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

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Canada Job Happiness Study Shows About Half Don't Like Their Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 4:25 PM

Ask every other Canadian how much they like their jobs, and they might do this in response.

That's because almost half of Canadian residents are unhappy in their jobs, according to a poll commissioned by recruitment agency Hays Canada.

The survey spoke...

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Mexico's Drug War Has Hurt The Economy Just Like It Has Hurt People

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 2:44 PM

The Mexican drug war has killed as many as 160,000 people.

But there's an economic cost to drug violence, too. And though it's dropped over the past five years, it's still an immense one.

The "Mexico Peace Index," released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), calculates...

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Peak Oil Could Hit In Just 14 Years, But It Might Not Be What You Think

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 8:31 AM

For years, the "peak oil" theory made people think that the world would start running out of oil, and prices would increase exponentially.

But a research firm that serves Wall Street has turned the whole idea on its head — it says "peak oil" is coming, but it's not in...

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Starbucks Iced Drink Lawsuit Claims There's Too Much Chill

(7) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 4:23 PM

One Starbucks customer has no chill about how much ice is being served in her cold drinks.

A federal class action lawsuit filed in Illinois last week claims that the company has been stiffing people on the beverage content of its iced drinks for a decade.

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New York City's Most Expensive Home Listing Is A Fifth Avenue Penthouse

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 2:55 PM

Life is good as a Wall Street titan in New York City.

That's basically the only conclusion you can come to from a listing on the Big Apple's Fifth Avenue, where a penthouse just became the metropolis' most expensive home with an asking price of just over C$150...

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Castle-Like Home In Kingston Area Sold For Less Than The Cost Of A Toronto Home

(15) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 2:47 PM

People who feel dejected that they can't afford a home in Toronto can take heart — and then move to the Kingston area.

There, you can live like royalty for about the same amount you'd spend to settle in the 6ix.

A castle-like home in Inverary, Ont. —...

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Netflix Canada: What's Good In May 2016?

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 11:35 AM

Spring brought some great premieres to Netflix Canada, such as new seasons of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Daredevil" and "House of Cards."

And the momentum doesn't stop in May.

One of the top picks for the month is "Tangled," a Disney film that was a favourite among kids until "Frozen" blew...

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Canada Real Estate: Millennials Aren't Rushing To Buy, BMO Says

(8) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 7:41 PM

People view buying a home as a milestone.

It's a time to offer hearty congratulations, to give gifts and hold housewarming parties.

Millennials, however, see a home as more of an investment than a turning point in their lives. And according to the Bank of Montreal (BMO), they're

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Canadian Wage Growth Is Moving At A Glacial Pace

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 5:00 PM

In a race between a snail and Canadian wage growth, you'd be smart to bet on the shelled one. You can at least count on it moving somewhere.

Canadian wages have essentially stayed in one place since February 2015, according to Statistics Canada's Survey of Employment, Payrolls and...

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Prince's Former Spanish Villa Just Can't Sell

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 7:12 PM

Luxury buyers seem perfectly happy to leave Prince's former villa standing on the real estate market.

The late artist once owned a stunning home in the hills of El Paraiso, just outside Marbella, Spain.

But he sold it in 2006; and now the current owner has been...

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McDonald's New Chicken McNugget Recipe Appeals To Health-Conscious Customers

(5) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 4:10 PM

McDonald's is rolling out a new Chicken McNugget that it says "parents can feel good about."

The fast food chain began trying a new recipe for the menu item in its Washington and Oregon locations last month, Reuters reported.

The new McNuggets are mostly the same but they...

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Venezuela's Five-Day Weekend Comes Amid An Energy Crisis

(9) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 2:15 PM

Everybody's working for the weekend in most parts of the world.

But millions of Venezuelans will soon find themselves waiting for the workday, as the country copes with low oil prices and an ongoing drought that's causing an electricity crisis, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Public officials will...

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Amal Clooney Slams Donald Trump's Hate-Mongering Against Muslims

(73) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 8:14 PM

Leave it to Amal Clooney to tear into Donald Trump's hateful statements with class.

The international human rights lawyer appeared on BBC News Monday to discuss her advocacy on behalf of Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani journalist who was thrown in jail after criticizing the government.

But the conversation...

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Cross-Border Shopping: Americans Are Flocking To Canada To Buy Their Goods

(16) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 6:35 PM

There's an upside to a low loonie — and Canadian retailers are seeing it first-hand.

U.S. shoppers are stampeding north of the border at the "fastest pace in six years," according to National Bank Financial Markets, and the weak Canadian dollar has something to do with it.

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Fossilized Mother Held Baby For 4,800 Years Before Archeologists Found Them

(14) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 5:16 PM

In "Love You Forever," children's author Robert Munsch wrote, "As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."

Archeologists in Taiwan have proven him right, and then some — a recent discovery shows a mother's love endures, even after she's been dead for 4,800 years.

Scientists discovered 48 sets of...

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St. Louis Blues Fan Hilariously Learns To Love Hockey In Just 1 Game

(34) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 4:09 PM

All it took was a single NHL playoff game to make Tony X. a hockey fan.

The Twitter user became an online celebrity as he hilariously live-tweeted a matchup between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

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Chrissy Teigen Couldn't Go For Dinner Without People Shaming Her

(12) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 9:09 PM

No sooner had new mom Chrissy Teigen gone out for dinner than a mob of self-anointed parenting police shamed her for even leaving her home.

The model, who gave birth to daughter Luna with singer John Legend on April 14, went for dinner on Saturday and opened her Instagram to...

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Features Powerful And Inspiring Women In Cameos

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 5:38 PM

Beyoncé's visual album "Lemonade" has a cast of women who are just as fierce as Queen Bey herself.

Among them are an athlete, a model, actresses, and mothers who've been worked to end protest police brutality after losing their own sons.

Most of the women have been "subjected to harsh criticism directly related to their blackness," Teen Vogue pointed out.

And they're all part of an important body of work that Beyoncé hopes will make people feel "proud of their struggle," the artist told Elle earlier this month.

squad #lemonade 🍋thank you @beyonce

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Here are the outstanding women who appear in Beyoncé's "Lemonade."

Zendaya

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Zendaya is a singer, model, and actress who has appeared on shows including "Shake It Up," "Good Luck Charlie" and "Dancing with the Stars."

Last year, the 19-year-old did an interview with Complex in which she talked about being biracial, and how "it's really hard to see colour" because she's "the gray area."

The comments generated criticism on Twitter, but Zendaya didn't stand for it. She told her critics to read the article "before takin' pieces and makin' up the rest."

Chloe x Halle — Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey

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Chloe x Halle are signees to Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment label. They've seen YouTube success for years, but their fame reached new heights after they introduced a South by Southwest (SXSW) panel featuring Michelle Obama.

Ibeyi — Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz

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Beyoncé introduced French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz to the world after she posted a video of herself with their song "River" playing in the background on Instagram last year.

Now, the twins appear in "Lemonade" in one surreal sequence.

Amandla Stenberg

In 2015, actress Amandla Stenberg made waves with a video she created for a history class about appropriating black culture.

She later called out Kylie Jenner for sporting cornrows and not calling attention to issues such as racism or police brutality.

Serena Williams

@beyonce 🍋🍋🍋🍋

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Tennis legend Serena Williams racked up a record of 53 wins and three losses in 2015, winning three Grand Slam titles along the way — and yet, she was beaten by a horse in voting for Sports Illustrated's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.

But Williams was given the title despite the vote, and capped off the year with a fierce cover photo for the magazine.

In "Lemonade," she dances her way through "Sorry" and sits with Queen Bey — imagery that was a clear nod to her SI cover.

Sybrina Fulton

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Sybrina Fulton has been an outspoken activist against police brutality after her son, Trayvon Martin, was fatally shot by neighbourhood watch captain George Zimmerman in 2012.

Fulton went on to establish The Trayvon Martin Foundation, an organization that supports the families of children who have been killed by gun violence.

Lesley McSpadden

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Lesley McSpadden's son Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. in 2014.

Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

McSpadden has since spoken out on issues such as gun violence and the criminal justice system, joining with the mothers of Trayvon Martin and parents of other victims who have died in police custody or been shot dead.

Gwen Carr

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Like Sybrina Fulton and Lesley McSpadden, Gwen Carr became an activist in the wake of her son's death.

Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York, after NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in an apparent chokehold while Garner was selling cigarettes on the street.

The civilian repeatedly told officers at the scene he couldn't breathe before he went into cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

His mother has since attended protests and openly criticized the decision not to indict Pantaleo.

Quvenzhané Wallis

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Quvenzhané Wallis first touched audiences as the star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the 2012 film about residents of a Louisiana bayou community.

Since then, she has starred in films such as "12 Years a Slave" and "Annie".

In 2014, Wallis also became the first child celebrity to be named as the face of a luxury brand when she was chosen to represent Armani Junior.

Winnie Harlow

winnie harlow

Canadian model Winnie Harlow has come a long way from her appearance on "America's Next Top Model" in 2014. Since then, the 21-year-old has fronted campaigns for brands such as Diesel and Desigual.

Harlow also gave a TEDx talk to speak about her experience with vitiligo, a condition that causes a person to lose their pigment in certain areas of their skin.

Tina Knowles Lawson

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Tina Knowles Lawson has played a key role in her daughter Beyoncé's career, serving as her stylist and clothing designer.

The mother-daughter duo has launched a clothing line together called House of Deréon, as well as a cosmetology centre to help patients at an addiction treatment centre in Brooklyn advance their careers.

Blue Ivy

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Beyoncé's daughter appeared in the video for "Formation" when it was released in February. She also makes additional appearances in "Lemonade," includes shots of her with Beyoncé's father, Mathew Knowles, and clips of the 4-year-old playing with her mom and dad.

Hattie White

Jay Z's grandmother appears in a key moment of "Lemonade." She is heard in voiceover making a speech at her 90th birthday party, in which she said, "I was served lemons, but I made lemonade" — a quip largely believed to be the inspiration for Beyoncé's album title.

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River Catches Fire Due To Fracking, Says Australian Politician

(11) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 2:49 PM

An Australian politician is blaming fracking after he lit a river on fire in a video posted to Facebook last week.

The video shows Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham taking a lighter to the Condamine River in the country's Queensland province.

Buckingham swore in the clip as flames flared up beside his boat.

"Holy f***! Unbelievable," he said. "A river on fire!"

The video was shot close to some coal seam gas (CSG) operations. CSG is a form of natural gas that's found in coal deposits deep underground, and it's extracted through fracking — or drilling a well that pulls the gas up to the surface.

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A still from a video posted by Jeremy Buckingham. (Photo: Jeremy Buckingham/Facebook)

Buckingham claimed the extraction process in the area is causing methane to come up through the ground, polluting both the air and the water in the river.

Environmentalists noted signs of methane seeping in the area after noticing bubbles on the surface of the Condamine River, Australia's ABC reported.

A study released the following year found that CSG drilling could be one of a number of factors causing the bubbling.

However, Origin Energy — which operates a number of CSG drills — said that the seeping posed "no risk to the environment, or to public safety, providing people show common sense and act responsibly."

Environmental risks of LNG

Australia isn't the only country where fracking is happening.

British Columbia is looking to have three liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities up and running in the province by 2020.

Unlike CSG, LNG is natural gas that's been cooled and turned into a liquid, which makes it easier to transport overseas. It, too, is extracted using a well.

Federal scientists have said that LNG poses a low environmental risk — but environmentalists are still concerned about the potential for explosions on LNG tankers, as well as the risk of fires resulting from spills.

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1980s Canadian Real Estate Stories Could Be Written Today

(25) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 8:33 AM

History repeats itself, even in Toronto's roaring housing market.

Globe and Mail real estate reporter Tamsin McMahon tweeted the following article on Friday.

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