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Family friendly ideas for a Montreal staycation

Staying home for the holidays? No trips to a warm sunny destination on the horizon? Not to worry, says parenting expert Erica Diamond. She dropped by Montreal Global News Morning studios to share her favourite activities for winter fun in the city.

“We have a lot of great things to do in the city, if you’re willing to go out and fight the cold,” Diamond said. “Just get dressed warm and go have a good time.”

No. 1 on her list?

In this file photo, girls slide down ice toboggans, during the second Igloofest week-end in the Old Port, on January 24, 2015.

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Igloofest

Igloofest is an outdoor world-class electronic music festival that runs from Jan.12 to Feb. 19.

Organizers extended the festival this year to help Montreal celebrate its 375 birthday bash with special activities.

Visitors can take in a Nordik village re-imagined by seven Montreal design firms featuring their vision of temporary winter living.

For those with a bit of a competitive streak, the Nordik games could be just the ticket.

Competitors big and small face off in all sorts of events to put their winter survival skills to the test, from the Christmas tree toss, to the dig out your car contest.

For more information or to consult the schedule, visit the Igloofest website.

‘Luminothérapie’

Luminothérapie is a free activity that runs from Dec. 7 to Jan. 29 at the Place des Festivals. Every year organizers choose a different theme to light up the dark skies over Montreal.

“It’s kind of light therapy, a tribute to the dark months,” Diamond said.

This year’s theme is “Loop” and harkens back to pre-cinema days, with giant zoetrope-like machines that look like oversized hamster wheels.

To get the animation going, participants need to climb inside the wheel and use a push-pull mechanism to activate the zoetrope.

An urban ice fishing village is shown in the Old Port of Montreal, Thursday, January 31, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Graham Hughes.

Ice fishing

What could be more Canadian than ice fishing? But what you might not know is that you can go ice fishing right here in Montreal.

Hop on a heated fanboat at the Quai Jacques-Cartier and motor your way to a new adventure on the St. Lawrence River.

Take part in the Christmas in the Park Festival in three Montreal-area parks.

Christmas in the Park

Three Montreal-area parks are getting a magical makeover for the holiday season.

Place Emilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent and Parc Lahaie are being transformed into Christmas villages, where art, music and creativity converge.

There are over 100 free shows to enjoy, but the fun only lasts until Dec. 25.

For a complete schedule, consult the Noël dans le Parc website.

The photography of William Notman will be on display at the McCord Museum From Nov. 4, 2016 until March 26, 2017.

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McCord Museum

Montrealers have been rushing to the McCord Museum to view a slice of Montreal’s history through the lens of William Notman, a photographer from the 19th century.

Notman gained an international reputation for his photography after arriving on the shores of Montreal in 1876 from his native Scotland.

If you have a little one in tow, you might want to consider Alfred’s Adventures.

It’s a story about a teddy bear desperately looking to reconnect with William, after William’s dad went on a housecleaning spree and decided the toys had to go.

The tale is set to music with 50 objects from the McCord Museum’s collection making cameo appearances as the story unfolds.

People skating in Old Monteral on New Year’s Eve, Montreal, Que., Dec. 31, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lee Brown

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Skating, skating, skating

Skating is a winter staple in the city, with limitless options available. Whether you’re looking for a fun date option or trying to impress friends with your fancy twirls, Patiner Montreal, will help you find the perfect rink for your skating needs.

The website lists all of Montreal’s skating rinks and details ice conditions, rink locations and opening hours.

Santa exhibit at the Stewart Museum features 30 figurines of the jolly man. Photo Courtesy of Stewart Museum.

Santas take over the Stewart Museum

For four years now, Jolly Saint-Nick, or at least his likeness, has been taking over the Stewart Museum on Ile-Sainte-Hélène in an annual exhibit.

Visitors are invited to see 30 figurines of Santa as well as a large doll castle that comes to life at the sound of music.

There are also Christmas workshops, scavenger hunts and animated movies to keep the little ones captivated.

While the exhibit is free, donations are welcome. Santas will be on display until Jan. 8, 2017.

24 Nov -

Notable Canadians who died in 2016

From artists to politicians to athletes, Canada lost a number of influential citizens this year.

Gone but not forgotten, here is a look back at some of the notable Canadians who passed in 2016.

Rene Angélil Jan. 16, 1942 —; Jan. 14, 2016

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Rene Angelil, husband of singer Celine Dion, died at his Las Vegas home at the age of 73 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Angélil was Dion’s manager, mentor and singing coach since she was a teenager. As his health declined, Dion took time away from her career to take care of him.

A meticulously planned funeral for Angélil was held in Montreal on Jan. 22; the event drew more than 2,000 people to Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica.

Constance Glube Nov. 23, 1931 — Feb. 15, 2016. Nova Scotia’s first female Supreme Court judge, Constance Glube, died at 84.

Don Getty Aug. 30, 1933 – Feb. 26, 2016

Former Alberta premier Don Getty passed away at the age of 82. Getty was credited for helping to steer Alberta through the economic slowdown and falling energy prices of the 1980s.

Getty also played for the Edmonton Eskimos. He played for 10 years as a quarterback, winning two Grey Cups.

Rob Ford May 28, 1969 – Mar. 22, 2016

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 46.

A larger-than-life and divisive personality, Ford often made headlines for his behaviour rather than his policy. Despite the controversy, Ford was remembered as a dedicated man of the people, particularly by the members of so-called Ford Nation.

Ford left behind his wife, Renata, and two young children.

Jim Hillyer July 8, 1974 — Mar. 23, 2016

Conservative MP Jim Hillyer died at the age of 41 in his office, just off Parliament Hill.

Hillyer was a cancer survivor and had a bone marrow transplant in 2003. After his passing, Hillyer’s family said the 13 years after his cancer battle were a “bonus.”

Jean Lapierre May 7, 1956 — Mar. 29, 2016. Former federal politician and Quebec political commentator Jean-Charles Lapierre died in a plane crash while he was en route to his father’s funeral. He was 59.

The crash also killed Lapierre’s wife, sister, two brothers and the plane’s pilot and co-pilot.

John Ridsdell Sept. 9, 1947 — Apr. 25, 2016

Calgary man John Ridsdel was kidnapped in the Philippines and beheaded by extremist group Abu Sayyaf after a ransom deadline passed. He’d been held hostage for six months.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later said the deaths of Ridsdell and fellow captive Robert Hall was his greatest regret of 2016.

Morley Safer Nov. 8, 1931 — May 19, 2016

Just a week after retiring, legendary broadcaster Morley Safer passed away at the age of 84.

Toronto-born Safer spent 46 years in the news business, most notably as a 60 Minutes correspondent. The program aired an hour-long special on Safer’s career in the days before his death.

Norman Tait May 20, 1941 — May 21, 2016. Nisga’a First Nation artist Norman Tait, whose work is displayed around the world, died at age 75.

Rod Zimmer Dec. 19 1942 — June 7, 2016. Athlete, fundraiser, corporate executive and former Manitoba senator Rod Zimmer died at the age of 73.

Gordie Howe March 31, 1928 — June 10, 2016

Hockey legend Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88, leaving a legacy of four Stanley Cup wins, six Hart Trophies, and even a bridge named in his honour.

Following his death hockey great Wayne Gretzky, who has credited Howe for his playing career, called Howe the “greatest hockey player ever.”

Mr. Hockey and his wife Colleen’s ashes have been interred in the Howe statue outside of  Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre.

Robert Hall 1949 — June 13, 2016. Hall was executed by extremist group Abu Sayyaf following months of captivity after he was kidnapped in the Philippines along with fellow Canadian John Ridsdel.

Austin Clarke July 26, 1934 — June 26, 2016. The Giller Prize-winning author passed away at age 81.

Ryan Jimmo Nov. 27, 1981 — June 26, 2016. MMA fighter Jimmo, 34, nicknamed “The Big Deal,” was struck by a vehicle and killed in a hit and run in south Edmonton.

Mauril Belanger June 15, 1955 — Aug. 16, 2016. The Liberal MP who championed a more gender-neutral O Canada passed away at age 61 after a battle with ALS.

WATCH: Remembering Mauril Belanger 

Elsie Wayne Apr. 20, 1932 — Aug. 23, 2016. Remembered as a larger-than-life figure, former MP and Saint John mayor Elsie Wayne passed away at 84.

W.P. Kinsella May 25, 1935 — Sept. 16, 2016. Renowned Canadian author W. P. Kinsella passed away at the age of 81, choosing to end his life by assisted suicide.

Annie Pootoogook May 11, 1969 — Sept. 19, 2016. The death of the 46-year-old Inuit artist, whose body was found in the Rideau River, was deemed “suspicious’ by police.

Jim Prentice July 20, 1956 — Oct. 13, 2016

A day of golfing ended tragically for Jim Prentice and three friends in October, when the four were killed in a plane crash near Kelowna, B.C.

The former Alberta premier and federal cabinet minister was remembered as a tireless public servant.

“Jim was a strong voice for the people of Alberta and for the people of Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“He was highly-respected and well-liked in the House of Commons across all party lines because he brought an intelligent, honest and straightforward approach to everything he did.”

Prentice, recently retired from politics, was working as an advisor and writing a book at the time of his death.

Leonard Cohen Sept. 21, 1934 — Nov. 7, 2016

Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, author and poet Leonard Cohen died at 82 years old.

Cohen, born in Quebec in 1934, was revered in Canada and around the world.

He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has been called one of the most influential authors of our time. He was also a companion of the Order of Canada.

Dawn Coe-Jones Oct. 19, 1960 — Nov. 12, 2016. Canadian golfer Dawn Coe-Jones died at age 56 following a battle with bone cancer.

Janet Wright Mar. 8, 1945 — Nov. 14, 2016

Actor Janet Wright died at age 71.

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Award-winning stage and screen actor Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on TV show Corner Gas, died at age 71.

Wright and her sister co-founded a theatre in their home province of Saskatchewan in 1974. Over her career she appeared in dozens of productions, working for nearly every major theatre company in Canada.

Over the years she was honoured with two Genie awards as well as a Gemini for ensemble comedy performance.

Alan Thicke Mar. 1, 1947 — Dec. 13, 2016

One of the most iconic TV dads of all time, actor Alan Thicke died suddenly in December, after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son.

Perhaps best known for his role as Jason Seaver in Growing Pains, Thicke’s death sparked grief from former co-stars and everyday Canadians, alike.

With files from Global News and the Canadian Press

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Delta Airlines under fire after YouTube star Adam Saleh allegedly kicked off flight for speaking Arabic

Delta Airlines is facing fierce scrutiny on social media after YouTube star Adam Saleh claimed he and his friend were escorted off a New York-bound flight after having a phone conversation with his mother in Arabic.

Though some people aren’t so sure Saleh is telling the truth.

The video, shared to his 桑拿会所 account @omgAdamSaleh with over 262,000 followers, shows Saleh and his friend being asked to leave the aircraft. Saleh claims they were asked to leave after several passengers said they felt “uncomfortable” hearing him speak Arabic.

“We’re getting kicked out because we spoke a different language,” he says in the video. “This is 2016!”

WATCH: YouTube star Adam Saleh tweeted a video on Wednesday, December 21, alleging that he and a friend were removed from a Delta Airlines flight for speaking Arabic.

In the video, several passengers are seen coming to the defense of Saleh and his friend – one of which can be heard shouting, “This is crazy.” However, when the camera pans to the back of the plane, several passengers can be seen waving and shouting “goodbye” at the two men.

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Global News has not confirmed the circumstances which led to Saleh being removed from the plane but in a statement Wednesday evening, Delta said that “the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting.”

“This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight.”

“While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his traveling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees. It is clear these individuals sought to violate that priority,” the statement read.

READ MORE: Muslim woman detained for ‘suspicious behaviour’ while reading book about Syria during flight

Earlier Wednesday, Delta confirmed the two men were removed after “a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort.”

“We’re conducting a full review to understand what transpired. We are taking allegations of discrimination very seriously; our culture requires treating others with respect,” read the statement.

Global News attempted to contact Saleh several times before he announced he boarded another flight; however, our requests to interview the YouTuber were not immediately returned.

In the hours that followed Saleh’s initial tweet, #BoycottDelta began trending in North America as hundreds reacted with outrage over Saleh’s claims.

But not everyone online is buying Saleh’s story.

Several 桑拿会所 users have raised doubts about the authenticity of the YouTuber’s claims, noting that he has made several viral videos pranking airlines in the past. In fact, on Tuesday Saleh uploaded a video titled “I sent myself to another county,” in which he claimed to sneak himself on to a flight by hiding in a suitcase. The video was later debunked by the airline, who tweeted it had footage of Saleh boarding the plane.

In the video he also claims he has been subject to several anti-Muslim remarks on social media.

In a statement to Global News, a spokesperson from Saleh’s management team denied claims the incident was part of a prank.

“I can assure you that this was not a prank and Adam was heading home to see his family after completing the first half of his tour,” said the spokesperson. “Due to racism and discrimination amongst other passengers on the flight, the captain decided that he had to leave the plane.”

In November 2015, a Philadelphia man was briefly stopped from boarding a flight from Chicago after another passenger said he heard him speaking Arabic and felt “uncomfortable.” In June 2015, United Airlines garnered a lot of negative publicity after a Muslim woman was denied an unopened can of Diet Coke because it could “be used as a weapon,” a flight attended allegedly explained.

READ MORE: Arabic-speaking man briefly stopped from boarding plane after passenger complaint

This isn’t the first controversy Delta has faced either. In August, a Muslim couple alleged the were kicked off of a Delta flight from Paris after a flight attendant said she felt uncomfortable with the way they looked.

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Brr, it’s cold outside! Here’s a look at 4 winter weather health risks

‘Tis the season of sub-zero temperatures, driveways full of snow, and unfriendly wind chill – winter weather is on Canadians’ doorsteps.

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Officials have already issued extreme cold weather warnings from Calgary to Toronto and Montreal. In some parts of the country, overnight temperatures have dropped to as low as -27 C.

READ MORE: Calgary weather – city to see coldest temperatures in almost 2 years

Cold weather like this is a nuisance, from icy roads and accidents to bundling up to shovelling the snow in the morning. Aside from the inconveniences, cold weather can affect our health, too.

Global News looks at four health risks the brutal winter weather brings our way.

Frostbite

In extreme cold weather, cold Arctic air hurts our extremities – think hands, feet, fingers, nose, or cheeks — because those areas are most exposed.  It’s the perfect storm for frostbite, according to Dr. Stephen Meldon, an emergency room doctor at Cleveland Clinic. Exposed skin is at risk for frostbite, especially.

It starts with a cold feeling and then it becomes painful with the affected area going numb. Mild frostbite can be treated by submerging the area in warm, not hot water. It might be painful once the tissue starts to warm up but if the pain is unbearable, Meldon suggests heading to the hospital.

READ MORE: Why extreme weather stops us cold

In extreme cold, such as -25 C or -30 C, skin may become prone to frostbite in about five minutes. Keep your kids bundled up – that means thick socks, waterproof boots, gloves, a hat or earmuffs and a warm scarf.

Heart conditions

It’s well documented that heart attack deaths increase during the winter, but many attribute that to the cold temperatures. Turns out that may not be the case.

It’s not necessarily the temperatures that are deadly for your heart – it’s the shorter days, falling out of good habits and lack of exercise that brings our health and immune systems to our knees.

There are a handful of factors at play that contribute to this increase in wintertime heart attacks, according to co-author Dr. Robert Kloner, director of research at the Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital.

READ MORE: Heart attack risks spike in the winter regardless of temperature, location, doctors say

The dip in temperatures makes blood vessels constrict, driving up your blood pressure. Your heart is forced to work overtime as your blood’s gateways narrow, decreasing blood flow.

Another “interesting phenomena” about winter is that the body’s blood itself thickens, making it more likely to clot when exposed to the cold.

Shovelling snow

It might look fluffy and light, but shovelling snow can be exhausting.

“I don’t think people realize how hard they are exerting so you should take frequent breaks. If you get any type of symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath, please stop,” Meldon said.

Dr. Adrian Baranchuk says that on a winter’s day in 2011, he saw eight people come to hospital suffering from heart attacks after they had shovelled snow.

“Snow shovelling is a combination of things that aren’t good for you,” he said.

He is a cardiologist at Kingston General Hospital and professor at Queen’s University’s School of Medicine.

READ MORE: Slipping on your back, breaking bones or triggering a heart attack – Should you be shovelling the winter snow?

Snow shovelling is an isometric activity, like weightlifting. It’s intense, the equivalent of lifting hundreds of pounds over the course of an hour.

That causes your blood pressure and heart rate to climb quickly, putting stress on your heart. The following factors increase your risk of heart attack while shovelling snow:

It takes place in the morning. Research has also noted that heart attacks are most common in the early part of the day, when hormones and your nervous system are activated.It’s anaerobic exercise. It’s high-activity and very strenuous.It happens in extreme temperatures. This doesn’t help because your arteries are narrowed by the cold.Snow shovellers don’t warm up before they get to work.They also don’t take breaks and push themselves to get the job done.

Falling on ice

Slipping on ice or snow is a rite of passage in Canadians winters. This time of year is when emergency room visits for fractures, broken bones and sprained ankles spike. Physiotherapists and doctors alike note a surge in patients from winter-related incidents. Which injury happens the most? Broken wrists from taking a fall.

For seniors, the injury from taking a fall could leave their health in a precarious position. One in three seniors in Canada falls each year and up to 40 per cent who end up with a broken hip from the injury die within a year.

If you’re walking outside, tread carefully and wear boots with a good grip.

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New tools launched to educate Canadians about drones, report misuse

Canadians unwrapping a shiny new drone on Christmas morning are being cautioned by the federal government to use it responsibly — or else.

In response to the flood of affordable, hi-tech drones into the market this year, Transport Canada is using the week before Christmas to remind everyone that the machines come with rules attached.

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    A new public awareness campaign makes it clear, for example, that airports, national parks, the border between the U.S. and Canada, highways, military bases or secure areas, forest fires, bridges and any heavily populated area are all “no drone zones.”

    Parliament Hill is also a no-no, for the record.

    READ MORE: 2 injured after near ’mid-air collision’ involving Toronto Porter flight, possible drone

    “Transport Canada is proud of the work that’s been done over the past year to improve safety for Canadians and support innovation for the drone industry,” said MP Kate Young, who serves as parliamentary secretary to Transport Minister Marc Garneau, in a release.

    “Many Canadians will receive or purchase drones over the holidays this year and we encourage all new operators to learn the rules and help us keep the skies safe.”

    Anyone who is unsure of the existing regulations surrounding drones can find out more on the department’s website. Additional regulations will be coming in 2017, the government has said.

    Your neighbours can also now report you directly to the department if they feel you’re flying a drone in an unsafe or irresponsible manner.

    Anyone spotting a drone being flown in a way that poses an immediate threat to safety, security, or privacy can still call local police, but the new reporting tool allows Canadians to report misuse of drones that isn’t necessarily an emergency.

    A drone being flown closer than nine kilometres from an airport would qualify, for example.

    “Transport Canada will review your report and take appropriate action when necessary,” the department’s webpage says.

    “Please note that the department cannot respond directly to every report it receives.”

    WATCH: Edmonton police lay first drone-related charge

    While many drone operators in Canada need a special permit to operate their machines, some commercial drones qualify for an exemption to that rule.

    Transport Canada is reminding everyone to check whether  they need a permit, depending on their circumstances. You can do that by clicking here.

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Economic confidence rebounding, but Albertans remain skeptical: poll

Canadians are feeling much better about the economy in the latter half of 2016, a new poll suggests, but confidence remains low in economically hard-hit Alberta.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Global News between Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, reveals that overall, confidence has increased dramatically since February 2016, when just 34 per cent of Canadians felt the economy was in good shape. That was the lowest rating in two decades.

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    The figure now sits at 61 per cent, nearly doubling in less than a year. Of that 61 per cent, 13 per cent rated the economic situation as “very good,” while 49 per cent said it was “somewhat good.”

    Mike Colledge, president of Ipsos Public Affairs, noted that those numbers are still well short of the high confidence levels (80 per cent or more) seen before the recession of 2008-2009.

    “Like the stock market, public confidence goes up and down,” Colledge explained.

    “I think the further away we’ve gotten from 2008 and 2009, Canadians have started to almost accept that the growth rates we had pre-recession aren’t coming back, and they’ve settled into a new normal.”

    WATCH: Trudeau talks pipelines with Global B.C.’s Chris Gailus

    Canadians are “real-time focused” when it comes to how they perceive the economy, he added, no matter their income level. Rather than looking at big-picture elements like the Liberal government’s infrastructure stimulus plan, they tend to measure the health of the country’s finances based on their own pocketbooks.

    “Low interest rates are a big boon for today,” Colledge noted.

    “People perceive themselves to have more buying power than they do, which is why we have record levels of household debt right now.”

    Different story in Alberta

    While economic confidence may be increasing across the country, the story in Alberta is far less rosy. Among respondents living there, just 36 per cent said they would describe the national economy as doing well.

    READ MORE: Alberta pushes to diversify oil-laden economy

    Comparatively, a majority of residents of British Columbia (59 per cent), Atlantic Canada (62 per cent), Ontario (65 per cent), Quebec (66 per cent), and Saskatchewan/Manitoba (66 per cent) were confident in the health of the economy.

    “The 2015 decline in oil prices has really sunk in,” Colledge said of Alberta’s pessimism.

    “Albertans, more so than some other provinces, define themselves by the oil industry. I know it’s an important economic contributor across the country … but Albertans really see the connection (to oil) on a personal level and they see it everywhere they go.”

    Local picture

    Perceptions of local economies among respondents also tended to be comparatively bleaker, the poll revealed. No region cracked the 50 per cent mark when it came to local economic confidence.

    Only a quarter of Albertans say their local economy is doing well (which is still a 12-point improvement from the figure at the end of 2015). In the Prairies it was 34 per cent, in Atlantic Canada 36 per cent, in B.C. 42 per cent, in Ontario 45 per cent and in Quebec 48 per cent.

    WATCH: Vancouver police say Alberta economy one reason for spike in crime

    According to Colledge, Canadians may feel more optimistic about the national picture because they see banks and businesses doing well, new investments from Ottawa, and job announcements happening elsewhere. But at home, the reality may be different.

    “They see their neighbours who are struggling, they see unemployment in their neighbourhood.”

    Moving into 2017, Colledge said the federal government is probably hoping to see the confidence indicators increase both nationally at at the local level.

    “From a government standpoint, a populace that’s happy is more likely to give you leeway to do other things whether they’re social or economic,” he said.

    This poll was conducted between Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, 2016, with a sample of 1,004 Canadians from Ipsos’ online panel who were interviewed online. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/ – 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

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Majority of Quebecers have positive view on health, lifestyle: study

The Institut de la statistique du Québec released a study Tuesday concerning the health of Quebecers based on data collected from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

The CCHS is an annual report that has been gathering answers from hundreds of thousands of Canadians aged 12 and up since 2001.

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    The Quebec institute analyzed results from 2007 to 2014 under five main themes: the state of Quebecers’ mental health and well-being; use of health care services; alcohol and tobacco consumption; disease and health limitations; lifestyle and social conditions.

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    According to Katrina Joubert, lead author and research analyst, some of the results paint a fairly positive picture.

    Trends such as the daily use of cigarettes are on a decline (from 19 per cent to 15 per cent) while those who perceived themselves to be physically active was up from 59 per cent to 64 per cent.

    The majority (59 per cent) of Canadians stated that their general health was “excellent or very good.”

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    That said, the percentage of Quebecers reported being “overweight and obese” has been on a slight increase since 2007, while the number of respondents stating that regular pain and discomfort prevents them from activity has experienced a significant bump.

    Data also showed 74 per cent of Quebecers believed their mental health was “excellent or very good” (down from 77 percent in 2007-2008).

    About 94 per cent were very satisfied or satisfied with their life.

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    The percentage of people who responded that their days were “quite a bit to extremely stressful” was maintained at 26 per cent, above the 23 per cent national average.

    Joubert indicated that one of the main findings was the fact that respondents with a university degree seemed to score higher on all positive health attributes compared to those with no diploma.

    Specifically, 27 per cent of those without a diploma suffered from “moderate to serious health problems” compared to 10 per cent of those with a university degree.

    READ MORE: Parents of autistic children in Quebec struggle for access to health services

    In contrast, those with a degree are more susceptible to visiting a mental health professional compared to those without.

    Joubert concluded that while the study helps to provide long term health trends, more research is needed to understand the reasons behind some of the results, such as why an increasing number of 12 to 17-year-olds are consulting mental health professionals (six per cent in 2009-2010 compared to 10 per cent in 2013-2014).

24 Nov -

Cost of cap-and-trade for Ontario consumers beginning Jan. 1, 2017

Ontario has passed legislation to create a cap-and-trade system to fight climate change, which comes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

What is cap-and-trade?

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Under the program, industries and businesses are given specific pollution limits, but can sell their emission allowances to other companies if they come in below their annual limit, or buy credits if they exceed it.

READ MORE: Ontario premier reflects on hydro, road tolls and cap-and-trade ahead of 2018 election

Under this new legislation, natural gas providers, for example, must buy emission allowances for the amount used by residential and business customers. These “recovery” costs will then be passed on to consumers.

What cap-and-trade means for homeowners?

The cap-and-trade is expected to cost about 3.3 cents per cubic metre (m3) of natural gas used in 2017.

The cost will depend on how much gas you use, but for the average Ontario household, the additional annual expense is estimated to be about $70 to $80 in 2017.

READ MORE: Ontario auditor general report reveals cap and trade to cost $8B in first years

According to Enbridge Gas, a typical residential customer uses about 2,400 cubic metres of natural gas a year for home and water heating.

Based on a cap-and-trade rate of 3.3 cents/m3, a typical residential customer would pay $6.70 on average per month for a total annual bill impact of about $80.

What cap-and-trade means for businesses?

Facilities, plants and natural gas distributors with emissions of 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions per year are required by law to participate in the program. They will be required to buy their own emission allowances.

READ MORE: Ontario Chamber of Commerce urges one-year delay on cap-and-trade plan

Businesses generating more than 10,000 tonnes but less than 25,000 tonnes of emissions may choose to opt into the program.

What cap-and-trade means for motorists?

Gasoline will cost about 4.3 cents a litre more in 2017 as a result of the cap-and-trade program.

How will cap-and-trade affect electricity costs?

The Ontario government says cap-and-trade will not make your electricity more expensive. The consumption of electricity is 90 per cent emissions-free partly due to the province’s plan to phase out coal-fired power generation.

However, due to the rising cost of electricity, as reported extensively by Global News, Ontario is removing the eight per cent provincial share of the Harmonized Sales Tax on bills as of Jan. 1.

This is expected to result in savings of $130 for the average household per year. Rural ratepayers could receive additional relief resulting in $540 a year in savings.

Federal Liberals applaud Wynne’s cap-and-trade plan for Ontario

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Federal Liberals applaud Wynne’s cap-and-trade plan for Ontario

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Ontario, Quebec sign their own cap-and-trade deal

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Wynne explains how cap-and-trade will benefit Ontario

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Philippe Couillard praises Kathleen Wynne for introducing cap and trade system

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Kevin O’Leary says the 2016 Ontario budget is full of waste

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How the price at the pumps could rise due to an Ontario government program



24 Nov -

Best movies and TV of 2016: From O.J. to ‘Stranger Things,’ it’s all nostalgic

There was most definitely a trend to 2016 pop culture: in our rush to escape the harsh realities of politics and the current world landscape, as a collective we gravitated toward events of the past. Whether it was the ’90s criminal trial of O.J. Simpson, the life and times of a young Queen Elizabeth II, or a bunch of kids in the ’80s discovering something otherworldly in their own backyard, TV was our lifeboat from reality.

The best movies of 2016 were less steeped in the past (and there were far fewer candidates for this list), though ESPN tackled Simpson’s trial with the seven-hour-plus documentary O.J.: Made in America, and one of the most buzzed-about films, Moonlight, happens to take place in 1980s Miami.

Here are the best TV and movies 2016 had on-offer, in no particular order.

TV

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

When word broke that American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy was producing an O.J. TV show, it was hard not to think of the campy concoction that might result. While yes, there was a touch of camp, but what we ultimately ended up getting was an absolutely spellbinding miniseries with a killer cast (no pun intended). Leading the charge were Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, who each turned in award-worthy performances. Even John Travolta (as lawyer Robert Shapiro) expertly captured his character. An indicator of a great show: audiences came back week after week, even though they fully knew what was going to happen.

The Crown

The monarchy, you say? Ten episodes about a young Queen Elizabeth, you say? What sounded like a potentially dull affair ended up being very interesting, thanks in part to the stellar performances by Claire Foy as Elizabeth, and 3rd Rock From the Sun‘s John Lithgow as Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It’s fascinating to see the inner workings of the monarchy — since, hey, we never get to — and despite the fictional liberties taken by The Crown, it’s difficult not to be seduced by the pomp of it all (and the humanness, faults and all, of Elizabeth).

READ MORE: The Crown on Netflix: Everything you need to know

Making a Murderer

OK, so technically Making a Murderer was released on Netflix in mid-December 2015, but it was a societal zeitgeist for nearly all of 2016. People around the world were literally obsessed with the story of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were jailed for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Some believed their innocence, some thought for sure they were guilty. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, you most likely have a stake in the outcome, right? Making a Murderer can also be credited with starting the true-crime TV trend (along with the 2014 fictional series True Detective), which doesn’t look like it’s abating any time soon.

WATCH BELOW: The latest on Making a Murderer

Appeals court blocks ‘Making a Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey’s release from prison

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Appeals court blocks ‘Making a Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey’s release from prison

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Steven Avery of ‘Making a Murderer’ engaged to woman he’s met once

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‘Making a Murderer’: Brendan Dassey’s conviction overturned by federal court

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Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ prompts calls for pardon

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“Making a Murderer” creators reveal a juror said verdict in Avery case was a “compromise”

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Netflix series “Making A Murderer” raising questions about Wisconsin murder case

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Lawyer for Steven Avery files paperwork to have DNA evidence re-examined

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Ex-detective says Steven Avery was framed, serial killer responsible for Teresa Halbach death

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Steven Avery’s new lawyer says case has ‘hallmarks of a wrongful conviction’



Stranger Things

If you haven’t heard of this show, then you must be living in a cave somewhere. Stranger Things was arguably the breakout show of the year, and hit peak nostalgia with its title font, music, time frame and subject matter. Reminiscent of ’80s hits The Goonies and E.T., people flocked to the show like Chunk to a Baby Ruth. The casting of ’80s and ’90s darling Winona Ryder, calculated or not, also helped up the attractiveness of the series. People are still talking about it, and news of a Season 2 coming down the pipe spawned thousands of celebratory internet articles.

Game of Thrones

This gigantic, lumbering beast finally paid off its loyal fans with a developmentally robust season, after a few preceding ones that felt like a slog through mud. Yes, lots of stuff happened on Game of Thrones in Season 6, including long-separated family members reuniting, deaths (many deaths) and a slow build towards all-out, total war. With so many disparate plotlines going on, audiences were starting to grow weary, but luckily the TV drama righted the ship just in time.

READ MORE: Jon Snow’s father: Game of Thrones confirms character’s lineage

South Park

Crudely animated comedy South Park has almost always lived in the shadow of The Simpsons, but it has been going strong alongside it for decades. This season in particular perfectly captured the 2016 presidential election, and its timely commentary nailed it in ways most shows would be afraid to even attempt. In its own meta fashion, the show blamed our obsession with nostalgia as the reason for Donald Trump’s (Mr. Garrison’s) victory, and despite the outrageous series of events on the show leading to his election, in some weird, twisted way, it all made sense.

Westworld

One of the most brilliant shows to start up in 2016, Westworld takes the heavily trodden path of robots becoming sentient and puts its own steampunk-ish spin to it. Previous shows like Battlestar Galactica adeptly dealt with the robots-turning-against-their-creators plotline, so it was a risky road for HBO. It all paid off, though, with the show’s alluring complexity and rich storytelling keeping audiences captive. It actually ended up being the channel’s most-watched first season ever for an original-scripted series.

Black Mirror

Originally a British series, Black Mirror was taken over by Netflix for its third season, which debuted this year. Each episode has a different cast, a different story and a different city, and it explores the dark underbelly of social media and our complete reliance on new technology. A modern combination of Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone, the show is a complete mind-f**k, and may even cause you to get rid of your phone and social media accounts. Seriously, you’ll never look at Facebook or Instagram the same way again.

Better Call Saul

Overlooked, underappreciated and poorly described as the “prequel to Breaking Bad,” Better Call Saul continues to be one of the best shows on TV. Every episode is a theatrical wonder, with deliberate staging and exceptional acting. Bob Odenkirk, who reprises his Breaking Bad character Saul Goodman, is easily one of the finest actors in the biz, and it’s nearly impossible to take your eyes off of him while he’s onscreen. For a show that’s dialogue-heavy, it is never dull, and series creator Vince Gilligan still uses the gorgeous New Mexico desert as the backdrop to the proceedings.

READ MORE: Better Call Saul Season 2 finale: Michael Mando on what’s to come

Atlanta

While Atlanta is lesser-known and might not bringing in huge audiences, the critical response has been overwhelmingly positive. Managing to somehow be raw, hilariously funny and accurate all at the same time, it’s a refreshing take on modern life. Series creator and actor Donald Glover has crafted a gem, often inverting racial stereotypes to make audiences think (for example, he cast a black actor as Justin Bieber, highlighting how we tolerate a white pop star’s outlandish behaviour, but not a black one).

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee, a Canadian woman who headed south, has been providing the pointed commentary the American populace needed during the tumultuous presidential election. In the past, people looked to The Daily Show, but after Jon Stewart’s retirement the show lost much of its political bite. Thank goodness Bee stepped into the fray, because she has been absolutely nailing it over the past year.

Movies

O.J.: Made in America

By the time this ESPN special TV documentary aired, there was a very real chance of O.J. Simpson fatigue. Numerous specials and true-crime shows on Simpson saturated the tube this year, but Made in America managed to supersede them with its painstaking accuracy and exposition. Outstanding footage and interviews (some never-before-seen) made it a must-see, and as unbelievable as it may sound, it isn’t boring for one split-second of its 7.5-hour running time.

READ MORE: O.J. Simpson shown grinning in new Nevada prison photo

Moonlight

Buzz has been deafening around Moonlight since it started playing the film-festival circuit. The movie follows the life of a black Miami man from childhood to adulthood as he tries to find his way in life. Moonlight is starkly raw in its portrayal, and if you’ve ever been to Miami, the film absolutely nails the depiction of the hot, sweaty city. Brace yourself for some big, emotional scenes.

Arrival

Many people are bored with alien movies and their generic approaches to otherworldly beings visiting our planet. This is why Arrival is such a standout this year; Canadian director Denis Villeneuve takes the typical extraterrestrial film and transforms the message. It should also be mentioned that it’s all wrapped up in a beautiful package (the cinematography is stunning, as usual with Villeneuve’s work).

La La Land

Even if you’re not a fan of song-and-dance, La La Land has the ability to sweetly burrow its way into your heart. Starring Canadian Ryan Gosling in yet another dreamboat role, the movie follows the trials of a young couple as they try to make their way in Hollywood. Despite a slight sag in the middle of the movie, it managed to spur tears from even the hardiest of critics. You can expect this film to rack up the accolades and awards come 2017.

WATCH BELOW: Interviews with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for La La Land

Emma Stone Calls ‘La La Land’ A Tribute To Los Angeles

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Emma Stone Calls ‘La La Land’ A Tribute To Los Angeles



Manchester By the Sea

Anchored by an amazingly strong cast (Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler) delivering some of their best performances, Manchester By the Sea is heavy and true-to-life. It’s hard to think of another film in recent memory that deals with the subject of grief so openly and laid-bare. Our advice: take an entire box of tissues with you to the theatre — you’re going to need them.

Finding Dory

The follow-up to definitive children’s movie Finding Nemo, showing up 13 years later in cinemas, is just as cute as the original and is yet another example of society’s obsession with nostalgia and escaping to the past. Dory, voiced expertly by Ellen DeGeneres, is endearing despite her complete and total lack of memory, and you’ll root for her just like you did for Nemo back in the day.

Deadpool

Super-raunchy and actually funny, Deadpool was a surprise hit earlier this year. Starring Canada’s own Ryan Reynolds as the titular character (hahaha, titular), Deadpool took the dry, overdone superhero genre and turned it on its head. Simultaneously mocking the ridiculousness of our superhero worship while striking out on its own path, the comedic approach helped the film surmount the usual hurdles that stymie comic-book movies.

Did we miss anything you loved this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

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24 Nov -

Toronto panda wrestles snowman during winter frolic

Toronto’s pandas continue to prove why they’re so cute.

For the second time in less than two weeks, the Toronto Zoo has released video of their giant pandas frolicking in the snow.

READ MORE: Toronto Zoo pandas joyfully frolic in the snow after storm

Video posted to YouTube shows Da Mao playing with a snowman that was built Tuesday inside the panda’s enclosure for “enrichment.”

Da Mao is seen scratching and climbing on top of the frozen figure.

At one point the snowman’s head breaks off, sending the adult panda tumbling.

WATCH: Toronto Zoo panda bear enjoys the winter weather

Another video recorded on the zoo’s security camera on Dec. 12 showed Da Mao somersaulting down a snowy slope.

Da Mao was joined by the zoo’s twin panda cubs Jian Panpan — meaning “Canadian Hope” — and Jia Yueyue — “Canadian Joy” — pouncing and tumbling in the snow together.

The playful twins, both of whom celebrated their first birthday in October, have been a major attraction for the city.

Da Mao, who arrived on loan with partner Er Shun from China in 2013, gave birth to Jian Panpan and Jia Yueyue last year.

Da Mao and Er Shun are scheduled to move to the Calgary Zoo in the spring of 2018.

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