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Canada just gave some people permission to use magic mushrooms

Canada just gave some people permission to use magic mushrooms

For the first time in decades, Canada has granted special permission that allows some people to consume psilocybin, the active ingredient found in magic mushrooms. This psychedelic has been increasingly studied for its potential to help resolve anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. One study, in fact, found that psilocybin helped terminal patients accept their mortality.

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Google Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto, COVID-19 to blame

Google Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto, COVID-19 to blame

Just over two years ago, Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs announced they'd be attempting to develop a smart future neighborhood in the area known as Quayside, on Toronto's waterfront. Today it was announced that Sidewalk Labs will no longer be moving forward with the project. The Waterfront Toronto board chair Stephen Diamond released a statement on the subject this afternoon. "Waterfront Toronto has been informed that Sidewalk Labs is withdrawing from our planned redevelopment of Quayside on Toronto's waterfront."

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Nintendo Switch Suite costs $500 a night

Nintendo Switch Suite costs $500 a night

A special limited time experience is appearing at Hotel X Toronto in March in which the "Nintendo Switch Suite" is made available. Hotel X Toronto's teamed up with Nintendo of Canada to benefit Starlight Children's Foundation with proceeds from a transformed Presidential Suite. The suite is designed "for social gaming with friends" and will cost guests approximately $500 per night.

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Alzheimer’s app aims to ease detection for seniors

Alzheimer’s app aims to ease detection for seniors

There's a new app out in the world that'll allow the smartphone in your hand to detect early signs of Alzheimers Disease with relative ease. The creator of this app is Killarney Secondary School graduate Kai Leong, who made clear this isn't solution meant to compete with full-grown medical setting gait lab detection, only make for an easy, inexpensive, early detection system.

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Canada headed to the moon with NASA, then Mars

Canada headed to the moon with NASA, then Mars

Canada reached an agreement to partner with NASA to assist with the Gateway lunar outpost and deep space exploration. Did you know that Canada was the third nation in the world to launch their very own satellite into orbit around out planet? That was the craft known as Alouette 1, and Canada's been working on robotics for space missions - and the like - ever since. Now they're going to the moon with NASA!

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Google Home, Assistant can now say “Bonjour” in Canada

Google Home, Assistant can now say “Bonjour” in Canada

It might surprise some people but almost a quarter of Canada call French their second tongue. That makes it a bit tricky to roll out products in this major market that have to straddle not only English but also French, specifically French Canadian. Google, however, as sufficiently overcome that hurdle and, starting today, users in the French-speaking quarters of the country can comfortably talk with Google Home in French. Oh, and they can buy the smart speaker too.

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In Canada, unlocked phones aren’t just nice, they’re the law

In Canada, unlocked phones aren’t just nice, they’re the law

While mobile carriers in the US still pretty much have a vice grip on the mobile market, the rest of the world seems to be changing. The European Union's mandate to abolish roaming charges within its member countries has just taken effect and now Canada is going to prevent carriers from locking users into their services. Starting 1st Decembers, users need no longer pay a fee to get the phones unlocked. In fact, all new phones from that day forward should already be unlocked by default.

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Google Home crosses over to Canada, in French too

Google Home crosses over to Canada, in French too

At its recent I/O developers conference, Google made an even bigger push for AI and machine learning, which takes form in its Google Assistant. It also pushed the Assistant-powered Google Home front and center of its connected ecosystem. Now it’s pushing Google Home to its third official country. Following the arrival of Android Pay, Canadians will soon be able to officially get their hands on a Google Home. And even better, they’ll be able to converse with Assistant in English or French.

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Impending Trump has Internet Archive mirror to Canada

Impending Trump has Internet Archive mirror to Canada

As the presidency of Trump seems to loom ever larger, The Internet Archive has taken precautions. Precautions against a presidency that, if Trump's previous actions dictate future behavior, will attempt to control free flow of information on the internet. The Internet Archive is a nonprofit charity organization that does not want its many archived moments in internet history to be destroyed - as such, it's moved to Canada.

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Oculus Rift arrives in Canada and Europe next month

Oculus Rift arrives in Canada and Europe next month

The team behind the Oculus Rift is gearing up to significantly expand its reach, announcing today that the VR headset will be available in Canada and Europe starting on September 20. Oculus Rift will also go up for pre-order in those regions through a variety of retail partners, so if you're inclined to reserve one before the Rift launches, you'll be able to do so beginning today.

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Report: Apple Pay coming to Canada this Fall

Report: Apple Pay coming to Canada this Fall

Apple Pay is dead simple to use, but is still US-only. According to a new report, that’s all going to change very soon. We know all the great things Apple Pay is capable of — like splitting rent or buying peanuts when you’re flying — and it seems Canadians are about to find out for themselves just how cool Apple Pay is. If a report from The Wall Street Journal is accurate, Canada will be getting Apple Pay starting this Fall.

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Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon takes its delivery drone testing to Canada

Amazon is dreaming of a world where its drones deliver products, and the FAA is publicly cringing at the prospect. The FAA did get around to granting Amazon an element of permission for testing its drones, but it was a matter of too little too late. Amazon isn't waiting for the FAA to speed things up, and has instead simply crossed the border into Canada, where it is testing its delivery drones without the harsh restrictions imposed by the US government.

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