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Canada needs to do more to protect teens from porn, sociologist says

- November 20th, 2013

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OTTAWA — Canada can reduce the demand for prostitutes by better limiting teenagers’ access to pornography, Wheelock College sociologist Dr. Gail Dines says.

“We have 40 years of peer-reviewed studies that shows that pornography shapes the way boys and men think about women,” the Boston-based professor told a press conference on Parliament Hill Wednesday. “It shapes their behaviour as well.”

She said the earlier boys start viewing porn, the less they’re able to perform sexually without it, while their appetite for uninhibited sex partners increases. Read more…

Canada’s terror list grows

- November 8th, 2013

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OTTAWA – Canada’s list of banned terrorist entities is growing, with the addition of two Islamist groups Friday.

The list now includes two more al-Qaida-linked groups: Jabhat Al-Nusra, also known as the Front for the Defense of the Syrian People, and the Signatories in Blood, which is active in West Africa.

Jabhat al-Nusra is one of the rebel groups taking over territory in northern Syria recently, creating new concerns for Western backers of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

The Signatories in Blood is believed to be behind a hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant last January that also included Canadian involvement, along with suicide bombings in Niger in March.

Public Safety Canada says in its regulatory filings for the expanded list that “everyone who knowingly participates in or contributes to any activity of a terrorist group … is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment.”

French connection for Royal Canadian Navy?

- November 1st, 2013

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OTTAWA – A French naval defence contractor is meeting potential Canadian business partners for the construction of up to 15 new combat ships — Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) — even before the feds choose a design.

The ships will eventually replace the Navy’s destroyers and frigates.

Officials with shipbuilder DCNS toured several Quebec companies this week as part of a networking opportunity organized by bureaucrats with the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec.

Patrick Boissier, president and CEO of DCNS, is trying to position the company to provide the design for the new ships to be built on the East Coast as part of the feds’ $36.6-billion shipbuilding strategy. Read more…

Canadian military wants Star Trek-type device

- October 24th, 2013

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OTTAWA – Amid the global threat of germ warfare, Canada’s military is taking its first steps toward creating a device sci-fi fans might recognize as a Star Trek tricorder.

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) says it wants to develop a “hand-held biological sensor for real-time detection of bioaerosols.”

So DRDC is offering private companies up to $50,000 for a study to determine what kind of device could be developed for soldiers.

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Harper to talk security, trade in Asia

- October 3rd, 2013

Prime Minister Harper leaves for Asia

OTTAWA – Helping Malaysia fight back against human smugglers in its waters will be top of mind for Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he lands in Kuala Lumpur Friday.

Harper left Thursday for Southeast Asia, a junket that will also take him to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia.

One of the first items on the prime minister’s itinerary is meeting with coast guard officials from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Authority, following up on a summer goodwill visit with them by the crew of HMCS Regina.

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