TVO’s ‘Political Blind Date’ Returns On February 14 For Second Season

TVO announced Thursday that its popular documentary series Political Blind Date will return for a second season on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Each weekly half-hour installment of the six-part series will bring together politicians with different points-of-view together on a “date” to bring to life different perspectives on important Canadian issues.

Season 2 of Political Blind Date features politicians from across Canada who explore issues that could prove to play key roles in the upcoming 2019 federal election:

  • Feb. 14: Guns in Canada – Marco Mendicino, Liberal MP and former Crown Prosecutor from Toronto, squares off with Glen Motz, Conservative MP and former Police Chief from Medicine Hat, Alberta, about Canada’s relationship with guns. Does Bill-C71 infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and will it stop the use of illegal guns?
  • Feb. 21: The urban-rural divide – Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario and former Liberal MP, sets out with Andrew Scheer, Conservative Party Leader, from Regina-Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, to see who should receive more government attention and support, populous cities or the rural communities that feed them?
  • Feb: 28: Taxes – Lisa Raitt, Conservative MP and Deputy Party Leader, Milton, Ontario and Wayne Easter, Liberal MP and Chair of the Finance Committee, from Malpeque, Prince Edward Island, pair together to debate whether the Liberal Government taxation policy is working. Is it true Liberals spend while Conservatives make budget cuts?
  • March 7: Improving Indigenous communities – Romeo Saganash, a Cree NDP MP from Abitibi-James Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou (Quebec) and Don Rusnak, an Ojibway Liberal MP from Thunder Bay-Rainy River, Ontario, uncover differing approaches on how best to improve Indigenous communities in Canada. Is the Liberal Government living up to its promises about a new partnership with Indigenous Peoples?
  • March 14: Opportunities for newcomers – Jenny Kwan, NDP MP, Vancouver East, British Columbia, (and immigrant to Canada at the age of 9), and Gary Anandasangaree, Liberal MP, Scarborough-Rouge Park, Toronto, (and Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka), explore whether the promise of acceptance and opportunity are equitable for everyone who arrives in Canada, no matter their status or origin.
  • March 21: Asylum seekers – Pierre Paul-Hus, Conservative MP from Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles, Quebec City, and Rob Oliphant, Liberal MP and Chair of the Immigration Committee, from Don Valley West, Toronto, travel to the U.S. border to see how irregular immigrants are welcomed into Canada.

Political Blind Date airs Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on TVO and online at tvo.org/politicalblinddate.

Wendy’s Canada Introduces New Spicy Chicken Strips

Wendy’s Canada offers a spicy twist on their classic chicken strips with the introduction of new Spicy Chicken Strips.

Spicy Chicken Strips feature all-white meat chicken tenders coated in a spicy breading and deep-fried until crispy. They’re served with your choice of dipping sauce.

You can find Spicy Chicken Strips at participating Wendy’s locations nationwide for a limited time only.

Nutritional Information – Spicy Chicken Strips (3 strips)

  • Calories: 350
  • Calories from Fat: 150
  • Fat: 17g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Sodium: 930mg
  • Carbs: 26g
  • Sugar: 0g

KFC Canada Offers Big Crunch Sandwiches For $2 On January 31, 2019

KFC Canada is running a limited-time promotion where you can get a Big Crunch Sandwich for $2 on January 31, 2019.

The special offer will be available on Thursday, January 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time at participating locations across Canada.

The Big Crunch features an extra crispy, seasoned chicken breast, lettuce and mayo, on a warm oval Kaiser bun. A spicy version with spicy mayo is also available.

The sandwich goes for $6.99 at my local KFC.

There’s a limit of one Big Crunch Sandwich per person at the discounted price.

Tim Hortons Unveils New Double Double Coffee Bar

Tim Hortons unveils the new Double Double Coffee Bar as part of the brand’s expanding retail products footprint.

Similar in size to a standard chocolate bar, the new Double Double Coffee Bar is made with Tim Hortons coffee beans and features a smooth and silky texture with an espresso bean finish, but contains no actual chocolate. However, the coffee bar does contain caffeine and should appeal to both coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike.

Look for the Tim Hortons Double Double Coffee Bar to start rolling out nationwide in fall 2019. No word on pricing at this time.

Dairy Queen Canada Offers Quarter-Pound GrillBurgers For $3.99 Each

Dairy Queen Canada is running a limited-time promotion where anyone can get a select GrillBurger for $3.99 at participating locations.

Grillburgers available during the promotion include the classic Bacon Cheese GrillBurger, spicy FlameThrower GrillBurger and savoury Mushroom Swiss GrillBurger.

The Bacon Cheese GrillBurger features a quarter-pound all beef patty topped with processed cheddar cheese, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, tomato, crisp lettuce, pickles, onions, ketchup and mayo served on a warm toasted bun.

The FlameThrower GrillBurger features a quarter-pound beef patty topped with fiery FlameThrower sauce, pepper jack cheese, jalapeno bacon, tomato and crisp lettuce served on a warm toasted bun.

The Mushroom Swiss GrillBurger features a quarter-pound beef patty topped with savoury mushroom sauce, Swiss cheese and mayo served on a warm toasted bun.

Prices and participation may vary by location.

Sarah McLachlan To Host 48th Annual Juno Awards In London, Ontario

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and CBC today announced that singer Sarah McLachlan will host this year’s Juno Awards in London, Ontario.

The 12-time Juno Award winner, and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee will take the stage as host at Budweiser Gardens in London on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to host the 48th Annual JUNO Awards,” said McLachlan.

“I know intimately what it feels like to be on the JUNO stage and I feel truly blessed to play a new role for an organization that has supported me throughout my career.”

Also announced today, German-Canadian singer/songwriter bülow was confirmed as a performer at the awards show. The rising pop-singer, most recognized for her first EP’s breakthrough multi-platinum hit in 2017, “Not a Love Song“, will join a lineup of previously announced performers including 2019 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Corey Hart and Loud Luxury.

Additional talent announcements will follow in the coming weeks.

The event will be broadcast live across the country on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music the free CBC Gem streaming service as well as globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos at 8 PM ET.

Tickets to The 2019 JUNO Awards are available online at budweisergardens.com, by phone at 1-866-455-2849 and in-person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens (Located at Gate 1).

McDonald’s Canada Unveils 3 New Spicy McChicken Sandwiches

McDonald’s Canada Canada is giving their popular McChicken sandwich a spicy makeover with the launch of three new Spicy McChicken sandwiches.

While the chain officially revealed all three new sandwiches today, they will debut on menus nationwide in a staggered release over four weeks, starting today with the Spicy Jalapeño McChicken.

Debuts on January 29

Spicy Jalapeño McChicken: A breaded and seasoned chicken patty, shredded lettuce, and creamy Jalapenõ sauce on a freshly toasted sesame bun. Available from January 29 through March 11, while supplies last.

Spicy Jalapeño McChicken
Spicy Jalapeño McChicken

Debuts on February 12

Spicier Habanero McChicken: Breaded seasoned chicken, shredded lettuce, and creamy Habanero sauce on a freshly toasted sesame bun. Available from February 12 through March 11, while supplies last.

Spicier Habanero McChicken
Spicier Habanero McChicken

Debuts on February 26

Spiciest Ghost Pepper McChicken: A  breaded and seasoned chicken patty, shredded lettuce ad creamy Ghost Pepper sauce on a freshly toasted sesame bun. Available from February 26 through March 11, while supplies last.

Spiciest Ghost Pepper McChicken
Spiciest Ghost Pepper McChicken

As you can see, with each release, the heat is turned up another notch.

These are all basically just standard McChicken sandwiches with the regular mayo swapped out for a spicy mayo that’s incrementally hotter with each new release.

All three new spicy sandwiches will remain on menus at participating locations across Canada through March 11, 2019.

Images via McDonald’s

Alice In Chains Announces 10 Canadian Tour Dates As Part Of 2019 Spring North American Tour

Alice in Chains on Monday announced a spring North American tour in support of their latest 2018 studio album Rainier Fog.
The 13-city tour includes ten stops in Canada.

The 13-city tour includes ten stops in Canada along with three in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to be taking the ‘Rainier Fog’ tour to Canada this April,” wrote the Seattle-based rockers on Twitter.

The ten Canadian tour dates are:

April 10: Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 12: Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Events Center
April 13: Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Centre
April 15: Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
April 17: Winnipeg, MA – Burton Cummings Theatre
April 23: London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
April 24: Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Concert Hall
April 25: Rama, ON – Rama Casino
April 27: Montreal, QC – Mtelus
April 28: Quebec City, QC – Le Capitole

Alice in Chains tour
Alice in Chains tour (Alice in Chains)

IHOP Coming To Moncton, New Brunswick

The International House of Pancakes, aka IHOP is coming to Moncton, New Brunswick.

The opening, which is rumoured to be scheduled for the second half of 2019 will represent the chain’s first location in Atlantic Canada.

While the company hasn’t officially announced the new Moncton location, they are actively looking to hire experienced managers for a yet-to-be announced Moncton location.

“IHOP is coming to Moncton and we are currently looking to hire experienced Managers to join our team. IHOP operates with a consistent set of values and has developed a strong positive work environment and culture for our managers and team members. Our people are our greatest assets and we would like you to share in this exciting opportunity. Be part of the evolution!”

Barack Obama Coming To Winnipeg In March

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is coming to Winnipeg in March.

The event, promoted as “A Conversation with President Barack Obama” is set to take place at Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. local time.

Presale begins Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Tickets for the general public will be available starting Wednesday, January 30 at 10 a.m.

Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.