Tuesday, November 24

‘Powerhouse’ theatre star Nick Cordero remembered for big voice, big heart – CityNews Toronto

TORONTO — Even as a gangly student in Hamilton and Toronto, Nick Cordero was seen as a big-hearted rock star destined to make a great mark on both the theatre world and his circle of friends. Those who knew the late Tony-nominated theatre performer are remembering him as a passionate, ambitious and deeply caring actor, singer and dancer whose immense talent and towering presence made him stand out even in his early days in Canada. “He was six-foot-five and all lungs, all powerhouse singing,” says Canadian actor-producer David J. Phillips, a friend of Cordero’s who studied theatre with him at Ryerson University in Toronto. “I know a lot of this stuff sounds cliche at times, but he really was like a rock star. He just was cool and stylish and popular, but with this incredible v...

South Dakota man linked to Russian spy sentenced for fraud – CityNews Toronto

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A former conservative operative who was once romantically linked to a Russian agent was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison in South Dakota. Paul Erickson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering as part of fraudulent investment schemes he operated for many years, the Argus Leader reported. Erickson was not charged in connection to his romantic relationship with Maria Butina, who was deported in October after admitting she sought to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups and promote Russia’s agenda. Prosecutors said Erickson concocted multiple investment schemes from 1996 to August 2018, including recruiting investors for a string of elder care homes; developing a wheelchair that allowed a person to use the bathroom from the c...
App Store, cbc

CBC Gem for iOS Updated with Sign In with Apple

CBC Gem, which offers live TV and on-demand programming, has been updated with Sign In with Apple. The streaming service from CBC offers live TV, full episodes of Canadian content and also support for AirPlay and Chromecast. For $4.99 per month, a Premium version of CBC Gem removes ads and also offers Network live 24/7. With the addition of Sign In with Apple, new users can now enjoy the service without the hassle of signing up and creating an account. Sign In with Apple allows existing users to easily sign in with an Apple ID and protects your privacy. The feature limits what details CBC Gem will receive such as your name, while your email can also be masked, with Apple creating a temporary address that forwards to your real email, to avoid spam. The app update for CBC Gem a...
Google, Google Pixel 5, News, Phones

Pixel 5 renders based on leaks showcase hole-punch camera and rear fingerprint sensor

Three-dimensional CAD renders of the highly anticipated Pixel 5 have leaked online. According to the renderings, the phone measures in at 44.6mm long, 70.4mm wide and 8mm thick or 9.5mm thick if you include the rear camera bump. This means that the Pixel 5 features slightly smaller dimensions than the iPhone 11.EXCLUSIVE: Google Pixel 5 renders, dimensions and 4K video https://t.co/y65v3bQ03m#googlepixel #android #pixel5Thanks to collaboration with @xleaks7 — Pigtou (@Pigtou_) July 6, 2020If these renders are accurate, the design for this upcoming flagship is poised to be a bit odd in a few ways, but generally, the phone looks similar to the still-unannounced Pixel 4a. The front of the Pixel 5 sports a display with substantial...

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

FARGO, N.D. — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to weaken public health and environmental protections it views as obstacles to businesses. In a 24-page order, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., wrote that he was "mindful of the disruption" that shutting down the pipeline would cause, but that it must be done within 30 days. Pipeline owner Energy Transfer plans to ask a court to halt the order and will seek an expedited appeal, spokeswoman Vicki Granado said. The order comes after Boesberg said in April that a more extensive review wa...

N.L. officials warn of potential fines in response to crowded bar photos – CityNews Toronto

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Public health officials are warning of potential fines for skirting public health orders as images from a St. John’s bar overflowing with patrons on the weekend draw criticism on social media. Photos shared widely online Monday show dozens of people crowded outside and on the balconies of popular George Street bars The Rob Roy and Konfusion, and another shows people packed close together on a dance floor. The provincial Department of Health responded with a statement expressing concern about the scenes captured on the downtown bar strip known for attracting big crowds on weekends. The department said chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald would meet public health and other officials Monday afternoon to “determine next steps.” Bars and lounges...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local

City reopens outdoor sports, multi-use fields – CityNews Toronto

The City of Toronto says it is opening outdoor sport and multi-use fields for team training and permits will be issued to organizations for the remainder of the 2020 summer season. “All 170 outdoor sport and multi-use field locations will be open by tomorrow,” the City said in a release. “Permits for outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields will resume this week.” The City adds that both the types of activities and the number of people allowed on the field will be restricted to further contain the spread of COVID-19. The capacity at outdoor sport and multi-use fields will be reduced to 10 people per field, and no additional spectators are permitted. Scrimmages and games are not permitted, even in the course of training or among teammates.

BONOKOSKI: Time for Trudeau to slam the door on China

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s suspension of the extradition treaty with Hong King after the communist Chinese dictatorship of Xi Jinping imposed draconian rule over the former British colony is a good opener, but hopefully only the beginning.Canada has to get tough publicly, starting with announcing it is kissing goodbye its long-held pipedream that China would be best moved to play fair by the soft diplomacy of acquiescence.But that’s not what’s bred in China’s bones.It knows only authoritarianism. It has no tolerance for even mild criticism, and rules with a hardcore communist fist.Three decades ago, upwards of thousands of student protesters were massacred after Beijing sent troops and tanks onto Tiananmen Square to show what it thought of the pro-democracy movement.Yet, wha...

The problem with Hamilton as Broadway show faces calls to be ‘canceled’

Alexander Hamilton was a revolutionary and military leader, a Founding Father, first secretary of the treasury of the United States, and subject of the smash-hit Broadway musical Hamilton.But the show, which paints him as an opponent of slavery, is now facing calls for it to be 'canceled' for glossing over his own involvement in the trade.While Hamilton saw the evils of slavery first-hand growing up in the West Indies and advocated powerfully against slavery later in life, he often sidelined these views in order to win the approval of wealthy benefactors and advance his career.His two main benefactors were George Washington and Philip Schuyler, both of whom owned slaves. Hamilton helped the Schuyler family buy slaves, and helped run companies which profited from slave labor. Even when h...
Toronto & GTA

Homeless advocates take City of Toronto back to court over shelter system

Liam CaseyA group of advocates for the homeless is taking the City of Toronto back to court for allegedly not keeping its end of a deal to ensure the health and safety of shelter residents and those living on the street.A drop-in centre and other human rights organizations allege in a notice of motion filed in the Superior Court of Justice that the city has not placed all beds in the shelter system two metres apart, still offers bunk beds, and that not enough beds are available to those in need.“We believe the city has not kept their side of the settlement,” said Greg Cook, an outreach worker with Sanctuary Ministries Toronto.“There’s beds closer than two metres, one person called in for a bed and were offered a bunk bed and there are numerous situations, especially for women, wh...

Woman loses job after attacking pubgoer for ‘speaking Polish’

A woman caught on camera attacking NHS care worker in Wetherspoons pub for 'speaking too loudly Polish' today denied she is racist and says she was ‘set up’. Clare McCarthy was filmed lunging at Anna Rutkowska at The Kingswood Colliers bar in Bristol and was accused of shouting: 'You're in England now.' But the 30-year-old alleged attacker today insisted she hadn’t used those words and she revealed she had been sacked today from her job as a recruitment consultant after the footage went viral on social media. Ms McCarthy said she only reacted after being stared and laughed at by the Polish group for 20 minutes before one of them squared up to her when she confronted them and another pushed her. Police are now investigating footage of the incident, which happened at 9.15pm on Saturday, t...
Apple, MacBook, macbook air, MacBook Pro, News, patents, Tablets & Computers

Apple patent describes MacBook with more durable transparent glass keyboard

While Apple’s expansive glass Force Touch trackpads have been one of the laptop’s most popular features for the last few years, there’s a possibility the tech giant could eventually bring a similar glass design to the MacBook’s keyboard. A recent patent filed by Apple at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) outlines how transparent glass polymer could be used as keycaps in Apple’s MacBook keyboards. These see-through keycaps would allow light and something Apple refers to as “glyphs” to be visible through the keys. This would make it impossible for letters to wear off the keys since the actual letter would be located under the glass. There’s also a possibility this design could allow Apple to do more interesting things with...