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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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Continuity key to speakership in minority Parliament, say politicos, contenders

News|By Beatrice Paez
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a relatively 'comfortable' minority Parliament, and could survive with one fewer vote if the new Speaker is a Liberal, says Samara's Paul Thomas.

New Senate group eligible for $191,000 for rest of the year, but funding source up in the air 

Conservative Senators' questions over new Canadian Senators Group’s purpose are ‘sour grapes,’ says interim leader Senator Scott Tannas.

PIPSC to expand fight against government outsourcing, says union president

News|By Mike Lapointe
PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.

‘This is different’: diplomats warned of divided Canada during parliamentary crash course

Given Canadians' self-professed preference for a minority government, 'I think we all are on probation,' Liberal MP Greg Fergus told diplomats.

Nearly 100 new MPs waiting until after cabinet reveal to move into offices

News|By Palak Mangat
The process of new MPs learning where their Ottawa offices will be will begin after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces who will be making up his re-jigged cabinet on Nov. 20, the government whip said last week.

86 ridings in 40 days: Trudeau’s cross-country sprint may have given party an edge

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While a whistle stop in a tight race can help tip the outcome, political experts say there are other factors at play in galvanizing the electorate.
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