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Rising gas prices and a 6.7-magnitude earthquake, rude flight attendants, Day of Honour invitations and resold reserve land.
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Michael Hiscock, April 24, 2014 8:03:47 AM

Fuel up: Gas prices are expected to hit a 3-year high. Drivers across the country can expect to feel the pain at the pumps, as they’ll be paying about 22 cents more per litre than they were last April. Gas-industry watcher Dan McTeague said the heightened tensions between Ukraine and Russia are resulting in “excessive speculation on the energy markets.”

Be careful what you say: A new device records people’s conversations and puts them on Twitter. “Conversnitch” looks like a lamp but is able to listen in on anyone who comes close. It then transcribes your words and posts the snippets anonymously on social media. Sound creepy? Check it out below:

Air Canada ranked high for rude flight attendants. An informal poll on customer service conducted by online blog Airfarewatchdog gave the Canadian airline the dubious distinction of second place for rudeness of staff. Passengers seemed happier with the service on Alaska and Southwest airlines, which each received only one per cent of the vote.

Vancouver residents were rattled by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake. The disaster hit 94 kilometres south of Port Hardy where residents as far away as Metro Vancouver could feel the impact, but there haven’t been any reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Support the troops? Key players in the Afghan mission have yet to receive Day of Honour invitations. Three veterans who helped shape the military mission in Afghanistan, but who were also openly critical of the Harper government, have not received invitations to the event. Critics say that the fact that they haven’t been invited shows that the National Day of Honour is a “purely partisan event.”

First Nations homes slated for demolition were relocated and resold instead. After the federal government paid nearly $2 million to destroy homes in a flood-ravaged First Nations reserve, dozens of the houses were lifted from their foundations and sold elsewhere for $20,000 each. In some cases, the sold homes still contained their former residents’ belongings.

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