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Playmate Dani Mathers could face charges after body-shaming victim allegedly comes forward

Written on August 24, 2019 at 16:35, by

Playboy model Dani Mathers may be leaving the mansion for the courthouse.

The 29-year-old playmate incited outrage after photographing an unsuspecting nude elderly woman in a gym locker room. The Playmate of the Year in 2015 followed up the photo with a Snapchat selfie, seemingly reacting to the woman with a look of shock.

The photo’s caption reads: “If I can’t unsee this, then you can’t either.”

READ MORE: Police investigating Dani Mathers for body-shaming nude shot of woman at gym

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Since then, a woman in her 70s has stepped forward to say she’s the “previously unidentified” woman and is willing to testify against Mathers, according to TMZ. The alleged victim has spoken to the Los Angeles Police Department,

Playmate Mathers’ attorney, Tom Mesereau, told People that he has not received any official word of impending legal action: “We hope the rumour is not true… Dani Mathers never tried to hurt anyone at any time and certainly never tried to break any law.”

Immediately after posting the photo, Mathers received an immense amount of backlash from people on social media and lost a job on a radio show. Many were outraged that a young Playboy model would body-shame an elderly woman.

The gym where the incident took place, LA Fitness, has since revoked Mathers’s membership and filed a complaint with police.

Mathers took to several social media platforms, including 桑拿会所, to apologize in the aftermath of the controversy.

Canada pushes for U.S. border legislation before new president, Congress sworn in

Written on August 24, 2019 at 16:35, by

WASHINGTON – Canadian diplomats will be pushing for the adoption of border legislation as the current U.S. Congress convenes for its final few months of business.

The embassy in Washington wants U.S. lawmakers to deal with border reforms before a new president and Congress are sworn in next January.

At issue are pilot projects announced by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, where travellers would clear customs in-land in order to lighten traffic at the actual border.

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Implementing legislation needs to be passed in both countries to begin the experiment, which will seek to replicate for land travel the preclearance system that already exists for travellers to the U.S. in major Canadian airports.

READ MORE: Canada’s new passport requirements come into effect this month

Ambassador David MacNaughton said this is the kind of issue with bipartisan support that could get through Congress in the midst of a heated campaign season. But that’s only if lawmakers remember it – the issue isn’t exactly top of mind in the current U.S. political debate.

Funding for Zika research, the appointment of a Supreme Court justice, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are some of the high-profile issues facing U.S. lawmakers, who returned from the summer break Tuesday.

“We will be working with the proponents in Congress and in the administration … to get (preclearance) done,” MacNaughton said in a recent interview.

“Because if you don’t bring it up it could just inadvertently not get passed.”

He said there’s no actual opposition to the idea in Congress. The biggest challenge is finding the right place and time to get it passed. In the spring, an attempt to stick the item into an unrelated omnibus bill collapsed when the parties began arguing over other add-ons and, in order to save the core bill, they stripped out all the additions including the part on the Canada-U.S. border.

“The problem is how do you introduce it; where does it go; does it get attached to another bill,” MacNaughton said. “We’re hoping and expecting that they will pass the legislation by the end of the year.”

READ MORE: US-Canada border preclearance bill to be introduced in spring

The overall plan is to extend the early-customs system that has existed for years at large Canadian airports – applying it not only to new airports in downtown Toronto and Quebec City but also to land travel for the first time, starting with the Montreal train station and the Rocky Mountaineer west-coast rail line. It’s part of the long-term goal of achieving faster border-crossing for different types of passenger and commercial transport.

First the countries must pass legislation that would spell out the rights and responsibilities of customs officers operating on their soil.

In Canada, a bill recently passed first reading in Parliament.

Bill C-23 lets U.S. officers bring their guns into Canada for work purposes; sets conditions for questioning and strip-searches; lets people leave a customs line unless they’ve been detained; allows civil claims against the U.S. government but not against individual officers; and sets rules for the extradition of officers in the case of criminal misconduct.

An analyst of Canada-U.S. relations said these bills are a required step toward the next generation of border reforms.

READ MORE: More pre-clearance locations at airports, train stations mean easier travel to US: tourism association

“Airport preclearance has existed for many years but the original setup did not envision land, rail and marine entry – nor the complexities of a post 9-11 world,” said Laura Dawson of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

“The new legislation is essential for establishing a clear legal framework.”

As for its prospects in the U.S. Congress, Dawson said the biggest threat to the legislation is neglect and delay: “It’s not likely that there will be opponents… but with so many things competing for attention, it’s not certain that there will be many champions either,” she said.

“I am concerned that an important initiative will fall through the cracks.”

Most OPEC members support $50-60 oil price: Iran’s oil minister

Written on August 24, 2019 at 16:35, by

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s oil minister says his country would support any decision by the oil producing group of nations that seeks to stabilize the oil market, Iranian state TV reported on Tuesday.

The remarks by the minister, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, came after talks with OPEC chief Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo on Tuesday in Tehran.

READ MORE: Should Canadians be cheering for lower or higher oil prices?

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According to Zangeneh, most OPEC members want to see the price of crude oil at 50 to 60 dollars per barrel.

“This price makes production of oil by OPEC members profitable, economical and useful, while preventing the rivals from raising their output,” he said,

Iran is trying to regain its share of the global petroleum market after the removal of Western sanctions following Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. It has said it will participate in talks on a possible production freeze after it reaches an output of 4 million barrels per day by April 2017.

READ MORE: Canadian dollar hits two-week low amid falling oil prices

In late 2000s, Iran was the second producer in OPEC with a total production of 4.2 million barrels per day, with 2.5 million barrels exported. The current production is at 3.6 million barrels of oil a day, of which Tehran exports 2.2 million barrels a day.

The world’s two largest oil producers, Russia and Saudi Arabia, on Monday agreed to act together to stabilize global oil output, though it’s unclear what that might entail.

Russia, which is not a member of the oil producing nations’ group OPEC, this year supported calls to freeze production, but the efforts fell through after Iran opposed the plan.

Canada’s auto union faces outside pressure from costs it can’t control

Written on August 24, 2019 at 16:35, by

TORONTO  – Canada’s autoworkers’ union, which steps up pressure in contract talks by naming a strike target on Tuesday, may see its ability to win concessions undermined by outside factors, ranging from high power rates to manufacturers’ increased reliance on more costly imported parts, industry experts say.

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The top priority for the union, named Unifor, is to persuade Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor and General Motors to pledge to produce new vehicle models in Canada. It will also seek a modest pay raise and shorter pay progression for new hires.

READ MORE: Why contract talks with the ‘Detroit Three’ automakers are so critical for Canada

A four-year contract covering some 20,000 Canadian workers at the three companies expires Sept. 19.

“All of those other issues, combined, overwhelm the effect of Unifor,” said Tony Faria, a University of Windsor professor who studies the industry, referring to labor costs.

Unifor estimates that, on average, labor represents about 4 percent of the cost of each vehicle its workers produce, versus 55 percent for parts and supplies.

Approximately 50 percent of the parts in Canadian-made vehicles are produced in the country, said Flavio Volpe, Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada president.

Many Canadian-based parts suppliers did not survive the 2008 financial crisis and resulting recession, he said.

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High electricity rates in the province of Ontario are another thorn.

The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, an industry group that advises government, cites a 2013 survey from Hydro Quebec that shows large power users in Toronto pay 123 percent more than Chicago customers, 50 percent more than Nashville and 37 percent more than Detroit.

READ MORE: Increased exports are good, but there’s still trouble on the economic front, experts say

Canada’s market size poses another problem. About 10 percent of all vehicles sold in North America are purchased in Canada, versus 80 percent in the United States, said Faria.

New government programs, such as Ontario’s cap-and-trade climate plan, and higher federal pension contribution could add further costs to automakers’ operations.

GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler declined to comment.

READ MORE: Ontario and Michigan sign deal calling for more integration of auto sectors

Unifor says any challenges are outweighed by Canada’s currency advantage, with the Canadian dollar worth just 77 U.S. cents.

“The companies are making money hand-over-fist, including in their Canadian operations, where they’re dealing with hydro costs, they’re dealing with our social programs,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias.

The union and industry are pushing the Canadian government to change how it funds incentives for automative production to grants from loans.

“We have to make sure our incentives are competitive to attract interest,” said Ray Tanguay, appointed auto industry czar last year to advise Ontario and Canadian governments. “If manufacturing of automobiles is important, then we have to commit and play to win.”

Canada should focus on developing skilled labor and advanced manufacturing to distinguish itself, rather than costs, he said.

In 2012, the union came up empty-handed in a push for new vehicle production. Their contract froze wages for existing workers for three out of four years and cut pay and pension benefits for new employees.

Unifor to target General Motors in labour negotiations with Detroit Three

Written on August 24, 2019 at 16:35, by

TORONTO – The union that represents about 23,000 auto workers in Canada has selected General Motors as its target company in the opening round of contract talks.

Unifor says any agreement it strikes with GM will serve as a template for negotiations with the other two automakers, Ford and Fiat Chrysler – a process referred to as “pattern bargaining.”

Unifor president Jerry Dias said the union chose GM as its target because that’s the company that poses the biggest challenge in terms of hammering out a deal.

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Dias said he’s concerned about the possibility that GM may be planning to shut down its operations in Oshawa, Ont., where it currently has two production lines.

The consolidated line, which produces the Chevrolet Equinox, is slated to close next year.

READ MORE: Oshawa, Ont., ground zero for latest talks between Detroit Three, unions

Meanwhile, the flex line – which produces the Chevrolet Impala, the Buick Regal and the Cadillac XTS – has no product scheduled past 2019.

Dias said more investment is also needed in new engines and transmissions at GM’s engine plant in St. Catharines, Ont.

GM has previously said it won’t make any promises about investing in its Canadian facilities or allocating any new products to its Oshawa plant until after an agreement with the union has been ratified.

“I’m here to tell you today that that is not going to happen,” Dias said during a news conference in Toronto on Tuesday.

“We are not going to ratify an agreement with General Motors under any circumstance unless there is a commitment to our facilities. If that may be considered a line in the sand, so be it.”

Unifor’s contract with the so-called Detroit Three automakers expires Sept. 19.

Last month, members of the union voted in favour of strike action to back their contract demands, which include wage increases and securing more work to build vehicles.

Wheelchair basketball player David Eng named Canada’s Paralympics flag-bearer

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

RIO DE JANEIRO – When David Eng made his Paralympic debut 12 years ago in Athens, coach Mike Frogley would jot down a word each day and pin that word on the wall.

They were words like “leadership” and “commitment,” character traits Frogley wanted his players to embody.

They were words, Eng decided then and there, to live by.

“I started focusing on that,” Eng said. “That was what I wanted to become, was that type of person.”

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The 39-year-old veteran of Canada’s wheelchair basketball team has been chosen to carry the Maple Leaf into the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday.

READ MORE: Canada’s Aurelie Rivard entering Rio Paralympics as swimmer to beat

Frogley, now the high performance director for Wheelchair Basketball Canada, said there was no better choice. Every player and every team, he said, “starts with great character.”

“And that’s what David is: great character that allows us the opportunity to be great,” Frogley said. “And he’s a great representation of Canada, (he) embodies all the things that Canadians hold in the highest regard, his work ethic, his discipline, his commitment to the team … those are things all Canadians share in, so they share in him marching out holding our flag.”

The two-time Paralympic gold medallist, who was cheered on by both the men’s and women’s wheelchair teams at his news conference Tuesday morning, will be competing at his fourth Games. Canada won gold in Eng’s debut in 2004, took the silver at the 2008 Beijing Games and won gold four years ago in London.

The Canadian co-captain, who was born with one leg shorter than the other, took up the sport when he was just 12 through the encouragement of his uncle Gerald Brule, a former national team player.

His first team was a senior men’s squad, where the “hoops were pretty high” for a 12-year-old, and the chairs were “almost hospital chairs.” He went on to play college wheelchair ball at the University of Texas in Arlington, and now suits up for two club teams: Gladiateurs de Laval and the New York Rollin Knicks.

Eng is a big NBA fan, and rode the emotional roller-coaster of the Toronto Raptors’ historic playoff run last spring.

READ MORE: Rio 2016: Canada’s youngest Paralympic swimmer’s heads out from Moncton

“I love the Raptors. I think Drake should be our ambassador for wheelchair basketball,” Eng said with a chuckle. “He played a guy in a wheelchair on ‘Degrassi: (The Next Generation.)’ He’s a big Raptor guy.

“If Drake (reads) this: tweet me, we need to talk.”

The Toronto rapper, who’s also the Raptors’ global ambassador, played Jimmy Brooks on the popular television series. His character on the show suffered a spinal cord injury in a shooting.

Eng is also a huge Kobe Bryant fan, and named his husky dog “Kobe” after the retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

He models his career, he said, on a variety of players and people.

“Michael Jordan, I liked his dedication and heart for the game, love for the game,” Eng said. “Magic Johnson, I liked his team bonding approach, making your team better. Michael Jackson (the late singer), he was a perfectionist who paid attention to all the little details.

“So I take little pieces of everybody and try to emulate and replicate it in my own career.”

Michael Jackson also happens to be his go-to pre-game music.

READ MORE: Rio 2016: Paralympics will go ahead with major budget cuts

“‘Man in the Mirror’ is one of my favourites, ‘Billie Jean’ … I like more of the old Michael Jackson.”

Eng wore a Superman t-shirt for his pre-game warm-up from the time he was 12 until 21, but replaced it with the Superman diamond-shaped logo he had tattooed on his left shoulder.

He’s fiercely passionate about the Paralympic movement.

“There’s nothing more human than the Paralympics,” Eng said. “You have diversity, you have disability … and you go out there and you maximize what you’ve got and you perform, and it’s really inspiring.

“If I were to compare the Olympics and the Paralympics, we’ve got the back stories of the athletes and what they went through. They already succeeded in something before they started competing. The true value of sport, we’re really embracing it right now at the Paralympics.”

Canada has long been a leader in wheelchair basketball. In Rio, however, Eng will guide a team that features six rookies after half of Canada’s core of players retired post-London.

“We want to still be a leader, it’s another motivation,” Eng said. “We have new athletes coming in and we want to show that it wasn’t just the individuals on the team, but it was the concept, the program behind it that made us so successful.”

Canada opens the Paralympics on Thursday against Spain, and will also meet Algeria and Great Britain in preliminary-round action.

The Canadians captured silver at last summer’s Parapan Am Games in Toronto, losing the final to the United States.

The Canadian women, silver medallists at last summer’s Parapan Am Games, also open the Paralympics on Thursday when they face Great Britain.

El Salvador players say offered cash before Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Canada

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

El Salvador players were offered financial inducements to win, draw or avoid a heavy defeat in their crunch World Cup qualifier against Canada, the country’s football association said on Tuesday.

“Players with the national football team reveal the supposed arrangement ahead of their game with Canada,” the association said on the team’s Facebook page.

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A heavy defeat for the Salvadorans in Tuesday evening’s match in Vancouver could prevent their neighbours Honduras from progressing to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Honduras are in pole position to advance but Canada could edge them on goal difference if they run up a big score against El Salvador and Honduras lose to Group One leaders Mexico at the Aztec stadium.

READ MORE: FIFA ethics court drops investigation of President Infantino

Mexico are unbeaten in five matches and the Salvadorans sit bottom of the group with two points from a possible 15.

The association said a Salvadoran businessman and former president of local club Alianza FC approached the players with financial inducements before they travelled to Canada at the weekend.

“Players with the national team tonight revealed at a press conference a tape in which the Salvadoran businessman Ricardo Padilla offered them ‘rewards’ for winning, drawing or even losing against Canada,” the association said.

Team captain Nelson Bonilla played the tape of the 10-minute conversation to reporters in Vancouver on Monday night.

In it, the man identified as Padilla promised varying amounts of money depending on the result and the time played by each player, from $30 a minute for a win to $10 a minute in a 1-0 defeat.

“In reference to what we heard, we want to make it clear that we are against anything of this kind,” Bonilla said.

“We want to be transparent about everything that has happened with the national team.”

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Fourteen El Salvador internationals were banned for life for match-fixing in 2013.

FIFA said it was aware of the issue and was looking into the matter.

READ MORE: FIFA says top officials, including Sepp Blatter, awarded themselves $80M over 5 years

“FIFA does comment on whether or not investigations are underway into alleged cases of match manipulation so as not to compromise any possible investigations,” a spokesperson said.

CONCACAF did not respond to emailed requests for comment and the football associations of Canada, Honduras and Mexico made no mention of the allegations on their websites.

Padilla, however, said there was nothing wrong with the offer as he was not asking the players to throw the game.

“Let them investigate, I’m not worried,” he told the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Grafica. “Those who want to see it as something bad can see it that way and those who want to see it as something good then they can too.”

Relations between El Salvador and Honduras have not always been harmonious on the soccer pitch and the two Central American nations went to war in 1969 after a rancorous best-of-three World Cup series.

The short-lived conflict had been brewing for months but angry scenes during the matches led to border skirmishes in which hundreds of people were killed in what was forever remembered as the Soccer War.

8 new public schools open in Calgary this month

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

Hundreds of students enrolled in Calgary’s public school system headed back to class on Tuesday in brand new schools.

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is opening 8 new schools this month, including:

Auburn Bay SchoolCopperfield SchoolKenneth D. Taylor School (in Evanston)New Brighton SchoolNelson Mandela SchoolPeter Lougheed School (in Saddle Ridge)William D. Pratt School in (in Royal Oak)Buffalo Rubbing Stone School (in Panorama Hills)

Although originally set to open on Sept. 6, Buffalo Rubbing Stone School will instead open on Sept. 26 due to construction delays. In addition, Peter Lougheed School is expected to open during the “first week” of school, according to the CBE.

“We are working closely with the families of these schools to provide updates on construction and contingency plans for students,” CBE spokesperson Dany Breton said.

READ MORE: A look inside Calgary’s new Nelson Mandela High School

The new schools have a total capacity of 6,600 students.

“These new facilities will not only benefit the students who are attending them, but also the community, as these new schools grow into hubs of activity,” Chief Superintendent David Stevenson said.

In addition to eight new schools, modernization projects at Bowness High School and Jack James High School have been completed.

Bowness now offers a new wing of classrooms, a culinary arts classroom and a robotics lab, as well as automotive and wood shop upgrades.

Jack James, meanwhile, has undergone upgrades to auto body, building trades, horticulture and child care spaces.

A new Catholic school also opens this month; Our Lady of Grace School in Evanston will have students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

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Halifax council to consider starting over on Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

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Halifax regional councillors will decide whether to ditch a controversial recommendation to develop parts of the area around the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area.

Municipal staff are calling on councillors to roundly reject a June report that recommended allowing development to take place on much of the land slated for a regional park near Bayer’s Lake.

The park is supposed to buffer a provincial wilderness area but critics say the facilitators report would have thrown that into jeopardy. The park has been promised since 2006 but much of the land is owned by private companies that want to develop the land instead. None of the privately owned land is zoned for development.

READ MORE: Municipal report recommends against Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes development

The August report from staff recommends against any further action on the facilitator’s report and calls on councillors to reject all proposals from developers to build on the land.

It goes on to recommend against beginning the secondary planning process requested by the developers who own the land.

Staff also suggest councillors direct staff to “explore opportunities and develop a program to acquire land” to create the proposed park.

Guns for transit tickets

Councillors are also expected to debate a recommendation to create a gun amnesty program similar to a previous program in the municipality in 2009.

The program is being recommended in response to a spate of gun violence earlier this spring that killed four men.

READ MORE: Province slams Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes report

Citizens would be allowed to turn over firearms and/or ammunition to the police without fear of being charged with possession of an unrestricted, restricted, or prohibited firearm. In return the individuals would receive 50 single Transit tickets for each firearm handed in.

Firearms turned over to Halifax RCMP or Halifax Regional Police would be checked for involvement in prior criminal activity.

If approved the program would run for two weeks between September 12 and 23, 2016.

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What to expect from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

It’s that time of year again. Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone lineup during its annual fall press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

In typical Apple fashion, little information has been released about the event; however, an invitation sent to members of the media read, “See you on the 7th,” leading many to believe the tech giant will show off the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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READ MORE: Apple expected to release a new iPhone next week

Of course, Apple has not released any information regarding what will be released – but the rumour mill is already churning up ideas about what the new phones might include.

But the iPhone 7 likely won’t be the only attraction on Wednesday. Here is what many expect to be unveiled during the event:

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The announcement of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is expected to revolve around audio capabilities. That’s because Apple is expected to unveil a phone without a headphone jack.

Rumours surrounding the removal of the headphone jack have been circulating for about a year and have not been well-received by Apple users. In fact, an online petition accusing Apple of trying to rip off customers by removing the headphone jack has been signed over 303,000 times.

READ MORE: Apple patents and leaks pointing to a waterproof iPhone 7

But, if Apple is planning on releasing an iPhone without a traditional headphone jack, it’s likely the company will unveil some sort of adapter to support existing audio devices. We may also see Apple branded Bluetooth wireless headphones to go with the phone.

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Some believe the company will introduce a new type of Apple branded headphones that plug into the phone’s lightning port (where you plug your phone in to charge).

Overall, the physical design of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus isn’t said to be changing much. But, according to a report by Bloomberg, one of the new models may include a second camera on the back of the phone to take higher quality photos and offer a better zoom.

READ MORE: Here is everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016

As with every iPhone iteration, both new devices will likely have upgraded internal components and faster chips.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will finally ditch the 16 gigabyte model and make 32 gigabyte the smallest available model. This comes after thousands of users with 16gb phones complained that Apple’s operating took up a large chunk of their devices’ storage. For example, iOS 8 required at least 5.7GB of free space in order to be installed on most iPhone and iPad models.

Apple Watch

Two years after introducing its first wearable device, Apple is expected to unveil the second version of the Apple Watch.

While most rumour sites don’t believe the company is going to significantly change the Apple Watch’s design, the biggest change to the device is expected to be built-in GPS capability. That means you won’t necessarily need to bring your iPhone with you in order to track things like your daily run on your watch.

According to Apple rumour site 9to5Mac, the new Apple Watch will also have better battery life.

iOS 10

We will likely also find out an official release date for iOS 10 Wednesday. However, thanks to Apple’s beta testing program, we already know most of the changes coming to the new operating system for iPhone and iPad.

The messaging app has been revamped to allow users to customize their messages. For example, you can now hand draw a response that will animate once opened by friends and messages that say things like “Happy Birthday” will send animated balloons flying across your screen.

Another new feature called “invisible ink” will allow you to send your friends a photo or message that remains hidden until they swipe across it.

An example of iOS 10’s invisible ink feature. (Screenshot/Apple)

But there will be some big changes for users to get used to.

“Slide to unlock” is gone – once iOS 10 is installed, swiping right will now bring users to a revamped notifications screen. To unlock your phone, you will now need to hold your finger over the TouchID fingerprint sensor on your home button, or  – if you don’t have a phone with a fingerprint sensor – click the home button to get to the unlock screen.

READ MORE: Goodbye ‘Stocks’ app! Apple to let you delete those un-deletable iPhone apps

If that makes you hesitant to install the new operating system, take this into consideration – Apple will finally let you remove those unwanted apps, like the Stocks app.

An updated MacBook Pro

Anyone who has been holding out for a new MacBook will know that Apple hasn’t updated its MacBook Pro laptop line in a while. And while there are some rumours that Apple is gearing up to release a new MacBook Pro, it’s unclear whether or not the computer will be unveiled during Wednesday’s event.

9to5Mac reported the new laptop could include an OLED touch screen panel above the keyboard, a thinner design and the addition of a USB-C port; but other details surrounding the laptop remain scarce.

Global News will have live coverage of Apple’s iPhone event, starting at 1 p.m. ET.