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Credit rating agency says new funding for Ontario universities a ‘stop gap’

Ontario’s recent post-secondary funding announcement is only a “stop gap” that will still leave universities struggling, and which may end up hurting the student experience, a global credit rating agency said Wednesday. DBRS Morningstar wrote in a commentary that the three-year, $1.3-billion package announced this week by Colleges and Universities …

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Kiermaier motivated by free agency snubs

Kevin Kiermaier wants to show up all the teams that passed him over in free agency, and he wants the Toronto Blue Jays to prove all their doubters wrong too. “A motivated Kevin Kiermaier is the most dangerous Kevin Kiermaier and that’s what I’ve had throughout this whole off-season,” he …

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Ransomware attacks becoming common, more sophisticated in Canada: agency – National

The head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says ransomware attacks are getting more common and sophisticated, but there’s a lot the country could do to better defend itself. “The threat is real, the threat is growing and we can’t talk enough about it,” said Sami Khoury, whose organization …

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Benefits battle: Family who won court fight against child welfare agency facing $8,000 tab – Winnipeg

When a Brandon, Man., family got their infant son back from Michif Child and Family Services in 2020, they thought their nightmare was over. Then they got a bill for $8,000. “This is wrong on so many levels,” said the mother, who can’t be named under the Child and Family Services …

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Federal agency faced obstacles to lower drug prices, memo shows – National

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos was warned that pharmaceutical companies had steadfastly refused to engage on drug-price reforms before he urged an independent federal agency to pause those reforms in favour of more consultation, a 2021 memo shows. The memo, obtained by the NDP through the access-to-information law and shared with …

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Canada’s spy agency warns ‘smart city’ platforms pose security risks – National

Canada’s intelligence service warns that technological innovations adopted by municipalities could be exploited by adversaries such as the Chinese government to harvest sensitive data, target diaspora communities and interfere in elections. A newly released report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service urges policy-makers and the technology industry to consider steps …

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How one Ontario child welfare agency is fighting to fix a broken system

3:43 No group homes: Sarnia Children’s Aid Society’s bold approach to child welfare When Dawn Flegel took over Sarnia’s children’s aid society in 2012, she went on a listening tour about the child-welfare system that left her feeling appalled. At roundtables, kids described brutal conditions. Being stigmatized. Feeling isolated. One kid said …

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Ontario reviewing nursing agency practices in long-term care homes, minister says

Ontario is reviewing pricing practices of nursing agencies involved in long-term care homes, the minister responsible for the file said Wednesday. Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra said at the legislature that his deputy minister has formed a technical advisory committee to examine the issue in response to queries about price …

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China, Russia could target Canada’s AI sector, spy agency warns – National

Canada’s spy service warns that adversaries will turn to espionage and foreign interference tactics to target the country’s increasingly important artificial-intelligence sector. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says in a newly released analytical brief that countries including China and Russia can be expected to “pursue Canada’s AI through all available …

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Canada’s spy agency asked to help MPs spot foreign interference – National

Some members of Parliament say they have no idea how to spot foreign interference, as Canada’s spy agency warns that all elected officials are targets for hostile states. “There is not clarity, quite frankly, around what MPs and their parties can do to protect themselves,” NDP MP Rachel Blaney told …

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