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500,000 Dollarama toys recalled after dangerous chemicals found

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

Health Canada is recalling thousands of toys sold at Dollarama that contain higher levels of phthalates than allowed.

The recall applies to 516,125 “Skip Ball” toys sold at the stores across Canada between January 2012 and July 2018.

The toys are made of a pink ankle loop, which is attached to a plastic cord and ball. It has the product number 14-1401338, which can be found on the toy’s packaging.

So far, Health Canada has not received any complaints or reported injuries related to the products, which were manufactured in China.

But the health agency says it is concerned about the high levels of phthalates, six chemicals (DEHP, DINP, DBP, BBP, DNOP and DIDP) that are found in plastic products.

Use of the chemicals was restricted in Canada in December 2010 for children’s toys and other baby products such as bibs and teethers.

“These regulations will help ensure that children’s toys and child care articles imported, sold or advertised in Canada do not present a risk of phthalate exposure to young children,” Health Canada’s website explains.

The website adds exposure to the chemicals maybe cause reproductive and development abnormalities in young children when toys are sucked or chewed for “extended periods.”

Health Canada is urging consumers with these toys at home to keep them away from children, throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.

Those with questions can contact Dollarama directly at 1-888-755-1006, extension 1000.

The agency warns that selling or giving away products prohibited by Health Canada, such as these toys that exceed chemical limits, is prohibited.


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Baby boomers are back in the housing market – and it will impact prices: Royal LePage

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

More than 1.4 million Canadians between the ages of 54 and 72 expect to buy a house in the next five years, according to a new survey by real estate powerhouse Royal LePage.

Boomers will be either downsizing to smaller properties in their hometowns or looking for greener — and cheaper — pastures away from big cities, the research shows.

Either way, this is “expected to have a meaningful impact on the housing market,” the report reads.

Canada’s housing market has already been through a boom, bust and echo, said Royal LePage president and CEO Phil Soper, quoting the 1990s bestselling book Boom, Bust and Echo by Canadian demographer David Foot.

The boom happened when boomers entered the market as first-time homeowners and then upgraded to larger homes a few years later. The bust had, in part, to do with the smaller number of gen-X homebuyers. The echo kicked in when millennials, the children of the boomers, started looking for a home of their own, Soper said.

Now we may be in another real estate market commotion caused by boomers, as Canadians in or approaching retirement look for homes better suited to life after work.

Less pressure on detached-home prices, more pressure on condo prices

In terms of home prices, “I think that there will be some relief from boomers leaving family-sized homes,” Soper said.

The main beneficiaries will likely be first-time homebuyers who are at the tail end of the millennial cohort and the much smaller generation Z. Downsizing boomers will also likely leave more space for older millennials who already own a house but are a looking to move to a bigger home as their families grow.

Still, with demand for housing expected to remain, the boomer migration to condos and small-town Canada won’t be the solution to housing affordability woes, Soper warned.

“It will bring some relief, but not enough for (home) prices to retract,” he said.

And when it comes to smaller homes and condos, downsizing boomers often become competition for young families and immigrants, helping to push prices up.

“The price appreciation curves for condos and detached homes in places like Toronto have flipped over the last couple of years,” Soper said, meaning that apartment units have been appreciating faster than single-family houses.

In particular, boomers could push up the prices of larger condos, Soper added.

This would add to price pressures generated by the stricter federal mortgage rules that came into effect this year. These rules also contributed to pushing more homebuyers toward less expensive properties like condos.

Smaller towns

But not all boomers are prepared to spend their golden years in an apartment.

A whopping 56 per cent of those surveyed consider their local housing market unaffordable, a percentage that grows to 63 per cent in Ontario and 78 per cent in British Columbia. However, the solution for many isn’t to stay put and downsize but to move away.

 “Our research does indicate that smaller cities and recreational areas will attract more investment than major cities,” Soper said in a statement.

Smaller towns with picturesque landscapes and recreational amenities will likely be the destination of choice, Soper said. He cited Collingwood, Ont., White Rock, B.C., Saskatoon and Mt. Tremblant, Que., as examples.

Not yet empty nesters

But boomers are likely to postpone their home purchases until the family nest is empty. The survey found that 44 per cent of respondents still have children living with them. Of those, almost 20 per cent don’t anticipate the kids will move out until after the age of 30, while nearly 10 per cent expect them to leave after the age of 35.

Perhaps partly in an effort to make that transition happen, 47 per cent of boomers say they are ready to help their children buy their first home, with 5 per cent willing to contribute 25 per cent or more of the home purchase price.

Baby boomers are the “most affluent generation in Canadian history” and they are willing to give back, Soper noted.

“This is a generation that deeply values home ownership and very much wants their children to have the same opportunity.”

Leger conducted an online poll of 1,000 Canadian baby boomers between the ages of 54-72 between July 12 and July 17, 2018. The survey has a margin of error of +/-3.0 per cent, or 19 times out of 20.


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Sanjay Dutt And Ranbir Kapoor Can’t Wait To Shoot Together For Shamshera

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

After bringing alive the life of Sanjay Dutt in Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor is all set to share screen space with Dutt in the upcoming period drama, Shamshera. The shoot of the film starts in November and the real and reel Sanju can’t wait to shoot together. While Ranbir plays a dacoit, Dutt has been signed as the antagonist.

Actress Vaani Kapoor has been zeroed in on to essay the love interest of Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Shamshera.’ The high-octane entertainer, produced by Yash Raj Films, promises “jaw-dropping action sequences” and Ranbir Kapoor in a never seen before avatar. Sanjay Dutt plays the merciless nemesis of Ranbir in the project.

The film is part of YRF’s three-movie deal with Karan Malhotra, who directed “Agneepath” and “Brothers”. “Karan is going to take me completely out of my comfort zone and I’m looking forward to this challenge,” Ranbir said of the high-octane adventure which is set in the heartland of India. Ranbir’s last two outings with YRF were “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and “Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year”.

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Mallika Sherawat Urges People To Follow Plant-Based Diet

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

Actress Mallika Sherawat says she believes in spreading the message of the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Mallika is also supporting a plant-based nutritional tour in medical schools across India. The first part started in Bhopal on July 26 and went on till August 7.

The second part of this programme will begin after six months where they will be reaching out to medical schools on a continuous basis as they had a great response reaching over 2500 medical students in 10 medical colleges. “I am supporting the tour because I’m a vegan and I believe in spreading the message of the health benefits of a plant-based diet,” Mallika said in a statement to IANS.

“I follow a plant-based diet to boost my energy and to be active during long working hours. I can say that I have never felt better in my life – both physically and emotionally,” she added.

She had also joined hands with the Barnard Medical Center and Physicians Committee – a US-based non-profit organisation, urging students from various medical schools across India to go vegan and follow a healthy plant-based diet. “I am supporting the physicians’ committee’s 11-city medical tour because this initiative is the first of its kind in India where a physician’s committee is visiting medical schools across India and teaching students the benefits of a plant-based diet.

“Change happens through education. This movement is aimed at ground level which I believe is the first step in changing the current mindsets about dietary habits in India,” she added. On the acting front, Mallika has got the rights to adapt “The Good Wife”, an American legal and political drama TV series, for Indian audiences.


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Sunny Leone: Have Changed For The Better With Motherhood

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

Sunny Leone, who started off as an adult film star and ventured into Bollywood with Jism 2 in 2012, is right now in love with her life as it is unfolding. She is not just managing a career, but also enjoying her time being a mother of three — something that has helped her change and evolve.

The Canadian-born Indian-American actress was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003 and shifted her focus to mainstream acting in Hindi films with Jism 2, following it up with Ragini MMS 2, Ek Paheli Leela, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, Mastizaade and Tera Intezaar.

Asked if she feels content when she looks back at her journey from Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Sunny Leone, she told IANS in an e-mail interview from Los Angeles: “Yes, because I love my life now.”

Her life has inspired a digital platform series titled Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone.

Did she have any initial apprehensions about putting her entire life out for the world to know?

“Yes, many. But what swayed me to do it is that the story would be told in a way that I was comfortable with… the true story and not something that people believe it to be,” said Sunny, who entered Indian showbiz via a stint in the reality TV show “Bigg Boss 5″.

Last year, the actress, who is married to Daniel Weber, took everyone by surprise when she announced that she and her husband had adopted girl child named Nisha from a village in Latur. Another surprise came in March, when she shared that the two had extended their brood by including two more children — sons Noah and Asher — via surrogacy.

Sunny, who is currently seen hosting season 11 of youth-based reality show “Splitsvilla” on MTV, says motherhood has changed her.

“I have changed and evolved but I believe (it has happened) for the better. I look at all three of them and am completely, utterly in love with them,” she said.

With three toddlers to give attention to, will her career slow down?

“I believe I am the best mother I can be if I am working and spending time with them. I love my job and I hope my children grow up to be just as hardworking as my husband and I,” said Sunny.

The 37-year-old actress says Daniel and she have scheduled their “time carefully so that our children do not ever feel a lack of attention, care or love”.

Ever since her debut in Bollywood, Sunny has faced flak, trolls and criticism. She finds it immature and not necessary.

“I try to brush it off and move past the hate always. I believe myself not to be a negative person so I have to find the positives in life and in people to do my job. That will never change in me. But I am affected and more annoyed from time to time at the nonsense the media comes up with or random groups come up with. It is immature and not necessary,” she said.

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Preity Zinta Back With A Bang; Catch Her Look In Bhaiaji Superhit

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta is back to win hearts, this time, as Sapna Dubey. The 43-year-old took to Instagram to share her new look from her upcoming film, Bhaiaji Superhit, as she shared the poster of the flick.

“Back with a bang! Meet #SapnaDubey in #BhaiajiSuperhit on the 19th of October in a theatre near youu! #PZisBack! ??” the Insta post read. Zinta, who owns an Indian Premier League team, Kings XI Punjab, is well known for her roles in Kal Ho Naa Ho, Koi… Mil Gaya and Veer Zara.

In her first-ever international film role in the Canadian film ‘Heaven on Earth’ she won the Silver Hugo Award for ‘Best Actress’ at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival. Zinta was last seen in her self-produced comeback film, Ishkq in Paris (2013).


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Cracks in Canada’s job market starting to show, finance minister warned

Posted on 08 August 2018 by admin

OTTAWA – An internal federal analysis is forecasting job market moderation on the horizon following Canada’s extended period of healthy employment growth.

The assessment prepared last spring for Finance Minister Bill Morneau is predicting that job creation will fade over the near term for a number of reasons – the economy has been running at full capacity, the unemployment rate has bottomed out near a four-decade low and the aging population is applying downward pressure.

The memo notes that the labour market lost a combined 72,600 positions in the first two months of the year in what Finance officials suggest could mark a turning point after a strong 2017 streak that produced 425,000 jobs, which were mostly full time.

Morneau was also informed that despite the job market’s performance, it has signs of weakness – including unexpectedly modest wage growth, a lethargic rebound in Alberta since the 2014 oil-price collapse and a higher-than-anticipated share of unemployed people who have been looking for work for at least six months.

The Canadian Press obtained the document under the Access to Information Act.

Whether or not criticism is warranted, the federal Liberal government can expect political foes to focus on incoming batches of weaker jobs numbers as they ready their attacks in the lead-up to next year’s election.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, for instance, has already accused the Trudeau government of squandering the booming economy that he argues the Liberals inherited in 2015 from the Tories.


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Sunny Leone Shares Key To Good Chemistry In Relationship

Posted on 08 August 2018 by admin

Sunny Leone who is married to Daniel Weber, will be seen hosting the 11th season of Splitsvilla, with the theme Emotions vs Science on MTV

 Actress Sunny Leone says the ability to be good friends at first is the key to a sparkling chemistry in a relationship.

On how to achieve good chemistry in a relationship, Sunny told IANS over email from Los Angeles: “It is honesty and the ability to be friends first.”

The actress, who is married to Daniel Weber, will be seen hosting the 11th season of “Splitsvilla”, with the theme ‘Emotions vs Science’ on MTV.

“I love that I have been working on this show for the past five years. It’s a time I look forward to every year because it’s so much fun… This year I believe we have a great looking bunch of contestants and they are all very talented and outgoing. They are so entertaining,” she said.

Sunny will be seen co-hosting the show with Rannvijay Singha, who she calls her Rakhi brother.

“We have so much fun together laughing. I love his family and this year was especially tough for me because I got very ill during shooting and he helped me out so much, keeping an eye on my children as I was hospitalised for a night. They really love being around him and he is a great ‘little big brother’,” she said.

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Friends Forever! Sonali Bendre Shares A Photos With Her Besties

Posted on 08 August 2018 by admin

The photograph clicked by Hrithik Roshan had Sonali Bendre with friends Gayatri Oberoi and Sussanne Khan

Yesterday, to mark Friendship Day, Sonali Bendre Behl shared a snap with besties Gayatri Oberoi and Sussanne Khan. The photograph was clicked by Hrithik Roshan. She wrote about how her friends were rallying around her and how she was embracing her new bald look post-chemotherapy sessions. “Nowadays I spend far less time getting ready because I don’t have to fuss over my hair (sic),” she wrote.

Sonali further wrote, “This is me. And in this moment, I am really happy. People give me strange looks when I say that now, but it’s true and I’ll tell you why. I am now paying attention to every moment, looking for every opportunity to find joy and #SwitchOnTheSunshine. Yes, there are moments of pain and low energy, but I am doing what I like, spending time with people I love, and feeling very loved and happy. I am extremely grateful to my friends, my pillars of strength, who at a moment’s notice, arrived to be with me and help me through this. In between their busy schedules they find time to visit, call, message, FaceTime… basically never leaving a moment for me to feel alone. Thank you for showing me what true friendship is. #HappyFriendshipDay, ladies. Blessed to have you all in my life (including the ones not in the picture… You know who you are) @gayatrioberoi @suzkr [sic].”

Sonali, 43, is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. In July, the actress shared that she has been diagnosed with a “high-grade cancer”. Post her diagnosis, the “Duplicate” actress is quite active on social media platforms and constantly gives updates about her health to the fans.


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Kangana Ranaut Fascinated By Mysticism

Posted on 08 August 2018 by admin

Kangana Ranaut finds mysticism fascinating, and is looking forward to an interaction with yogi and mystic Sadhguru.

Actor Kangana Ranaut finds mysticism fascinating, and is looking forward to an interaction with yogi and mystic Sadhguru.

The interaction will take place in Mumbai on Wednesday.

“Sadhguru is the most intriguing intellect that I have encountered. Mysticism isn’t a doorway to just exuberance and peace. I truly believe that if we as humanity could tap into the dimensions beyond the physical, we can transform the world. It’s a small step to wrap our little heads around the vastness of that world,” the “Queen” star said here.

Kangana said she has always been fascinated by mysticism, and is intrigued by Sadhguru’s book “Inner Engineering”.

She also said Swami Vivekananda’s practical and scientific approach to things has impacted her deeply.

On the work front, Kangana will star in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, a biopic on the Rani of Jhansi, and in comic thriller Mental Hai Kya.


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