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Arthur Weinreb

Editor-at-Large based in Toronto, ON, Canada. Joined on Jun 20, 2011
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McDonald's Canada faces backlash after adding nuts to menu item

McDonald’s Canada has announced the company put nuts in a new McFlurry, raising the possibility all food in its restaurants can potentially come in contact with the nuts. Judging from reactions on social media, a lot of customers are not "lovin’ it."

Undocumented man sues San Francisco over breach of sanctuary law

San Francisco - An undocumented immigrant is suing the city of San Francisco and law enforcement agencies and officers after he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). His arrest came after he went to a police station to recover his stolen car.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon dead at 82

Houston - Gene Cernan passed away on Monday at age 82. Although his family did not release details of the cause of the former astronaut’s death, he had been in ill health for several months. Cernan is being remembered as the last human to walk on the moon.

Delta police become first Canadian department to employ GPS darts

Delta - The Delta, B.C. police department became the first in Canada to deploy technology allowing officers to fire GPS darts into fleeing vehicles. This allows police to track wanted drivers rather than requiring officers to engage in high-speed pursuits.

Calgary police release video showing dangers of vehicle thefts

Calgary - The Calgary Police Service released a video showing the public the dangers of vehicles being driven by car thieves. As the number of car thefts is increasing, police are also advising people how to prevent their vehicles from being stolen.

Ex-Microsoft employees claim jobs caused them to suffer from PTSD

Seattle - Two former employees of Microsoft launched a negligence lawsuit against the company claiming being required to view child pornography and violent images as part of their jobs caused them to suffer from PTSD. Microsoft denies the company was negligent.

Scientists develop new theory on how Earth's moon was formed

A new theory about how Earth’s moon was formed has been advanced. It speculates that several extra-terrestrial objects struck Earth creating a series of small moons or moonlets. These moonlets gradually merged to form the moon we see today.

Dental drills and fillings may become things of the past

London - Researchers in the U.K. have discovered a drug that can help decayed teeth heal themselves without the necessity of drilling in order to fill cavities. If testing proves successful millions of people will be able to avoid the dreaded dentist’s drill.

NASA announces first African-American space station crew member

While African-American astronauts have flown on the space shuttle and have visited the ISS on technical or supply missions, none have ever been a member of the crew. NASA announced Jeanette Epps will become the first black ISS crew member next year.

Kitty litter mistaken for meth, man spends three days in jail

Houston - A Houston man spent three days in jail before it was determined the substance found in his car was not methamphetamine but what he said it was — kitty litter.

Ontario judge who wore Trump hat in court no longer hearing cases

Hamilton - An Ontario judge caused an uproar when he walked into court wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap. As a result of his actions, Judge Bernd Zabel is no longer being assigned cases and may be disciplined by the Ontario Judicial Council.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson became oldest woman to walk in space

When she took off for the International Space Station (ISS) in November, Peggy Whitson became the oldest woman to go into space. Yesterday the 56-year-old became the oldest woman to take part in a spacewalk.

Canadian arrested in Turkey for insulting president on Facebook

Kars - A 50-year-old woman, a dual citizen of Canada and Turkey, was arrested in Turkey after she allegedly insulted Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on social media. Friends of the woman are concerned for her health.

Video released of two police officers shot in Arizona Walmart

Chandler - The surveillance video shows two Chandler, Arizona police officers in a local Walmart after receiving a call. The alleged trespasser pulled out a gun and shot the two officers multiple times before one of the injured officers returned fire, killing him.

Town sees no drunk driving arrests after social media campaign

Kensington - The small town of Kensington, Prince Edward Island recorded no incidents of arrests for drinking and driving over the holiday period. Police credit this to an effective social media campaign against drinking and driving.

Chicago 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shootings

Chicago - The numbers are in and Chicago recorded the most murders in 2016 since 1996. The number of people murdered in the Windy City during 2016 stands at 762, the highest number since 796 homicides were recorded twenty years ago.

Two countries, two airlines, two apparently drunk pilots

While pilots attempting to fly commercial planes after having consumed alcohol or drugs is not unknown, two pilots; one in Indonesia and one in Canada appeared to be extremely intoxicated before attempting to fly aircraft filled with passengers.

Senior Vancouver detective charged with sexual exploitation

Vancouver - Charges brought against a senior officer with Vancouver PD's Counter Exploitation Unit may result in charges being dropped against people he investigated and might make abused women less likely to go to police for help

U.K. considers allowing minor offenders to plead guilty online

While the purpose of the proposed change is to save time and court costs, the proposal is being criticized for amounting to administering “secret justice.” Critics also worry, if successful, more offences will be able to be disposed of online.

Researcher created the world's smallest snowman

London - Of course it is not really a man. And it is not even made of snow. But what is being referred to as the “world’s smallest snowman” is so tiny it can only been seen through an electron microscope.
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