Daily Archives: June 18, 2017

Complaints against America’s airlines are rising

LAST year, Bob Fornaro, the boss of Spirit Airlines, talked of the effort his firm had made to reduce the number of customer complaints. The ultra-low-cost carrier, dubbed the most hated airline in America by Bloomberg, had long been ranked as a primary purveyor of passenger pain, regularly propping up lists that rate airline service. Alas, Mr Fornaro’s efforts seem ...

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Syrian woman stuck in limbo after crossing illegally into Quebec calls for change

Zain Alabdullah, who fled Syria and crossed into Quebec two months ago, is calling on the Canadian government to open it’s borders and give status to asylum seekers. Speaking in Arabic, Alabdullah told CBC she left her home in Aleppo, where she’d been held as a political detainee, and went first to the United States. Zain Alabdullah spoke ahead of a protest march in ...

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Millions of tropical sea creatures 'blooming' off B.C. coast

Millions of non-native creatures known as pyrosomes are “blooming” off the coast of British Columbia and have the potential to devastate an already fragile food chain. Scientists in Canada know very little about the pimply, translucent, tube-like animals — normally found in the tropics —some of which grow to 10 metres in length. “There’s pictures of people swimming up to these, ...

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Ottawa wants provinces to keep pot tax low

The federal government will be urging the provinces and territories to keep pot taxes low, according to a senior government source. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will make the pitch to his provincial and territorial counterparts, during a series of meetings to be held in Ottawa over the next two days.  Although the source says a price for pot is not ...

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Brewery puts swastika on Trump

No wonder Donald Trump isn’t a big fan of alcohol. A Mexico City brewery named Casa Cervecera Cru Cru has debuted a beer that pokes fun at President Trump, depicting him as a sad mariachi musician on its label. The brewery’s caricature of Trump — which is prominently featured on the front of every bottle — pictures him wearing traditional ...

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Animal House actor, Stephen Furst, dead at 63

Stephen Furst, who played naive fraternity pledge Flounder in the hit movie Animal House, has died of complications from diabetes, his family said Saturday. Furst was 63. Furst died Friday at his home in Moorpark, California, north of Los Angeles, said his son, Nathan Furst. Furst played Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the 1978 film that also starred John Belushi. It was ...

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One year after Canada's medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access

“Martha” was stunned when her 78-year-old father told her he wanted a medically assisted death, after battling lung cancer for almost two years.  “It’s something you’ve never contemplated before in your family,” she said. “How do you prepare for this? This date that somebody’s going to pass away. It’s really hard.” Martha has asked CBC News to use only her middle name, ...

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