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ICE, ICE, BABY
Behind the scenes at Disney's Frozen on Broadway

13 JUL 2018: Full disclosure: Frozen is one of the few Disney movies (or plays) I have never seen. I’m old enough to have enjoyed many of them the first time around (I can still remember going to the theatre to see Mary Poppins as a child) and relived most of the repertoire endlessly through my own kids (I would take Jungle Book over Barney any day of the week).


SPIRIT, GUTS AND DRIVE
What It Takes to be a Hula Champion


13 JUL 2018: Hula is a dance of illusions. Behind the grace and the sway there is grit, athleticism, and a knee-breaking, blister-inducing effort to leave everything you have on the dance floor. Every year, the best compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s most prestigious hula competition held in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii


EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD
The best foodie destinations

13 JUL 2018: Food is the new tourist attraction according to the Hotels.com Tasty Travels report. With more than half of Canadian millennials admitting a destination’s cuisine is the biggest deciding factor when picking where to holiday, with arts and culture and beautiful beaches being less appetizing in comparison. The younger generation is now even more focused on munching delicious local delicacies on holiday (68 percent) than visiting landmarks (61 percent) and exploring the outdoors (34 percent).


A ROYAL VISIT
Ireland welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

13 JUL 2018: The island of Ireland welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Dublin. After touching down in Dublin Airport, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Government Buildings on Merrion Street, where they met with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar


PLASTIC POLLUTION PROTECTION

13 JUL 2018: The issue of plastic contamination in the oceans is growing rapidly and sea creatures are dying by consuming plastic or becoming entangled in it. We were therefore gratified to learn that Canada’s federal environment minister says she wants business leaders involved when she and her counterparts from other G7 nations gather in Halifax this fall to discuss how to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the oceans. Catherine McKenna, speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Halifax, said Canadians are throwing out up to $150 billion worth of plastic each year, much of which ends up in the water.


ISLAND IN THE SUN
Nobody does it better than Belafonte

06 JUL 2018: Many, many years ago I saw Harry Belafonte perform at what was then The O’Keefe Centre in Toronto – and fell in love. Belafonte was a regular in this city and I never missed a performance if I could help it. Add his amazing talent and charisma to his advocacy and support of political and humanitarian causes, his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Harry Belafonte commands respect as a performer and a man of integrity and conscience.


IT JUST MIGHT WORK
Plan to Save a Rare Albatross From Extinction

06 JUL 2018: Five hundred miles off the coast of New Zealand, the Chatham Islands are home to the last 5,000 breeding pairs of the Chatham Island albatross.


SCREAM

06 JUL 2018: Here’s another of those things I will never try. Knott's Berry Farm is home to California's first and only dive coaster. Hangtime features a 96-degree drop that's sure to make you scream. It also has a negative-G stall loop that creates a floating sensation.


GETTING HIGH

06 JUL2018: If you're a thrill seeker unafraid of heights, these nine places will satisfy your adrenaline fix. For me, personally, I can hardly bear to watch them.


FRANKLY, YOU WILL GIVE A DAMN
Louisiana Plantation Country promises to surprise

06 JUL 2018: Gone with the Wind fans may not find exactly what they’re expecting when visiting New Orleans Plantation Country, but visitors will get a true taste of the historic US south that gives “both sides of the story,” which is to say black and white, say regional tourism execs.


HAPPY CANADA DAY

29 JUN 2018: We’ve run this before but thought it well worth another go as July 1st is Canada Day and this is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Canada and Canadians. Here’s a polite song from two brothers (one a Canadian astronaut) who are just hoping your day is going okay.


AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

29 JUN 2018: With the Fourth of July, coming up next week, we thought it appropriate to remind ourselves that our southern neighbour can be a truly wonderful country. This version of America the Beautiful sung by Beyonce at Barrack Obama’s 2008 inaugural celebrations, is indeed beautiful..


CRANE MIGRATION

29 JUN 2018: Around 600,000 Sandhill cranes flock to Nebraska’s Central Platte River Valley each spring in one of the world’s largest and oldest remaining bird migrations. It’s an amazing sight.

 


GETTING IT RIGHT
Destination BC named Marketer of the Year

29 JUN 2018: Destination British Columbia has earned the title of Marketer of the Year by the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA). The organization outshone strong competition to secure the honour, which recognizes the most innovative, attention-catching and results-oriented initiatives executed by BC marketers.


DIG IT
Archaeologists scour Woodstock concert field

20 JUN 2018:  This Friday we go back to 1969, but first let’s look at archaeologists who scoured the grassy hillside famously trampled during the Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi Hendrix's guitar pick? For our music video we’ve chosen Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane


NAMASTE
Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day

22 JUN 2018: Some 50,000 people gathered with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Himalayan foothills to salute the power of yoga. Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist, travelled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people.


YOU LOOKING AT ME
Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens

22 JUN 2018: Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including US citizens. The expected announcement Thursday at MCO alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding.


NO SURPRISE
Melania Trump sends a message

22 JUN 2018: Before you start the emails advising me that this is not a travel story - I know it isn’t. What it is however is a human interest story – or more accurately – a lack of human thought or caring story. A story that can make you weep, or puke, or throw things at how freaking tone deaf people at the White House are. Melania Trump wore a jacket that read “I really don't care, do u?” as she boarded a flight Thursday to go and visit a facility housing migrant children who have been separated from their parents.


PRETTY NICE HERE

15 JUN 2018: A young visitor to Alaska describes what makes Alaska such an extraordinary destination. Bears, glaciers and wonderful sights up close. A different perspective.


TITANIC TALE

15 JUN 2018: From an iceberg to human error, a confluence of factors led to the sinking of the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic. Learn about the series of events leading up to the disaster, the laws that followed, and the discovery of the wreckage nearly 75 years later. It’s not Kate and Leo but it is the real thing.


ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD
Hudson Yards bolsters new look New York

15 JUN 2018: Next year is being forecast to be nothing less than a “monumental year” by New York City tourism officials. And while hyperbole is often part and parcel of tourism promotion in the industry, NYC & Company president and CEO, Fred Dixon, clearly won’t be pulling a Pinocchio as the Big Apple is set to welcome truly massive new developments in the city, not the least of which is Hudson Yards – the largest private real estate development in US history.


AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK

08 JUN 2018: This Friday we have an old video (late eighties) of a Sting favourite which was inspired by Quentin Crisp, an eccentric Englishman who was flamboyantly ‘out’ before ‘out’ was ‘in’. What’s really right about the video however, is the very ‘New Yorkness’ of it. It evokes afternoons spent walking around city neighbourhoods. The feel is right, the mood is right, the music is spot on – especially that sax.

 


TOO HOT TOO HANDLE
The Boiling River of the Amazon

08 JUN 2018: When Andres Ruzo was a boy, his grandfather would tell him tales of a mythical city of gold deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Though never believing the stories to be true, the legend of the lost city stuck with him into adulthood. Years later, as a geothermal scientist, Ruzo decided to investigate. To his surprise, he discovered an incredulous river deep in the Amazon, with water hot enough to kill a human.


THE MOST CROWDED ISLAND ON EARTH

08 JUN 2018: Two hours off the coast of Colombia is a small island home to over 1,200 people. As the entirety of Santa Cruz del Islote only spans the length of two soccer fields, residents live in close quarters, making the island four times as dense as the borough of Manhattan. Despite the circumstances, the community makes the most of their limited surface area, packing in a school, two shops and one restaurant.


THE LAST MERMAIDS OF JEJU

08 JUN 2018: Every day, Kim Ok Ja dons a wetsuit and snorkel, grabs a fishing spear and a net, and dives into the Pacific Ocean to hunt for conch and sea life that her family can eat or sell. She is 78 years old and shows no sign of slowing down. Based on the Korean island of Jeju, she is one of a dwindling group of women divers known as a “Haenyeo.”

 

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