In the news today, Nov. 8

By Canadian Press
November 8, 2018 - 2:15am

Five stories in the news for Thursday, Nov. 8

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EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO HONOUR INDIGENOUS VETERANS

Across the country today, people are gathering for the 25th National Aboriginal Veterans Day. It was started in 1993 in Winnipeg when organizer and Indigenous veteran Randi Gage says they faced racism and resistance. She says it's important people understand that thousands of Indigenous people fought in the two world wars but, when they returned home, they were not treated like their non-Indigenous comrades.

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POLL FINDS BUMP IN REMEMBRANCE DAY INTEREST 

A new survey suggests Canadians of all generations are more likely to honour military veterans by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony this year. A poll commissioned by Historica Canada found a 10-per-cent spike in the number of respondents who planned to take part in a ceremony in 2018 compared to 2017. The online poll, conducted by Ipsos, found plans were relatively consistent across demographics — but millennial respondents expressed the most consistent enthusiasm for attending Remembrance Day events.

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CANADA NOT FACING ASYLUM-SEEKER CRISIS: UNHCR

Neither Canada nor the U.S. is experiencing a crisis in asylum claims, says the United Nations' assistant high commissioner for refugees. Volker Turk, an Austrian in charge of refugee protection for the UN, was in Ottawa this week to meet with Canadian border officials. He said in an interview that Canada's recent spike in irregular migrants is nothing compared to the millions of refugees who pour every year into much poorer countries. Likewise, the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico toward the U.S. is small compared to the vast migrations borne in recent years by countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, which have taken in more than five million Syrian refugees.

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CIBC AMONG TOP 25 PHISHING EMAIL TARGETS  

An email security firm says the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is one of the most commonly targeted brands used by cyberthieves in phishing attacks across North America, with a more than 600 per cent surge in fake email attempts in the third quarter. Vade Secure's analysis shows that CIBC was the lone Canadian company among the top 25 brands used by cybercriminals attempting to trick people into handing over their credentials and access their confidential information.

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FACEBOOK CHOOSES CANADA FOR DATING FEATURE LAUNCH

Canada will be the first North American country to experience the launch of Facebook Inc.'s new dating feature when it rolls out today. The U.S.-based tech giant says the new feature that was previously piloted in Colombia will aim to make its social media platform's users more than just friends. Facebook Dating operates with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS:

— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Border Security Minister Bill Blair and MP Peter Schiefke will make a funding announcement in Ottawa on combatting gun and gang violence.

— B.C. Premier John Horgan and Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson will be in Burnaby today to debate proportional representation.

— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Social Services Minister Irfan Sabir are scheduled this morning to announce details of proposed legislation that would help vulnerable people.

— Bombardier Inc. will release its third-quarter results and hold a conference call with analysts.

— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is expected to release its preliminary housing start data for October.

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