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Michael Dawe and Vesna Higham Win Council Seats


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City Council Results

Elected 1. Michael Dawe 12,229 votes (10.06%)

DAWE, Michael

Elected 2. Tanya Handley 7,658 votes (7.95%)


Elected 3. Dianne Wyntjes 9,173 votes (7.55%)


Elected 4. Lawrence Lee 8,784 votes (7.23%)

LEE, Lawrence

Elected 5. Buck Buchanan 7,430 votes (6.11%)


Elected 6. Ken Johnston 7,364 votes (6.06%)


Elected 7. Frank Wong 6,284 votes (5.17%)

WONG, Frank

Elected 8. Vesna Higham 6,283 votes (5.17%)


9. Lynne Mulder 6,094 votes (5.01%)


10. Rick More 5,661 votes (4.66%)

MORE, Rick

11. Jonathan Wieler 4,7033 votes (3.87%)

WIELER, Jonathan

12. Ted Johnson 3,532 votes (2.91%)


13. Jeremy Moore 3,499 votes (2.88%)

MOORE, Jeremy

14. Jordy Smith 3,305 votes (2.72%)

SMITH, Jordy

15. Calvin Goulet-Jones 3,257 votes (2.68%)


16. Brice Unland 3,088 votes (2.54%)


17. Sam Bergeron 2,759 votes (2.27%)

BERGERON, Sandra (Sam)

18. Valdene Callin 2,753 votes (2.27%)

CALLIN, Valdene

19. Matt Slubik 2,158 votes (1.78%)


20. Doug Manderville 2,002 votes (1.65%)


21. Rob Friss 1,866 votes (1.54%)


22. Bobbi McCoy 1,691 votes (1.39%)

MCCOY, Bobbi

23. Jim Kristinson 1,550 votes (1.28%)


24. Bayo Nshombo Bayongwa 1,385 votes (1.14%)


25. Cory Kingsfield 1,376 votes (1.13%)


26. Ian Miller 1,186 votes (.98%)

27. Matt Chapin 978 votes (.80%)


28. Kris Maciborsky 932 votes (.77%)


29. Jason Habuza 539 votes (.44%)

HABUZA, Jason Sheridan


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Home Depot gave personal data to Meta without valid customer consent: watchdog

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Ottawa – Retailer Home Depot shared details from electronic receipts with Meta, which owns the social media platform Facebook, without the knowledge or consent of customers, the federal privacy watchdog has found.

In a report released Thursday, privacy commissioner Philippe Dufresne said the data included encoded email addresses and in-store purchase information.

The commissioner’s investigation discovered that the information sent to Meta was used to see whether a customer had a Facebook account.

If they did have an account, Meta compared what the customer bought at Home Depot to advertisements sent over the platform to measure and report on the effectiveness of the ads.

Meta was also able to use the customer information for its own business purposes, including user profiling and targeted advertising unrelated to Home Depot, the commissioner found.

It is unlikely that Home Depot customers would have expected their personal information to be shared with a social media platform simply because they opted for an electronic receipt, Dufresne said in a statement.

He reminded companies that they must obtain valid consent at the point of sale to engage in this type of activity.

“As businesses increasingly look to deliver services electronically, they must carefully consider any consequential uses of personal information, which may require additional consent.”

Details of a person’s in-store purchases might not have been sensitive in the context of the home-improvement retailer, but they could be in other cases, revealing information about an individual’s health or sexuality, he added.

At a news conference, Dufresne suggested the Home Depot matter was not an isolated case.

“Our investigation focused on one organization, one situation, but our sense is that these tools are widely used. And this is why the message today is that all organizations should review their practices.”

Home Depot told the privacy commissioner it relied on implied consent and that its privacy statement, available through its website and in print upon request at retail outlets, adequately explained the company’s use of information. The retailer also cited Facebook’s privacy statement.

The commissioner rejected Home Depot’s argument, saying the privacy statements were not readily available to customers at the checkout counter and shoppers would have no reason to seek them out.

“The explanations provided in its policies were ultimately insufficient to support meaningful consent,” Dufresne’s statement said.

He recommended that Home Depot stop disclosing the personal information of customers who request an electronic receipt to Meta until it is able to put in place measures to ensure valid consent.

Home Depot fully co-operated with the investigation, agreed to implement the recommendations and stopped sharing customer information with Meta in October, the commissioner said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2023.


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Canada donating four Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine

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Ottawa – Defence Minister Anita Anand says Canada will send four of its German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine “in the coming weeks.”

Anand announced the move this afternoon, making Canada the latest country to promise the heavy weapons to Ukraine.

Canada is also providing trainers, spare parts and ammunition, while Anand left open the possibility of sending more Leopards in the future.

Ukraine has implored Western allies to send such weapons for weeks as its forces struggle to make gains against Russia.

But Canada was unable to respond until Germany agreed on Wednesday that countries could re-export their Leopards.

The Leopards that Canada is donating are among the 112 currently owned by the Canadian Army, which includes 82 designed specifically for combat.

Retired military officers had warned that any donation would have an impact on the Army and will need to be replaced, given that the fleet is already stretched thin.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2023.

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