There's quite a bit going on this week with Google hosting their annual I/O event tomorrow and Ford, Wynne and Horwath hitting it off in the first Ontario election debate. But there's also several larger international stories this week that deserve attention too, like the headlining one highlighting the Toronto Star's investigation into doctors doing illegal things in the US like rape, then coming to Canada without having to disclose that information, or São Paulo's metro system spying (quite literally) on its customers without their knowledge.
It's a scary world out there folks, but we've got to face it eventually.
Doctors are doing illegal things in the United States, then coming to Canada for a clean slate
There have been several cases of medical doctors doing unspeakable acts, like in Bellingham, Washington where one raped a pregnant patient in his office, or in San Diego where a doctor had sexually explicit photos of young boys in his possession. Doctors like this — Canadian-trained doctors who moved to the United States for work — were indicted for their crimes, but returned to Canada where they were legally allowed to continue their work.
Someone looking up information about these doctors would find no information about their crimes or histories on colleges' websites, and physicians' colleges in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec all allowed them to keep their medical licenses.
There's laws surrounding the data disclosure for doctors and more than 50 different regulating bodies in the US and Canada that oversee doctors, each with their own policies and laws.
The Toronto Star went on an in-depth investigation into this matter and discovered that more than 75 of the doctors found guilty for professional misconduct committed a separate violation that resulted in more discipline, but that 90 percent of the public profiles for these doctors in Canada did not report the sanctions against them.
Number of the week
In the United States, law just passed by the Food and Drug Administration that an Obama-era policy requiring restaurants with more than 20 locations to post calorie counts. This includes any store, from grocery store to movie theatre, fun park to vending machine, which will now have to post up-front the amount of calories are in the food or beverage being served.
Besides calories, restaurants will also need to disclose other nutritional information like sodium and fat content levels, and the hope is implementing these laws will help the US become more healthy.
"National menu labeling could help make a big difference in America’s obesity rates, one of our most vexing public health challenges," the FDA writes. "Today, about 40 percent of all Americans are obese, and obesity increases the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer."
In case you missed it
- Former Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse has a side-hustle, which is bringing mead — a fermented drink invented thousands of years ago, made of honey — to trendy Williamsburg. He's turning his passion into a business in a 2000+ square foot hotel that will soon be home to the city's first meadery.
- The Yellow Line on São Paulo's metro is watching passengers through new interactive platform screen doors in three stations, showing ads and monitoring people's reactions through facial recognition to analyze the reaction of viewers. These stations are run by a private company (unlike the rest of the metro) and are the entrance point for half the line's passengers on weekdays, but there are still many questions that have not been answered yet about this tech.
- We've always been talking about going to Mars eventually, but we need to make a plan on when and how to get there and, most importantly, set a deadline for doing so. There's never been much urgency in getting to the planet, but arguably that's because there's no timeline for it.
- There's an underground review-fraud economy on Amazon that's growing and consists of people reviewing products they've never tried for small amounts of cash. BuzzFeed went inside the group behind this to find out their motivations and how it all actually works.
- People rely on Google Drive's spell check tool quite regularly, but there's many times when the supposedly intelligent feature isn't too ... intelligent. The way this service works is by monitoring the web for new words that may become more popular to use (ie. gonna instead of going to, abt in place of about) and as such, is prone to mess up.