Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Canada’s skyrocketing indigenous prison population is only getting worse
“Over the past decade the percentage of Indigenous and black inmates in Canadian prisons has risen dramatically, even as the population of white inmates has dropped, according to the latest figures from the office of the correctional investigator.”
2. Geert Wilders falls short in election, as wary Dutch scatter their votes
“The far-right politician Geert Wilders fell short of expectations in Dutch elections on Wednesday, gaining seats but failing to persuade a decisive portion of voters to back his extreme positions on barring Muslim immigrants and jettisoning the European Union, according to official results and exit polls.
“The results were immediately cheered by pro-European politicians who hoped that they could help stall some of the momentum of the populist, anti-European Union and anti-Muslim forces Mr. Wilders has come to symbolize, and which have threatened to fracture the bloc.”
+1: Europe’s mainstream sighs in relief over Dutch election – CBC News
+1: ‘This is exactly what he wants’: How Geert Wilders won by losing – The Atlantic
3. Did Uber steal the driverless future from Google?
“But none of Uber’s recent scandals have the potential financial impact of the one Uber has said the least about: a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc.—the parent of Google and Google’s self-driving car division, now called Waymo—over driverless cars. Waymo says Uber is in possession of, and is basing the future of its business on, technology that was stolen by a former employee.”
4. Almost half of patients prescribed opioids for a month get hooked for a year
“A new study shows how long-term opioid dependence can start within just the first few days of a painkiller prescription.”
5. Toronto’s Smart Track transit plan would cause surge in suburban driving
“Adding the three transit stations proposed for outside the city core under Mayor John Tory’s Smart Track plan will spark a huge increase in driving by slowing the trains and making them less attractive, according to an initial assessment for the regional transit agency Metrolinx.
“The long-delayed reports raise new questions about a plan that has been heavily revised since it helped win Mr. Tory the mayoralty.”