Toronto Star: SDG Counties digital newspaper archives launched

Toronto Star: SDG Counties digital newspaper archives launched. “It was an apropos launch for a digital newspaper archive, to host an online launch event. That was the case as the SDG Newspaper Digitization Project, with over 200,000 pages of history, hit the internet with a celebratory online launch held May 3rd.” SDG stands for United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, a municipality in Ontario Canada.

Techdirt: Canadian Government Wants To Regulate Social Media Like Broadcast

Techdirt: Canadian Government Wants To Regulate Social Media Like Broadcast. “Canada has a long history of requiring broadcasters to support and air Canadian content, setting percentages of airtime that must be dedicated to it. While this is controversial and of questionable efficacy, it is at least coherent with regards to television and radio broadcasting over public airwaves — but Bill C-10 would bring streaming services and many other websites under the same regulatory regime, which also includes even more concerning powers to regulate political speech.” Anybody remember the kerfuffle over Canada regulating zines back in the 1990s? Just me? Okay.

Vice: Commercial Airline Pilots Keep Reporting UFOs Over Canada

Vice: Commercial Airline Pilots Keep Reporting UFOs Over Canada. “On the morning of May 30, 2016, an Air Canada Express flight from Montreal to Toronto reported it had ‘crossed an unidentified flying object, round in shape, flying at an approximate speed of 300kts,’ or more than 550 km/h. Over 8,000 feet above Lake Ontario on Nov. 14 of that year, two crew members were injured when a Porter Airlines plane dove to avoid hitting an ‘object’ that ‘appeared to be solid… and shaped like an upright doughnut or inner tube.’ By combing through thousands of reports in a government flight incident database, VICE World News has uncovered dozens of recent UFO sightings from Canadian and international airlines.”

CNET: Facebook could block news in Canada like it did in Australia

CNET: Facebook could block news in Canada like it did in Australia. “In the middle of February, as the Australian government was passing a bill that would force Google and Facebook to pay publishers for news that surfaces on their platforms, Australia’s 16 million users found that news content had vanished from Facebook’s website and app. Now, with Canada’s government mulling similar legislation, it’s possible the story could repeat itself across the Pacific.”

Coast Reporter (Canada): Mapping project illuminates links between poor environment, historical racism

Coast Reporter: Mapping project illuminates links between poor environment, historical racism. “A new tool that measures the environmental quality of any urban street in Canada — and maps it out in colour — illustrates vividly the many neighbourhoods in the country that have poor environment scores, neighbourhoods that are often home to racialized communities.”

Canada NewsWire: New Interactive Tool Helps Users Better Understand Impacts of COVID-19 School Closures on Young Canadians (PRESS RELEASE)

Canada NewsWire: New Interactive Tool Helps Users Better Understand Impacts of COVID-19 School Closures on Young Canadians (PRESS RELEASE). “The School Closures and COVID-19: Interactive tool brings together existing information about children and youth who were already known to be vulnerable before the pandemic, as well as available data on the impacts of temporary school closures on young Canadians. The tool, which includes interactive maps that identify the location of vulnerable communities, provides policy makers, industry leaders, teachers and parents with a single point of access to Statistics Canada data about this topic.”

Landscapes of Injustice: Landscapes of Injustice Digital Archive Database Launch events

Landscapes of Injustice: Landscapes of Injustice Digital Archive Database Launch events. “Landscapes of Injustice is pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Archives database this March. Join us for one or both of the launch events each as we explore the materials contained within, demonstrate how to retrieve them and chat with members of the Japanese Canadian community about the files related to their family history and heritage.” The two launch events are March 28 and March 31.

Global News: Ontario reports more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

Global News: Ontario reports more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths. “Ontario is reporting 1,829 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the largest single-day increase since early February, bringing the provincial total to 327,083. Saturday’s case count is higher than Friday’s which saw 1,745 new infections. On Thursday, 1,553 cases were recorded and 1,508 on Wednesday. It is also the highest daily increase in cases since Feb. 1 when 1,969 new cases were reported.”

The Telegram: Digitization of long out-of-print Newfoundland traditional music creates permanent record

The Telegram: Digitization of long out-of-print Newfoundland traditional music creates permanent record. “A light thump and/or slight crackle are often the first sounds heard when ‘Play’ is pressed for audio files on the Bandcamp page Kelly Russell established for his production company, Pigeon Inlet Productions. It’s an odd noise to hear on a WAV file or MP3. But there’s a reason. Russell recently uploaded his out-of-print vinyl collection to the internet as a way to preserve the songs, jigs, reels and recitations he had carved into wax beginning 42 years ago.”

The Verge: Amazon ordered to temporarily close facility near Toronto due to increase in COVID-19 cases

The Verge: Amazon ordered to temporarily close facility near Toronto due to increase in COVID-19 cases. “A public health authority has ordered Amazon to close one of its fulfillment centers in Canada for two weeks because of an uptick in the rate of COVID-19 infections at the facility. A public health investigation found that while the rate of COVID-19 infections has been decreasing in the area, the rate inside the Brampton facility, near Toronto, ‘has been increasing significantly.’”

University of Maine: First-ever online, bilingual portal to Franco American archives launches this spring

University of Maine: First-ever online, bilingual portal to Franco American archives launches this spring. “Franco American Digital Archives/Portail franco-américain, formerly known as the Franco American Portal project, will offer access to various primary sources about the French-Canadian, Acadian and Québécois(e) diaspora communities of the Northeast. Available records will include letters and other correspondence, scrapbooks, family and business records, newspapers, photographs and other media depicting Franco-American history, culture and people.”

Toronto Star: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg summoned to testify before parliamentary committee

Toronto Star: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg summoned to testify before parliamentary committee. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to appear before a House of Commons standing committee within the next 30 days. The summons was contained in a motion adopted by the Canadian Heritage standing committee on Friday and states that Zuckerberg is legally required to attend for at least 90 minutes.”