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Op-Ed: How safe are whistleblowers? A look at Canada and the U.S.

Canadian whistleblower laws are woefully inadequate to protect informants - exposing them to retribution and it's time to bolster protections before a crisis hits, says an expert who has helped defend more than 7,000 whistleblowers worldwide.

Hemp is now the cannabis cash crop as demand for CBD rises

Marijuana is still banned for recreational use across much of the world, and even medical access is limited in many countries. However, players in the $340 billion global industry are turning their attention to pot's less-regulated cousin, hemp.

Mexico not in favor of Trump's safe-third-country agreement

Mexico is not ready to sign a safe-third-country agreement with the Trump administration regarding asylum seekers at their shared border, the Mexican ambassador to the United States said on Thursday ahead of a Monday deadline.

U.S. at top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis

The US produces far more garbage and recycles far less of it than other developed countries, according to a new analysis by the global risk consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft.

Lake Ontario water levels the highest in recorded history

Water levels on Lake Ontario have reached the highest point in recorded history, putting the Toronto Islands in Canada at risk of significant flooding, while New York residents along the lake's shores are facing similar risks.

Trump move to redefine poverty will deprive people of assistance

Washington - This week, the Trump administration proposed to redefine “poverty” in a way that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of needed assistance by making it harder for them to qualify for help.

China and Saudi Arabia solar investments reshaping geopolitics

Riyadh - Uneasy about its oil dependence and lack of domestic manufacturing capabilities, Saudi Arabia is courting China for help with the next stage of its energy policy, amid predictions that renewable energy generation will change modern geopolitics.

Carbon tax or cap-and-trade — Which system works best?

Fighting global warming will require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution if the world is to avoid the consequences of climate change. How nations go about achieving zero emissions in a cost-effective way is the key.

Macron calling for a 'real European army' to counter Russia, U.S.

Paris - Emmanuel Macron has used the first world war armistice centenary commemorations to call for a “real” European army, warning that rising nationalism and populism threaten the fragile peace on the continent.

The last six mountain caribou in U.S. being sent to Canada

The six remaining members of the South Selkirk caribou herd remaining in the lower 48 states are being moved further north into British Columbia, Canada, a desperate measure to try to save the mountain caribou's most southerly herds,

China and the U.S. will eventually be parallel global AI leaders

China and the United States are locked in a new arms race for dominance in artificial intelligence (AI), a contest that may lead to geographical spheres of dominance.

Op-Ed: Trump is pulling this country down into the sewer with his hatred

Trump used his Twitter account today to post an outright racist campaign ad aimed at Democrats. The tweet stirred up controversy, and anger by both political parties and is a clear signal that our elected leader is a danger to our country.

Prime Minister Trudeau — Canada won't be rushed into NAFTA deal

New York - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would not be rushed into renewing NAFTA and indicated it was possible the three member nations might fail to conclude a new pact.

Saudi Arabia escalates dispute with Canada as U.S. stays mum

Riyadh - As the diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada escalates, the United States — Canada’s most important ally and largest trade partner — declined to come to the defense of the Canadian government.

Americans on prescribed opioids remains unchanged — New study

Despite increased attention to opioid abuse, prescriptions have remained relatively unchanged for many US patients, new research led by the Mayo Clinic finds.

US Department of Veterans Affairs looks to startup for new wheels

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has struck a deal with Tel Aviv-based startup SoftWheel that develops wheels with embedded shock-absorption systems for wheelchairs, bicycles and cars.

US Department of Defense looking for startups to work with

The United States Department of Defense has launched a new competition, with prize money, to "(link) innovators directly with the army to spur innovation."

Prescription drug shortages — A problem affecting many countries

In both Canada and the United States, common drugs needed for patient care are becoming increasingly hard to find — being either discontinued or back-ordered, creating a public health crisis.

Hulu surpasses 20 million subscribers in the United States

Hulu has a digital milestone to celebrate. The streaming service has surpassed 20 million subscribers in the United States.

Netflix nears 118 million streaming subscribers worldwide

Netflix has a major reason to be proud. It hit a major milestone with its number of subscribers! The entertainment company has almost 118 million streaming subscribers worldwide.

The real cost of climate change in the U.S. in 2017 is staggering

Calculating the real costs of extreme weather events is a daunting task because most of us don't realize the type of data that is included in making an accurate assessment of total costs. But no one can deny the U.S. has been through a rough time in 2017.

U.S. labor force dropping out and getting high

The Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen dropped a bomb shell on Thursday, saying the opioid crisis in the U.S. is weighing on labor force participation, especially among working-age men.

Over one million Fiat Chrysler trucks recalled for software error

Fiat Chrysler is currently scrambling to notify over one million customers that trucks they bought from the company are being recalled due to a dangerous software error.

Neonic pesticides have been found in U.S. drinking water

Since their introduction in the 1990s, neonicotinoids have become one of the world's most widely used pesticides. However, and it was bound to happen, neonicotinoids have now been detected in our drinking water.

EpiPen maker sued under law often used to battle organized crime

Christina Kollmeyer's son has an allergy that requires him to carry an EpiPen, the emergency auto-injecting devices available that can be used to treat severe allergic reactions.

U.S. 14th, Canada 7th, in ranking of world's happiest countries

The World Happiness Report, was released today the International Day of Happiness. The report is by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network funded by the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

Op-Ed: Jeff Sessions plays a thrilling game of ‘resign, recuse, repent’

It’s time for another lighthearted look at the hard political topics of the Trumpweek that was. There’s no other way to put of it — from perjury claims to AOL emails, it was a bit of a roller coaster.

Amazon to create 100,000 jobs in U.S. by 2018

Over the next 18 months, Amazon has plans to create 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States, which will include full benefits.

Op-Ed: North Korean ICBMs: Regional detonator or nuisance?

Sydney - The supposed development of a long range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability by North Korea has several ramifications. Whether or not the ICBM can hit the U.S. or not, it represents a potential catalyst for a serious regional war.

Op-Ed: Speaker Paul Ryan looks to punish live-streaming in Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan is seeking a new set of rules that would prevent members of the House of Representatives from live-streaming from the floor. Members of Congress that violate the new agreement would be fined and possibly face an ethics review.
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The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (or simply The Bay Bridge) at night. The Bay Bridge links San Francisco to Oakland.
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U.S. Air Force personnel from work alongside civilian firefighters to remove rubble from the explosion site of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The U.S. Air Force is provided around-the-clock support of personnel, equipment, and supplies during rescue and relief efforts.
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The historic Old Mint in downtown San Francisco manufactured U.S. coins from 1874 to 1937. A new building for the mint was built on upper Market Street and the historic structure has been largely unused since then.
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A memorial tile with the logo of the United States Marine Corps on Murrah Plaza at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The U.S. Marine Corps as well as the Army and Air Force had offices at the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. All lost personnel in the April 19, 1995, truck bombing attack by domestic terrorists.
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CRASH: The tour bus involved in Friday's accident in San Francisco came to rest alongside an under-construction Apple Computer store at Post and Stockton streets, near Union Square.
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Prepared for virtually anything, this Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT) tactical operator stands ready to respond. A full equipped FBI HRT operator is a formidable adversary for any opponent. According to the FBI, HRT was created to "provide an effective civilian response capability and a substantial deterrent to terrorism."
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Smugglers jack up a security fence and casually smuggle drugs into the United States
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SETTLED: An Uber car with markings from three rideshare company signs waits for its next driving assignment in Venice, Calif., in 2014.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hostage Rescue Team (FBI HRT). Members of this elite law enforcement counter-terrorism team are commonly referred to as "operators," "operatives," or "assaulters."
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