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With another Toronto shelter hotel to close, residents call for action from new mayor

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 14:00


Toronto residents who have been staying in temporary shelters in hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic are being forced to relocate as the city returns the sites to their original owners. Michael Smith, who has been homeless for 25 years, is distressed at the prospect of losing his temporary home at the Strathcona Hotel and being moved to a shelter far from his downtown doctor and the community he has become a part of. The city has closed the Strathcona site to new admissions and has been working with residents on relocation plans, including permanent housing. However, some residents claim that the relocation plans are haphazard and that they are being forced to move quickly without suitable alternatives being identified. Toronto's shelter system is overstretched, with approximately 9,000 shelter spaces routinely full and upwards of 200 people being turned away on an average night. Experts have called for the conversion of more hotels into supportive housing to help alleviate the housing crisis in the city.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2023/07/16/with-another-toronto-shelter-hotel-to-close-residents-call-for-action-from-new-mayor.html
Threads collects so much sensitive information it’s a ‘hacker’s dream,’ experts say

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 14:00


Meta's new social media platform, Threads, has raised concerns among tech experts due to the amount of sensitive data it collects on its users. The platform, which is part of Meta's wider privacy policy that covers Facebook and Instagram, collects information on a user's activity, including the content they create, view, and interact with, as well as metadata, hashtags, and the time and duration of their activities. Threads also collects health and fitness, financial, browsing history, location, and contact information, as well as "sensitive information." Tech experts argue that the specificity and quantity of data collected by Threads pose a risk if it falls into the wrong hands or is used to target users. Meta's chief privacy officer, Rob Sherman, argues that the privacy measures on Threads are similar to those on other social media apps and that users can choose to share different types of data. However, experts advise users to read privacy policies more thoroughly and consider a company's track record before signing up for any service.

https://www.thestar.com/business/2023/07/16/threads-collects-so-much-sensitive-information-its-a-hackers-dream-experts-say.html
Blue Jays picks and props vs. Diamondbacks, July 16: Bet on a Gabriel Moreno revenge game

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 13:57


The Toronto Blue Jays are set to face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, with the Blue Jays looking to complete a sweep. The article suggests that former Blue Jay Gabriel Moreno will have a big game against the Diamondbacks' pitcher Yusei Kikuchi. The author predicts that Moreno will have at least 1.5 bases in the game. They also predict that the Diamondbacks will score over 4.5 runs, as Kikuchi has been struggling in recent outings. Overall, the article provides betting picks for the game between the Blue Jays and the Diamondbacks.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/sports-betting/2023/07/16/blue-jays-picks-and-props-vs-diamondbacks-july-16-bet-on-a-gabriel-moreno-revenge-game.html
Blue Jays odds vs. Diamondbacks July 16: Toronto favoured to pull off the sweep

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 13:27


The Toronto Blue Jays have the opportunity to complete a sweep of their first series back from the all-star break with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Yusei Kikuchi will start for the Blue Jays and Tommy Henry for the Diamondbacks. Kikuchi has a 4.24 ERA this season but has given up the second most home runs in the majors. Henry has a 3.75 ERA but a 5.26 FIP, suggesting he has benefited from good luck. The game total is set at 9.5.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/sports-betting/2023/07/16/blue-jays-odds-vs-diamondbacks-july-16-toronto-favoured-to-pull-off-the-sweep.html
BoC rate hikes, fallout from B.C. port strike and Laurentian Bank for sale: Must-read business and investing stories

The Globe and Mail

23-07-16 13:00


The Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate to 5%, the highest level since April 2001. It marks the second consecutive quarter-point hike by the bank, which is seeking to tame inflation. Meanwhile, Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker programme has seen a surge in approvals to fill low-wage roles, particularly in the service sector, according to Employment and Social Development Canada.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-boc-laurentian-bank-bc-port-strike-july-16/
Canada Makes Progress Towards Making Child Care Affordable for All

NewAmerica

23-07-17 18:31


Canada's national child care plan, launched in 2021, aims to create 250,000 new low-cost child care spots by 2026. The plan, which was influenced by a similar initiative in Quebec, will gradually reduce child care fees to $10 CAD ($7.30 USD) per day. Five of Canada's 13 provinces and territories have already reached this threshold, while the others have reduced fees by half. However, the reduction in fees has led to increased demand for child care, with many parents joining waitlists due to a shortage of spaces. The plan also aims to increase pay for early educators and improve the quality of care.

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/canada-makes-progress-towards-making-child-care-affordable-for-all/
St. Catharines business owner hoping to launch tiny home steering committee

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 17:11


Kalleigh Sharp, co-owner of National Association of Estheticians, is forming a steering committee to explore the possibility of creating a tiny home community to address homelessness in St. Catharines, Ontario. Sharp hopes that by providing tiny homes, people experiencing homelessness can transition into long-term housing. The committee will be comprised of community volunteers, including faith leaders, people with lived experience, and those with job-related skills such as construction. Tiny home communities offer a quick solution to homelessness, allowing people to maintain their dignity and responsibility while they work towards permanent housing.

https://www.thestar.com/nd/news/niagara-region/2023/07/14/st-catharines-business-owner-hoping-to-launch-tiny-home-steering-committee.html
Mexico vs. Panama Gold Cup final predictions and best bet: Expect Panama to put up a fight

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 16:52


Mexico and Panama are set to face off in the Gold Cup final tonight. Panama, who pulled off an upset victory over the USA in the semifinals, are the underdogs with odds of +300 to win the trophy. However, the article suggests that Panama has a good chance of at least sending the game to extra time. The team has not conceded a goal in regulation in their knockout games and has shown a strong defensive performance. The article's best bet is for Panama to win or tie in regulation, with odds of +130. It also notes that Panama has cashed this bet in all five of its Gold Cup matches.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/sports-betting/2023/07/16/mexico-vs-panama-gold-cup-final-predictions-and-best-bet-expect-panama-to-put-up-a-fight.html
Canada sees 100,000 square kilometres burned this record-breaking wildfire season

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 16:37


Canada has reached a record-breaking wildfire season, with 100,000 square kilometers of land burned. This surpasses the previous record set in 1989. The majority of the fires are in Western Canada, with British Columbia having the highest number of active fires. Forecasted conditions suggest that the wildfire season will continue to be intense throughout July and August. However, conditions are expected to improve significantly in Eastern Canada.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2023/07/16/canada-sees-100000-square-kilometres-burned-this-record-breaking-wildfire-season.html
Why ditching gas cars for electric ones hinges on Canada’s EV sales standard

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 16:00


Canada's federal government is finalising regulations intended to accelerate the electrification of cars, with the aim of eliminating tailpipe pollution. Under the new rules, automakers will be required to produce an increasing number of electric passenger vehicles until all cars made are electric by 2030. By 2035, 100% of new passenger vehicles sold will need to be electric. The regulations are based on a sales mandate and, if successful, emissions from transportation would drop by 42-46% below 2005 levels. Other Canadian provinces have introduced similar sales requirements and have seen significant increases in EV sales.

https://www.thestar.com/business/opinion/2023/07/16/why-ditching-gas-cars-for-electric-ones-hinges-on-canadas-ev-sales-standard.html
Canada Makes Progress Towards Making Child Care Affordable for All

NewAmerica

23-07-17 18:31


Canada's national child care plan, launched in 2021, aims to create 250,000 new low-cost child care spots by 2026. The plan, which was influenced by a similar initiative in Quebec, will gradually reduce child care fees to $10 CAD ($7.30 USD) per day. Five of Canada's 13 provinces and territories have already reached this threshold, while the others have reduced fees by half. However, the reduction in fees has led to increased demand for child care, with many parents joining waitlists due to a shortage of spaces. The plan also aims to increase pay for early educators and improve the quality of care.

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/canada-makes-progress-towards-making-child-care-affordable-for-all/
Blue Jays complete sweep of Diamondbacks at home with 7-5 victory

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 20:55


The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Sunday, completing a sweep of their three-game series. Danny Jansen's three-run double in the eighth inning was the key play of the game. Toronto has now won four games in a row and eight of its last nine. Arizona has lost four straight games.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2023/07/16/blue-jays-complete-sweep-of-diamondbacks-at-home-with-7-5-victory.html
Dane Christian Lundgaard wins Honda Indy Toronto

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 20:14


Christian Lundgaard has won the Honda Indy Toronto in his first victory of the IndyCar season. Lundgaard started the race on the pole but ultimately won due to a failed strategic gamble by Scott McLaughlin and Scott Dixon. Alex Palou took second despite starting 15th on the grid and having a damaged front wing. Colton Herta was third for his first podium of the season. Lundgaard's win solidifies Palou's lead in the season's standings ahead of Dixon.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/auto-racing/2023/07/16/dane-christian-lundgaard-wins-honda-indy-toronto.html
With more baseball than ever, the 4th annual Mike Buist Classic is a hit in St. John's

CBC

23-07-16 20:00


The fourth annual Mike Buist Classic, a baseball tournament for young players in Newfoundland and Labrador, took place in St. John's over the weekend. The tournament is named after Mike Buist, the former executive director of the minor baseball association, who passed away in 2019. This year's tournament was the biggest yet, with 52 teams participating in 110 games spread across 12 ball diamonds. Buist, originally from Hamilton, Ontario, had a long career in baseball, including playing in the minor leagues and working as a statistician for the Toronto Blue Jays. After retiring, he became the executive director of the St. John's Minor Baseball Association and made significant contributions to the local baseball community. The tournament aims to honor Buist's legacy and continue building baseball programs in the region. Players at the tournament highlighted the fun and camaraderie of the event, with many of them enjoying the opportunity to play with friends and make new ones. The championship games will be held on Sunday night.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/buist-classic-4th-annual-1.6908472
I donated a kidney to a stranger because life is good and good to share

The Globe and Mail

23-07-16 19:00


A Toronto woman has written about her experience of donating a kidney to a stranger in the Toronto Star. Kathy Sykora decided to donate after her synagogue sent out an appeal for someone in need of a kidney. She had previously been a blood donor and had been on the stem cell donation list for decades. She said the decision was not easy: "Most people regret what they have not done much more than they ever regret the things they have done." Sykora registered as an anonymous undirected donor, a service offered by Canadian Blood Services. Sykora urges others to consider donating, saying the procedure is safe and the risks are minuscule: "Donating an organ is not a decision to be taken lightly and the support of family and friends is paramount."

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/first-person/article-i-donated-a-kidney-to-a-stranger-because-life-is-good-and-good-to/
Canada Makes Progress Towards Making Child Care Affordable for All

NewAmerica

23-07-17 18:31


Canada's national child care plan, launched in 2021, aims to create 250,000 new low-cost child care spots by 2026. The plan, which was influenced by a similar initiative in Quebec, will gradually reduce child care fees to $10 CAD ($7.30 USD) per day. Five of Canada's 13 provinces and territories have already reached this threshold, while the others have reduced fees by half. However, the reduction in fees has led to increased demand for child care, with many parents joining waitlists due to a shortage of spaces. The plan also aims to increase pay for early educators and improve the quality of care.

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/canada-makes-progress-towards-making-child-care-affordable-for-all/
North American Indigenous Games officially open in Halifax as prime minister attends

The Toronto Star

23-07-17 00:24


The North American Indigenous Games have begun in Halifax, Canada, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance. Trudeau told the young athletes that they will not only celebrate their athletic achievements, but also their identity, culture, and futures as Indigenous leaders. The games aim to further reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and help Indigenous youth connect with each other. The 2023 games will mix Indigenous culture with sporting events and bring together about 5,000 athletes, coaches, and mission staff from 750 First Nations across the continent.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/2023/07/16/north-american-indigenous-games-officially-open-in-halifax-as-prime-minister-attends.html
Prairies are epicentre of evolving Indigenous food scene

The Globe and Mail

23-07-17 00:22


Winnipeg and Edmonton are becoming centres for Indigenous cuisine in Canada. Restaurateur Christa Bruneau-Guenther, a French-Métis chef from Winnipeg, is one of the first to gain recognition for her comfort food and community-mindedness. Winnipeg now has the most Indigenous-owned-and-operated food businesses in the country. Jay Lekopoy, owner of Promenade Brasserie in Winnipeg, and Pei Pei Chei Ow, the business of chef Scott Jonathan Iserhoff in Edmonton, are also bringing Indigenous cuisine to the forefront.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-prairies-are-epicentre-of-evolving-indigenous-food-scene/
Three in hospital after daytime shooting in east Toronto

The Toronto Star

23-07-16 22:46


Three people are in hospital following a shooting in Toronto's east end. Police responded to the incident and found three victims with non-life-threatening injuries. Two suspects are in custody, and there is no further risk to public safety. The shooting is the latest in a series of violent incidents in the city.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2023/07/16/three-in-hospital-after-daytime-shooting-in-east-toronto.html
Canada Makes Progress Towards Making Child Care Affordable for All

NewAmerica

23-07-17 18:31


Canada's national child care plan, launched in 2021, aims to create 250,000 new low-cost child care spots by 2026. The plan, which was influenced by a similar initiative in Quebec, will gradually reduce child care fees to $10 CAD ($7.30 USD) per day. Five of Canada's 13 provinces and territories have already reached this threshold, while the others have reduced fees by half. However, the reduction in fees has led to increased demand for child care, with many parents joining waitlists due to a shortage of spaces. The plan also aims to increase pay for early educators and improve the quality of care.

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/canada-makes-progress-towards-making-child-care-affordable-for-all/