OTTAWA – They are the marketing darlings of the Second Cup franchise, and bureaucracy nearly killed them.
The tale of the two Piaggio three-wheeled vehicles that were given life in Italy, overhauled in Ireland and then put to work in Canada appears to have come to an end after a last-second political plea spared the vehicles from the scrap yard.
OTTAWA – Proposals for tax changes aimed at helping Canadian publishers fight for revenues with online news aggregators would result in a punitive “tax on advertisers,” executives from Google Canada and Facebook Canada told a Commons committee studying the country’s media industry.
OTTAWA – The national telecom regulator will look at ways to give parents more control over household cellphone data charges as part of a review of its four-year-old wireless code of conduct being held this week in Gatineau, Que.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is also looking for ways to tighten rules governing wireless service cancellation fees, says a spokeswoman for the agency.
OTTAWA – A military fighter pilot, a navigation engineer for NASA, and a doctor specializing in brain and spinal injuries are among the candidates short-listed by the Canadian Space Agency to join the country’s team of astronauts.
The space agency released the list Wednesday of the 72 people selected out of the 3,772 applications submitted online for two new spots in its program.
OTTAWA – The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has received nine complaints related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s French-only answers to English questions at a public meeting in Quebec.
Spokesman Nelson Kalil said Thursday the office is launching an investigation into the complaints.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ringing in the new year with a determined effort to re-establish his connection with grassroots Canadians after closing out 2016 amid accusations of kowtowing to wealthy donors at elite Liberal fundraisers.
Trudeau is planning to embark on a campaign-style tour, talking to average folks at coffee shops and church basements across the country.
OTTAWA – The publisher of a small southern Manitoba family of weekly newspapers made an appeal for back-to-basics local reporting Thursday to a group of MPs examining Canada’s beleaguered news industry.
The gruff, to-the-point testimony by Ken Waddell of the Neepawa Banner, Neepawa Press and River Banner helped ground a Commons committee inquiry mired in months of often contradictory hearings.