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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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 β€” it's a misunderstanding on the public's part of how Walmart's online website works.

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Toronto now has a higher homicide rate than New York City β€” but don't panic yet

Toronto now has a higher homicide rate than New York City β€” but don't panic yet

Toronto Police have confirmed that 51 homicides have happened within the city since the beginning of the year, double the amount at this time in 2017. Just this weekend five people were killed, four of which with guns, prompting both Police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory to express major concerns over the spike in crime.

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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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