Author Archives: Contributor

How a Toronto hospital uses virtual reality to grant dying patients a last wish

Meike Muzzi’s not dressed for travel. Hospital bracelets in all three primary colours encircle her wrinkled right forearm; a gold bangle cradles the left. But she says she’s ready for today’s trip — the promise of an escape from the Toronto palliative care ward in which she’s spent the past five weeks waiting to die. David Parker is there to fulfil that promise, ...

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Birmingham mayor defiant after boarding up Confederate monument

The mayor of Birmingham, Ala., says he’s not backing down from his decision to board up a monument erected by the descendants of Confederate soldiers, even as the state’s attorney general sues his city for the move. Mayor William A. Bell Sr. says the 15-metre-tall obelisk dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1905 doesn’t tell the correct story of his ...

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Technology allows visually impaired, blind to experience solar eclipse

Four months ago, Henry Winter was asked to describe an eclipse to a colleague who had been blind since birth and was initially stumped because he couldn’t use visual terms. Winter, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, then remembered a colleague who had recounted the sound of crickets starting and stopping during an eclipse. After retelling that story, ...

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After cracking down on neo-Nazis, tech companies wonder who should police online hate

For more than two decades, a question with no easy answer has consumed international lawmakers, tech companies and internet users: How should we handle those who spread hate, racism and abuse online? This long-simmering debate came to a boil this week, after white supremacist website The Daily Stormer helped organize a rally in Charlottesville, Va. that left 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer dead. ...

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United Conservative Party application rejected by Calgary Pride parade

Without clear policy supporting the LGBTQ community, members of the newly formed United Conservative Party won’t be permitted to take part in this year’s Calgary Pride parade. Instead, UCP members are being asked to first complete a three-hour workshop hosted by the Calgary Sexual Health Centre aimed at increasing “the comfort and skill of professionals to talk about sexual health, relationships, gender ...

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While presidential committees collapse, Canada-U.S. council on women in business still active

While three presidential advisory committees have disbanded in the wake of Donald Trump’s comments about an “alt-right” rally in Virginia, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders remains active, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. Comprised of 10 executives from the two countries, the council was launched in February when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with ...

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Stratford Festival explores painful chapter of Canada’s past in The Komagata Maru Incident

The Stratford Festival is revisiting a painful chapter in Canada’s history with The Komagata Maru Incident, but the show’s stars say it is vital to continue addressing the issues at the core of the century-old story. “I’m super excited that Stratford decided to tell this story because it is such an important story, and a lot of minority histories in Canada ...

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Steve Bannon, innovator in weaponized news, is hoisted by his own petard: Keith Boag

He’s gone, but give Steve Bannon credit. The former Breitbart CEO turned senior strategist in President Donald Trump’s White House was one shrewd innovator in the dark arts of weaponized news, and he was able to parlay that into the biggest political upset in modern American history. But it looks as if Bannon’s skill in manipulating media might have helped spark the friendly ...

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1 Canadian killed, 4 injured in Barcelona attack, Ottawa confirms

Breaking ‘We must stand firm against the spread of hate and intolerance in all its forms,’ Trudeau says CBC News Posted: Aug 18, 2017 5:29 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 5:29 PM ET Related Stories A Canadian citizen was killed and four others injured in the attack in Barcelona, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Friday.  “It was with ...

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Robin Thicke, girlfriend expecting baby on Alan Thicke’s birthday

New Girlfriend April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram The Associated Press Posted: Aug 18, 2017 5:20 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 5:20 PM ET Robin Thicke’s girlfriend is pregnant, and their baby is due on the birthday of Thicke’s late father, actor Alan Thicke. April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday alongside a ...

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