Upbound Claremont Access and new Keddy Access Trail opens Friday – Hamilton

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The City of Hamilton says the upbound lanes of the Claremont Access, and the new Keddy Access Trail, will open on Friday afternoon.The upbound lanes of the heavily-used mountain access have been closed since July when crews began a project to resurface the road and it now includes the new Keddy Access Trail, a multi-use trail network with connections at four locations.“The completion of this project will expand travel options among residents and will provide much-needed connectivity between the lower city and mountain,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.“The new Keddy Access Trail is an important initiative for cyclists and pedestrians and a wonderful tribute to Jay Keddy. Thank you to City staff for ensuring this project was completed safely and to our community members for your patience during this time.” Read more:...

RESP customers complain about delays accessing money

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Some customers of a Richmond Hill, Ont.-based education savings plan company say they’re having a tough time getting at their money.“What if it’s not there and that’s why they’re stalling, that’s what I’m worrying about,” said Sebastian Kidston in an interview after contacting Global News for help. He and his mother persistently tried to reach Global RESP Corp. and its related fund manager, Global Growth Assets Inc. (GGAI), founded and owned by Sam Bouji, also known as Issam El-Bouji. For months, some customers have complained online that staff at the Global group have not returned phone calls or been responsive to their requests for help. In March, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) reached a settlement with Global and Bouji after the regulator alleged “repeat misconduct” by Global and Bouji for a series of...

Pressure grows for Alberta and B.C. to join COVID Alert app as cases surge

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As coronavirus cases surge to record levels, the pressure is growing on Alberta and British Columbia to adopt Canada’s COVID-19 exposure notification app.The two provinces have skirted the federal system since its launch in July. Both have their reasons for not signing on, but with contact tracing resources stretched to the max, experts say the merit behind those reasons is weakening.“We’ve seen B.C. and Alberta become epicentres of infection lately. I think having everyone in on the game would be helpful, even if it’s only used to report four or five per cent of infections at this point,” said Jean-Paul Soucy, an epidemiology PhD student at the University of Toronto. Read more: ‘We haven’t made a final decision’ on federal COVID-19 app, Alberta premier says The pressure is acute in Alberta. Since the...

Nova Scotia investing $193M to expand internet access for homes and businesses – Halifax

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“Across the province, people are working from home, students are learning from home and our small businesses are moving to increase their online presence. These changes have fundamentally changed the way our society operates. Equitable access to Internet is more important than it’s ever been.”According to the province, projects associated with these scope expansions will reduce the number of remaining unserved or underserved homes and businesses by over half.“By expanding existing projects, Develop Nova Scotia is continuing to accelerate timelines for these homes and businesses to be connected,” the province stated.These agreements with internet service providers Mainland Telecom and Bell Canada will provide connections to approximately 30 small communities across the province with high-speed internet, said the province.It is expected...

Women in Tech: Resilience in the Face of Change – BC

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Emerge SFU brings you six inspiring women thriving in male-dominated STEM fields to tell us their story. It is time to listen to their challenges and success as they navigate through the tech industry, forming an emerging minority. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how women navigate tech-related industries, learn how to stand out in your career, and make new connections. Everyone is welcome to attend. About us Emerge strives to inspire students to explore a variety of new and valuable skills through a series of free workshops, teaching them concepts that they may not typically learn within their faculty. By combining these workshops with networking events, they can get a taste of what other potential career paths may look like and discover new passions. Keep up with this event and more from Emerge SFU! Follow us on...

Investigation finds ‘unauthorized access’ to B.C. legislature servers

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The British Columbia legislature confirms that someone recently gained “unauthorized access” to some of its servers.In a statement posted Thursday, the legislature said there was “no evidence of unathorized access to or loss of legislative assembly or personal data.”Legislative staff first acknowledged a problem last Friday, when they said the legislature website and network had been taken offline on Nov. 10, but provided no other details. Read more: Speaker of B.C. legislature says legal bills in spending scandal to climb over $1M The legislature said Thursday that action had been taken as a precaution, while it investigated “suspicious activity” on the network. 2:03 LifeLabs...

RCMP slammed for access-to-information failures

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Federal Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard issued scathing criticism against the RCMP this week, tabling a report looking into the force’s failures and violations of the Access to Information Act. Dawna Friesen looks at the setbacks that have prompted the commissioner to call for an “urgent change of course.”

Trudeau responds to commissioner’s report on RCMP handling of information requests

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would be examining the recommendations by the information commissioner in a scathing report on the RCMP’s handling of access to information requests, saying they would then implement those that help restore Canadians’ confidence in the access to information system.