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July 15, 2018 10:18 PM Canadian tourists still visiting U.C. despite trade conflict

“All of that being said, we’ve not seen a trade war like this, so that may change,” she said, “but as of now, the U.S. remains a very popular destination.” Florida accounts for the largest number of visitors from the north, typically snowbirds in the winter. New England is also a popular destination, and beaches like Old Orchard Beach and Hampton Beach 5

July 13, 2018 7:37 PM McDonald’s salads linked to intestinal parasite outbreak that left more than 100 ill in the U.S

More than 100 people in the Midwest have been infected by an intestinal parasite in recent weeks that has been tied to the consumption of salads at McDonald’s, health experts announced this week. Public health officials in Illinois and Iowa have reported a spike in cases of cyclosporiasis, with at least 15 infections in Iowa and 90 others in Illinois 7

July 11, 2018 5:25 PM Tim Hortons signs franchise agreement to open more than 1,500 stores in China

Starbucks had 3,300 stores in 141 cities in China as of May and plans to total 5,000 by 2021. China is its fastest growing market and it opens a new store in the country every 15 hours. Whitbread, which operates Costa Coffee, has 449 of the coffee chain’s shops in China and plans to have 1,200 by 2022, according to its most recent annual report 9

July 11, 2018 10:53 AM Thai soccer team survived gruelling ordeal by drinking water dripping into cave

MAE SAI, THAILAND—The soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand lost weight during their 18-day ordeal and in the days before their discovery survived by drinking water dripping into their refuge, a health official said Wednesday. The 12 boys and coach rescued over the three previous days “took care of themselves well in the cave,” Thongchai 6

July 4, 2018 7:09 PM Three charged with kidnapping actress, holding man naked for 30 hours in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES—Three suspects were charged Tuesday with kidnapping two people from a Los Angeles home and holding one of them naked in a bathtub for 30 hours while demanding the other pay a $10,000 (U.S.) ransom, prosecutors said. Neal’s arrest at gunpoint by Los Angeles police officers on Monday was captured on video by a bystander and had been viewed 47

July 4, 2018 11:00 AM It’s ‘Theatre Christmas’ in July with 158 shows at the Toronto Fringe Festival

KF: I am interested in the “burlesque cabaret dream play” Josephine, about the groundbreaking entertainer Josephine Baker, which has awards and great reviews from the States. And I’m also interested in performers who thrive on the Fringe circuit. One is Gemma Wilcox, whose solo shows are Toronto Fringe favourites (this year she’s bringing back her 2008 hit The Honeymoon 13

July 3, 2018 5:16 PM Spending more than $1,000 on children’s activities? Think again

The financial trouble typically starts when the children reach school-age. This is when parents start registering their children in activities and have to start paying school fees for school trips, year books and craft fairs. It’s also when some parents start getting competitive and use their children as trophies to show off their financial success 10

June 29, 2018 6:08 PM Canadian hyperloop company threatens to relocate unless government supports innovation

MONTREAL—A Canadian hyperloop company is threatening to relocate its headquarters to Europe unless it gets political support at home for the implementation of its technology that would transport goods and passengers through tubes at airplane speeds. Transpod CEO and co-founder Sebastien Gendron says politicians need to step up if they are serious about 9

June 29, 2018 10:30 AM Thea Lim’s book An Ocean of Minutes, draws on the best of old and new CanLit

In the age of widespread refugee crises, weather events, data mining, corporate greed and totalitarian politics, dystopian narratives are very much on the brain. Toronto writer Thea Lim taps into this trend with her timely debut, An Ocean of Minutes, which draws on the best of old and new CanLit traditions. The novel follows twentysomething Polly — a furniture 10

June 28, 2018 9:10 PM Union urges consumers to #BuyCanadian as trade war with U.S. heats up

A consumer boycott of American-made products and services is gathering steam as Canada counts down to this weekend’s imposition of retaliatory tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of American products. Popular hashtags on social media include #BuyCanadian and #BoycottUSA, as consumers express their dislike of U.S. President Donald Trump’s imposition of tariffs 14