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Mythbusting study reveals that when poor people are given cash, they really do spend it well

There’s a pervasive myth that giving cash to the poor is a waste because they’ll just spend it on “cigarettes and alcohol.” The opposite is true, according to a recent research paper. David Evans of the World Bank and Anna Popova of Stanford University examined 19 recent studies that looked into cash transfers and “temptation goods.” […]

Canadian arts organizations unknowingly advertise on Breitbart.com

When the Globe and Mail called up numerous Canadians arts organizations to ask why their ads appeared on controversial news website Breitbart.com, all of them expressed surprise that they had. On the Globe‘s call list was Mirvish Productions, the Stratford Festival, children’s charity Plan International Canada, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). How did their […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Nov. 1

1847 Opera singer Emma Albani is born in Chambly, Quebec, a leading soprano of the 19th century and early 20th century, she became the first Canadian singer to become an international star. 1949 Musician David Foster is born in Victoria. The prolific producer has won 16 Grammy Awards and worked with Canadian and international superstars […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 31

1926 Ten days after being punched in the stomach at a performance in Montreal, illusionist Harry Houdini dies from a ruptured spleen at the age of 52. 1950 Actor John Candy is born in Toronto. 1966 CBC Radio’s World at Six makes its debut. 1995 Jacques Parizeau resigns as premier of Quebec after his losing […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 30

1869 The first issue of Canadian Illustrated News, the first periodical to reproduce a photograph, is published in Montreal. 1971 The Toronto Telegram publishes its final issue after 96 years. Until 1932, it was Toronto’s largest circulation newspaper. 1995 Quebec narrowly rejects separation in a refendum. The “No” side won by 50.6 per cent to […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 29

1929 The Toronto Stock Exchange suffers huge losses as the New York stock market almost entirely collapses. “Black Tuesday” begins the U.S. “Great Depression” and critically affects Canadian trade as one-third of the economy is dependent on exports. 1967 The Montreal Expo ’67 closes with total attendance of more than 50 million visitors. 1998 The […]

Drake turns 30, drops news of upcoming music project in December

It’s a birthday celebration for both Drake and his fans. The Toronto-born hip hop superstar announced on his Apple Music program that he has plans for a new music project titled, More Life, in December. “I want to give you a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to your life,” he said. Earlier this […]
Supplied publicity photo, Nintendo, 2016

5 revealing moments from the Nintendo Switch trailer that everyone else missed

Ever since Nintendo revealed a three-minute teaser trailer for its upcoming Switch console, it has become one of the most analyzed videos since the Zapruder film. Fans are hungry for more information: Will the screen be touch-enabled? How much will the console cost at launch? What games will be included? Well, we don’t know the […]

On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 14

1926 British author A.A. Milne publishes Winnie-the-Pooh. The honey-loving title character is inspired by a real-life bear named Winnipeg, which had been donated to the London Zoo by Canadian soldiers in 1915. 1966 Montreal’s Metro subway system officially opens. Inspired by the Paris Metro, it is Canada’s busiest metro system, and North America’s third busiest […]