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June 24 - September 8, 2024

In this issue...


• Newsletter summer hiatus

• Olive oil prices are spiking around the world - and Canadian restaurants are feeling the pinch

• CBC Radio's Under the Influence: Ask Terry 2024

• By the numbers X 10 + 1

• Misleading videos of U.S. President Joe Biden are going viral. Deliberate lies believed by many.

• Canada: Amazon returns can now be made through Staples stores

• $10 Greco Pizza coupons in support of the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club

• Before you go: 7 things you may have missed last week

... and trivia, quotes, community events and more!

Newsletter summer hiatus


Please note that this newsletter is taking a summer hiatus and will not be published in July and August. This is the last issue before the hiatus. The first issue following July, August and Labour Day will be published on Monday, September 9. See you then - and have a great summer!

Olive oil prices are spiking around the world - and Canadian restaurants are feeling the pinch


If you like good food, extra virgin olive oil is likely on your grocery list. This is also the case for good restaurants - some of whom go through high-quality olive oil by the barrel. Unfortunately for everyone, the price for genuine extra virgin olive oil has gone through the roof due to a drought in the Mediterranean countries that produce the liquid gold.


Article excerpt: "Canadian restaurants that rely on what is being called 'liquid gold' as the backbone of their menu are being forced to eat a massive extra cost during a worldwide olive oil shortage.


'We're Mediterranean, it's just like a fish needs water,' lamented Amar Maroke, the owner of Vancouver's Four Olives restaurant.


Maroke says he is paying three times more than he used to for extra virgin olive oil, and switching to a cheaper alternative is not an option.


'I can taste the difference, so obviously my guests can taste the difference as well.'


Four Olives has increased menu prices on select items, to try to absorb the new blow that comes after inflation already spiked costs.


'There's no choice left,' Maroke said. 'Groceries have gone up. Our weekly budget is up $600 a week for groceries alone, not including meat.'


The problem originates in the Mediterranean, where producers are dealing with a multi-year drought."


There are reasonable substitutions for most ingredients, but I'll pay for the good stuff every time when it comes to extra virgin olive oil.


Read: Olive oil shortage "delicate dance" for cash-strapped restaurants.

CBC Radio's Under the Influence: Ask Terry 2024


The latest episode of CBC Radio's Under the Influence with host Terry O'Reilly was the final episode of the 2024 season and its annual Ask Terry feature where Terry answers readers questions. Thanks for another great season of excellent insight into the world of advertising and marketing! What a great show this is! I haven't missed an episode in years. Looking forward to the next season in January 2025.


June 20, 2024 - Ask Terry 2024. Synopsis: "This week, we answer listener questions. We’ll talk about how bands create theme songs for TV shows and how much they get paid. We’ll go back in time and talk about that flirtatious couple from that famous Nescafe TV campaign. And we’ll explore why condom makers now market different sizes, when it used to be one-size-fits-all. What’s goin’ on there?" Click here to listen to the episode. Click here to read the episode's website post.


Click here for the show's website and here for the show's podcast archive.

By the numbers X 10 + 1


• 1. World's first weekly insulin injection coming to Canada in 2 weeks, manufacturer says

• 2. Scotland: Taylor Swift concert attendees danced so hard they triggered earthquake warnings 3 nights in a row

• 3. 3 signs someone is using guilt to manipulate you

• 4. 5 life lessons for my son before he leaves for college

• 5. The 9 best Dutch ovens for 2024

• 6. Crews rescue 28 people trapped upside down high on Oregon amusement park ride

• 7. The 29 most anticipated TV shows of summer 2024

• 8. 35 books for Pride month by writers in Canada

• 9. 75 best summer recipes for an easy, breezy seasonal meal

• 10. Los Angeles will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit against journalist over undercover police photos

• Bonus: Paul McCartney is turning 82, so naturally we ranked his 82 best songs

Misleading videos of U.S. President Joe Biden are going viral. Deliberate lies believed by many.


A Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlet lying to its readers? Shock? Horrors? Actually... it's more like, "Again?" Take every report by anything on Fox News, the New York Post or any other outlet owned by The Most Dangerous Man in the World (as I call him) with a huge grain of salt.


His outlets' latest shenanigans are editing videos of U.S. President Joe Biden into making him look like he's wandering around lost. In fact, the videos are not showing the entire story and are misleading viewers. Unfortunately, millions of gullible people eat this stuff up like its prime rib steak.


Article excerpt: "More Americans may think President Joe Biden tried to sit on a nonexistent chair the other day than know the boring truth that there was, in fact, a chair.


The chair-that-was-there was just one of many quick video clips the conservative media ecosystem willed into virality over the past two weeks, leaving fact-checkers and Biden’s team with little chance to catch up.


The Republican National Committee, major conservative media outlets and right-wing influencers have succeeded in blasting out videos that they claim show 'proof' of Biden’s wandering off, freezing up or even filling his pants with a substance commonly represented by a brown swirl emoji.


Independent fact-checkers and the Biden campaign have pointed out that the videos, while they are un-doctored by artificial intelligence, tend to crumble under even basic scrutiny, such as when the moments are viewed in context or from wider camera angles.


'Fresh off being fact checked by at least 6 mainstream outlets for lying about President Biden with cheap fakes, Rupert Murdoch’s sad little super PAC, the New York Post, is back to disrespecting its readers and itself once again,' White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement in reference to a video of Biden at a fundraiser with former President Barack Obama over the weekend that landed on the cover of the Post, a conservative tabloid."


Before you believe anything you watch on Fox News, for the love of God please check out the facts.


Read: Misleading GOP videos of Biden are going viral. The fact-checks have trouble keeping up. Related: Why the fake Biden videos flooding social media are more insidious than they appear.

Canada: Amazon returns can now be made through Staples stores


This is great news for Canadians as Amazon returns have become easier to make thanks to a new partnership with Staples, the office supplies chain with stores across the country.


Article excerpt: "Good news, Canadians: returning Amazon orders just became much less of a hassle.


If you’re tired of having to buy new boxes or salvage old ones to repackage items you want to return to Amazon, this upgrade is going to make you breathe a sigh of relief.


The e-commerce giant has partnered with Staples Canada to provide shoppers with a convenient new return option that minimizes the need to repackage items in shipping boxes.

Starting Tuesday, all retail locations of the office supply store will accept label-free, box-free returns from Amazon customers.


Eligible Amazon items can be dropped off at the full-service shipping area inside Staples’ 298 locations across Canada.


'Our goal is to make buying online as easy as possible, and help customers love their purchases,' said Gopal Pillai, vice president of worldwide returns and re-commerce at the e-commerce company.


'But we know there may be times when a customer needs to make a return, which is why we work hard to continue to raise the bar in offering a hassle-free returns experience.'


The collaboration is the first of its kind for Amazon in Canada, according to a news release."


I've been pretty lucky in that I haven't had to return very much to Amazon, but when the need arises, it will be much easier than it was in the past. It helps Staples, too, because it will certainly increase traffic in its stores.


Read: Returning Amazon orders just got a lot easier for Canadians.

$10 Greco Pizza coupons in support of the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club


ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME! Get 'em before they're gone!


As a fundraiser for the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club, I'm selling $10 coupons for five-topping medium Greco pizzas. One coupon gets you one pizza. You can't beat this deal! Valid on pick-up orders only in Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview. The expiry date on the coupons is December 31, 2025.


If you're interested, please let me know! Payment by cash, e-transfer or cheque ("Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club"). The coupons can either be picked up or mailed to you.


If you live in the Greater Moncton area, email me at brian@briancormier.com and we can arrange payment and pickup.

Before you go: 7 things you may have missed last week


• 1. Legendary Canadian actor Donald Sutherland dead at 88 (see photo)

• 2. Canadian soldiers ordered to trim beards and tie back hair in dress code update

• 3. Willie Mays, baseball great and electrifying "Say Hey Kid," has died at 93

• 4. A new Netflix docuseries unravels what it calls a "cult" for TikTok dancers

• 5. Tony awards 2024: full list of winners

• 6. Anouk Aimee, actress who starred in La Dolce Vita, dies aged 92

• 7. "It's a death sentence": Local Toronto grocery store told it can no longer serve coffee

Trivia: Did you know?


Former daytime talk show host Jerry Springer (1944-2023) served as mayor of Cincinatti, Ohio, from January 1, 1977, to January 1, 1978.

Quotes of note


• 1. "The summer wind came blowin' in from across the sea

It lingered there to touch your hair and walk with me

All summer long, we sang a song

And then we strolled that golden sand

Two sweethearts and the summer wind"

- Lyrics to Summer Wind, performed by Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) (see photo) with English lyrics by Johnny Mercer (1909-1976). (The original version of the song was written in German.)


• 2. "Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."

- Russell Baker

 

• 3. "Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."

- Anthony J. D'Angelo


• 4. "The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


• 5. "Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."

- John Ruskin


• 6. "Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."

- Henry James


• 7. "I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain."

- John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne


• 8. "Laughter is an instant vacation."

- Milton Berle


• 9. "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."

- Steven Wright


• 10. "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."

- James Dent

Take advantage of the great outdoors this summer with the Greater Moncton Walking Group


In June, the group is walking in Mapleton Park, meeting at the Rotary Lodge parking lot.


Here's the schedule for the rest of this summer:

July: Moncton Riverfront Trail - Park and meet near Classic Burger on Main Street.

August: Riverview Riverfront Trail - Park and meet near the gazebo.

September: Dieppe Riverfront Trail - Park and meet near Église Saint-Anselme (church), 1014 Amirault Street.


The group meets for walks every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. New participants are always welcome! For more information, please contact Wayne Harrigan at 506-386-2187 or via email.

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