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The new meaning of ‘tech zombies’

By Lisa Van Dusen      

Wiring our brains could open new possibilities in the treatment of neurological diseases. It could also leapfrog us to a whole new level of human rights abuse.

Eccentric visionary Elon Musk unveiled his brain monitoring computer chip project, Neuralink, last week, which raises the question of how it could be abused at a time when the politicization of surveillance is a growth industry, writes Lisa Van Dusen. Flickr photograph by JD Lasica

It’s hard not to swoon for the pitch for implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMI). Based on the promotional content, the technology that will allow your thoughts to be monitored by a computer, uplinked into cyberspace and blasted out over the public address system in Grand Central Station at rush hour holds the potential to solve a plethora of problems and allow you to cut out the middleman while finally giving humanity a piece of your mind about avocado toast because some things are just too important for Twitter.

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A fall federal election is ‘a real possibility,’ and a ‘sweet spot’ for Liberals to win a majority, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MPs have recently held discussions in caucus meetings about nomination rules for incumbent MPs for the next election, Liberal MP Ken Hardie confirmed to The Hill Times last week.

Trudeau condemns violence at anti-racism protests in Montreal, says it detracts from ‘very real issues’ country faces

News|By Palak Mangat
'I hear you when you say you are anxious and angry, and you say this brings back painful experiences of racism that you’ve faced. I want you to know that I’m listening,' says the prime minister.

Time for foreign policy update to prepare Canada for post-pandemic world, say some experts

News|By Neil Moss
The rules-based international order as it once was 'no longer exists,' says Canadian International Council president Ben Rowswell.

Liberals preparing legislation to extend deadlines for courts, security reviews and more amid pandemic

The law could give Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains more time to give notice of a national security review to a foreign company trying to take over a Canadian business.

Liberal MP Marie-France Lalonde, a former retirement home operator, joins call for national standards and more money for long-term care

‘We all knew we needed more money into this system. Now the focus should be that.’

‘It’s been better than nothing at all’: MPs settle into Zoom sittings, though some say more room for increased oversight

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While some MPs say the debate in the virtual sittings is 'livelier,' and heckling has diminished, one MP notes the theatrics of Parliament haven’t completely been shaken off.

Despite limited leverage, Canada has duty to mount full-throated condemnation of China’s national security law, say experts, Parliamentarians

News|By Beatrice Paez
'We can’t lose sight of the fact that Hong Kong has been a fabric of Canada, and we owe it to Hong Kongers to be very public about our opposition to what is taking place,' says Sen. Jim Munson.

U.S. academic who saw Trump victory in 2016 says president’s re-election bid in serious trouble

News|By Abbas Rana
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Narrow focus to supporting ‘subpopulations,’ says expert, in preparation for second wave of the pandemic

News|By Palak Mangat
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