In preparation of Hurricane Florence, more than 1,000 flights have been cancelled and airports are being shut down

In preparation of Hurricane Florence, more than 1,000 flights have been cancelled and airports are being shut down

Hurricane Florence has triggered more than 1,000 flight cancellations and airport closures in both North and South Carolina, which are bracing for the impact of Hurricane Florence. The storm, which is predicted to touch down in the United States on Friday, will hit the border of the two states, according to the National Hurricane Centre. Hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings have been issued along the east coast, with the NHC noting that โ€œhurricane-force winds [are] getting closer to the North Carolina outer banks and coastal southeastern North Carolina.โ€

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Premier Doug Ford is promising to use the "Notwithstanding Clause" โ€” but what does that mean?

The new bill attempting to cut the size of Toronto City Council passed the first reading in Ontarioโ€™s legislature on Wednesday, after NDP MPPs were forced to leave the room after protesting the bill. Named the Efficient Local Government Act, the bill invokes Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the first time in the provinceโ€™s history. The section is publicly known as the notwithstanding clause, and allows the government to pass laws overriding specific charter rights for a five-year period, before the law needs to be renewed.

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A nine-year-old recently committed suicide in Colorado. Despite prevention efforts, suicide rates are going up.

Just days after beginning fourth grade, a 9-year-old Colorado boy committed suicide after being bullied by classmates for coming out as gay. He told his mother previously and had a history of being bullied and believed that this was a factor in his suicide. This tragedy shines a light on the way media outlets have chosen to portray the story, with some publications unintentionally putting blame on the victim of the bullying instead of the bully, who is at fault. Though unintentional, it is important for the media to remember and for the public to realize that the boy did not choose to kill himself because he was gay, but instead because he was being bullied for being gay.

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When it comes to public transit, frequency is freedom

When it comes to public transit, frequency is freedom

There's specific reasoning behind why some public transportation routes and systems as a whole are successful while others aren't, and a 2016 study by TransitCentre seeks to find out why that is โ€” though the study is slightly outdated, the principles of it still apply today. For example, Seattle's light rail extension from the downtown core to the University of Washington has boosted ridership from 35,000 to nearly 57,000 riders per day, but the ridership of the Atlanta streetcar is only 1,200 riders per day. This survey aims to find out why there's such a disparity between different transit systems and their ridership, and what makes them more successful in the eyes of riders.

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A generic version of EpiPen is finally being approved by the FDA โ€” and with a looming shortage, it couldn't be better timing

A generic version of EpiPen is finally being approved by the FDA โ€” and with a looming shortage, it couldn't be better timing

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a generic version of the EpiPen on August 16, which is a life-saving tool for people with severe allergies that injects them with a dose of epinephrine, known by its more common name, adrenaline. There are more than 3.6 million people in the US with severe allergies and in Canada, one in 13 people have a severe food allergy that might warrant the need for an EpiPen. These tools are covered by most provincial drug plans in Canada but in the US, those without insurance must choose between generic alternatives or to go without, risking a serious reaction.

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MoviePass is alienating current users instead of searching for a source of income

MoviePass is alienating current users instead of searching for a source of income

Struggling movie subscription service MoviePass sent an email to users today who hold annual subscriptions, forcing them into the same terms as other members and offering refunds to those who want to cancel their memberships. The change comes as an odd move by the company since typically, companies only change service terms for users once they reach their renewal dates. MoviePass subscribers have, until now, been immune to all the changes the company has been making but now it seems like they're out of luck.

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Google is slowly creeping up on Amazon in the smart speaker market

Google is slowly creeping up on Amazon in the smart speaker market

Since introducing the first modern smart speaker a couple years ago with the Echo product line, Amazon has maintained a steady dominance in the market. The company sold an estimated 4.8 million Echo devices between April and June, beating Google by 1.6 million units. However, Google has been gaining ground on its closest rival, growing its market share from 16.1 percent in Q2 2017 to 27.6 percent in the same quarter one year later. Apple's recently introduced HomePod speaker isn't even a true competitor to the two companies, only shipping an estimated 700,000 units between April and the end of June.

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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 โ€” 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 โ€” 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 โ€” connect people to public transportation stations โ€” 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 โ€” from major stock drops and constant financial issues to a surge of new users eating away at profits โ€” 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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