Netflix Canada Offers Free Downloading For Offline Playback

Netflix Canada members can now download in addition to stream their favourite TV shows and films at no extra cost starting today, November 30, 2016.

Netflix is including the new feature with all its plans in Canada. In order to take advantage of the free download feature, you will have to update your app. Downloading is available on phones and tablets running on iOS and Android.

To download something to watch later, simply click on the download button on the details page for a film or TV series – and enjoy the freedom to watch it later without an internet connection.

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Self-Driving Cars Hit Ontario Roads Today

Starting today, Ontario roads become the main testing ground for the he first automated vehicle pilot program in Canada. The program is being led by The University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX.

In total, three cars will hit Ontario roads with the new automated technology. The program could result in the development of fully automated self-driving cars in Canada, and abroad.

The pilot is set to run for 10 years, and under the rules, a driver must remain in the driver’s seat at all times.

Automated vehicles are driverless or self-driving vehicles capable of detecting and navigating the surrounding environment. They also have the potential to help improve road safety and fuel efficiency, as well as reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Participants in the pilot project include:

The WATCar Project at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Automotive Research.

The Erwin Hymer Group, an international auto manufacturer active in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech and innovation corridor.

BlackBerry QNX, a Canadian global software development leader, which will test a 2017 Lincoln with automated features.

Ontario became the first province in Canada to create a pilot regulatory framework to test automated vehicles on its roads on Januar1, 2016.

East Side Mario’s Serving Up $29.99 Family Pasta Deal

If you’re looking to treat the family to a pasta meal over the 2016 holiday season East Side Mario’s is running a promotion where you can get a family pasta meal for $29.99.

The $29.99 Family Pasta Deal includes a choice of two of East Side Mario’s four signature family-sized pastas, place a large garden salad and two garlic homeloaves.

If you’re looking to treat yourself, East Side Mario’s is also offering a Personal Pasta Deal where you get to pick your pasta dish, plus your choice of a single-serve soup or salad with a garlic homeloaf and a soft drink for $14.99.

East Side Mario’s pasta deals are available at participating locations across Canada.

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Tim Hortons Canada Unveils New Treats For 2016 Holiday Season

Tim Hortons celebrates the 2016 holiday season with the introduction of new holiday treats, at participating locations for a limited time.

Items on the 2016 holiday menu include Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Peppermint White Hot Chocolate, and two new minty treats: Chocolate Mint Filled Cookie and Mint Fudge Brownie Donut.

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Wendy’s Canada Offers New Sriracha Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s Canada is offering a new twist on its popular Spicy Chicken with the introduction of the new limited-time Sriracha Chicken Sandwich, at participating locations.

The new Sriracha Chicken Sandwich features Spicy Chicken, topped with Sriracha Jack Cheese, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, creamy sriracha aioli, spring mix, and red onion, all served sandwiched between a toasted sriracha-infused bakery-style bun.

Nutritional Information – Wendy’s Canada Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich

  • Calories: 600 (From fat – 280)
  • Fat: 31g
  • Sugar: 6g (Carbs – 49g)
  • Sodium: 1660mg
  • Protein: 34g

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Domino’s Canada Offers 50% Off All Pizzas Through December 4, 2016

Domino’s Pizza Canada is offering a ten-day long Black Friday special where you can get 50% off all pizzas ordered online from November 25, through December 4, 2016.

The half off deal is available on all menu priced pizzas ordered online or through the Domino’s app during the promotion period.

Keep in mind that this deal is available on ALL pizzas, including toppings, size and crust. There’s no limitation, with the exception that the deal is only valid for online orders. Apart from not being able to combine with other pizza specials, you’re free to chow down on half-priced Domino’s pizzas for 10 full days!

Pan pizzas and gluten free pizzas may be subject to an additional charge at some locations.

The Domino’s Canada Black Friday 50% off deal is available at participating locations across Canada through December 4, 2016.

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CFL Shuts Down Grey Cup Pizza Combo Promotion

The CFL has shut down a Pizza Pizza promotion across Hamilton, Ontario where the chain was offering a $29.99 pizza combo deal that included 2 free tickets to the Grey Cup game in Toronto on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

“Although it may have been made with good intentions, it didn’t have proper authorization. Once it was brought to our attention we had the promotion pulled immediately,”  CFL spokesman Paulo Senra said on his Twitter account.

The walk-in only special includes a large three-topping pizza, ten chicken wings, four cans of pop, dipping sauces, and two free Grey Cup tickets for just $29.99.

The chain is offering 15 pairs of tickets at each location in the Hamilton area – while supplies last.

Pizza Pizza Gret Cup Combo
Pizza Pizza Gret Cup Combo

What exactly does this say about the Grey Cup – and the state of professional football in Canada?

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One Of These 5 Women Will Appear On An Upcoming Canadian Banknote

The Bank of Canada has released the short list of five women from which one will be chosen to be featured on the next regularly circulated banknote expected in 2018.

The final selection as well as the denomination of the bill on which she will appear will be revealed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Here’s the short list of women under consideration:

  • Viola Desmond – Activist (1914–1965) A Nova Scotian best known for her courageous refusal, in 1946, to accept racial discrimination by sitting in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre.
  • E. Pauline Johnson – Poet (1861–1913) Daughter of a Mohawk chief and an Englishwoman, best known for the poetry she wrote celebrating her Aboriginal heritage.
  • Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill – Engineer (1905–1980) The first woman in Canada to receive a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (University of Toronto, 1927) and a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering (University of Michigan, 1929).
  • Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld – Athlete (1904–1969) At the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, she took the silver medal in the 100-metre dash and was lead runner for the women’s 4 x 100 metre relay team that won gold in a record time of 48.2 seconds.
  • Idola Saint-Jean – Suffragette and Activist (1880–1945) An actress, teacher and author, Idola Saint-Jean is primarily known as a feminist and pioneer in the fight for suffrage in Quebec. She led the efforts to obtain the right for Quebec women to vote in provincial elections.

The women were selected from 461 eligible nominees submitted by Canadians during an open call for nominations, launched by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2016. More than 26,300 submissions were received from Canadians over a five-week period.

The Advisory Council members agreed that the shorlist five women best articulated the Council’s ultimate selection criteria: that nominees should have broken or overcome barriers, made a significant change, left a lasting legacy, and be inspirational.

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The Beaverton Draws 400,000 Viewers For Premiere Episode On The Comedy Network

Close to 400,000 people tuned in to The Comedy Network to watch The Beaverton’s premiere episode on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

According to official audience statistics released by the network, The Beaverton’s premiere episode was viewed by 379,000 fans, with a total of 724,000 unique viewers across all airings to date.

Here’s a look at the Top 3 Beaverton clips across all social media platforms:

1: The series’ most-watched clip to date, “5 War Atrocities Only 90s Kids Remember” – nearly 708,000 views

2: With 683,000 views, “The Donald Trump Apocalypse Begins”

3: Rachel Notley Caught in Yet Another Scandal with nearly 344,000 views

On tonight’s episode of The Beaverton, (Wednesday, November 23), shocking new insights into the world of ISIS are revealed, Aisha Alfa looks at the Liberal sex-ed curriculum, and Canada ponders a new currency.

The fake news show airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

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Canada Post Opens New Retail Concept Store Just In Time For Holiday Online Shoppers

Canada Post looks to offer consumers a new shopping experience with the launch of its latest retail concept store in Vancouver.

The concept store, located in Vancouver’s new Main Post Office is designed to function like a traditional post office, while adding new innovative features to serve Canadian’s changing postal needs.

Here’s what you’ll find in the new concept store:

  • A 24/7 self-serve shipping kiosk and automated parcel drop box, where you can ship night and day.
  • A changing room where you can try on your online purchases immediately – and then return whatever doesn’t work for you minutes later.
  • 24/7 postal and parcel boxes where you can pick up on your own time, securely, even when the store is closed.
  • A vending machine that allows you to buy stamps and shipping supplies 24/7.

If the new store proves to be a hit with consumers in Vancouver, it’s probably safe to assume Canada Post will consider rolling out the retail stores to more Canadian cities.

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