By Tanya Talaga Staff Reporter Fri., Oct. 19, 2018 SIOUX LOOKOUT, ONT.—Dr. Mike Kirlew meets me at the Sioux Lookout Airport because it is -40 C and my rental car won’t start. During the winter months, cars need to be plugged into power outlets overnight or their batteries will freeze. Mike laughs as he tries to jam the key into the ignition of the Toyota-turned-ice-block, but the key won’t move. The steering wheel won’t budge. Everything is frozen. The sun blazes in the cloudless blue sky, but it gives us no warmth as we scurry to his car and hop in. Mike takes off his thick, beautifully beaded moose-hide mitts and pushes back his beaver fur hat before he starts the car and turns up the seat warmers. He pops in some Bob Marley. The smooth sounds of reggae evoke images of a climate about 80 degrees warmer, a perfect antidote to the harsh realities of the Canadian winter. Mike, who was born in Ottawa to Jamaican immigrant parents, is a … [Read more...] about The health system in Canada’s North is failing — but not by accident. ‘It is designed to do what it is doing’
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China is now the undisputed leader in renewable-energy manufacturing worldwide. Yet along the routes of its Belt and Road Initiative – the largest foreign-investment strategy in history – alternative-clean-energy projects pale in comparison with coal-fired power plants. This has led many commentators to question Beijing’s commitment to renewable energy beyond its borders, but enormous Chinese investments in national and regional power transmission lines should not be overlooked. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Grid developments, coupled with plummeting solar and wind prices, indicate that demand for large-scale clean-energy projects in developing countries will blossom. When it does, the BRI will bear fruit, putting China in the best position to achieve economic and national-security goals, as well as international commitments. Beijing is cementing lasting relationships with emerging alternative-energy markets while the United … [Read more...] about Of walls, windmills and power lines: China’s long-term energy strategy
LONDON - For Filipina teenager Ruby, a Facebook message offering a job in a cyber cafe across the country seemed too good to be true. It was. Days later, the 16-year-old orphan was dragged in front of a webcam by her new employers and forced to perform sex acts for clients - becoming another captive in the growing global slave trade to be lured, trapped and abused through technology. "It was like a bomb exploded ... I had been totally fooled," Ruby, now 21, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the back of an empty church in Tagaytay city in the Philippines. "I felt degraded and disgusted - I blamed myself," she said. "I was forced to do things you could not imagine a 16-year-old having to endure." Webcam slavery: tech turns Filipino families into cybersex child traffickers Modern technology - be it mundane messaging apps or complex cryptocurrencies - is fuelling the modern-day slave trade by enabling traffickers to ensnare more victims, expand their illicit empires, and outfox law … [Read more...] about News Chasing shadows: can technology save the slaves it snared?