Toronto needs to back up its sanctuary city designation

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Matt Owczarz

Originally published in the Et Cetera

Toronto is a sanctuary city.

But that doesn’t mean enough is being done for undocumented residents. A city has to be able to back up that title by providing adequate aid to asylum seekers while eliminating their risk of deportation.

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Trump praises response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

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Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News.

President Donald Trump visited San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday to survey the damage, meet the locals and attend a briefing, almost two weeks after hurricane Maria made landfall on the island.

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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

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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  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…)

Movie Review: T2 Trainspotting

Matt Owczarz

Back in 1996, the now Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) directed an adrenaline pumping and controversial film called  Trainspotting about a group of young heroin addicts in the city of Edinburgh struggling to get clean despite the allure of the drug scene. Containing an aggressive in-your-face style and gritty story, the film became a cult classic and launched lead actor Ewan McGregor’s career.

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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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Humber alum K. Trevor Wilson, nominated best comedic artist of the year

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Matthew Owczarz

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…)