The latest moves in Doug Ford's plan to make Ontario "open-for-business"

The latest moves in Doug Ford's plan to make Ontario "open-for-business"

The PC government of Ontario, being led by Doug Ford, promised to find billions of dollars in “efficiencies” in the provincial budget to remove. He’s continuously spewed out this line time after time, accusing the previous government of not being interested in and not allowing for businesses to operate in the province — which seems illogical and doesn’t make much sense.

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When it seems like things can't get worse for MoviePass, they do

When it seems like things can't get worse for MoviePass, they do

Just last October, Helios and Matheson — the parent company of MoviePass, a movie subscription service that initially let users see unlimited movies for $9.95 per month — was celebrating a 52-week high stock price of $38.86. People loved the service and it was expecting to have five million subscribers by the end of 2018, hitting three million in June. The concept of MoviePass — unlimited movies at a set price each month — disrupted the movie industry, sparking the launch of AMC’s Stubs A-List, Cinemark Movie Club and Sinemia.

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In spite of the national government, Chinese provinces are building coal plants in secret

In spite of the national government, Chinese provinces are building coal plants in secret

Provincial governments in China are battling with the Communist Party to build more power plants powered by coal, even though the country pledged in 2016 to reduce carbon emissions by 18 percent by 2020. declaring a “war on pollution”. Between 2014 and 2016, provincial authorities throughout the country issued permits for construction of brand new coal power plants, totalling more than 259 gigawatts of capacity.

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The main takeaways from Facebook's internal documents that the UK released

The main takeaways from Facebook's internal documents that the UK released

British Parliament published a 250-page internal Facebook document on the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee website, which is investigating the company’s privacy standards as a portion of its report on disinformation and fake news. Previously the documents had been sealed in US courts, but they can now provide a rare look into Facebook’s policies on privacy, user data, how it handles competitors and more.

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Earth's snow-sticken landscapes throughout history, as seen from space

Earth's snow-sticken landscapes throughout history, as seen from space

People often are relatively one-sided on winter debate — either they love the snowy weather or loathe it — but that doesn’t mean everybody can’t enjoy it. The NASA website is home to hundreds of aerial images of snow-peaked mountains, frozen rivers and more that make up dazzling designs in unbelievable colours. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your bed to enjoy them.

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We still don't know whether the Saudi Crown Prince was involved in the Jamal Khashoggi murder

We still don't know whether the Saudi Crown Prince was involved in the Jamal  Khashoggi murder

There’s still a lot of confusion and unanswered questions about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October, a Washington Post journalist and critic of the Saudi government who was murdered when he walked into the country’s consulate in Istanbul. Officially the claim is that he was killed by orders of an intelligence officer, but Turkish officials provided recorded evidence to Britain, the US, Germany and France that the journalist was killed on orders of someone from one of the highest levels of government.

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US shoppers are expected to spend more than ever this holiday season, hitting $1 trillion

US shoppers are expected to spend more than ever this holiday season, hitting $1 trillion

In the US customers could spend more than $1 trillion during the holiday season, according to market research firm eMarketer, the first time retail sales have surpassed this amount.This will be a 5.8 percent increase from 2017 when consumers spent a total of 947.55 million between 1 Nov. and 31 Dec. The lowest unemployment rates since 1970, steady incomes and higher consumer confidence are being credited for this hike in spending — and because retailers won’t be passing on price increases due to Donald Trump’s tariffs until next year, this means spending will remain strong.

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The least sexy thing about Victoria's Secret is its insensitivity

The least sexy thing about Victoria's Secret is its insensitivity

The Victoria’s Secret televised runway show has been the biggest and most successful event the company has put on since it began in 1995 — with people watching it for the star-studded performances, spectacle of supermodels dressed as “angels”, or for the small intimates being strutted down the runway.However, the company is struggling under pressure from millennial-oriented brands like ThirdLove and American Eagle’s Aerie division and in July, announced that due to weak sales, it would have to extend its semi-annual sale by two weeks and offer higher discounts. It’s also closing 20 stores that are suffering from poor sales and has seen its stock drop from an all-time high of $99.41 on December 4, 2015 to an average of $30.

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The United Kingdom's deregulated bus system and why it's a big flop, explained

The United Kingdom's deregulated bus system and why it's a big flop, explained

Buses in the UK are the most commonly used mode of public transportation, with 4.44 billion trips being made in England in the 2016/2017 reporting period ending in March, with journeys inside London accounting for half the country’s total. Local bus services across the Great Britain — made up of England, Wales and Scotland — accounted for 59.2 percent of all public transportation trips, compared to only 20.7 percent for the National Rail network.

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Forget Black Friday — Single's Day is the biggest shopping event in the world

Forget Black Friday — Single's Day is the biggest shopping event in the world

When midnight hit on 11 November, the world’s biggest shopping event began — not Black Friday as some people might rightly assume, but Single’s Day, a Chinese shopping extravaganza. Started in 1993 as a day for university students to celebrate being single, it was then soon promoted by Alibaba’s Tmall service, transforming into a massive 20-day shopping festival.

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Uber is lobbying for a congestion charge in NYC — but whether it will work is uncertain

Uber is lobbying for a congestion charge in NYC — but whether it will work is uncertain

Two months ago New York City approved a limit on the number of Uber, Lyft and other on-demand ride services and voted to halt issuing for-hire licenses for 12 months while it studies the industry in more detail. During the cap, both companies will still be granted licenses for wheelchair-accessible vehicles and by 2021, 25 percent of vehicles in their fleet will be required to be wheelchair accessible, which Uber isn’t happy about. Now Uber is putting its money and resources into helping fix New York City’s traffic congestion problem, by investing $10 million over three years on a “campaign for sustainable mobility” — with the centrepiece being congestion pricing in high-density parts of the city. This is surprising, coming from a company that accounts for 65,000 of the 103,000 for-hire vehicles in NYC.

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The economics of how low-budget airlines are so inexpensive

The economics of how low-budget airlines are so inexpensive

It seems incredible how cheap plane tickets can be on so-called low-cost airlines — $35 for a week in Barcelona, Budapest or Milan, $153 to Moscow or $437 to New York City. These airlines, usually based in Europe, can offer vastly lower prices than their competitors by slashing costs at every possible turn, while still making a healthy profit in the process. Low-cost airlines are dangerous for traditional companies that have been around for a long time because, by simply setting up a route along the same path as them, they force fares to drop which cuts into profits of the larger airline.

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Clearcast's ban on UK retailer Iceland Foods' palm oil TV ad, explained

Clearcast's ban on UK retailer Iceland Foods' palm oil TV ad, explained

For part of an ad campaign during the holiday season, Iceland Foods struck a deal with Greenpeace to reuse an old animated short film highlighting an animated orangutan’s home and how the palm oil industry negatively impacts its habitat. However Clearcast, the non-governmental organization that governs and pre-approves advertising in the UK, banned the ad from being shown because it apparently is “directed towards a political end” — signaling a violation of the Communications Act of 2003.

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Elon Musk just shared the first-look into Boring Company's tunnel under LA

Elon Musk just shared the first-look into Boring Company's tunnel under LA

Boring Company, founded by Elon Musk in 2016, has announced it has completed construction of its tunnel running between downtown Los Angeles and Torrance, with the aim being to demonstrate how by using a system of underground tunnels, the company can transport passengers at up to 150 mph. Starting construction in 2017, Elon announced in the middle of October that “the first tunnel is almost done” and that it would open to the public on 10 December. He has made proposals for other routes, including one to the Dodger Stadium and an express service between the Loop in downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport — the latter of which has been approved by the city.

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In building a new capital city, Egypt could end up in a Chinese debt trap

In building a new capital city, Egypt could end up in a Chinese debt trap

Egypt is building a new capital city in a desert plot 45 kilometres east of Cairo — currently a vast construction site sits there, but by 2020 it will resemble a sprawling megacity in the making. Situated between the Nile River and Suez Canal, it is being built to boost Egypt’s economy, curb congestion throughout the capital region and inject new development in the country, hopefully boosting the economy in the process. Work is already far underway on the city, with government institutions set to move to the space by the end of 2018. More than 1.5 million new jobs will be created during the construction period and eventually, the unnamed city will house between 6.5-7 million people, boasts President Abdel-Fattah el-Siss.

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IKEA found that in cities, 35 percent of people feel at home in somewhere that isn't their residence

IKEA found that in cities, 35 percent of people feel at home in somewhere that isn't their residence

IKEA Group and INGKA Holding (the holding company for IKEA’s retail arm) publish the Life at Home report on how people live in and relate to their homes, and this year it takes on the theme of living in cities and the idea of home. Interviewing more than 22,000 people in 22 countries, IKEA’s researchers found that for one to feel “at home” in a certain space, they must have privacy, security, comfort and a sense of ownership and belonging. “During our research we learned that life at home is changing, profoundly, all over the world, the report says. “Our physical homes are getting smaller, smarter, busier and noisier… All of this impacts on how successfully a single space can deliver what we need from it – functionally and emotionally.”

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Technology will soon be able to predict when we will die — but do we really want to know?

With technology and AI advancing at such a quick pace, it’s now possible to determine when you’ll die with a high confidence level. This sort of information would truly be life-changing for many people — if you learn when you’ll pass early enough you might be more inclined to do everything you’ve always wanted to while if you learn shortly before your death, it might just cause depression and sadness.

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Netflix is dominating the media streaming industry, as evident from its latest financials

Netflix is dominating the media streaming industry, as evident from its latest financials

During its Q3 report Netflix announced that it not only crushed, but obliterated investor’s estimates for the number of subscribers it would add this quarter, adding nearly 7 million new subscribers during the period. This number is higher than the company itself expected and brings the total number of subscribers the company has to more than 137 million, according to official documents. The company needed to beat estimates this quarter to keep Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney’s highly-anticipated streaming service, which is set to launch by the end of 2019 at bay. Netflix failed to meet its Q2 subscriber estimates of 1.23 million domestically and 5.11 internationally, adding only 670,000 and 4.47 million respectively, and needed to make up for the missed targets.

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To boost your mood, make small changes to your everyday habits

To boost your mood, make small changes to your everyday habits

When someone is assessed for a mental health condition like depression and anxiety, treatments usually include some sort of therapy and medication, but much of the time small lifestyle changes aren’t included in the conversation about how to better our mental health. Little changes can have a big impact on the quality of life for anybody, but especially for those with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and more, and lead to a decreased chance of getting diabetes cardiovascular diseases.

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Without permission, MoviePass is signing customers up for its new plans in its latest move against its userbase

Cinema movie ticketing startup MoviePass isn’t actually dead yet, but there’s been signs for the last few months that it was fighting to stay afloat, from shutting down overnight because of a lack of funding to nuking its unlimited plan and being hit with a shareholder lawsuit over fraud. According to The Verge, the company is now sending emails to a “select test group” of customers who didn’t opt-in to the limited three movie per month plan that it forced users onto, saying that unless users opted out of the service — something they’d already done to cancel their membership — it would be reactivating their plan on a special unlimited plan and charging them $9.95 per month.

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