Why some Canadians are willing to travel; Landlord Protects Tenant From Tattoos: CBC Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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Ottawa always wants us to stay home. But many travelers still head for warmer pastures

For many Canadians accustomed to a life of travel, the past year and a half has only heightened their desire to travel.

While the Delta variant has complicated plans for a post-pandemic future where it is safe to travel without a reservation, many people still plan to head south in the coming months.

Air Canada, Air Transat and Sunwing all say the coming fall and winter looks promising for travel to sun destinations.

“On the sun market, we are very optimistic about our recovery,” Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CBC News in a recent email. He noted that the airline “is currently seeing demand growth above 2019 levels.”

Despite this increased demand, the federal government still feels uncomfortable with people traveling abroad.

In an email to CBC News, Global Affairs Canada said it still advises against non-essential travel outside of Canada and also highlighted practical concerns for those who choose to go abroad.

“Additional travel restrictions can be imposed suddenly. Airlines can suspend or reduce their flights without notice. Travel plans can be severely disrupted, making it difficult to get home.” Read more

A row of beach chairs in Varadero, Cuba is empty of sun seekers in March 2021. Cuba is easing restrictions on inbound Canadian tourists from mid-November. (Ramon Espinosa / The Associated Press)

Can a landlord cancel a lease because of tattoos? It happened to this student

A Western University freshman who arrived in London, Ont from Saskatchewan, says she had a rental contract canceled at the last minute by a landlord who said she didn’t didn’t like his tattoos.

Kadince Ball, 18, started school in Western earlier this month and was secured an apartment before his move. She had already signed a lease and paid her bond, but soon after meeting her landlord Esther Lee in person, Lee told her she couldn’t move in.

“A lease was signed and because I look a certain way I was refused the lease,” Ball said. “None of my tattoos are offensive. They are works of art. They are someone’s artwork on my body.”

Lee told CBC News she decided to cancel the lease because she was “scared” after seeing Ball’s tattoos. The day the two first met in person, it was hot and Ball was wearing a tank top that showed off his tattoos, including a snake wrapped around a flower on his forearm, a cherub on one shoulder, and a flower on the other shoulder.

“It covered almost 70 percent of his arm,” Lee said. “That’s why I don’t want to praise him because it’s scary, so scary.”

Ball ends up finding another apartment. She is more concerned with her studies than with the lawsuits. But a lawyer at Western’s Community Legal Services Clinic says if she chose to take the incident to small claims court, she would likely have a case. Read more

Kadince Ball signed a lease for an apartment in London, Ont., Before arriving from Saskatchewan for his first year at Western University. When she met the owner in person, the owner said she would not rent to him. She later told CBC News it was because of Ball’s tattoos. (Andrew Lupton / CBC)

How Much Air Pollution is Too Much? The answer is less than we once thought

The World Health Organization said earlier this week that the harmful health effects of air pollution are manifesting at lower levels than they previously thought.

As a result, WHO is raising the bar for policymakers and the public in its first update of its air quality guidelines in 15 years.

Exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause seven million premature deaths and affect the health of millions more people every year, and air pollution “is now recognized as the greatest environmental threat to human health,” said Dr Dorota Jarosinska, WHO Europe. program manager for living and working environments.

Air pollution is now comparable to other global health risks such as unhealthy diets and smoking, the WHO said. Read more

Vehicles drive on a highway as smog envelops Pakistan’s Lahore region on November 11, 2020. The World Health Organization said this week that the negative health effects of poor quality of the air manifest at lower levels than previously thought. (KM Chaudary / The Associated Press)

What else is going on?

Here’s how the housing landscape could change under a newly re-elected Liberal government
Ottawa looks a lot like after the election, but there is optimism about affordability – if promises are kept.

Vacancies are at a pandemic level. Blame the fourth wave
The vacancy rate reached 15.7% in the third quarter of 2021, according to CBRE Group Inc., a commercial real estate company.

The EU wants to push all smartphone manufacturers to use the same charging station. Even Apple
The EU wants to reduce 10,000 tonnes per year of electronic waste generated by obsolete technologies.

Is your device spying on you? CBC Kids News has the answers
Experts say this is a bit of a stretch.

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