Extra Extra: The Star Gets Voxxed, Libraries Lose the Internet, and a Man and His Goat Forge a Future
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Extra Extra: The Star Gets Voxxed, Libraries Lose the Internet, and a Man and His Goat Forge a Future

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  • The Toronto Star got called out, and we all learned a lesson. Vox.com’s medicine and public health reporter (and former Torontonian) Julia Belluz chided her hometown paper today for a story published last week that used weak data to wrongfully conclude that the HPV vaccine Gardasil had triggered alarming side effects among a slew of Canadian recipients, ultimately leading to one Quebec girl’s death. Belluz warns that this instance of misreporting “may lead to people skipping a vaccine that could have saved their lives.”
  • Sixteen Toronto Public Library branches didn’t have Internet and Wi-Fi access today due to “ongoing network issues” with their service provider. Toronto Reference Library and North York Central are among the branches affected by the outage.
  • A house fire ravaged Norman Collier’s home last week, but the man who runs Pickering’s Wild Things Petting Farm is getting some help from his friends. A crowdfunding campaign organized by some of the volunteers who have been helping to look after his zoo’s 100-plus rescued animals has so far raised more than $10,000. Neither Collier nor his many furry friends (including a baby goat named Charlie, whom he pulled from the burning building) were harmed in the fire.

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