LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
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By Damien Cox Sports Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 You had to like the snarl. The defence of a teammate with a snarl. That was how Morgan Rielly reacted last week when asked about the future of Jake Gardiner with the Maple Leafs. He didn’t go with the usual “well, we all know there will be changes” or “we’ve got a bunch of great guys in here” kind of stuff. Rielly, rarely caught using off-colour language, made it clear Gardiner is a “f---ing great player” and that the club needs him back. Period. Rielly was also the first one to talk on Hockey Night in Canada after the dispiriting Game 7 loss to Boston last week. He didn’t have much to say — “I’ll have to get back to you on that,” he said several times — but he was the kind of standup guy good teams need in tough situations like that. The kind of standup guy that makes a good captain. Article Continued Below And it’s … [Read more...] about Why Morgan Rielly is the Leafs’ most C-worthy option
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Mon., April 29, 2019 There are not likely to be any games of astonishing raw numbers posted by Marc Gasol in his time with the Raptors. The chances of him putting up 30 points or 20 rebounds in a game are remote. It doesn’t matter, though, because Gasol does so many things that only his teammates and coaches can appreciate — and that his opponents intensely dislike — that the numbers don’t mean a thing. It’s being in the right place, making the right defensive read, making the first pass out of an offensive set that ends up with someone getting a wide-open shot. Those things are what Gasol does best, and what the Raptors need most. “He doesn’t care about anything but winning and he does whatever,” was how Kyle Lowry put it as the Raptors prepared for Tuesday’s Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Philadelphia 76ers. “Marc hasn’t had a big scoring … [Read more...] about Marc Gasol emerges as anchorman on Raptors defence
By Lesley-Anne Scorgie Personal Finance Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 When I first started my career, I wrote a column about why people procrastinate in filing their taxes. I interviewed an accountant whose business thrived in one area of specialization — filing late tax returns for individuals who were behind by at least five years. My research indicated that fear was the main inhibitor for late files. Simply put, tax procrastinators are generally scared that they’ll owe money and won’t have a way to pay it back. That fear breeds disorganization, making the situation far worse, and forces the individual to pay massive fees of many thousands of dollars to specialty accountants, like my interviewee, to clean up the mess. These exorbitant costs can be avoided by filing on time. We’re days away from Canada’s personal tax filing (and paying) deadline, which is April 30, so here’s how to deal with the fear of filing your taxes. … [Read more...] about Don’t let fear hold you back from filing taxes on time
By Lesley-Anne Scorgie Personal Finance Columnist Sun., April 28, 2019 Since finding out my fiancé and I were expecting a baby boy this coming summer, we’ve pivoted our wedding, stag/stagette and shower plans into baby plans. The wedding, and peripheral celebrations will wait until the summer of 2020. And, because of the volume of major life events happening to me at the moment, I’ve become a pro at understanding the financial etiquette involved with becoming a bride, or groom, or parent. It boils down to being financially considerate and not offending people. Gift registries Making a gift registry for your wedding or baby shower isn’t greedy. It’s helpful for guests to know that what they’re giving you is what you actually want. The rules to follow when building a registry are to be registered at least two places where both in-store and online purchases can be made, add a large variety of differently priced items, and … [Read more...] about What friends, family should spend on a baby or wedding gift