Global ransomware attacks rise 151%: Canada spy agency

Agency reports 235 ransomware attacks on Canadian targets this year, half of which were key infrastructure providers. Global ransomware attacks increased by 151 percent in the first half of 2021 compared with 2020, Canada’s signals intelligence agency has reported, as hackers become increasingly brazen. Key Canadian infrastructure has regularly been targeted in ransomware attacks in … Read more

Documents show Halifax’s ‘conscious decision’ to quietly carry out encampment evictions | Globalnews.ca

A stack of emails dating back to June outline how city officials made a “conscious decision” to not inform service providers of the city’s decision to orchestrate police-led encampment evictions of four sites in Halifax. Global News obtained a thread of emails through the Freedom of Information Act that details the planning and aftermath of … Read more

Snow Accumulates as Season’s First Major Winter Storm Hits Quebec

Snow turned streets white in Quebec City on Monday, December 6, during the first major winter storm of the season. In videos posted early Monday, Twitter user @FPOnTheDL captured the blustery conditions as snow accumulated on her balcony and the streets around. Hundreds of schools across Quebec province were closed on Monday after Environment Canada … Read more

Merck to manufacture COVID-19 antiviral drug in Canada

TORONTO — Merck Canada is partnering with Thermo Fisher Scientific to manufacture Merck’s antiviral drug molnupiravir at a facility in Whitby, Ont., for distribution to global markets, the company announced on Monday. The Canadian location will produce doses of molnupiravir for distribution in Canada, the U.K., the European Union, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, pending … Read more

Liberals to introduce bill repealing mandatory minimums for drug offences – National | Globalnews.ca

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted December 6, 2021 6:49 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The federal Liberals are expected to introduce a bill in the House of Commons today that would revive a legislative push to repeal mandatory minimum penalties for drug offences. On … Read more

Justin Bieber performs at Saudi Arabian F1 race after boycott calls

JIDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA — Pop star Justin Bieber performed to a packed crowd in the Red Sea city of Jiddah in Saudi Arabia, singing some of his most popular hits. The Sunday night concert took place even as human rights campaigners and activists called on Bieber to cancel his performance to protest the kingdom’s arrests … Read more

Dictionary.com anoints ‘allyship’ word of the year for 2021

NEW YORK — Allyship, an old noun made new again, is Dictionary.com’s word of the year. The look up site with 70 million monthly users took the unusual step of anointing a word it added just last month, though “allyship” first surfaced in the mid-1800s, said one of the company’s content overseers, John Kelly. “It … Read more

Stem cell-based treatment may help Type 1 diabetes patients produce insulin: Canadian study

CANMORE — Canadian researchers are at the forefront of an innovative new stem cell-based treatment that could one day eliminate Type 1 diabetes patients’ dependence on insulin injections, and transform dozens of other health conditions affecting millions worldwide. The first-of-its-kind study, conducted by a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver … Read more

‘I was shocked’: Vaccinated truck driver from Ontario forced to quarantine – Toronto | Globalnews.ca

Amid travel measures that have been imposed in light of the Omicron variant, it appears incoming Canadian citizens and permanent residents are facing ongoing complications upon their return at land border crossings. Ontario truck driver Nawaz Khan said he makes two to three trips across the U.S. border each week, transporting building supplies. However, Khan’s … Read more

Melting Arctic Ocean ice allows killer whales to move in, threatens ecosystem

TORONTO — Melted sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has paved the way for killer whales to spend more time in these waters, but researchers worry that this could threaten species of prey in these areas, potentially throwing the ecosystem off balance. Researchers from the University of Washington tracked the movement of aquatic species off … Read more