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In a seemingly controversial move, the Ontario Government has canceled 3.8 billion dollars in their plan to further its investments in green energy, including solar, wind, and biofuel energy.  Since the Liberal Party introduced Long Term Energy Plan in 2013, there has been value conflict between the Liberals (party in power) and the Progressive Conservatives (opposition party) over the costs associated with the Liberal’s green energy initiatives.

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The number of heroin overdoses have been rising quickly over the last few months. In Erie County, NY there were almost 600 opiate overdose deaths by April of 2016 this includes heroin and prescription opiates such as morphine, oxycodone, and methadone. There was 39% increase in heroin related deaths in 2012-2013. This number has continued to rise; Opiate overdoses have doubled in the last year all over the country. Officials are saying that the country is facing a heroin epidemic.

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There have been many accusations of sexual assault against Donald Trump. Many of the accusations have been sparked by the fact that Trump is running for president in the 2016 election.  One accusation in particle is from a woman who has chosen to remained anonymous; she is known as Jane Doe. She claims that Donald Trump raped her when she was 13. She said that immediately after it happened he threatened her and her entire family with physical harm and possibly death if she ever told anyone about what happened.

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Recently most news stories are about all the bad in the world. A lot of the negative attention is going towards police officers. I would like to bring some of the positive things police officers do; they aren’t all like the ones that have been in the news.  

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Conflicts between Canadian indigenous peoples, government and oil companies are increasing. Oil companies are looking to construct new pipelines to bring Alberta tar sands to other parts of the world but to do so they must interfere with indigenous peoples’ traditional territory.

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The housing market in Toronto is at the highest that we’ve seen in years. Toronto is the fastest growing metropolis in the continent and quickly becoming one of the most expensive North American regions to live in. Housing affordability is among the top issues that our country is currently facing. Changing demographics and population are leading to both a rise in markets and cost due to supply and demand. In recent years consumers have become more environmentally conscious. Green technologies have made advancements towards implementing sustainable energy into homes.

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In the article “Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution” the Guardian reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a health warning about deadly levels of air pollution.The high levels of smog are appearing in cities with high population growth, and is created by mix of transport fumes, construction dust, toxic gases from power generation and wood burning in homes.

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This article begins by declaring the transition of human history into a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene – as determined by a working group of high-level geologists. They’ve concluded that the main contributors of this rapid transition are a result of radioactive material during 1950’s hydrogen bomb testing, climate change, mining within the earth’s crust, and the development of widespread agriculture throughout the world.

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