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Court Denies WestJet’s Bid to Toss Harassment Lawsuit Filed by Former Worker

Court Denies WestJet’s Bid to Toss Harassment Lawsuit Filed by Former Worker

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press

WestJet

VANCOUVER – WestJet has lost a bid to throw out of court a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of failing to provide a harassment-free workplace for women.

Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis sued WestJet in the Supreme Court of British Columbia over allegations of gender-based discrimination, accusing her former employer of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.

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Toy Makers Turn to YouTube Influencers to Advertise Ahead of Holidays

Toy Makers Turn to YouTube Influencers to Advertise Ahead of Holidays

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Fingerlings
Wowee creative director Benny Dongarra, right, and mechanical engineer Anthony Lemire hold Fingerlings in Montreal, Thursday, December 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

VANCOUVER – Like many kids, Ryan spends his time playing with toys. But, unlike most of his peers, millions of people watch the six-year-old boy open and test toys — a performance that has earned him millions of dollars.

Ryan ToysReview is one of several YouTube channels devoted to unboxing and reviewing toys that has caught the attention of manufacturers. Toy companies that once targeted children watching TV after school have started collaborating with so-called social media influencers, like Ryan, to advertise their products.

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More Barred Owls Sightings in Vancouver Bad News for Rats and Mice

More Barred Owls Sightings in Vancouver Bad News for Rats and Mice

By Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press

Owl
A spike in owl sightings in downtown Vancouver could be good news for ridding the city of pesky rodents, a wildlife group says, but there’s a downside for the birds. A barred owl is seen in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society)

VANCOUVER – A spike in owl sightings in downtown Vancouver could be good news for ridding the city of pesky rodents, a wildlife group says, but there’s a downside for the birds.

Photos of barred owls sitting outside transit stations and on building awnings have been circulating on Twitter in recent weeks.

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Canadian Rock Legends Rush Inspire Names for New Termite-Dwelling Microbes

Canadian Rock Legends Rush Inspire Names for New Termite-Dwelling Microbes

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Microbe
Ppearti, one of three new species of microbe found in the guts of termites that have been named after members of the Canadian prog-rock band Rush, is shown in this handout photo. (THE CANADAIN PRESS/HO-UBC Science)

VANCOUVER – What do a trio of Canadian rock icons have in common with microbes living in the guts of termites?

Researchers at the University of British Columbia say the tiny organisms have long, hair-like flagella and bob about like the members of the prog-rock band Rush.

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False Killer Whale is Latest Cetacean to Die at Vancouver Aquarium

False Killer Whale is Latest Cetacean to Die at Vancouver Aquarium

By The Canadian Press

Killer Whale
A false killer whale named Chester has died at the Vancouver Aquarium. The young whale is shown being rescued by members of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre from a beach near Tofino, B.C., on July 10, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)

VANCOUVER – A false killer whale has died at the Vancouver Aquarium, becoming the fourth cetacean to die at the facility in the past year.

The aquarium said in a statement that Chester’s behaviour changed Wednesday and despite intensive veterinary care, he died on Friday morning.

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Black Friday Enthusiasm Wanes as Some Consumers, Retailers Shun Practice

Black Friday Enthusiasm Wanes as Some Consumers, Retailers Shun Practice

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

Black Friday
Shoppers rush to grab electric griddles and slow cookers on sale for $8 shortly after the doors opened at a J.C. Penney story in Las Vegas on November 23, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Julie Jacobson)

VANCOUVER – Chaotic images of people clamouring to be the first through the doors to get their hands on hot deals have become synonymous with Black Friday in recent years.

However, the one-day shopping frenzy at malls and stores following American Thanksgiving may be on the decline as some consumers and retailers start to shun the tradition by either opting out entirely or turning to internet shopping instead.

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Pumpkin Spice? How About a Buffalo Sauce Latte, Asks Tim Hortons

Pumpkin Spice? How About a Buffalo Sauce Latte, Asks Tim Hortons

By The Canadian Press

Tim Hortons Buffalo Sauce Latte
Tim Hortons Buffalo Sauce Latte (HANDOUT)

VANCOUVER – It may be pumpkin spice season, but Tim Hortons is experimenting with a far more bizarre new latte flavour — Buffalo Sauce, in the latest move by restaurants to create buzz-worthy concoctions.

The company says two Buffalo, N.Y.-based restaurants will serve the latte, made with a bold Buffalo sauce flavour and finished off with whipped topping and dusted with zesty Buffalo seasoning.

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Longboard Rider Faces Legal Battle After $598 Ticket for Using Electric Board

Longboard Rider Faces Legal Battle After $598 Ticket for Using Electric Board

By Beth Leighton, The Canadian Press

Boosted Board

VANCOUVER – A Vancouver man has pulled the plug on his electric skateboard after receiving a $598 ticket the first time he took it out on the street.

Daniel Dahlberg said he was riding the longboard, marketed as a Boosted Board, on Friday down a hill in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood when he was pulled over by police.

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Reeling in Canada’s Hot Real Estate Market

Reeling in Canada’s Hot Real Estate Market

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

For Sale
A sold sign is pictured outside a home in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, June, 28, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Like an impending disaster, the housing market in two of Canada’s largest cities is hard to take your eyes off of. While we may be watching from a safe distance, one way or another, it’s going to have an impact across the country.

A decade ago, our decision to move back to Manitoba was prompted in part by the high housing prices in Vancouver. Over the last 10 years, prices have only climbed higher. In January 2016, the average price for detached houses in the Lower Mainland (which includes more than just the city of Vancouver), hit a high of $1.83 million, well beyond the reach of most average homeowners.

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