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DIY travel startup shut down by Ontario regulator

Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Published Monday, October 23, 2017 10:56AM EDT A new website that lets travellers bypass travel agents and pocket commissions has ceased operations in Ontario after the province’s travel regulator claimed the site violates provincial laws. The dispute is the latest in a consistent pattern of regulatory pushback against online businesses disrupting industries that have been slow to modernize. “We see this type of thing happening everywhere,” said Jochem Wijnands, TRVL’s founder, pointing to struggles other online platforms, like Airbnb and Uber, have faced for givingRead More

Protestors call on government to cancel new N.B. health care programs

CTV Atlantic Published Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:03PM ADT Last Updated Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:05PM ADT Nearly 100 people gathered in Sackville, New Brunswick to protest the privatization of two new health care programs Saturday. The province says the changes will take effect in 2018, but groups and especially seniors say they’re left with too many unanswered questions. Retired nurse, Shirley Oliver managed the Tantramar branch of the extramural program for 16 years and says she fears the local branch could be closed once the program is taken over.Read More

Trump jabs back at ‘wacky’ congresswoman as spat rolls on

Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press Published Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:33AM EDT WASHINGTON — Unwilling to put the tussling behind, U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday jabbed back at the Democratic lawmaker who has slammed him for his words of condolence to a military widow, calling Rep. Frederica Wilson “wacky” and contending her antics are “killing” her party. Trump’s broadside came a day after the White House defended chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized Wilson’s remarks and called her an “empty barrel” making noise. ARead More

Nestle CEO praised by Third Point but hedge fund still wants more

LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) – Nine months into leading the world’s biggest packaged food company, Nestle SA (NESN.S) Chief Executive Mark Schneider got a tentative thumbs-up from a prominent investor, who praised his early steps on Friday but said there was more work to be done. FILE PHOTO: Nestle CEO Ulf Mark Schneider speaks during the Nestle shareholders meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, whose firm Third Point made a $3.5 billion investment in Nestle in June, told his clients that he wasRead More

Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal, CDC reports – Health

The Associated Press Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when he began to feel soreness in his chest that grew increasingly painful. When his breathing became difficult, doctors detected a mass that appeared to be a tumour. For a week, Dan and DeAnna Gabriele thought their son was dying until tests identified the cause: not cancer, but chickens — the ones he cared for at home. They had apparently infected him with salmonella that produced a severe abscess. The popular trend of raising backyard chickens in U.S. cities andRead More

Images released of suspect who allegedly exposed himself inside restaurants in Bloor West

Investigators have released surveillance camera images of a male suspect who allegedly entered two restaurants over the past two months and exposed himself to commit indecent acts. On Sept. 23 at about 5:30 p.m., police were called to a restaurant at Bloor Street West and Dalton Road in The Annex. A suspect allegedly entered the restaurant, took off his pants and committed an indecent act. He then fled the scene. On Oct. 13 at about 2:30 p.m., a suspect entered a restaurant at Euclid Avenue and Bloor Street West andRead More

Free Bentley? Only with purchase of $3.13 million Edmonton penthouse

A luxury penthouse in the heart of a developing area of downtown Edmonton has hit the market — and you’ll get a $200,000 car for free if you decide to call the $3.13-million condo home. David Sanche with Westrich Pacific Developments, the developers behind the Ultima Tower where the 32nd floor condo resides, is offering up a 2013 Bentley Continental GT to anyone who chooses to buy the biggest penthouse currently on the Edmonton market. The 3,000 square-foot, two-storey condo is custom designed and includes more than 1,300 square feetRead More

Full Downie family statement following Tragically Hip frontman’s death

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:07AM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:10AM EDT The full statement released by Gord Downie’s family following the Tragically Hip frontman’s death Tuesday night: Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by. Gord knew this day was coming — his response was to spend this precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it withRead More

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dead at age 53

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:43AM CST Last Updated Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:49AM CST Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died, according to a statement on the band’s website. He was 53. In the wake of his diagnosis with glioblastoma — an incurable form of cancer — the musician became a symbol of perseverance in the face of his mortality. He spent the last chapter of his life raising funds for brainRead More

Wildfires near Leader Sask. under control according to province

CTV Regina Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:11PM CST Last Updated Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:50AM CST Wildfires burning in parts of west-central Saskatchewan near the Town of Leader are contained according to the chief administrative officer and director of emergency preparedness in Kindersley, Bernie Morton. “I can report that the fires are under control, this is according to the local fire departments as well as the province who is now responding on scene,” said Morton. An estimated 1200 people were evacuated from their homes earlier Tuesday after a grassRead More