Canadian Planet Hunter Seeking Alien Life: ‘The Shifting Line of What is Crazy’

Canadian Planet Hunter Seeking Alien Life: ‘The Shifting Line of What is Crazy’

By Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

Sara Seager
Toronto-born MIT professor Sara Seager is shown in an undated handout image. Seager has pledged to spend the rest of her life searching for another Earth among the billions of stars that inhabit our night sky. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-MIT-Justin Knight)

HALIFAX – Sara Seager has pledged to spend the rest of her life searching for another Earth among the billions of stars that inhabit our night sky.

“That’s our goal: to find life out there,” the Toronto-born astrophysicist says in a distinctly assured monotone, as if describing a walk to the local mall.

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Amazon HQ2 Would ‘Fundamentally Alter’ Potential Canadian City Candidates

Amazon HQ2 Would ‘Fundamentally Alter’ Potential Canadian City Candidates

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Amazon Echo Dot
An Amazon Echo Dot is displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 in Seattle. It’s like a technology-themed reality TV dating show. Suitor Amazon is on the hunt for a North American city to house what it calls HQ2: a second headquarters. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Elaine Thompson)

VANCOUVER – It’s like a technology-themed reality TV dating show.

Suitor Amazon is on the hunt for a North American city to house what it calls HQ2: a second headquarters. The ideal match will tick off most of a wide-ranging list of requirements that covers practical matters, like available buildings and green space, as well as a certain ‘je ne said quoi’ that, for example, helps it attract tech talent.

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Winnipeg Goes VR in New Smartphone App

Winnipeg Goes VR in New Smartphone App

Winnipeg VR

Imagine setting foot inside Investors Group Field without having to deal with parking chaos?

Winnipeg is stepping into the virtual reality realm with the launch of a new smartphone app, meant to take users beyond the borders of brick and mortar and into the digital world.

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Tragically Hip Fans Bask in Celebration and Sadness at Gord Downie Memorials

Tragically Hip Fans Bask in Celebration and Sadness at Gord Downie Memorials

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

Gord Downie Memorial
Theresa Eagles from Nova Scotia does a smudging for Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip in downtown Kingston, Ont., Wednesday Oct., 18, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg)

KINGSTON, Ont. – What began as a subdued memorial for Gord Downie organized by city officials in his Kingston, Ont. hometown erupted into an improvised candlelight vigil on Wednesday night with residents taking over the proceedings.

Tearing a page from the Tragically Hip frontman’s own taste for the unexpected and impromptu, fans paid tribute to the performer with sing-alongs, breakout dance parties and, in one case, broadcasting classic Hip concerts from a flatscreen TV in the back of a van.

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‘It’s Over for Us:’ Retrial in Candace Derksen’s Death Ends in Acquittal

‘It’s Over for Us:’ Retrial in Candace Derksen’s Death Ends in Acquittal

By The Canadian Press

Wilma - Cliff Derksen
Wilma and Cliff Derksen leave the Winnipeg courthouse Wednesday, Oct.18, 2017 after Mark Edward Grant was found not guilty of killing the Derksen’s daughter, Candace, in 1984. The Derksens say after 33 years of uncertainty and legal hearings, they hope the Crown does not appeal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – The killing of a Winnipeg teenager 33 years ago that gripped the Manitoba capital is once again an open legal question.

Mark Edward Grant, a man with a long criminal history originally convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Candace Derksen, was found not guilty Wednesday in a new trial that followed an appeal.

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Amazon Would Save $1.5B a Year If New HQ Located in Greater Toronto Area: Clark

Amazon Would Save $1.5B a Year If New HQ Located in Greater Toronto Area: Clark

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

Amazon
In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, file photo, the Amazon logo is displayed at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

TORONTO – Setting up its second headquarters in the Greater Toronto Area would save Amazon $1.5 billion a year, the man heading up Ontario’s bid for the project said Wednesday, as the deadline loomed for cities in North America to make their pitch.

Ed Clark, a business adviser to Premier Kathleen Wynne, said the region offers highly trained talent at a savings when compared to most U.S. jurisdictions — a software programmer in Ontario costs 34 to 38 per cent less than in Boston or New York — and corporate taxes in the province are lower than south of the border.

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