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WestJet customers raise privacy concerns after ‘technical issue’ with airline app

WestJet said it’s investigating after a “technical issue” with the airline’s app Wednesday afternoon allowed some users to see the personal data of other customers. Several people told CBC News they could see profile information of other users which included phone numbers, home addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, WestJet dollar and …

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Canada’s oilpatch is flush with cash — so what are they going to do with it?

The Canadian oilpatch is basking in its most lucrative year ever. Hefty prices for both oil and natural gas that have pained consumers are delivering a bounty of riches for the industry. That bounty was reinforced over the past few weeks as companies again posted extraordinary profits. While commodity prices have softened slightly, …

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Ottawa to offer passport pickup service in 4 additional cities, says more locations coming

The federal government plans to open four new passport pickup locations nationally as it struggles to manage lengthy wait times and backlogs that have plagued the application process for months now. The new application and pickup service will be available in Trois-Rivières, Que.; Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Charlottetown, P.E.I.; and Red …

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Handling of sexual abuse claims puts Hockey Canada on thin ice with hockey parents

When parents first consider the dangers of their kids playing hockey they may envision flying pucks, elbows and sticks — not a toxic culture. But recent revelations about how sexual assault allegations were handled by Hockey Canada, the body that governs the sport in this country, have left some hockey families in turmoil over repeated …

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Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect reportedly describes author as ‘someone who attacked Islam’

A grand jury has indicted the man who allegedly stabbed Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a talk in western New York, county prosecutors said Thursday. Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, N.J., is scheduled to appear on the charges at an afternoon court hearing in Chautauqua County. …

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Mandarin now Toronto’s 2nd-most common first language, reflecting years of demographic change

Toronto author and historian Arlene Chan has been expecting it to happen for years. And with this week’s census release, it finally did: Mandarin has edged out Cantonese as the second-most common first language in Toronto, after English.  “I’ve been watching over the years, the slow increase,” said Chan, who …

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These 4 workers have hot jobs. Literally. Here’s how they’re faring during a heat wave

Earlier this week, when Chris Green walked into his Inglewood workshop, in a garage with no air conditioning, it was already a toasty 30 C, he says. Green is a bladesmith — a blacksmith who makes custom knives — and he spends his days in front of a forge hot enough to bend …

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Study examines culture of silence in professional men’s hockey when it comes to mental health

WARNING: This article contains details of suicide A new study from a group of University of British Columbia researchers takes a deep dive into the pressures professional men’s hockey players feel to stay silent despite serious personal problems. The study, published last month in the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, …

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What does it take to make a passport? Here’s a step-by-step guide

If you’ve applied for a passport this year — or put it off because of the hours-long queues outside Canada’s passport offices — you might have wondered why it’s suddenly so hard to get hold of one of those little blue books. The federal government blames a sudden surge in passport applications, …

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How does monkeypox spread? Here’s what scientists know so far

Can you catch monkeypox from a toilet seat, or by trying on clothes at a thrift store? Is the virus spreading through bodily fluids? Can you pass it to your pets?  Search for “monkeypox” on social media, and those are the kinds of questions you’ll find online. Several months into …

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