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Students learn about misinformation in the media – Lethbridge Herald

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By Bobinec, Greg on February 27, 2020.

The Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and District brought together high school students to learn about the impact of misinformation, polarization and disengagement in news, through their annual “I Stand Against” conference, Tuesday at Lethbridge College. Herald photo by Greg Bobinec @GBobinecHerald

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The Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and District invited around 70 students from southern Alberta to a youth conference to learn about the impact of misinformation in the media.

As part of the Boys and Girls Club’s annual “I Stand Against” conference, organizers wanted to bring awareness about the world of technology and misinformation and to give youth the tools and knowledge on how to identify it and how to think about it.

“We are holding a youth conference based on media manipulation,” says Adam Saley, Youth Services director with Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and District. “It is in a series of a yearly event that we host called ‘I Stand Against,’ so every year we take on a topic about abuse or discrimination, and this year we had the opportunity to get a grant to partner with Samara Centre for Democracy on identifying fake news and misinformation that happens in our online and digital media, and to really give young people the tools and the power to be able to identify correct political articles and inform them because they are the future of voting in our country, so we can make sure that everything is accurate for them.”

The high school students went through a variety of activities to help learn and understand concepts such as algorithms, targeted marketing and politically incorrect articles. Saley says the topic of misinformation online and online safety has been one floating around the youth centre, and they thought it would be a good time to address some of the issues youth in the community are facing.

“Something in our youth centre that we hear a lot from youth is lots of misinformation that they see online and all of the discussions that happen around those articles because they are very believable,” says Saley. “They pretty much believe everything they see on Instagram or Facebook, so we really wanted to provide young people with the tools to navigate the online world. Especially things like privacy like what information social media has on everybody such as location, searches and how they use that to their advantage, so giving the tools to youth so they know what to do and how to be safe online.”

Students were also able to take in advice from keynote speaker Craig Silverman, media editor of Buzzfeed News, who helped them learn how to identify misinformation in news, as well as how it can lead to polarization and disengagement. Saley says this was a great first youth conference for The Boys and Girls Club, as they have been wanting to provide more opportunities for youth to help them navigate through life.

“It has been amazing, this is the first time that we have really done a conference for youth and we really wanted to grow what ‘I Stand Against’ is, and to be able to bring more education and awareness to youth, to really give them the tools to navigate in our society today,” says Saley.

As youth throughout southern Alberta start to learn the ways of the internet and the different ways it can be manipulated to change points of views, The Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and District hope they provided new ways to view the internet, safely and securely.

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Media Advisory: Premier Furey to Announce Additional Measure to Address Recruitment and Retention of Physicians – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will announce an additional measure to address recruitment and retention of physicians today (Tuesday, August 16) at 2:15 p.m.

He will be joined by the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services, Dr. Sohaib Al-Asaaed, Post Graduate Medical Education Associate Dean, and Dr. Mikaela Murphy, a second-year family medicine resident.

The availability will take place in Room M5M101, Faculty of Medicine, St. John’s Campus, Memorial University.

The availability will be streamed live on Facebook.

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Media contacts
Meghan McCabe
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
meghanmccabe@gov.nl.ca

Laura Thomas
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 727-0341
laurathomas@gov.nl.ca

2022 08 16
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Media Release – August 16, 2022 – Guelph Police – Guelph Police Service

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Male arrested in theft of watches

A Guelph male has been charged in connection with the theft of more than a dozen watches during a break and enter last month.

Police were called July 6 to a business in the area of Silvercreek Parkway North and Woodlawn Road West. An employee had arrived to work to find a rear window smashed. Approximately 12 to 15 watches each valued at $150 were stolen.

A suspect was identified through surveillance video and arrested Sunday morning. A 66-year-old Guelph male is charged with break and enter. He will appear in a Guelph court September 23, 2022.

Arrest made following assault

A Guelph male faces assault and weapons charges after another male was attacked in the parking lot of a south-end business.

On July 9 two males known to each other were involved in a verbal altercation in a parking lot on Stone Road West. During the altercation one of the males was struck twice in the head with an object believed to be a flashlight. This caused a laceration which required stitches.

A suspect was identified and on Monday turned himself in to the Guelph Police Service. A 26-year-old Guelph male is charged with assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and failing to comply with probation. He will appear in bail court Wednesday.

Gassing up stolen car leads to charges

A Cambridge male who pumped gas into a stolen car in Guelph has been arrested.

On June 2, a male attended a gas station on Speedvale Avenue West driving a stolen Kia SUV. He pumped more than $49 in gas and attempted to pay using several prepaid credit cards, but was only able to cover $7.28 of the cost. The male said he would get another credit card from the vehicle but instead sped away without paying the remaining amount.

The male was identified via surveillance video and arrested Monday.

A 37-year-old Cambridge male is charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000, theft under $5,000, occupying a stolen motor vehicle and driving while suspended. He will appear in bail court Tuesday.

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 206

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Media are invited to attend the Mentor-Apprentice Program workshop in Yellowknife on August 17 – Government of Northwest Territories

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The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is hosting a training workshop for Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) participants in Yellowknife. Media are invited to attend the last workshop taking place in the Yellowknife area, where they can experience the language program firsthand and talk to MAP participants and organizers with the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat.

The session will take place:

Yellowknife – Dene Kedǝ, Dëne Sųłıné, Dene Zhatıé and Tłı̨chǫ languages

Location: Aurora Tours.net /Aurora Teepee Lodge (Ingraham Trail – KM 12.4)

Date: August 17, 2022

Time: 10:15 -11:45 am

To attend one of the sessions, please RSVP to ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca. High-resolution photos will be provided upon request for media use.

MAP is a way of learning a language where a fluent speaker of the language (a Mentor) teaches a language learner (an Apprentice) through immersion. The goal of the program is to have Apprentices improve their ability to understand and speak their language and help with the revitalization of Indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories.

For media requests, please contact:

ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca

Public Affairs and Communications

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

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