Canada

Miss Universe Canada Nova Stevens' Instagram Is Incredibly Real & Raw (PHOTOS)

She's been keeping it real with her followers since day one!

Vancouver's anti-racism advocate, Nova Stevens, was just crowned Miss Universe Canada last night. So surely, you're dying to know more about her.

Following last night's pageant victory, she took to Instagram to share a very powerful message about about combatting racism.

But this isn't the first time Stevens has used her platform to fight the good fight. She has always kept things real and raw with her fans on Instagram.

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"We demand Justice for Breonna Taylor," she captioned this one.

"Why does my black bother you so much?," she wrote alongside this post.

Stevens helped organize a march advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this year that more than 15,000 people showed up to.

"I have always been vocal about things I believe. I have always used my voice because I felt like, again it’s a privilege to have a voice because not everybody gets the ability to speak," she told the Daily Hive.

"That’s what I want to do with Miss Universe Canada, use that platform so I can reach a broader audience, so I can create awareness and educate more people because, at the end of the day, it’s about educating people," she added.

It's back, baby! Greyhound bus services between Canada and the U.S. are set to resume within weeks and the company says it's ready to "reconnect."

After 19 months of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services across the border will restart as of November 8, when the U.S. land border reopens to fully vaccinated Canadians and other travellers.

This includes the popular route between Montreal and New York, as well as services over the border from both Toronto and Vancouver.

Greyhound Canada contacted subscribing customers on Monday to let them know cross-border services would be making a comeback. "We're ready to reconnect," read an email, per CTV News.

All of the Canada-U.S. and vice-versa trips are now available to book online, with the first buses leaving early on Monday, November 8.

Face masks will be required for all passengers and travellers must be fully vaccinated to take non-essential trips to both the United States and Canada.

While there is no COVID-19 testing required for those crossing the U.S. land border, anybody entering or returning to Canada must show proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test.

If you're hoping for holiday help from your parents to buy a home in Canada, here's a piece of info to help you pile on the pressure.

According to a new report from CIBC, parents in this country spent approximately $10 billion in 2021 to help their kids buy homes.

The bank's report says that the cost of an average gift for a first-time buying child has risen in recent years. In 2015, it was $52,000; now, it's $82,000.

Almost a third of first-time homebuyers in 2021 received help from family members, says CIBC, a figure that's stayed pretty consistent throughout the pandemic.

Unsurprisingly, people diving into real estate in Toronto and Vancouver received significant endowments to help them afford the cost of skyrocketing down payments. The average gift to Torontonians in the first three quarters of 2021 is estimated at more than $130,000, while the same figure for Vancouverites is a staggering $180,000!

But with home prices expected to keep rising and rising next year, you might need a bigger cheque from mom and dad in 2022!

Canada

A New National Directory Of Black-Owned Businesses In Canada Has Officially Launched

It's completely free to use so you can discover Black-owned businesses across Canada!

There is a new national online directory of Black-owned businesses in Canada so you can support and shop locally.

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce has officially launched Black Business Direct in partnership with Uber Canada and the directory is meant to help Black-owned businesses across Canada be discovered by even more people.

Black Business Direct is completely free to use and accessible to anyone in Canada so that you can search, find and support local Black-owned businesses all over the country. It's also free to join for Black entrepreneurs!

The directory has over 200 businesses listed already with more being added every day. You can find retailers based on categories such as beauty, event and entertainment, fashion and retail, food and hospitality, home improvement, real estate and more.

Some of the listings on the directory currently are Soft and Butter, Batiqua, Antoinette's Restaurant, Faded Living, Ceecees Interiors and Calabash Bistro to name a few.

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce first announced plans for this directory back in 2020.

Québec

P-A revient sur OD, sa relation avec Sabrina et l'attitude de Robin à son égard

« Robin est vraiment dans la "game". Il ne réalise pas du tout, du tout, comment il paraît en ce moment. »

C'est lors du dimanche qui marquait la cinquième semaine d'Occupation Double, soit un peu moins de la moitié de l'aventure, que Pierre-Alexandre Lamanque quittait les maisons de l'Ouest canadien. Celui qui aura été trop souvent le « top 2 » des filles et jamais le « top 1 » aura quand même eu un parcours bien rempli en émotion.

Dans une entrevue avec Narcity, il revient sur les scènes avec Sabrina qui ont fait réagir les téléspectateurs.trices en grand nombre, mais aussi sur l'attitude parfois controversée de ses colocataires à son égard.

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Qu'est-ce qui t'a le plus surpris en écoutant les épisodes?

« Ben là, Robin qui parle contre moi (Rires). Ça c'est sûr, ça m'a vraiment surpris, je l'aimais vraiment beaucoup Robin. Je m'attendais pas à ça du tout. Quand il dit : "Je suis plus capable" ou "Il me tape sur les nerfs", j'avais aucune idée, je l'ai pas vu venir. Moi la première fois que j'ai vu Robin fâché contre moi, c'est quand qu'il voulait pas me dire ce que j'avais fait... Mais c'était la première fois, ça m'a vraiment surpris. »

Plusieurs internautes ont trouvé que les gars s'acharnaient sur toi par moments, ça vient d'où cette haine?

« Je pense pas qu'il faut utiliser des termes comme s'acharner, parce qu'ils ont parlé un peu contre moi, mais sans plus. Je pense que la compétition commençait à se sentir. [...] Moi, je suis pas quelqu'un qui est compétitif du tout dans la vie, donc j'ai pas embarqué là-dedans. Mais à part Yelle et Robin, personne a vraiment parlé contre moi. Je me suis chicané un peu avec Nic, mais c'est juste parce qu'on est deux personnes intenses. On peut ne pas être d'accord des fois, mais Nic je l'adore, et je suis pas mal certain qu'il m'adore.

« Je vois pas ça comme de l'acharnement. Je pense que Robin et Yelle se sont juste laissés prendre au jeu. Ils sont un peu plus jeunes et je pense pas qu'ils réalisent ce qu'ils disaient. »

Quel.les candidat.es vont se rendre le plus loin dans l'aventure?

« Ben là, c'est tôt pour le dire. Si j'avais un 20 $ à mettre, je pense que Stevens et Ines. Je dirais aussi Fred et probablement Audrey. Mais en tout cas, j'ai l'impression que Fred se rendra à la finale et j'aimerais beaucoup Luca et Amélie parce que les deux je les aime vraiment beaucoup. »

Qu'est-ce que tu penses du parcours de Sabrina jusqu'à maintenant?

« Je pense que c'est le même principe que Yelle ou Robin. C'est un jeu qui est vraiment difficile. C'est facile de se perdre là-dedans, c'est facile de perdre la tête et je pense qu'elle a pris des décisions qu'elle va probablement regretter. Mais, tu sais, je pense pas qu'il faut se fier à ça pour se dire si c'est une bonne ou une mauvaise personne. Son parcours a été très maladroit, il y a aucun doute là-dessus, mais c'est ça, je pense qu'il y a aucune mauvaise intention dans ce qu'elle fait. »

Crois-tu au « black out » de Sabrina sur votre conversation?

« (Rires) J'ai bien hâte d'y parler. Je sais pas. Je me pose des questions... Ça fait trois semaines que je peux y penser. J'ai vu le dernier épisode à peu près en même temps que vous. »

Comment as-tu réagi en voyant la fameuse scène du « petit bec »?

« Moi je l'avais appris via Nic, pas via Sab. Moi je connaissais pas l'histoire. J'ai pas vraiment voulu chercher à savoir ce qui s'était passé exactement avec Fred. Je savais qu'elle avait eu quelque chose avec lui avant et je savais que Nic l'avait embrassée dans le lit, mais moi c'était comme Nic me l'avait décrit. J'étais pas vraiment surpris.

« Côté Sab... Je pense qu'elle fait beaucoup d'évitement. Je pourrais pas nécessairement dire que c'est des mensonges qu'elle dit. Je pense qu'elle est un peu perdue là-dedans et elle s'oublie un petit peu. Je pense qu'elle oublie un peu la vérité.

« Du côté des gars, personne ne s'est jamais rien caché. »

Pourquoi as-tu refusé d'embrasser Sabrina quand ça aurait pu prouver son intérêt alors que les gars ne te croyaient pas vraiment?

« Je pense pas que ça aurait prouvé mon point. Je pense que le fait qu'elle essaye de m'embrasser a déjà prouvé mon point. Moi, je me voyais dans l'enveloppe le lendemain et j'avais pas envie d'être le dindon de la farce. Moi je l'ai dit, j'étais intéressé par Sab, comme je te dis, je connaissais pas toutes les histoires et je me fiais pas à ça. [...] Ça me tentait de l'embrasser, mais pas dans cette situation-là. »

Quel.le candidat.e est le ou la plus stratégique?

« Je pense que ç'a été assez évident que Robin se fiait pas à son feeling ou à son coeur pour décider qui éliminer quand il a dû éliminer Carol-Anne. Il l'a dit mot pour mot. Je pense que, à ce moment-là, ça a été un move qui a été plutôt stratégique. C'est drôle, j'avais répondu à cette question-là plus tôt dans l'aventure et j'avais dit que je n'avais pas la prétention de dire que j'étais capable de lire dans les pensées des gens, sauf que là on le voit vraiment par ses actions.

« Robin est vraiment dans la game. Il réalise pas du tout, du tout, comment il paraît en ce moment. Je pense qu'il va avoir une prise de conscience en sortant du show. Du moins je l'espère. »

Qu'est-ce qu'on n'a pas vu à la télé qu'on aurait dû voir de l'aventure?

« Il y a beaucoup de choses qui se sont passées que j'ai trouvé plate de ne pas voir parce que je trouvais que j'avais dit quelque chose de particulier. Mais c'est pas Le show à P-A, c'est OD. [...]

« Sinon, il y a beaucoup de fois où on s'est parlé, Sab et moi, qui n'ont pas passé à la télé. Je pense que ça aurait aidé à expliquer pourquoi est-ce que je m'intéressais à elle. On se tiraillait dans la cuisine, ou des conversations qu'on a eues sur ce qu'on cherchait dans la vie. Tout ça n'a pas été montré. Je me suis posé la question : "J'ai tu l'air trop intense sur Sab avec aucune base?" Ça je pense que, oui, j'aurais aimé qu'on voie un peu plus comment elle était charmante.

« On en a passé beaucoup plus [de temps ensemble] que ce qu'on a vu à la télé. »

Est-ce que le fait d'avoir fait la téléréalité Vol 920 avant OD t'a amené quelque chose de plus que les autres?

« Je te dirais oui et non. Je suis parti à Vol 920 avec la conscience que ce qu'on dit va finir par se savoir. Ça a un peu confirmé ce que je pensais quand je suis arrivé à OD. Oui, je connaissais un peu le principe d'une émission de télé. Je l'expliquais beaucoup aux gars comment ça se passe. Est-ce que ça m'a aidé stratégiquement? Je pense que non.

« Côté intégrité, par contre, la première chose que j'ai dite aux gars à Vol 920, c'est la même première chose que j'ai dite aux gars à OD. C'est : "Je vais parler de vous, je vais penser que la caméra c'est votre mère, parce que personne va jamais convaincre votre mère que vous êtes une mauvaise personne, sinon c'est moi qui vais passer comme une mauvaise personne à ce moment-là." Et j'ai dit : "Faites la même chose avec moi et tout le monde va être clean là-dedans. Racontez votre version des faits, si on se chicane, dis pas que je suis un trou du cul ou quelque chose du genre, parce que c'est pas ça le point important.

« C'est facile d'oublier les caméras et les gens se perdent facilement là-dedans. C'est quand même facile de perdre la tête. »

Si tu pouvais revivre une téléréalité pour une deuxième saison, ce serait Vol 920 ou OD?

« Il faudrait que j'hésite entre prendre des spa et jouer au ping-pong et faire le tour du monde... Je n'hésiterais pas une seconde, ce serait Vol 920. »

Quelle est la suite pour toi avec la visibilité acquise à OD?

« Écoute, c'est sûr que j'attends toujours de ravoir mon emploi de pilote. J'ai une nouvelle carrière comme courtier immobilier. Je vais me concentrer là-dessus. Si les gens veulent vendre ou acheter une propriété, ça va me faire plaisir de les accompagner dans leur projet. »

Toronto's Pearson Airport is about to get a little busier this winter holiday season, as WestJet is relaunching some of its sunnier flight destinations for those who are itching to run away from the cold.

On October 25, WestJet announced that on top of bringing back 95 destinations for all Canadian travellers, they will also be boosting the "sun service" out of the 6ix.

"With the addition of seven returning flights from Toronto, WestJet will offer non-stop service to 55 destinations including 26 international, 17 domestic and 12 transborder this winter [...]," airline officials wrote in the announcement.

Starting December 16 onwards, Pearson travellers can embark on flights from any of the following destinations:

  • Boston, Massachusetts starting December 17, four times a week
  • Miami, Florida starting December 16, four times a week
  • Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands starting December 16, once a week
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago starting December 17, twice a week
  • Roatán, Honduras starting December 19, once a week
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico starting December 18, once a week
  • Kelowna, British Columbia starting December 17, three times a week

The non-stop flight between Kelowna and Toronto is only being served for a limited time during the peak holiday season, so anyone interested in escaping to B.C.'s wine country will be able to do so until January 5, 2022.

Flair Airlines also recently announced they're adding more non-stop flights out of Pearson Airport, too, with some one-way flights costing less than $50.

National

Canada Lockdown Worker Benefit Won’t Be Available To Unvaccinated People Who Get Fired

The brand new benefit offers $300 per week to eligible workers.👇💰

The federal government has confirmed that the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) will not be available to people who have lost their jobs due to their refusal to get vaccinated.

Announced by Deputy PM and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on October 21, the aim of the benefit is to provide income support to workers whose employment is interrupted by government-imposed public health lockdown scenarios.

Workers who are ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) will qualify for the $300-per-week CWLB. Those who can claim EI are eligible too, as long as they are not getting both benefits during any period.

However, people who get fired for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to apply for the new lockdown support.

"Individuals whose loss of income or employment is due to their refusal to adhere to a vaccine mandate would not be able to access the benefit," reads a notice from officials. The same is likely to apply to unvaccinated people hoping to claim EI.

Many employers in Canada, including the federal government, police forces and public transit commissions, have already introduced COVID-19 vaccine mandates for staff. Consequences range from online training sessions and unpaid leave to termination.

Vancouver

These 9 Haunted Spots In BC Look Creepy AF & You Can Visit If You Dare

These places are guaranteed to give you goosebumps 👻

Going to an actual haunted spot is fun to do any time of the year. There is usually a cool (and terrifying) history to these places that you can learn about before going.

From hospitals to castles, B.C. has some places that will give you goosebumps just looking at the photos.

I love/hate going to check out these haunted locations. It gives you that adrenaline rush, but the fear factor is super real.

If you're brave and love a good scare, take a road trip with some friends to these places. Maybe you'll even make new friends, with a ghost or two.

Craigdarroch Castle

This giant castle is beautiful but also extremely haunted.

According to the National Property Inspections website, the 39-room Victorian castle is full of ghosts.

The website says, "The castle was originally built for Scottish immigrant turned coal magnate Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan. Located on top of a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, the mansion was meant to be a status symbol for all below to see."

Robert died before ever seeing the castle finished though, followed by the original architect. Robert's children and widow apparently fought over ownership and it is said that the castle is haunted by these angry ghosts.

Bastion Square

"Easily the most haunted part of Victoria," Tourism Victoria says on their website.

The alleyways and buildings around the square are homes to ghosts, but the website says the most haunted part is the old Supreme Court building, where the city's jail and first gallows used to stand.

According to the website, "many of the men who were hanged in the tree beside it still lie buried beneath its foundation."

The Vogue Theatre

The photos of this theatre just scream "haunted."

It opened in 1941 in Vancouver and has movies, live events and some ghosts making their performances.

According to Ghosts of Vancouver, there is a "dark haired and severe-looking man" who walks its stage. Staff and visitors have seen him and heard some scary noises, too.

There are many spooky stories in the history of this place. One is from a previous general manager who, according to the website, encountered the ghost in the basement and heard it playing a drum set.

Hatley Castle

This place is so haunted that a ghost actually followed a family home after their visit. The ghost apparently tormented the family at night and, after contacting a psychic, they found out it was the spirit of a nanny from the castle.

According to Goldstream News Gazette, a photo actually caught a ghost on camera during a tour of the castle.

If you do visit, beware of someone unexpectedly hitching a ride home with you.

Riverview Hospital

There are piles of evidence showing how haunted this place is. So much so that I wouldn't even try going. But if you're braver than me, it's worth the trip.

It was built in 1913 in Coquitlam and is a former psychiatric hospital that consists of 74 buildings. It's totally abandoned now, after closing its doors in 2012.

It looks so creepy that a bunch of movies and shows are filmed there. It's actually one of the most filmed spots in Canada. From Riverdale to Deadpool, the ghosts here have seen some fame.

Reports of crew members seeing ghosts are common, as well as strange noises and shadows. It's safe to say this place is haunted AF.

Hycroft Manor

Located in Shaughnessy, this spot was built in 1911 for General Alexander Duncan McRae, according to Ghosts of Vancouver.

Apparently, the general and his wife had huge parties — very Great Gatsby-like, but in Vancouver.

According to the website, in 1942, the McRaes donated Hycroft Manor to the Canadian Government. It was repurposed by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs as a convalescent hospital for war veterans.

It was a veteran's hospital until 1960 when it was left "vacant and in a sorry state," the website said. Finally, in 1962, the University Women's Club of Vancouver bought it, and that's who uses the building today.

With it being so old, and having so many people in it, there are of course many ghosts — seven to be exact.

One ghost "is of an older man dressed in a World War I officer's uniform. He's widely assumed to be the ghost of General McRae," said the website.

One of the creepiest things to happen was during an all-night investigation in the 1990s, when "a paranormal researcher saw a football-sized black orb float over a dining table in one of the rooms, right in front of him."

The Qualicum Heritage Inn

This inn is said to be one of the most haunted places on Vancouver Island, and according to the Living Library Blog, has even been featured in books.

The blog said that the Tudor-style building was a boy's college in 1937 before closing in 1970. It was then an inn and a designated Municipal Heritage Site, finally closing in 2008. It has been boarded up ever since.

Nothing like an abandoned old building to give you chills.

The blog said that "the list of haunting incidents reported at the former Qualicum Heritage Inn is long."

It includes seeing ghosts in military uniform, hearing cries and moans as well as chanting, and furniture moving.

The Fairmont Vancouver

Fairmont Hotels all kind of creep me out. The fancy and old vibe just makes it look like it's straight out of a horror movie. Ghosts of Vancouver says this hotel is haunted by a ghost named the "Lady in Red."

The Lady In Red is often seen on the hotel's 14th floor or wandering around in the lobby. Even scarier, some have seen her in their rooms!

According to the website, one family thought their room was double-booked when they came face-to-face with her and called the front desk about the issue. Turns out they had a roomie for the night that they couldn't get rid of that easy.

Old Spaghetti Factory

The Old Spaghetti Factory is in Gastown, Vancouver. It actually has four ghosts living there, according to the Ghosts of Vancouver website. The website said that the first ghost is "the spirit of a tram conductor. He frequents the old trolley car that's parked inside the restaurant and contains dining tables."

It looks super creepy and even has an old trolley car inside that was added to the building in 1969, right before it opened in 1970. The ghost of the trolley car driver came with the purchase!

The second ghost sounds even scarier, described on the website as "a small, mischievous spirit with a ruddy face and bright red hair. Simply known as the Little Red Man or Looky-loo."

The third ghost actually made a server quit when she saw him one night. He is a little boy who roams the halls. The last is a young girl, who sits around while holding a balloon. Yikes.

Gas prices have been soaring and if you drive in B.C., you'll be all too familiar with the high prices.

Just one year ago, the average gas price across the province was 117 cents a litre but since then, the price of gas has skyrocketed up to over 170 cents a litre for some areas.

Langley, B.C. recorded the highest gas price in B.C. in the past 12 months at 175.9 cents a litre according to the CAA website.

So, where is the most expensive for gas in B.C.?

As of October 25, Victoria and Coquitlam are the most expensive areas for gas in B.C. at an average of 162.9 cents a litre.

This is followed by North Vancouver (162.0 cents a litre) and then Richmond, New Westminster, West Vancouver and White Rock, which all averaged 161.9 cents a litre.

Where is the cheapest for gas in B.C.?

Prince George is the cheapest place, as of October 25, to get gas in B.C. with an average price of 144.4 — that's nearly 20 cents difference for each litre of gas. It was closely followed by Nelson (145.1 cents a litre).

Abbotsford (151.9 cents a litre), Penticton and West Kelowna (152.1 cents a litre) were also among the cheapest.

The cheapest gas on Vancouver Island is Nanaimo, priced at 153.9 cents a litre.

Full list of gas prices in B.C. ranked in price order (as of October 25)

  • Victoria 162.9
  • Coquitlam 162.9
  • North Vancouver 162.0
  • Richmond 161.9
  • New Westminster 161.9
  • West Vancouver 161.9
  • White Rock 161.9
  • Delta 161.8
  • Surrey 161.3
  • Burnaby 161.0
  • Maple Ridge 160.7
  • Vancouver 160.3
  • Langley 159.2
  • Courteney 158.3
  • Chilliwack 154.9
  • Vernon 154.9
  • Kamloops 154.4
  • Nanaimo 153.9
  • Kelowna 152.6
  • West Kelowna 152.1
  • Penticton 152.1
  • Abbotsford 151.9
  • Nelson 145.1
  • Prince George 144.4