Are you a muggle that secretly wishes they were a wizard studying the art of magic at Hogwarts? Do you spend your days searching for the platform 9 3/4 to hop onto the Hogwarts Express? Well, now's your chance to escape into the magical world of Harry Potter!
On September 30th there will be a huge Harry Potter Festival happening in Waterloo, Ontario that all Harry Potter fans must attend! They will be running the 94-year-old steam engine train leaving from St. Jacob Market Station at 4 different times during the day: 8am, 10am, 12pm and 8pm!
This huge festival will also feature fun Harry Potter themed activities like the Wizard's Dueling Ring where you can face off using spells, Marauder's Map Scavenger Hunt, magic classes and so much more.
They'll also have tons of vendors selling your Harry Potter favourites like butter beer, wands, robes, and even a magical tattoo! Be entertained by the wandering performers dueling in the crowds, face painters, and fun magic shows.
Close this article now if you're afraid of the dark. Cornwall, Ontario's former SDG Jail is set to host nighttime ghost and paranormal activity hunts this September and October.
The event is organized by Ontario-based haunted tour company The Haunted Walk and Phantoms of Yore.
Participants will sit through a "full briefing on the haunted history of the site" — which, according to the company website, includes murders and executions — to set the mood before heading into the 19th-century building to search for any lingering ghouls or lost souls.
The Haunted Walk website indicates that ghost hunters will also receive the necessary equipment for their search.
The "paranormal investigations," as they're called, will take place on five dates: September 17 and 18, and October 22, 23 and 29.
There are several starting time slots available, ranging from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Each 3.5-hour experience can accommodate a maximum of eight people.
Get the details below.
Night Ghost Hunts At Cornwall's SDG Jail By Haunted Walk
September 17 and 18, and October 22, 23 and 29 Multiple starting times every night
Where: SDG Jail, 11 Water St. W., Cornwall, ON
Why You Need To Go: To empty your bowels and/or enjoy a good scare searching for paranormal activity
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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