Canadian Fast-Food Chains Expanding Vegetarian, Vegan Options

The once meat-dominated world of fast-food and casual restaurants is starting to cater to the one-in-ten Canadian diners who identify as vegetarian or vegan by adding an increasing array of alternative proteins to their menus. Restaurants are the latest link of the food chain taking notice that more consumers are turning to alternative protein because of high meat prices, as well as environmental, humanitarian and health reasons. About seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans — levels that were not previously known, according to a poll conducted earlier this year by Dalhousie University. That accounts for about one-in-ten diners and grocery shoppers.… Read More

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Crazy Rich Asians tops weekend box office

Crazy Rich Asians beat shark movie The Meg to take top spot in its opening weekend, bringing in $25 million in the U.S. box office versus $21.2 million for The Meg and $13.6 million for the No. 3 film, Mile 22. Crazy Rich Asians is the first romantic comedy in three years to win at the box office and the first major Hollywood film with an all-Asian cast since The Joy Luck Club in 1993. The film made $34 million in five days, easily recouping the $30 million it cost to create. “This movie is so culturally significant and so unique in that there hasn’t been a cast that’s predominately… Read More

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Kevin Spacey’s new movie made just $126 on opening day

Opening in eight theaters on Friday, Kevin Spacey’s new movie, Billionaire Boys Club, didn’t even crack $300 at the box office in its first two days. On Friday, the movie made $126, and on Saturday, just $162, The Hollywood Reporter said Sunday. That’s less than most people spend at Costco on the weekend, likely due to Spacey having been accused last year of sexual harassment and assault by several men. After the allegations were made public, he was fired from House of Cards and his scenes in All the Money in the World were re-shot, with Christopher Plummer taking his place. Billionaire Boys Club is a crime drama, also starring… Read More

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Ban Foreign Homebuyers From Canada? Be Careful What You Wish For

Small though it may be, New Zealand is something of a trailblazer. It’s credited with being the first sovereign country in the world to give all women the vote (back in 1893) and the first country to move to an eight-hour work week. So when the country officially went ahead with a ban on foreigners buying most home types this week, it got the attention of policymakers in other countries, not least in Canada. Like Canada, New Zealand has seen house prices soar in recent years, with the average price of a detached home in Auckland not long ago exceeding the psychologically important NZ$1-million mark (about C$864,000). And like Canada,… Read More

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The future of your license plate

Each week, we spotlight a cool innovation recommended by some of the industry’s top tech writers. This week’s pick is a digital license plate. License plates have remained “virtually unchanged vestiges from the dawn of the automobile,” said Eric Taub at The New York Times. No longer. The California company Reviver Auto is swapping out “old-fashioned stamped plates for digital screens.” The plates, which are connected to a cellular network, have a screen that “can display anything,” including vanity plates or a warning if a car is stolen. Businesses can also display ads on the plates when a car is parked, “even targeting a vehicle’s particular location because the plate… Read More

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