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Black civil servants allege discrimination in proposed class-action lawsuit against Ottawa

A group of current and former Black civil servants has issued a proposed class-action lawsuit against the federal government alleging it discriminated against Black employees for decades.

How Australia succeeded in lowering COVID-19 cases to near-zero

When COVID-19 cases surged in July, restrictions were draconian and immediate in some regions.

How Canadian designer Aurora James is persuading retailers to support Black-owned businesses

Entrepreneur and fashion designer Aurora James on why she started the 15 Percent Pledge this spring to help bolster Black-owned businesses.

Justice system's handling of O'Leary boat crash case a 'slap in the face' for victims' families

Flurry of lawsuits stemming from fatal boat crash in August 2019 on an Ontario lake includes claim by entrepreneur and TV personality Kevin O'Leary against owner and operator of other boat involved.

Black journalist who witnessed N-word used in Fifth Estate meeting calls for broader change at CBC

A former CBC employee is speaking out about his experience of hearing two colleagues at The Fifth Estate, the public broadcaster’s flagship investigative program, use the N-word during an editorial discussion last year.

Some U.S. officials are blaming outside agitators for unrest. That tactic has a long history, experts say

Some U.S. officials have blamed so-called outside agitators for stoking unrest as nationwide protests against police violence have ruptured America this week, and experts say those claims echo a decades-old tactic to dismiss and delegitimize protests.

COVID-19 disinformation being spread by Russia, China, say experts

Countries like Russia and China are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread disinformation, say experts. While some of the disinformation centres on the origin of the virus, some of it is offering potentially dangerous medical advice.

How a debunked COVID-19 video kept spreading after Facebook and YouTube took it down

Although social media giants such as Facebook and YouTube have largely removed a debunked documentary about the COVID-19 pandemic from their platforms, copies and variations of the video are still up on alternative social media sites where hundreds of thousands of people are watching them.

Quebec police investigating possible link between cell tower fires and 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories

Quebec provincial police are investigating whether at least two cellphone tower fires north of Montreal could be linked to conspiracy theories that 5G wireless technology caused the coronavirus pandemic.

WeChat's surveillance of international users boosts censorship in China, researchers say

WeChat is one of the world’s most popular apps, but researchers at the University of Toronto caution it is surveilling international users and using their information to broaden censorship on the app in China.

Federal government says Canada Post must deliver Epoch Times despite union objection

The federal government has declined a request from a postal workers union local in Toronto to issue an order stopping delivery of a special coronavirus edition of the Epoch Times, because it doesn’t meet the criminal threshold for hate speech.

Canadians have lost more than $1.2 million to COVID-19 scams

Canadians have lost more than $1.2 million in recent weeks to scammers taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBC News has learned.

Some Canadians who received unsolicited copy of Epoch Times upset by claim that China was behind virus

The Epoch Times, a newspaper that has polarized people over its content, is coming under fire for advancing a conspiracy theory about the origin of the coronavirus — and having it delivered straight into people's mailboxes unsolicited.

Social media firms catching more misinformation, but critics say 'they could be doing more'

From deleting content to including warnings to offering grants, social media platforms have taken unprecedented steps to fight misinformation online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some critics say it’s still not enough.

No, you can't make an N95 mask out of a bra

You can't make an N95 mask out of a bra, and gargling with salt water will not protect you from getting COVID-19. Here are five myths about the virus circulating online and some tips on how to spot bad advice.