Five-Hour Days, Vacation Cash Among Work Perks at B.C. Tech Companies

Five-Hour Days, Vacation Cash Among Work Perks at B.C. Tech Companies

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Hootsuite
Hootsuite’s owl mascots are shown in the company’s cabin-themed office in Vancouver in a handout photo. From vacation cash to luxury cars, some technology companies in British Columbia are offering big perks to woo prospective employees. Multinationals like Amazon and Microsoft have opened offices in Vancouver, while homegrown startups like Hootsuite have gained international acclaim in recent years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Hootsuite)

VANCOUVER – From vacation cash to luxury cars, some technology companies in British Columbia are offering big perks to woo prospective employees.

Multinationals like Amazon and Microsoft have opened offices in Vancouver, while homegrown startups like Hootsuite have gained international acclaim in recent years.

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Police Investigate Discovery of Several Dismembered Animals Found in Ontario

Police Investigate Discovery of Several Dismembered Animals Found in Ontario

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

Dr. Mike Higgins
Cassidy, an 8-month-old rescue cat with no rear legs, is examined by Dr. Mike Higgins in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday March 23, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The discovery of several dismembered animals in a southern Ontario city this summer has prompted an investigation by local police, who are urging area residents to keep an eye on their pets.

Waterloo regional police say seven dismembered animals have been found in public locations in Kitchener, Ont., since June.

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Man with Gun Tries to Board Plane at Winnipeg Airport

Man with Gun Tries to Board Plane at Winnipeg Airport

RCMP Logo VehicleWINNIPEG — A man carrying a firearm tried to clear security and board a flight to Toronto at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport on Monday.

Screening officers with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) found the gun in a garment bag as carry-on luggage at around 4:40 p.m. RCMP were called and the firearm was seized.

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Manitoba Reviewing French-Language Services

Manitoba Reviewing French-Language Services

Manitoba Legislative Building
Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is undertaking a review of French-language services to find out how it can better serve francophones in the community.

“We do our best to offer comparable service in both official languages but we know there are areas where we can do better to ensure the enhancement of our Francophonie,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for francophone affairs.

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With Free Admission, Visits to National Parks and Historic Sites Jump This Year

With Free Admission, Visits to National Parks and Historic Sites Jump This Year

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Sgt. Brittany Avery, left, and Regimental Sgt. Maj. Craig Hyatt, dressed as the 3rd Brigade Royal Artillery of 1869, maneuver the noon gun at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. In Canada’s it’s not just about building it so they will come, it appears making it free also plays a role.More than 14 million people streamed through the gates of national parks and historic sites between January 1 and July 31, up 12 per cent over the year before. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

OTTAWA – The federal government will consider what to do with admission fees for national parks beyond Canada’s 150th birthday after this year’s free parks program has proven to be exceptionally popular.

After Ottawa decided to eliminate fees for national parks and historic sites for all of 2017, Parks Canada says preliminary estimates show more than 14 million visits between January 1 and July 31.

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Two Newest Astronauts Moonstruck as Canada Looks Beyond Space Station

Two Newest Astronauts Moonstruck as Canada Looks Beyond Space Station

By The Canadian Press

Canadian Astronauts
Canada’s newest astronauts Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey acknowledge the crowd during Canada 150 celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Canada’s two newest astronauts are already looking beyond the International Space Station as they begin two years of intense basic training. Kutryk points out that Canada is committed to the space station until 2024 along with its international partners. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Sean Kilpatrick)

MONTREAL – It’s a far-out dream that Canada’s two newest astronauts are hoping will come true: orbiting the moon within the next decade or so.

In fact, Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey are already looking beyond the International Space Station as they begin two years of intense basic training.

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