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London police say The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan death not suspicious

FILE PHOTO - Irish band 'The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan performs live at Dublin's Castle

FILE PHOTO – Irish band ‘The Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan performs live at Dublin’s Castle on April 29, 2000. REUTERS/Ferran Paredes/File Photo

Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News

The death of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious by London Metropolitan Police, but the cause has yet to be determined.

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FCC investigation underway in Hawaiian ballistic missile alert blunder

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, during the Inaugural Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting to determine what must be done to promote agriculture and economic development, and quality of life in rural America, in Washington, D.C., on June 15, 2017. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

Matt Owczarz

Originally posted on Humber News

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Hawaii didn’t have “reasonable safeguards or process controls in place” to prevent a false emergency alert like the one transmitted on Saturday in the island state, and that an investigation into the incident is underway.

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Kevin Spacey responds to allegations of unwelcome sexual advances

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 Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News

Actor Kevin Spacey said he is “beyond horrified” about allegations of sexual advances he made towards then 14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp in an incident  almost 30 years ago.

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Fall in number of asylum seekers illegally crossing into Canada

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Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News

The amount of asylum seekers illegally walking into Canada from the U.S. border has fallen dramatically in September from August.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) intercepted 1,881 asylum seekers in September, compared to 5,712 from the month before. This leaves the total number of border-crossers to 15,102 so far, according to data from the Government of Canada.

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Trump at UN: US may “totally destroy North Korea” if left with no choice

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Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News

U.S. President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. would destroy North Korea in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

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The Long Road to Self-Driving Cars

2017_Toyota_RAV4_Hybrid-4The Toyota RAV 4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense driver assisting features. (Photo Courtesy of Toyota Canada Inc.)

Matt Owczarz

Originally published in Scribe Magazine

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.

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The Opioid Crisis in Canadian Drug Culture

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Matt Owczarz

First published by Swept

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…)

Controversial Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro dead at 90

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Matt Owczarz

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

Wheels finally in motion to stop Canada’s opioid crisis

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Matt Owczarz

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.

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Winners of the 2016 Canadian Comedy Awards

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The winners for the 2016 Canadian Comedy Awards were announced on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy of the CCAs)

Matthew Owczarz

This year marked the 17th consecutive year of the Canadian Comedy Awards.

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.

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