Matthew Owczarz is a second year journalism student at Humber college. He is currently a general news reporter, photographer and videographer for the Et Cetera and a copy editor and writer for SayWord Toronto. He currently resides in Toronto, Ont.
The future is in motion as Canada begins testing self-driving technology.
Autonomous – self-driving, or driverless vehicles – will be perfected to navigate roads without the need of a someone being behind the wheel. Equipped with GPS, cameras, and sensors, autonomous cars have the potential to be safer and more efficient – never running red lights, never exceeding the speed limit and devoid of all human error. However, there are a few kinks to work out before they can be fully rolled out.
Canada is in the midst of an opioid crisis and nobody is really safe.
Fentanyl, a painkiller that is stronger than both heroin and morphine, has spread across the provinces and caused a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse reported at least 655 deaths were caused by fentanyl nationwide between 2009 and 2014. (more…)
The leader of Cuba’s communist revolution and former president of the island nation for around five decades has died. Fidel Castro has been in poor health since he was diagnosed with an intestinal ailment in 2006. Castro’s younger brother Raul, who obtained the presidency from Fidel after he stepped down in 2008, announced Castro’s passing on Cuban state television. Castro –successfully avoiding some 634 assassination plots on his life, including a devilishly clever attempt the CIA made using an explosive cigar – died on Friday. No cause of death or other details have been given.
Check out my storify on the world’s reactions to Castro’s death here
The federal government has finally come together to address Canada’s opioid crisis with a two-day summit, which took place on Nov 17 and Nov 18, in Ottawa, Ont.
Health experts, health ministers, addiction experts and afflicted families attended the summit – hosted by Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott and Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins – to discuss legislative changes that would address the issue.
The Canadian Comedy Awards, or CCAs, are a national ceremony celebrating Canadian comedians for achievements in live, television, radio and web comedy, said Simon Fraser, a representative from the CCAs.
The awards ceremony was hosted at The Silver City comedy club in Toronto on Nov. 6.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced-off in Las Vegas, a city famous for hosting championship clashes. Unlike prior bouts in Vegas among heavy-hitters like Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson over prize belts, the U.S. presidency is on the line for Trump or Clinton, and winner will take all on Nov. 8.
Comedian K. Trevor Wilson nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award (K. Trevor Wilson)
Humber alumnus and award-winning comedian K. Trevor Wilson was nominated best comedic artist of the year in the annual Canadian Comedy Awards.
Wilson is nominated in the category alongside Graham Clark, Jus Reign, Mike Ward and Kenny Hotz. (more…)