Tesla Narrowly Escapes Russian Hack Attempt

Ben Hamill - September 08, 2020

The FBI has reportedly foiled an attempt by a team of Russian hackers to extort millions from Elon Musk’s Tesla factory in Sparks, Nevada. The hackers had allegedly offered to a member of staff employed at Tesla’s Gigafactory ...Read More

Quebecer Campaigns For Lip Reading Masks

Ben Hamill - September 06, 2020

Face masks, though necessary and potentially lifesaving, aren’t exactly bags full of fun to wear. They tend to be hot and stifling, have been known to slide all over the show when not correctly sized, and even cause our specs to bec...Read More

Canadians Mourn The Departure Of Ragu Sauce

Ben Hamill - August 21, 2020

Broken supply chains and the subsequent unavailability of certain products are most likely the driving force behind foodstuffs giant Ragu’s decision to no longer distribute its pasta sauces north of the US border. And judging by the...Read More

Quebec Teen Takes To TikTok Over Poutine Travesty

Ben Hamill - August 20, 2020

A TikTok user and wholesome quality food-appreciating teen from Quebec has taken it upon himself to right an important culinary wrong.  Quebec teen Hugo Vezina can in a recent TikTok video response be seen reacting to Seattle chef M...Read More

Ryan Reynolds Pledges Salary To Group Effort

Ben Hamill - August 07, 2020

Vancouver-born Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds, a celebrity known for his giving and super supportive nature, has pledged his salary to be earned from the making of his next film (he didn’t name the film) to an initiative that wil...Read More

Florida Teen Behind July Twitter Hacks

Ben Hamill - August 05, 2020

A 17-year-old teen from Florida in the US has been identified as the alleged mastermind behind the massive July Twitter hack that saw the accounts of several high-profile individuals and corporations compromised. The alleged teen masterm...Read More

Authorities Issuing Warning About Mystery Seeds

Ben Hamill - August 04, 2020

Canadian agriculture and food inspection authorities are cautioning local gardeners about unsolicited seeds received by post, ordering recipients not to plant anything they did not specifically order. Reports related to packages of which ...Read More

Deciphering The Meaning Of Cancel Culture

Ben Hamill - July 29, 2020

The internet is awash with a new piece of terminology. And even those who claim to understand its meaning seem to be largely straddling the fence of confusion as to a proper definition the rest of us can get our heads around. It’s c...Read More

How Research Is Changing Solar Energy Yield

Ben Hamill - July 13, 2020

In an industry racing toward sustainable, green, and affordable solar energy, the measure of whether that which should be achieved is actually being achieved, has always been solar panel efficiency. And that efficiency is measured in whet...Read More

Ad Boycotts Will Hurt Companies – Not Facebook

Ben Hamill - July 04, 2020

Smaller businesses and companies pulling their ads from Facebook in support of a cause, even for a month, is tantamount to someone cutting off their own nose in an attempt to spite their face. This according to several business analysts o...Read More

Cannabis Curbside Deliveries Now Authorised

Ben Hamill - April 11, 2020

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has following a former complete lockdown order, now said that authorised cannabis stores will be permitted to sell and deliver by way of curbside pickups for the remainder of the declared emer...Read More

Ezra Miller Seen Choking A Woman In Iceland

Ben Hamill - April 08, 2020

American actor Ezra Miller appears to be more beast than what he is fantastic. The hunky future Flash actor has been doing the rounds in the worst possible way on Reddit and Twitter after a slightly confusing video showing him choking a w...Read More

Luckin Coffee A Financial Fake

Ben Hamill - April 05, 2020

There are vital lessons to be learnt from ’s Luckin Coffee disaster. Most importantly perhaps that the simplest explanation nearly always tends to be the correct one. Or in layman’s terms: if it seems too good to be true, it p...Read More

Why Essential Services Vary From Place to Place

Ben Hamill - April 03, 2020

The global Coronavirus pandemic has bestowed upon the world what certainly feels like a whole new vocabulary. We’re each day confronted with terms like flattening the curve, social distance and the concept of essential services. And...Read More

Idaho Hit By Biggest Earthquake In 40 Years

Ben Hamill - April 02, 2020

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.5 hit the state of Idaho on Tuesday evening. The earthquake’s epicenter appeared to be located about 80 miles northeast of Boise and just outside of Stanley and was the state’s most pro...Read More

All My Children Actor John Callahan Dies

Ben Hamill - March 30, 2020

Long-time veteran soap opera actor John Callahan has died at the untimely age of only 66. The All My Children star played a number of leading roles in various other popular soaps too, including Days of Our Lives, Falcon Crest and even San...Read More

Earthquakes Leave West Texas Slightly Rattled

Ben Hamill - March 29, 2020

Earthquakes centred in a remote area of West Texas shook the region on Thursday, March 26th, 2020. The first occurred early in the morning and was followed six hours later by a larger tremor, according to the scientific agency ...Read More

Country King Kenny Rogers Dies

Ben Hamill - March 23, 2020

Long-time country music and industry sweetheart Kenny Rogers has died. Rogers (81) died of natural causes at his home in Sandy Springs, George, on Friday night, the family has confirmed. The three-time Grammy awards winner is the 10...Read More

Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek Talks About His Health

Ben Hamill - March 09, 2020

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek recently updated his fans about his general state of health after having been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer about a year ago. The 79-year-old is loved and revered by fans of the gameshow, which he has ...Read More

Mazzy Star’s David Roback Dead At 61

Ben Hamill - February 28, 2020

Mazzy Star co-founder, guitarist, songwriter and the haunting but velvety voice that can be heard in what is perhaps the band’s biggest hit, Fade Into You, David Roback, has died of metastatic cancer. Roback’s management team ...Read More

Canada’s Grocery Delivery Wars In Full Swing

Ben Hamill - February 10, 2020

More and more folks are cashing in on saving time as well as money by doing their shopping online. And whilst less than 2% of Canadian shoppers are currently making use of online grocery shopping services, this figure is expected to grow...Read More

Why Lying When Dating Is A Bad Idea

Ben Hamill - January 24, 2020

We’re all familiar with “white lies” and whilst its true that the majority of us do not see anything wrong with saying, “I’m fine” when we’re actually not, or telling a fib as to why we’re l...Read More

Why A Sincere Compliment Goes Both Ways

Ben Hamill - January 24, 2020

Receiving a sincere compliment does wonders not only for the soul and for a feeling of being connected to those around us but it also infiltrates every aspect of , including our level of performance at work, to name but one example. The t...Read More

Twitter Goes Nuts Over Royal Split Announcement

Ben Hamill - January 11, 2020

How times have changed. Instead of reacting in a manner typical of 1950s British disappointment, upon having learnt of the announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they had reached the decision that the best thing for them invo...Read More

Fitness Need Not Be Daunting – Here’s Why

Ben Hamill - January 08, 2020

The majority of us know the drill. We’re fully aware of the mental and physical benefits associated with regular exercise, but we just can’t get ourselves to get out there and get started. All in all; for many of u...Read More

Why A Booze-Free January Isn’t A Bad Idea

Ben Hamill - January 06, 2020

We aren’t exactly famous for being a people terribly fond of complete abstinence. Especially not when abstinence refers to having to abstain from the occasional drink. If truth be told, booze connects us in a variety...Read More

Alberta Makes An Impact In Ghostbusters Trailer

Ben Hamill - January 02, 2020

Canadians; and especially those living in Alberta; have been taking to Twitter for days on end and saying their piece about having immediately recognised those terribly telling “big Alberta skies and wheat fields” ...Read More

Why You Need To Keep Tabs On Browser Tabs

Ben Hamill - January 01, 2020

Time –sucks. Don’t you just love to hate ’em? And as far as prominent usurpers of available time go, multiple open browser tabs are the bomb. In a very uncool “da bomb” kind of way, of course. The “state of...Read More

Glassdoor Ranks Microsoft As Top Employer

Ben Hamill - December 31, 2019

At the end of each year, career website Glassdoor lets the cat out the bag about which companies are the best ones to work for, as nominated by the folks who actually work or used to work for those businesses. The fact...Read More

The Most Popular December Baby Names

Ben Hamill - December 22, 2019

Many people feel quite stuck when reaching the point of having to pick a new baby’s name, perhaps realising the permanence of it all what with there being no possibility at all of changing one’s mind later on. And ...Read More

Best Gambling Movies For The Festive Season

Ben Hamill - December 21, 2019

So what to do when you simply love to play games and have more free time than the usual on your hands this December holidays. There’s no need to lie around being bored and frustrated, because there’s a long list of...Read More

Nova Scotia To Ban Flavoured Vape Juice

Ben Hamill - December 18, 2019

Nova Scotia’s decision to ban all sales of flavoured e-cigarettes and flavoured vaping juices is rooted in its attempt to reduce youth smoking rates. This is according to Health Minister Randy Delorey. The changes to...Read More

Christmas Traditions In Canada

Ben Hamill - December 17, 2019

Colonists, immigrants, and first nation peoples have all played a role in shaping Canada’s many Christmas traditions. Some are religious, some are not, but they all help to make the holiday season what it is. This is...Read More

2019 Word Of The Year Revealed

Ben Hamill - December 16, 2019

Most of us have probably played a variation of the game in which we need to use one word to describe something. Dictionary.com takes it to the next level every year, when the website selects the one word that best desc...Read More

Festive Foodie Christmas Gift Ideas

Ben Hamill - December 13, 2019

High prices, a crush of frantic shoppers, and a lack of inspiration can turn Christmas shopping into an unbelievably stressful experience. Why not escape all that this festive season by giving fabulous foodie gifts to ...Read More

Canadians Are Dead-Set On Living Healthy

Ben Hamill - December 09, 2019

Canadians are more now than ever before particularly concerned about the state of their health. This is according to a report on consumer trends compiled by BDC, a local bank famously dedicated to entrepreneurs. A stud...Read More

Why Intentions Are The New Goals

Ben Hamill - December 08, 2019

It was South Africa’s Desmond Tutu who famously quoted 1921 Detroit Superintendent of Schools Frank Cody when he said, “there is only one way to eat an elephant: one bite at a time”. Cody during his orig...Read More

The Surprising Benefits Of Walking A Dog

Ben Hamill - December 07, 2019

It’s no secret that having a best friend is damn good for the soul, especially if that best friend has a furry coat and loves to play fetch. The benefits of dog ownership have been comprehensively documented. Not onl...Read More

Being Canadian – This Is What It Means

Ben Hamill - December 05, 2019

Many folks have at some point or another seriously considered giving it all up and moving to Canada. And really, why on earth not? The home of maple syrup sure beats the heck out of any variety of milk and honey. There...Read More

The Story Behind Black Friday

Ben Hamill - December 05, 2019

It’s the biggest sales event of the year. Bar none. Each year, on the Friday following Thanksgiving, a significant number of bargain hunters set out en masse and heading in their drones to key retail stores, popular ...Read More

Masculinity The Public Enemy To Eating Clean

Ben Hamill - November 27, 2019

Meat is meat and man must eat. Or so the old (out dated) saying goes. But out dated or not, men all over the world are for whatever reason or more, despite the harrowing and absolutely gruelling cost to the environment, opting in on pl...Read More

Bookmakers Right About A Friends Reunion

Ben Hamill - November 21, 2019

Bookies have been running a special betting market on a yes/no question that’s pretty much grown into an unhealthy obsession for many people ever since the word first started doing the rounds back in 2015 that Jennif...Read More

Ryan And Blake Celebrate Remembrance Day

Ben Hamill - November 18, 2019

Popular Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds; most recently adored for his persona as the amicably lopsided Marvel superhero Deadpool; may have seemingly effortlessly reached the highest rung of success on the film industry...Read More

Why Bibliotherapy Offers a Health Boost

Ben Hamill - November 15, 2019

Bibliotherapy is a modern word for an ancient practice – reading texts that are prescribed, as medicine might be, to help with healing. The material can be nonfictional or fictional, depending on the “patient’s...Read More

Why Canadians Are On A Go-Slow This Christmas

Ben Hamill - November 11, 2019

The harsh reality is that many Canadians are drowning in debt. According to Statistics Canada, the typical Canadian household owes CA$1.79 for every CA$1.00 earned in disposable income. It must also be said that debt i...Read More

Pharrell Williams Develops Condos In Toronto

Ben Hamill - November 08, 2019

Singer-songwriter and recently also producer Pharrell Williams has tried his dab design hand at everything from sneakers to wearables. But his recent stint of teaming up with property developers to develop a pair of re...Read More

Rogue Otter Wreaks Havoc In Vancouver Koi Garden

Ben Hamill - November 07, 2019

When all is said and done, only one question remains, are you behind #TeamKoi or are you behind #TeamOtter? The otter suspected of having terrorised the koi fish community of permanent residents at Vancouver’s Dr. Su...Read More

Older People Are New Cannabis Fan-Base

Ben Hamill - November 02, 2019

It used to be that older people were the ones dead-set on vilifying the use of Cannabis; irrespective of whether for medicinal or recreational purposes. But the tables have mostly turned, according to Statistics Canada...Read More

Plain Cigarettes Coming To A Store Near You

Ben Hamill - November 01, 2019

Manufacturing and selling cigarettes in Canada? Well then any colour packaging is a good one, just as long as it’s dab-brown. The colour for the new ciggie-season is popping up all over the nation on retailer-shelves...Read More

Climate Change Becomes a Sticky Political Issue

Ben Hamill - October 31, 2019

If ever there were a situation that actually fits the bill of being an actual “sticky situation” then it’s a recent unfortunate series of events that have led to government-mandated anti-carbon stickers falling o...Read More

Why Canada Has Embraced The Greta Factor

Ben Hamill - October 31, 2019

Greta Thunberg isn’t your average teenage hero; in fact, she isn’t even your average any hero. And yet, the phenomena now known as “The Greta Factor” has made it so that the 16-year-old Swede isn’t only the n...Read More

Idris Elba Likes His Bagels St-Viateur Style

Ben Hamill - October 31, 2019

It would be perfectly excusable to be drooling over actor Idris Elba much in the same way as one would say, drool over a Montreal St-Viateur bagel. Elba was after all named the sexiest man on earth. What’s more and n...Read More

Why Hollywood Seems Stuck On Repeat

Ben Hamill - October 29, 2019

And so Hollywood reboots are a thing right now. This has been true for most of 2020 and experts predict that it’s a trend that will continue into 2021 and beyond. We were this year treated to more than one re-make of...Read More

Halloween Becomes An Environmental Nightmare

Ben Hamill - October 24, 2019

When a Facebook post back in 2011 showed an owl completely entangled in a fake Halloween spider web decoration, it nearly broke the Internet. Social media users were outraged, with many vowing to steer clear of anythin...Read More

Why Pumpkin Spice Is More Than A Trendy Flavouring

Ben Hamill - October 23, 2019

Whilst pumpkin spice may not actually contain any pumpkin; much to its own ridicule at the hands of the online slammers and the creators of sarcastic memes; it does contain a list of ingredients worthy of mention becau...Read More

Air Canada To Ditch All References To Gender

Ben Hamill - October 21, 2019

Air Canada has deviated from the beaten path. The airline has announced that in an attempt to adopt a more inclusive approach, it will no longer be referring to “ladies and gentlemen” when greeting passengers and m...Read More

Cannabis Edibles Now Legal In Canada

Ben Hamill - October 19, 2019

The use of cannabis for recreational purposes, including the process of cultivation and drying, was legalised exactly one year ago in Canada. And as of October 17, so is selling and consuming what is commonly referred ...Read More

Social Media To Play Bigger Role In Law

Ben Hamill - October 18, 2019

When lawyers representing Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. in a matter involving damage caused to one of the power company’s hydro poles eventually came to the conclusion that they had exhausted all possible remedies of trying to hunt...Read More

Margret Atwood Awarded Booker Prize

Ben Hamill - October 17, 2019

Canadian author Margaret Atwood and British-based Bernardine Evaristo have won the Booker Prize. And yes, they’re sharing. Organisers this year threw all tradition into the wind when they named Atwood as well as Evar...Read More

Hybrid Salmon Discovered On Vancouver Island

Ben Hamill - October 17, 2019

An interesting Vancouver Island discovery has led two scientists to believe that climate change has taken its toll on the landscape surrounding and including the Cowichan River. Victoria University PhD biology student ...Read More

House Hippo Returns To Warn About Fake News

Ben Hamill - October 13, 2019

A beloved childhood icon from way back when has been resurrected by Media Smarts; and for a very honourable purpose too. House Hippo is back, and this time round wants to create awareness about cyber-scams like fake ne...Read More

Extinction Rebellion Gaining Momentum

Ben Hamill - October 12, 2019

A London-based group going by the name of Extinction Rebellion (XR) is risking livelihood and legal limb in an attempt to awaken the minds of government officials as well as civilians to the fact that essentially, time...Read More

Canadian Government Worried About Connected Cars

Ben Hamill - October 11, 2019

Autonomous cars may hold a lot of promise for the future of road safety, but we’re nowhere near completely taking our hands off the proverbial wheels. And whilst it may be true that Rome wasn’t built in a day and ...Read More

PayPal Withdraws From Libra Association

Ben Hamill - October 09, 2019

Facebook’s Libra Association is down from 28 international members to 27. This following PayPal’s recent announcement that it had decided to withdraw from the social media giant’s cryptocurrency association becau...Read More

Student Housing Is A Real Crisis In Canada

Ben Hamill - October 08, 2019

Let it never be said of Canadians that we prefer to stick our heads in the sand hoping for a situation to be resolved all on its own. We’re instead a rather tenacious bunch and generally quite willing to problem-solv...Read More

Justin And Hailey Go All Out On Big Day

Ben Hamill - October 07, 2019

Justin and Hailey Bieber may not have opted in on tying the knot (for the second time round) in the singer’s hometown of Stratford, Ontario, but there was quite the Canadian presence at the South Caroline wedding cer...Read More

Fancy Pet Furniture A Hot New Trend

Ben Hamill - October 04, 2019

Whether or not Marie Antoinette’s royal pooch Coco had the luxury of occupying his royal kennel for the remainder of his days after his mistress was made to meet her doom isn’t quite clear, but that Coco enjoyed li...Read More

Unisex Baby Names On The Rise

Ben Hamill - October 03, 2019

Gender-neutral names like Harper, Charlie and Parker are experiencing a significant rise in popularity in the United States, a recent survey published by Net Credit reveals. In fact, so popular have unisex names become...Read More

Dr. Seuss Is Coming To Mississauga Ontario

Ben Hamill - October 03, 2019

The time leading up to the holidays and to Christmas is practically a highlight on the annual Canadian calendar and this year is shaping up to be no different. An interactive experience based on the books and stories o...Read More

Forever 21 To Close All 44 Canadian Stores

Ben Hamill - October 02, 2019

Fashion name brand retailer Forever 21 is closing the book on Canada, effectively leaving at least 2,000 local workers without an income. The retail chain has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and will as a res...Read More

Fancy Tea Bags Filled With Micro Plastics

Ben Hamill - October 01, 2019

It now appears as if there may be more than just a smidgen of British pomp and pleasure swimming around in your cup of tea, and especially so if your hot drink of choice happens to be of the fancier variety. A recent s...Read More

Right To Be Forgotten Ruling Under Fire

Ben Hamill - September 30, 2019

It appears natural an assumption that we should all be at liberty to decide about a right of access to our own personal data. Some would refer to this as a right to privacy. But not everyone agrees that we should be gr...Read More

Lacey Evans Traffic Rant Was Staged

Ben Hamill - September 27, 2019

Viral social media video footage showing WWE wrestler Lacey Evans flying off the handle and tearing into an Edmonton RCMP traffic law enforcement officer has been confirmed as having been staged. Or rather, Evans’ pe...Read More

Canada Celebrates Schitt’s Creek At Emmys

Ben Hamill - September 25, 2019

Canadian co-production Schitt’s Creek may not have won an actual Emmy following its four nominations, but that doesn’t mean that Canadians aren’t positively beaming with pride over the achievement. And needless t...Read More

Why Retirement Is Trending with Millennials

Ben Hamill - September 22, 2019

It was Mark Twain who referred to (old) age being a thing of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Whether or not the same may be said for retirement, is another question altogether. When #Millenn...Read More

Apple TV Plus To Launch In Canada On November 1

Ben Hamill - September 19, 2019

Apple TV Plus is joining the Canadian television content streaming war come November 1st. The tech-giant hopes to lure subscribers away from competitors like Netflix by offering more original content in retu...Read More

Drake Unhappy About Folks Showing Up At Home

Ben Hamill - September 19, 2019

If you’re going to be flaunting your built-to-NBA-regulations full-size basketball court, which just so happens to be literally inside your home to anyone who is everyone on social media, then you had best expect som...Read More

Amazing Race Winners Want To Raise Awareness

Ben Hamill - September 14, 2019

Canadians are a resilient and positively tenacious lot. This we know. This was once again written in the stars in a new and refreshing way when two-spirit couple Anthony Johnson and James Makokis proved their steel and determination by w...Read More

Dior Pulls Sauvage Ad Starring Johnny Depp

Ben Hamill - September 11, 2019

Exploiting Indigenous people to make money. Fragrance and fashion house Dior is being accused of appropriating Native American culture and imagery for commercial gain, and has as a direct result of the widespread Inter...Read More

Ontario Slang May Soon Be Quality OED English

Ben Hamill - September 06, 2019

There’s no disputing the fact. Ontario residents may soon be getting their vernacular spunk back thanks to the endeavours of a dialect research project spearheaded by the University of Toronto. Those not familiar wit...Read More

How The Trade War Affects Everyday Canada

Ben Hamill - September 04, 2019

A right financial trade war is upon us and it’s eating away at our interest rates, our bonds and our savings. The ongoing US/China trade war is taking its toll on the stock markets and investors aren’t budging this...Read More

Apple’s iPhone 11 May Be Full Of Surprises

Ben Hamill - September 02, 2019

Despite the leaks, tip-offs and right royal saucy rumours doing the rounds about what we are to expect of Apple’s new 2019 iPhone 11 release, the only certainty seems to be the release date. September 10 will reveal ...Read More

P.K. Subban And Lindsey Vonn Get Engaged

Ben Hamill - September 01, 2019

Canadian Olympic gold medallist duo and power-couple P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vonn are officially engaged to be wed. The stunning couple announced their upcoming union only days before this year’s 2019 MTV Video Music...Read More

Canada Alert Following US Vaping Health Scare

Ben Hamill - August 31, 2019

Nearly 200 cases of acute pulmonary illnesses and at least 1 death. This is the reality associated with vaping in the US. And Canada Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada are anxiously waiting and implementing ...Read More

How Social Media Does Its Bit For Earth

Ben Hamill - August 26, 2019

Social media, not unlike most other things in life, isn’t all good. But then again, the opposite is true too in that it most definitely isn’t all bad either. Many regard social media as the ultimate go-to for narci...Read More

Saskatoon City Scammed Out Of $1M Online

Ben Hamill - August 25, 2019

The city of Saskatoon has been working hard at trying to get its own back after it was scammed out of $1 million by an online fraudster. The fraudster had electronically impersonated the CEO of Allan Construction and h...Read More

Taylor Swift Steps Up For Canadian Student

Ben Hamill - August 19, 2019

Ayesha Khurram, a 20-year old Toronto student, has long been a fan of country-pop singer Taylor Swift. So when the renowned musician stepped in to help her pay outstanding university fees, it’s safe to say that’s s...Read More