Google to block news in Canada over law on paying publishers

OTTAWA, June 29 (Reuters) – Google said on Thursday it plans to block Canadian news on its platform in Canada, joining Facebook in escalating a campaign against a new law requiring payments to local news publishers.

Alphabet-owned (GOOGL.O) Google will remove links to Canadian news from search results and other products in Canada when the law takes effect in

Google says it will start blocking Canadian news stories in response to new law: NPR

Google announced on Thursday that it will start blocking links to Canadian news articles once a new law in the country forcing tech companies to bargain with news publishers takes effect.

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Google announced on Thursday that it will start blocking links to Canadian news articles once a new law in the country forcing tech companies to bargain with news publishers takes effect.

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Googles said on Thursday that it will block all links to Canadian news articles for people using its search

Bilingual cities and towns in Quebec join forces to mount legal challenge to Bill 96

Twenty-three municipalities in Quebec have joined together to ask the courts to suspend parts of Quebec’s new language law, which they describe as abusive, while they contest it.

All of the cities and towns taking part in the challenge, including Côte Saint-Luc, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Kirkland, Montreal West and Westmount have bilingual status.

The Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec, amends several pieces of Quebec legislation, including the Charter of the French Language, making it more difficult to receive services in English.

The mayors say they are concerned about communications, illegal searches and seizures, government grants and

Convicted Surrey Six cop wins another chance to get legal fees paid

Former Mountie Derek Brassington, convicted of breach of trust, may get his legal fees paid after all

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A former lead investigator in the Surrey Six murder case, who was convicted of breach of trust after having an affair with a potential witness, may get his legal fees paid

Republicans push surge of laws targeting transgender people in US | LGBTQ News

Laws restricting transgender rights have piled up in recent months, underscoring likely 2024 election battle lines.

A rush of legislation targeting transgender people has been introduced – and in some cases passed – in state legislatures across the United States as the topic has become a Republican priority.

The issue is sure to factor heavily into the 2024 elections as Republicans seek to portray Democrats as out of touch with the values ​​of large swathes of the country and to end challenges from further-right candidates within their own party.

Most recently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to announce

Children 12 and under don’t have to wear a life-jacket in Ontario, but a new law would change that

Children ages 12 and under aren’t required by law to wear a life-jacket when they’re in a boat in Ontario. But that could change thanks to a new bill.

Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari has introduced a private member’s bill, called Joshua’s Law, that would make it mandatory for children ages 12 and under to wear a life-jacket or personal flotation device while on a boat in Ontario waters.

Bill 93 takes its name from Joshua Steinberg, who was 11 when he died in a boating accident in 2018. He was not wearing his life jacket at the time.

Since then,

Madawaska First Nation implements its own tax law in response to NB canceling agreements

Madawaska First Nation has gone ahead and cut out the New Brunswick government from taxes collected on tobacco and cannabis sold on-reserve.

In response to the province canceling a series of tax revenue-sharing agreements it held with Wolastoqey First Nations, Madawaska has enacted its own cannabis and tobacco licensing act, allowing the band government to set a tax rate for those products and collect the revenues, says Chief Patricia Bernard.

“It’s really going to be unfortunate, because the whole purpose of these tax agreements was to create a fair playing field of on- and off-reserve sales taxes,” Bernard said.


Social workers need permission to access parents’ medical records: BC Appeal Court

The BC Court of Appeal has struck down a section of the province’s child protection legislation that allows social workers to access a parent’s medical records without their consent, a search warrant or a court order.

A three-judge panel said a section of BC’s Child, Family and Community Service Act was unconstitutional, finding the legislation lacked safeguards to protect parents’ deeply personal medical information.

The ruling, posted Monday, says the act allowed child welfare workers with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to access private medical information on parents from public bodies, including hospitals and medical clinics.

The panel