One Degree News Brief … November 17, 2017

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Amazon launches Echo, Alexa in Canada TORONTO STAR Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant Alexa, along with the voice-controlled Echo speaker devices, are finally available in Canada. Amazon Canada on Wednesday launched pre-orders for the Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus, with “special introductory pricing.” The Echo starts at $99.99 for a limited time, after which it will cost $129.99. The Dot… Read more »

One Degree News Briefs … November 16, 2017

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Weather Network takes on ‘big boys’ Google, Facebook in quest to rake in digital ad dollars FINANCIAL POST People from Victoria to Torby, Nfld., are pleading with the broadcast regulator to keep The Weather Network as a channel with mandatory distribution in basic cable packages. In a renewal process that comes every seven years, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission… Read more »

One Degree News Briefs … November 15, 2017

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Ontario’s college students strike back — in the courts, on the airwaves TORONTO STAR Frustrated Ontario students are striking out on their own — via the courts and over the airwaves — in a bid to put pressure on the colleges and put an end to the almost five-week-old job action by instructors. On Tuesday, a class-action lawsuit was filed… Read more »

One Degree News Brief … November 14, 2017

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Trudeau tells Philippines’ Duterte he’ll get rid of rotting Canadian trash in Manila TORONTO STAR MANILA, PHILIPPINES—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he reassured Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that Ottawa is searching for a way to dispose of thousands of tons of Canadian trash languishing in the port of Manila. The household waste, which includes soiled diapers, has been rotting in… Read more »

One Degree News Brief … November 13, 2017

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Sea level maps show coastal communities like Vancouver in race against time VANCOUVER SUN Metro Vancouver’s urban waterfronts are a beacon for condo developers, tourists and everyone in between. But even in best-case scenarios for global warming, a new series of interactive maps that illustrate the impact of rising sea levels suggest Metro, an indeed much of coastal Canada, is… Read more »