Sanctions busters are bad for business

Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.Guerman Goutorov could spend a decade in jail. His privately held company, Streit Group, is alleged to have violated United Nations arms embargoes in Libya and Sudan – violations that, if proven, would constitute crimes under Canadian law.

Mr. Goutorov is a former Russian police officer who immigrated to Canada around the time the Soviet Union collapsed. In 1992, he started a small business in the garage of his Toronto home, retrofitting off-the-shelf cars and trucks with bulletproof glass and armoured plating. Today, Streit Group has plants in Canada, India, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. It sells thousands of retrofitted vehicles each year, ranging from bulletproofed limousines to six-wheeled trucks able to withstand land mines.Although Streit Group is divided into subsidiaries, Mr. Goutorov retains …

Canada names a new leader

Well the search for a new leader for Intel Canada did not take long at all. And, the man hired to replace Graham Palmer wasnt too far either.
The chip making giant has promoted Denis Gaudreault to the role of Country Manager. Gaudreault was based in Montreal and has been working for Intel Canada for 16 years.
He was recently the worldwide director of government and education vertical team. In this role, Gaudreault was responsible for managing the Canadian government and large enterprise businesses in the country.
Prior to that, Gaudreault lead the US Federal business.
The Montreal University graduate is planning on relocating to Toronto for this new opportunity.
As previously reported Intel Canada country manager Graham Palmer is leaving the Canadian market after three-and-half years on the job.
CDN learned from sources that Palmer is heading back to the U.K. and will stay with Intel in another role.

Why you could be singled out for the pot-smoking question at the U.S. border

If simply telling a U.S. border guard that you have smoked pot can get you barred from the country for life, then many who have never been asked the question might be wondering what prompts a customs officer to pose the query in the first place.
That was certainly on the mind of Vancouver’s Alan Ranta, 35, a freelance music journalist, when he attempted to drive his Toyota Yaris hatchback from British Columbia to Washington state in July to cover the Cascadia music festival.
“[The U.S. border agent] didn’t like the look of our camping gear, I guess,” said Ranta. “He just asked us two questions: Where we were going, and if we were hiding anyone in the back.”
U.S. border agents searched his car and found a purse that read “weed money,” which Ranta says had never contained pot or money.
“I answered truthfully. I said I …

Apple be damned: the humble headphone jack has survived for more than a century

At its latest product introduction, Apple announced what for some seemed unthinkable (and for others inevitable): the next iteration of the iPhone would abandon the traditional 3.5-mm headphone jack.
Apple’s marketing chief Philip Schiller characterized it as a move requiring “courage,” and reaction was unsurprisingly mixed. 
But what made the 3.5-mm jack such a ubiquitous, universal standard?
To Francis Delage, store manager at Moog Audio in Toronto, it’s a classic case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
“You don’t need to improve on it. It just works,” he told CBC News.
“We had one standard. You don’t need to make sure, when you buy something, that it’s the right connection, or you need to get something specialized to make it work. You just know it’s going to work.”

Operators work the switchboard of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company’s long-distance exchange, circa 1930. (Getty Images)

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Canadian judge to rape accuser

In 2014, federal judge referred to accuser as ‘the accused’ throughout trial
He faces possible removal and says he didn’t understand sexual assault law

The supreme court of Canada. The Canadian Judicial Council is considering removing federal judge Robin Camp for discriminatory remarks during a trial in which he badgered the accuser and acquitted the accused.
Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters

A Canadian federal judge is facing possible removal for asking the accuser in a 2014 rape trial: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is determining the fate of justice Robin Camp, 64, who apologized …
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Canada-U.S. rivalry evident in physical World Cup of Hockey exhibition game as Team Canada wins 5-2

No one said, “Play nice.”Canada and the United States might be great friends and allies when it comes to international affairs, but when it comes to international hockey they get along about as well as North Korea and South Korea.There is something about the red maple leaf – this particular version more like a bleached marijuana plant – and the stars and stripes that seems to encourage bad behaviour.

Canada won Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey exhibition match 5-2 over the Americans, thereby splitting their opening two practice outings.For 18,787 fans at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, however, …
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Canada Wants the U.S. to Change Its ‘Ludicrous’ Marijuana Policy

Canada plans to push the United States to change a “ludicrous” current policy that forbids Canadians who admit to previously using marijuana from entering the U.S.
A spokesman for the Canadian government said on Friday that it has been in discussions with the U.S. government about Canada’s plans to legalize marijuana, Reuters reported. But the spokesman said the travel policy has not yet been addressed.
The policy drew attention when a Canadian man in 2014 was barred from entering the U.S. after he admitted he had smoked marijuana recreationally, Reuters reported.
Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Card …
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Fourteen dogs die in Canada kennel's heating malfunction

TORONTO (Reuters) – Fourteen dogs in a western Canadian pet daycare and boarding facility died on Saturday after a mechanical malfunction caused heat to continuously enter their kennels, the organization said.

The Playful Paws Pet Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, said on Saturday in a Facebook post a “travesty of life” happened, and its staff are reaching out to the dogs’ owners.

“We love our dogs and each of our team is trying to personally cope with this terrible loss,” Playful Paws said on its Facebook page.

The center did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is not …
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Canada flight diverts to Iceland

A flight from London to Canada has made an unscheduled landing in Iceland after declaring a mid-air emergency because of a suspected mechanical fault.The WestJet Boeing 767 flight to Edmonton diverted about two hours after taking off from Gatwick at 11:09 BST.The Canadian airline said the pilots acted “out of an abundance of caution” and the plane will undergo maintenance at Keflavik Airport near Reykjavik.Passengers are being put up in hotels as new flights are arranged.A WestJet spokeswoman said the crew had discovered a “potential mechanical issue” on flight WS27 but stressed declaring an emergency did “not necessarily …
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Australian political donations: how hard would it really be to clean up?

As a growing chorus of political figures call for the banning of union, foreign and corporate donations, three Australian law professors consider whether the most effective way to regulate political donations is to impose a cap on funding

Labor senator Sam Dastyari stepped down from the frontbench on Wednesday amid questions about donations from a wealthy Chinese businessman. There is no clear political consensus on how or whether donation reform is required in Australia.
Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

There is more than a little yellow peril in the latest political donations debate, which began with Labor senator Sam Dastyari’s acceptance of payments from companies, some of which had links to the Chinese government.
Distractions abound but here is the bottom line. Never mind race. Everyone donates for a reason. Often that reason is access or influence. If we all agree that undue influence over the political system is a …
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