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Social media sites are facing backlash after failing to contain the spread of a video of an attack on two New Zealand mosques. The shootings at the two Christchurch mosques left 49 people dead and injured dozens more. The man who allegedly carried out the shootings reportedly broadcast 17 minutes of the attack on a Facebook livestream. Both YouTube owner Google and Twitter also say they're working to remove video of the shootings from their sites. Officials are criticizing the tech giants once again for reacting too slowly to harmful content. Legal analysts say sharing the video will only inspire more mass shootings in the future. (The Canadian Press)

B.C.’s premier is calling on the federal government to expedite skilled immigrant applications to help boost the province’s tech sector. Christy Clark says those who earn a PhD in Canada should also receive automatic citizenship.

Federal officials say Statistics Canada servers weren’t taken down immediately after a software bug was discovered Wednesday because a coordinated response was needed. Some services were shut down after a hack was detected Thursday.  

 
 

The public safety minister says Canada will work with the U.S. to gather data on a recent influx of would-be refugees into Canada. Ralph Goodale spoke Friday after meeting with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in Ottawa.

Marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery are facing multiple drug charges, including trafficking, after Cannabis Culture dispensaries were raided in several cities. A small group protested the raids outside a Vancouver dispensary.

The justice minister says the government is moving to eliminate laws which the courts have deemed unconstitutional. One such law is the statute on abortion, which remains on the books despite being struck down in 1988.

Several hundred protesters gathered in Halifax on Tuesday to protest the acquittal of a taxi driver accused of sexual assaulting an intoxicated woman in his cab. The Crown plans to appeal the decision by Judge Gregory Lenehan.

Ottawa police officer Const. Daniel Montsion is facing several charges, including manslaughter, in the July 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi. Lawyer Lawrence Greenspon says Abdi’s family is glad the investigation is over.

Montreal police kept two opposing protest groups apart on Saturday as supporters and critics of a Parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia clashed in duelling demonstrations.

BlackBerry’s chief operating officer says the technology firm has transformed completely from a smartphone maker to a software company. Marty Beard says educating the public about the move away from hardware is a big challenge.

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