By Jennifer O’Meara Clarington This Week Wed., Feb. 6, 2019 Exactly one week after a vehicle sped through the building and plunged into the pool, the Courtice Community Complex reopened its temporary doors Friday. Residents were quick to reclaim their recreation facility — using the fitness training centre, 55+ active adults area, recreation programming and the Clarington Public Library Courtice branch. “It’s a community centre, it’s well used,” said Jim Boate, who cycles to the fitness facility every morning for a workout but happened to take the day off the morning the car came through the building. “It’s a huge anchor for the community and you don’t realize how much you’ll miss it until it’s gone.” A small red car drove past the bollards outside the recreation centre on Jan. 25, narrowly missing a pedestrian. It crashed through the front doors, went across the building’s lobby, … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a huge anchor for the community.’ Courtice rec centre reopens week after car crashes into pool
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By Suzanne Kapner The Wall Street Journal Mon., Dec. 24, 2018 If the department store has a future, it might look like this. The space is a quarter of its original size. New goods hit the racks daily and are displayed on a single floor with an e-commerce warehouse upstairs. The store is closed two days a week and is staffed by full-time employees who know their customers by name and sell auto insurance among other services at the checkout. That is the blueprint for a newly reopened Carson’s store in Evergreen Park, Ill., part of the failed Bon-Ton Holdings Inc., a regional department-store chain that filed for bankruptcy and closed all its stores earlier this year. As traditional department stores struggle, several upstarts are taking a stab at breathing new life into the model. In Plano, Texas, a company called Neighborhood Goods last month opened what Chief Executive Matt Alexander calls a new type of department store that sells products from furniture to … [Read more...] about Department store of the future: selling art off the walls and car insurance at checkout
China hikes tariffs on US soybeans, electric cars, fish BEIJING — China fired back Saturday in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey. The government said it was responding in "equal scale" to Trump's tariff hike on Chinese goods in a conflict over Beijing's trade surplus and technology policy that companies worry could quickly escalate and chill global economic growth. China "doesn't want a trade war" but has to "fight back strongly," said a Commerce Ministry statement. It said Beijing also was scrapping agreements to narrow its multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States by purchasing more American farm goods, natural gas and other products. The United States and China have the world's biggest trading relationship but official ties are increasingly strained over complaints Beijing's industry development tactics … [Read more...] about China hikes tariffs on US soybeans, electric cars, fish
By Martin Regg Cohn Ontario Politics Columnist Fri., July 7, 2017 The endless rip-off in car insurance rates is a never-ending tale of Ontario the good versus Ontario the bad. We are among the best drivers on the continent, with the lowest accident rates and injury statistics. That’s the good news for nearly 10 million passengers and drivers on our roads. And yet we have the worst premiums in the country — $1,458, on average, in 2015. That’s double the cost in Quebec, and 55 per cent higher than the national average. How is such highway robbery — billions of dollars in excess premiums — still possible, year after year? Our politicians love to blame crooked tow truck firms for driving up costs every time they drive our vehicles to corrupt garages, which pay kickbacks for every battered car body and greedy health clinics that maximize billings from bodily injuries. Article Continued Below Yes, the system is plagued by … [Read more...] about How lawyers and car insurers get away with highway robbery: Cohn
source Matt Cardy/Getty Images For years, credit cards from JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and others have offered price protection, a benefit that refunds customers up to $500 if they buy an item and subsequently spot it cheaper somewhere else. Filing a claim was a laborious task, so few people ever did. Apps like Earny have emerged that use bots to automate the price-protection process, connecting with users’ email accounts to monitor purchases and hunt down refunds. Insiders say the rise of these tools and services has led to exponential growth in price-protection claims: “Nobody foresaw the onslaught of claims right now.” Citi recently revealed it would cut back on its price-protection offering, while Chase is planning to eliminate it entirely. Discover, which doesn’t work with apps like Earny, has cut other benefits but is keeping price … [Read more...] about For years, Chase and Citi credit cards offered a generous, under-the-radar benefit that protected customers. And then the bots arrived.