Jesse Ferreras
Jesse Ferreras is associate news editor of trends and traffic for The Huffington Post Canada. He was previously an online editor at and the Pique Newsmagazine in Whistler.

Entries by Jesse Ferreras

Home Price Pullback 'Imminent' For Toronto And Vancouver: Bank

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 7:48 PM

Home prices in Vancouver and Toronto are set to fall in the coming year, with steeper drops expected on the West Coast.

Vancouver home prices are expected to correct by 10 per cent over the next 12 months, said a National Bank report released Friday.

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Donald Glover Is Lando Calrissian In The Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 6:33 PM

"Star Wars" has found its new Lando Calrissian, and the franchise could not have picked anyone better.

Donald Glover will play the role originated by Billy Dee Williams in an as-yet-untitled Han Solo origin movie.

"We're so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us," directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in a statement.

"These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we'd like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever."

Glover first came to the public's attention in the NBC comedy "Community." He also built a prominent musical career under the stage name Childish Gambino.

He later starred in films including "The To Do List" and "Magic Mike XXL," and gained further prominence for a standout performance as brilliant scientist Rich Purnell in Ridley Scott's "The Martian."

More recently, he created and starred in the highly-acclaimed FX series "Atlanta," about young rappers making their way through the city's music scene.

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Lando Calrissian kisses Princess Leia's hand with Han Solo looking on in a still from "The Empire Strikes Back." (Photo: Lucasfilm)

The Han Solo movie will show Calrissian's life as a "scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy's underworld," a news release said.

It pits Glover opposite Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, the roguish pilot of the Millennium Falcon who would later help the rebels defeat the Galactic Empire in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

Calrissian was the original owner of the Falcon before he lost it to Solo in a game of sabacc.

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Childish Gambino attends day 1 of the Life Is Beautiful Festival on Oct. 26, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo: FilmMagic via Getty Images)

The pair encountered each other in Cloud City in "The Empire Strikes Back" when he handed him over to bounty hunter Boba Fett, before Solo was frozen in carbonite and delivered to Jabba the Hutt.

Calrissian later joined Solo and the rebels against the Empire.

The Han Solo movie will be released in 2018.

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Tragically Hip Ticket Sellouts Spark Law To Ban 'Scalper' Bots In Ontario

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 2:51 PM

Ontario is taking a hard line against scalper bots after only one-third of Tragically Hip fans managed to snag tickets to their summer tour.

The province is introducing legislation that would make bulk ticket purchases by high-tech computer software illegal, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said on Thursday.

But he doesn't...

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Lululemon: Foreign Worker Rules May Force Us To Leave Canada

(48) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 9:23 AM

Yogawear giant Lululemon told a parliamentary committee this summer it may move its headquarters out of Vancouver if it doesn’t get an exemption to temporary foreign worker (TFW) rules.

“We require — and will require — top experienced global talent,” the company said in a submission to the...

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Canada Revenue Agency Recovers Millions From Real Estate Crackdowns

(36) Comments | Posted October 20, 2016 | 3:32 PM

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recovered over $240 million from tax audits focused on real estate in B.C. and Ontario.

Over $210 million was collected from cases probed in Ontario between April 2015 and September 2016. Another $30.3 million was recovered in B.C., according to data posted...

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'Trump TV' Test-Launched While The Donald Imploded At The Debate: Reports

(31) Comments | Posted October 20, 2016 | 3:06 PM

Donald Trump might not be waiting for the presidential race to end before he launches his next business venture.

"Trump TV," a network designed to capitalize on the mounds of supporters he has drawn in the U.S. election, appears to have test-launched Wednesday night, as the Republican presidential...

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Canada Had More Overseas Visitors This Summer Than Any On Record

(5) Comments | Posted October 20, 2016 | 8:01 AM

Canada had a record number of international visitors this summer. But it could still be doing better in terms of the overall tourism picture.

July and August were the strongest and second strongest months for overseas visits from countries other than the United States since Statistics Canada started keeping records...

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Vancouver Foreclosures Are Flying Off The Market, Because Real Estate Is THAT Crazy

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 10:46 PM

You can't say you've tried everything in Vancouver's real estate market until you've talked to Ana Esrock.

She and her husband looked at almost every kind of housing until they landed on something that was perfect for them: a foreclosure that needed a lot of work.

A foreclosed home —...

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Movie Tickets Are Costing North Americans More Than They Ever Have: Data

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 5:43 PM

North Americans are emptying their pockets to get into movie theatres.

So far this year, they've paid an average of $11.28 to sit and watch flicks like "Suicide Squad," "Jason Bourne," and "The Secret Life of Pets" — a record high, according to data released by the National Association of...

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Foreign Buyers Are Flocking To Toronto And Montreal, But They're Not All Rich

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 4:54 PM

Foreign buyers have become real players in Toronto and Montreal's housing markets.

But not all of them are snapping up luxury properties, as many have in Vancouver.

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The Urbancorp St. Clair West sales center stands in Toronto, Ont. on April 27, 2016....

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Netflix Canada's Selection Beats U.S. On Quality Content

(9) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 2:45 PM

Canadians often complain that their Netflix library is weaker than the one Americans enjoy.

That may be true when it comes to the sheer volume of titles.

But a new report out of U.S. blog Streaming Observer suggests you can access better content up north.

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Millennials Like Communism More Than Their Parents Do. Capitalism? Not So Much.

(69) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 9:49 PM

Millennials have had an uneasy relationship with capitalism.

The 2008 financial crisis resulted in a global economic meltdown that has members of Generation Y being more careful about building up debt than older demographics — in the U.S., anyway.

But they're nevertheless facing issues such as

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Peak Oil Demand Could Hit In 2030. Or Sometime Between 2040 And 2050, Report Says

(116) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 8:31 PM

The past two years have been tough for energy companies and resource-dependent economies.

The price of oil has plummeted from about $100 per barrel to around $30, and only recovered to $50 in recent weeks amid news that OPEC would cap production.

An oil price recovery was welcome...

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Donald Trump Win Seems Less And Less Likely If You Look At Currency Markets

(12) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 3:22 PM

First, Republicans started turning against Donald Trump.

Now, currency markets are reflecting the low probability of seeing the star of "The Apprentice" in the White House — although no one should be too confident about that.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds...

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New Mortgage Rules Could Wipe Out Jobs And Hike Rents: Economist

(42) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 8:22 AM

First, he said that tightening Canadian lending rules would have "tragic" consequences for the economy.

Now, Will Dunning is articulating precisely what he thinks those consequences may be.

The chief economist for Mortgage Professionals Canada (MPC), which represents mortgage brokers across the country, says the economy could see higher rents...

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Canada's Best (And Worst) Places To Run A Business: Calgary Area Slides

(7) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 8:42 PM

Calgary's surrounding areas have taken a dive among the best places to do business in Canada — but it could have been worse for them.

Meanwhile, cities in B.C. and urban centres in Central Canada are ascending the ranks in a list of "Entrepreneurial Communities" released Monday by...

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YouTube Beats Cable TV Among Teen Video Choices: Piper Jaffray Survey

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Young people are fast abandoning cable TV in favour of platforms such as Netflix and YouTube.

So say 10,000 U.S. teens surveyed as part of "Taking Stock with Teens," a study by Minneapolis-based investment bank Piper Jaffray.

It found that, for the first time ever, more teens accessed...

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Canada Won't Ride Out Another Financial Crisis Like Last Time: HSBC

(123) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 6:22 PM

It was a point of pride for Canada that it came out of the 2008 financial crisis in such good shape.

The country benefited from strong banking regulations, as well as solid prices for commodities such as oil, coal and iron ore, the Toronto Star reported last year.

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Ken Gellatly Dead In Plane Crash That Also Killed Jim Prentice

(9) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 4:30 PM

A popular Calgary eye doctor has been identified as another victim in the plane crash that killed former Alberta premier Jim Prentice.

Dr. Ken Gellatly was remembered as a "very special man" after his death was confirmed Friday.

Gellatly, an optometrist at Calgary's Downtown Vision Care, was a...

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Canada's Job Gains Really Don't Pay Much. Or Give You Many Hours.

(77) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 1:42 PM

On the surface, it's good news that Canada added 67,200 jobs last month.

But dig a little deeper and you'll find that most of those new jobs don't pay people much. Or give them many hours to work at all.

Most of the new jobs were

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