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Give your students the opportunity to delve into today's most important events as they unfold. From September to April, the top four news stories every month are broken down and given context — whether it’s the dangers of fake news, the verdict in the Colten Boushie case, the Florida students leading the charge on gun control, or the #MeToo movement. Each story comes with a teacher guide that teases out key concepts and questions to help your students develop a well-trained eye and ear for what matters.

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News in Review - December 2018 Under the Gun: Toronto's War Against Firearm Violence

In 2018 Canada’s largest city, Toronto, saw a massive increase in gun violence on its streets. Shootings were so frequent and often flagrant, taking place in broad daylight and near children’s playgrounds. The numbers were so high it had people worried that gun deaths in 2018 would surpass those of the so-called “Summer of the Gun” back in 2005. Police, ...
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  • Added on: 12/21/2018

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News in Review - December 2018 Certain Death: A Mexican Journalist Fights Deportation

When Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto fled his home country with his son back in 2008 he thought his ordeal was over. Mexico is known to have one of the highest murder rates of reporters in the world – just behind war zones like Syria and Afghanistan. Journalists are killed there at a rate of about one per month, according ...
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  • 00:14:41
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  • Added on: 12/21/2018

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News in Review - December 2018 #MeToo: The Movement a Year On

In October 2017 the #MeToo campaign went viral around the world empowering women to speak up about sexual harassment. But a year on, some are wondering if the movement has lost its momentum. While it seems to be making inroads in North America, it’s faced a serious backlash in France. This is a country that has always been polarized on ...
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  • Added on: 12/21/2018

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News in Review - December 2018 Goodbye NAFTA, Hello CUSMA: Did Canada Get a Fair Trade Deal?

After more than a year of negotiations, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico finally have a new trade agreement – the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement. CUSMA  (or USMCA as its named by President Trump) replaces NAFTA and maintains the elimination of many tariffs between the three countries, to facilitate the free flow of goods. But many argue that the Trudeau government had to give ...
  • 2018
  • 00:12:32
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  • Added on: 12/21/2018

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News in Review - November 2018 Venezuelan Migrants: Colombia's Crisis

It’s one of the biggest migrations on earth. More than 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled their homeland since 2015. Most head to Colombia in the hopes they can find jobs and food for their families. But the influx of the mass migration is putting serious strain on Colombia’s resources. And while the United Nations struggle to find ways to assist, ...
  • 2018
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  • Added on: 12/04/2018

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News in Review - November 2018 Failing Grade?: Ontario’s Sex-Education Changes

In the summer of 2018 the newly elected Progressive Conservative party in Ontario announced it would end an updated sex-education curriculum in elementary schools and revert to an older version dating back to the 1990s. The controversial move brought protests from educators and liberals alike. Many felt that reverting to the older version failed to address the changes in society ...
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  • Added on: 11/30/2018

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News in Review - November 2018 Carl Lutz: The Swiss Schindler

During the Second World War, Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist and Nazi officer, was credited with saving 1,200 Jews. His story was told by director Steven Spielberg in the award-winning movie Schindler's List. Yet to this day, few know the name of Carl Lutz. Tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews owe their lives to this modest Swiss diplomat, among them two ...
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News in Review - November 2018 Censoring Online Information: The Right to be Forgotten

The internet is a tool for accessing information about others. But once online, those stories live on forever. False or incorrect reports about individuals online can tarnish reputations, damage families and upturn careers. Some countries have legislation to help with that. It’s called the right to be forgotten. But Canada doesn’t have this legislation. And it’s got some people calling ...
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News in Review - October 2018 Vision Zero: Making City Roads Safer

City roads are designed for vehicles. But the modern cultural push for pedestrian-friendly cities and increased bike paths means there’s a war raging on the streets. Unfortunately, pedestrian and bicycle fatalities are on the rise. In an effort to combat this, many cities have adopted a road safety program called Vision Zero. Launched in Sweden, this program helps marry pedestrians, ...
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  • Added on: 10/17/2018

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News in Review - October 2018 Safeguarding Social Media: Facebook's Challenge

Facebook has been the shooting star of social media platforms. Nothing could stop its meteoric rise as two billion users signed up to communicate and share online. But recent scandals from fake news to extremist content have plagued the firm and users are losing trust. If the firm cannot secure personal information and stop hackers, how can users feel safe? ...
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  • Added on: 10/16/2018

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