David Olive: The Christmas supply crunch of 2021 is upon us, and nothing will be spared from shortages and delays


Bottlenecks all along the global supply chain mean Canadians can expect shortages of many Christmas-season goods, and prices that are 10 to 15 per cent higher than last year, David Olive writes.
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Majority of Canadians want to ditch the British monarchy. How feasible is it? 
Amid Barbados' transition to a republic, the Queen’s popularity as head of state is waning in Canada. But severing ties with the Crown comes with challenges, experts say.
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Prices would go up if minimum wage hiked to $18: small business poll
About 11 per cent say the extra costs would weaken their business to the point where they would consider shutting down.
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5 things to know for Thursday, December 2, 2021
The U.S. imposes a new travel requirement for air passengers, scientists race to understand Omicron, and a U.K. rules in favour of the Duchess of Sussex in a privacy lawsuit. Here's what you need to know to start your day.
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Doyle: A view from the buyer’s shoes
An unexpectedly high number of homes are being sold in the off-island without legal warranty these days, Doyle notes.
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Today’s coronavirus news: United Nations increases $29 billion request for humanitarian aid to $41 billion amid the ongoing pandemic
Meanwhile, South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a second straight day.
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New online resources launched to help combat Islamophobia in Ontario schools
The Muslim Association of Canada received a $225,000 grant from the Ontario government in June that supported its work on the website, which can be found at islamawareness.ca.
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Quebec stops funding to test wastewater for COVID-19
CentrEAU-COVID that tested sewage water was able to detect rising levels of coronavirus in populations up to five days before clinical tests and signal presence of new variants
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Just 1 ticket handed out for COVID-19 business violations in Southern Health for 2 months
Chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said during his weekly COVID-19 update that enforcement of the current public health orders are key to preventing the virus's spread.
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Montreal weather: Stay indoors, try not to break anything
It's a rather simple plan, when you think about it.
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Colorado Avalanche at Canadiens: Five things you should know
Jake Allen has been red-hot in his last two starts for the Habs, but only one of the games produced a victory.
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‘One-size-fits-all’: Paramedic in northern B.C. slams solution to staffing shortages
A northern B.C. paramedic is slamming the new BCEHS 'scheduled on-call' model introduced to address staffing shortages, saying it will just create more gaps.
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Christmas Fund: Dolores collects spare change to give to the homeless
She has spent much of her life in survival mode and has experienced homelessness herself.
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Kramberger: Demand for food baskets remains high, but many West Islanders remain generous
"This year we’re getting a sense of urgency and desperation more so than last year, which is scary." — West Island Mission director
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Not your average candy bars: Savour (or gift) these chocolates with intriguing flavours
From gingerbread-filled to citrus-infused, here are five unique chocolate bars to enjoy.
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As a child, the Christmas season’s joys meant gifts, family, reggae and oxtail
Angelyn Francis says her childhood holiday memories aren’t much about the presents, however much she cared about them at the time. They’re about the little Jamaican touches.
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Holocaust survivor exudes Chanukah spirit of light over darkness
For a people who’ve never been able to take their continued existence for granted, the Chanukah story of survival resonates strongly. That’s part of the reason survivors of the darkest chapter in Jewish history — the Holocaust — are the source of so much inspiration and respect in the Jewish community and beyond.
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A crispy, creamy, fluffy (plant-based!) shepherd’s pie and a dinner-party-worthy cookie — add these vegan recipes to your holiday table
If you’re serving veg-only guests this festive season, try these menu ideas from Maria Koutsogiannis and Lauren Toyota.
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Test-drive: Which at-home carbonator is best for sparkling your own drinks?
SodaStream is arguably the best-known sparkling water maker. Spärkel doesn’t require a CO2 canister to work. Here’s how they compare.
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How to assemble a charcuterie board like a pro food stylist
Charcuterie boards are a favourite holiday entertaining idea. Food stylist Lisa Dawn Bolton shares her tips for building your own.
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Can I get my lazy brother to clean his house — and mine? Ask Ellie
Also, a reader wonders why Ellie thinks a spouse who was cheated on needs to apologize.
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New Île-aux-Tortes Bridge same as old bridge, says Ste-Anne's mayor
Hawa says building a new span without a dedicated public transit lane is a colossal error in the age of climate change.
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U.S. to require all inbound foreign air passengers to get COVID-19 test the day before
By early next week, Canadians and all other foreign visitors who travel to the United States by air will need to get a COVID-19 test no later than the day before their departure.
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Lyric Theatre Singers set for virtual Christmas show
The Lyric Theatre Singers return with a virtual version of their beloved Christmas event
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U.K. court to rule in Meghan's privacy suit against publisher
A British court on Thursday will either reaffirm or quash a ruling that a British newspaper publisher breached the privacy of the Duchess of Sussex by publishing portions of a letter she wrote to her estranged father.
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U.K. court backs Meghan in dispute over privacy with publisher
A British court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by a newspaper publisher seeking to overturn an earlier ruling that it breached the privacy of the Duchess of Sussex by publishing portions of a letter she wrote to her estranged father.
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Nova Scotia’s shelter system and why it’s simply a ‘Band-Aid’ on a much bigger problem
In Part 2 of our series about homelessness in Halifax and N.S., people working within the shelter system say emergency shelters are a symptom of the housing crisis, not a solution.
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Digital platform streamlines Islamophobia lessons for Ontario teachers
Islamawareness.ca, which offers educators courses on topics like Islamophobia and implicit bias, is funded in part by the Ministry of Education.
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Ontario’s ‘right to disconnect’ law has just been passed — so do you actually have the right to disconnect?
New law forces larger employers to create a written policy for after-hours calls and emails, but experts say what that policy says is still up to the employer.
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Three locally made chili oils you need to stock your pantry with
During the pandemic, dozens of locally made chili oils have been bottled for purchase.
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This tiny shop on the Danforth has hundreds of specialty finds from Spain, Mexico
Barcelona Gourmet stocks tinned fish, tortillas and, of course, a dozen kinds of cured ham.
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These new Toronto food shops have the international snacks and pantry items you need
Maeli Market, Tienda Movil and Auntie’s Supply are among several specialty food stores that opened in the pandemic.
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LifeWorks CEO Stephen Liptrap on why the mental health implications of the pandemic will be with us for another decade
In the Star’s new interview series, Connexion, LifeWorks CEO Stephen Liptrap talks about how mental health in the workplace has slid since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.
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Horoscope for Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021
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Financial stress, supply issues set stage for anxious holiday season: poll
A new poll suggests that many Canadians are feeling some extra stress this holiday season, and are already planning to make things easier by starting their shopping ahead of time.
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Calgary Stampeders president says club has already started preparing free agent gameplan
The Calgary Stampeders' season ended sooner than planned but president/GM John Hufnagel is putting his down time to good use.
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