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Personal data compromised for 583,000 students

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Part of a release from the Canadian Government with details on security breach of information on 583,000 student loan borrowers(photo courtesy of CanLearn)

Hundreds of thousands of student borrowers in Canada have had their private information lost.

It happened in November when a hard drive carrying information on 583,000 Canada Student Loan borrowers was misplaced.

The security breech includes information on people's Name, Address, Date of Birth, Social Insurance Number, and student loan balances.

The breech affects people who had student loans between 2000 and 2006, and a class action law suit has been started.

One of those people is Vincent Jones of Kelowna.

He speaks with guest host Rebbeca Zandbergen.

She also speaks to Chester Wisniewski who is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada on what steps people can take to protect themselves.

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Economics look up at the 'fiscal cliff' from the Canadian side

U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden makes a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2013 (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
Late Wednesday night, American president Barack Obama signed the bill that averted the so-called "fiscal cliff."

In fact, the country toppled over that cliff for a moment on Tuesday after lawmakers missed a midnight deadline, but the U.S. Congress reached a compromise that allowed the country to scamper back onto the ledge.

World markets reacted with short-lived gains, but there are other cliffs looming -- and debt ceilings too!

To help make sense of all this drama and what it means for Canada, Daybreak host Chris Walker brought former chief HSBC economist David Bond and assistant professor of economics at UBCO, Ross Hickey, into studio.

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Towering downtown Kelowna development delayed again

Conceptual drawings of the two Monaco towers proposed for Doyle and St. Paul streets in downtown Kelowna (Contributed by: City of Kelowna)

A decision on a downtown Kelowna development, which could become an icon in the city skyline, has been put off, again.

The proposed Monaco towers would be two high rises: a hotel and a residential building -- 22 and 30 storeys tall, respectively.

This is the second time city council has put off making a decision on the development.

The first time, they sent Premier Pacific Properties back to the drawing board because the buildings were just too big, too tall, and too close together.

The company came back with a revised plan -- but it still violates Kelowna's official community plan.

To understand more, Daybreak host Chris Walker reached Kelowna city councillor Luke Stack.

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