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This Gorgeous Ontario Oasis Is Like A Caribbean Vacation Without The Airfare

Put those passports away!

Staycation? More like slay-cation. You don't need to travel far to feel like you've landed on a sandy shoreline in the Caribbean. That's right, this gorgeous Ontario conservation area with a pebble beach, limestone bluffs, crystal clear waters, and more is the only dreamy destination you need.

Located in the beautiful Prince Edward County, Little Bluff Conservation Area is just under three hours from Toronto, making it the perfect spot for a spontaneous day trip out of the city.

You'll be feeling beachy in no time when you go for a dip in the bay. The water is so crystal clear you can practically see all the way to the bottom.

From the towering 20-metre high limestone bluffs you can soak in bird's-eye views of the blue-green waters below.

Throughout the 70-acre land, you'll find a variety of nature trails perfect for those who love hiking.

True adventurers will love searching for the abandoned remains of a grain storage and docking facility hidden in the area, as well.

So if you're looking for a place that's full of adventure, history and beach vibes, this might be the perfect spot.

Now grab your sunhats and SPF because it's beach time.



There are three hiking trails located within the conservation area, too, and they're all less than one kilometre long.

So you can easily convince your friend who hates hiking to tag along.

The shoreline here is actually a barrier beach that protects a small wetland from the rough waters of Prince Edward Bay, and it's the best spot to float your worries away.

You'll find tons of wildlife here including Canada geese, mallards, great blue herons, bitterns and Virginia rails.

And if you get a little snacky on your trip, there's also a sheltered picnic area that's perfect for feasting.

Just be sure to properly dispose of any litter when you're finished to keep the area clean and safe.

So, if you're looking for Caribbean coastal vibes without shelling out for airfare, we might have found your new favourite spot.

Little Bluff Conservation Area

Price: $5+ parking

When: Open daily

Address: 3625 County Rd. 13, Milford, ON

Why You Need To Go: This little slice of paradise is proof that you don't need to travel far to find out-of-this-world views.

Toronto

Ontario Doc Can't Give COVID-19 Medical Exemptions After Allegedly Posting Misinformation

A family doctor is being investigated by CPSO for "disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct."

Dr. Patrick Phillips, a family doctor at Englehart & District Hospital, has been banned from providing medical exemptions for COVID-19 and certain drugs, according to theCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

The CPSO is investigating Phillips, and "the College is alleging that Dr. Phillips engaged in disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct and failure to maintain the standard of practice of the profession; and that he is incompetent," according to a statement provided to Narcity.

Phillips allegedly spread "misleading, incorrect or inflammatory statements about vaccinations, treatments and public health measures for COVID-19" through social media, his communications and on other online platforms.

According to CPSO, Phillips has refused to cooperate in the investigation or participate in any "remedial efforts."

Phillips's refusal to cooperate influenced the CPSO's decision to restrict his license at 11:59 p.m last night. These restrictions will not allow Phillips to prescribe COVID-19 vaccine exemptions, COVID-19 mask exemptions, or COVID-19 testing exemptions.

Phillips licence has also been restricted from prescribing ivermectin and Fluvoxamine, and Atorvastatin in regards to COVID-19.

"Never have I been more proud of myself than the day I decided to take a stand against our country's medical tyranny. Providing patients and the public access to treatments for covid-19 and vaccine injuries and protecting them from medical coercion is not something I will regret," Phillips said in a tweet posted on September 28.

Phillips did not respond to Narcity's request for comment in time for publication.

Choosing your post-secondary education isn't just about picking the best school. It's also about picking the right city, because you're going to spend a lot of time living, working and playing outside of your future college or university campus.

A new ranking from Studee highlights some of the best cities in the world to be a student based on factors like cheap rent, fast internet, great food, safety and free speech laws.

They also looked at the cost of buying a MacBook, the number of people between 15 and 24 years old and top university rankings (obviously).


Tokyo topped the list with great marks across the board, including the very best food and a high population of young people.

Melbourne was No. 2 and the first of four Australian cities in the top 10.

Canada had two cities in Quebec in the top 10, while the U.S. also had two entries and South Korea had one.


University application deadlines for 2022 are only a few months away in many cases, so you might want to keep the list in mind when applying.

Studee put together a top 100 list for the world and some top 10 lists for regions like the UK, Asia and the United States.

Here are the top 10 cities in the world to be student, according to their ranking:

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Seoul, South Korea
  4. Quebec City, Que., Canada
  5. Adelaide, Australia
  6. Montreal, Que., Canada
  7. Perth, Australia
  8. Houston, Texas, US
  9. Brisbane, Australia
  10. Pittsburgh, Pa., US
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An Ontario Senior Was Reportedly Tricked Into Thinking He Won The Lotto & Is Out $18,000

The Ajax resident was reportedly told that he'd won $3.5 million and a 2021 Chrysler 300.

An Ajax senior is reportedly out just over $18,000 after falling victim to a lottery scam over the phone.

Clayton Willet was told that he had won $3.5 million and a 2021 Chrysler 300 in a lottery, CTV News reports. Willet had never entered a lottery as such but was instructed that in order to get his winnings he would first have to buy a $200 gift card and then pay taxes, customs fees, and more.

"They told me if I was to pay $3,000, they could have the car delivered here and the U.S. marshals would bring the money. Then when that was done, I had to come up with another $6,000. All-in-all I have invested $18,130," Willet told CTV News about the moment he realized he had fallen for a scam.

Narcity reached out to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for some tips on how to point out a fake lottery scam. OLG told us they never reach out to lottery claimants.

"OLG does not contact lottery claimants until they contact OLG first – either by checking their tickets at an authorized lottery retailer or by calling the OLG Support Centre to make an appointment to claim their ticket at the OLG Prize Centre," a spokesperson of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation told Narcity via email.

"Also there are no fees to claim an OLG lottery ticket and no taxes are collected on lottery winnings in Canada," they continued.

OLG also provided some tips on how to avoid and identify lottery fraud and scams:

  • You didn't buy a ticket
  • You haven't heard of the lottery game
  • You didn't register any of your personal information (like your name, email address, and credit card information) before you were able to buy a ticket
  • You're not a citizen of the country that lotto is based out of
  • You're asked to pay money up-front for fees or taxes in order to release your winnings
  • You're told you must reply within a certain timeframe or the money will be passed on to someone else

The Vancouver Park Board met on Monday night and voted in favour of a proposed bylaw amendment, implementing a hefty fine of $500 for feeding urban wildlife.

After a sharp increase in coyote attacks these past months, leading to the temporary closure of Stanley Park, the community has been urged to resist feeding animals (no matter how cute) to reduce food in parks that could attract animals.

Officially though, "while the BC Wildlife Act includes provisions against feeding 'dangerous wildlife', provincial enforcement resources are stretched, and the restrictions do not extend to other urban wildlife," reads a report summary provided to the board.

The new amendment would prevent visitors from feeding all wildlife, from birds and raccoons to more dangerous wildlife like coyotes. It also extends the by-law to include indirect feeding, such as leaving food out to attract animals.

The report reads that "The Stanley Park Ecology Society, City of Vancouver, Park Board, and Provincial Conservation Officers Service receive ongoing reports of wildlife feeding in parks, including hand feeding and depositing large amounts of domestic animal or human food on the ground with the intention of feeding wildlife."

It adds that in some observed cases, the behaviour seems to be "for the purpose of taking close-up wildlife photographs."

As tempted as we might be to get that cute photo for Instagram, it's actually harming the animals directly as well as attracting danger.

"Human feeding of wildlife interferes with normal foraging, hunting, and population numbers. It is physically unhealthy for animals, and encourages food-conditioning that can lead to aggressive behavior," the report explains.

After a unanimous vote, the board now plans to meet again next week to discuss enforcement options.

Chaque année, la Belle Province attire des milliers de jeunes du monde entier dans ses universités. Et d'après une étude de la firme anglaise Studee, un site Web qui permet aux étudiant.es internationaux.ales de postuler facilement dans des universités à l'étranger, ces deux villes québécoises font partie des meilleures villes pour étudier au monde.

C'est la capitale nationale, soit la ville de Québec, qui arrive en quatrième position du classement derrière Tokyo, Melbourne et Séoul, ce qui en fait un lieu de prédilection en Amérique du Nord. Si elle obtient sa place dans le top cinq, c'est pour son prix du loyer moyen de 501£ soit 860 $ CA, avec un coût de la vie qui avoisine les 610£ soit 1 046 $ CA.

En cinquième position se trouve la ville d'Adélaïde en Australie, suivie de très près, au sixième rang par Montréal. Pour étudier dans la métropole, il faudra donc prévoir un budget moyen de 737.69£ pour le loyer, soit 1 265 $ CA sans omettre que le coût de la vie est calculé aux alentours de 635£ soit 1 090 $, ce qui fait quelques billets de plus qu'à Québec.

Mention spéciale pour les deux villes canadiennes qui ont obtenu 91/100 dans la catégorie liberté d'expression. Ces notes sont les plus élevées du classement parmi les 10 villes représentées.

Notons également que les deux autres villes d'Amérique du Nord du classement sont Houston et Pittsburgh aux États-Unis. Les deux villes ont obtenu respectivement le huitième et dixième rang.

Les prix annoncés en dollars canadiens pourraient changer en fonction du taux de change, et sont indiqués au taux affiché au moment d'écrire ses lignes.

Finding spots with the cheapest rent in Toronto is a difficult task that isn't getting any easier. However, you can save yourself some struggle if you know where to look.

According to Toronto Rentals, the two biggest factors that come into play when looking for an affordable apartment are the neighbourhood in which it is located and the number of bedrooms.

At the moment, the eight cheapest neighbourhoods in the 6ix for the average rent of a one-bedrooms are:

  • South Parkdale: $1,647
  • Cabbagetown- South St. James Town: $1,655
  • Dovercourt Park: $1,657
  • North St. James Town: $1,692
  • Humewood- Cedarvale: $1,706
  • Wallace Emerson: $1,718
  • Little Portugal: $1,743
  • Yonge-Eglinton: $1,745

Currently, the cheapest rent across all units is an average of $1,227 in Wallace Emerson for a studio apartment.

While the most expensive rent is an average of $3,972 at Rosedale-Moore Park for a 3+ bedroom.

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Here's Everything That Is Open & Closed For The September 30 Holiday In Ontario

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This Thursday, September 30, is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, a new federal holiday.

The holiday honours "the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities," according to the Government of Canada.

Here's everything that will be open and closed on September 30 in Ontario.

Grocery Stores

Loblaws: Regular hours

No Frills: Regular hours

Farm Boy: Regular hours

Rabba: Regular hours

Liquor

LCBO: Stores will open at 12 p.m. and close at regular hours.

Beer Store: Regular hours

Malls

CF Eaton Centre: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Yorkdale Mall: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

CF Sherway Gardens: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

CF Fairview Mall: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Scarborough Town Centre: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bayview Village: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Square One Shopping Centre: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vaughan Mills: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pacific Mall: 11 a.m. to 8p.m.

Toronto Premium Outlets: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Government services

Banks: Federally regulated banks will be closed.

Canada Post: Postal offices will be closed and with not collect or deliver post.

City of Toronto Services: Will maintain regular hours.

Things to do

AGO: Regular hours

ROM: Regular hours

Cineplex Theatres: Regular hours

If your home is less than palatial, you probably already know the struggle of feeling cluttered and not having enough storage space. One way to beat a tiny, crammed home is by being selective with the furniture you choose.

Multipurpose furniture (like this awesome convertible coffee table) can help you make the most of the space you have, despite how small it may be. If it provides extra storage space, chances are it'll help you to declutter and feel more relaxed in your home.

We've found 11 pieces of furniture that'll help transform those tiny rooms into more functional and open spaces. Don't worry, they won't entirely break the bank, either!

Space-Saving Fold-Out Desk

Amazon Canada

Price: $179.99

Details: This mini fold-away desk is brilliant for homes without an office. It's tiny enough not to clutter your space, but large enough when unfolded to allow you to work or study comfortably. It also has handy shelves that you can use to place your notebooks and stationery on.

$179.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Round Ottoman With Storage

Amazon Canada

Price: $48.99

Details: This handy ottoman can be used as a footrest, extra seating and storage, too. It'll be perfect for storing remotes, chargers and whatever else normally ends up in between your couch cushions.

$48.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Narrow Side Table For Living Room or Bedroom

Amazon Canada

Price: $102.99

Details: This stylish side table is narrow, so you can slide it into the tight space between your couch and the wall. You can also use it as a nightstand in your bedroom, if you need somewhere to keep your phone and current read close when you lounge in bed.

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Wall Mounted Corner Shelf 

Amazon Canada

Price: $49.99

Details: Make use of the stagnant corner space in your home with this floating corner shelf. It'll give you some extra room to stack your favourite books, house plants and home decor.

$49.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Wooden Shoe Storage Stand

Amazon Canada

Price: $129.99

Details: If you don't have much of an entryway, this slim shoe rack might be the solution. It'll help you keep your shoes from becoming a scattered mess on the floor and make your space feel a little more organized, too.

$129.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Futon Sofa Bed With Removable Armrests & Hidden Cupholder Compartment

Amazon Canada

Price: $599.99

Details: Whether you have a teeny-tiny bedroom or host overnight guests from time to time, this stylish futon will serve you as both a couch and bed. It also has a pull-down cupholder compartment in the middle, so you can use it in lieu of a side table, too.

$599.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Lift Top Coffee Table That Converts To A Desk

Amazon Canada

Price: $199.99

Details: If you don't have space for both a coffee table and a desk, you'll love this product. This genius coffee table actually lifts up into a desk, so you can use your laptop comfortably while you WFH on your couch. It also has a ton of storage, including two slide-in baskets and a hidden section beneath the lift-out tabletop.

$199.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Storage Bed Frame With Three Drawers

Amazon Canada

Price: $485

Details: If you don't have much closet space and can't seem to find enough room for your wardrobe, consider investing in a bed frame that doubles as a set of drawers. It'll help you keep your clothes off the floor and also give you somewhere to stash extra bedding or off-season clothes.

$485 On AMAZON CANADA

Bathroom Floor Standing Storage Cabinet

Amazon Canada

Price: $74.99

Details: If your bathroom storage is little to none, this bestselling cabinet will give you somewhere to put your face towels and extra toilet paper.

$74.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Farmhouse Dining Table With Two Tuck-Away Benches

Amazon Canada

Price: $239.21 ($255.43)

Details: This dining set is an excellent solution for anyone who doesn't have much of a dining area. The benches tuck right underneath the table, so they won't take up much space when you aren't using it.

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Love Seat Futon With Fold-Down Armrests 

Amazon Canada

Price: $419.97

Details: This tiny love seat actually unfurls into a bed. Both armrests come down to elongate it, and the back lowers to make it wider. It won't take up much space at all when it's in love seat form, but you'll always have the option to expand it when needed.

$419.97 On AMAZON CANADA

C-Shaped Side Table With Wheels And Storage Basket 

Amazon Canada

Price: $69.99

Details: If you're a fan of breakfast in bed or working on your laptop from your couch, this rolling side table does it all. It's C-shaped specifically to fit right over the seats of your sofa or bed and also has a basket you can use for extra storage.

$69.99 On AMAZON CANADA

Over-The-Toilet Cabinet

Amazon Canada

Price: $159.99

Details: If you don't have any shelving in your bathroom, you might want to invest in this over-the-toilet cabinet. It'll save you from a tsunami of toiletries covering your sink counter and finally give you somewhere to put your toilet paper rolls, too.

$159.99 On AMAZON CANADA