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GOING HOME

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18 OCT 2018:With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered. Lanie Eden and husband Ron sifted through sand in search of items they left before evacuating from the small beach house they've rented each October. They didn't find much - just a large pack of toilet paper that somehow stayed dry and a son's camp chair. MORE

MIAMI IS SIZZLING

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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18 OCT 2018: Miami is sizzling hot - group of Toronto travel agents can attest to that. Representatives from The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau invited seasoned travel pros to roll up their sleeves in an interactive cooking class that had them slice, sauté, and simmer some traditional Latin flavours at Cirillo's Culinary Academy in the city's west end.  MORE

SUNWING TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS TO TOBAGO

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18 OCT 2018: Sunwing is offering Canadians a new tropical destination this coming winter with the addition of a seasonal flight service to Tobago for the very first time. Direct flights from Toronto will operate on Thursdays between December 20, 2018 and April 18, 2019 inclusive. MORE

FUEL SPILL CLOSES BEACHES ON FRENCH RIVIERA

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18 OCT 2018: Less than two weeks ago two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. Yesterday, France's Ecology Ministry said pellets of oil had reached Mediterranean beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. A release said those beaches were closed to the public Wednesday, and agents were going to be mobilized to collect the oil.  MORE

TORNADO LANDSCAPE IS CHANGING

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18 OCT 2018: Over the past few decades, tornadoes have been shifting _ decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why. MORE

SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR TRAVELLERS OVER 55

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18 OCT 2018: The US State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs launched a global campaign on Monday to promote overseas safety and travel preparedness for US senior citizen travelers, in response to the trend that an increasing number of older US citizens are traveling abroad. The America Society for Travel Agents (ASTA) said the State Department enlisted their help to get the word out about the campaign, which runs through Dec. 15. MORE

AMERICAN EXPRESS GBT APPOINTMENT

New VP and GM for Canada
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18 OCT 2018: American Express Global Business Travel announced the appointment of Patrick Doyle to vice president and general manager for Canada. Doyle oversees the commercial relationships in the region, and manages a team of professionals that help serve key Canadian clients. MORE

TREASURES OF MANITOULIN ISLAND

By PAM STELLINI
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18 OCT 2018: Many years ago a friend was looking for a destination for a family road trip.  Colleen said she and her husband pulled out a road map of Ontario - she closed her eyes and let her finger land on the map.  She looked up at her husband and said, “We are going to Manitoulin Island.” At the time, I marvelled at her spontaneity, having never heard of the island.  Colleen was thrilled, and a few weeks ago I chose the same location for a weekend get-away and with both my eyes open. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

US CUSTOMS STAND PAT ON POT

Not now. Not ever.
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17 OCT 2018: The party stops at the 49th parallel, US Customs and Border Protection officials warned Tuesday as they issued a pointed reminder that the possession of marijuana will remain illegal under American federal law, even after it becomes legal in Canada.   MORE

HAVE YOU EVER HAD INSTAGRAM ENVY

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17 OCT 2018: That’s one of the questions EasyJet is asking its customers, the other is, “have you ever seen a photo of your perfect holiday destination, but don’t know where it is?” Well, folks your envious and perplexed days are over – EasyJet now lets you search for a flight using just a photograph. MORE

FLORIDA PANHANDLE SLOWLY RECOVERS

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17 OCT 018: Hurricane Michael has killed at least 26 people. Sixteen in Florida, most of whom were in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, and at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. MORE

PADDINGTON BARE

Major London rail hub suffers disruption
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17 OCT 2018: Rail travel at Paddington - one of London's busiest stations - is being disrupted after a train damaged overhead electrical wires. The loss of power stranded many trains between Paddington and Reading. Services affected included trains to London's Heathrow Airport.   MORE

I SEE YOU

Facial recognition technology causes some concern
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17 OCT 2018: It's now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes to become a global leader in the field.   MORE

NO GO ON LOGO

American Airlines sues US Copyright Office
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17 OCT 2018: After fighting and being rejected for years, American Airlines is suing the US Copyright Office for its refusal to grant it copyright protection on its logo. The federal agency has refused to grant the copyright because (it somewhat nastily) views the logo to be 'not original or creative.' And that’s not the end of the insults!   MORE

DOGGY BAG

Beagle intercepts roast pig at Atlanta airport
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17 OCT 2018: A passenger travelling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig's head in baggage at the world's busiest airport.   MORE

GOTTA LOVE THE MOUSE

Couple plans to visit 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day
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17 NOV 2018: A Tennessee couple plans to visit six Disney parks on two US coasts in one day. Today, Heather and Clark Ensminger plan to visit Disney World's four theme parks in Florida, hop a cross-country plane and end the night at Disney's two California parks.   MORE

WALLS TO BOOST TOURISM

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17 OCT 2018: Travel Oregon has unveiled a new campaign to boost tourism during the fall with seven large murals in seven small towns. MORE

HOUSESITTING IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

By SAM ION
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17 OCT 2018: It was so quiet we could hear the leaves falling. Where were we? In Knowlton, a little town in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. We belong to Trusted Housesitters International who connect people who need their pets cared for with people who want to see the world and are happy to take care of their animals, in return for free accommodation. MORE
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