Montreal e-commerce merchant forced to shut down business due to credit card fraud

Credit card fraud forced a Montreal businessman to close his online business, and he blames his bank for letting it happen.
Thieves, using stolen credit cards, bought thousands of dollars worth of cell phone and computer parts from Vincenzo Lingordo’s web site, the now-defunct Lingordoiparts.com
Lingordo said the purchases were approved by TD Canada Trust, even though key information was missing from the online transactions or not entered at all.
“Their system should be able to match the info and be able to pass or decline the transaction, not me,” said Lingordo. “So what is secure here?” 
By the time the bank notified Lingordo about each fraud — in some cases, weeks later — he’d already shipped the goods.
“You’re trusting a good service from a good bank,” Lingordo said.
When payments continued to be made with stolen cards which weren’t immediately flagged by the bank’s transaction software, Lingordo said his …

Tory leadership candidates condemn Kevin O’Leary for comments on military and Canadian peacekeeping

OTTAWA — Businessman Kevin O’Leary hasn’t decided whether he’ll enter the Conservative leadership race, but that isn’t stopping those already in the race from going after him.
Conservative MPs Michael Chong and Erin O’Toole are both condemning O’Leary for a quote attributed to him concerning Canadian peacekeeping.
Ottawa radio station CFRA quotes O’Leary as saying that Canadians are known as peacekeepers not warriors and “there is nothing proud about being a warrior.”
O’Leary didn’t immediately respond to an email sent Saturday asking him to comment, but he did tweet there is nothing harder than war, that peace keeping is an honour and that “Canadians are great at both.”

O’Toole took to Twitter to call on O’Leary to apologize for the comment, saying Conservatives are proud of Canadians who served as peacekeepers and those who fought.
Chong issued a statement calling …

Acquires Hemostasis Reference Laboratory business

19 December 2016

Universal Biosensors acquires the Hemostasis Reference Laboratory business of LifeLabs to meet increased production demands of Siemen’s Xprecia StrideTM test strips

Universal Biosensors, Inc (ASX: UBI) has today announced that a wholly-owned Canadian operating subsidiary has signed an agreement with LifeLabs LP (LifeLabs) to acquire the assets of LifeLabs’ Hemostasis Reference Laboratory business (HRL) in preparation for future increased production requirements of Siemens’ Xprecia StrideTM test strips.

The HRL business has provided high-quality coagulation testing and calibration services to international customers for more than 20 years, including 5 years of services for UBI. HRL has one of the most diverse offerings of specialised coagulation services in the world. Its laboratory currently has 16 different coagulation analyzers available, representing every major manufacturer for a very diverse list of testing options. The HRL business is based out of leased offices in Canada and has approximately 14 employees who will transfer to Universal Biosensors’ wholly-owned Canadian …

In Milton, Ont., crowded classrooms put Canada’s fastest-growing town to the test

From his ground floor office window at Boyne Public School, in Milton, Ont., principal Peter Marshall can see the line of houses moving closer.
His school already has more students than space. Sixteen portables serve as classrooms; there’s room for two more on the field. Mr. Marshall knows he will fill them. Just outside the school building, yellow machinery rumbles over old farmland, clearing the path for rows of tightly packed new homes for even more young families.
“They’re coming towards us,” Mr. Marshall says, glancing out the window. “The rapid growth here is something that I’ve never seen.”
In many ways, Mr. Marshall is in an enviable position. School boards in many parts of the country face declining student enrolment. Schools in Milton, on the western edge of the Greater Toronto Area, can barely keep pace with the tremendous growth. One school board official jokes that …

Nick Lees: Canada's Jazz glitterati celebrate Tommy Banks' 80th birthday

How could we forget “our Tommy,” as former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel calls Tommy Banks.
But the 80th birthday of the Edmonton legend was nearly overlooked by many.
Fortunately, CKUA’s CEO Ken Regan checked and found no official event marked the Dec. 17 birthday of the man whose tributes are as long as the North Saskatchewan River.
In case you hail from beyond our solar system, Banks is revered around the globe as a pianist, conductor, arranger, composer, television personality and former senator.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Alberta Award of Excellence.
“It was only two weeks ago I thought of Tommy’s birthday,” says Regan. “I knew we had to do something. But I wasn’t sure what we could pull off at such short notice.”
He added: “Tommy was his usual self-effacing self and said he didn’t need …

Jordan attack: Canadian among 10 dead in Karak shooting

Jordanian security forces say they have killed four gunmen after flushing them out of a historic hilltop castle in the city of Karak.The gunmen had fled to the castle after a shooting spree that left 10 people dead including a tourist from Canada and at least four police officers.Police said suicide belts and weapons had been seized at a hideout used by the “terrorist outlaws”.However, it was not clear if the men belonged to any militant group.Earlier, the gunmen had opened fire on two police patrols before fleeing to the castle and attacking a police station there, …
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Jordan attack: Canadian among seven dead in Karak shooting

Jordanian security forces say they have killed four gunmen after flushing them out of a historic hilltop castle in the city of Karak.The gunmen had fled to the castle after a shooting spree that left 10 people dead including a tourist from Canada and at least four police officers.Police said suicide belts and weapons had been seized at a hideout used by the “terrorist outlaws”.However, it was not clear if the men belonged to any militant group.Earlier, the gunmen had opened fire on two police patrols before fleeing to the castle and attacking a police station there, …
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Canadian tourist among five killed by gunmen in Jordan, as police hunt suspects in Crusader-era castle 

Gunmen killed 10 people including a Canadian tourist and police officers on Sunday in southern Jordan, before security forces killed four attackers in a siege lasting several hours.
The shootings took place in Karak, a tourist destination known for one of the biggest Crusader castles in the region, around 120 kilometres (70 miles) south of the capital Amman.
Jordan’s general security department said that seven policemen, a female Canadian tourist and two Jordanian civilians, were killed in a series of shootings. Jordaninan officials had earlier reported 10 people were killed.
It said that at least 27 others, including policemen and civilians, were wounded.
Four attackers …
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Jordan attack: Canadian among five dead in Karak shooting

Jordanian security forces say they have killed four gunmen after flushing them out of a historic hilltop castle in the city of Karak.The gunmen had fled to the castle after a shooting spree that left 10 people dead including a tourist from Canada and at least four police officers.Police said suicide belts and weapons had been seized at a hideout used by the “terrorist outlaws”.However, it was not clear if the men belonged to any militant group.Earlier, the gunmen had opened fire on two police patrols before fleeing to the castle and attacking a police station there, …
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Jordan attack: Canadian among five dead in Karak shooting – police

Jordanian security forces say they have killed four gunmen after flushing them out of a historic hilltop castle in the city of Karak.The gunmen had fled to the castle after a shooting spree that left 10 people dead including a tourist from Canada and at least four police officers.Police said suicide belts and weapons had been seized at a hideout used by the “terrorist outlaws”.However, it was not clear if the men belonged to any militant group.Earlier, the gunmen had opened fire on two police patrols before fleeing to the castle and attacking a police station there, …
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