Things to do in Toronto this summer that won't break the bank

Many people think think that since Toronto is such a costly city to live in, it's expensive for entertainment and recreational activities as well β€” though it's understandable to think this, there's quite a lot of activities in the city that cost less than a hour's wage or are, better yet, free. We've picked out a few tried-and-true activities that cost only a nominal fee and that aren't necessarily what someone would think to recommend to a tourist, which should allow for a more enjoyable and exciting experience. There's lots to do in the city, from visiting Riverdale Farm to exploring the bowels of Canada's largest urban park, meandering through the streets of Kensington Market and trying out a free yoga class from a lululemon instructor.

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The number of deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria is a lot more than reported

The number of deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria is a lot more than reported

The government of Puerto Rico is acknowledging that the official death toll from Hurricane Maria is more than 1,400 β€” much higher than the 64 people reported dead by the government initially. More than 527,000 homeowners reported damages to their dwellings and 40 schools were forced to permanently close because of damages. The death count grew as people died from suicide, bacterial illnesses and a lack of access to healthcare and despite new counts, the death tally has never changed until now.

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Elon Musk's tweets about taking Tesla private could land him in hot water with the SEC

Elon Musk's tweets about taking Tesla private could land him in hot water with the SEC

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was sued twice on Friday by investors accusing him of fraudulently concocting a scheme to squeeze short-sellers, including through Musk's proposal to take the company public. The lawsuits were filed only three days after shocking investors by announcing on Twitter that he was considering taking the company public in a $72 billion USD deal that would value it at $420 per share, detailing that funding had already been secured.

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In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

This week Toronto Mayor John Tory sent a letter directly to Premier Doug Ford urging him to hit "pause" on his unannounced plan to force city council to downsize from 47 to 25 members. The letter is more aggressive and was a surprising move on Tory's part, who is seeking a re-election this coming October. Though he downplayed the chances of a legal challenge against the province, there is still a chance that this matter could go to the courts.

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Waymo is using to Phoenix to test if autonomous vehicles will improve public transit access

Waymo is using to Phoenix to test if autonomous vehicles will improve public transit access

Former Google division Waymo is launching a program in Phoenix this month to deliver people to bus stops, train and light rail stations, it announced last week in partnership with Valley Metro, the regional public transportation authority. Until now, Waymo has been focused on creating a ride-hailing service, building self-driving trucks and making deals to license its technology to automakers, but the fourth goal of the company β€” connect people to public transportation stations β€” was unrealized until now.

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Apple and Google's new anti-smartphone addiction tools are an admission of guilt

Apple and Google's new anti-smartphone addiction tools are an admission of guilt

During Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference it announced a few addiction-combatting features for its mobile devices, including an enhanced Do Not Disturb feature, more notification control, and insight into people's smartphone usage with Screen Time. The next version of iOS will have built-in time controls to limit the amount of time spent in apps and games and will display how many notifications users receive and from what apps they originated from. This is far from the first company to announce something like this, with Facebook announcing months ago that it will emphasize "time well spent" on the platform as its new motto.

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The Ford administration has changed its mind on Ontario's basic income pilot tests

The Ford administration has changed its mind on Ontario's basic income pilot tests

The Ontario government has changed course on Ontario's Basic Income pilot and will be cancelling it as soon as possible, and will also cut the planned 3 percent welfare increase in half. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said that the increase scheduled by the previous Liberal party would be reduced to 1.5 percent while the PCs begin a 100-day revamp of social assistance programs that help more than one million people. The Conservatives did not pledge to cut welfare increases during their campaign, but did promise to cut $6 billion from the budget without impacting jobs.

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Human trafficking is still a big issue worldwide, but here's five strategies combatting it

Human trafficking is still a big issue worldwide, but here's five strategies combatting it

Many children get into the vicious and demeaning cycle of human trafficking by growing up in poor families and being located in impoverished states, such as Assam, Bihar and West Bengal. These children, usually girls, then get sold into sexual slavery and endure exploitation with little hope of ever escaping and with almost no hope of ever having their captors punished. In 2015, trails were completed for 384 of the 5,003 child trafficking cases in India, with only 55 ending in a conviction.

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Trump threatens to "shut down" government if Democrats don't vote to build border wall

Trump threatens to "shut down" government if Democrats don't vote to build border wall

US President Donald Trump tweeted out on Sunday that he is willing to shut down the government if the Democrats refuse to vote in favour of his immigration proposals, including the construction of a US-Mexico border wall. Typically, the government only shuts down when Congress fails to pass a spending bill for the year, which happened in January when Democrats and Republicans couldn't reach a deal on how to handle immigration.

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MoviePass was down this week because it ran out of money

MoviePass was down this week because it ran out of money

Though the signs have been apparent for a while now, MoviePass has refused to admit defeat β€” from major stock drops and constant financial issues to a surge of new users eating away at profits β€” until this week when the service suddenly went dark because it ran out of money. To keep customers happy and the service running, parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. had to borrow an emergency $5 million from Hudson Bay.

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We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

It's been only a few weeks since Doug Ford was sworn in as premier, but he's already made big waves throughout the province and is now going full attack-mode on Toronto, unveiling a plan to cut the number of elected city councillors from 47 to 25 while throwing the October 22 municipal election on the back burner. "People care about getting things done, they don't care about politicians," Ford said while calling Toronto the "most dysfunctional political arena" in Canada. He said that having fewer councillors will improve the city council decision-making process and will save taxpayers $25 million over four years.

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Fox News used the latest Toronto shooting to spread fear

There was a deadly shooting in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood on July 22nd and though police are still investigating, the media was quick to cover this shooting as the amount of homicides rises more than ever this year. Namely, Fox News is one of the media outlets to jump for the story and did so in a rather unacceptable and fear-provoking way. Instead of opening the article by explaining the details of the event, the news organization began by saying terrorism is still a possible motive.

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Facebook stocks have slipped post-scandal and the company is still under immense pressure

Facebook stocks have slipped post-scandal and the company is still under immense pressure

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has noted in previous earning reports that the company would take a hit as it adds more content moderation in a massive hiring spree to control bad information on the platform, alongside improvements to interactions between friends and family, versus from brands and other organizations. The company's CFO, David Wehner, indicated that it would likely continue to have a "negative impact on revenue growth" in the coming quarters as it continues to deal with crisis after crisis.

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The company building the Eglinton Crosstown has sued Metrolinx for more time and money

The company building the Eglinton Crosstown has sued Metrolinx for more time and money

Metrolinx is being sued by the group of companies building the $5.3 billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT line in Toronto, who are looking for more time and money to complete the already-delayed project. The consortium working on the project filed a notice of motion, accusing Metrolinx and other stakeholders of delaying their work, giving the public insight into the failed talks that were meant to settle the dispute. Metrolinx has yet to respond to the claims and has 30 days to do so (as of the legal filing on July 11), but has remained firm on its commitment to open the line in the fall of 2021.

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The EU just slapped Google with a staggering $5 billion antitrust fine

Legal regulators in the European Union just hit Google with a record β‚¬4.34-billion, or $6.7 billion CAD antitrust fine on Wednesday for using its Android operating system in a way that prevents competitors from competing with the company. Though the fine barely puts a dent in its cash reserves totalling more than $102.8 billion, it could hinder relations between the EU and Washington.Google has announced it will appeal the fine, stating that β€œAndroid has created more choice for everyone, not less. A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition."

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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 β€” 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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The TTC board wants the transit agency to become a integrated mobility agency

The TTC board wants the transit agency to become a integrated mobility agency

The Toronto Transit Commission board has passed a motion exploring a move to give the transit agency new, broader responsibilities over taxi permits, the city's bike share program, the Toronto Island ferries and more. Studying the feasibility and cost of this move is the next step for the city manager, but the changes would help turn the TTC into an agency more akin to Transport for London, the UK capital's integrated transit authority that is responsible for all forms of transportation within the city and suburbs.

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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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