Matthew McLaughlin

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Owing $240,000, B.C. couple downsize to save their retirement

Nothing says retired and in debt as much as when 60-year-old Jerry Newbery and Lesley Bates, 51, moved in with her 87-year-old father for three months to save cash until they can downscale into a new townhouse.<p>After working all their lives – Mr. Newbery has already retired once – they are in the …

Canada’s new Liberal government resurrects the mandatory census

Conservatives canceled the mandatory survey for ideological reasons, but Liberals will reinstate it in order to produce ‘reliable, good-quality data’<p>Canada’s new Liberal government has begun rolling back former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s policies by resurrecting the mandatory …

Vancouver Tesla owner tracks car thief in real time while on phone with 911 dispatch

A Vancouver car thief chose the worst possible target — a trackable Tesla — in what appears to be one of the first cases of that make being reported …

Intel reportedly has 'army' of people working on Apple's next iPhone chip

Intel is pouring resources into a project to supply Apple's next iPhone with its next-generation LTE modem, according to a report today from <i>VentureBeat</i>. The team responsible for integrating the Intel 7360 LTE modem chip into what will inevitably become the iPhone 7 may be as large as 1,000 people. …

How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

If you watch the film <i>The Martian,</i> you'll see Hollywood explosions and special effects galore, but you'll also see some serious science.<p>Actor Matt Damon, who plays stranded astronaut Mark Watney, must calculate his way through food shortages, Martian road trips and other misadventures as he fights …

Happy 125th birthday, Yosemite National Park!

Google's Pixel C tablet is Android's official answer to the Surface

You may have tuned into Google's event expecting Nexus phones, but Google just threw a big (if not entirely unanticipated) wildcard into the mix: Meet the Pixel C. The 10.2-inch Android Marshmallow device is the first tablet Google has designed completely in-house, and it's a not-so-subtle attempt …

Keurig introduces Kold soda machine, which makes single servings of Coke at over US$1 a glass

NEW YORK — Making a glass of Coke at home will soon be possible, if you don’t mind paying more than US$300 for a machine that sits on your kitchen …

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 – Full comparison [Video]

If you haven’t heard, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are finally here, but should you upgrade? Well today we’re comparing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus…<p>Design and hardware<p>Starting out with design, it’ll be hard to tell the difference between any of these phones. Being an …

Mobile Technology

The World’s Leaders at the UN: Pictures

Democrats

11 Weird Laws That Could Ruin Your Next Trip

Traveling can be an incredibly freeing experience, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're free to do whatever you want. Tourists often find themselves in hot water with locals or law enforcement for being ignorant of laws or cultural norms.<p>At best, this can be embarrassing. At worst, illegal. …

Travel Deals

Built By Immigrants, U.S. Catholic Churches Bolstered By Them Once Again

Nearly a century ago, immigrants from Germany and Ireland founded St. Helena Church in a working-class neighborhood in north Philadelphia.<p>Immigrants, and their children, still fill the pews at St. Helena's — but the vast majority of them are now from Vietnam, Latin America, the Philippines and …

Mesmerising time-lapse of a container ship's journey

Watch a stunning timelapse of the Container ship Gunhilde Maersk's journey, shot in 4K<p>This is the stunning time-lapse of a Container ship's loading sequence and journey around Asia.<p>The video was shot in July 2014, but has only recently emerged, and beautifully captures the container ship's journey …

Toyota just launched an all-new Prius, and it looks weirder than ever

I'd take some issue with Toyota's use of "athletic" to describe this car's appearance. The basic shape is the same as the outgoing model, although the 2016 Prius is the first global production car to make use of Toyota's new shared platform — Toyota's New Global Architecture, or TNGA — and the …

Electric Vehicles

Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

In his latest book, "The Sense of Style," Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker explores the most common words and phrases that people stumble over.<p>The book is like a modern version of Strunk and White's classic "The Elements of Style," but one based on linguistics and updated for …

Linguistics

Philippines Promises Nationwide Free Wi-Fi Service in a Year

The Philippines is planning free Wi-Fi services to half of its towns and cities this year and nationwide coverage by end-2016, limiting the data …

Canada’s mysterious, fabled Sable Island

Misty and mystical, populated by 560 wild horses and a handful of hardy souls, Sable Island has long loomed large in the imagination of sailors and adventurers.<p>When I saw the thin ribbon of sand for the first time, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. This far-flung and fabled island, for most, exists …

Apple is about to hold the biggest event it's had in years — here's what to expect

It's an announcement we've been expecting for months; Apple has held press events to introduce its newest smartphone to the world every September since 2012.<p>But what makes this event different is that analysts and industry watchers are expecting the company to talk about more than just its new …

Apple Watch

Coordinated famous person Katy Perry crashes Segway at Burning Man

In the deserts of Nevada, a mythical creature wanders the dry landscape on her Segway. Then she crashes, and the entire Internet laughs.<p>Katy Perry …

Liberal victory potentially taxing for high-income earners

The 2015 tax year will be a beaut for accountant Mark Goodfield if the Liberals win the federal election.<p>A key Liberal election promise is to tax wealthy Canadians more and cut taxes for the middle class. You'll pick up as much as an extra $670 per year if you're middle class. If you're a member of …

On-call scheduling under increasing scrutiny in Canada

For Nadia Tuffaha, a 25-year-old York University graduate, unpredictability is perhaps the worst thing about working on-call shifts.<p>"You can plan your day around the expectation to work and have conflicting schedules, and in the end none of it works out. They'll say, 'Didn't you get our message? We …

After delays, SpaceX's massive Falcon Heavy rocket set to launch in spring 2016

SpaceX's super sized Falcon Heavy rocket has a new launch date: spring 2016. That's according to remarks given by Lee Rosen, SpaceX's vice president of mission and launch operations, at a conference in Pasadena this week. <i>Space News</i> reports the executive as saying, "It’s going to be a great day when …

Space Travel

Austria plans to close border as refugee crisis grows

Thousands still travelling across Europe, as Munich welcomes 10,000 people and Pope calls for Catholics to give shelter to families<p>Austria warned on Sunday that it planned to close its border again to refugees and migrants as thousands of people travelled across on their way to Germany, and splits …

Google logo nearly jacks Microsoft's kindergarten style, but not exactly

Somewhere over the rainbow....you'll find giant tech companies borrowing the same pre-kindergarten array of colors for their logos.<p>Google's colorful, …

End of the politician’s curse? Party leaders agree to avoid Jays games after string of losses

Toronto Blue Jays fans can breathe a sigh of relief – the major party leaders have agreed not to attend any more games during the federal election campaign.<p>The Jays, who are battling the New York Yankees for top spot in the American League East Division, have not fared well when any of the party …

This app gives you a virtual security guard to walk you home

Some of the best app ideas are also the most obvious, and that's definitely the case with the Companion app.<p>The app makes it easy to recruit friends …

Pope: Vatican will shelter 2 families fleeing war, hunger

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican will shelter two families of refugees who are "fleeing death" from war or hunger, Pope Francis announced Sunday as he …

Catholicism

The 30 best places to travel alone

In fact, there are many reasons to travel alone. Solo travel allows for more self-reflection, and chances are, you'll take in more of the culture.<p>We've put together a list of 30 places that are ideal for traveling alone, from an adventure in New Zealand to a relaxing getaway in Cinque Terre, …

European Travel

The Future Is African

Barrett Nash Contributor<p>Barrett Nash is the co-founder of Rwanda-based SafeMotos.<p>This is a call to action for the dreamers of the world.<p>Imagine being in a market where more people live in a high-speed mobile Internet zone than have electricity. Where farmers with $50 Android 5.0 smartphones use …

Sub-Saharan Africa