Month: November 2016

Controversial Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro dead at 90

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Matt Owczarz

The leader of Cuba’s communist revolution and former president of the island nation for around five decades has died. Fidel Castro has been in poor health since he was diagnosed with an intestinal ailment in 2006. Castro’s younger brother Raul, who obtained the presidency from Fidel after he stepped down in 2008, announced Castro’s passing on Cuban state television. Castro –successfully avoiding some 634 assassination plots on his life, including a devilishly clever attempt the CIA made using an explosive cigar – died on Friday. No cause of death or other details have been given.

Check out my storify on the world’s reactions to Castro’s death  here


Wheels finally in motion to stop Canada’s opioid crisis

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Matt Owczarz

The federal government has finally come together to address Canada’s opioid crisis with a two-day summit, which took place on Nov 17 and Nov 18, in Ottawa, Ont.

Health experts, health ministers, addiction experts and afflicted families attended the summit – hosted by Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott and Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins –  to discuss legislative changes that would address the issue.


Winners of the 2016 Canadian Comedy Awards


The winners for the 2016 Canadian Comedy Awards were announced on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy of the CCAs)

Matthew Owczarz

This year marked the 17th consecutive year of the Canadian Comedy Awards.

The Canadian Comedy Awards, or CCAs, are a national ceremony celebrating Canadian comedians for achievements in live, television, radio and web comedy, said Simon Fraser, a representative from the CCAs.

The awards ceremony was hosted at The Silver City comedy club in Toronto on Nov. 6.


Wine joins beer and cider on grocery store shelves

Matthew Owczarz

Ontario has approved the sale of wine at select grocery stores across the province.

Previously, wine was mainly sold at LCBO and Wine Rack stores.  Major grocers like Loblaws, Metro and Sobeys among others can now sell wine as of Oct. 28, 2016.

Wine follows the launch of cider being sold in grocery stores back in June and beer last December.

Here is a google map I created of all the stores that sell beer, cider and wine(marked in red) and all the stores that sell beer and cider (marked in blue) in the GTA.