Toronto taxi drivers are threatening to gridlock the city during the upcoming Pan Am Games to force officials to put the brakes on the controversial ride-share company Uber, which is facing growing opposition in Canada, Europe and Asia.
Sajid Mughal, spokesman for the iTaxiworkers Association, says Uber drivers have taken between 40 and 50 per cent of cab business in Toronto as city and police turn a blind eye to bylaws that would curtail the company.
“UberX is taking most of the cab business and the cab drivers are suffering,” Mughal tells Yahoo Canada News. “The city is not doing its job.”
He says cab drivers have not made a final decision on when they will block streets in protest – or even if they will – but they will meet in the next few days to decide. The Pan Am Games begin July 10.
“Drivers are so frustrated by now that they are thinking of taking action against Uber,” Mughal says. “If the city is not taking any action, we have to raise our voice. We don’t want anything toRead More »from Uber facing a rough ride in Canada and abroad
Canadian and Ukrainian researchers are working together to build a portable device that soldiers, police and border agents could use to covertly detect concealed weapons and deter security threats.
The NATO-funded research project is headed up on the Canadian side by McMaster University electrical and computer engineering professor Natalia Nikolova.
“Part of this project is building collaboration with Ukraine and helping them acquire adequate instruments and equipment,” Nikolova told Yahoo Canada News.
“So, the goals of this project are not purely technical; they have significant social and political impact as well.”
1The idea is to equip soldiers and law-enforcement officials with portable devices that could detect concealed guns and explosives up to 15 metres away.
These devices could be used at airports, borders or crowded events — anywhere a security threat may be looming — to stop disasters before they start.
Imagine if Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s rifle had been detected before heRead More »from Canadian, Ukrainian engineers designing portable concealed weapons detector
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for crew and passengers aboard WestJet and Air Canada domestic flights this week. Investigations are underway into five bomb threats that forced a series of emergency landings in four cities across the country. In one incident, St. John's airport officials were also forced to evacuate a building.
But one security expert says passengers shouldn’t be nervous to fly, despite the slew of flight diversions that have taken place across the country since June 25.
“If a terrorist wants to blow up an airplane, they put the bomb on the airplane, they don’t keep calling in,” says Andre Gerolymatos, a history professor at Simon Fraser University who specializes in security and terrorism. “Every time they call, they make the authorities more aware of it and make them much sharper.”
With this past week’s spike in disturbances, WestJet has managed to reduce the time it takes to confirm the hoax. The first, incident, a June 27 WestJet flight from Edmonton to HalifaxRead More »from Travellers shouldn’t be nervous to fly after bomb threats, expert says
Last week, Google made some news by giving users an easier way to undo sent emails on Gmail. For most, the ability to undo a sent message was a thing of legend, despite being available for several years. The fabled feature was buried beneath menus and wasn't all that easy to find unless you thoroughly explored the settings.
But Google isn’t the only one with secrets, there are many popular apps and social media sites that boast little-used settings and features that could prove convenient in a jam.
If you ever wanted a complete rundown of everything you've ever posted to Facebook, you can do that with the simple click of a link. At the top right of the Facebook home page, click the settings icon and then click on 'See More Settings'. Hit the 'General Settings' tab on the left and scroll down to find the 'Download a copy of your Facebook data' link. Now you'll have a comprehensive treasure trove of pictures, posts and other stuff which will make for a fun walk through memoryRead More »from The Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram features you may not know exist
We’ve always been a self-centered bunch. How could we not be? After all, there’s nothing more egotistical than being human, tethered to your own mind with only guesses at what others may actually be thinking.
Social media has bolstered this view of the world, made it easier to justify this self-centricity, to curate our identities and present ourselves to the world in the way we want to be seen. That used to be a privilege reserved for public figures and celebrities, now we can make ourselves whoever we would like to be.
Unfortunately, the are limits to the identities we curate, especially if we build them on lies as in the case of Rachel Dolezal, a former chapter leader at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who was outed for being white.
Dr. Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar, associate professor of sociology and academic coordinator of Caribbean Studies at Ryerson University likens Dolezal’s case to Grey Owl, a British-born Canadian immigrant who adopted a FirstRead More »from Is it really possible to be 'transethnic'?
When nine-year-old Cash Cayen tried to sign up for a summer robotics session at the Timmins Public Library, she was told it was for boys only.
So, with the help of her mom, she started a Change.org petition asking the library to let girls participate too — and it worked thanks to the public's support.
“She will be allowed in the program, as will any others wishing to take part,” Timmins Mayor Steven Black told Yahoo Canada News.
The controversy began when Cash, an avid participant in local library activities, tried to sign up for a July 20 robotics event, but was turned away because of her gender.
The library's summer newsletter describes the event, hosted by Science Timmins, as "Robotics For Boys ONLY!"
“Even after speaking to the Assistant Library Director Elaine De Bonis, where I explained that I have been participating in library programming since I was only a few months old I was still turned away,” she explained in her Change.org petition, which netted more than 9,000 signaturesRead More »from Timmins Public Library reverses decision on boys-only robotics event after girl's petition
Canadian city-dwellers are used to living with wildlife, from squirrels, deer, raccoons and even the occasional bear in some Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods.
Squirrels are cute, and so are raccoons when they’re not emptying your garbage bin all over the yard. But some of us are ambivalent about another animal that’s come to enjoy living in the city: the coyote.
Reports of coyote sightings and encounters have climbed steadily in Canada, including incidents where they’ve preyed on cats and small dogs, and claims they’ve attacked people.
In early June, a coyote reportedly jumped into a fenced yard in London, Ont., and killed a wheaten terrier that had been let outside for its evening constitutional.
In May, a coyote was blamed for knocking down and mauling a teenage girl as she walked in London park, though some say a dog is the more likely culprit.
Conservation officers in Vancouver killed an aggressive coyote after it was reported stalking a woman and her leased dogs in the downtownRead More »from Getting used to coyotes as neighbours, but don’t make friends with them
The Beer Store’s plan to expand its network of drive-thru locations in Ontario has sparked a conversation about whether being able to pick up booze without having to set foot in the store encourages drinking and driving.
The Ontario chain plans to open a drive-thru store in Cambridge on Monday and another one in Peterborough on July 16, bringing the total in the province to six. The others are in Hamilton, Kitchener, London and Woodstock.
“It’s just added convenience,” said Tom Wisener, The Beer Store’s director of retail operations, adding it's particularly convenient for seniors and people with disabilities.
But Andrew Murie, CEO of MADD Canada, said drive-thrus make it harder for retailers to tell whether a customer is already impaired.
“If the person’s in the car, you don’t get to see them walk. You don’t get to see what you would usually count on — the physical displays of intoxication,” Murie said.
But Wisener said there are other signals of impairment that Beer Store employeesRead More »from Drive-thru Beer Stores spark impaired-driving concerns