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  • Two women kicked off plane at Pearson after refusal to muzzle guide dogs | Toronto Star

    A trip to Stockholm on Canada Day for two blind Toronto women ended up a “humiliating” experience — reduced to tears, booted from their flight at Pearson and escorted out by police – because a flight crew insisted their guide dogs needed to be muzzled. Amal Haddad and Nayla Farrah — who were flying with the Farrah’s 11-year-old daughter — did not have muzzles for the dogs. “We travel every year and that was the first time the stewardess asked us to muzzle our dogs,” Haddad, a civil servant, said. “We did it with Air France; we did it with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, WestJet, Middle East Airlines … Lufthansa,” she said.

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  • Confusion reigns in Greece’s heartland as capital controls take effect

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may or not have blinked earlier today, but far from the power centre of Athens, Greeks are still rubbing their eyes in confusion. What is happening?” asked Stefanos Camber, a gas-station owner on the highway to Thessaloniki, as he pondered whether to demand cash or accept a credit card from a customer.

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  • WestJet flight diverted to Calgary over bomb threat

    A WestJet flight from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Calgary last night after yet another threat. It was the third "hoax" involving a bomb scare and the fourth threat overall against the airline in the past five days. "Yes, we've been hit again," said WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer.

    CBC
  • Town That Chased Away Starbucks Sees Its Identity Being Endangered Again

    A hamlet that looks as though it would fit neatly into a model-train layout at Christmastime is battling once again to sustain its small-town character against the relentless march of the large chain stores. Twenty years ago, Katonah, 45 miles north of New York City in Westchester County, ran Starbucks out of town. In an effort to halt the move, the Town Board of Bedford, which encompasses Katonah as well as the hamlets of Bedford and Bedford Hills, is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday at which it may vote on a zoning amendment that would reduce the scale of new stores in the three downtown areas to 4,000 square feet, from 7,500 square feet.

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  • Royal family gathers for Princess Charlotte's christening at church on queen's estate

    Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England's eastern coast, cheered as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram. Like her elder brother George, Charlotte was dressed for the occasion in a replica of the intricate lace-and-satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, also named Victoria, in 1841.

    The Canadian Press
  • Police identify intruder fatally shot by former CNN reporter at Albuquerque motel

    The man fatally shot by a former CNN reporter at an Albuquerque motel had fled parole in Tennessee, police said. Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier (tih-SHAY) said late Thursday that Tomorio Walton had absconded from parole out of Memphis and it wasn't clear how long he had been in New Mexico. Chuck de Caro and his wife, Lynne Russell, were in their room when Walton, 27, allegedly tried to rob them, authorities said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Matt Beleskey takes surprisingly reasonable five year, $19-million deal with Bruins

    Perhaps the most surprising part of Matt Beleskey's free agent saga isn't that he signed with the Boston Bruins, but that the contract was for a reasonable amount of money. Whatever Bruins GM Don Sweeney is doing in Boston appears to be in a strange quasi-rebuild due to the salary cap.

    Puck Daddy
  • 7 Extraordinary Household Uses for Beer (8 photos)

    According to the Beer Institute, a group that represents 2,800 U.S. brewers and suppliers, the making and selling of Americans’ favorite alcoholic drink is a $264.5 billion industry—so it’s probably safe to say that most of us usually have a bottle or

    Bob Vila
  • Trump showed worst face of US: Mexican billionaire

    Donald Trump showed the "worst face of America" when he made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants, Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas said Thursday. "I know that most Americans don't think like that, and it's a disgrace that somebody could

    CNBC
  • China rolls out emergency measures to prevent stock market crash

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's stock markets face a make-or-break week after officials rolled out an unprecedented series of steps at the weekend to prevent a full-blown stock market crash that would threaten the world's second-largest economy. In an extraordinary weekend of policy moves, brokerages and fund managers vowed to buy massive amounts of stocks, helped by China's state-backed margin finance company which in turn would be aided by a direct line of liquidity from the central bank. China has also orchestrated a halt to new share issues, with dozens of firms scrapping their IPO plans in separate but similarly worded statements over the weekend, in a tactic authorities have used before to support markets.

    Reuters
  • Peter Pocklington wins appeal of probation violation ruling in U.S. court

    Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has won a court victory in the United States that means he won't have to go to jail. In September 2013, a judge in Riverside, Calif., sentenced Pocklington to six months for violating a term of his probation on a perjury conviction. Pocklington filed an appeal later that year.

    The Canadian Press
  • Drivers getting creative to use Pan Am HOV lanes

    Fri, Jul 3: It looks like many commuters are looking for ways to use the infamous Pan Am Games HOV lanes around the Toronto area. Nicole Bogart reports.

    Global News
  • Transit referendum: Who will pay for transportation improvements now?

    With a resounding No vote in the transit plebiscite, Metro Vancouver's old problem is new again: everyone wants more transit, but can't agree on how to pay for it. "Doing nothing is simply not an option," said B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said shortly after the No vote. A Yes vote would have meant higher sales tax in Metro Vancouver and $7.5 billion in transit improvements, including the Broadway subway in Vancouver, light rail in Surrey and Langley, and 11 new rapid bus routes.

    CBC
  • Dog hilariously lets his dislike of his brother be known

    Hell hath no fury like a dog scorned. If there’s anything that we’ve learned through a dog/human friendship, it’s that dogs have a different code of conduct than us humans.  From an early age we’re told to play nice and to be the “bigger person” in the

    Daily Buzz
  • Peru's See-Through Pod Hotel Has A Terrifyingly Awesome View

    This could be the most terrifying night of your life -- in the best way. True daredevils will jump at the chance to sleep in Skylodge, a trio of transparent capsules wedged high on a mountainside in the Peruvian Andes, not far from the city

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  • Battle of Alberta, restraint among winners, Canucks losers on free-agency day

    Free agency day didn't have the wild money tossed around like usual, and trades overshadowed most of the signings. With the weakest free-agent pool in recent history, NHL general managers kept themselves from overpaying. No contract was longer than six years, Andrej Sekera's US$33 million with the Oilers was the most money and Mike Green's $6 million with the Red Wings the highest cap hit.

    The Canadian Press
  • American tries to figure out what Canadian road signs mean, and fails

    Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr returned home to Massachusetts this week after spending some time "car camping" near the coast of New Brunswick with his wife. Burr's friends and family on Facebook were equally confused by a photo he posted of a green-and-white River Valley Scenic Drive signpost. "The signs of New Brunswick's highways and byways aren't exactly done wrong, but they seem to require a cognitive leap of which our American sensibilities, enfeebled by reality TV shows and Katy Perry songs, are incapable," he explained.

    CBC
  • Honeymoon is over for penniless Greek couple in NYC, begging after bank cards were declined

    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. "Everything was all right — then 'boom!' in New York," Limnioti said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Diana Douglas, first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael, dies at 92

    Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. Douglas died of cancer at a motion picture industry retirement home in the Woodland Hills neighbourhood, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas's production company, Furthur Films. It cited Diana Douglas's husband of fifteen years, Donald A. Webster of Washington, D.C.

    The Canadian Press
  • Albertans will pay a lot more for electricity in July

    Sat, Jul 4 : Be prepared to pay a lot more for your electricty this month. The average Alberta household electricity bill is going up by 25 percent from June. Enmax customers in Calgary will pay nearly $98, a 44 percent increase over June, the highest rate in the province. As Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports, it has some MLA's saying the NDP government needs to re-examine how the we're doing things in Alberta.

    Global News