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Health

Ontario schools move online as school closures are extended 

Ontario schools won’t be open for students until at least May 4 to fight the spread of COVID-19, Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford announced in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “The decision to extend school closures was not made lightly,” »

Health

Quebec releases online learning service while schools remain closed

Quebec’s Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge announced earlier today the launch of a bilingual online learning service for parents and children to use from home while schools remain closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. The service, called Open School, or L’École »

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Tech companies must do more to reduce child porn, urges non-profit

A Canadian charity is finding 10,824 new images of child sexual abuse online every 12 hours and is calling on technology firms to do more to detect and remove them. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has an automated web »

Arts and Entertainment, Society

Canadians are concerned about “fake news”

A new survey shows a very high percentage of Canadian online users have some degree of concern about disinformation online, or so-called “fake news”. Media Technology Monitor, is a research product of Canada’s national public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada. MTM’s »

Society

Access to Canadian archival material will soon be free

On January 1, 2019, paywalls will go down enabling free access to 60 million pages of Canadian digital documentary heritage. This means vast historical record will be accessible to researchers, students, faculty and users in Canada and around the world. »

Society

Facebook launches dating feature in Canada

Online dating sites have fetched over $5 million so far in 2018 and Facebook is getting in on the action. It has just launched its dating service in Columbia and in Canada and will refine it before launching it elsewhere. »

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Security breach of cannabis users

Canada’s new recreational cannabis law is not even a month old and a new concern has arisen. Canada Post- the national postal service- had a security breach of information involving 4,500 customers of the Ontario Cannabis Store. The provincially operated »

Health

Children ‘bombarded’ with junk food ads on apps

New research has found that three-quarters of children in Canada are exposed to food and beverage ads on social media 111 times per week and most ads are for unhealthy foods. These are foods that are ultra-processed and are high »

International, Internet, Science and Technology

Online hate speech debated

The mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, U.S. has revived discussion about social media and whether they foment violent action. The accused shooter used a website called Gab to rail against Jews. Website created in response to restrictions This »

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Gambling problems among teens linked to free online games

A new study found adolescents who played free social casino games were significantly more likely to play for money both online and on land, and they were more likely to have gambling problems. The study by the Centre for Addiction »