Highlights/Toronto

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Smart cities threaten privacy, freedom, warns expert

The former privacy commissioner of Ontario recently resigned from a project to create a smart city in Toronto because there are no guarantees the collection of personal data would be kept private. Privacy is fundamental to freedom, says Ann Cavoukian,» 

Society

Trial date set for Toronto van attack suspect

The trial of a man accused of a deadly van attack that killed 10 people on a busy Toronto street in April has been set for Feb. 3, 2020, his lawyer said after a brief court hearing on Tuesday. Alek» 

Society

Food insecurity increases in Toronto: report

Despite growing prosperity in Canada’s largest city, total visits to food banks have increased by 14 per cent over the last decade, according to a new report. The annual Who’s Hungry report was released by the Daily Bread Food Bank» 

Politics

Ontario’s highest court backs Premier Ford on downsizing Toronto city council

Ontario’s highest court handed the provincial government a legal victory on Wednesday that will allow it to move ahead with its plans to cut the size of Toronto’s city council by nearly half just weeks from a municipal election. A» 

Economy, International, Society

Canada: World’s best cities, but perhaps not so for residents

Top ten cites: three are Canadian, except… Three of Canada’s major cities made the annual “top ten” list of the world’s most liveable cities by the Economist magazine. Calgary Alberta came in fourth, Vancouver British Columbia was listed as sixth,» 

Arts and Entertainment, International

The CNE and PNE: Ending summer on a big note of fun

It’s been an annual tradition since at least 1879. The Canadian National Exhibition opens today at the large 78 hectare CNE grounds in Toronto. Often called simply the “Ex” it was originally staged as a showcase of agricultural and technological» 

Society

Toronto police charge man for yelling threats and racist insults at Muslim family

Toronto police have charged a 50-year-old man, caught on video pushing and hurling racist insults at a Muslim family along the city’s waterfront earlier this week, with assault and threatening death. Police said Lombray Ball of Toronto confronted two men» 

Politics, Society

Ontario premier Ford unveils plan to slash Toronto city council

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Friday that his newly elected Progressive Conservative government will introduce legislation to slash the number of Toronto city council to nearly half its current size, saying “the size of government is just too large.” During» 

Society

‘No evidence’ Toronto shooter Faisal Hussain connected to ISIS: Toronto police chief

Toronto police say they have “no evidence” that the gunman behind Sunday’s deadly shooting rampage in Toronto was connected to ISIS after the group claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday. A statement released by the Amaq news agency, the terror» 

Society

Canadian start-up sells non-permanent tattoos world wide

Two Canadian brothers have just secured $10 million US in venture capital to expand their Toronto company which makes and sells tattoos that last only up to 18 days. Inkbox was founded in 2015 by Tyler and Braden Handley. Tattoos»