Canada home to estimated 4,600 modern slaves

More than 220 years after Upper Canada became the first British colony to abolish slavery, an estimated 4,600 people in the country are still being victimized, according to Walk Free Foundation (WFF).

Hurricane seasons set 30-year records

To see the infogram accompanying this article, click here. This year’s hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, is setting 30-year records. The Atlantic’s seven named storms is the fewest seen since 1994. The 24 named cyclones in the Eastern Northern Pacific are the most since 1992. The United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)…

Volcanoes in Japan, Hawaii relatively minor

Volcanoes around the Ring of Fire surrounding the Pacific have been making headlines of late. Mount Ontake in Japan killed 56 people in late September. The current eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is creeping slowly towards the village of Pahoa. The past century has seen hundreds of eruptions across the globe. Below is a sample of…

Ebola outbreak gets much-needed good news

Canada has been dominating the headlines in what is a day of good news on the Ebola outbreak. Canadian vaccine sent to Switzerland The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) this morning sent its first of three shipments of an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO). In total, 800 vials of the…

Supreme Court to hear right-to-die challenge

To see the timeline that accompanies this article, click here. More than two years after her death, Gloria Taylor’s legal challenge is reaching its ultimate hearing. The Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments Oct. 15 in Carter v. Canada, the lawsuit started by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Assocation on behalf of Taylor, Kathleen…

Toronto pollsters finding little to agree on

To see the interactive infographic accompanying this story, click here. Since the doors closed on new candidates in Toronto’s mayoral race Sept. 12, Mainstreet Technologies and Forum Research are the only pollsters to release multiple surveys. John Tory leading the race with Doug Ford second and Olivia Chow third is the only thing upon which…

Predicting Nobel Prize winners more than random chance

Gamblers would need a Lady Oracle on their side to pick Margaret Atwood to win The Nobel Prize for Literature. British gambling site Ladbrokes is giving Atwood 33:1 odds to join the likes of Steinbeck, Hemingway and Faulkner. Picking who will win the Literature and Peace Nobels is in general a crapshoot, but predicting the…

Tom Walton elected HSF president in by-election

Full-time Humber College students succeeded in their second attempt to elect a Humber Students’ Federation president for the 2014-2015 academic year. First-time candidate Tom Walton, 18, was officially declared the winner of the by-election, defeating Ali Zaidi, Patrick Millerd and Shawn Manahan. “The experience was overwhelming,” Walton said of the campaign. “It was the experience…

CF-18 Canada’s jet until 2025

It seems almost assured that Canadian jets will soon be flying combat missions over Iraq as a part of an international effort to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the militant group ISIS following statements by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sept. 24. “We need to push them (ISIS) to the fringes and make their basic organization…

Toronto mayoral candidates debate arts spending, promotion

ArtsVote Toronto has been advocating for local artists and art workers since 1993. They hosted this year’s arts-centric debate at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox with mayoral candidates Morgan Baskin, Olivia Chow, Doug Ford, Ari Goldkind and John Tory. Damian Abraham, lead singer of Toronto-based punk band F—ked Up, moderated the event. Video by Karina Nowysz….

Tanya Tagaq wins Polaris, slams PETA

The Polaris Prize is an award that has long been embroiled in controversy for the albums that make and don’t make their long and short lists and the eventual winners. This year’s winner, Tanya Tagaq for her album Animism, may be the first in the prize’s history to win overwhelming approval from the public, particularly…