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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New statistics suggest elderly people are treated like crap in the United States

Just a few years ago, the National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System was set up to collect data on elder abuse throughout the United States via local and state-sponsored hotlines. Several weeks ago the agency's first report was published based on the results from 2016 and the results really aren't great.

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Saskatoon Transit is a confusing mess, but BRT could help fix it

Saskatoon Transit is a confusing mess, but BRT could help fix it

Saskatoon Transit is expecting new high-frequency routes in the northeast part of the city to have major impacts on how people move around. New routes are being introduced which will offer 10 minute service and limited stops on Preston Avenue and Attridge Drive to the intersection of Nelson and Lowe Roads, but during evenings, weekends and holidays service will be reduced to 30 minute frequencies.

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Netflix is now worth more than media conglomerate Comcast

Netflix is now worth more than media conglomerate Comcast

When the company was founded more than 20 years ago, its biggest competitors were Blockbuster because the streaming service we know today did not exist. Instead, Netflix made money by renting out already-produced movies to consumers for relatively low rates. Today, the company has gone from delivering physical movies to becoming one of the largest purchasers and producers of TV series and movies in the world. Netflix will spend more than $8 billion on original content in 2018, up from the $6 billion it spent in 2017.

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How long does caffeine stay in your body?

How long does caffeine stay in your body?

Lots of people drink a cup or two of coffee per day without even thinking about how it will effect their sleep and instead using it as a fast-acting stimulant to keep them energized throughout the day. It can increase your blood pressure, heart rate and give you more energy, but there are a few different side-effects of using caffeine in this manner, such as trouble falling asleep at night or feeling anxious.

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Bus ridership in New York City is falling, but the MTA has a plan to fix it

Bus ridership in New York City is falling, but the MTA has a plan to fix it

New York City bus service, which is already the slowest in the country according to a 2017 report, causing the MTA to lose out on an estimated 100 million trips. There have been moves to better the services in the city through Select Bus Service, bus lanes and transit signal priority, but these improvements are being implemented halfheartedly and slowly, the report concludes.

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Facebook's response to its data breach is by introducing new ways to use people's data

Just after the company is beginning to recover from a brutal data breach impacting million's of user's data, Facebook is announcing a new way for it to use the data of its billions of users. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the company, announced this week a new tool for people looking to data that lets them create a separate profile to list their interests, location, job, likes and personality traits, and then reach out to people with similar profiles as you, such as someone going to the same event you are.

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Mini Metro will show you the science behind designing a subway

Mini Metro will show you the science behind designing a subway

For city-goers, the New York subway map as it is today might be easy to read, but for tourists and foreigners, it's a mess that's in need of a redesign. This is where Mini Metro comes in, allowing players to plan subway systems across a variety of cities including New York, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Mumbai and more. Each line has a different colour, making it incredibly easy to distinguish from separate subway services, especially those that run on the same tracks. The game is minimalist and elegant, while easy to understand, and teaches some basic concepts like overcrowding and building transfer options into a system.

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Google has a lot more data than Facebook, but nobody really cares

Google has a lot more data than Facebook, but nobody really cares

With all eyes on Facebook reeling in the aftermath of its own data scandal, nobody is paying attention to Google and the vast amount of data it collects on its users. The company, with products in search, video sharing, social media, maps, photo storage and more holds a lot of data about its users, including the locations of where they've been and how they got there.

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SmartTrack, Toronto's surface subway transit proposal, is nothing like what was promised originally

SmartTrack, Toronto's surface subway transit proposal, is nothing like what was promised originally

SmartTrack was originally proposed as a major part of John Tory's 2014 mayoral campaign, bringing rapid and reliable commuter rail service to 22 stations across 53 kilometres of track. The concept for the transit line has since been pared down drastically to only six new stations, but will still extend from the airport lands to Markham.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so big, it could form its own nation

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so big, it could form its own nation

Only one year ago, scientists predicted that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch β€” a massive floating clump of plastics located between California and Hawaii β€” was the size of France. Just recently the size estimate has been revised and it is now estimated to be three times the size of the French country, or two times as big as the state of Texas.

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In the northernmost United States city, the climate is warming so fast that algorithms thought the recorded temperature was an error

In the northernmost United States city, the climate is warming so fast that algorithms thought the recorded temperature was an error

Recently scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were putting together a monthly report on the climate, but noticed one of their monitoring stations had completely fallen on off the map. In fact, all the data collected from the station in Barrow, Alaska, was missing. The northernmost city hadn't disappeared and the monitoring station was still operational, but the missing data was the result of rapid climate change.

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Cities should look to Seattle on how to stop the transit ridership crisis

Cities should look to Seattle on how to stop the transit ridership crisis

There's some strange objection most people have to riding buses, but those same people are fine with riding other forms of transportation, like streetcars, subways and commuter rail. It's evident that this is happening in the 35 top United States transit markets, where ridership has fallen in all but four of them.

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But have you told your parents yet?

But have you told your parents yet?

Being a gay man, I can testify it’s an all-too-familiar experience that these people are forced to face. β€œComing out” in many cases goes as well as anybody would expect, but in some instances it doesn’t. What it does do, however, is bring up a line from the movie Love, Simon: β€œIt doesn't seem fair that only gay people have to come out, why is straight the default?"

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Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Though the hearings could  be considered a utter disaster when you take into account he fact that most people asking the questions were ill-informed, unprepared and just stupid. But in the same sense the purpose of the hearings was to provide some clarity of how the company operates, and in the process the value of Facebook rose more than $17 billion

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Shelter usage in Toronto is on the rise

During the winter officials in the city opened up temporary homeless shelters to cope with the additional demand on the shelter system from the cold weather, but it sheds a light on the city's housing crisis. Homelessness, after all, is caused by a lack of housing, and cities like Montreal, Edmonton and Hamilton have avoided this sort of emergencies by putting more effort into finding housing for the homeless.

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The art of the #SideHustle and what it's like to make a magazine

Well I took a stab at creating a magazine using some of the old work I've created over the last year, and it doesn't look horrible (though it's a bit rough around the edges!). As someone with an interest in the print side of journalism, it was really a fun task creating this and though it's not long enough to be printed as a hard-copy, it's still a neat little project to have stored on my computer somewhere.

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