Pokeverse: Toronto asks for Pokémon GO stops to relocate

A Pokemon appears on the screen next to a woman as a man plays "Pokemon Go” in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016.
A Pokemon appears on the screen next to a woman as a man plays "Pokemon Go” in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich/File Photo)

In Canada, Pokémon GO has caused yet another uproar, this time in Toronto, Ont.

The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal is the subject of the disturbance, where large crowds have flocked to the terminal recently, because it boasts half a dozen “pokestops” as well as poke gyms.

The sheer amount of people congregating at the busy ferry terminal has the city fuming. City officials have requested that the game stops at the terminal be relocated, because they’re causing chaos in the form of increased traffic, congestion, and litter.

In the meantime, small vendors have set up and started selling Pokémon GO merchandise near the terminal, which is doing nothing to ease the congestion.

See: Canadian teens illegally cross border playing Pokémon GO and more stories from the Pokeverse

Over to our neighbours to the south, a Phoenix, AZ couple has been charged with child neglect and endangerment after being so engrossed in the game, that they left their two-year old son alone and unsupervised outside their home in the sweltering heat.

If those stories aren’t enough to feed your weekly appetite for Pokémon GO news, here are some international headlines:

  • Russia has decided to offer poke-insurance. Last month, SbérBank, which is Russia’s largest bank and life insurer, has decided to offer accident coverage for Pokémon GO players who mindlessly wander to pokestops near the bank’s branches. The bank said that due to the high volume of accidents reported from around the world in relation to the game, it wanted to offer its customers the service free of charge.
  • In Israel, the number of moderate Pokémon GO accidents is apparently so disconcerting, that the country’s emergency rescue service, Magen David Adom, has issued an accident warning to distracted walkers.
  • Award-winning Japanese gymnast KoheiUchimura, who will be in Rio competing in the 2016 summer Olympic games, managed to accumulate a $5,000 cellphone bill in his quest to catch pokeballs. Luckily for him, his cellphone company was understanding and reduced his bill to $30 a day for unlimited data.

Never a dull week in the pokeverse!

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