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"Our government is sending a clear message that dangerous criminal activity is not welcome in community housing," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "People shouldn't have to worry about their children's safety when they're playing right outside their front door." While community housing providers can evict tenants for serious crimes like drug trafficking, harming in-

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Passionate. Dedicated. Enthusiastic. These attributes define the City of vaughan’s 2018 Ward 5 Civic Hero, Shane Farberman. Professionally known as DooDoo the Clown, Shane gifts local and international audiences with optimism, joy and laughter. Throughout his 36-year career, Shane has appeared in several major motion pictures and in more than 100 commercials. He also performs live on stage for audiences of all ages at fairs and festivals across Canada. Beyond his role as DooDoo the Clown, Shane is a proud Vaughan citizen who demonstrates compassion both on and offstage. He is a board member of the Children’s Aid Foundation of York Region, volunteers for Vaughan in Mo-

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tors to build new long-term care beds and redevelop existing ones in Ontario. These long-term care beds are part of the government's commitment to build 15,000 new beds and redevelop 15,000 existing beds over five years. To date, the government has allocated 7,889 new beds, fulfilling more than 50 per cent of that commitment. "Today's call for applications brings our government one step closer to fulfilling our commitment to create 15,000 new long-term care beds and redevelop 15,000 existing beds," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. "With an aging population, these new and redeveloped beds will help more families and residents get the support and high-quality care they need, when they need it." The government is inviting all parties interested in applying to build and redevelop the remaining beds, including existing non-profit, for-profit, and municipal operators, as well as organizations new to the long-term care sector,

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The Ontario government is partnering with the construction sector by establishing a special advisory panel to provide advice on a broad range of workplace issues, Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton announced. The Construction Advisory Panel will provide input on issues of interest in the construction sector to the Minister of Labour. Issues could include labour and employment law, the rise of new equipment and technologies, workplace health and safety, and injury prevention. The panel will provide an opportunity for the Minister to hear the different perspectives and concerns from construction industry partners. Construction is a major industry in Ontario, employing more than 525,000 workers. The advisory panel, which will provide balanced representation from employer and labour groups, will meet three times a year with the Minister of Labour.


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Residents and visitors have a new and exciting gathering place to get their play on – Chatfield District Park. Whether it be sliding, swinging, splashing, climbing or crawling, the new park offers plenty of space to run around, relax and enjoy.

Located at 100 Lawford Rd., the 14-acre (5.7 hectare) park includes junior and senior playgrounds with slides, swings, climbing nets, crawl spaces, monkey bars, spinners and more. Play on the soccer field, basketball courts, ball hockey park, lit tennis courts and softball diamond. Additional features and

play zones include a splash pad, skate park, greenspaces, shade structure, parking, and accessible swings, washrooms and change room. Aligning with the City of Vaughan commitment to environmental sustainability, the park’s rubberized safety surface is made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled materials. Play-

ground structure components are also partially made from pre-consumer recycled materials. Chatfield Park is also accessible for all, with a rubber floor, ground level play components and accessible swings.

To officially celebrate the opening, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council joined the community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, entertainment and light refreshments.

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BRADFORD MAN CHARGED WITH INTERNET CHILD LURING

In January 2019, a male suspect initiated a chat with a 15-year-old female through an online social media platform. The communications became sexual in nature. Unknown to him, the 15-year-old female was an undercover police officer. In September 2019, the suspect offered to pay her for sex and attempted to meet with who he believed was the 15-yearold female. The suspect was identified by investigators and on September 20 he was arrested outside of his residence. He was held in custody for a bail hearing and was released on a recognizance.A search warrant was executed at his residence and electronic devices were seized, which will be examined as part of the ongoing investigation. Charged: Kevin HARMAN, 39. Charges Include: Luring to Facilitate an Indecent Exposure to a Person Under the Age of 16; Luring to Facilitate a Sexual Assault; Luring to Facilitate Child Pornography; Luring to Facilitate Sexual Interference; Making Sexually Explicit Material Available to a Child; Luring to Facilitate Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration of a Person Under 18. Mr. HARMAN is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on October 23, 2019. York Regional Police continues to educate the community and aggressively enforce the laws surrounding child pornography. Any person found guilty of an offence related to possession or accessing child pornography can face imprisonment of a minimum of six months or up to five years. If you or someone you know has been a victim of child exploitation you are urged to report it to your local police service as well as cybertip.ca. Cybertip.ca is an easy-to-use online reporting site which allows citizens to report concerns about the online sexual exploitation of children. The material is loaded to a national database where it can be classified and then investigated by the appropriate police service. Cybertip.ca also provides tips on being safe online for children and parents. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit - Internet Child Exploitation Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7078 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

POLICE SEEK WITNESSES FOLLOWING CELL PHONE ROBBERY IN RICHMOND Hill

On September 26, shortly after 7:30 p.m., police were called to a phone store located in the area of Major Mackenzie Drive East and Bayview Avenue, for a report of a robbery. Investigators learned that two male suspects entered the store, one armed with a hammer and the other armed with a firearm. The suspects assaulted the em-

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CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING MULTIPLE ARMED ROBBERIES

On September 26, shortly after 4 p.m., police were called to a bank located in the area of Yonge Street and Davis Drive (Newmarket) for a report of a robbery. When officers arrived they found employees in the bank who were not physically injured. Investigators have determined that a man entered the bank and approached a teller. He was armed with a rifle and made a demand for cash. The employee complied and the suspect fled to an awaiting vehicle that was described as a grey, mid-size sedan. Investigators determined that suspect matched the description of a suspect wanted for similar incidents that had occured in the City of Toronto, The Region of Peel and the Town of Newmarket, where four banks, three pharmacies, two gas stations, a hair salon and a fast food restaurant had been robbed. Investigators have identified and charged 56 year old man following 11 armed robberies.On October 2 police located the suspect and he was placed under arrest. Charged: Alastair Godbold, Newmarket.

WITNESSES SOUGHT FOLLOWING A SHOOTING IN MARKHAM

On Sunday, September 22, at approximately 3 a.m., police were called to the area of Dunsheath Way and Blance Lane, in Markham, for reports of sounds of shots being fired. Officers canvassed the area and located a vehicle with bullet holes and the windows shattered as well as a single bullet hole into a residence on Dunsheath Way. No injures were reported. Investigators believe that the shooting incident happened during a party at a short-term rental property. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information that may assist are asked to come forward.

WITNESSES SOUGHT FOLLOWING SHOOTING IN vAUGHAN

On Sunday, September 22, shortly before 3 a.m., police responded to a report of multiple shots fired outside of a residence on Petticoat Road, which is in the area of Major Mackenzie Drive West and McNaughton Road East. When officers arrived, they located several people who advised that multiple gun shots had been fired in the area. Officers located more than 20 shell casings in the area, but were unable to locate any suspects or victims. A short time later, investigators were directed to a hospital where two men, a 24-year-old and a 22-year-old, were receiving treatment for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

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Investigators have learned that the shooting occurred at a party that was taking place at a short-term rental property. Shortly after 2:30 a.m., multiple gunshots were fired in front of the residence and in the backyard. Video surveillance of the shooting is being released and investigators are appealing for anyone with information to please come forward. The video shows three clips. The first is a white four-door car travelling on Petticoat Road with shots being fired from the moving vehicle. Additional gunshots can then be heard coming from the rear of the home on Petticoat Road. The video also shows two suspects, armed with handguns, approaching the rear of the home from Lealinds Road. Finally there are two suspect vehicles seen travelling on Lealinds Road, the white four-door sedan and a black four-door sedan. Video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/PnUPPZXAOro

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING STABBING IN MARKHAM

On September 22, at 9:23 p.m., York Regional Police received a call to 911 for an injured female at a residence on Briarwood Road, which is in the area of 16th Avenue and Warden Avenue. When officers arrived they located the injured female, a 59-year-old from the City of Toronto, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries where she remains. The suspect, a 23-year-old man who resided in a room at the residence, locked himself inside of his room. Additional resources were called to the scene including officers with the Emergency Response Unit, Canine Unit and specially-trained crisis negotiators. Shortly after midnight, officers with the Emergency Response Unit took the suspect into custody in his room, without further incident. The suspect was not injured.The name of the accused will not be released to prevent the identification of the victim. Charged:23-year-old man from Markham. Charge: Attempted Murder.

SUSPECT SOUGHT FOLLOWING THEFT IN vAUGHAN

derland and made a purchase using the victim’s stolen credit card. Investigators are releasing images of the suspect and appealing to our community for any information that may assist with identifying him. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441.

WITNESSES SOUGHT FOLLOWING A FATAL COLLISION IN MARKHAM

On September 18, shortly before 5 p.m., police were called to the intersection of Highway 7 East/Ninth Line for a collision involving five vehicles. When officers arrived they found four people involved in the collision suffering from injuries and three people who were not injured. A passenger who was in a grey Honda Civic, a 75-year-old woman from Markham, was suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was transported to hospital where sadly she succumbed to her injuries. The driver from that same vehicle, a 76-year-old man from Markham, was also suffering from lifethreatening injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains. The other people who were injured were treated for their minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police or who may have dashcam footage of the incident or the driving behavior prior to the collision, is asked to come forward.

SUSPECTS SOUGHT FOLLOWING ATTEMPTED ARSON IN vAUGHAN

On September 6, shortly after 3 a.m., two suspects were captured on video surveillance in front of a tattoo shop located at 3883 Rutherford Road, which is in the area of Weston Road. The two men approach the front of the business, one of them carrying a jerry can and what appears to be a bottle assumed for use as a Molotov cocktail. The other suspect has a rock and attempted to break the front glass of the business. After two unsuccessful attempts to break the glass, the suspects walked away. Investigators are releasing video surveillance of the incident and are appealing to the community for assistance with identifying them. The video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/dlnBRMIVmDA

SUSPECTS WANTED FOLLOWING HOME INvASION IN AURORA

On August 21, 2019, the victim was using the waterpark at Canada’s Wonderland. Her backpack, which contained a purse, keys and a mobile phone was stolen. Investigation has revealed that a man went to a fast food restaurant located across the street from Canada’s Won-

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On Tuesday, September 24, at 8:40 p.m., officers responded to an address on Richardson Drive in the Town of Aurora for a report of a home invasion in progress. Officers learned that a female and two male suspects entered the residence and attempted to rob one of the occupants. The suspects fled and left behind a replica firearm. Investigators have identified the female and one of the male suspects and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Investigators are seeking information on the location of these suspects and on the identity of the third suspect. Wanted: Noble SELBY, 20, Whitby. A 17-year-old female, Newmarket.


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On September 17, 2019, shortly after 8 a.m., York Regional Police responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at a grocery store in the area of Highway 27 and Langstaff Road. When officers arrived they located several employees who were not physically harmed. Investigators have learned that the suspect entered the store and approached a cashier. He was armed with a handgun and made a demand for cash. The employee complied and the suspect fled the area in a vehicle. The suspect has been identified from images obtained through video surveillance and investigators are appealing to anyone with information on his whereabouts to please come forward. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous and he should not be approached. Call 911 immediately if you spot him. Wanted: Shawn CHAULK, 54, no fixed address. Male, white. 5’9”, 160 lbs. Short blonde hair. Scruffy beard. Described as having bad teeth.

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On September 13, shortly before 1 a.m., police were called to Old Homestead Road, just east of Weir’s Sideroad for a single vehicle collision. When officers arrived they located a BMW sport utility vehicle off the roadway and on fire. Officers pulled the 29-yearold male driver out of the burning vehicle. He was suffering from life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains. The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police or who may have dashcam footage of the incident or the driving behavior prior to the collision, is asked to come forward.

WITNESSES SOUGHT AFTER FATAL COLLISION IN MARKHAM

On September 11, shortly before 3 p.m., York Regional Police were called to the intersection of Rodick Road and Alden Road for a report of a motorcycle that had left the roadway. When officers arrived they located the motorcycle rider, a 52-year-old man from the City of Markham, who was vital signs absent. He was transported to hospital where sadly he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses who have not yet spoken

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CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING TWO BANK ROBBERIES IN NEWMARKET

On August 16, 2019, at approximately 11:20 a.m., a lone male suspect entered a bank at Davis Drive and Leslie Street and gave the bank employee a note stating he had a weapon and wanted money. The suspect fled from the bank without obtaining any money. Only a few minutes later, the same suspect entered another nearby bank and committed a robbery in the same way as the first. Again, the suspect fled without obtaining any money. On September 10 the suspect was identified and placed under arrest. Charged: Patrick O’CONNOR, 57, Town of Georgina.

SUSPECTS SOUGHT FOLLOWING ARSON IN MARKHAM

On September 6, at 5:20 a.m., York Re-

gional Police were called to a residence on Bradgate Drive, which is in the area of Leslie Street and John Street, for a report of a vehicle on fire. When officers arrived, they found a vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence fully engulfed. Investigation has revealed that three men walked up to the vehicle, smashed the passenger side window, doused the inside of the vehicle with gasoline, then lit it on fire. Based on the video surveillance, it appears that one of the suspects may have been burned. Investigators are releasing video surveillance of the incident and are appealing to the public for any information that may assist with identifying the suspects. Video of the incident is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/YC06eQgApfk Suspect Descriptions: Three males, wearing dark clothing, may have suffered burn injuries.

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“I am truly at a loss to understand how drivers continue to make the stupid and dangerous decision to drive while impaired, either by alcohol or drugs,” said Chief of York Regional Police Eric Jolliffe. “Our officers see this every single day. These selfish choices put our entire community at risk, including young children, as we have seen in this case. We will continue to fight this fight. If you see a suspected impaired driver, at any time of the day or night, call 911 immediately”. In 2019 more than 4,200 calls to 911 have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from our roads, which has led to more than 1,290 impaired-related criminal charges being laid. However, since the horrific Neville-Lake crash on September 27, 2015, the number of impaired-related criminal charges laid each year has not gone down: • 2016 – 1,636 • 2017 – 1,649 • 2018 – 1,654 • 2019 YTD – 1,295.

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Leave your curtains open or closed? Many people have the strong belief that you should close your curtains when you are away so that a burglar cannot see in. A 38-year-old man from However, this is a key sign for burvaughan has been charged with Impaired Driving and 80 Plus after he at- glars that you are out especially tempted to pick up his children from when they can see the curtains closed during the day. Once they school while intoxicated. break into your home, they can take their time moving around looking for your valuables as noone can see them.

This incident comes almost four years to the day after the impaired driving collision that claimed the lives of Daniel, Milly, Harrison Neville-Lake and their grandfather Gary Neville. Despite these tragic deaths, and the deaths and injuries that have followed, the number of impaired-related criminal driving charges being laid in York Region annually continues to rise. On September 25 shortly after 5 p.m., a call was placed to 911 from a concerned citizen who reported that a father had attempted to pick up his young children from a school in Vaughan but staff would not allow the kids to get into the vehicle because he appeared to be drunk. The man drove away from the school and a short time later, officers located him and his vehicle at his residence. He was placed under arrest for Impaired Driving and was transported to #2 District Headquarters for a breath test, where he blew more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.

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1.Be careful about who you tell about your upcoming exciting holiday! It is exciting going on holiday and you probably want to tell everyone but be careful who is listening. You can trust your close friends and family and it is wise to tell your neighbours, however, if you tell everyone in your local shop you don’t know who may be listening. Ensure that if you mention your holiday on social media you either wait until you get back or only post on private groups. Some people are also tempted to update their answerphone message to say that they are on holiday and when they will return but remember it is not just your friends that may phone your number. 2.Hide your valuables. We advised you to keep your curtains open so don’t leave any valuables such as expensive jewellery near a window. This is good advice even when you are not away but especially important if you are on holiday. Distribute your valuables around your house and don’t just hide all your best jewellery in your sock drawer as this is an obvious hiding place for burglars. Leave some cheap jewellery or some money in an obvious place so that if the worst does happen, hopefully, the burglars will grab that and run. Breaking into houses to get car keys for valuable cars is very common nowadays. If your car will be left sitting in the drive the whole time you are away it may be worthwhile leaving the keys with a friend or neighbour. 3.Insurance. By now you will

have your travel insurance sorted but have you checked your house insurance? Are you covered if you are away for more than 14 days? Are

home a few times to remove mail from the front door and to water your plants. Wilting flowers and piles of post are other giveaways to burglars

there any exclusions eg are you insured if someone else stays in your home whilst you are away? 4.Tidy your garden. If you are going away during the summer months when grass and weeds grow quickly, it won’t take long for your home to look like the house may be vacant. Before you go cut the grass, tidy the borders and ensure any tools are locked safely in a shed or garage. 5.Cancel deliveries. Cancel any regular deliveries such as milk or newspapers. Don’t be tempted by online shopping the week before you go on holiday unless you are certain your goods will be delivered on time. The last thing you want is your goods being left in normally safe places around your house like your back door, greenhouse or bin. 6.Security. To make your home look occupied, invest in a light on a timer switch that will come on for a few hours in the evening. Light up a room that you normally use in the evening. Some people are inclined to set the hall light to come on or a table lamp near a window. These are both quite obvious to a burglar. If you have an alarm ensure it is in good working order. If you don’t, we recommend installing a burglar alarm system as this is a great deterrent. 7.Kind neighbours. If you are going to be away for more than a week, it is a good idea to ask a trusted neighbour to pop into your

that you are not at home. If your neighbour has a couple of cars and you are taking yours away, you could ask them to park in your drive sometimes. 8.Early morning start. If you are leaving early in the morning to catch a flight or ferry, please don’t be tempted to pack your car with your luggage the night before. It may make it easier and quicker in the morning but it is a clear sign to anybody walking by that you are going away. 9.Final checks. The last checks you need to do before you head off for a great holiday are: - Are all windows locked? - Are all devices switched off? - Keep your router switched on if your alarm or camera are using an app. - Close internal doors so that an intruder can’t see right through your house from one window. - Empty your bins (you don’t want to come back to a smelly house)! - Switch on your alarm and lock all doors. Have a fantastic, relaxing holiday!

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The City of vaughan has been selected as an official host of the 2019-2020 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour.

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua issued this statement following the release of the 20192020 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour schedule: “It is with great pride that we announce the City of Vaughan has been selected as an official host of the 20192020 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour. This is a unique opportunity to recognize the remarkable athletic talent produced in Vaughan and bring the community together to celebrate our shared passion for hockey”. From January 11 to January 12, 2020, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) will become hockey-central, featuring free live entertainment, meet-and-greets with NHL alumni, local celebrities and hockey-themed activities for all ages to enjoy. Vaughan welcoming hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, who will cap off the weekend with a live outdoor viewing party of a Toronto Maple Leafs game broadcast on Sportsnet.

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York region: Three trails accessible to wheelchairs

in the construction, health care, industrial and mining sectors.The workplace inspections will run from October 1 to December 27. Inspections will also be focused on breathing hazards, which include gases, dusts, vapours and fumes that can lead to lung cancer and other illnesses. For musculoskeletal hazards, depending on the sector, inspectors may check that materials and people are being lifted and moved safely; items are stored so they can be safely accessed; precautions are being taken if workers are exposed to prolonged vibration, specifically

York Region maintains three trails accessible to wheelchairs and other assistive devices in the York Regional Forest. They can be found at these locations:

Hollidge Tract at 16389 Highway 48 (North of Aurora Rd) North Tract at 17054 Highway 48 (South of Davis Dr) Hall Tract at 15681 McCowan Road (North of Aurora Rd)

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October 21, 2019 Price: FREE Address: Royal Ontario Museum, Queens Park, Toronto

Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Monday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 permanent galleries excluding special exhibitions. October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 16.

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Scaryfest at Markham Museum is back! Join us as we transform our 25 acre site into a ghoulishly grand Halloween town, a family event perfect for kids 10 and under! With your treat bag in tow, trickor-treat around the Museum grounds! Have your fortune told by our Fortune Teller, and dance the night away at our Monster Mash! Come in costume, have fun and enjoy the many family activities. Cost of admission is $9 per person. Children 24 months and under admitted free. Pre-register to skip the line! https://econnect.markham.ca/Start/ Start.asp October 26 and 27, time: 13:00. 9350 Markham Rd. 905-305-5970.

Newmarket Halloween Party

Saturday October 26, 10 am to 1 p.m. Location: Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive). Come dressed as a princess or superhero for the day and enjoy a variety of games, inflatables, stage shows, tasty treats, meet your favourite characters and more! Cost: $5 per child. Parents, guardians and children under 1 year of age are free. Tickets can be purchased online (https://newmarket.snapd.com/events/vi

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Toronto Pumpkinfest

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If you’re looking for something fun to do Thanksgiving weekend, this is it! Toronto Pumpkinfest has something for all ages. Come experience this family event over 3 days with great food, vendors, entertainment and loads of pumpkins!

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Why not enter your child into the Costume Contest or Little Miss Pumpkin Fest Contest? Don’t have kids? You can participate in our Pumpkin Carving Contest or take a shot at pumpkin bowling. Of course, there’s also inflatables and games! You won’t want to miss our large Pumpkin Patch and Food Truck Frenzy featuring Toronto’s best food trucks! Sat., Oct. 12, Sun. Oct.13, Mon., Oct. 14, 10:00 am - 6pm Downsview Park. 70 Canuck Ave. North York. Cost: Free Website: www.torontopumpkinfest.com Phone: (416) 249-4000 ext.34 .

Haunted High Park

This event combines a theatrical séance, a candlelit tour of a 19th-century home in mourning and a visit to the tomb of the founders of High Park. Victorian ideas about death and the afterlife are explored. Tours recount ghost sightings and paranormal activities around the museum. Guests witness a recreation of a Victorian séance complete

with the hallmark trickery of these activities. October 18-30, every day except Mondays and Tuesdays. 7 pm. 416.392-6916. Colborne Lodge 11 Colborne Lodge Dr Cost: $32.50. Tickets: facebook/pg/colbornelodge/events or colbornelodge.streamintickets.com Email: clodge@toronto.ca

Retro 1940s Halloween Party

Celebrate Halloween traditions of the past! Come in costume, decorate an owl cupcake or a ghost-shaped cookie, try your hand at traditional scary Halloween games, and thrill to spooky tales. Tour our historic homes decorated for the season, sample fall treats made from 1940s recipes, make a vintage takehome craft and take a spooky selfie in front of the specially decorated exteriors. October 19, 20, 26, 27 12:00 - 16:00. Todmorden Mills. 67 Pottery Rd Cost: $4.42 - $7.08 Child: $4.42 | Youth: $6.19 | Adult: $7.08 Senior: $6.19. Toronto Public Library Museum + Arts Pass is accepted for this event. Email: todmorden@toronto.ca Phone: (416) 396-2819

Lemur Awareness Weekend

This event will offer a kids craft station, keepers, interpretive, silent auction as well as enrichment with the lemurs.Funds raised will go to Planet Madagascar which supports local communities in Madagascar. October 26, 27, 8:00 am 12:00 pm. Toronto Zoo. 2000 Meadowvale Rd. Child: $19.00 | Adult: $29.00 | Senior: $24.00. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, price.

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Curious Clairvoyance: See- Fort York After Dark: ing the Future From the Past Lantern Tours

Immerse yourself in the mysterious world of 1920s spiritualism at Spadina Museum! Hear about the history of spiritualism which gripped many people in Toronto at the turn of the 20th century, and get a scientific explanation of how the Ouija board works. Go on a tour of the first and second floors, and learn about death and dying rituals that took place in the 1920s. Hear true creepy death stories associated with Spadina and the local area. Learn how to read your palm, read tea leaves and read special decks of fortune telling cards. Must be 18 years of age or older. October 10,11,17,18,19, 24, 25, 26,30. 7:00 pm - 22pm Spadina Museum. 285 Spadina Rd Cost: $30 Taxes and applicable service charges will be added to ticket price. Online: spadinamuseum.streamintickets.com Email: Spadina@toronto.ca Phone: (416) 392-6910.

Bump in the Night

Join us at the Zoo for an exciting evening of discovery as the sun goes down! Learn more about the unique characteristics of nocturnal creatures and how they manage to live in the dark. Then, take a moonlight hike to see what we can find and get a chance to "communicate" with our Arctic wolves. This night will leave you howling with excitement! Program Includes:

stories as you explore a nearby military cemetery. Tour the grounds and buildings of Fort York at night and hear creepy, strange, and unusual stories from site staff. Guests will learn about the Fort's history and many of its paranormal mysteries. This event is part of Toronto History Museums' Halloween programming. October 28, 29, 30,31. 7:30pm -8:30pm Fort York National Historic Site 250 Fort York Blvd. Cost: $13.27 Advance Tickets are required. Online: fortyork.streamintickets.com or Facebook - “Fort York National Historic Site”.

Mental Health Awareness for Seniors

Join to learn how to improve your mental health. Sunday November 10th, 11am 50 Esna Park Drive, Markham. General admission - $20, seniors and children 5 & under - no admission fee. 416-997-5531 There’s something lurking in the deep this Halloween, at the Aquarium. Tread water lightly as there will be schools of ghouls waiting in every reef. Splash into Dark Waters and send chills through your gills as you explore the depths of the Aquarium. Beware of creatures from the deep because anything can happen at this underwater Halloween party. You can enjoy spook-tacular signature drinks from one of the many cash bars, snacks from our Cafe, and if you want to

Boo at the zoo

Calling all costumed kiddies! For Boo at the Zoo weekends kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get free admission *when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission. Valid for up to two children per regular priced adult. Offer not valid with passes including Air

creep it real, you can dance it up with the fantastic DJs Lucie Tic and Cozmic Cat. This event is 19+ October 25, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ripley's Aquarium of Canada 288 Bremner Blvd. Cost: $32 Advance Tickets are required Online: www.ripleyaquariums.com

Toronto International Dance Festival

Miles, City Pass, bulk tickets, etc. October 19,20,26,27, 9:30-16:30 Toronto Zoo. 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Scarborough. Cost: Adult: $23.00 Phone: (416) 392-5959.

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Hear chilling tales on a lantern tour of Fort York and its historic surroundings. Learn about a haunted lighthouse, the bloody Battle of York, and other eerie

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Informative presentation Special outreach animal visitor Visit the wolves after dark and try out your best howl October 19 and 26. Time: 18:30- 20:00. Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Scarborough, ON M1B 5K7, Canada Cost: $20 Reservations / Advance Tickets are required. Online: torontozoo.campbrainregistration.com Email: tzwebmaster@torontozoo.ca Phone: (416) 392-5959

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Saturday, Oct.26, 17:00-21:00. Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (5183 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough).Cost: $30-100 All World Dance Forms are showcased on one stage! Only Professionals! A visual treat for the Dance Lovers. Tickets: eventbrite.ca

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The Toronto Zoo receives Marketing Award... This year The Toronto Zoo celebrates 45 years!

Contunued from 1st page The AZA Marketing Award recognizes excellence in marketing campaigns. “The intent of this campaign was to inform audience in a fun way about the key and important role the Toronto Zoo plays as a leader in wildlife conservation locally and globally,” said Toronto Zoo President and CEO Dolf DeJong. “This campaign aimed to bring people through the doors by showing the passion and care that each and every Toronto Zoo employee shares on a daily basis, encouraging people to come see all that we do here.” The Zoo, working with Grey Canada Advertising Agency, accomplished this by highlighting key endangered species, such as the Blanding’s turtle and greater one-horned rhino, combined with a poem surrounded by hand-painted watercolour animals to show the passion, care and commitment the Toronto Zoo staff

members show on a daily basis. “This award recognizes Toronto Zoo’s marketing team for significant achievement in developing creative ways to share our mission and our stories», said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo and a national leader in saving

wildlife. More than a tourist attraction, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping wildlife and their natural habitats – from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except December 25 and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year.


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Research has shown people deemed attractive get paid more, receive better job evaluations and are generally more employable. It’s even been shown that good-looking CEOs bring better stock returns for their companies. In part, this may be because companies believe consumers are more likely to buy things from beautiful employees, which is perhaps why retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch have used looks as criteria in their hiring process. Abercrombie says it stopped doing that in 2015. There’s some evidence, however, that this worker “beauty premium” may be wearing off – at least when it comes to employees who interact with consumers. In television commercials, for example, retailers and other companies are increasingly using real people – with all their physical flaws – rather than photoshopped models to give their brands an “authentic” feel. Research several colleagues and I conducted recently sug- g e s t s that companies may be wise to take this approach with customers. Our studies show occasions where the beauty premium doesn’t hold – and can even backfire.

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In our first study, we wanted to better understand how consumers respond to attractive service employees. We invited 309 college students to read the same description of being served dinner at a restaurant and then look at an image of a person we described as their waiter. Participants randomly viewed either a male or female server whose facial features were edited to depict high or low levels of attractiveness, based on prior research defining beauty. Separately, we used similar objective measures of attractiveness to rate participants on the same scale. We then asked participants to rate the attractiveness of the server and how “psychologically close” they felt to him or her. Participants also graded customer satisfaction, the service quality and the likability of the waiter on a scale from low to high. We found that how close a consumer felt toward the waiter correlated with how they rated the quality of service they received. That is, if they felt distance from the waiter, they were more likely to give him or her poor marks. Furthermore, we found that people who thought the server was attractive but

were themselves not good-looking – using our objective beauty assessment – were more likely to feel distance. We wanted to know whether this distance was actually more about how they perceived themselves than any objective measure. So we conducted a second similar study for which we recruited 237 people who were waiting to board a flight at China’s third-largest airport, located in Guangzhou. We asked them to read a scenario about receiving meal or other service from a flight attendant while aboard the plane and view a picture of the employee. Just as in the first study, participants randomly viewed either “attractive” or “unattractive” flight

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1. Children born in autumn (September through December) are more likely to excel in school than those born at other times of the year, according to a UK Department of Education report. Autumn babies, or those born between September and November, are more likely to live to 100 than those who were born in other times of the year. 2.During the gray squirrel’s fall caching season, when the critters bury nuts and seeds in hundreds of scattered caches to serve as emergency winter larders, a typical squirrel shows a 15 percent increase in the size of its hippocampus - the memory and emotion center of the brain - compared to the rest of the year. 3.While heart attacks and car accidents increase after the start of daylight saving time in the spring, the opposite is true of the end of it in the fall: heart attacks and accidents decrease the Monday after daylight saving time ends. 4. Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall. Scientists believe males evolved to be sexually primed by food, which made autumn’s harvest time an ideal time to find a mate and reproduce. In fact, studies show that a mix of pumpkin pie and donuts increased penile flow by 20%. A pumpkin pie-lavender mix increased the penile blood flow by 40%. 5.Researchers found that during the cooler months of autumn, men are more likely to cozy up with their sweethearts and watch romantic comedies. Feeling cold activates a yearning for warmth and comfort with others. 6. Animals and plants respond to the light changes associated with autumn. For example, each autumn, the male Siberian hamster’s testes swell up to 17 times bigger than normal to prepare for mating.

7. Bobbing for apples has been a popular party game for Halloween celebrations for a long time, but it wasn't always about the spooky holiday. It actually started out as a British courting ritual. Males were assigned an apple, and females would bob for them, trying to get the right apple from the man she wanted. If she did, it meant they were destined to be together. 8. Most meteorologists define autumn as lasting through September, October, and November in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemi-

sphere, autumn lasts through March, April, and May. Specifically in New Zealand and Australia, autumn officially begins on March 1 and ends on May 31. 9. During the spring and summer, most people eat more carbs. However, they develop a tendency for fattier foods in the autumn, which leads to seasonal weight gain. 10. Evergreen trees such as pines, cedars, and spruces stay green because their leaves (needles) are covered with thick wax and they contain materials that prevent freezing when it gets cold. 11. Kids born in autumn are expected to be taller, more athletic, have longer lifespans, and do better in school. But there's one other thing: studies have found that babies born in the fall are 30 percent more likely to have asthma compared to babies born at other times. Why? Researchers believe it might be because these babies are born right before winter, which is peak season for colds and viruses. Because their immune systems are still vulnerable, it makes it easier for them to get something like asthma. 12. The more red in the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing. That is why Maple trees are so vibrant. 13. We all spend a lot of money buying pumkins, decorating with them, carving them, and eating them...and apparently, it has nothing to do with the taste. Studies have shown that what we really love about pumpkins is the sense of nostalgia they make us feel. Pumpkins represent farm life and tradition, which is a romantic idea for many Americans. 14.In Greek mythology, the story of autumn is very different than how we think of the season. Fall began when Persephone, the daughter of Demeter (who was the goddess of nature and the harvest), was kidnapped by Hades, the

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Additionally, female capuchins have been known to rub sugary syrups on wounds, while North American brown bears treat insect bites using a paste of Osha roots and saliva. But perhaps most astonishing are reports from back in October 2013, the Daily Mail notes, of mountain goats scaling a brick wall in the Gran Paradiso National Park in Northern Italy. It is thought that the animals were partaking in mineral licks, which is the licking of stones for their nutritious salts and minerals when food supply is low. But how do you tell the differ-

ence between self-medication and just plain bizarre behavior? For example, researcher Holly Dublin while observing a group of elephants in Kenya spotted a pregnant female eating the plant boraginaceae, which was not part of her regular diet. The expectant mother ate the entire plant and then returned to her normal feeding routine, suggesting that she perhaps just had a momentary lapse in judgment. However, four days later she gave birth. This same plant is used by women in the region to induce labor, and so Dublin believes the elephant wanted the same effect.

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A new Swedish project aimed at cultivating a taste for climatefriendly food among little children includes such dubious delicacies as Algae Ball, Bug Mac, and Tasty Waste. The Swedish company WIN WIN has launched a new project aimed at paving the way for the “food of the future” in order to enable a “switch from high-carbon beef to low-carbon bugs”, the newspaper Veckans Affärer reported. The idea of Play Food from the Future is for the kids to acquire a taste for food considered marginally edible or unsavoury by today's standards by using 3D-printed toys. “The toy food should accustom children and parents to the idea that the food of the future contains ingredients that many of today's adults would reject,” the press release said. “Each toy shows a category of sustainable food that children are probably not used to, but which we will have to start eating in the future if we are to save this planet,” Petter Swanberg, one of the creators behind the project, told Veckans Affären. According to the company, the menu of the future includes insects, algae, waste, powder food and other nutritious and climate-friendly in-

IKEA cancels ad campaign in Russia after using NAZI concentration camp slogan The Swedish furniture giant IKEA has apologized for an ad campaign using a slogan from the gates of the WWII Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, after running into a flurry of criticism in the Russian public.

“admits the mistake” and treats history with “great respect.” While it originally comes from the works of Roman philosophers, its German equivalent – “Jedem das Seine” – was inscribed on the gates of Buchenwald, the infamous camp near Weimar in Germany, where more than 56,000 prisoners from Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were killed during the war. IKEA isn’t the first major brand to find itself in hot water for using the slogan. ExxonMobil and Tchibo used it to persuade German drivers to buy coffee at gas stations in 2009, but faced back-

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gredients. Sustainable food, project manager Lovisa Ralpher stressed, is “vital” for mankind's survival. The company's ad features kids changing their attitude towards such delicacies as Algae Ball, Bug Mac, Power Powder, and Tasty Waste from “yuck!” to enthusiasm. However, not all Swedes were equally zealous about the perspective of “eating sustainably”. “You may also try teaching your children how to grow, breed, hunt and fish their own food”, a Swede tweeted. “Feels a little rushed. The zombie apocalypse is not here yet”, blogger Project Morpheus tweeted. Some voiced apocalyptic premonitions about the trend.“Our children will be forced to eat waste. They will die of starvation and cold. We see a new totalitarian ideology being born, climatism, which will result in the de-industrialisation and self-destruction of Western civilization. No adults can possibly stop it”, one tweet said. Others thought it was not more than a trendy fad. “Hipsters like to chop wood and grow veggies, don't they? Maybe hunting and rabbit breeding can be the next thing?” another one mused. Still others bluntly expressed their disgust.

The world’s largest furniture company had rolled out a campaign in Russia with the Latin slogan “suum cuique,” which translates as “to each his own.” Public outcry against the slogan was swift, and among those blasting the ads was Russian parliamentarian Vitaly Milonov. “We must urge IKEA to do some thinking and give up on this slogan,” Milonov said. The Swedish company quickly apologized, saying in a statement that it

lash from Jewish groups. Burger King, Nokia and Russian telecom giant Beeline have also been pressured into removing the phrase from their campaigns in previous years. In most cases, the companies claimed that they were unaware of the slogan’s links to the Nazis.

A school in the UK gave their teenage English students the task of writing a suicide note in the context of an exercise to explore suicidal feelings, prompting one “genuinely shocked” parent to complain. Students aged 15 and 16 studying for their GCSE qualifications at Cheney School in Headington, Oxford, were set the assignment as part of studying the classic English play “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley. The writing exercise was delivered on “World Suicide Day”. One mother, who asked not to be named, told BBC News that the project was a “massive fail,” revealing that she

had been left feeling “genuinely shocked,” after her child informed her about the distressing task. The actual assignment was “Imagine you are a young woman in 1912 writing a suicide letter to those who care about you.” The school has since apologized “for any distress caused” and insisted that the exercise was “delivered sensitively,” claiming that the writing task had been reviewed and “adjusted accordingly.” It’s not the first time the play in question has been embroiled in the same controversy. In 2015, pupils aged 14 and 15 at Beauchamps High School in Wickford, Essex, were also asked to pen a suicide letter for their English homework.

receive the space they deserve in the public debate.” Guedes’ comments follow a war of words between Bolsonaro and Macron over the Amazon fires, and echo the sentiments expressed by the Brazilian leader on Facebook about Briggitte Macron’s appearance last month. Macron said at the time that his comments were “extraordinarily disrespectful” to his wife, and that the women of Brazil were “probably feeling ashamed of their president.” The French leader had previously threatened to scrap a trade deal between the European Union and South American customs union Mercosur if Brazil did not do more to protect the rain-

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“she is indeed ugly”: Brazil’s economy minister echoes Bolsonaro’s insults against Brigitte macron

Brazil’s economy minister has tried to make a point about where media focus lies, as he echoed President Jair Bolsonaro’s insults about French First Lady Brigitte Macron, saying she is “indeed ugly.” Paulo Guedes was complaining to businessmen in Fortaleza about media coverage of the Bolsonaro administration when he made the comments about French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife.“What I see in the newspapers is that he called Macron’s wife ugly,” he said. “He did say that and it’s true – the woman is indeed ugly.” After the audience laughed, Guedes added, “There’s no such thing as an ugly woman, there’s only women seen from the wrong angle.” The economy minister later apologized for the “joke,” in a statement, saying he did not intend to offend and that he had wanted to “show that relevant and urgent issues for the country don’t

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forest. Bolsonaro responded by accusing Macron acting as though Brazil “were a colony or no man’s land,” saying that respecting a country’s sovereignty was “the least that can be expected in a civilized world.” Bosonaro also cancelled a meeting with France’s foreign minister at the last minute, choosing instead to have his hair cut on a Facebook Live broadcast.

US economy at “early stages of recession,” strategist tells

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump clinched a trade agreement that cuts tariffs on farm and industrial products. It will open new markets for $7.2 billion in American agricultural goods.“It will be a solid deal when it’s all set and done,” Todd Bubba Horwitz, chief strategist at Bubba Trading said. However, he points to a slowdown in the US economy and a sharp contraction in investments. “I think we are at very early stages of recession…” the strategist says, adding: “Everybody keeps saying it doesn’t matter, this is not 2007. No, it’s not 2007, it’s 2019.” Horwitz explains: “We are seeing slowing of growth, we’re seeing some issues in the jobs market now, and we’re seeing liquidity problems with the banking system. So, you start to put all these issues together… Of course, it’s different this time but we all know that it’s never different. And they can only cheerlead and hold these markets and economy together so much longer until it’s going to see some meltdown.”


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Brother who murdered “Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian” receives life sentence for “honor killing” that shook the country

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Many places worldwide offer newcomers insanely packages in Kaitangata” and “meet the immigration criA Pakistani court has sen- cheap real estate or even cash in an effort to tackle prob- teria,” he or she is welcome to come, as the house price tenced the brother of Qandeel Baloch lems like urbanization, bad demographic situations, or tags listed in the articles are correct. to life in prison, three years after he lack of workforce. However, they all come with strings atJapan. “Akiya banks” murdered the social media star. The tached.

high-profile case prompted a crackdown on so-called “honor killings” in the country. Mohammad Waseem Baloch was found guilty of drugging and strangling his sister in July 2016. Six other defendants, including religious scholar and Qandeel’s other two brothers, were acquitted in the case.

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“Akiya” is the Japanese term for “vacant homes”. A region in southern Italy has recently announced Akiya banks are websites that list vacant houses that are it will pay newcomers €700 ($780) a month for three either for sale or given away for free. The sites started years if they move into one of its villages. The generous appearing in Japan, the world's third-largest economy, offer stems from the fact that people are gradually leaving due to an ever-increasing number of abandoned homes the picturesque rural region, moving into megapolises both in the country's rural areas and in big cities like Tokyo. The problem stems from Japan's aging and like Milan and Rome. What's the catch? The money is good, but what do you have to do to earn it? Well, to start with, you have to move to Molise, obviously. And into a village that has fewer than 2,000 residents. You also need to set up a business there. "We wanted people to invest here. They can open any sort of activity: a bread shop, a stationery shop, a restaurant, anything. It's a way to breathe life into our towns while also increasing the population," Donato Toma, the president of Molise, explained.

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Wassem had initially confessed to killing his sister, arguing that she had brought shame to his family with her boundary-pushing social media presence. Dubbed the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan, Qandeel, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, had more than 750,000 Facebook subscribers, some 51,000 followers on Instagram, and about 43,000 Twitter followers. The 26year-old rose to prominence by posting content that was often deemed taboo in her socially conservative homeland. The case garnered international attention due to a bizarre legal loophole in Pakistan, which allowed those who commit a so-called “honor-killing” to walk free if they are forgiven by the victim’s family. Uproar over the possibility that Qandeel’s killers might walk free prompted new anti-honor-killing legislation, which mandated a minimum of 12 years for such crimes. Qandeel’s father, Muhammad Azeem, had originally brought charges against his sons, stating that he would be happy if they “hanged for their unforgivable crime.” The parents later forgave their sons, and argued that the new honor-killing law could not be implemented retroactively to the case. Despite international outcry over Qandeel’s murder, women in Pakistan continue to be killed by relatives for allegedly “dishonoring” their families. According to one estimate, there were more than 15,000 honor killings – carried out against both men and women – between 2004 and 2016.

Molise is not the first Italian region with a generous offer for relocating – several towns in Sicily last year offered homes to anyone who's willing to come and claim them for €1 (US$1.12) – less than the price of a standard espresso. The towns of Sambuca and Mussomeli announced sales of old properties in hopes of saving themselves from depopulation. Eventually, Sambuca sold off 16 historical stone mansions to buyers from the US, China, France, Britain, Russia, and Argentina. However, none of them actually went for €1 – the homes were sold in a blind auction in which bids started at that benchmark, but ended up between €1,000 and €25,000 (US$1,10027,600). What's the catch? The auction, obviously. Which did not stop the buyers! Also, the condition of the houses – all are beautiful but derelict old things on the verge of collapsing on the new owner's head. And – as a mandatory condition – the new owner has to spend at least €15,000 on renovating his or her Sicilian home, and to pay a security deposit of €5,000 in advance, non-refundable if the renovation is not carried out.

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In 2016, a number of media outlets posted news that the tiny New Zealand town of Kaitangata, with a population of just 800 and “too many jobs,” was offering US$156,000 (€140,000) to each new resident. Local employers, which include a dairy plant, were also on board with the scheme. What's the catch? It was actually the other way around. At the time, the town on the South Island had many empty houses, and offered them along with nice plots of land – for the bargain price stated in the articles. So, you would have had to pay the money, not get it from the town's authorities. Still, the mayor received around 5,000 calls from people planning to move and demanding money, and was forced to issue an official statement explaining what Kaitangata is actually able to offer and to whom. “There is currently a story that has been published by overseas media that we are paying people $160,000 to move to Kaitangata and people should ring the mayor about it. This is NOT TRUE,” he stated, noting that if someone is “genuinely interested in the house and land

shrinking population that has already left many towns and villages empty. The akiya sites are actually created by local governments and communities to manage the growing stock of empty houses in their towns, as well as to draw in people to live and work there. What's the catch? In 2015 the Japanese government approved legislation obliging municipalities to urge owners to repair uninhabited properties.

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A number of cities across the US have programs aimed at drawing in new blood and brains to their communities and enterprises. Last year, Tulsa, Oklahoma made headlines when it announced plans to start paying workers $10,000 to move to the state for a year in order “to attract tech talent and entrepreneurial people” and “diversify our workforce.” Prior to that, Vermont offered to pay 100 people up to $10,000 to move to the state in 2019. New Haven, Connecticut and Baltimore, Maryland both offered up to $80,000 in incentives to attract homeowners. The town of Harmony, Minnesota promised to give anyone up to $12,000 toward the cost of building a home – provided they live in it. What's the catch? Every state's offer is different, depending on what it is looking for – a worker or a homeowner – but mostly there's only one condition to be met – you have to move in, at least for some time. In some cases, bonuses are offered. But Alaska has outdone them all. With the Alaska Permanent Fund, the state divides its oil royalties evenly among all registered residents and pays them out via an annual dividend, to anyone registered in Alaska – even children. Last year, it was $1,100 a person. Whether that's enough to make it worth trying to survive the Alaskan winters is another matter.


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The University of Edinburgh has allowed a “Resisting Whiteness 2019” event to proceed at its venue, even though there was outrage over organizers' rules, which limited white people's access to a microphone and to certain rooms. The conference, aimed at raising awareness about “the importance of anti-racist action in the UK” took place at Pleasance Theater, owned by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was organized by a group tellingly named “The Resisting Whiteness Collective,” which describes itself as a “notfor-profit organization”. While touting the event, the group said that it wants to make it “as accessible as possible and therefore have free tickets available for those who would like to attend.” However, it seems not everybody was welcome. The rules published on the conference’s official website state that if an attendee is white, they will have no right to ask questions, at least publicly. The rule, introduced to “amplify the voices of people of color” said that “priority will be given to questions from people of color in the audience.” “If you are a white person in the audience and you still have a question after the panel has ended, please feel free to share your questions with a member of the committee or our speakers then”. The "safe spaces" rule states that one of the two rooms “available to anyone who needs to remove themselves from the conference” due to anxiety issues or just to take a break is offlimits to white people. “The Braid room is a safe space for only

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Authorities in Ukraine intend to resume regular passenger transportation with Crimea, according to the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure. Crimean authorities have welcomed the plans. In an interview with Ukraine’s Radio Svoboda the country’s Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikliy said that official passenger traffic between Ukraine and Crimea is “undoubtedly” envisaged. Competitions for carrier selection will be held in the nearest future. “We are constructing entryexit checkpoints. I think that everything will be finished on time, as ordered by the president [of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky],” Krikliy said. His words follow President Zelensky’s order in July to complete setting up checkpoints at the border with Crimea by December 20 of this year. Crimean authorities called Kiev’s plans “rational,” as restoration of passenger traffic would benefit Ukrainians and the citizens of the Crimean peninsula equally.

“Rational statements are coming from the power structures of Ukraine, who realize the stupidity of the previous government's actions in shutting off transport links,” Yefim Fiks, First Deputy Chairman of the State Council of Crimea, said. “The ball is in Ukraine’s court” as to whether the Kiev authorities will follow through with the plan, he added. Fiks pointed out the infrastructure woes that still exist on the Ukrainian side, – like the fact that, after Crimea resumed being part of Russia in 2014, a part of the railway leading to the peninsula was dismantled. Currently,both Crimeans and Ukrainians who cross the border daily to visit relatives on the other side “are forced to walk some three kilometers with suitcases” Fiks said. He also stated that about one million Ukrainians came to Crimea on vacation this past summer.“The [restoration of transportation] is beneficial to both peoples, to both states,” he concluded.

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Pesticides or random coincidence? mystery lingers over new Cases of babies born with hand and arm defects in europe

Authorities are at a loss to explain why several babies born in a west German province have similar hand deformities. One hospital, where three such cases were seen, described the baffling phenomenon as “striking.” With “no nationwide registry” to keep track of deformities, the St. Mary’s Hospital in Gelsenkirchen, near Dortmund, has admitted it is difficult to accurately monitor the situation or establish any kind of pattern. Three babies were born at the hospital with undeveloped palms and fingers on one hand, between June and September this year. In a public statement, the hospital said it had not seen deformities of this kind “for many years.” It left open the possibility that three cases so close together might simply be a “random accumulation,” but admitted that it found “the brief period in which we are now seeing these three cases” is “striking.” Could there have been even more? It seems so. The defects in Gelsenkirchen were highlighted by midwife Sonja Ligget-Igelmund, who said she had been alerted to at least 30 other cases in Germany this year. Her claim prompted authorities in the North RhineWestphalia state to begin “very seriously” investigating the reports. What could be causing the string

of unusual malformations? The hospital statement noted that there were no “ethnic, cultural or social similarities” between the three families at St. Mary’s Hospital. The one thing they did have in common, however, is that they all lived in the same locality. The case is eerily similar to that of a recent unexplained phenomenon of babies being born with a missing arm in rural regions of France. Three infants were born without arms within a 30km radius of Vitrolles, in the Bouches-duRhône region between June and November 2016, while eight were born with the same defect within a 17km radius of Ain. A nationwide investigation into the medical mystery was repeatedly delayed and ultimately offered no clear “obvious cause” for the malformations, with angry parents complaining that the handling of the situation by French authorities had been “scandalous.” The investigation did note, however, that all affected pregnancies had occurred in areas where cereal crops were grown, and the director of the malformations registry of the Rhone-Alpes region, Emmanuelle Amar, still believes pesticides and other chemical agents could be the cause. The probability that it is all just a random occurrence is “infinitesimal,” Amar said.

Man sentenced to 5 years for tweeting death threats against children

A Moscow court sentenced blogger vladislav Sinitsa, a financial manager who lives in the Moscow region, to five years in a jail. The court thus found the blogger guilty of calling for violence against lawenforcement officers' children after clashes with security forces during not sanctioned by authorities opposition protest actions in Moscow. Vladislav Sinitsa was persecuted for the message that he tweeted under the moniker of Max Steklov on July 31. According to prosecutors, the blogger urged "a wide range of individuals to commit unlawful violence against children of law enforcement officers." "They'll take a look at happy family photos, study the geolocation, and then a child of a brave law-enforcement officer simply will not come home from school one day. Instead, the officer will receive a mail package - a CD

with a snuff video on it," the blogger tweeted. The blogger said that he did not call for violence against specific people and their children, but only allowed such a possibility. The charges fall under Russia’s harsh anti-extremism legislation. Representatives of the Russian Federal National Guard Troops Service (Ros gvardia) said that the service was satisfied with the sentence.

frogs divorced after bringing too much rain to drought-stricken indian state

Two frogs were wedded in July to appease the Hindu god of rains, Lord Indra, and bring favor, and rainfall, to drought-stricken Bhopal. The hoppily married couple have now been divorced after the area experienced intense flooding. Since the frogs’ wedding, Madhya Pradesh has been inundated with rain, roughly 26 percent more than normal, causing flooding

across the state, including recordbreaking rainfall in Bhopal where parts experienced 48mm in less than 24 hours. The overly successful marriage had to be ended and members of Om Shiv Seva Shakti Mandal of Indrapuri area symbolically divorced the frogs by chanting mantras and physically separating the frogs.

Nouns are more Christian? Pope Francis says he’s “allergic” to adjectives

Traditionally, the head of the Roman Catholic Church uses his pulpit to speak out against calamities such as war and hunger. But Pope Francis has taken aim at a less conspicuous enemy of humanity: The dreaded adjective. In a speech to the Vatican communications team, Francis lectured about the sinful overuse of adjectives, stating that he is “allergic” to them. “We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns… Why say authentically Christian? It is Christian!” he opined, while acknowledging that the word “Christian” often acts as an adjective. He called on the Vatican’s PR gurus to “communicate with reality, without sweetening with adjectives or adverbs,” explaining that “beauty manifests itself from the noun itself, without strawberries on the cake.” The group, which runs the Pope’s social media accounts, later published a tweet urging Christians to abandon the temptation of using adjectives. The unorthodox sermonizing received mixed reviews on Twitter, with some applauding the directive as long overdue, while others expressed confusion over why the Pontiff was bothering with such matters.

Parents shocked as UK schools teach 6-10yo kids to touch their “private parts” in beds & showers Many parents in Britain are outraged after more than 240 primary schools introduced lessons on “self-stimulation” for children as young as six as part of their sex education program. A teaching manual instructs how to teach children aged six to ten about “the rules of self-stimulation.” The lessons are part of the new All About Me program rolled out in more than 240 primary schools in central England’s Warwickshire County. The program, in turn, is designed to be taught in accordance with the compulsory Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), which will be implemented all across the UK next September. In the section called “Touching Myself”, the teachers are advised to tell the youngsters that “lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice,” including touching their “private parts.” The children are told that this is “really very normal,” despite the fact that “some people may get cross or say that it is dirty.” The children are then warned that it is “not polite” to touch themselves in class or other public places, and they should “only” do it when they “are alone, perhaps in the bath or shower or in bed.” Some parents were shocked by the program, saying that children of such young ages should not be exposed to mature topics like masturbation. “This sexualisation of our children is just totally inappropriate,” Matthew Seymour told the Mail. “They are calling it self-touching and they won’t use the term masturbation, but when you read it that’s exactly what they’re talking about.” Parents who disagree with this type of sex education took their children from school when it was taught. A number of education experts and teachers criticized the program’s wording for being too vague and not suitable for primary schoolers. “We never use the word self-stimulation, not in primary school. For us it is not appropriate,” teacher Lynette Smith said. Even some politicians who support the idea of compulsory sex education are skeptical towards All About Me. Conservative MP David Davies was “furious” over the program. “These classes go way beyond the guidance the Government is producing and are effectively sexualising very young children,” he said. Warwickshire County Council, meanwhile, maintains that the lessons simply tell young students how to “distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate touching” and “recognise the difference between public and private.


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nZ man brings Cold War with China more “Violence against women!” Outrage as Kazakh outlet important than US interests, uses “murdered” models to advertise H&M collection “emotional support Clown” Soros warns Trump The world’s second-

Donald Trump wants to improve the US economy instead of shunning economic cooperation with China as part of a crusade for democracy, billionaire activist George Soros has complained in an article. The US president should be applauded for waging economic warfare against China, but he must not use restrictions placed on Huawei as a bargaining chip to cut a trade deal with Beijing, the Hungarian-American businessman wrote in the opinion piece, published by The Wall Street Journal. In it, the founder of the Open Society Foundations accuses Trump of seeking a trade deal with China as part of a cynical plot to “bolster the US stock market and economy to improve his chances at re-election.” Instead of concerning himself with the economy, Soros suggests that Trump should keep piling economic pressure on Beijing, in a bid to “open” Chinese society to liberal reforms. “My interest in defeating Xi Jinping’s China goes beyond US national interests,” Soros admits, criticizing Trump for not sharing his worldview. Soros’ work “opening societies” has made him a figurehead for a global brand of open-borders liberalism. “The EU has to accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually for the foreseeable future,” the billionaire declared in 2015, at the height of the migrant crisis. That rhetoric set him up for a clash with Europe’s more nationalist leaders, like Hungary’s Viktor Orban, who responded with a series of laws aimed at shoring up border security and at penalizing Soros’ operations in the country. On China, Soros has long been a critic of Xi Jinping. In January, he slammed Xi for investing in “machine learning and artificial intelligence” as alleged means of authoritarian control, and has slammed western tech firms for doing business in the country. Soros warned in his most recent article that, if Chinese firms such as Huawei are allowed to compete in the global market, Beijing will be able to expand its “systems of political control worldwide.” Though left unstated, this expansion of control would likely rub up against Soros’ softer approach, which involves funding liberal causes in 120 countries worldwide, some of them also aimed at controlling the flow of information online. According to Soros, winning a brewing global information war comes before the political interests of Donald Trump, and even before the US economy. Whether Trump, or the US electorate, will agree, is another story entirely.

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largest clothing retailer was completely unaware about the serial crime-inspired photoshoot.

Losing a job might be sad and tough, but it rarely gets this weird: a Kiwi adman has turned to the professionals for support during his redundancy meeting, hiring a clown to brighten up the event. Proof of the bizarre incident was obtained by the New Zeland Herald, which published a photo from an internal meeting at the FCB advertising company showing two individuals, facing the soon to be fired staffer and his “support person” – a clown. During the meeting, the clown blew up balloons and folded them into animals, including a unicorn and a poodle. He also mimed crying as the man received his paperwork. As the story promptly went viral, the cheeky adman took to Facebook in

A Kazakh news outlet was forced to remove photos of models in H&M clothes portraying victims of brutal crimes. The pictures caused vast outcry. One photo featured a girl lying on the bathroom floor with a bloodied knife beside her, while in another a female victim was shown with the zipper on her pants unfastened, suggesting that she might have been raped. Photographers from the Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan website also tackled the themes of murder by gun and suffocation. The authors of the photoshoot explained their bizarre creative decision by saying that the H&M collection they were promoting was inspired by the 1970s, featuring turtlenecks, flared pants and pleated skirts in typical warm colors. They apparently only remembered this period as “the heyday of serial crimes in the US… Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Edmund Kemper, Jerry Brudos became a sort of celebrities back then. Nowadays, films and TV shows with star actors are made about them.” Predictably, this did little to persuade potential buyers – and they made their opinions plain in comments online. “What is this horror?” one commentator wondered while browsing the photos. “Promoting violence against women?” “How could H&M greenlight this?” was another frequent question regarding the photoshoot. However, it turned out that the world’s second-largest clothing retailer was completely unaware about the serial crime-inspired photoshoot. After removing the pictures from its website and Instagram page, “Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan” issued an apology, saying “that the idea of the piece wasn’t approved by the head office of the brand and was utterly and completely the initiative of the editorial staff.” “The photoshoot is in no way trying to excuse or romanticize violence... We understand that photo-materials are of delicate nature and ask to forgive us for the possible impression they could’ve made,” the outlet said.

Everything’s at steak: Vegan takes neighbors to court over BBQ smell Aussie vegan Cilla Carden is considering further legal action after the Supreme Court of Western Australia rejected her complaints against her neighbors’ barbecues in a truly barmy case of nimbyism. Carden claims she couldn’t enjoy a quiet suburban life in the comfort of her own back garden without being assaulted by the fumes from nearby carnivores cooking their nightly feasts. The backyard back-and-forth battle with her neighbor Toan Vu, his

wife and their children has reportedly been raging since August 2017. Carden’s case seemingly went up in smoke earlier this year after her claims were rejected by a tribunal based on a lack of evidence. The Supreme Court of Western Australia subsequently turned her down in July. “Ms Carden was given a fair opportunity to present her case, and the learned tribunal member conducted the proceedings fairly and appropriately,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Peter Quinlan wrote in the judgment. Despite the ruling, Carden has vowed to continue her fight. “It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest, I haven’t been able to sleep,” Carden said, claiming that the smell of cooking meat, poultry and fish in addition to cigarette smoke and the noise

to explain the bizarre stunt. He decided to seek emotional support after receiving an email from his nowex-bosses seeking to “discuss” his role, admitting that the pick was a “touch unusual.” “I thought it's either a promotion or worse. I thought it's best to bring in a professional and so I paid $200 and hired a clown,” the adman, who identified himself as Josh Thompson, told MediaWorks. “I mean I did get fired, but apart from that it was all smooth running.” The presence of the clown – said to be one of the best in Auckland – did not jeopardize the meeting, Thompson insisted, though the balloons folding proved to be quite squeaky. The man revealed he has since returned to his home country of Australia and has already got a new job in advertising.

of bouncing basketballs have all destroyed her quality of life. For his part, Vu claims that, in order to “keep the peace,” he removed the barbecue and forbade his kids from playing basketball in the yard. The news sparked little sympathy for Carden online. “A neighbor nightmare. Why can’t people just leave people to live in peace,” said one social media user. “If you want that much freedom move to where there are no other people,” suggested another commenter. In keeping with tradition, some jokers have set up the “Community BBQ for Cilla Carden” event on Facebook, calling on the community to help her get some pork on her fork. The event will apparently be operating a strict “no vegans” policy.


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The history of mirrors

Mirrors have been around since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In those days they were a disc of highly polished metal and they sometimes had a design on the back. They also usually had a handle. Glass mirrors date from the Middle Ages and were made extensively in Venice in the 16th century. They had a thin coating of tin mixed with mercury on the back, but in 1840 this was changed to silver. Mirrors began to be manufactured using plate glass as far back as the 17th century and it was then that they began to become commonplace in the home. In recent years, aluminium has become used in place of silver because it is almost as efficient from a light reflective point of view but is less subject to oxidation. Today, mirrors are an important part of the exploration of space as they are used to a great extent in astronomical telescopes. It is also possible to create a mirror using several very thin layers of reflecting material which alternate in their refractive indices, alternating from low to high, and of a thickness and spacing that reflects almost all the light emanating from the subject. Many mirrors are what is known as planar: in other words, they are flat. But it is also quite possible to have concave or convex mirrors which will give a very different reflection. If you have been to a fair or showground you may well have seen these mirrors designed to create different reflections and display your body in unusual shapes. All a good bit of fun. In a convex mirror the mirror bulges towards the object and this makes the object appear smaller than it

is. In a concave mirror the opposite is true, and the object appears larger than it is. Fairground fun mirrors are made of alternating convex and concave glass which makes your body appear smaller in some areas and larger in others. Mirrors have long been associated with witchcraft and magic, and it was once believed that what you saw in a mirror was a reflection of the soul. Mirrors were seen as "soul catchers" and if they were in the room of a dying person would be draped in black. The myth that breaking a mirror results in seven years bad luck emanates from these beliefs. The ancient Egyptian word for mirror also means "life", and in Buddhism it is claimed that our existence is like a reflection in a mirror. All sorts of folklore surrounds mirrors. In ancient Egypt it was claimed that a young woman can tell how many years it will be before she gets married by looking at the reflection of the moon in a hand mirror and counting how long it takes before a bird flies across it or a cloud passes it. American folklore has it that if a woman looks into a mirror by candlelight at midnight on Hallowe’en, she will see the reflection of her future husband looking over her left shoulder. In ancient China, dreaming of seeing your reflection in a mirror – or for that matter, water or any polished surface – was an omen of death – not necessarily your own but of someone you held dear. Mirrors have featured in literature too. In The Canterbury Tales, the mirror of Cambuscan reported misfortunes to come, while in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs the Wicked Queen has a magic mirror in which she can see Snow White. There is a considerable amount more to be found about the origins and use of mirrors. However, today we largely use them to check our appearance before leaving home or while using makeup and so on. There are lots of different wall mirrors such as the Kartell Only Me Wall Mirrors which are either square or rectangular, and the latter can be hung either vertically or horizontally. Kartell Only Me Wall Mirrors can be found with a number of different frames to complement the style of the contemporary home. In fact, even the name is quite clever because when you look in the mirror, although you can see reflections of things behind you, what you are looking at is just yourself. "Only me". Kevin Hawker,

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Why do old people hate new music? When I was a teenager, my dad wasn’t terribly interested in the music I liked. To him, it just sounded like “a lot of noise,” while he regularly referred to the music he listened to as “beautiful.” This attitude persisted throughout his life. Even when he was in his 80s, he once turned to me during a TV commercial featuring a 50-year-old Beatles tune and said, “You know, I just don’t like today’s music.” It turns out that my father isn’t alone. As I’ve grown older, I’ll often hear people my age say things like “they just don’t make good music like they used to.” Why does this happen? Luckily, my background as a psychologist has given me some insights into this puzzle. We know that musical tastes begin to crystallize as early as age 13 or 14. By the time we’re in our early 20s, these tastes get locked into place pretty firmly. In fact, studies have found that by the time we turn 33, most of us have stopped listening to new music. Meanwhile, popular songs released when you’re in your early teens are likely to remain quite popular among your age group for the rest of your life. There could be a biological explanation for this. There’s evidence that the brain’s ability to make subtle distinctions between different chords, rhythms and melodies gets worse with age. So to older people, newer, less familiar songs might all “sound the same.”

But I believe there are some simpler reasons for older people’s aversion to newer music. One of the most researched laws of social psychology is something called the “mere exposure effect.” In a nutshell, it means that the more we’re exposed to something, the more we tend to like it. This happens with people we know, the advertisements we see and, yes, the songs we listen to. When you’re in your early teens, you probably spend a fair amount of time listening to music or watching music videos. Your favorite songs and artists become familiar, comforting parts of your routine. For many people over 30, job and family obligations increase, so there’s less time to spend discovering new music. Instead, many will simply listen to old, familiar favorites from that period of their lives when they had more free time. Of course, those teen years weren’t necessarily carefree. They’re famously confusing, which is why so many TV shows and movies – from “Glee” to “Love, Simon” to “Eighth Grade” – revolve around the high school turmoil. Psychology research has shown that the emotions that we experience as teens seem more intense than those that comes later. We also know that intense emotions are associated with stronger memories and preferences. All of this might explain why the songs we listen to during this period become so memorable and beloved.

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