Paying with your face at the supermarket

Self-checkout surveillance is near

Canadian grocery chain Foody Mart initially got coverage from Yahoo, which noted privacy concerns for its planned facial recognition payment system. More attention arrives with a National Post story detailing how this technology comes from SnapPay, a Toronto firm with links to Beijing, where there’s more pushback against face scans.


Grapes still falling off the vine

Fox News was just one outlet where Don Cherry appeared, as the no-apology tour for his comments on “you people” morphed into something more contrite. Now he’s got 98-year-old Hazel McCallion rooting for a rally to get Rogers to rehire him right now.


Surely there are other more representative groups on campus to play this role? UBC professor Marina Adshade made news for tweeting about “frat boys laying wreaths” on Remembrance Day. Adshade previously shared a claim that six women were drugged in UBC fraternities, but police found no evidence of it after six weeks.


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Stronach scion’s shocking substance suspension

Nicole Walker is provisionally suspended by the world governing body of equestrian, after testing positive for a cocaine metabolite. The show-jumping daughter of Belinda Stronach says that she isn’t a drug user. (The culprit might’ve been Peruvian coca tea.)


Canadian cannabis journalism website takes a final toke. The Leaf News, which seemed like a subversive Winnipeg Free Press project before legalization, has run out of roach. What was once imagined as a wider appetite for pot reportage wafts along at Postmedia’s The GrowthOp, and the Globe and Mail’s $999 a year Cannabis Professional.


An anonymous account speaks!

@parkdalelife accrued more than 50,000 Instagram followers for its chronicle of Toronto gentrification ridiculousness. But the focus has now widened to poverty experienced by longtime Parkdale locals. The surrounding issues feed this discussion: