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How much do you need to save for retirement?

MoneySense | posted Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015

Here’s somewhat of an intimidating question: Are you on track to achieve your retirement savings goal?

If you don’t quite know the answer, take heart—most Canadians don’t know either. In fact, only 42% of us agree that we understand how much we need to save for retirement, according the latest results of a BlackRock global investor survey that tasked 2,000 Canadians with this question.

Based on BlackRock’s findings, part of the disconnect appears to come from Canadians not quite clear understanding of how much they should rely upon government plans to meet their retirement needs versus how they need to be actively saving on their own. For instance, very few (only 18%) of the survey respondents thought the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) would sufficient to fund their post-working lives for 25 years.

On this latter point, Canadians are absolutely right—government benefits alone won’t be enough for most retirees. According to pension expert Malcolm Hamilton, a senior fellow at the C. D. Howe Institute, only low-income earners making minimum wage or less throughout their entire working lives could count on government benefits providing them with the standard of living they’ve always been used to in retirement. Few Canadians, though, will actually fall into this demographic.

According to BlackRock’s survey, Canadians have annual retirement income expectations of about $47,000 in after-tax income—and the good news is that level of income will be more than enough for couples with basic retirement needs. That includes affording a car that’s used for eight years or more, taking driving holidays and even the occasional jaunt outside of Canada.

If you have that kind of retirement in mind, government benefits won’t get you all the way there—but the average Canadian couple can count on at least $30,000 in combined annual CPP and OAS payments once they stop working, according to Hamilton. (Don’t worry about the future of CPP and OAS, either. Both of these programs are very secure and sustainable, notes Hamilton.)

That means that you and your partner would only need to save up enough to provide yourselves with an additional $17,000 of annual after-tax dollars in retirement—not the full $47,000, for those who aspire to that goal.

Read more about retirement lifestyles—for couples or singles—and the savings required »

Keep in mind, too, that your level of retirement savings required will also be much less if you’re lucky enough to be enrolled in a workplace pension or savings plan. In fact, for some it could be enough to bridge the gap between a government pension and what additional level of savings you need.

For most of us, though, a diligent savings plan will be required to top-up our retirement nest eggs. And while you often hear retirement planning boiled down to a single figure (“you need $1 million to retire well”), a better approach is to calculate your must-haves in retirement versus your nice-to-haves—and then determine a specific savings goal based on the amount you actually require.

Hitting your target number might mean working an extra year or two longer than you planned, or you may find you can stop working earlier than you expected. And don’t forget, once you’re retired you’ll have considerably less living expenses: the home should be paid off, the kids will be financially independent, you probably won’t need that second car anymore, there’s no more commuting or business attire costs—and, of course, you’ll no longer be saving for retirement.

Calculate how much you really need

Want to get a handle on how much income you can expect in retirement? Try using this free online program called ESPlannerBASIC, which was recently made available to Canadians through a partnership between its creator, legendary economist Laurence Kotlikoff, and Jack Mintz of the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. It’s an elaborate financial projection calculator that allows you to enter the details of your particular situation, such as your age, your salary and when you hope to kick off your golden years. It then calculates how much you need to save each year, what your nest egg will be worth and how much you’ll need to live on. It automatically factors in Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) payments, and also accounts for mortgage payments, your spouse’s income, taxes and other factors.

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Tech review: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come to life with 3D Touch, Peek and Pop

Mike Yawney | posted Tuesday, Sep 22nd, 2015

Looks can be deceiving. Let me start with that simple phrase as I begin to talk about Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It’s easy to brush off the new devices as slightly upgraded models from last year’s the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus…but that’s where I will stop you.

While these two new flagship iPhones look very similar to last year’s models, they are anything but. The user experience is very different from any other iPhone Apple has released until now. This isn’t simply a software update, the key is the new hardware Apple has put inside its new devices.

Just how different are the new iPhones you ask? Are the new features worth an upgrade or switching from Android? Let’s take a closer look.

Design

Yes, I realize the latest batch of iPhones look like the last. Pick up the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus in one hand and the matching newer version in the other and you’ll notice they look and feel exactly the same. The newer models weigh slightly more, but other than that…the average person would never be able to tell the difference (other than the addition of the new rose gold model).

One subtle change is the aluminum the phone’s case is crafted from 7000 Series aluminum which happens to be the same grade used in the aerospace industry. Apple doesn’t say it’s more scratch resistant or dent-proof but after spending some time with the phone, even without a case it seems to be holding up just fine.

The front glass has also received an upgrade. It’s now chemically strengthened using a special dual ion-exchange process. Apple maintains this is the “strongest cover glass in the smartphone industry”. After more than a week’s use with no screen protector, there are still no visible scratches, but we’ll see just how strong the glass is as time goes on.

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Performance

With each batch of new iPhones Apple upgrades the processors. This year is no different.

The iPhone 6s ad iPhone 6s Plus both sport the new A9 chip which Apple claims has 70% faster CPU performance than the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and 90% faster GPU performance for gaming.

There is no doubt, the new iPhones are blazing fast. Apps launch with lightning speed. Newer games like Fallout Shelter even launch a few seconds faster than they do on the previous generation of iPhones.

The new A9 also has the M9 motion coprocessor embedded right on the chip which brings additional benefits such as “always on” Siri which I will get to a little later in this review.

Touch ID

One of the first things I noticed when I started using the new iPhones was just how fast Touch ID has become.

Setup remains the same. When you first log into your iPhone it will ask you to place the pad of you finger against the home button so it can read your fingerprint. After a few presses you will be asked to switch the position of your finger or thumb. The process is just as easy as before but once you start using it you will notice how much more responsive it has become.

Apple says Touch ID is up to two times faster on the new phones, and this is an accurate statement. Using Touch ID to unlock your phone is now amazingly quick. It’s almost instantaneous. Pressing your thumb on the home key will unlock your phone so quickly you don’t even see the unlock screen anymore. It launches you right to your home screen.

Touch ID not only unlocks your iPhone quicker, its use within apps has also become more efficient, whether you’re purchasing apps from the App Store or using it for authentication within certain apps.

Hey Siri

If you want to chat with Apple’s personal assistant Siri, iPhone users have always had to hold down the home button on their iPhone for her to respond. On the new iPhones, Siri is always listening, aways ready to help, and you don’t even have to push a button.

To access Siri on the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus, all you have to do is say “Hey Siri” and she’ll appear. The neat part is your iPhone screen can be asleep and Siri will still respond. It’s very similar to what Google has done with “Okay Google”

Siri is much smarter thanks to iOS 9. She can now understand more complex questions and language. For example, you can tell her to “show me pictures I took in Barcelona” and she will do just that.

Having Siri always on standby doesn’t seem to have much affect on the battery. After a day of moderate Siri inquiries I found she only drained about 2% of the battery (according to the new battery usage indicator in the settings).

If you went to know more about Siri’s new features you can read my iOS 9 review.

Hey Siri Mike Yawney/CityNews

3D Touch

This is the feature which really sets the new iPhones apart from not only previous iPhones, but from other smartphones on the market. The screen on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now pressure sensitive.

Hidden beneath the screen is an array of capacitive pressure sensors. Each sensor is able to rapidly measure the distance between the cover glass and the backlight as you apply pressure on the screen, giving you new ways to interact with content on your iPhone.

Peek and Pop

These two words are the key to the new 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Peek lets you take a sneak peek at content without fully opening up a new on-screen window. If you press lightly on an email, a small preview window appears giving you a glimpse at the content inside. If you let go, the window disappears, yet the email remains unread. You just “Peeked” inside an email.

While “Peeking” you can also choose to do a quick action in your email. You can slide the peek window left to discard it immediately, slide it right to mark it as UnRead, or slide up to reply, forward, mark or move an email.

Peek at email iPhone 6s Mike Yawney/CityNews

Peek also works on text messages. If someone sends you a weblink in an iMessage, you just have to apply a little bit of pressure and a new window appears giving you a preview of the web page. Once again, if you let go, the window disappear leaving you back on the Messages screen.

As I began to play around with Peek, I began to realize how useful this can be. A friend texted me their flight number. I was able to Peek at the flight status without launching Safari, just by “Peeking” at it within iMessage. As long as the text contains the official flight number you can Peek at the status. It seemed to work well for all major airlines, Air Canada and WestJet included, however peeking did not bring up flights for smaller carriers such as Porter.

Peek at Flights iPhone 6s Mike Yawney/CityNews

Another use for Peek is to bring up addresses on Apple Maps without actually launching the application. I did run into a few issues here. As I tried to Peek at the address of my television station in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Apple Maps brought up the address in Denver, Colorado. Even when somebody texted me the full address with Calgary, Alberta included, Denver still came up.

Pop meanwhile, works in conjunction with Peek. If you are Peeking at something and want to dive in a little deeper simply apply a bit more pressure and the content Pops into place, launching the actual app.

The difference between a Peek and a Pop is subtle. You just have to press lightly to peek at something and press hard of you want to pop it. It does take a bit of time to get the feel for it.

To help you distinguish how much pressure you must apply to the screen your iPhone will provide haptic feedback, or small vibrations on your finger. When you peek at something you get a quick 10 millisecond vibration, while popping is a longer 15 millisecond vibration. Sure the difference may be subtle, but it’s noticeable.

Apple believes Peek and Pop will become just as well-known as tap, slide and pinch to zoom. While I liked the feature, my biggest issue was remembering to use it. I am so used to opening email without “peeking” into them first that it took me a while to get in the habit or “peeking” and “popping”. It’s a learned habit.

Quick Actions

Besides Peek and Pop, 3D Touch an also be used as shortcuts to your favourite apps.

If you give a firm press on the phone icon, a list of three of your most frequently called contacts pops up in a translucent window. You can then select to call one of these contacts by simply pressing their name.

Quick Actions Phone iPhone 6s Mike Yawney/CityNews

The same goes for the camera app icon. Firmly pressing the camera icon brings up shortcuts such as Take Photo, Record Slo-Mo, Record Video or Take Selfie.

Quick Actions Camera iPhone 6s Mike Yawney/CityNews

Not all apps make use of the 3D Touch shortcuts. In fact, it will be up to app developers to implement this feature. Facebook and Instagram have already expressed interest and you can bet many others will soon be on board.

The popularity of 3D Touch may come down to the developers. How will future apps make use of this feature? The real excitement for me is how game developers incorporate 3D Touch into new titles.

The Cameras

Apple has given a big boost to both cameras on both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.

The rear iSight cameras has gone from 8MP to a whopping 12MP and makes use of a new sensor.

I thought the iPhone 6 Plus took nice photos, but I certainly started seeing a difference when I put them up against what I shot in the iPhone 6s Plus.

Colours appeared more natural on the iPhone 6s Plus, a more true representation of what you see with your own eyes. There was also noticeably more detail in photos taken on the newer iPhones.

Take a look at the images below taken at sunset in a park near my house. The first one was snapped on the iPhone 6 Plus, while the second one was taken on the iPhone 6s Plus. It’s subtle but you can see the turquoise sweater worn by the little girl is a bit deeper in the iPhone 6s photo. You can also see more detail on the face.

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The realistic colours really began to show when I started snapping photos of flowers and fall leaves. The iPhone 6s Plus once again giving a better colour representation than the iPhone 6 Plus.

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In low light situations, the iPhone 6s Plus also had less pixelation and noise.

The front-facing FaceTime camera also sees a boast in power. It has gone from 1.2MP to 5MP. But the bigger enhancement is the flash. For the first time the iPhone has a front flash, and how Apple pulled it off is pretty interesting.

Retina Flash

If you look at the back of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you’ll see a physical flash built right into the phone. There is a flash on the front, you just can’t see it. The flash is incorporated into the screen.

Apple calls it Retina Flash. Sensors inside the camera detect the colour temperature of the light then causes the screen of your iPhone to flash a matching colour illuminating your face like a flash.

The result is surprising. While I’m not a fan of using flash, the sensors does an amazing job of determine what colour to use to match the surrounding light. Take a look at the hot below and you’ll see the colour of the flash illuminating my face matches that of the background quite well.

Mike Yawney/CityNews

4K Video

Another new feature of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus is the ability to shoot 4K video. I know what you’re thinking…”other smartphones have been able to do this for some time”. You’re right. Better late than never right?

Both of the new iPhones can shoot 4K in 30fps. The video is beautiful, and the detail is actually quite stunning. Shooting 4K video on the iPhone allows you to zoom in on the video you shot to see the fine details in leaves, flowers or feathers.

Optical Image stabilization
This is only available on the iPhone 6s Plus. This feature smooths out the jerkiness of your camera movements in the videos you shoot.

I shot a video while riding at ATV during a jungle tour in Los Cabos, Mexico. The trail was extremely bumpy. As you watch the video take a look at the road I was driving on then look at how little camera shake there is. The iPhone 6s Plus greatly reduces the up and down motion, while still maintaining perfect focus.

What I like about this feature is you don’t have to turn this on. Optical image stabilization works on its own in the background without you having to do anything.

Live Photos

Another feature exclusive to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.

Live photos makes use of the 3D Touch screen built into the new iPhones. When you apply a gentle press on the screen, photos you take come to life for a few seconds, showing both movement and sound.

When you take a photo, your iPhone actually begins recording one and a half seconds before you snap the pic, and one and a half seconds after you snap the pic. So while the end result is a still photo, you actually have a 3 second movie clip recorded to your iPhone.

Live Photos take some practice and some patience to pull off. If you want a dynamic live photo you have to keep in mind the camera is already recording even before you snap the pic. If you move the camera just before you take the photo you will have blurry movement in your live photo. The same goes for moving the camera too quickly after snapping the picture.

I found Live photos work best with subjects or backgrounds with subtle movements. If you snap a picture of someone jumping, the action is too quick and the result can be a blurry Live Photo.

While Live Photos can be shared with friends via iMessage, or posted online, the best application is for your iPhone’s wallpaper. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come with a series of live photo wallpapers of fish and computer generated ink clouds which move when you press down on the screen, but having an image of your children come to life on your iPhone is quite magical. It’s fun to customize your wallpaper and have your kids, pets of favourite vistas come to life.

Battery

This is always one of the biggest questions I get when a new iPhone hits stores. People are always concerned with how long the battery will last. Will they have to find an outlet half way through the day to top up their iPhone so they can continue to text and play games on their way home from work?

After using the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus extensively over the past week and a half, I can tell you I didn’t experience any battery issues.

I get up at 3:00am each day for work. By noon I am down to about 75% and by dinner time around 45%. By the time I end up going to bed at 9:00pm I usually still have about 24% left.

I use my phone pretty extensively and have yet to hit the 20% warning before plugging it in at night.

Apple has also added a couple of features in iOS 9 that will help conserve battery power. One is a monitor which lets you know what apps are draining your iPhone’s battery. This can be used to turn off applications which may be a drain.

There is also a Low Power mode which turns off all extra features, keeping only the core ones going if your battery gets too low. Apple says this should get you another hours worth of use, even when your battery is about to die. Fortunately I have never had to use this mode yet.

iPhone battery Mike Yawney/CityNews

The Bottom Line

It’s easy to pass of the new generation of iPhones as marginally better than the last. After all, they look identical to last year’s models. Apple didn’t change the physical design but what it did do this time around is change the way we use our iPhones.

The iPhones 6s and iPhones 6s Plus are blazing fast, and have a ton of new features and a fantastic camera which breathes life into your photos. Live Photos can be considered a bit gimmicky, but 3D Touch has the potential to change how we all interact with our iPhones. Peek and Pop may be the next swipe or pinch to zoom, actions we are all too familiar with.

With new features comes a new learning curve, and the new iPhones certainly have one. It takes time to get the feel for 3D Touch and know how hard you need to push down on the screen to get the right results. But with a bit of patience you will be amazed at how much quicker you get things done.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus may not look radically different from last year’s models but they set a new course for the iPhone. Where developers take its new features remain to be seen, but this could be the phone we look back to as the one that started changing how we interact with our smartphones.

Save money on back-to-school shopping

Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Special to MoneySense | posted Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015

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Shop the sales

Make your dollar go a lot further by gathering up the flyers and doing a little prep work. Involve the kids by giving them a budget for their school supplies and having them figure out how they’ll spend their money for pens, paper and all the other stuff they’ll need.

Do an inventory 
Make a list of what your child has and what he needs before you head out to the stores. If last year’s jacket still fits that’s one less expense.

Stick to your guns about what you can afford to spend
Even if she HAS to have those jeans, you can say “No.” She won’t break. You could, of course, allow her to upgrade using her own money to make up the difference between what you’re prepared to spend and the brand she absolutely has to have.

Budget for extra-curricular expenses
The extras such as sports equipment, music books and the like often get left off the list. You’ll likely have to come up with extra money during those first few weeks of school to cover all sorts of activities so don’t spend it all when you’re shopping.

Show your children your budget 
You want them to have realistic expectations before you head to the stores. Many parents hate to talk about money with their kids. And they’re dead set against disclosing the realities of their financial circumstances. Then they get ticked when their children don’t show sufficient appreciation for how hard they have had to work to provide those no-name jeans.

Well, if you don’t tell ‘em, how are they supposed to know? Being smart about money isn’t intuitive. It’s learned. And you are your children’s most influential teachers … of both good habits and bad.

More content, fun, choice as City unveils 2015/16 prime-time schedule

Rogers Media | posted Tuesday, Jun 2nd, 2015

– A Canadian exclusive, The Mindy Project makes a triumphant return to City, Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT –

– Most talked about new series of the year Scream Queens, The Muppets, and Life in Pieces join proven performers in City’s strongest and most dynamic schedule to date –

– Sundays get a refresh with a block of back-to-back comedy hits, including Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and Last Man on Earth –

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TORONTO (June 2, 2015) City’s momentum continues today as it unveils its strongest and most dynamic schedule to date, announced this morning as part of the annual Rogers Upfront. Up six per cent year-over-year, * the City fall/mid-season schedule builds upon a successful foundation of 11 returning series with the addition of 12 new series.

“City is the home of unconventional conventional programming,” said Colette Watson, Vice President of Television & Broadcast Operations, Rogers. “Our schedule this year has the best mix of proven performers, avant-garde series, sports blockbusters, and the next big hits. It’s our most diverse programming lineup ever, and features a perfect blend of premium comedies and dramas, live event programming, and sports. The City schedule has something for everyone.”

Newly acquired content for the 2015/16 season includes the most sought-after comedies of the year, including the highly anticipated remake of The Muppets and all-star new comedy series, Life in PiecesWeekends remain the home of must-see programming with Hockey Night in Canada heading back to City every Saturday night, joined by a refreshed Sunday night comedy lineup, featuring all-new seasons of proven fan favourites Family GuyBob’s Burgers, and The Last Man on Earth. And hailed by critics as one of the most exciting new series of the year, the star-studded cast of Scream Queens anchors an all-new Tuesday night programming block on City that also includes Grandfathered, marking the television comeback of John Stamos, and The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage.

“This year, we set out to strengthen City across the board, and our 2015/16 schedule reflects a powerhouse of competitive content every night of the week,” said Hayden Mindell, Vice President, Television Programming & Content. “With a blend of original and distinct voices that includes Mindy Kaling, The Muppets, Seth MacFarlane, and Ryan Murphy – this year’s schedule exemplifies the types of bold choices we’re making at City to entertain and engage Canadians.”

Adding to the lineup of premium scripted content, City continues to build strength in established marquee live-event programming. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®returns to the City mid-season schedule in 2016, along with GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!Last year’s GRAMMY Awards was the most-watched program in network history with an average of 2.9 million viewers.** Additionally, this year City has the new must-see family musical event, The Wiz Live!, and joining the sports roster mid-week is Thursday Night NFL.

Anchoring the lineup of soon-to-be hits, City is staying true to established audiences through the 2015/16 season by continuing to deliver the comedies that resonate most with viewers, including returning hits 2 Broke GirlsModern Family, Black-ish, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, andNew GirlAttracting an average audience of 1.3 million P2+ viewers,* Scorpion  City’s highest rated new series of last year – returns to the fall schedule alongside the breakout hit drama of 2015, Empire.

And rounding out the stable of TV’s most memorable mix of new and returning shows, beloved comedy The Mindy Project will make a triumphant return this fall to screens across the country. City is the only television network in North America that will air this fan favourite.

Other series returning for the 2015/16 fall and mid-season schedule are The Bachelor Mike & Molly, Hell’s KitchenThe MiddleWorld’s Funniest Failsand original series Sunnyside.

Joining the City mid-season schedule are new titles Rush Hour, Bordertown , Little Big Shots, and The Guide to Surviving Life.

All programming is available on Citytv.com, and on mobile through the City Video app for iOS and Android. Fall premiere dates will be announced in the coming months; shows acquired but not yet listed on the schedule will premiere at a later date in the 2015/16 season.

City Fall Schedule

All times ET/PT; s = simulcast

Monday

8 p.m. The Muppets *NEW*

8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (s) *NEW*, moves to Thursdays starting Nov. 5

8:30 p.m. The Middle, as of Nov. 2

9 p.m. Scorpion (s)

Tuesday

8 p.m. Grandfathered (s) *NEW*

8:30 p.m. The Grinder (s) *NEW*

9 p.m. Scream Queens (s) *NEW*

Wednesday

8 p.m. Empire

9 p.m. Modern Family (s)

9:30 p.m. Black-ish (s)

Thursday

8 p.m. Thursday Night NFL (s) *NEW to City*, ends Oct. 29

As of Nov. 5:

8 p.m. Mr. D *Canadian Original Programming*

8:30 p.m. Life in Pieces (s) *NEW*

9 p.m. Mom (s)

9:30 p.m. The Mindy Project

Friday

8 p.m. Undateable (s) *NEW to City*

9 p.m. World’s Funniest Fails

Saturday

7-10 p.m. NHL: Hockey Night in Canada

Sunday

7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (s) *NEW to City*

8 p.m. Sunnyside *City Original Programming*

8:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (s)

9 p.m. Family Guy (s) *NEW to City*

9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (s) *NEW to City*

* *NOTE: 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® and The Wiz Live! (*NEW*) will join City’s fall schedule – Date and time TBC

New Series Descriptions

s = simulcast

FALL – NEW COMEDIES

THE MUPPETS

30-minute scripted comedy series

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast

The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, audiences will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires; a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC/Disney

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS/CO-WRITERS: Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (Anger Management)

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Randall Einhorn (Wilfred), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin

CAST: Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Eric Jacobson as Miss Piggy, Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Peter Linz as Walter, Matt Vogel as Sweetums, Bill Barretta as Pepe

LIFE IN PIECES

30-minute scripted comedy series

Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (s), moves to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (s) beginning Nov. 5

National broadcast

Life in Pieces is a single-camera comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious, and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members. Of the three siblings, middle child Matt may have just found his true love, his co-worker, Colleen; his coddled youngest brother, Greg, and his wife, Jen, are overwhelmed by the birth of their first child; and the eldest, Heather, and her husband, Tim, are dreading their impending empty nest so much, they’re considering having another baby. Their parents, Joan and John, would do anything for their kids, and are constantly searching for ways to soften the blow of getting older. As the family’s lives unfold in four short stories each week, they try to savour these little pieces of time that flash by but stay with you forever, because these moments add up to what life’s all about.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Justin Adler (Better Off Ted), Aaron Kaplan (Secrets and Lies), Jason Winer (The Crazy Ones)

CAST: James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can), Thomas Sadoski (The Newroom), Angelique Cabral (Enlisted), Colin Hanks (Fargo ), Zoe Lister Jones (Friends with Better Lives), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Dan Bakkedahl (Veep), Dianne Wiest ( I Am Sam)

GRANDFATHERED

30-minute scripted comedy series

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast

Grandfathered is a single-camera comedy about the ultimate bachelor who discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather. Successful restaurateur and man-about-town Jimmy Martino is used to being the most suave, most handsome and most single person in the room. All that changes when Jimmy is surprised by his adult son, Gerald, and his baby daughter, Edie. Now Jimmy has to unlearn a lifetime of blissful selfishness and grapple with the fact that he went from single to grandfather in six seconds. Keeping tabs on Jimmy is Gerald’s mother and Jimmy’s former girlfriend, rocker-chick turned mother, Sara. Equally concerned about how Jimmy will manage these new developments is Jimmy’s restaurant family, especially assistant manager Annalise, and Chef Ken. Can Jimmy teach Gerald his ways in order to win the affection of Edie’s hot mess of a mom, Vanessa? Will Jimmy and Sara fall for each other all over again, even though she’s the one thing he never dates – a woman his own age? And who’s higher maintenance, Jimmy or the baby? Grandfathered is an unconventional, sophisticated comedy about coming of age – at any age.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC/Disney

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: John Stamos (Losing It with John Stamos), Daniel Chun (Happy Endings), Dan Fogelman (Galavant)

CAST: John Stamos (Full House), Josh Peck (Drake and Josh), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Christina Milian ( Family Guy), Kelly Jenrette (Audrey), Ravi Patel (Super Fun Night),

THE GRINDER

30-minute scripted comedy series

Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast

The Grinder is a single-camera comedy about a famous TV lawyer at a crossroads. When Dean Sanderson’s legal TV series ends, he decides to move back home and join his family’s real law firm – despite having no formal education, no bar certification, no license to practice, and no experience in an actual courtroom. Dean spent eight seasons playing the title role on the hit legal drama “The Grinder.” Now he’s moving back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho, where his brother, Stewart, is a real-life attorney who is poised to take over the family law firm. It doesn’t take long for Dean to start injecting his TV drama into every aspect of Stewart’s life, both in the courtroom and at home. All of this starts to impact Stewart’s wife – and Dean’s high school sweetheart – Debbie; their two kids, 15-year-old Lizzie and 13-year-old Ethan; and Dean and Stewart’s father, Dean Sr. The Grinder is the story of two brothers who took different paths, but meet again in the middle – for justice…sort of.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Rob Lowe (30 for 30), Jake Kasdan (New Girl), Andrew Mogel (Allen Gregory), Jarrad Paul (Allen Gregory), Nicholas Stoller (Muppets Most Wanted)

CAST: Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation), Fred Savage (The Wonder Years), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Hana Hayes (Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures), Connor Kalopsis (Days of Our Lives), William Devane (24: Live Another Day)

SCREAM QUEENS

60-minute scripted comedy series

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast

Scream Queens is a new killer comedy-horror series about a string of murders in a sorority house at Wallace University. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by its Queen B, Chanel Oberlin. But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school’s silver-spooned elite, all hell breaks loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc, claiming one victim, one episode at a time. Part dark comedy, part slasher flick, Scream Queens is a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder or could easily be the next blood-soaked casualty.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story) and Ian Brennan (American Horror Story)

CAST: Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Lea Michele (Glee), Abigail Breslin (August: Osage County) Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live), Oliver Hudson (Nashville), Skyler Samuels ( American Horror Story: Coven), Niecy Nash (Getting On), Nick Jonas (Kingdom), Ariana Grande (Sam and Cat), Keke Palmer (Masters of Sex), Diego Bonita (Rock of Ages), Glen Powell (The Expendables 3), Lucien Laviscount (Episodes)

FALL – NEW TO CITY COMEDIES

UNDATEABLE

30-minute Live scripted comedy series

Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast

Season 2

Undateable is a multi-camera comedy series inspired by the book “Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t be Dating or Having Sex” written by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle. Undateable centres around mismatched roommates Danny Burton and Justin Kearney and their group of oddball friends who hang out at Justin’s unsuccessful bar, solving each other’s problems over beers. Even though they love to give each other a hard time, they always have each other’s back. Now on its third season, Undateable will broadcast live-to-air every Friday.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Warner Brothers

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town), Adam Sztykiel (Due Date), Jeff Ingold (Ground Floor)

CAST: Chris D’Elia (Whitney), Brent Morin (Ground Floor), Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement), Ron Funches (Krol Show ), Rick Glassman (The Comedians), David Fynn (Game of Thrones), Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie)

BOB’S BURGERS

30-minute animated scripted comedy series

Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast
Season 6

Bob’s Burgers is an animated series about a man, his family, and a burger joint. A third-generation restaurateur, Bob Belcher has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves. Even though business is slow, Bob gets to work with his family. His wife, Linda, supports Bob’s dream through thick and thin. Their eldest daughter, Tina, is a 13-year-old hopeless romantic with minimal social skills. Middle child Gene is an aspiring musician and a prankster who serves up more jokes than burgers. Their youngest, Louise, is the most enthusiastic about her dad’s business, but an off-balance sense of humour and her elevated energy level make her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Loren Bouchard (The Ricky Gervais Show), Jim Dauterive (King of the Hill)

CAST: H. Jon Benjamin (Family Guy), John Roberts (The Christmas Tree), Dan Mintz (Important Things with Demetri Martin), Eugene Mirman (Flight of the Conchords), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords)

FAMILY GUY

30-minute animated scripted comedy series

Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast
Season 14

Family Guy chronicles the lives of the Griffin family, a tight-knit but tense nuclear family living in Quahog, Rhode Island. Peter, the loving but not-overly-ambitious patriarch, and Lois, his devoted wife, maintain a comfortable middle class home. Teen queen Meg, slacker Chris and homicidal infant Stewie round out the Griffin brood, but the most sensible and well-spoken member of the clan is the family dog, Brian.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Seth MacFarlane (American Dad!), David Zuckerman (Wilfred)

CAST: Seth MacFarlane (Ted), Alex Borstein (MADTV), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show), Mike Henry (American Dad!), Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement)

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

30-minute scripted comedy series

Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT (s)

National broadcast

Season 2

The Last Man on Earth is a single-camera comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth. The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: Phil Miller, who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has travelled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one, which leads him to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last man on earth. Sure, there are some positives that come with being the last person on earth. You can go live in the White House if you want. You can park in handicapped spots without an ounce of guilt. You can decorate your home with priceless works of art. You want to wear a pair of tighty-whiteys and nothing else every single day of the year? Not a problem. The Last Man on Earth is a comedy about a man trying to make lemonade out of the most soul-crushing lemon there is.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street), Seth Cohen

CAST: Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers)

FALL – NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES AND SPECIALS

LITTLE BIG SHOTS

60-minute variety series

Date and Time TBC

National broadcast

Little Big Shots is a comedy/variety series featuring the world’s most talented and extraordinary kids from two of the biggest names in comedy, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey. Hosted by Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots will showcase young musicians, singers, and dancers in America, and go toe-to-toe with them in conversations and interviews, with hilarious results. From pint-size break-dancers to five-year-old piano virtuosos, these gifted performers will awe audiences with their talents, slay us with their cuteness and wow us with their accomplishments. These phenomenal kids show us once and for all that talent is born, not made.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Warner Brothers

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ellen DeGeneres (One Big Happy), Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show), Jeff Kleeman (The Judge), Gerald Washington

HOST: Steve Harvey (Family Feud)

THE WIZ LIVE!

3-hour live performance special

Date and time TBC

National broadcast

Following in the footsteps of the successful live specials The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! comes a brand-new live television production of the ground-breaking Broadway show that brought the vivid world of Oz to the streets of New York in a fresh, funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road. The original show was a massive hit on Broadway and even spawned a feature film starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Now, a Tony-winning creative team, the hugely imaginative Cirque du Soleil Theatrical, and a diverse cast of show-stopping performers will come together to create an eye-popping new take unlike anything seen before.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: NBC Universal

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!)

CAST: Stephanie Mills (The Wiz)

MID-SEASON – NEW COMEDIES

RUSH HOUR

60-minute scripted comedy series

Date and Time TBC

National broadcast

Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick LAPD detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. Detective Lee is a reserved, honourable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s alleged death and learn more about her connection to a Chinese organized crime ring. Detective Carter, on the other hand, is a wisecracking cop who plays by his own rules and has never wanted a partner. Carter’s boss, Captain Cole, knows he’s a brilliant detective who gets results. Attempting to help the two get along is Sergeant Didi Diaz, Carter’s friend and former partner who doesn’t hesitate to call him out on his antics. But even as cultures clash and tempers flare, Carter and Lee can’t deny they make a formidable team, and grudgingly admit that sometimes an unlikely pairing makes for a great partnership.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Warner Brothers

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour Series), Brett Ratner (Horrible Bosses), Jeff Ingold (Ground Floor) and Jon Turteltaub (Jericho)

CAST: Jon Foo (Bangkok Revenge), Justin Hires (21 Jump Street), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Aimee Garcia (Dexter)

THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE

30-minute scripted comedy series

Date and Time TBC

National broadcast

The Guide to Surviving Life is a single-camera comedy that explores what we all go through on our way to figuring out what life is all about. Cooper Barrett still doesn’t have the job he wants, and he’s accidently fallen in love with his across-the-hall neighbour, Kelly Bishop. One of his roommates, Neal, just can’t seem to dump his bodybuilder girlfriend, while his other roommate, Barry, is a “loveable jackass” who can’t stop getting into trouble. Cooper’s 40-year-old-brother, Josh, a married father of two, is constantly popping in to come hang with the fellas. The one thing they do have is each other. As Cooper struggles to survive each of life’s many challenges, like a night in jail or an inappropriate text, he will guide us through the often-messy, always-hilarious ordeal.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jay Lacopo (The Third Wheel)

CAST: Jack Cutmore-Scott (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Meaghan Rath (Being Human), Charlie Saxton (Betas), James Earl ( Glee), Justin Bartha (The New Normal)

BORDERTOWN

30-minute animated scripted comedy series

Date and Time TBC

National broadcast

Bordertown is a new animated comedy about two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S./Mexico border that takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America, where the U.S. Census forecasts that by 2017, Caucasians will be a minority. Set against this increasingly diverse backdrop, the series explores family, politics, and everything else in between. Bordertown centers on two clans: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. Bud Buckwald is a married father of three and a border patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood. He lives next door to Ernesto Gonzalez, an ambitious immigrant and family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already living the American Dream. As Bud and Ernesto’s paths begin to cross, their two families soon become bound by romance, conflict and, perhaps most importantly, friendship – a word that means the same, no matter what side of the border you’re from.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), Mark Hentemann (Family Guy) CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alex Carter (Family Guy) and Dan Vebber (American Dad!)

CAST: Hank Azaria (The Simpsons), Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), Judah Friedlander ( 30 Rock), Missi Pyle (The Exes), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), Nicholas Gonzalez (The Purge: Anarchy)

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About City 
City™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Saskatchewan offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, City engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and Cityline; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. City is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on City stations and programming, visit Citytv.com.

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* Numeris, Sep/14-Mar 22/15, A25-54 AMA(000), Total Canada

** Numeris, Sep/14-Mar 22/15, P2+ (000), Total Canada

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Stephanie Leslie, Broadcast, Rogers Media, stephanie.leslie@rci.rogers.com, 647.244.3166

Andrea Goldstein, Rogers Media, andrea.goldstein@rci.rogers.com647.801.4394

‘The Muppets’ & ‘Family Guy’ coming to City this fall

Christine Chubb | posted Tuesday, Jun 2nd, 2015

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to raise the curtain because The Muppets is coming to City this fall.

Kermit, Miss. Piggy and the gang will return to television for the first time in almost two decades in this grown-up, documentary-style reboot, which will air on City Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

ABC announced it had green-lit the show’s pilot in April.

Sunday nights are getting a little raunchier as Seth MacFarlane’s hilariously low-brown show Family Guy makes the move to City. Family Guy debuted in 1999 and was a staple of Global’s Sunday night lineup for over 15 years. Family Guy will air on City Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

As well, Bob’s Burgers is making the jump from Global to City and will kick off the Sunday night lineup at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Season two of the quirky apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth is coming to City. The show, staring Will Forte and Kristen Schaal, will air at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Many of your favourite City comedies will be returning this fall including 2 Broke GirlsModern FamilyBlack-ishBrooklyn Nine-Nine, and New Girl.

And City will be the only television network in North America where you’ll be able to see the fourth season of The Mindy Project, staring Mindy Kaling. Find out how Mindy and Danny will adapt to parenthood when the show returns Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m.

For more information about your favourite City shows go to Citytv.com.

Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.

Boucherville named top city in Canada on MoneySense’s best places to live rankings

MoneySense | posted Monday, Jun 1st, 2015

For the first time, Boucherville, Que., has earned the top spot on MoneySense‘s annual Canada’s Best Places to Live, a comprehensive ranking based on hard data such as household income, employment, housing prices, weather, crime, access to health care and more.

A suburb of roughly 43,000 situated across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal, Boucherville enjoys high incomes and low unemployment making home ownership affordable. Combine that with a robust transit system and a vibrant arts community and it’s no wonder the city is seeing healthy population growth—another important metric MoneySense scores.

Boucherville’s rise to the top can also be partially attributed to the decline in Alberta. While most of the focus on the province has been on the impact of falling oil prices, the challenge facing places such as St. Albert, Calgary, Edmonton, Strathcona County and Lacombe is that they have grown so quickly in recent years that it is starting to put a strain on local services like health care.

Rounding out the top five in the 10th annual survey of Canada’s Best Places to Live are Ottawa (No. 2), Burlington, Ont. (No. 3), St. Albert (No. 4) and Blainville, Que. (No. 5).

In addition to the overall list, MoneySense also ranks the Best Places to Raise Kids, Best Places to Retire, Best Places for New Immigrants and Canada’s Richest Cities.

Click through the slideshows to see the lists:

For the full rankings, please visit moneysense.ca/bestplaces or pick up the Summer issue on newsstands, on Next Issue and via the MoneySense app starting June 3.

Travel deals for all seasons

MoneySense | posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Fancy half-price hotels and attractions far from the maddening crowd? Savvy vacationers save a packet by taking advantage of shoulder season travel—that wee sweet spot between top-price high season and bone-chilling low season. But playing the shoulder game means finding destinations that combine lower airfares and accommodations plus pleasant weather and things to do. Choose wisely and you’ll wonder why it took so long to discover the easiest route to discount travel. Here’s our guide to the world’s greatest shoulder destinations.

Fall

Europe’s summer is a sweltering mess of jam-packed cities where air-con is a foreign concept. But golden days from late-September through October can be a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the balmy coastlines of Italy, Greece or Spain, or explore some capitals before the autumnal dark days arrive. Europe-bound flights drop to half their summer peak, and if you like driving tours in France or beyond, you’ll find the roads far less thronged.

Late-September is also a smart time for springtime South Africa’s safaris and winery regions. Or consider going tropical in Costa Rica. Around late November, the rainy season recedes and you can ogle the toucans just before the tour groups arrive.

Hot spots include…

Sardinia: Explore sandy coves and foodie-loving villages off Italy’s western coastline. Why now? The Autunno in Barbagia artisanal festival starts in September.

London: Crawl blockbuster museums on a self-guided culture tour. Why now? The Victoria and Albert Museum’s sumptuous Fabric of India exhibition starts October 3.

Cape Town: Weave the delightful Cape Winelands. Why now? Late-September’s Cape Town Fringe Festival.

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Winter

Our southern neighbour is stuffed with tan-tastic winter destinations. But while Florida and Arizona welcome snowbirds, it’s shoulder time in Texas. California-wise, wait for February if you’re craving better-value hotel rates and airfares for San Diego or San Francisco. Both are mild until later. Also consider Hong Kong or Thailand just before the end of March—the start of the rainy season.

Hot spots include…

Austin: Feast on America’s tastiest food trucks. Why now? January’s Free Week Austin music festival.

San Diego: Explore museum-packed Balboa Park. Why now? February’s Winter Brew Fest.

Hong Kong: Dine in a world-class foodie city. Why now? Hong Kong Arts Festival starts late February.

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Spring

This is Europe’s other—rainier—shoulder. Airfares rise dramatically after a few weeks, so book in April. Fancy a side-trip? Reykjavik isn’t too cold in May as it readies for summer’s visitor peak. It’s similar in Canada. May-to-mid-June is a chance to visit popular destinations like Victoria, the Rockies and Quebec City before the masses arrive: hotels are discounted and the weather is balmy.

Further afield, the post-cherry-blossom-pre-rainy season May window in Japan means Tokyo hotels are keen to bargain. You’ll find similar pre-rain deals in Malaysia and South Korea, and you can also cash in on summer’s end in Australia and New Zealand, with flight deals and sleepover discounts beginning to emerge.

Hot spots include…

Victoria: One of Canada’s earliest springs starts here. Why now? Whale-watching begins.

Napier: Time travel in New Zealand’s finest art deco city. Why now? Tour Hawke’s Bay wineries sans crowds.

Melbourne: Dive into Australia’s artsiest city. Why now? May’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

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Summer

Summer offers key ways to avoid credit-card immolation. Labour Day to late September is great for Canada trips. The islands of Aruba and Bonaire are outside the hurricane belt—yet their summer room rates are still the year’s lowest. Or, shimmy south. February’s carnival season is a crowd-puller, but coastal Brazil in July is a quiet zone. Check hotels vying for business in Rio—and expect warm weather with rain.

Hot spots include…

Jasper: September’s sun lights up the mountains. Why now? The VIA train from here to Prince Rupert is a late-summer gem.

Aruba: August is hot. Why now? Restaurant Week in late August.

Rio: Hit the beaches without the crowds. Why now? Late July’s giant Anima Mundi animation festival.

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