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by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The future was a recurring theme on our blog this week, from Web 2.0 to software (including video games). Get a peek at the rest of the 21st century:

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Trump and the Crown: Brits unsettled over U.S. president getting royal treatment
U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming state visit to the United Kingdom has inspired much more than raised eyebrows: protests, petitions, a move to sack the speaker of the House of Commons, and a police warning the visit could require thousands of officers on the streets.
Millions at risk as famine grips parts of South Sudan
​Famine is declared in two counties of South Sudan, by the South Sudan government and three UN agencies, which say the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation.
Analysis Plutocrats with their crony capitalism are taking over again in the U.S.: Don Pittis
Can a cabinet full of billionaires make poor people richer? Critics including Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland once warned of the effects of crony capitalism.
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Analysis 'Feeling squeezed out': Will a move to save Vancouver's housing past compromise its future? video
In a city where "bulldozer-bait" homes can fetch close to $3 million, Vancouver's chief planner is faced with a choice that could shape the city for decades to come.
How saying yes to free Wi-Fi could mean 'you are the product' for businesses
More businesses are turning to Wi-Fi marketing, whereby users give permission to be targeted with ads in exchange for free internet.
Quebec increases maple syrup production amid internal revolt, foreign competition
Despite a 30 per cent increase in maple syrup production over the last decade, Quebec's share of global output has fallen. The problem, some say, lies with the tight grip that the Quebec Maple Syrup Federation has over the province's maple syrup producers.
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Government to weed out pesticides from foreign websites
The federal government is moving to close a loophole that allows Canadians to make legal online purchases of pesticides not registered for use in Canada, and have them shipped into the country.
1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests
New research shows a "significant segment" of Canadians say the country's 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, and one in four Canadians want the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel ban.
Ottawa to overhaul victims' fund, where administrative costs far outstrip benefits
A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration costs as it has on actual grants.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

BALLOT Oscars 2017: Who will win this year's Academy Awards?
Arrival or Moonlight? Ryan Gosling or Denzel Washington? Is Meryl Streep a sure bet? Does Mel Gibson have a shot? Make and share your picks to win at this year's Academy Awards.
Syria's White Helmets members to attend Academy Awards
Two members of Syria's White Helmets humanitarian organization, the subject of an Academy Award-nominated film, will be attending the Oscars Feb. 26 in Los Angeles.
Salivating over history: Manitoba Museum curator gives artifacts the old spit shine
How do you clean a nearly 140-year-old oil painting? Well, if you're Manitoba Museum conservator Carolyn Sirett, you roll up your sleeves, roll a cotton swab and put your muddy where your mouth is.
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Technology & Science »

As Arctic warms, Canada's glaciers playing major role in sea level rise
Canada's glaciers are responding rapidly to a warming Arctic and are a major contributor to sea level rise, a new study suggests.
How saying yes to free Wi-Fi could mean 'you are the product' for businesses
More businesses are turning to Wi-Fi marketing, whereby users give permission to be targeted with ads in exchange for free internet.
Government to weed out pesticides from foreign websites
The federal government is moving to close a loophole that allows Canadians to make legal online purchases of pesticides not registered for use in Canada, and have them shipped into the country.
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Money »

New Unilever shares tumble as Kraft Heinz drops takeover bid
Kraft Heinz Co.'s rapid retreat from its surprise $143 billion US bid for Unilever in the face of stiff resistance knocked the Anglo-Dutch company's shares on Monday as investors assessed the impact of the failed approach.
Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer
​Uber's chief executive orders an urgent investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleges her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.
Analysis Plutocrats with their crony capitalism are taking over again in the U.S.: Don Pittis
Can a cabinet full of billionaires make poor people richer? Critics including Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland once warned of the effects of crony capitalism.
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Consumer Life »

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Olympic sports roundup: Virtue & Moir lead Canadian medal haul video
It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, including Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir continuing to dominate the competition in their comeback season. This time the Canadian duo scored gold at the Four Continents and set a personal best in the free dance.
5 things we learned in the NHL last week: Crosby goes 0 to 1,000 real quick video
There was no shortage of moments that caught the attention of hockey fans over the last seven days, including Sidney Crosby's newest milestone, Antoine Vermette taking a whack at a linesman, and HBK meeting HBK.
Video 1,003-point Sid has no love for Anthony Mantha video
When Detroit's Anthony Mantha bumped Sidney Crosby into the boards it was enough to set the Pittsburgh Penguins captain off. The two exchanged rough slashes that put them both in the penalty box.
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Diversions »

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