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NOT ALL HAPPY FAMILIES

Disney heiress wants to see less wage disparity
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17 JUL 2019: Abigail Disney (yes, that Disney family) decided to tour California's Disneyland incognito after receiving a Facebook message from an employee who was struggling to make ends meet. Disney said she was horrified after seeing the desperate poverty of the staff working there. She has publicly criticized Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger whose US $66 million annual salary is 1,000 times larger than that of the average employee. MORE

MORE FALLOUT

Boeing troubles lead to airline and hiring cuts
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17 JUL 2019: The Boeing 737 Max grounding is starting to affect pilot hiring as the planes remain out of the skies for a fifth month. Southwest Airlines said it delayed hiring for two classes of new pilots, which have about 25 apiece, and postponed captain upgrades for two other classes of current pilots because it isn’t clear when the Max planes will fly again. Dallas-based Southwest is the biggest US operator of the Boeing 737 Max with 34 in its fleet of around 750 aircraft. MORE

HAWK EYED IN FLORIDA

Focus on the Middle Keys
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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17 AUG 2019: It is readily apparent to anyone who visits the Florida Keys that the southern island chain, which stretches for 200 kilometres from just below Miami to the southernmost point in the US in Key West, is not like the rest of America. In fact, with a laid-back vibe and vibrant colour palette, it is often called a slice of the Caribbean in America. MORE

BACK TO HAVANA

Sunwing to fly twice-weekly direct flights from Montreal to Havana
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17 JUL 2019: For the first time since 2012, the tour operator is offering a direct flight service twice a week on Mondays and Fridays from Montreal to Havana, from December 13, until March 13, 2020. Celebrating its 500th anniversary this year, the capital city of Cuba, Havana has a rich history and fascinating heritage to uncover. MORE

CANTERBURY

The small city of prayer, stone and waterways
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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17 JUL 2019: Pushing off from the small landing beside of the Old Weavers Restaurant in ancient Canterbury, our skipper, Peter Banks, steady’s the flat-bottomed boat with long wooden oars. The water is crystal clear; green river grass wave in the strong current. MORE

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Montreal celebrates Pride at the Casino de Montreal
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17 JUL 2019: The Casino de Montreal will be hosting a two-night celebration in honour of the Montreal Pride Festival during Futuristik. This event series promises close encounters of the fun and thrilling kind in a futuristic universe inspired by sci-fi cult classics. MORE

STEEP IN WALES

The steepest street
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17 JUL 2019: A street in Wales has been designated the steepest in the world after a successful campaign by residents. The title comes at the expense of a street in New Zealand, which has apparently been eclipsed in the steepness sweepstakes. MORE

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

On the Prowl in Madrid
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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17 JUL 2019: Never mind the French diet paradox. How about the Spanish paradox? How can they eat and drink so much, so often, so late, and stay svelte? And awake? I might be exaggerating slightly, but a typical day in the life of a Madrilno goes something like this: MORE
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AIR PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS IN EFFECT

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16 JUL 2019: Airlines will now be accountable for bumping passengers off flights and for damaged luggage as a result of the implementation of the Air Passenger Bill of Rights that took effect Monday. The new regulations require prompt updates and clear communication with passengers about their rights should their flight be delayed or cancelled. MORE

FIGHT PLAN

Airline opposition surprises transport minister
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16 JUL 2019: Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he was “surprised” and “disappointed” by legal action from Canadian airlines to quash new rules to beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage. “We feel that we have done our homework very, very carefully in consultation with the airlines and with other stakeholders,” Garneau told reporters Monday, when the first phase of long-promised air travel regulations took effect. MORE

Y YOU VISIT YORKSHIRE

The ABCs of Britains theme park
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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16 JUL 2019: With more visitors annually than all of Disney’s global theme parks combined, Yorkshire has been called “Britain’s theme park.” Such is the bounty of the northern UK county that it is distinctly subdivided into north, south, east and west regions, with such diversity that visitors will find unspoiled countryside, vibrant urban environments, 160 km of coastline, as well as ample art, culture, heritage, and sport, plus food and drink ranging from simple pub grub to Michelin-starred cuisine, and local gin to traditional ale. MORE

ICE FROZEN OUT

Hotel chains refuse to act as detention centres
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16 JUL 2019:  Some major US hotel chains have refused to let their properties be used as makeshift detention centres for the immigration crackdown. Marriott and Choice Hotels said they would not agree to any such requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who began the crackdown on illegal immigration Sunday. MORE

SUMMER SCHEDULE UNKNOWN

Bay Ferries service to Maine still unclear
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16 JUL 2019: A highly subsidized ferry service between Nova Scotia and Maine has stopped selling tickets until it has a definite start time for sailing. Bay Ferries Ltd. sent out a release saying the Yarmouth to Bar Harbor service's “earliest date” for any service to begin would be “in the late summer range.” MORE

FORMER GOVERNOR MAKES A PLAY

Push for NYC casinos intensifies
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16 JUL 2019: Competition for casinos in New York City is expected to be fierce. Former New York Gov. David Paterson is joining the Las Vegas Sands to lead the casino and resort developer's push for a casino property. MGM and Genting Group, which operate existing slot casinos in Yonkers and Queens, respectively, have already proposed turning their facilities into full casinos. MORE

FIRE IN SIAN KAAN MEXICO

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16 JUL 2019: A fire in the Sian Ka'an nature reserve on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula spread to more than 6,000 acres (2,500 hectares) on Monday, with just 30% under control. The fire's advance across the brush and high grass slowed but continued to burn, said the Environment Department of Quintana Roo state. MORE

BOTA BOTA

Floating on a float
By SABRINA SANTER
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16 JUL 2019: If you’re floating on an object that itself is floating, are you really floating at all? These were the kinds of irrational questions I pondered while floating in silence (and desperate rejuvenation) at a water spa called Bota Bota in Montreal. I shared this experience with a bachelorette party of twelve, as a celebratory send off into marital bliss for one of my really good friends. MORE
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