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May 27, 2020

It’s no doubt the recent coronavirus outbreak has impacted our daily lives in numerous ways. We are encouraged to self-isolate, people have lost their jobs or have been temporarily laid off, and with entire populations ordered to stay at home, effects on the environment and ecosystems are being observed around the globe. With travel bans, the closure of non-essential businesses and factories, and the diminished need for cars,...

April 20, 2020

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a state of emergency, and widespread social isolation, resulting in a mountain of economic challenge. However, though the problem stemmed before the outbreak of the coronavirus, Toronto continues to suffer from a housing crisis. According to RBC's 2019 Economic Research publication, housing affordability in Toronto remains at a crisis level (RBC Economic Research, 2019). Real es...

April 20, 2020

Mengrai Thai is a small, yet widely-beloved, Thai restaurant in downtown Toronto. Couple Sasi Meechai, award-winning Iron chef, and Allan Lim opened their first restaurant in 2001, a venture that has now grown into the critically-acclaimed dining experience that it is today. Alongside the restaurant's success and its owner’s already jam-packed schedules, the duo has dedicated their remaining spare time to giving back to their...

April 20, 2020

In the past few years, sentiments of alienation have been simmering among the people of the western provinces of this confederation. Many people who live in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia feel that the economic and political makeup of the country is unfairly centered on the central provinces of Ontario and Quebec, while the western provinces are less economically successful and less poli...

February 11, 2020

On January 2nd, US President Donald Trump ordered an attack against Iranian Islamic Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, a significant event for US-Iran relations. What followed was an interesting mix of reactions from people worldwide. It only took a couple of minutes before a new meme had surfed the length of the internet, entirely concerning one topic: World War III.

Memes are humorous texts, usually consisting of a caption...

February 11, 2020

Last October, the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management organized a conference on Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence. TFS was one of the selected participants in the event. Each year, the presentations delivered by speakers from the realm of machine intelligence are centred around a chosen theme. Last year’s 2019 conference focused on the technological advances...

December 24, 2019

In the past six months, the New York Times has published three viral videos of former Nike athletes – Alysia Montaño, Kara Goucher, and, most recently, Mary Cain – speaking out against the brand and the unequal treatment of its female athletes. 

In May of this year, Montaño and Goucher broke their non-disclosure agreement with Nike when they went on record to make a public statement about their pregnancy and how it was treated...

December 24, 2019

Recently, I was reminded of what happened to Banksy’s Girl With Balloon in October of 2019. After it was sold at auction for a whopping 1.4 million dollars, Banksy, the anonymous creator of the piece, shredded the painting. But why shred the valued piece? 

This is not the first time Banksy rebelled against authority. According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, the artist started his career in the 90s by creating...

November 12, 2019

In what was not an unexpected result, Canada has re-elected a Liberal government under Justin Trudeau for a second term, albeit as a minority government, despite the popular vote, indicating the Conservatives got the most votes. 

The Liberals have been re-elected to a strong minority government of 157 seats, just under the 170 seat requirement to form a majority government. The Liberals were down by 20 from the 177 MPs at disso...

November 12, 2019

If you haven’t heard of the climate crisis by now, then you’ve clearly been living under a rock. It seems that, after years of being pushed aside and considered trivial, people are finally starting to take notice. With the rise of activists such as Greta Thunberg, young people have been mobilizing by the hundreds of thousands to demand greater action for fighting against climate change. Driven by the understanding that the act...

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