments […]

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Canada: China Has Detained 13 Canadians Since Huawei CFO Arrest

Canada’s government revealed on Thursday that China has detained 13 of its citizens since the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou last month. Chinese officials subsequently released at least eight of those Canadians. The two highest-profile Canadians China arrested – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – are still in detention. […]

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U.S. Renews Travel Advisory for China, Warning of Arbitrary Detention

The United States renewed a travel advisory for China on Thursday that warned American citizens could face arbitrary detention there, a move that came amid tense relations between the countries dominated by trade disputes and the recent American-requested arrest of a high-profile Chinese executive in Canada. The rights of foreign […]

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China to Retry Canadian on Drugs Charge Amid Diplomatic Spat

BEIJING — A Chinese court on Saturday ordered the retrial of a Canadian man on a drug-smuggling charge after prosecutors argued that his original 15-year prison sentence for his conviction had been too light, most likely creating another source of contention between two countries whose relations have deteriorated rapidly this […]

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