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Canada Has Been Named The Best Country In The Entire World For The First Time Ever

Move over, Switzerland.

U.S. News & World Report has just released their 2021 Best Countries ranking and Canada has taken home the title for the first time in history. 

The report is released annually and last year, Switzerland snagged first place while Canada sat in second. 

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Countries are ranked using a broad range of categories including agility, power, social purpose, women's experience, forward-looking, racial equality, and the list continues. 

The top 10 goes as follows:

  1. Canada
  2. Japan
  3. Germany 
  4. Switzerland
  5. Australia
  6. United States
  7. New Zealand
  8. United Kingson
  9. Sweden
  10. The Netherlands

There are also sub rankings such as quality of life. In this ranking, Canada also claimed the top spot. 

Canada's best qualities

According to a press release, Canada is perceived as having a good job market and caring about human rights and social justice, and is not viewed as corrupt. 

Canada ranked in first place for social purpose, second place for racial equality and sixth place for entrepreneurship. 

Meanwhile, Canada didn't crack the top ten in categories including adventure, cultural influence, heritage, or power. 

More things that the country received recognition for include comfortable retirement, education, transparency and green living. 

While we didn't rank at the top for everything, we did walk home with the gold medal at the end of the day. 

Not even 48 hours after being re-elected as Canada's prime minister, a video of Justin Trudeau attempting (and failing) to say the acronym LGBTQ2+ has gone viral.

The clip shows the PM speaking on the campaign trail in Mississauga, ahead of the federal election on September 20, responding to a question about the rise in hate over the past few years.

But while explaining how he and his party stick up for marginalized communities in Canada, Trudeau slipped on the acronym LGBTQ2+ and had a tough time recovering, even pausing for a quick little exasperated sigh before trying again.

The video absolutely exploded online, with various members of the "LGDPLGTLBG" community sharing and laughing about Trudeau's flub.

Unfortunately for the PM, it's not even his most memorable speaking misstep of recent years — that incredible honour goes, of course, to his "speaking moistly" moment that even inspired its own song.

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Health Canada Is Recalling These Two Fire Pits Because Of A 'Burn Hazard'

"There are serious risks involved with using these products."

The cozy season is almost upon, and if you're ready to get snuggly by a cozy fire, you might want to double-check that your pit is not part of Health Canada's latest recall.

On Wednesday, September 22, the government agency issued a recall for the Xbeauty Tabletop Fireplace and Rectangular Fire Pit sold on Ubuy.

"These two products were found to pose a fire or burn hazard, and are missing appropriate labelling and hazard information," reads the release.

Health Canada advises people with these products to stop using them immediately and to either contact your municipality or the manufacturer for information on how to safely dispose of the product.

"While the flames in these firepots may seem less intense or more controlled than traditional wood-burning fires, there are serious risks involved with using these products," said the government of portable firepots that use pourable fuels. "When you pour liquid or gel fuels into a portable fireplace, firepot, or a fondue fuel reservoir that is still burning or hot, the vapour inside the fuel container can ignite, and flames can violently shoot out of the container onto nearby people or objects."

Depuis le début de mois de septembre, de nombreuses manifestations contre le passeport vaccinal, le vaccin et les mesures sanitaires ont été vu autour des écoles. François Legault a annoncé ce 22 septembre à l'Assemblée nationale qu'il veut interdire les manifestations près des écoles et des hôpitaux.

Le Parti libéral du Québec a élaboré un projet de loi spécial ce 21 septembre afin d'interdire ce genre de rassemblements.
À l'assemblée nationale ce 22 septembre, le premier ministre François Legault a proposé de l'élargir et de le rendre plus strict : « M. le Président, je me suis rendu compte qu'on veut, dans ce projet de loi là, couvrir seulement les écoles primaires, secondaires. Est-ce qu'on ne devrait pas ajouter les maternelles? Est-ce qu'on ne devrait pas ajouter les services de garde? Est-ce qu'on ne devrait pas ajouter les centres de vaccination? Est-ce qu'on ne devrait pas ajouter les hôpitaux? »

Il a ensuite indiqué qu'il allait déposer son projet de loi au Conseil des ministres aujourd'hui et en Chambre, ce 23 septembre.

« J'espère qu'on aura l'appui de tous les partis [...] parce que ça n'a pas de bon sens d'avoir des manifestations anti-vaccins devant des places qui sont pour nos enfants ou pour nos patients », a-t-il lancé au Salon Bleu.

En point presse, François Legault a appuyé sa position en affirmant que sa « patience a atteint ses limites ».

S'il obtient l'accord de l'opposition, le projet de loi pourrait être adopté dès demain.

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Au Québec, un passeport vaccinal est requis pour accéder à plusieurs lieux et activités jugées non essentielles, incluant les bars et les restaurants.

Quelques jours après que le Musée Grévin de Montréal ait annoncé sa fermeture, l'animatrice Julie Snyder et le chef cuisinier Ricardo Larrivée ont demandé l'aide du public pour savoir quoi faire de la statue de cire à leur effigie. Les idées qui ont été partagées par les Québécois et Québécoises sont hilarantes.

C'est dans une publication sur leur site Web le jeudi 16 septembre que le célèbre musée de cire a déclaré la fin définitive de leurs installations dans la métropole.

Carole Bricault de Grévin Montréal a affirmé à Narcity que l'institution offre « aux personnalités la possibilité de récupérer leur personnage de cire afin qu'il ait une seconde vie [et] certains d'entre eux seront exposés au musée Grévin à Paris. »


Le 17 septembre, Ricardo a publié sur Facebook qu'il cherche quoi faire avec sa figurine et, au moment d'écrire ces lignes, ce sont plus de 2 500 commentaires qui suggèrent des idées de toute sorte.


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Il y a même l'humoriste Katherine Levac qui a identifié Arnaud Soly en commentaire pour lui proposer la garde partagée.


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Parmi les autres suggestions, certaines personnes offrent de le garder pour avoir une version plus jeune de lui-même dans quelques années ou encore d'offrir la location de celle-ci pour des événements spéciaux comme des anniversaires ou des enterrements de vie de jeune fille.



Du côté de Julie, c'est l'équipe de son émission La Semaine des 4 Julie qui a sollicité l'imagination du public dans une publication partagée le 21 septembre sur leur compte Facebook qui, en moins de 24 heures, cumule plus de 160 commentaires.


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Parmi les gens qui ont proposé de nouvelles idées, on peut lire que des Québécois et Québécoises proposent de l'utiliser comme épouvantail dans les champs de maïs, dans les soirées de karaoké, comme décoration pour les centres commerciaux.

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Un commentaire avance même que Julie pourrait l'offrir à son ex-conjoint Pierre Karl Péladeau.

Dans les deux cas, de nombreuses personnes mentionnent la possibilité d'envoyer les sculptures aux enchères afin d'amasser des fonds pour un organisme ou une fondation.

Toronto renters know how hard it is to find a great place to live in the city. Oftentimes it means choosing between a place with a decent view, enough kitchen space, or any kind of local convenience. Safe to say, trying to find the place that's just perfect for you can be tough.

A new addition to the Liberty Village community is trying to do something different. Located just steps from the waterfront, Novus is a two-tower rental property, full of perks like a Sky Lounge with fire pits, barbecues, a penthouse lounge, a café for residents, a fitness centre, an original art collection featuring local BIPOC artists and much more.

Minutes from the streetcar and some of Toronto's best restaurants, nightlife and shopping, Novus has quick and easy access to the city's best green spaces like Garrison and Coronation Parks, perfect for taking your pet out for a walk. Yes, Novus is pet friendly and even has a pet spa for when your furry companion jumps in every puddle on the way home.

The towers offer a range of apartments including one bed, one bed plus den, and two-bedroom suites with upscale and sustainable styling. Rent begins at $1,950 and includes free, exclusive in-tower events, an Altea Active Membership, and premium services, like a concierge, situated in an ideal locale.

And, if you're one of the first people to sign a lease, you might just win a Tesla too.

Courtesy of Novus

Novus is entering the first 200 leaseholders into a draw to win a Model 3 Pearl White Tesla with a standard transmission and rear-wheel drive, worth nearly $55,000. The winner will also get one whole year of free parking (worth $1,800) — a hot commodity in downtown Toronto, as locals already know.

Open to new and existing tenants of 11 or 25 Ordnance Street, the contest will close once 200 unit leases have been signed or on December 15, 2021, whichever comes first. For full rules and details, visit the Novus Contest site.

Novus is committed to sustainability and offers plenty of perks for the environmentally conscious renter, including electric-vehicle charging stations, rooftop beehives to help local pollination, common areas cleaned with eco-friendly supplies, and a car-share service for residents.

Plus, the group behind Novus, BentallGreenOak, has an annual reforestation initiative.

Entries for the contest are still available, so book a viewing if you're interested in a slice of modern, sustainable living (you might just end up with a Tesla).

Win A Tesla & Free Parking By Signing A Lease With Novus

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Price: Leases start at $1,950/month, plus the first month is on Novus. The first 200 leaseholders will be automatically entered into the contest.

Address: 11 & 25 Ordnance St., Toronto, ON

Description: Signing a new lease on a sustainable and upscale apartment with Novus could score you a brand-new Model 3 Tesla in Pearl White* and free parking for a year.

To learn more about Novus and their contest, visit their website or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

*Tesla is not associated with, has not sponsored, and has not endorsed the Novus Electric Car Contest.

It's no secret that going to post-secondary school can be quite expensive, but there are some U.S. colleges that offer free tuition so students don't have to pay a bunch of money to study.

U.S. News, which famously ranks the best post-secondary schools in America and around the world, dropped a list on September 13 of tuition-free colleges. There are some catches, though, some of which include having to work on campus or be from a certain state, region or background.

Not all of the schools are completely free — students might have to pay for residence or books, for example — but students don't have to pay tuition fees. Here are six schools to check out!

The Apprentice School

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Location: Newport News, Virginia

Details: The Apprentice School offers students classes and full-time employment in different shipbuilding trades. There is no tuition at the school. Instead, students earn just over $18 an hour in the first term of the program and then up to $29.73 an hour when they complete their final term.

Berea College

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Location: Berea, Kentucky

Details: At this school, no student pays tuition thanks to the Tuition Promise Scholarship that pays off costs for every admitted student that remain after other state, federal and institutional aid is used. The scholarship amounts to nearly $200,000 over four years. Students have to work at least 10 hours a week on campus and they earn about $5.60 to $6.80 an hour but higher wages are available for different jobs. The money earned can be put towards room, board and book costs.

Curtis Institute of Music

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Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Details: Full-tuition scholarships have been offered at this school to all undergraduate and graduate students since 1928. There's no financial aid application that needs to be completed to get tuition costs waived. However, the school does have annual fees that can be more than $1,000.

Haskell Indian Nations University

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Location: Lawrence, Kansas

Details: Haskell Indian Nations University is a tribal university that provides education to Native American students. The school offers free tuition to students from federally recognized tribes but there are additional fees including housing, athletics and activities.

University of New Hampshire

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Price: Durham, New Hampshire

Details: The Granite Guarantee program at the school provides full tuition to qualified state residents for up to four years. However this is limited to full-time, first-year students who are eligible for the federal Pell Grant that gets awarded to students who have an exceptional financial need.

Webb Institute

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Location: Glen Cove, New York

Details: This small engineering school offers full-tuition scholarships to all students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. While there are other fees, students can apply for federal loans and grants to cover the cost of their room, board and other school expenses.

The Ontario government's proof of vaccination policy officially came into effect on September 22, requiring that patrons show evidence of their vaccine in order to access some non-essential businesses, including indoor restaurants, gyms, movie theatres, and casinos.

One Toronto restaurant recently took to social media to express its frustration with the new regulation. Motorino Enoteca, an Italian restaurant with locations in and around the city, criticized the government's actions in an Instagram post on September 6.

"Only four months ago, we were considered essential while providing takeout. Now we are non-essential and having to police your passport in what seems to be a societal privilege to dine out, and not a right. Stop playing with our livelihood," the post reads.

In an email to Narcity, Motorino Enoteca head chef and co-owner Domenic Chiaromonte explained his stance on the policy.

What was your reaction when you first heard about the vaccine certificates?

"Our first thought of course went towards how this will impact our business, as now we're no longer considered an essential business and this new policy will be relevant specifically towards us," Chiaromonte explained.

"Throughout some of the toughest months that Canada has faced, we were considered an essential business, and operated day in day out at an extremely limited capacity."

"As things begin to ease up, new regulations are being brought in, and we now once again face new challenges that'll impact how we operate, further impacting our business as we try to make up for one of the worst years the food and hospitality industry has faced."

Will you be complying with the policy?

Chiaromonte confirmed that the restaurant will indeed be complying with the government mandates related to vaccination. It is also continuing to follow safety protocols such as distancing.

"With that said, it is our mission as a restaurant to welcome anyone and everyone, especially in these trying times, and we disagree on principle with the vaccination passport mandate," Chiaromonte said.

"We think that having a limited capacity of individuals frequent our restaurants is the best solution right now, as limiting who can and cannot attend restaurants based on their vaccination status ultimately limits the freedom of those who either have one vaccine or none."

"This leads to a reduction in restaurant visits, leading to extensive and long-term impacts on many restaurants throughout the city that have been able to remain open throughout the numerous lengthy lockdowns."

What kind of response did you receive from your post?

"The reception of our stance has been surprising, and completely unexpected," Chiaromonte wrote.

"We were simply sharing our thoughts and opinions in regards to the recent announcement and did not expect to see this amount of support. Our social media posts have been well received by those who are vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated."

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The Best Places To Buy Jeans In Canada If You're Looking For Your Perfect Fall Pair

Whether you like a wide leg or can't give up your skinny jeans, there's something for everyone.

As you tuck away your shorts and summer dresses, you're probably starting to dig into your fall wardrobe. Sure, sweatpants and leggings are comfortable, but a good pair of jeans is just as warm and far more versatile.

Here are 11 of the top stores in Canada where you can find your new favourite pair of jeans.

GAP

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Details: GAP has so many different fits, lengths and colours of jeans to choose from. The brand also has a denim washing program called Washwell that saves millions of litres of water a year!

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Old Navy

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Details: Old Navy has affordable jeans that are still really comfortable without costing an arm and a leg. The size-inclusive line includes so many styles up to size 30.

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DUER Performance

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Details: DUER is a Canadian brand that sells jeans you can actually breathe in (and even work out in!). The stretch fabric also minimizes odour and helps regulate temperature.

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Levi's

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Details: Levi's is a classic when it comes to denim and right now you can save 30% on select styles. The discount is automatically applied and marked right on the product pages.

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Everlane

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Details: Everlane partners with ethical factories around the world to create their jeans and have a fantastic selection of jeans. You can find styles based on stretch level and fit.

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Silver Jeans Co.

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Details: Silver Jeans Co. is a family-owned denim brand that has been designing jeans for a century. They even have a denim 101 page on their site that'll teach you how to find your perfect fit, details to look for and how to take care of your denim.

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G-Star RAW

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Details: G-Star RAW is a super trendy brand that gets its name from its use of unwashed, untreated raw denim. Celebs like Jaden Smith and Pharrell Williams have partnered with the brand in the past and Snoop Dogg's capsule collection is their latest collaboration.

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H&M

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Details: While it doesn't necessarily specialize in denim, H&M makes a good pair of affordable jeans. You can pick up this pair of super wide-leg jeans that are really popular right now for under $40.

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American Eagle

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Details: American Eagle has awesome mom jeans (among so many other styles). You can even shop cute overalls as an easy-peasy outfit option.

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Dynamite

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Details: Dynamite just dropped their new fall collection and it includes so many cute jeans. You can also head to their sale section and find a bunch of cheap jeans for around $30.

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