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 on behalf of the province’s 500,000 students, seeking tuition and fee refunds from the colleges based on lost class time — with full refunds for those who choose to drop out.

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Facebook says Russia did try to meddle in Brexit vote

TECHCRUNCH

BuzzFeed has obtained a statement from Facebook in which the tech giant admits, for the first time, that some Russia-linked accounts may have used its platform to try to interfere in the UK’s European Union referendum vote in June 2016.

Which means Russian agents weren’t just using Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, and in other recent elections in the West — such as those in France and Germany.

Elections are of course a huge deal but the result can at least be reversed at the ballot box in time. The in/out Brexit referendum in the UK was no such standard vote. And there is no standard process for reversing the result.

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Air Canada Develops Virtual Reality Experience to Showcase its Unique Dreamliner Offering

CANADA NEWS WIRE

MONTREAL, Nov. 9, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is the first Canadian airline to use virtual reality technology to simulate the experience of flying on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner for travel agents and potential customers. Through a fully immersive, interactive experience, users can explore all three cabins of service offered on board the aircraft, including enjoying a virtual International Business Class meal complete with wine in an Executive Pod.

“Air Canada is always developing new ways to enhance the customer experience and to engage partners such as the travel agent community, which plays a key role in helping our customers select the travel options best suited to them. Virtual reality enables us to familiarize thousands of travel agents and potential customers with Air Canada’s offerings through the magic of an interactive, virtual tour,” said Duncan Bureau, Vice President, Global Sales at Air Canada. “We have already seen an increase in bookings since we began using this technology.”

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