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Using AI, Canadian city predicts who might become homeless

Oct 15 2020

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As makeshift tent cities spring up across Canada to house rough sleepers who fear using shelters due to COVID-19, one city is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to predict which residents risk becoming homeless.

Forgot your keys? Scan your face, says Canadian firm amid privacy concerns

Apr 06 2020

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Plans for Canadian residents to use facial scans to enter their buildings have sparked criticism from privacy campaigners calling for changes to the country's aging data protection laws.

Closing down: aging residents, falling fish stocks spell end for Canadian town

Dec 10 2019

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Perched along Canada's windswept North Atlantic coast, the town of Little Bay Islands - population 51 - is a picturesque collection of brightly-painted fishing houses and narrow streets.

Actress Ellen Page spotlights 'environmental racism' in Canadian documentary

Sep 07 2019

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hollywood star Ellen Page has returned to her native Nova Scotia on Canada's Atlantic coast to direct her first film on "environmental racism", debuting Sunday at Toronto's International Film Festival.

Green paradise or data-stealing dystopia? Toronto smart city sparks debate

Mar 11 2019

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A planned smart city in central Toronto could lead to a six-fold drop in greenhouse gas emissions by pooling residents' data, said the company behind its development.

Battling 'biopiracy', scientists catalog the Amazon's genetic wealth

Dec 19 2018

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a bid to stop "biopiracy", researchers are building a giant database to catalog genetic material from the world's largest rainforest.

Dozens of indigenous women forcibly sterilized in Canada, U.N. committee hears

Nov 23 2018

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of indigenous women were forcibly sterilized by Canadian health authorities, including as recently as in 2017, said the lawyer leading a class-action lawsuit against the government.

Canada's indigenous people fight for rights with new cash crop: cannabis

Oct 17 2018

TYENDINAGA, Canada (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In their struggle to regain control over resources and spur economic growth, Canada's indigenous communities have found an unlikely ally: cannabis.

Cuban farmers shrug off promise of private ownership

Aug 20 2018

MATANZAS, Cuba (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cuba's decision to change its constitution and allow private property ownership has been shrugged off by small farmers, who says the island will never feed itself without far broader reform of state-run agriculture. 

In Canada, climate change could open new farmland to the plow

Sep 24 2017

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As global warming intensifies droughts and floods, causing crop failures in many parts of the world, Canada may see something different: a farming expansion.

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