Experts are concerned that Amazon is becoming a monopoly and Prime Day is proof of it

Experts are concerned that Amazon is becoming a monopoly and Prime Day is proof of it

Yesterday was Amazon Prime Day, the e-commerce giant's fictitious summer shopping holiday that draws millions of its loyal subscribers to purchase products at a discount and even more people to sign up for the service. The day is a big deal to shoppers but is worrying to critics — the company sells so many different products and attracts millions of loyal shoppers that it invented its own version of Black Friday, dictated that businesses have to offer discounts on that day and forced other companies, such as Walmart and eBay, to follow suit.

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Uber just fired everybody on its self-driving car team in Pittsburgh

Uber just fired everybody on its self-driving car team in Pittsburgh

Ride-sharing company Uber has laid off all 100 of its self-driving car safety operators in Pittsburgh as it begins to reevaluate its tests after a fatal crash in Tempe, AZ in March. Following the crash, the company also halted testing of its fleet in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Toronto in what it called a "standard procedure".

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Ontario residents are now learning how far-reaching the cap-and-trade program really was

School boards were recently notified that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will be eliminated, resulting in the cancellation of $100 million meant to be spent on repairs for this year due to the discontinuation of the cap-and-trade program that was to pay for the fund. In a memo obtained by The Canadian Press, schools have been advised to stop spending the money they were allotted immediately, which is disappointing for school boards including the Toronto District School Board, which is facing a $3.7 billion backlog of repairs.

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The workers producing your grocery store's chocolate probably life in extreme poverty

The workers producing your grocery store's chocolate probably life in extreme poverty

To most people, chocolate is an indulgent treat to be enjoyed after a long day, but for millions of workers producing the product, it's produced through a system of systematic poverty. Off the Ivory Coast, children often fall into the hands of people looking to exploit them for cheap labour, with their parents sending them away to earn money or learn a trade. In a New York Times investigation, however, they found that much of the time it's poverty-stricken adults working in these places, not children.

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Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

The newly appointed PC government is wasting no time in making sweeping changes to the province's legislation, including incoming laws such as a reform of police oversight, discontinuation of the GreenON program which provided monetary incentives for people to upgrade their homes using eco-friendly products, a complete cancellation of the cap-and-trade program and more.

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Customers are hurting Walmart with the #BoycottWalmart movement because they don't understand how the company works

Trump supporters are angry flooding the internet with the #BoycottWalmart hashtag after discovering baby clothing with "Impeach 45" written on them. The current president is the 45th US president and though the clothing items were on the website for an unknown amount of time, its since been taken down. Furious supporters of Trump see the clothing as evidence that Walmart is on the left side of the political spectrum, or that it is trying to send a message to the public. Oddly enough, this isn't the company's wrongdoing necessarily — it's a misunderstanding on the public's part of how Walmart's online website works.

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Seattle moves to ban single-use plastic straws

Restaurants in Seattle must stop offering customers plastic straws and utensils by July 1 as the city makes its move to be the first major city in the US to ban them, following in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, which has pledged to do the same by 2019. The city first passed a ban on single-use food service items in 2018, beginning with foam and plastic take-out containers, but utensils and straws were exempted until the market matured enough to provide an affordable alternative.

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In total, Facebook has been sharing user data with 52 companies

In total, Facebook has been sharing user data with 52 companies

It's hardly a secret that Facebook has historically shared user data with other companies which it was partnered with, but now the scope of these deals is a bit more clear thanks to a 747-page document the company released in response to over 1,200 questions asked by the US House Energy & Commerce Committee.

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Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Even though Doug Ford doesn't take control of office until tomorrow, he's already set the wheels in motion on a number of his plans. In the weeks superseding the Progressive Conservatives victory at the polls, Ford has vowed to dismantle the province's cap-and-trade program that funded green energy initiatives like free smart thermostats and energy efficient windows.

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Trump fabricated a claim that the US needs 5,000 immigration judges, then went against his own claim

Trump fabricated a claim that the US needs 5,000 immigration judges, then went against his own claim

When it comes to immigration, Donald Trump claimed that the nation would need hundreds of additional immigration judges to expedite the legal processes at the US/Mexico border. But then recently, Trump decided he opposed the idea in front of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and expressed that "they" â€” without explaining who that means — want more judges for immigration.

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There's a problem with Trump's claim that "crime in Germany is way up" — it's at the lowest level since 1992

There's a problem with Trump's claim that "crime in Germany is way up" — it's at the lowest level since 1992

Donald Trump has taken the stage to assert that "crime in Germany is way up" and that the US does not want what is happening in Europe to happen within its own borders. There's only one problem with this claim — it's false, and no evidence was provided to back it up. In fact, Interior Minister Horst Seeholfer, who himself is immigration-skeptical, has released new data indicating that Germany's crime rate is at its lowest level since 1992.

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Toronto is the worst city in North America for commuting, according to a new report

Toronto is the worst city in North America for commuting, according to a new report

Though The Economist ranked Toronto as one of the safest cities in the world in 2017, that doesn't mean it ranks the best in everything. In fact, a new study is suggesting that the most populous urban area in Canada badly lags behind when it comes to commuting. A new study by UK-based Expert Market reveals that Toronto has ranked the worst in North America and sixth worst in the world when it comes to commute times.

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Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump has already attested that Canada has "outsmarted our politicians for decades," attacked the dairy industry and is now accusing Canadians of smuggling shoes from the US back into their own country. In his latest rambling attack on Canadian trade policies, Trump told a story to the press about Canadians that "buy shoes, then they wear them" and "they scuff them up, they make them sound old or look old." He launched into this story while delivering a speech on illegal immigration to the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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Seattle is repealing the proposed head tax it was going to fight homelessness with

Seattle is repealing the proposed head tax it was going to fight homelessness with

Just a month ago, Seattle proposed a tax on large companies making over $20 million per year — affecting around 585 businesses in the city and costing them $0.26 per hour, per employee. These businesses, including Amazon, Starbucks, Expedia and Alaska Airlines would pay the government a maximum of $500 for each person employed, per year, with 75 percent of the money going towards affordable housing and the rest aimed at helping the homeless. However, the proposal is now being repealed after the city faced pressure from numerous businesses to do so. The city leaders abandoning the head tax goes to show how powerful Amazon is in rallying opposition against taxes from all levels of government, even in a city with one of the highest homelessness rates in the US.

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Trudeau is betting the fate of his career on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Trudeau is betting the fate of his career on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Parliament was outraged when the Liberal cabinet approved an incredibly controversial plan to spend $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline project from the current owner Kinder Morgan, who is bailing on the project entirely. In 2007, the company paid only $550 million to acquire the pipeline assets and through the government has said they paid "fair value" for it, it's impossible to tell.

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Tesla's Autopilot feature might've saved Zedd's life

Tesla's Autopilot feature might've saved Zedd's life

There's been much news lately about crashes surrounding Tesla vehicles on Autopilot, including one from March 23 involving Wei Huang, a 38-year-old Apple software engineer who received visual and audio warnings before the crash, but took no action. However, music producer Anton Zaslavski, better known by his name Zedd, recently shared his story of using the automaker's feature with his followers on Twitter.

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Central Conference is a new conference for urban issues in the GTA

Central Conference is a new conference for urban issues in the GTA

Throughout Toronto and surrounding cities, there's always issues being brought up about relevant urban issues like public and active transportation, affordable housing and how our government can operate both more efficiently and openly. Central Conference, a new conference in Toronto, is aiming to inform the public of these issues through a full day packed with talks from the likes of Ilana Altman, Director of Programming at The Bentway and Kevin Vuong, founder of King Street Eats. There'll also be Tricia Wood, who teaches geography at York University and Cheryll Case, a researcher and planner connecting community groups, professionals and non-profits to increase the availability of affordable housing.

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Hamilton comes second-last in index ranking city's attractiveness to youth

Hamilton comes second-last in index ranking city's attractiveness to youth

Hamilton, the steel capital of Canada, has ranked second-last out of 13 cities measured by YouthfulCities for how well they accommodate young people, including for things like public transportation, free-to-use WiFi, access to healthcare, employment levels, affordability and more. Youth in Hamilton make up 19.5 percent of the population.

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