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Federal government spending tens of thousands at elite private club

Crown corporations defend spending on exclusive Rideau Club<p>Federal Crown corporations and government departments are spending tens of thousands of …

Fort McMurray fire’s incredible carbon pulse may account for 10 per cent of Canada’s emissions

The Fort McMurray wildfire, which now seems likely to be the costliest disaster in Canada’s history, continues to grow. According to the government …

Climate Change

The Condiment Wars: How a misstep by Heinz laid the path for French’s quest to become Canada’s Ketchup King

In November 2013, managers at H.J. Heinz Co. gathered their workers in the cafeteria of the company’s century-old plant in Leamington and broke some …

New research shows which degrees lead to high-paying jobs

Ross Finnie is collecting information on the job market and human capital. For students especially, it will be a gold mine.<p><i>This story is featured in</i> …

Buy travel health insurance, end up with less coverage: A couple's hard lesson

If you buy travel insurance, be aware of the 'first payer' clause<p>A Surrey, B.C., couple's vacation nightmare should serve as a lesson for the …

Skiing wearable tracks your feet, coaches you into better times on the slopes

The Carv system is meant for every type of skier, regardless of level or event. Skiers place one monitor on the outside of their ski boot and the …

Skiing

Like it or not, dash cams are here to stay

What if we operated under the assumption that all of our actions were being recorded? No, not just when we find ourselves in the midst of yet another …

Dmitry Medvedev

Ottawa’s TouchPlow App Snow Removal Service Sees Demand Surge

With the first blanket of snow in the Ottawa area over the past 24 hours, demand for TouchPlow has gone through the roof, according to chief …

Canada

Two suitcases with body parts inside pulled from Austrian lake; another submerged body found close by

VIENNA — Police have recovered two suitcases with body parts inside from an Austrian lake close to a submerged body of a man.<p>A police statement said …

Crime

Downton Abbey’s sixth and final season is served

In the grand domain of splendid characters at Downton Abbey, Mr. Carson is perhaps the first among equals. Among the superb cast of <i>Downton Abbey</i>, a similarly towering figure is Jim Carter, who plays him.<p>After all, this is the saga of a noble estate and those who populate it during Britain’s …

TV

Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter Gets iPhone Support

Earlier this month, Apple quietly released USB 3.0 Lightning to SD Card Reader for iPad Pro with backwards USB 2.0 compatibility for iPhones and …

iOS

Sphero BB-8 Review: A Must-Have Toy For Star Wars Fans

Sphero’s been making iPhone-connected ball-shaped robotic toys since 2011, and while the company has been very successful with all of their products, …

Robotics

Apple marks Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter as officially iPhone-compatible

Apple on Tuesday updated its product page for the Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter to officially include iPhone support, extending it beyond the iPad …

Mobile Technology

The Force first awoke in Canada

© 2018 National Post, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly …

Canada

24 autumn photography tips for awesome pictures of Fall

<i>If you’re like us, autumn photography is something you eagerly await all year. Say goodbye to the bland, bleached colours and hazy, washed-out skies</i> …

Landscape Photography

Fitbit’s Surge helped me to lose weight, but I don’t want to wear it anymore

Losing weight is hard work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Like many others, I committed myself to shedding fat for the new year, and managed to drop about 28 pounds in three months while adhering to a rigorous diet. Sticking to such a routine is grueling though, so I looked to technology for …

Fitness

'Leaked' pictures of pink iPhone 6s surface online

Newly 'leaked' images of what is claimed to be the iPhone 6s depict a pink body<p>Photos of what is claimed to be the next generation iPhone 6s have appeared online, sporting a new pink hue.<p>Rumours Apple is working on a rose gold handset have been circulating for a while now. The images, posted by …

J.J. Abrams Sheds Light on the Plot of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Spoiler alert.<p>This week marks the debut of this year’s annual fall movie preview issue from <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> and, naturally, the “galactic double issue” is covered by the year’s most highly anticipated flick: <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. Covered by the film’s titular villain, Adam Driver’s …

Science Fiction

The ideal holiday length? Eight days

The ideal vacation would seem to be eight days. After that, the feeling of well-being declines (although not as much as it does when you return to the office). That's part of some fascinating research by organizational and work psychologist Jessica de Bloom – a native of Germany now at the …

The tiny islands where Canada and America are at war

Tensions are rising again over the area called the grey zone, the last disputed lands between Canada and the U.S.—and this time, someone could get …

Canada

Why Nordstrom is the Amazon of department stores

Nordstrom and Amazon.com have a lot more in common than their hometown of Seattle.<p>Just like Amazon, Nordstrom has been spending big on technology, …

FAA questioned mental health of Germanwings pilot

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Years before Andreas Lubitz crashed a commercial airliner into the French Alps, the Federal Aviation Administration raised questions about his mental health, declining to give him a medical certificate.<p>The agency switched course about three weeks later in 2010 after a physician …

Airplanes

Talking to cats: Careful, they're easily misunderstood

San Diego doctor is helping people discern what cats are trying to convey with their 16 meows<p>When it comes to cats, those meows mean … well, a lot of …

Review: ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Episode 11 ‘Chapter 37’ Debates Perceptions

Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 11 'Chapter 37' Debates Perceptions<p>EPISODE 10 REVIEW: ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Episode 10 ‘Chapter 36’ …

TV

Six inspiring new novels worth a read

<b>Walking on Trampolines</b><p><i>By Frances Whiting, Simon & Schuster, 368 pages, $18.99</i><p>Australian Sunday Times columnist-turned-author Frances Whiting's debut novel, <i>Walking on Trampolines</i>, is a moving story about childhood friendships and first love – and how sometimes the two are one and the same. It begins …

Get ready for Generation Z

They’re smarter than Boomers, and way more ambitious than the Millennials<p>Last February, 16-year-old Ann Makosinski drew applause and gasps when she …

Demographics

Why Montreal smoked meat sandwiches are now 'luxuries'

Lovers of the world-renowned Montreal smoked meat sandwich are noticing a big change – not in the taste of the beloved delicacy, but in their …

Best before dates and expiry dates: 5 things you may not know

People often confuse best before dates and expiry dates<p>Steak, eggs, canned soup — all kinds of fridge and pantry staples have a best before date on …

Canada

'Downton Abbey' will end next season

<b>(CNN) —</b> Get out your lace hankies and prepare to sob quietly.<p>"Downton Abbey," the cultural juggernaut that offered the unwashed masses a glimpse into the staid yet dramatic life of early 20th-century English nobility, will end with its sixth season.<p>The show announced the decision Thursday and …

TV

'Downton Abbey' producer breaks down the season finale's biggest surprises

<b>SPOILER WARNING</b><p>Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes are engaged. Mary might have a new, handsome suitor in the form of Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode). And both …

TV