• Some beds are too hard, some beds are too soft, but some are just right, and a New York-based startup is promising to personally design you a mattress in this Goldilocks comfort zone.

    Helix Sleep Inc. offers customers the ability to customize their mattress by filling out a two-to-three minute online questionnaire that will tailor it to their body type and sleeping preference. And, they’ll also ship it directly to your doorstep in a little over a week.

    However, its most remarkable aspect may be that for an additional $100, it offers couples a “dual comfort” mattress (in queen, king and California king sizes) that is split down the middle with each side custom-made based on the results for the respective partners.

    Or, it offers a “blended” option that creates a “happy medium” across the mattresses.

    The mattresses range from $800 for a twin to $1,550 for a custom California king. They also come with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial. If customers are waking up with kinks in

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  • This program proves you don't have to quit your job to travel the world

    Jeff Walsh woke up in Cavtat, Croatia, excited for the day that lay ahead. After a quick workout, he and a few buddies decided to go for a swim in the ocean before relaxing on the beach. As they sat on the sand, Walsh watched boats move through the peninsula as people splashed in the water. He was basking in a moment of pure relaxation, but when his phone rang, he happily took the call. After all, he was technically at work.

    Walsh, 32, works as a sales manager for an IT company, and was in Croatia as a member of the first-ever Remote Year, a program that brings together a diverse group of so-called digital nomads to work while traveling around the world. A digital nomad refers to someone who uses technology to do their job from any location, and of the 75 Remote Year participants, many had careers in media, sales and IT. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure takes place over the course of one year, and the group travels to 12 different cities, spending a month working and exploring each

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  • There was a period of time just a few years ago, where the only way to order a pizza, or any food for that matter, was to either head over to the restaurant in question, or pick up a phone and place an order verbally.

    In today’s internet-connected world, however, this is no longer the case. A pizza, regardless of how complicated or specific your taste may be, or even full meals via apps like Ritual or Feast in the Toronto area, can be ordered with a few swipes on your smartphone’s touchscreen.

    While the rise of pizza ordering technology has expectedly made it difficult for smaller operations to compete, the giant’s of the industry like Pizza Pizza, Domino's and Pizza Nova, as well as a variety of other large-scale pizza chains globally, all offer customers the ability to order pizza in a simpler fashion with the help of mobile technology.

    Just last week, Domino’s Pizza in New Zealand announced it would be introducing drone delivery service. The flying robots, operated by Flirtey,

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  • Apple iPhone 7 launch date revealed — and there are big changes coming

    Apple has sent out invitations for a September 7th event - where it is expected to unveil a new iPhone with some big changes.

    The invitation seems to show lens flare - hinting that the long-standing rumour of a new iPhone with a dual camera system is true.

    Phones such as LG’s G5 and Huawei’s P9 already offer dual camera systems - used to boost image quality without making the phones ‘fatter’.

    Apple is expected to launch a larger, dual-camera model of iPhone - allowing it to capture brighter photos with more detail.

    Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said earlier this year, ‘In our view, more high-end smartphones will adopt this feature going forward. And, in order to maintain its leading position in the high-end market, we expect Apple will fully adopt dual-camera on the new 5.5-inch iPhone in 2H16.’

    Apple could also launch new MacBooks and a new model of Apple Watch at the event.

    Many also expect Apple to remove the headphone jack from the new handset - meaning that users

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  • Fitbit Flex 2 and Charge 2 hands-on: Sweating in style

    Fitbit is synonymous with fitness trackers. Heck, chances are your uncle Ted calls the tracker he got in a McDonald’s Happy Meal a Fitbit. And now the company, Fitbit, not McDonald’s, is rolling out two new versions of its most popular trackers: the $100 Flex 2 and $150 Charge 2.

    I got to check out both the Flex 2 and Charge 2 ahead of their announcement during a small press gathering. And to show off how the trackers function, Fitbit asked my fellow journalists and me to participate in a short workout with athlete Gabby Reece, who terrorized us by making us do squats and sit-ups for a full 20 minutes. It was … horrible.

    I’ve since recovered from my workout, but the mental scars from the nightmare will likely remain for quite some time.

    Anyway, here are the trackers.

    Let’s Flex: Part Deux

    The Flex hasn’t received a meaningful physical update since it debuted in 2013, so the introduction of the Flex 2 is certainly welcome. The new Flex has a more streamlined design that’s 30% smaller

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  • Canada's cheaper EpiPens are drawing U.S. buyers north

    The exorbitant price tag on EpiPens in the United States is driving some with food allergies north of the border to buy the non-prescription “behind the counter” emergency treatment from Canadian pharmacies.

    “We have heard, anecdotally, of some families that are making the trip to purchase them here in Canada,” Beatrice Povolo, director of advocacy and media relations at Food Allergy Canada, an organization which supports Canadians whose allergies put them at a risk of anaphylaxis, told Yahoo Finance Canada. Part of that drive comes from the skyrocketing price for the prescription drug, used in emergency situations to deliver an epinephrine to those allergic to things like bee stings or peanuts, south of the border.

    Earlier this week U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Mylan, which makes the EpiPen, came under fire for incrementally raising the price of its two-pack syringe from US$94 to US$600 over the past nine years. The company responded to the outrage, saying it would be giving $300

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  • Does your mood swing up and down with the TSX? Does the price of oil keep you up at night? If you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the business news scene in Canada, then this quiz on the week’s top business stories should be a breeze.

  • For many Canadians vacations are an excuse to laze around, partake in an extra round at the buffet table during the day, and enjoy an extra round of drinks at the hotel bar at night.

    But for a growing number of vacationers who don’t want to end up with a round belly along with an unfortunate sunburn, their vacations have become fitcations.

    Wellness tourism has been on the rise for years and took in US$493 billion in revenues in 2014 alone, according to a report from The Global Spa & Wellness Summit. Revenues from wellness tourism grew 12.5 per cent between 2012 and 2014, and are set to continue their upward trajectory, according to the international organization.

    Stretching the mind and body on vacation

    Here in the Great White North there has been an increasing interest in vacations that offer opportunities to exercise and eat healthy food, according to industry insiders.

    The co-owner of Cabot Shores says there has been an uptick in people taking vacations with a focus on fitness

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  • Billionaire Richard Branson cheats death in bike crash

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    A bloodied Richard Branson after the crash (Virgin)

    Sir Richard Branson said he thought he was ‘going to die’ when he was involved in a horror bike crash.

    Billionaire Richard Branson Cheats Death In Bike CrashBillionaire Richard Branson Cheats Death In Bike CrashThe 66-year-old was left with a cracked cheek, torn ligaments and big cuts to his face after falling from his bike in the British Virgin Islands.

    He said his life was saved because he was wearing a helmet.

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    Branson was training for a charity event (Virgin)

    The accident came on the fifth anniversary of the blaze at his home on his luxury Caribbean Neckar island, which caught fire after being struck by lightning.

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    Branson was rushed to hospital in Miami after the bike accident, which happened when he was training with his children Holly and Sam for a fundraising challenge next month.

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    The billionaire was rushed to a Florida hospital (Virgin)

    ‘I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road,’ said Branson.

    ‘But fortunately my

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  • Can your boss fire you for working a second job?

    The average Canadian’s 36-hour workweek offers some wiggle-room for those looking to pick up a side gig. And many do, with more than 950,000 Canadians holding multiple jobs in 2015, the majority of those in health care (184,000), wholesale and retail (132,000) and education (104,000), according to StatsCan.

    But taking a second job – or moonlighting as it’s often known – can come at a cost, explains Natalie MacDonald, a founding partner of Rudner MacDonald LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in Canadian Employment Law.

    “If the employer has made it clear from the start through a contract that the employee is precluded from taking another job (and) the employee breaches the contract, the employer may have cause to terminate the employee,” explains MacDonald.

    She points out that while there’s no sweeping law preventing employees from taking second jobs, on occasion a written contract of employment could include a clearly worded clause restricting that employee’s activities out of the

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    Hear that? That’s the sound of students across Canada collectively groaning and dragging their feet back into the classroom for another year of schoolwork.

    While it’s not much of a consolation for those still longing for carefree summer nights, take comfort in knowing there’s no shortage of amazing tech tools that can make it easier to transition back into academia.

    Some of these gadgets help during class or while cranking out an assignment; others can add some fun while hanging out on campus or in a dorm room.

    Whatever you’re looking for, these following products make the grade.

    Best of both words

    Lenovo Yoga 710Lenovo Yoga 710

    If you can’t decide between a laptop and a tablet, consider the Lenovo Yoga 710 (from $1,099), a clever “2-in-1” that can transform from a laptop to a tablet, or vice-versa. In fact, this versatile device has four modes: Laptop, for when you need the keyboard and trackpad; Tablet, by bending back the 14-inch HD touchscreen on a 360-degree hinge; Stand mode, when the screen is propped up,

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  • Vancouver rents increased 15 per cent from April to August and are on track to grow by 20 per cent this year if they keep up the pace, according to rental data collected from Craigslist by UBC economist Tom Davidoff.

    “On an annualized basis, I’m finding rents are going up since March,” the economist told Metro. But the findings, which include both one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, are at odds with data from PadMapper – a rental site that aggregates listings from a wider net including Craigslist, ViewIt and Kijiji.

    According to PadMapper the average rent for a one bedroom in Vancouver stayed around $1,700 between mid-May and mid-August with a small uptick to $1,740 in between before settling back at $1,700. The average price of a two bedroom actually fell from $1,780 to $1,720 during that same period.

    So why the discrepancy? One reason is the lack of cohesive data. While the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation issues that monthly roller coaster ride that is the country’s

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  • This isn’t any ordinary internship.

    Instead of getting coffee and generally performing the menial tasks that no one else wants to do, the lucky hire would get to travel around Europe sampling gin, while also stuffing their wallet with a roughly C$34,092 (£20,000) paycheck.

    Gin tasting and delivery club ILoveGin says it’s looking for an enthusiast of the spirit to fill the position of “gintern.” The lofty qualifications include: being “happy to be spending their days” tasting new gins and mixers, visiting distilleries and using the knowledge they gleaned from the experience to create new pairings.

    It could also prove difficult to find ginterns who would be willing to “work” from home, and also travel a couple of times a week to places such as Edinburgh to try a new craft gin, or London for the launch of a new tonic water.

    The hire would only have to come into the company’s West London office one or twice a month.

    The potential gintern would also have to be over the age of 18, live in

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  • Sears Canada adopts understated new logo

    Sears Canada is moving away from its classic blue-and-white logo today, and is adopting a much quieter, more refined one instead.

    In the biggest change to the company's logo in 32 years, the company is looking to bolster sagging sales and look past numerous store closures across the country with the rebranding effort.

    "The clean and contemporary logo features a timeless font with a fresh take on the maple leaf, signaling a redefined modern era for the brand," reads a press release from Sears Canada.

     

    (Courtesy Sears Canada)(Courtesy Sears Canada)

    The reaction to the newly-unveiled logo has been mostly positive, although, some think the logo may be a touch too simple.

    "The new Sears logo: because being boring is better than being ugly," wrote Josh Kolm of Strategy Online.

    The logo first appeared earlier this summer on new stores built in Thornhill, Ont. and Burlington, Ont. in the "Sears 2.0" model,

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  • If you’re a Canadian who grew up in the 90s or early 2000s, chances are you spent some time sprawled out in front of the TV – with either some fantastic program like “ReBoot” or “Goosebumps” on – and either some Pizza Pops or Pizza Pockets in hand.

    And it was either one or the other – allegiances weren’t taken lightly.

    You either preferred scalding the roof of your mouth with the baked goodness of McCain’s Pizza Pockets, or there was something wrong with you and you were on team Pizza Pops, which always tasted as though they were covered dough-flavoured chalk (Editor's Note: Yahoo Finance Canada holds allegiance to neither Pockets nor Pops).

    And those who were loyal to the baked calzone-esque snack have apparently maintained a passionate feeling of nostalgia, given their vociferous meltdown after rumours emerged Wednesday that New Brunswick-based McCain Foods Limited would be discontinuing the product.

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  • Ah, regrets. We've all got them, but some linger longer than others. When it comes to real estate, those regrets can stick around for the rest of your life.

    So we want to know, what's that one real estate regret that's still with you? What do you wish you knew before you bought your first house?

    Did you forget to put aside money for closing costs? Perhaps you took too little for a house and are still kicking yourself for it. Or maybe you made the mistake of buying a fixer-upper that just sucked your bank accounts dry.

     

    What's your biggest real estate regret?What's your biggest real estate regret?

    Maybe you skipped the home inspection only to find a colony of termites in the basement. Or put in a bully bid when a lowball offer would have gotten you the house. The list is endless, really.

    So tell us, what's the one real estate mistake you made that you really wish you hadn't? What's that one thing that still keeps you up at night?

    Let us know in the comments, or tweet us at @YahooFinanceCA, and you could be featured in an upcoming story.

     

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  • In what may be the most bizarre marketing gimmick we’ve seen all week, movie theatre company Cineplex Entertainment is attempting to pop a bag of popcorn using lightning.

    Located in a field in Tilbury near Windsor, Ont., a 20-foot popcorn bag stands with a lightning rod extending from it, in an attempt to draw lightning and spark the popcorn kernels inside the bag.

    Canadians can vote whether they think the popcorn will actually pop by visiting Cineplex.com/Popcorn, and watch a 24/7 livestream of the action (or lack thereof). The stunt is part of Cineplex’s #WeatherorNot campaign, running this summer to remind potential movie-goers that the theatre is the perfect place to hide when the weather isn’t ideal.

    “Lightning is an extremely complex phenomenon that strikes 44 times per second across the planet,” said Mark Robinson, meteorologist at The Weather Network, in a press release. “The Cineplex Lightning Popcorn bag is located right in the heart of Canada’s lightning alley, a likely spot

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  • Sometimes we tell white lies to spare another person’s feelings and as it turns out, some of us may do the same for a robot.

    The findings come from a study by researchers at the University of Bristol and University of College London, who sought to discover ways to create an effective partnership between robots and humans, given the inevitable future where they’ll work side-by-side. 

    In particular, researchers were interested in creating a trusting environment, given that, despite being machines, they too aren’t perfect and will make mistakes.

    To simulate these conditions, the study asked 23 participants – 12 men and 11 women, between the ages of 22 and 72 with a range of experience with artificial intelligence – to work alongside a robot named BERT2 who was tasked with passing them eggs, salt and oil to make an omelette.

    BERT2 has a humanoid face with a digital interface, which has large eyes and a mouth, and is capable of multiple expressions.

    The BERT2 platform with neutral expression (left) and BERT C's facial expression on egg drop (right)The BERT2 platform with neutral expression (left) and BERT C's facial expression on egg drop (right)

    However, participants worked with three

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  • 5 ways to save money when traveling abroad

    There’s no way around it: Traveling internationally isn’t cheap. Still, it doesn’t have to put you in debt. Here are few money-saving tips to cut back on expenses. 

    First, pay less to convert currency

    Those money exchange kiosks at airports usually charge you a higher exchange rate and may even charge you a fee. For better rates, take out money at an ATM, which typically charges a fee of 1% to 3%.

    An ATM is the best choice for cash, but otherwise it’s usually more cost-effective to use your credit card for purchases when traveling abroad. Using plastic is the best way to avoid unnecessary fees, however, the majority of cards will charge a foreign transaction fee which can add 3% to every purchase. Instead, consider using one of these cards that doesn’t have a foreign transaction fee.

    Don’t be afraid to negotiate

    If you’re visiting a market, or just buying souvenirs from a street vendor, haggle a little. Adopt the mantra “I’m OK with walking away,” and vendors will see that you’re a

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  • Apple's new iPhone rumored to have curved screen

    The anticipation for Apple’s new iPhone launch this year is running high, leaving techies everywhere to speculate on what new features to expect.

    No one knows for sure, but one big leak is a curved screen similar to rival Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7.

    According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Apple will be releasing three different models this year:

    A 4.7-inch model, a 5.5-inch and a premium that will have a 5.5-inch or larger screen bent on both sides.

    Apple has not confirmed any details, so we’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves.

    Source: http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-may-launch-third-iphone-with-curved-screen-next-year/

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  • Is language the new front for regulators in the battle against Uber?

    Language has become the latest battleground for regulators looking to monitor the slow creep of ride-sharing and driver-hire platforms like Uber.

    The San Francisco-based company is suing the City of London in the U.K. over new regulations from Transport for London (TfL), the city’s transport authority, including one requiring private-hire drivers coming from a non-English speaking majority country to pass a language test.

    “We support spoken English skills, but this exam is harder than the test for British citizenship,” wrote Alana Saltzman, Uber UK and Ireland spokesperson, in an emailed response to Yahoo Canada Finance. (Uber Canada did not respond to repeated requests).

    While the English proficiency has gained the lion’s share media coverage, the tech company cites three other grievances including the requirement for “hire and reward” insurance even when vehicles aren’t in use, the requirement to inform TfL of changes to their operating model “before they are made” and a rule that

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  • Debt delinquency amongst millennials was up 12 per cent in the second quarter of this year. Youth unemployment hit 13.3 per cent in July with 28,400 jobs lost across Canada. The housing markets are out of control and millennials are still living in their parents’ basements. But if there’s any solace to be had in poverty-focused charity Oxfam’s new report on global youth, it’s that we’re all in this together. No really, millennials are feeling the squeeze worldwide.

    “There’s a huge swath of people all across the planet in that age bracket that are poor and poorer than the people in the same age of the generation before them,” says Kelly Bowden, manager of campaigns for Oxfam Canada. “(But) there is no one who is escaping the impact of the inequality gap – whether you’re teenagers, millennials or baby boomers, it’s affecting every one.”

    Millennials, she says, just happen to be having a harder time bouncing back from the economic downturn.

    The report cites a study last year by Dr. Paul

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  • Google's Android 7.0 Nougat is now available ... if you have the right device

    Google is finally rolling out the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat. Available Monday as an update for Google’s Nexus devices, Android Nougat includes more than 250 improvements to the company’s OS.

    Nougat’s biggest features include updates to the Quick Settings menu, new emojis, multitasking, battery management improvements and the release of Google’s DayDream mobile virtual reality platform.

    The subtlest, but most welcome, change to Android N is its new Quick Settings menu. Rather than having to swipe down on the notifications shade twice to get access to your quick settings like Wi-Fi, GPS and the flashlight, you now only have to swipe down once. That seems like a small change, but it’s certainly welcome considering Android handset makers like Samsung, LG and HTC have been including the feature for some time now.

    the new android nougat quick settings menuAndroid Nougat’s new quick settings menu

    You’ll also now be able to reply directly to messages from the notifications

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  • What it costs to spend a day at the CNE

    For those in the Greater Toronto Area, the unofficial end of summer begins when they start to hear that familiar ad refrain: “Let’s go to the Ex!”

    The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2016 began on Friday, opening its gates to shoppers, ride go-ers, game players, show watchers and every other kind of fun-seeking individual.

    ALSO READ: Weekend at the Calgary Stampede: what it will cost you

    If you’re in the area and want to check out Canada’s 138th National Exhibition, here’s how much you should be setting aside for a day of fun and excitement.

    Transportation 

    If you’re driving to the Ex, be prepared to park further and walk, or pay a premium for convenient parking. Parking in the lots on side costs $30 this year.

    The TTC streetcar or GO Transit are affordable alternatives to get to the CNE, and both drop you right at an entrance. Depending on how far you’re coming from, you could be paying $3 for a TTC fare, up to $21.75 for a one-way GO Train ride from Niagara Falls to Exhibition

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  • Henry Ford had some very forward-thinking ideas about cars and manufacturing. His company started building the Model T in 1908, and the assembly line used at the plant in Detroit, Michigan revolutionized the industry.

    The automaker claims the Model T “was the first low-priced, mass- produced car with standard interchangeable parts.”

    What Mr. Ford didn’t care much about was colour. He’s famous for the line “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” But wait — did these cars really only come in one shade?

    “It is indeed incorrect to say that all Ford Model T cars were black… but most of them were,” said Matt Anderson, curator of transportation at Ford in an email. “When the T was introduced in October 1908, the cars were available in red, green and grey depending on the body style.”  He added that all of the cars were painted dark green staring in 1909, and then dark blue starting in 1911, but that the dark colours could appear black in black and

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  • Does your mood swing up and down with the TSX? Does the price of oil keep you up at night? If you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the business news scene in Canada, then this quiz on the week’s top business stories should be a breeze. Find out how savvy you are about Canadian and international financial news.

  • Condo forced to allow fourth internet provider under threat by CRTC

    Canada’s telecom regulator played hardball earlier this week when it told a Toronto condo development that it must grant access to fibre network start-up Beanfield Metroconnect to install services or it would order the other three telecoms in the building  – Bell Canada, Coextro and Rogers Communications – to stop providing services to residents.

    “The (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) ordered the condo building to provide access to the fourth internet service provider so that it could also provide service in the building, as required under the CRTC’s established policies,” explains Carol Anne O’Brien, a Toronto barrister and solicitor who has been involved in a number of CRTC regulation-related cases. “The policies are designed to support competition among ISPs and provide choice to residents of condo buildings.”

    A 2003 framework by the CRTC found that end users should have the right to choose the telecom service provider, regardless of their type of

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  • This week’s offerings include a million-dollar view in Victoria, B.C., a modern townhome in Toronto, Ont. and a large family home in Halifax, N.S. Listings and photos courtesy of Zoocasa.

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    What a $1 million home looks like in Canada this week – August 18 edition

    Location: Victoria, B.C. List Price: $1,025,000

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    What a $1 million home looks like in Canada this week – August 18 edition

    You’ll lose where the sky ends and the sea begins when looking out at the breathtaking view.

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    What a $1 million home looks like in Canada this week – August 18 edition

    Floor-to-ceiling windows keep you feeling like you’re living outdoors (with all the comforts that walls afford).

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    What a $1 million home looks like in Canada this week – August 18 edition

    The airy modern feel carries on through the kitchen.

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    What a $1 million home looks like in Canada this week – August 18 edition

    The home features two bedrooms, and two bathrooms.

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    What a $1 million home looks like in Canada this week – August 18 edition

    Location: Toronto,

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  • Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) announced Q2 financial results that were a bit better than expected.

    The retail behemoth reported earnings of $1.07, beating expectations for $1.02 per share. Revenue came in at $120.9 billion, which was better than the $120.1 billion expected.

    Comparable US store sales increased by 1.6% reflecting the eighth straight quarter of gains. Management noted that comparable store traffic grew for the seventh straight quarter.

    “We’re pleased with the positive momentum in our business,” CEO Doug McMillon said.

    Wal-Mart’s closely watched e-commerce sales grew by 11.8%, driven by a 13.0% jump in gross merchandise volume.

    “This was primarily due to growth in our marketplace offering in the U.S., the continued roll out of online grocery and growth of pick-up in stores and clubs,” McMillon said. “We continue to see proof that our customers enjoy a seamless shopping experience. The distinctions that we talk about today between stores, apps, pick-up, delivery and sites are

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  • They’ve been labelled the entitled generation. They’ve been called lazy and told they received too many participation medals, causing them to believe they deserve regular promotions regardless of performance.

    They’ve been told they’re needy, narcissistic and compulsive job hoppers -- when in reality switching gigs is a desire that has been expressed in youth across generations – making them the worst possible employees.

    However, a new study is attempting to flip some of these perceptions about millennial work ethic upside down.

    According to a new report published by Project: Time Off, an initiative created by the U.S. Travel Association, Wednesday millennial workers are the “most likely generation to forfeit time off,” even though they are granted the fewest vacation days.

    The research, which was conducted by market researcher GfK, randomly surveyed online 5,641 Americans who worked least 35 hours a week and received paid time off, between Jan. 20, 2016 and Feb. 16.

    It found that 43

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