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Canada's soft visa regime for Pakistani tech startups

KARACHI: Pakistani startups and entrepreneurs will have tickets to the Toronto-Waterloo region, often referred to as the Silicon Valley North and home to thousands of tech startups and international companies, for better connectivity and penetration in the international market as the Canadian government is open to provide a 52-week work permit or a permanent resident to Pakistani tech startups. The representative of Accelerator Centre, based in the Canadian Silicon Valley, has unveiled the features of the visa programme for the Pakistani tech startups and entrepreneurs to the Momentum Pakistan-2018, according to Momentum Pakistan founder Amir Jafri. The mega event – Momentum Pakistan-2018 – is bringing digital world’s giants like Facebook, Amazon Web Services, IBM and Microsoft and several others to Karachi on February 19 and 20 where their representatives will mentor and support with tools and funds the Pakistani entrepreneurs and startups. Besides that, premier Pakistani and internat..

Geoff Johnson: Share Christmas and other traditions

OK. That’s enough of us tripping over each other trying to be appropriate about Christmas in our schools — or just about Christmas generally. It’s December, and along with icy roads and snow warnings come our first Christmas examples of politically correct zealotry that almost defeated common sense. article continues below Trending Stories An Ottawa school decided to abandon the annual Christmas concert in favour of a non-denominational winter concert to be held in February. “Enough,” said the adults, and the principal received more than 300 emails from across Canada. The kinder ones called her a Grinch and accused her of cancelling Christmas. A town council in Quebec, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, changed its mind about outlawing Christmas displays and gave the order to have a nativity scene re-installed outside the municipal library after people stepped up and reminded the mayor and city fathers that in Canada, yes, Christmas is Christmas, always has been and don’t mess with it. Canadia..

NII Attractive Mustapha awarded film certificate by Commission on Culture and Canadian Commission

[unable to retrieve full-text content] NII Attractive Mustapha awarded film certificate by Commission on Culture and Canadian Commission Modern Ghana (press release) (blog)Full coverage

Pot in 2018: What to Expect

When it comes to cannabis, 2017 was a much better year than anyone was expecting. Back in January, stoners and pot moguls alike were super paranoid about incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his plans to shut down legal weed businesses from coast to coast. After a decade of steady progress on marijuana legalization – with about 90 percent of the country now supporting medical use and eight states having legalized recreational use – was the entire movement going to come crashing down? RelatedThe Official Guide to Being a Good Weed Citizen From proper dosing to odor control to public-consumption boundaries, our guide to life out of the cannabis closet A year later, almost no one believes there will be a federal crackdown on the entire cannabis industry. State-legal pot markets seem poised to match or exceed the value of black market pot by 2020. Sessions has admitted that marijuana is not as dangerous as heroin, and his tension with Trump is common knowledge. With the biggest st..

Canadian doctors slam Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed coffee enema

Gwyneth Paltrow's natural lifestyle website Goop, which has been widely criticized for promoting potentially dangerous products based on pseudoscience, is now recommending a do-it-yourself coffee enema to "supercharge your detox." The $135 US Implant-O-Rama is the latest offering being touted on Goop's website featuring health, fitness and beauty products, which the actress has said she plans to make available to Canadians. The idea of using coffee as a colonic to detox the bowel and the body has been around for a long time, but it's been widely debunked and there's no scientific evidence to support it, said Tim Caulfield, a health law expert at the University of Alberta and a vocal critic of the culture of celebrity-based health advice. Gwyneth Paltrow's natural lifestyle website Goop has been widely criticized for promoting potentially dangerous products or services based on pseudoscience, including vaginal steaming. (Thibault Camus/Canadian Press/Associated ..

US, Canada to begin talks in 2018 on Columbia River deal

SPOKANE, Wash.: Members of Congress from Washington state are praising the decision to start negotiations early next year over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia River. Lawmakers from across the Pacific Northwest have been pressing the U.S. government to reopen Columbia River Treaty talks for several years. The 1964 agreement doesn't have an expiration date, but either country can cancel most of its provisions after September 2024, with a 10-year minimum notice. The U.S. Department of State on Dec. 7 announced its intention to enter talks with Canada over the treaty. The mighty Columbia starts in British Columbia and flows more than 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers), mostly in the U.S., to the Pacific Ocean. "The Columbia River Treaty is of immense importance to the economy, environment and culture of Washington state and the Pacific Northwest," said Sen. Patty Murr..

Environment minister says she's not responsible for 'eat less meat' tweet

Alberta's environment minister said she's not responsible for a controversial tweet advising people to eat less meat. Shannon Phillips tweeted Friday that the message, which was posted on her Twitter account on Tuesday, came from a staff person during a period when Phillips was away from her Twitter account. Phillips said the tweet was regrettable and that she has been assured it won't happen again. The tweet in question suggested anyone who needs a New Year's resolution should consider taking the Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge, which is an organization based in Phillips' constituency. The tweet said the challenge advises people to "reuse shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat." Need a resolution? @EnviroLeth Green Challenge: use reusable shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat. The Challenge runs Jan 15-Feb 15. Reg..
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Minnie’s Hope, where culture and medicine go hand in hand – CBC.ca

The women who created Minnie's Hope see Nathalie Esperon as a symbol of their success. Esperon and her six children live in Kuujjuarapik, an Inuit village at the mouth of the Great Whale river on the Hudson Bay coast. Last summer, one of her sons was being violent at home and she was struggling with depression. "I was almost close to giving up with my son because there were so many problems, especially in school," she said. She and her son started going to Minnie's Hope, a holistic child health centre, regularly — he got speech therap..

Embrace Christmas and holiday traditions

That's enough of us tripping over each other trying to be appropriate about Christmas in our schools - or just about Christmas generally. It's December, and along with icy roads and snow warnings come our first Christmas examples of politically correct zealotry that almost defeated common sense. article continues below Trending Stories An Ottawa school decided to abandon the annual Christmas concert in favour of a non-denominational winter concert to be held in February. "Enough," said the adults, and the principal received more than 300 emails from across Canada. The kinder ones called her a Grinch and accused her of cancelling Christmas. A town council in Quebec, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, changed its mind about outlawing Christmas displays and gave the order to have a nativity scene re-installed outside the municipal library after people stepped up and reminded the mayor and city fathers that in Canada, yes, Christmas is Christmas, always has been and don't mess with it...

Canada senator kicked out by Conservatives for 'racism'

Canadian senator Lynn Beyak has been removed from the Conservative Party's caucus months after inflammatory remarks about indigenous people. Mrs Beyak has been criticised over the past year for various comments. She posted online letters from supporters who called indigenous people lazy. Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer said "racism will not be tolerated". In Canada, senators keep their jobs until they turn 75 and so she will retain voting privileges in Parliament. Last March she defended Canada's residential school system, church-run and government-funded boarding schools where indigenous children were often physically and sexually abused. She said reports on the abuse only focused on the bad and ignored "the good" aspects of the "well-intentioned" institutions. Her comments immediately provoked an outcry from indigenous leaders and other Canadians, and many called on her to resign. In response, she published "letters of support" on her official Senate website from ..

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