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Markets at a glance

Briefing highlights<p>How automation will change your world<br>• RBC cutting 450 jobs<br>• Markets at a glance<br>• Uber CEO resigns under investor pressure<p>After reading a handful of dire reports on the impact of automation, I went looking to see if a robot might some day take my place.<p>I found there's a lot It can and …

Thunder Bay's 'appalling' hate crime rate doesn't shock local MP

A Thunder Bay MP says she's not surprised by "appalling" new numbers that suggest the Ontario city has the highest rate of metropolitan hate crime in Canada.<p>Patty Hajdu, who's also the federal labour minister, used to run a homeless shelter in the remote northwestern Ontario city that was populated …

Thunder Bay

India's Startups And Changing Consumer Tastes Are Forcing Coca Cola To Up Their Game

Consumers’ transition towards beverages which are lower in sugar content and higher in nutritional values, is not only restricted to the economies of health-conscious U.S. and Europe, but has started to spread to South Asia. Keeping in line with movement towards healthier alternatives in the …

Draymond Green unplugged: Warriors star fires back at Cavs, critics, everyone in between

OAKLAND — Draymond Green had already dropped the mic at the Golden State Warriors’ latest championship parade.<p>He has made a habit out of this sort of thing at these gatherings, always saying something that makes the million or so fans on hand either cheer or cringe. This time, after claiming to the …

The Subconscious Ways Facebook Is Influencing Your Home Buying Decisions

Your friend's home value has no bearing on your financial fortunes.<p>When people make life-altering financial decisions, they often turn to someone in …

Four 'Real-World' Secrets To Entrepreneurial Success

The iCONIC Tour, presented by Inc. and CNBC, was a one-day conference that took place on June 7th in New York City at the New World Stages.<p>Becoming a successful entrepreneur is a difficult venture, and it’s one that iCONIC appropriately nurtures and refrains from sugar-coating. The day was …

Woman sues casino that offered her steak dinner instead of $43 million jackpot

A slot machine told her she hit a massive jackpot, but the casino claimed it was a machine error and offered her a meal on the house. Now, she's taking this to court.<p>Katrina Bookman captured national attention last year when she played a "Sphinx Slot Machine" at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New …

Could a robot catch the next Madoff? Ottawa startup bets AI can root out fraud

Eli Fathi was travelling in September, 2015, when the veteran tech executive – one of the most sought-after mentors in Ottawa's tech scene – got a call from a stressed-out entrepreneur named Solon Angel.<p>Mr. Angel had set out to build artificial intelligence (AI) software to help auditors detect …

How China, Not Obama, Waged The War On Coal

Global coal production is down record amounts thanks largely to China, BP’s chief economist said Thursday, and coal’s probably not coming back.<p>“I think we are seeing a significant and decisive shift in coal, a break from the past in terms of coal,” said BP Group Chief Economist Spencer Dale at a …

China hits milestone in race to create hack-proof communications

China has taken a big step forward in its pursuit of a hack-proof communications network.<p>Chinese researchers say they have used a satellite in space to beam tiny particles over a record-breaking distance, according to an article in the latest issue of research journal Science.<p>The milestone …

How To Get Toxic People Out Of Your Life

As you get older you can’t help but notice how your mojo ebbs and flows.<p>Even in a job you love, there are good and bad days.<p>Even in the middle of a discouraging job search or working at a job you hate, there are highs and lows. Sometimes the highs and lows correlate with good and bad things …

Meet LA's Real Estate 'Flipsters': Millennials Who Flip Homes

Millennial house flippers are invading Los Angeles.<p>The LA Times this week profiles what it says is the expanding numbers of young people buying and re-selling homes to other young people. The trend is even spawning a new term, the paper says. So-called ‘Flipsters.’<p>The Times report says these …

Basquiat Painting Is Sold for $110.5 Million at Auction

Joining the rarefied $100 million-plus club in a salesroom punctuated by periodic gasps from the crowd, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s powerful 1982 painting of a skull brought $110.5 million at Sotheby’s, to become the sixth most expensive work ever sold at auction. Only 10 other works have broken the …

India's indie cinema scene stretches into taboo territory

Stories of sexuality and politics topline Toronto's International Film Festival of South Asia, the largest event of its kind in North America<p>Earlier this year, India's Central Board of Film Certification refused to issue a certification for the Hindi-language movie <i>Lipstick Under My Burkha</i>, stating …

How To Write A Pain Letter, Step By Step

A Pain Letter is like a cover letter, but it is much more powerful than a cover letter is.<p>A Pain Letter doesn’t talk about you, the way a traditional cover letter does. It talks about the letter’s recipient, instead — your hiring manager.<p>Your hiring manager in any organization is the person who …

Gordon Pape: I’ve crunched the numbers. It’s true. ETFs are usually better

If you can't beat them, join them.<p>That's the approach being taken by a growing number of traditional mutual fund companies as they expand into the ETF (exchange-traded funds) business.<p>Mackenzie Financial, AGF, Dynamic, RBC, and TD have all launched new ETFs in the past couple of years. In April, …

OPP looking at using GPS darts as alternative to high-speed pursuits | The Star

High-speed car chases could soon be a thing of the past for Ontario’s provincial police.<p>The force says it has launched a pilot project that will test …

Roads

At Google I/O, A Glimpse Of A Gadget-Less Future

I’ve been writing about technology in a professional capacity since roughly 2005. Back then, “tech” basically meant gadgets to the consumer magazines I worked for, as I wrote about countless little and big black boxes that did one thing well (or, as was often the case, not so well). If you wanted …

What You Need To Know About The Latest Security Hacks

I wrote recently about the changing face of cybersecurity—the expanding threat surface of the Internet of Things, mobility, BYOD and the cloud, and the different kind of attacks we’ve been seeing over the last several years in response to these changes. I emphasized the need for a more holistic …

Five Job Search Moves That Make You Look Desperate

Job-hunting is a lot like dating.<p>When you’re job-hunting or when you’re dating, you don’t want to come from the place “Please, like me — I beg you!”<p>You can’t be needy as a job-seeker or a person on the dating scene.<p>It is a losing strategy in both arenas.<p>Dogs smell fear, and people are good at …

Employment

Three Ways Business Leaders Can Cultivate And Maximize Employee Potential In The Workplace

In the past, leaders with the heart were hard to come by. The norm was hard-hitting, often brutal managers. Micro-managing employees. This was the “best” method business leaders could use to motivate and unearth the potential locked up inside employees.<p>Consequently, employees were “supposed to be …

Ontario teen wins award named in honour of Princess Diana

Ontario teenager is one of 20 young people from around the world who were awarded the inaugural Diana Award by Prince William and Prince Harry at St. James Palace in London on Thursday.<p>The award was established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power …

Meet the Japanese Billionaire Who Just Bought the $110.5 Million Basquiat Painting

Yusaku Maezawa has been collecting art for 10 years<p>Yusaku Maezawa is one of the richest men in Japan, and he just spent $110.5 million on a …

Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs

Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation.<p>Next up could be jobs at your local stores.<p>Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by …

Nicki Minaj's Generosity Exposes Huge Scandal Of College Grading Standards

Nicki Minaj just became a higher-education philanthropist. But her well-intentioned generosity could ensnarl her in significant debt of her own. Here’s how it happened.<p>As reported by Avalon Zoppo on NBCNews.com, Grammy nominee Minaj announced on social media that she would pay the college tuition …

College & University

How To Get The Great Jobs That Are Never Advertised

For many people, the first move in starting a job search is to scour job postings. But competition for those positions is often fierce. Sarah Stamboulie, a New York-based career consultant who worked in H.R. at Morgan Stanley and Cantor Fitzgerald, and as a career coach in Columbia Business …

Employment

This Entrepreneur Is Building a Billion-Dollar Media Empire, And It All Started From His Dorm Room

Located less than 10 miles from the University of Texas at Austin, the headquarters of DigitalMarketer pays homage to the pursuit and commitment of a deep and intuitive understanding of both simple and complex marketing interactions, working to illuminate powerful website visibility strategies and …

Digital Marketing

Duolingo adds Japanese to its catalog of languages

Duolingo announced today that it was adding Japanese to its language courses.<p>The course teaches English-speaking users the hiragana syllabary in addition to Japanese phrases, with katakana cards being available on the company’s Tinycards app.<p>Blockchain and cryptocurrency news minus the …

Aikido

LinkedIn Top Companies List Shows That People Really Want to Work at Google

Google parent company Alphabet and Amazon topped LinkedIn's list<p>Job seekers are most interested in working at Google’s parent company Alphabet over …