The Daily Populous

Wednesday June 24th, 2020 morning edition

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The Ford government’s new elementary math curriculum will introduce coding, computer storage measurements and personal finance terms starting in Grade 1, as part of a bid to improve sliding EQAO math scores.

They will also learn about personal finance in each grade, and they will learn about measurements of data storage, such as a byte, kilobyte, megabyte and gigabyte, alongside the other units of measurement they learned previously.

“Dropping a new math curriculum during the middle of a pandemic is completely irresponsible,” NDP education critic Marit Stiles said Tuesday.

For instance, learning to tell time on a round clock with hands will now begin in Grade 3, instead of Grade 1.

Provincial EQAO math scores have been lagging behind reading and writing scores in the elementary grades for years.

In Grade 3, average scores were down to 61 per cent in 2018, from 67 per cent four years earlier.

In Grade 6, the average math score has been stuck at 61 per cent for a decade. »

Apple gives in: iPhone and iPad users can finally change their default mail app and web browser this fall

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Apple is finally giving in and letting iPhone users change their default web browser and mail app.

It’s a huge benefit to anyone interested in switching between Android and iPhone, and a notable change that iPhone users have been requesting for years.

Apple is finally giving in: The next version of iOS, the iPhone operating system, will allow iPhone users to change their default web browser and email apps. »

DOJ Whistleblower: Bill Barr Improperly Targeted Marijuana Companies with Investigations Because He ‘Did Not Like’ Their Business

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Attorney General Bill Barr isn’t too high on marijuana as a business, so he improperly targeted cannabis company mergers with antitrust investigations, a DOJ whistleblower alleges.

Elias said that he was concerned enough about what he saw that he reported it to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Elias claimed that Barr targeted marijuana companies MedMen and PharmaCann with antirust probes—not to undertake “bona fide antitrust investigations,” but because Barr just doesn’t like the nature of the budding businesses:. »