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Shelters struggling to accommodate rising number of newcomers
  • Apparently a woman who just came to Canada died after waiting for hours outside a shelter in Mississauga.

    She'd been in Canada for three days at that point, so I guess she spent some time in a federal facility.

    It seems fucked up that someone who just arrived in the country and doesn't have a support network, just ends up homeless by default.

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    Death awaits...
  • Death: ugh. Mrs. Schmidt... these cookies... what's in these -

    Mrs. Schmidt: Ssh. You said it was time. You didn't say for who.

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    I've worn out the spot on my screen where the sync icon lives
  • yeah. The crash is a little too toxic rn.

    Hopefully once the problematic content is a little further down my feed I'll be able to go back to Sync, but until then Voyager is good enough.

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    Eggs on lent
  • It's unlikely a factory farm would bother to have a rooster around after the hens start laying.

    We're talking religion here, so I guess it could be a virgin fertilization...

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    Advice for Cyberpunk RED?
  • This is not a game about resource management. Don't view combat as "we should do X combats of such and such difficulty between rests". Focus on obstacles like "if they get inside with guns blazing, the elevators might be blocked" and leave to the players to decide how to approach them

    That's a big difference from D&D. Thanksb for pointing that out.

    Don't plan how will the gameplay progress, focus on who (meaning NPCS) does what, why. what are their obstacles

    That's really good advice.

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    The Cory Doctorow Humble Bundle
  • They're FOSS competence porn and wish fulfillment fantasy. I'm 100% on board with his politics and ideas, but the stories are a bit weak.

    They're fun though.

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    Shelters struggling to accommodate rising number of newcomers
  • What is a "newcomer"?

    "It's really upsetting to see people coming to Canada with hopes of prosperity and peace and healing and for them to end up here. It's really disheartening to see that," said Adrienne Arsenault, senior manager of program development and engagement at Shepherds of Good Hope.

    Elsewhere the article mentions refugee claiments, but the term newcomer suggests there are other categories in there too.

    Without absolute numbers the following statement is hard to pin down:

    She said nearly 20 per cent of those who sought shelter there by last summer and fall were newcomers. The year before that, they only accounted for about 5.5 per cent, she said.

    But that seems like a pretty significant jump.

    Weren't Toronto and Montreal seeing shelters filling up with refugee claiments too?

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    Men Over 30: What's one recipe or dish that you'd consider your go-to
  • Wraps!

    This isn't a fancy meal, but it's healthy and fast.

    Get a wrap (about 12 inches in diameter), and fill it with whatever you think is healthy. For us, that's cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, black beans, cheese. We've also included bacon, chicken, salsa, and rice. Add some seasoning, olive oil, and lemon juice.

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    Ohh shit....
  • I find anything other than light roast espresso gives me stomach pain.

    I've stopped a few times to make sure I'm not developing an addiction, and yeah, it can be tough.

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    Ohh shit....
  • a lot of programmer "culture" revolves around coffee

    It comes up in memes/jokes, but aside from that, what else does it have to do with our subculture?

    I'm not sure that it's even ours. Coffee comes up a lot in general office culture.

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    Fezmaxxing
  • I'm not really a hat person. And I feel like I'd need a smoking jacket to go with it. That seems like a bit much.

  • Advice for Cyberpunk RED?

    I'm thinking of running a Cyberpunk RED campaign. My group has played D&D together for about five years now.

    Any suggestions or advice on running the game? Are there any game play or mechanics tips that would help people coming from D&D?

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    A take of future crime

    > The year is 2094. The month is Compuary, which is a new cyber-month they added just for doing hacker stuff. The bio-scum of Circuit City festers under the iron fist of Consolidated Omnibotics and its army of synthoid enforcers. At the city's peak, under the crystal dome, incredibly wealthy and genetically immortal CEOs call shots and pull strings. And they do sex stuff up there as well. Down here in the Dirt District, the rest of us scrape by swapping garbage and doing crazy future drugs called stuff like NitroNerv and Tums 2. > > My name is Darpa Killblade, and I run with the baddest crew of low-life neurojackers around. There's Fishy Ramirez, fastest hacker on the net. There's Baltimore Airport, lab-grown to be a swimsuit model but programmed to kill. There's Crusty Silverware, biological warfare expert and black-market wizard. And then there's me: the owner of Circuit City's coolest jacket. > > We've just been handed the biggest contract of our lives: Infiltrate the dome and take out Harvard Pubence, the president of cops. Our reward? One thousand bytes, which are our money now because we use computers so much. That's enough to skip this shithole and start somewhere new. > > Tonight, Pubence is guest of honor at the 9th Annual Rich Perverts' Ball. My team is jacked up on Tums 2 and ready to roll the dice. So I've just got one question for you, scum.. …are you in?

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    Stop putting your wet iPhone in rice, says Apple. Here’s what to do instead
    www.theguardian.com Stop putting your wet iPhone in rice, says Apple. Here’s what to do instead

    Putting your device in a bag of rice ‘could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone’, the company warned

    Stop putting your wet iPhone in rice, says Apple. Here’s what to do instead

    What you should not do: > Experts have for years pointed out that’s a bad idea – and now Apple is officially warning users not to do it. > > “Don’t put your iPhone in a bag of rice. Doing so could allow small particles of rice to damage your iPhone,” the company says in a recent support note spotted by Macworld. Along with the risk of damage, testing has suggested uncooked rice is not particularly effective at drying the device.

    What you should do: > If your phone isn’t functioning at all, turn it off right away and don’t press any buttons. The next steps depend on your specific circumstances, but broadly speaking: dry it with a towel and put it in an airtight container packed with silica packets if you have them. Don’t charge it until you’re sure it’s dry.

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    King Edward was once Ottawa's Champs-Élysées. Can it be again? https:// www.cbc.ca /news/canada/ottawa/king-edward-was-once-ottawa-s-champs-%C3%A9lys%C3%A9es-can-it-be-again-1.7078647

    > "It feels like something went really wrong," said Aubin, who chaired the King Edward Task Force. "Here's something that we had in Ottawa that was super unique, and we lost it." > > It's all the more painful to compare those images with the King Edward Avenue of today. Picnics have given way to open drug use, the lovers' path replaced with a median lined with panhandlers instead of elm trees.

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    Japan to launch world’s first wooden satellite to combat space pollution
    www.theguardian.com Japan to launch world’s first wooden satellite to combat space pollution

    The environmentally friendly LignaSat probe – set to orbit this summer – has been created to combat harmful aluminium particles

    Japan to launch world’s first wooden satellite to combat space pollution

    > The timber satellite has been built by researchers at Kyoto University and the logging company Sumitomo Forestry in order to test the idea of using biodegradable materials such as wood to see if they can act as environmentally friendly alternatives to the metals from which all satellites are currently constructed.

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    Miss Monique at the Biosphere in Montreal
    music.youtube.com Miss Monique at the Biosphere Museum, in Montreal, Canada for Cercle - YouTube Music

    Miss Monique playing an exclusive DJ set from the Biosphere Museum, in Montreal, Canada for Cercle ☞ Support us and get access to exclusive videos & perks: ...

    Miss Monique at the Biosphere Museum, in Montreal, Canada for Cercle - YouTube Music
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    Keys, phone, naloxone: In downtown Ottawa, the antidote to opioid overdoses has become an item some people won’t leave home without
    www.theglobeandmail.com Keys, phone, naloxone: In downtown Ottawa, the antidote to opioid overdoses has become an item some people won’t leave home without

    St. Albans has become a bulwark against the rising tide of crisis in a neighbourhood overrun with addiction and homelessness, even supplying naloxone to paramedics when official supplies run low

    Keys, phone, naloxone: In downtown Ottawa, the antidote to opioid overdoses has become an item some people won’t leave home without

    > Since the congregation took naloxone training in March, there’s been seven outside St. Albans. But that number is quite modest. At the drop-in centre beneath the church, where some of Ottawa’s most afflicted seek daytime refuge once the overnight shelters close, they’re doing at least one [naloxone application] a day.

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    Immigration Minister to ‘rein in’ number of temporary foreign workers in 2024
    www.theglobeandmail.com Immigration Minister to ‘rein in’ number of temporary foreign workers coming into Canada in 2024

    Immigration Minister Marc Miller said there is a correlation between the influx of international students and temporary workers and the housing shortage in this country

    Immigration Minister to ‘rein in’ number of temporary foreign workers coming into Canada in 2024

    > Immigration Minister Marc Miller ... said there is a correlation between the influx of international students and temporary workers and the housing shortage in this country

    It sounds like they're going to crack down on "colleges" fleecing international students:

    > He said he plans to demand that provinces, such as Ontario, stop licensing substandard colleges offering a poor experience to international students and said he may consider refusing study permits if they do not clamp down on colleges churning out international graduates like “puppy mills.”

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    Alberta directed removal of COVID, flu references in fall vaccine campaign
    www.theglobeandmail.com Alberta directed removal of COVID, flu references in fall vaccine campaign, documents show

    Documents show the provincial government also instructed the health authority to limit information on the benefits and efficacy of vaccination

    Alberta directed removal of COVID, flu references in fall vaccine campaign, documents show

    > The documents, obtained through an access to information request, consist of dozens of pages of communications between officials at Alberta Health, the government ministry, and Alberta Health Services, the provincial health authority. They show that, in addition to ordering AHS to remove references to specific vaccines, the government instructed the health authority to limit information on vaccine benefits and efficacy.

    and

    > Public health experts have said these paltry [vaccination] numbers are partly to blame for the fact that Alberta’s hospital wards and emergency department waiting rooms are now overflowing with patients. The Globe and Mail reported last week that some doctors have said the situation is worse than it was during the height of the pandemic.

    I don't know how these things usually work, but it seems like overreach for elected officials to tell public health officers how to do their jobs.

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    Developer's suit against environmental groups leads to call for protective law https:// www.cbc.ca /news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-environmental-coalition-lawsuit-1.7048810

    A litigious developer doesn't like it when people call him out.

    And he's done it before: > In 2010, Banks's company Pan American Properties filed a million-dollar lawsuit against two Charlottetown residents who had appealed a permit to allow a hotel to be built in downtown Charlottetown.

    ... > The commission said Pan American "showed disrespect for the legislated role and mandate of the Commission as a quasi-judicial body...

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    Developer's suit against environmental groups leads to call for protective law https:// www.cbc.ca /news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-environmental-coalition-lawsuit-1.7048810

    A litigious developer doesn't like it when people call him out.

    And he's done it before: > In 2010, Banks's company Pan American Properties filed a million-dollar lawsuit against two Charlottetown residents who had appealed a permit to allow a hotel to be built in downtown Charlottetown.

    ... > The commission said Pan American "showed disrespect for the legislated role and mandate of the Commission as a quasi-judicial body...

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    First step towards Pax Europa
    therecord.media EU Council president proposes ‘European cyber force’ with ‘offensive capabilities’

    There should be “a European cyber force … equipped with offensive capabilities,” according to the president of the European Council, which sets the EU's political priorities.

    EU Council president proposes ‘European cyber force’ with ‘offensive capabilities’

    3,000 keyboard warriors of the Eurozone

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    Incel murderer gets life in prison
    www.theglobeandmail.com Man in incel-inspired murder case gets life in prison, no parole for 10 yrs

    It’s believed to be the first time in Canada that a court has made a finding of incel-motivated terrorist activity

    Man in incel-inspired murder case gets life in prison, no parole for 10 yrs

    The murderer of Ashley Noelle Arzaga has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years. He severely injured the woman who restrained him.

    > In June, Justice Sukhail Akhtar ruled that the stabbing amounted to an act of terrorism due to its links to so-called “incel” ideology, which stands for “involuntary celibate,” a fringe internet subculture dominated by men who blame women for their lack of sexual relations. > > It’s believed to be the first time in Canada that a court has made a finding of incel-motivated terrorist activity.

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    Poll says Canadians are suffering from 'inflation isolation'
    financialpost.com Posthaste: Cash-strapped Canadians are suffering from 'inflation isolation'

    Inflation and interest rates are causing Canadians to stay at home and spend less time socializing, MNP poll finds. Read more

    Posthaste: Cash-strapped Canadians are suffering from 'inflation isolation'

    > Half of the people polled by Ipsos for the MNP survey say that to save money they are staying home more often and a third are socializing less. This is especially evident in younger Canadians and those with an income of less than $40,000, the survey said.

    But wait, it gets worse: > Nearly half of respondents say they don’t believe they will be able to cover their living expenses over the next 12 months without going further into debt, up two percentage points from the previous quarter.

    I'm guessing some of this debt includes student loans and car loans: > Credit card balances hit a record high of $107.4 billion in the second quarter, with average non-mortgage debt for consumers rising to $21,131, according to Equifax Canada

    I'm always suspicious of this kind of poll. Every year or two we seem to get a poll saying our financial health is abysmal, but time passes and the rate of bankruptcies/insolvencies stays around the same. I guess this one is different because of the increasing cost of living.

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    Subsidies to rich seniors make no sense
    www.theglobeandmail.com Globe editorial: Subsidies to rich seniors make no sense

    The cost of Old Age Security payments is set to soar this decade, putting an increasing strain on Ottawa’s finances

    Globe editorial: Subsidies to rich seniors make no sense

    The OAS bonus is being given to well-off seniors. As more and more affluent Boomers retire, that's going to put a strain on federal finances.

    (Note that OAS is different from GIS, which is available to low income seniors)

    > Last year, the Liberals boosted OAS by 10 per cent for seniors 75 years and older, claiming it would help poorer senior citizens. That claim is nonsensical – if the government wished to help poor seniors, it already has a tailor-made program at hand: the Guaranteed Income Supplement. (The income cutoff point is much lower than for the OAS, just $21,456 for individuals.) Any OAS reform should start with scrapping that 10-per-cent increase and targeting those funds narrowly to low-income seniors who receive the GIS.

    > Last year, the federal government spent $69.4-billion on elderly benefits. That will jump to $101.3-billion in fiscal 2029.

    > Clawbacks of the benefit ($8,492 a year) start when an individual’s taxable income reaches $81,761 but even those making up to $134,626 receive reduced payments, or $137,331 for seniors over 75 whose OAS entitlement is increased by 10 per cent. For individuals who deferred receiving OAS in exchange for higher monthly payments, that ceiling is considerably higher, around $170,000. And those clawbacks are assessed on an individual, not a household. A household made up of two seniors eligible for the maximum OAS could have a combined income of about $340,000 and still receive a small monthly payment from Ottawa.

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    Decoding Myself - Waveshaper
    music.youtube.com Decoding Myself - YouTube Music

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Decoding Myself · Waveshaper Artifact ℗ 2019 Waveshaper Released on: 2019-05-06 Auto-generated by YouTube.

    Decoding Myself - YouTube Music
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    Police seize weapons, replica firearms after Bank Street fight

    From the Citizen: > Police in Ottawa say they seized weapons and firearms after a fight which appeared to be linked to a soccer game broke out Saturday afternoon. > >Police say they received multiple calls at about 2 p.m. reporting a “disturbance” on the 1800 block of Bank Street. > > >They say three people received minor injuries and refused treatment. > >Videos circulating social media show a crowd of people running through clouds of smoke from what appear to be flares. > >Police reported no arrests but say the investigation is ongoing.

    Link to video.

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    Vet technician, 33, is scraping by in a small city Ontario house her parents paid for: ‘It’s a lot of guilt’
    www.theglobeandmail.com Vet technician, 33, is scraping by in a small city Ontario house her parents paid for: ‘It’s a lot of guilt’

    She always knew her salary wouldn’t be high but didn’t aspire to be rich. What she didn’t realize was that she would struggle to afford basic things like shelter and food

    Vet technician, 33, is scraping by in a small city Ontario house her parents paid for: ‘It’s a lot of guilt’

    > “It feels like I’ve been working harder and harder and sliding backwards down the scale,” she says.

    Making $50k in a small town and still "scraping by" is scary. Maybe I'm just old, but I'd hoped that kind of income would be enough for some kind of comfort.

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    Lest we forget (our duty to cast a vote)
    www.theglobeandmail.com Globe editorial: Lest we forget (our duty to cast a vote)

    Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew had a suggestion this week as to how to honour the memory and sacrifice of veterans: voting

    Globe editorial: Lest we forget (our duty to cast a vote)

    > [Wab] Kinew, speaking at the premiers’ conference in Halifax, said practising democracy is the best way to thank those who fought to defend it. “As someone who just went through an election recently, I’m very, very mindful of the sacrifices that the veterans of our great country have made so that each and every one of us can participate in this strong democracy.” > > A lot of discourse focuses on the rights of Canadians: what the government owes us. Not enough space is given to the notion of duty: what we owe to each other, our communities and our country. Mr. Kinew’s excellent notion speaks to that sense of obligation, as opposed to a sense of entitlement.

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