Category Archives: Canada

Artwork hidden under Picasso painting revealed by x-ray

Non-invasive imaging reveals landscape painting beneath Pablo Picasso’s The Crouching Beggar but who created it remains a mystery

Wrapped in a mustard coloured blanket with a white scarf and her head on one side, Pablo Picasso’s La Misereuse Accroupie (The Crouching Beggar) is a study of forlorn resignation. But researchers say that there is more to desolate character than meets the eye.

Beneath the mournful image lies another painting, a landscape, researchers have revealed after using non-invasive imaging techniques to examine the work.

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Go for gold! Vintage portraits of California prospectors – in pictures

Young gold-rush prospectors stare down the camera in these striking daguerreotypes and tintypes of the 1850s, from a time before California boomtowns became ghost towns

Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush is at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, until 2 April. Luce Lebart’s book is published by RVB Books

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Iran urged by UN to respect environment activists after wildlife campaigner death

Officials say Kavous Seyed Emami used endangered Asiatic cheetah surveys as pretext for spying, but no evidence has been cited

UN officials have urged the Iranian government to respect the work of environmental activists following the death in custody last week of wildlife campaigner, Kavous Seyed Emami.

Emami was buried on Monday, but several members of the organisation he founded, the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, remain in jail and the deputy head of the Environmental Protection Organisation, Kaveh Madani, was detained for 72 hours over the weekend.

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Justin Trudeau pledges full legal framework for indigenous Canadians

  • PM to abolish policies built to serve colonial interests
  • ‘Recognition of rights will guide all government relations’

Canada will create a legal framework to guarantee the rights of indigenous people in all government decisions, doing away with policies built to serve colonial interests, Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.

In a sweeping speech that condemned past governments for failing to do enough to protect the rights of aboriginal people, the prime minister said the planned legislation would ensure “rigorous, full and meaningful” implementation of treaties and other agreements and could establish new ways to resolve disputes.

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Canadians cut food and heating to afford prescription drugs, report finds

  • Nearly one million Canadians sacrificed groceries and heating
  • The only developed country with no universal drug plan

Nearly one million Canadians sacrificed food and heating last year in order to afford prescription drugs, according to a new report.

Despite having a universal health care system, Canada remains the only developed country in the world with no universal drug plan. It also has the second-highest drug prices in the industrialized world.

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How Canada became an offshore destination for 'snow washing'

The country’s opaque jurisdictions allow owners of private companies to remain anonymous and the firms to remain in the shadows

Canada is one the world’s most opaque jurisdictions when it comes to identifying the owners of private companies and trusts, according to anti-corruption campaigners who say that more rigorous checks are required to obtain a library card than to set up a company in the country.

“Anyone can start a company in Canada. It costs about C$200 and the owner of the company can remain completely anonymous,” said lawyer Mora Johnson, who recently authored a report detailing the country’s lax rules around corporate registration.

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Is the Illuminati running the world? Maybe it’s not such a mad idea | Julian Baggini

Questioning the hidden power of elites – whether big pharma or secret societies – is really quite sane

If the Illuminati is real, it’s got to be the least secret secret society in the universe. It’s so bad at keeping itself hidden that its existence is proclaimed all over the internet by people whose investigative toolkit consists entirely of Google and a lively imagination.

The most recent would-be whistleblower, however, is far from your usual ex-sports commentator. Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian minister of defence, has blamed the Illuminati for suppressing technology brought to Earth by aliens that could end our reliance on fossil fuels.

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Canada: indigenous groups urge reform after shock of white farmer's acquittal

Family of Colten Boushie say jury’s makeup led to Gerald Stanley walking free and underscored weakness in Canada’s court system

Indigenous activists have called for urgent changes to Canada’s legal system after an all-white jury acquitted a white farmer of murdering a young Cree man in a case that has exposed deep racial divisions.

Gerald Stanley, 56, was found not guilty of second-degree murder over the death of Colten Boushie, 22, from Red Pheasant First Nation in the province of Saskatchewan.

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Iranian academics demand answers over death of jailed activist

President Hassan Rouhani urged to investigate alleged suicide of Kavous Seyed Emami

Leading academics in Iran have written to the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, to demand answers after a renowned environmentalist allegedly killed himself in prison.

The family of Kavous Seyed Emami, 63, a professor at Imam Sadegh University and founder of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, was told on Saturday that he had killed himself in prison two weeks after his arrest.

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Justin Trudeau tells woman to say 'peoplekind' not 'mankind'

Candian prime minister draws ridicule for being too politically correct, though it may have been lighthearted sarcasm

The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has come under fire for “mansplaining” and being too politically correct after he interrupted a woman and lightheartedly corrected her for saying “mankind” not “peoplekind” at a town hall event in Canada on Friday.

His correction came at the conclusion of a longwinded question from anaudience member that, over the course of three minutes, included a discussion of her church and the special power of “maternal love”.

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