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by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Video entertainment, surveillance and games along with a lot of follow-up stories and humour held our attention this week. Here's the proof:

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Analysis Politics: the latest fashion accessory for the super-rich
You're a billionaire. What next? Why not run a country? Politics at the top — the latest fashion accessory for the very rich. Take the Czech Republic's Andrej Babis, who is poised to become the country's next prime minister.
University of Florida, police brace for speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer video
Hundreds of police will be deployed at the University of Florida today as thousands are poised to protest a speech by an avowed white nationalist. The event prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.
'Tragic on so many levels': Most California wildfires victims were elderly video
The vast majority of the 42 people killed in the wildfires that have ravaged Northern California were in their 70s and 80s. Several were couples who died together, including childhood sweethearts who had grown old together.
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Analysis Canadian cities in the hunt for Amazon's HQ2 — but is it worth the shot?
The possibility of a Canadian city turning into the next Seattle — Amazon's existing home — is tempting, but experts say it's a risky proposition that comes with some drawbacks, like making operations more challenging for local technology companies.
Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users
The Liberal government's point man on pot legalization says strict safeguards will be put in place for home delivery of the drug once it is available for purchase online as planned.
Could data be the new oil in Calgary?
The lofty days of $100-a-barrel oil are a distant memory, and thousands of skilled people are out of work in Calgary. The city thinks it can engineer a rebound by transforming Canada's energy capital into a high-tech hub.
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Analysis Trudeau celebrates his second anniversary on the defensive: Aaron Wherry
"Sunny ways, my friends," the new prime minister said in October 2015. "Sunny ways." Two years later, Trudeau sat in the House of Commons and listened as the leader of the Opposition lamented: "Another day, another scandal for the finance minister."
Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users
The Liberal government's point man on pot legalization says strict safeguards will be put in place for home delivery of the drug once it is available for purchase online as planned.
Updated Ottawa to take 'step back' on unpopular tax-reform proposals
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is climbing down from another controversial tax proposal to address the concerns of Canadian farmers and fishers.
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Arts & Entertainment»

Analysis Gord Downie's muse: 4 topics that influenced his songs
Gord Downie is known primarily as a chronicler of Canada, but his lyrics also dealt with bigger ideas, writes John Mazerolle.
Gilbert Rozon steps down after misconduct allegations surface on social media
Gilbert Rozon, president of Just For Laughs, vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce Metropolitan Montreal and the man in charge of the Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations, is stepping down from all his functions.
Cosby accuser's bid to revive defamation suit rejected by U.S. court
A U.S. federal appeals court has rejected a bid to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who said the entertainer raped her in 1974 and then called her a liar after she made her accusations public in a newspaper interview.
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Technology & Science »

Canada's 'super secret spy agency' is releasing a malware-fighting tool to the public
The Communications Security Establishment acknowledges it needs to do a better job of explaining to Canadians what it does.
How a Canadian astrophysics star aims to find life on exoplanets
Sara Seager, an award-winning Canadian astrophysicist, has pledged to spend the rest of her life hunting for 'another Earth' outside our solar system. Here's why she thinks finding life on other planets is within reach, and how she thinks we can find it.
Researchers say it's time to crack open AI 'black boxes' and look for the biases inside
As algorithms make more critical decisions affecting our lives, it has become more difficult to understand and challenge how those decisions are made, a new report says.
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Money »

Analysis Canadian cities in the hunt for Amazon's HQ2 — but is it worth the shot?
The possibility of a Canadian city turning into the next Seattle — Amazon's existing home — is tempting, but experts say it's a risky proposition that comes with some drawbacks, like making operations more challenging for local technology companies.
Sears managers, execs will still pocket big cash bonuses even though retailer is closing
Sears Canada will pay a final $2.8 million in retention bonuses to 36 head office staff, even though the retailer’s restructuring efforts failed and the company is closing its remaining 130 stores.
New Cenovus selling Palliser assets in Alberta to Torxen for $1.3B
Cenovus Energy Inc. says it has agreed to sell its Palliser crude oil and natural gas assets in southeastern Alberta to Torxen Energy and Schlumberger for $1.3 billion.
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Mike Babcock helps put Leafs ahead of schedule
The Toronto Maple Leafs' rapid rise from a rebuilding team to one that suddenly looks like a Stanley Cup contender is a credit to the talents of the man behind their bench.
Preview Grand Prix of Figure Skating season hits the ground running video
Talk about starting with a bang. The favourites to win Olympic gold in both the men's and women's events are both competing at this week's Grand Prix of Figure Skating season opener in Moscow. Here's what to expect from Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgenia Medvedeva, along with the other top contenders.
Video Tragically Hip Check: Leafs tip their Fifty Mission Caps to Gord Downie video
Team and fans honour the late Tragically Hip star, lower Bill Barilko banner at the Air Canada Centre
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