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Food Basics Opens in Junction Triangle, Despite Protest


Like it or lump it, the discounted sister branch of Metro – Food Basics – is now open at the base of the new Fuse2 condo building in the Junction.

Initially met with great protest from many of the new condo residents, the announcement that Food Basics would be coming to the Junction Triangle neighbourhood instead of the more expensive option, Metro, is a divisive move that has been causing tension throughout the community.

A petition has begun circulating that has garnered over 300 signatures, in which the people are asking that the Food Basics be changed to a Metro, as they believe they were promised upon purchasing their condos.

You can see some residents praising the decision to keep with the original neighbourhood’s inhabitants, who would prefer a cheaper option for their grocery shopping, while others are not so keen for the less expensive option:

On a much happier and less controversial point, the new Food Basics is selling beer and wine!

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Netflix Canada Releasing Over 60 Movies and TV Shows For August


For the month of August, expect a lot of great things to be happening over at , as they have just released what their new lineup will be for the next month and there is a lot of good and not a whole lot of bad. There are over 60 movies and TV shows being added to the streaming service, including some Netflix originals like Surviving Escobar: Alias JJ and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.

We’ve broken the shows and movies down by release date, but you can also check to see if the movie/tv show has an asterisk beside it. This will indicate that the movie/tv show has received an 80 percent or higher ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, which is the internet’s go-to resource for determining the quality measurement of  TV shows and movies.

August 1-3:

  • Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
  • Boychoir
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes***
  • Ex Machina***
  • It Follows***
  • Jackie***
  • Land Girls, Series 1-3
  • Maz Jobrani: Immigrant (Netflix Original)
  • Opening Night
  • Planet of the Apes (2001)
  • Ripper Street, Season 5
  • Rules Don’t Apply
  • Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Season 2, Part B (Netflix Original, New Episodes Weekly)
  • Still Alice***
  • Surviving Escobar: Alias JJ, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • The Royal House of Windsor, Season 1
  • Walking with the Enemy
  • Woman in Gold
  • Words and Pictures
  • Hook
  • The Founder***
  • The Truman Show***

August 4-10:

  • Alan Saldaña: Mi vida de pobre (Netflix Original)
  • Chelsea, Season 2 (Netflix Original, New Episodes Weekly)
  • Icarus (Netflix Original)***
  • Insidious: Chapter 3
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender, Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 7
  • Psycho***
  • Ricki and the Flash

August 11-17:

  • Allied
  • Atypical, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • Naked (Netflix Original)
  • White Gold, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Pan
  • All These Sleepless Nights
  • Barbecue
  • Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo (Netflix Original)
  • The Sweet Life
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  • RV
  • Minority Report***

August 18-23:

  • Dinotrux, Season 5 (Netflix Original)
  • Glitter Force Doki Doki, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Marvel’s The Defenders, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • The Bye Bye Man
  • Unacknowledged
  • How to Get Away with Murder, Season 3***
  • Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast (Netflix Original)
  • The Blacklist, Season 4***
  • The Intern
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

August 24-30:

  • Fences***
  • School of Rock***
  • Sixteen Candles***
  • Death Note (Netflix Original)
  • Disjointed, Part 1 (Netflix Original)
  • DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 5 (Netflix Original)
  • Love & Mercy***
  • The Mist, Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Personal Shopper***
  • Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
  • Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face (Netflix Original)
  • The Perfect Guy
  • War Room

McDonald’s Canada New Offers: Tomato and Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich and Guacamole and Jalapeño Chicken Sandwich


Coming on July 25th,  is bringing out some crispy and fresh new items to the menu. If you’re palette is one that appreciates spicier items, then you’ll be excited to learn that McDonald’s is bringing out a guacamole and jalapeño chicken sandwich. This sandwich features guacamole, tomatoes, jalapeños slices, fresh grilled chicken, cheese and fresh lettuce.

The other new offering is more of a classic chicken sandwich, which will include crispy chicken, red onion, sliced tomato, lettuce, mozzarella cheese and a delicious new sauce.

These sandwiches are going to be released on July 25th, and will be around for a limited time after they’re released.


Tim Hortons Canada Launching New App


 has announced that they will be launching a new app that will allow customers to pre-order food and drinks with the tap of their thumb, only to be picked up later at the physical store.

This new app is going to launch sometime next week, with Wade McCallum, who owns six Tim Hortons in B.C. and Alberta, saying that the beta version will be available by July 27th.

The app is a similar set up to most fast food ones that are currently available, where it features pictures of the menu items so that the customers can easily select and modify what they’d like to order. Another useful addition to the app’s technology is that it will know when the customers are close to their preferred Tim Hortons.


FedEx Canada Closing All Retail Office Stores


One of Canada’s staples for print and shipping needs will be closing up shop, the company announced earlier this week. FedEx Canada will no longer be operating their Office Print and Ship Centres and will be closing 24 shop across the country, including the head office in Toronto.

In total, there will be 214 employees laid off from this closure.

The company released a statement saying that:

“The decision to discontinue our operations in Canada was difficult as we’ve enjoyed a 32-year relationship with our team members and customers in Canada.”

There are 18 office centre locations in Ontario, five in B.C. and one in Halifax that will be closing their stores.


McDonald’s Canada Offers: Despicable Me 3 Minions Toys


The Minions are coming back! Timed with the opening of the new Despicable Me 3 movie, which opened in most theatres this past June 30th, 2017, has decided to bring back a whole new set of Minions toys to their Happy Meals.

There are 12 new toys to collect in your Happy Meal, most of which feature a popular Minion character or someone like Gru or Lucy riding a motorcycle.

Despicable Me 3 follows Gru, a bad-guy gone good-guy, who is reunited with his long lost twin brother, Dru. Gru, being a recently reformed villain, no longer shares the interest in criminality with his brother, but Dru is determined to convince his twin that one last heist would be well worth their while.

If you and the family are at all Minions fans and would like to pair your Happy Meal with a screening of Despicable Me 3, you can check out times for the movie here on .

These toys at McDonald’s Canada will only be around for the summertime, or while supplies is in-stock.


McDonald’s Canada Using UberEATS For Delivery in Select Locations Across Canada


We’ve all been patiently waiting for to begin offering their delivery services in Canada, as it was that they intended to begin experimenting with it in 2017. Well in select cities across the country, depending on your location in each city too, of course, you can now have a Big Mac delivered to the comfort of your home using .

McDonald’s is partnering with UberEATS to secure home delivery to select cities across Canada, and the cost of said delivery will continue to be the UberEATS delivery fee of just $4.99. The food on the delivery menu will continue to be sold at the same price you would find in-store, and you will also have access to McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu (this will be key for the morning after a late night out where all you need is an egg McMuffin but don’t feel like changing out of your sweatpants!)

And to save yourself a little extra off your first UberEATS order you can use the promo code, MCDS005, to shave an extra $5 off – which will essentially wave the delivery fee from your order!


Giant Rubber Duck Unveiled in Toronto For Canada Day Weekend


Whether you like it, love it, or simply want to dump it overboard, the giant rubber duck – with the proportionately large price tag to accompany it – has washed up on the shores of Toronto waterfront for Canada Day weekend.

The six-storey, 13, 600 kg duck is one of the largest of the inflatable aquatic variety and was made for the purposes of the RedPath Waterfront Festival, though many are struggling to find a valid connection between a $200,000 oversized pool toy and Canada 150.

Previous installations similar to this plastic, yellow friend were created by a Dutch artist who has traveled the world showcasing his unorthodox and oversized creations.

The public outcry of the rubber duck, however, has not stopped the bird from stretching it’s proverbial wings across the southern part of Ontario, as after it’s brief visit in Toronto it will be making strides to Owen Sound for July 3.


McDonald’s Canada Launches NEW Egg BLT McMuffin and Mud Pie McFlurry


For the summer,  is bringing out two new items to their menu. One of them will be going onto their all day breakfast menu, while the other is a dessert specialty that would be best enjoyed in the afternoon on a hot summer day.

The first new menu addition is the , which will be like the regular egg McMuffin, but this one will include bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and a dollop of mayonnaise-like sauce. This will only be around for a limited time this summer.

The second new menu offering is the Mud Pie McFlurry. The McFlurry will mock the flavour profile of the iconic Mississippi dessert special by using a combination of chocolate cookie crumbles and chocolate chips with a swirl of hot chocolate fudge sauce.


KFC Changes Name to K’EhFC For Canada’s 150th Anniversary


This is perhaps the most out there, if not ridiculous, marketing techniques that retailers have implemented in an attempt to capitalize on Canada’s 150th anniversary. announced that they would be temporarily changing the name of America’s favourite fried chicken supplier to a more Canuck friendly version – K’ehFC (eh, do you see what they did there?) – for the summertime to celebrate their neighbour to the north’s birthday.

“Canada Day is about togetherness — for the country, our communities, and for our friends and family, and bringing people together over a bucket of chicken is what K’ehFC stands for,” said Stephen Scarrow, senior marketing manager for K’ehFC, in a news release.

The new name will be appearing on buckets across the country and, on one lucky store in Saskatoon, they have actually fastened on a brand new sign to reflect the company’s rebranding.

This little gesture has well intentioned thought behind it, but perhaps the masterminds at KFC’s marketing department could’ve consulted some experts before sandwiching the two-letter interjection into their logo. The recently discussed some of the myths and misconceptions surround the use of this specifically Canadian speech pattern and that it’s use may not be as universally Canadian as the world outside Canada perceives.

Nonetheless, it’s a thoughtful gesture from our friends to the south and the buckets I’m sure will provide countless moments of humour and fun on (use #KehFC on Twitter and tag a friend for your chance to win a KFC bucket seat!)

Here’s a short to help you understand how to pronounce the new KehFC brand (*tip, it’s the same as before…)


Cineplex Canada Opens “The Rec Room” Entertainment Complex in Toronto


The day is finally here! Toronto’s first Cineplex Canada entertainment centre, , has opened at the old Roundhouse Park. The building that the entertainment centre is taking over, previously occupied by Leon’s, provides the centre with 40,000 sq ft of freedom to add games, bars, large plasma screens, patios and even a stage for live entertainment.

While The Rec Room is being advertised as an ‘Eats and Entertainment’ experience, the entertainment – in my opinion – seems to outweigh the eats, but only because there’s just so much to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a futuristic voyage into a VR world, like the Ghostbuster themed quest game called , or are looking for something classic, but nonetheless entertaining, like shuffleboard or ping pong, there’s something for everyone at The Rec Room.

The games will work on a credit based system, where you’ll pay $10 for 40 credits (each game costs about four to six credits, so budget accordingly). Or, if you’d like a bit more freedom and fun for the night, you can purchase an unlimited bracelet (the credits will be loaded onto a wristband that you will then wave in front of the games to activate for play) for four hours, plus 1,500 redemption credits, for just $50.

After playing all those games for a night you’ll most likely have worked up quite an appetite, and the Rec Room does not disappoint in their selection of both big and small bites. There’s two restaurants,  and , that will be serving up unique dishes as well as old arcade room classics like pretzels, popcorn and fried chicken.

Keep an eye on the , as the Rec Room is sure to be churning out great live shows throughout the year, especially with The Hall, which is a space at the back of the venue where the stage is perfectly sized to accommodate for small, personal concerts.


Free Canada Day Events To Celebrate 150th Anniversary


With this being Canada’s 150th anniversary, you can expect that Canada Day events are going to be stepping it up a level, no matter where you are living. There are usually a host of free activities and events going on in cities across the country on each July 1st, but this year the offerings are much better and are being offered in far more cities. Apart from fireworks, there are a number of free concerts, activity days, discounted tickets to local attractions and even free food in some cases. We’ve taken some of the hassle and work out of it on your end by rounding up some of the more popular free Canada Day events being offered in some of the bigger locations across the country.

PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Starting on the east coast, with PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, there is of course the , which will be making pit stops across Canadian waters this summer, but a lot of these ships will be stopping in Maritime ports over the Canada Day weekend. Check out your to see when and where the ships will be stopping in.
  •  has an event offering in almost all of the major cities this weekend. Whether you’re heading to Cavendish Beach for some  or , there’s something going on all over the island, better known as the
  • In , if you’re in the capital city of  you’ll be able to catch free concerts, grab a bite to eat with the free pancake breakfast, plus catch the . In other parts of the province, there are fireworks, parades, folk festivals, bbq’s and
  • has a proud history as being one of the founding four provinces, and with that in mind they have put together a year-long list of activities and events to celebrate the 150 years of Canada. More specifically this weekend though, you can check out the Youth Orchestra, a 150 display in Fredericton and !
  • has free events being offered , but if you happen to find yourself in over Canada Day weekend, be sure to check out the  at Signal Hill followed by a free breakfast and concert series, that will be headlining The Sheepdogs

Ontario and Quebec

  • have enough free events and activities going on this weekend to fill up one entire post, but if there’s one thing you’ll want to check out this weekend if you’re within driving distance on the 401, it’s the by Canadian gems like the Barenaked Ladies, Ron Sexsmith, Shad and newcomer dvsn.
  • Of course the nation’s capital, , will have a full weekend lineup of free fun for the entire family, particularly on the look out will be the notable Canadian Citizen Ceremony and the special presentation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Governor General of Canada and the Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who will be celebrating their first Canada Day in Ottawa as part of their Royal Tour of Canada this summer
  • to be on the lookout throughout Ontario include ,  and much, much more!
  • has great free events in both and this weekend, but for those of you living in other parts of this historically rich province be sure to check out all the free events in your to help celebrate the country’s birthday

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta

  • is offering residents of the chance to recreate a at Main and Portage (don’t forget to wear a red t-shirt!), or if you’re more of a history nerd, then you can spend Canada Day at the
  • If you find yourself in over Canada Day weekend in , then you could catch a free concert of Marianas Trench (plus fireworks, of course) , and will also be hosting free and fun beach activities all day long!
  • in is going to be celebrating Canada Day in style, while those of you looking for a less traditional and more musically inclined way to ring in 150 might want to head over to the free Tegan and Sara concert happening at . will of course be hosting a big party over two days, while may begin kicking off the party on Saturday!

British Columbia

  • will be hosting a free concert by , or, for those of you preferring to chill out than rock out, you can also partake in some free yoga at
  • Victoria will have the to rival Vancouver’s Sam Roberts show, and will also be offering free square dancing at
  • There are plenty more free events and concerts happening around B.C., including a headlining show by Tom Cochrane in Surrey, which you can learn more about or

Yukon, Nunavut and NWT

  • is hosting a landmark Canada Day celebration, beginning with a Fun Run and ending with a concert featuring the Trade-Offs, while the Yukon will be bringing in their Canadian pride with a concert from July Talk in
  • There’s going to be face painting, a bouncy castle and a water slide for the kids at this Canada Day party in , and for the adults there will be concerts and a CIBC Reaffirmation Ceremony

Happy Canada Day partying!


Nintendo Releasing Super Nintendo Classic Edition September 2017 With 21 Pre-Loaded Games


A miniature version of the 1990s Nintendo fan favourite – the  – is going to be re-released this fall, , and will come with 21 pre-loaded retro games, including the never before released Star Fox 2.

The Super NES console is a follow-up to Nintendo’s relaunching of the , which became so popular that it caught the entertainment system retailer off guard and led to the revamped retro systems being resold on sites like eBay for nearly double the retail value.

This iteration of the Super NES Classic, which is more compact than the 1991 version, will cost customers $99 CAD and will come pre-loaded with 21 retro classics, such as Super Mario Cart, Star Fox, Super Mario World and much, much more.

Gamers young or old, casual or dedicated who have either grown up with this system or aren’t familiar with what continues to be ranked as one of the “greatest video game systems ever made” will be able to purchase the Super NES Classic starting on September 29 and can rest a little easier knowing that Nintendo has assured that they won’t make the same mistake as last year and will supply more units to be shipped out until the end of the

Here is the full line-up of games that will come pre-loaded onto the Super NES Classic console:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-Zero
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island


Ontarians Stocking Up With LCBO Strike Deadline Looming Ahead of Canada Day Weekend


If you were at an LCBO this weekend, you may’ve noticed that things were much busier and over picked for your regular weekend – especially since it wasn’t a long weekend. With lines stretching all the way to the back of the store and even circling back in some of the more crowded cases, patrons of Ontario’s liquor corporation are getting a taste of just how difficult life could become should their main supplier of wine, beer and spirits no longer be accessible, which may be the reality come Monday at 12:01am.

LCBO employees have threatened to begin their strike ahead of a weekend that a lot of Canadians would be sad to be enjoying without a cold beer in hand, which is probably why LCBO’s over this past weekend resembled what grocery store aisles look like ahead of a natural disaster.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the LCBO have said that they will be working around the clock to negotiate with LCBO employees, but details of the bargaining will not be released to the public until Monday as the OPSEU has declared a .

The 8,000 unionized LCBO employees are asking for job certainty, as 84 percent of the workforce remains employed on a part-time basis and is asking for more security when it comes to gaining full-time status and general scheduling. The union has been without a contract since March 31, 2017.

Some locations have so customers can stock-up ahead of this weekend should the strike negotiations not work out in the employees – or Ontarians – favour.

Will you be stocking up for Canada Day weekend before the potential strike?


Netflix Canada: New Movies and TV Shows Released For July


Are you a diehard rom-com binger, and like to watch movies like the 2011 hit, , on a repeat loop? Or perhaps you’re more of a science fiction fan, who counts down the days (and even hours) to the release of each iteration of the . No matter what your genre preference is, the new releases for July from  are going to satisfy almost everyone’s wants and needs for the summer.

*Note: All of the movies that have received an 80 percent or higher rating on (for the Tomatometer score) have been giving an asterisk!

July 1:

  • Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
  • Batman: Bad Blood
  • Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men – Season 1-2
  • Dark Matter – Season 2
  • Draft Day
  • Given
  • Hacksaw Ridge*
  • Keep Quiet*
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses
  • Last Vegas
  • Legends of the Fall
  • Let’s Be Cops
  • Oasis: Supersonic*
  • Offspring – Season 6
  • Out of Thin Air
  • Raising Arizona
  • Snatch
  • Snowden
  • Southside with You*
  • The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble*
  • The Riot Club
  • The Wedding Pact
  • Welcome to Me
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past*

July 2-6:

  • Miss Julie (July 2)
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries – Season 3 ” Ring of Fire”
  • Olympus – Season 1
  • Eloise
  • The Standups
  • American Pie
  • Ghost
  • It’s Complicated
  • Julieta*
  • Chelsea – Season 2 (weekly episodes)
  • Dawn of the Croods – Season 4
  • Luna Petunia – Season 2

July 7-13:

  • Castlevania – Season 1
  • Pixels
  • Shadowhunters: The Moral Instruments – Season 2 part b
  • Friends With Benefits
  • The Blues Brothers*

July 14-17:

  • Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile
  • Chasing Coral
  • Friends from College – Season 1
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  • To The Bone
  • West Coast Customs – Season 4
  • Cowgirl’s Story

July 18-20:

  • Aditi Mittal: Things They Would Let Me
  • Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story*
  • Killer Women with Piers Morgan – Series 1
  • Bruce Almighty
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley*

July 21-31:

  • Last Chance U – Season 2
  • Ozark – Season 1
  • The Worst Witch – Season 1
  • Detour
  • Vincent N Roxxy
  • Joe Mande’s Award Winning Comedy Special
  • The Social Network*
  • Toni Erdmann
  • Braveheart
  • Arrival*
  • Daughters of Destiny
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots – Season 5
  • The Incredible Jessica James*
  • After the Reality

And here are the titles that will be leaving Netflix as of July 2017:

  • Marvel’s Iron Man July 1
  • Paper Towns July 1
  • She’s Funny That Way July 1
  • Step Up (1-3) July 1
  • Disney’s Tomorrowland July 6
  • Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded July 7
  • Focus July 10
  • Sleeping with Other People July 22
  • Inside Out July 26

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