Police in Canada Are Tracking People’s ‘Negative’ Behavior In a ‘Risk’ Database

Police in Canada Are Tracking People’s ‘Negative’ Behavior In a ‘Risk' Database

Police, social services, and health workers in Canada are using shared databases to track the behaviour of vulnerable people—including minors and people experiencing homelessness—with little oversight and often without consent. Documents obtained by Motherboard from Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) through an access to information request show that at least two provinces—Ontario and Saskatchewan—maintain a “Risk-driven Tracking Database” that is used to amass highly sensitive information about people’s lives.

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The US Army wants to turn tanks into AI-powered killing machines

The US Army wants to turn tanks into AI-powered killing machines

A new initiative by the US Army suggests “another significant step towards lethal autonomous weapons,” warns a leading artificial-intelligence researcher who has called for a ban on so-called “killer robots.” The Army Contracting Command has called on potential vendors in industry and academia to submit ideas to help build its Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS), which a Defense Department solicitation says will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to give ground-combat vehicles autonomous targeting capabilities.

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More than 6K suspension orders to go out to Waterloo region students over vaccines

More than 6K suspension orders to go out to Waterloo region students over vaccines

More than 6,000 school suspension notices will go out to parents in Waterloo region this week — all over vaccination records. Region of Waterloo Public Health officials said a total of 6,129 suspension orders will go out and parents will have until March 26 to provide proof of immunization or a valid exemption to avoid suspension. Suspensions can last up to 20 days.

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A major chemical company is building roads made of recycled plastic. They’ve already stopped 220,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills.

A major chemical company is building roads made of recycled plastic. They've already stopped 220,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills.

Plastic gets a bad rap for clogging up landfills, polluting our oceans, and leaking toxic chemicals, but there may be ways to mitigate its damage. Beginning in 2017, one of the world's largest plastic producers, Dow Chemical, began building roads with recycled plastic as a way to reduce waste. Their combined efforts have saved 220,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills.

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Honda owners fined by HOA because car left suggestive shape in parking lot

Honda owners fined by HOA because car left suggestive shape in parking lot

A Tennessee homeowner’s association (HOA) just tried to fine a couple US$100 for the phallic shape their Honda Insight left in a snowy parking lot after they moved their car. The Honda’s owner, Kathryn, explains on reddit’s /f***HOA subreddit how their condo complex’s HOA stuck her and her husband with the fine almost a week after their development was hit by the wintry weather.

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Canadian Dairy Farmers Forced To Remove Lying Adverts Claiming Milk Contains No Growth Hormones

Canadian Dairy Farmers Forced To Remove Lying Adverts Claiming Milk Contains No Growth Hormones

Canadian dairy farmers have been forced to pull adverts which falsely claimed there are no growth hormones in their milk. The adverts, which had been running nationwide, prompted complaints to Advertising Standards Canada – the advertising industry's self-regulating body. According to the Plant Food Council, all dairy naturally contains growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is intended to promote rapid growth in calves, as well as large amounts of estrogens and progesterone as cows on large farms are milked throughout pregnancies.

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US reportedly took Russian trolls offline on Election Day in 2018

US reportedly took Russian trolls offline on Election Day in 2018

The US agency responsible for military cyber operations cut off internet connectivity at the Internet Research Agency in Russia on the day of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday. The US Cyber Command "basically took the IRA offline," according to an unnamed source that spoke with the Post.

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New Orleans reduced homelessness by 90% (and saved a fortune) by giving homeless people homes

New Orleans reduced homelessness by 90% (and saved a fortune) by giving homeless people homes

Homelessness in New Orleans spiked after Hurricane Katrina, reaching 11,600 by 2007; today that number has been reduced by 90%, thanks to a "housing first" (previously) approach that starts by giving homeless people stable, permanent housing, and then addressing confounding factors like mental illness and substance addiction (on the grounds that these conditions are easier to treat when people have stable housing).

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Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion plan that includes building the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades and increasing its workforce in the area by about 6,500 jobs, an investment officials touted as an uncommon opportunity to revive the region’s economy.

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