News: Weekend Reads

At Thanksgiving, the search for a black Pilgrim among Plymouth's settlers

Thursday  16:36,   23 november 2017
The Washington Post

At Thanksgiving, the search for a black Pilgrim among Plymouth's settlersThe search for a black Pilgrim began decades ago. Then, in 1981, historians announced with great fanfare that they had finally found enough evidence that one early settler[...]

Celebs Looking for Justice, But Prosecutors Say Cyntoia Brown Is No Victim

Wednesday  22:53,   22 november 2017
Newsweek

Celebs Looking for Justice, But Prosecutors Say Cyntoia Brown Is No VictimThe singer Rihanna re-ignited a frenzy from the 2004 case in a viral Instagram post on Tuesday about the case, saying Brown had been repeatedly "drugged and raped by different [...]

The pros and cons of a minimum wage hike

Wednesday  22:53,   22 november 2017
MSN

The pros and cons of a minimum wage hikeCurrently at $11.60 an hour, the minimum wage will rise under the legislation to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, with the increase to $15 coming in[...]

Who is Ratko Mladic? 'Butcher of Bosnia' Found Guilty of War Crimes

Wednesday  17:51,   22 november 2017
Newsweek

Mladic was accused of ethnic cleansing for his involvement in the Srebrenica massacre.A United Nations tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague found Ratko Mladic, 74, guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity on Wednesday in one of the highest[...]

This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat

Wednesday  17:51,   22 november 2017
The Washington Post

This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flatAssuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark[...]

What to know about Loblaw’s new PC Insiders loyalty program

Wednesday  06:20,   22 november 2017
MoneySense

At $99-a -year to subscribe, is it worth it?Loblaws has rolled out yet another planned change to its President’s Choice loyalty program. In a strategy like Amazon’s Prime subscription, they are also asking consumers to pay for it. It’s just the [...]

I tried the viral health hack where you take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day — here's the verdict

Wednesday  06:20,   22 november 2017
MSN

Apple cider vinegar is touted as a magical elixer that makes life better, but it didn't really do much for me.I unapologetically love vinegar. My father raised me to believe that french fries should be smothers in malt vinegar, not ketchup. My[...]

The recent tide of apologies by famous men have been ‘awful.’ Here’s what the men should have said.

Tuesday  21:46,   21 november 2017
The Washington Post

The recent tide of apologies by famous men have been ‘awful.’ Here’s what the men should have said.The near-daily tide of sexual misconduct allegations against famous men has spawned a head-turning stream of apologies, acknowledgments that experts[...]

Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls

Tuesday  17:05,   21 november 2017
The Washington Post

The alleged incidents took place with employees, interns and job applicants at the “Charlie Rose” show.The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the "Charlie Rose" show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age[...]

Loblaws pitches upgraded loyalty program for $9.99 a month for premium perks

Tuesday  03:21,   21 november 2017
cbc.ca

Loblaws is launching a fee-based subscription program targeting its existing loyalty program members that sweetens the pot for them in terms of rewards — in exchange for a fee.Loblaws is launching a fee-based subscription program targeting its[...]

My mother spent her life passing as white. Discovering her secret changed my view of race — and myself.

Tuesday  03:21,   21 november 2017
The Washington Post

Her refusal to talk about her mixed race only fueled my curiosity. How had she deceived my racist white father? Why was she so fearful and ashamed of her black heritage? Using my skills as a seasoned mystery author, I started sifting through the[...]

In Toronto, World's Hottest Housing Market Starting to Boil Over

Saturday  04:05,   18 november 2017
Bloomberg

The hottest housing market in the world is facing a reckoning. Toronto-area land prices have gotten so high that developers are struggling to build new homes that people can afford. Buyers are no longer lining up, despite discounts and[...]

Muslim Basketball Player Allegedly Banned For Shooting Baskets During National Anthem

Friday  18:42,   17 november 2017
International Business Times

A Muslim player was removed from his school's basketball team after he opted not to participate in the national anthem. "I didn’t mean any disrespect at all to the fans or the flag," Samir told the Telegram. "I am truly sorry to anyone that felt [...]

It’s time to shatter the myth that Canada is a great place to do business

Thursday  19:21,   16 november 2017
Maclean's

Opinion: Canada has slid in global rankings about the ease of doing business, yet there has been almost no reaction from political or business leaders to this dismal decline in our ranking.The World Bank report compares the processes for starting a [...]

Large American pot producer, retailer enters Canada with stake in Calgary startup

Thursday  17:23,   16 november 2017
Calgary Herald

A large American cannabis retailer has secured a foothold in the Canadian market by taking a “significant” stake in a Calgary startup producer amid a recent spate of deal-making in the fledgling marijuana sector.Denver’s privately held LivWell[...]