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Tough talk on NAFTA and new tariffs between the United States and Canada might paint a cloudy picture for businesses, but a recent report shows exporters are still optimistic about their growth prospects. A recent survey by Export Development Canada indicates that Canadian exporters are actually having trouble keeping up with demand and are benefiting from strong sales at home and abroad.
You can use smartphone apps to streamline everything from ordering a taxi to controlling personal finance, so the head of bar services at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto wondered whether he could find one to manage his inventory of liquor. After a few months of using a Canadian-made app called Wisk, the technology has already saved the hotel thousands of dollars by cutting down on labour costs and, by using software that predicts trends in the liquor market, it has optimized buying.
At Toronto’s Downtown Camera, on any given day, there’s a lineup of young adults and teens clutching decades-old cameras and disposable point-and-shoots. Rather than take photos on smartphones or internet-connected cameras, these photographers are choosing to shoot on traditional film cameras and have their film developed at the store’s lab. For Downtown Camera, which opened in the 1970s and operates in Toronto’s financial district, the interest is so strong that the business will soon be moving to a new location to accommodate a bigger darkroom.
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The first sign that Isabel Freire’s renovation job wouldn’t be a piece of cake was when her basement flooded after a simple plumbing fix. Ms. Freire’s plumber let two apprentices do a piping job without any supervision, she said, and they didn’t notice a three-foot crack in the waste pipe because they didn’t check their work before going home.
When Shannon Beattie moved into her stately cul-de-sac neighbourhood in Niagara Falls with two other women, her suburban neighbours were wondering what was up. It’s not generally the kind of area where you have roommates. But they aren’t quite roommates: Ms. Beattie is co-owning the home with a long-time friend and renting out their basement. Thanks to the living situation, she ends up paying $500 a month and gets much more space than her one-bedroom apartment in Toronto, which cost five times as much.
The climate in Passu is changing, and the glaciers that sustain life in its region are at risk. On the north side of the village, meltwater from glaciers has increased to the point where large portions of the village are at risk of being eroded away. This summer, an entire hotel was swallowed into a river bed because of erosion.
Marvia Malik and a group of her friends are lounging in her room as she gets her makeup done before a photo shoot for a Pakistani fashion brand, and a makeup artist has already been working on Ms. Malik’s face for an hour. When asked how long it usually takes, a friend in the room can’t help but make a joke. “If we’re talking about Marvia, then at least two hours,” she says, as the whole room bursts into laughter.
Cemil Hanci is eight years old, and his brother, Vedat, is just nine, but he likes to say he’s already 10 in anticipation of his birthday. The two boys learned to play many sports thanks to their father Davud Hanci. Soccer, baseball, and, like many Canadian kids growing up in the suburbs, hockey.
Every night during Ramadan, about a dozen boys meet up in a parking lot that sits near Islamabad’s network of hiking trails to play cricket under the streetlights. You’re likely to see the same scene play out in any well-lit parking lot across the predominantly Muslim city. But if you look up at the Himalayan foothills above this group of kids, you’ll notice narrow beams of light passing over the sheer rock faces above.
The sun was beaming down on a boiling day in the Ethiopian town of Bahir Dar and the only reason I was wandering around aimlessly was to find an ATM that would accept my bank card. As I passed by a side street, a group of men sitting on the ground stared at me while I walked by.