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How to Get Rid of Expensive Bills While Travelling Abroad



Travelling refreshes body and mind, it heals every little scar in our mind. Travelling gives memories worth of cherishing for a lifetime. Travelling without a comprehensive travel insurance plan can lead to problems where you will find difficulties to manage your finance. Many a times, people go through accidents, mishaps or any unwanted incidents during their holiday period. Also they are not aware of their insurance plans and try something new which becomes hefty for them later. People spend too much of money while they are travelling if the trip is not planned in a proper manner. To get rid of expensive bills while you are travelling, you need to follow certain measures-

Research a lot and learn about the place where you are travelling. Before you decide to travel to a particular country, you must be well known about its rituals and customs. You have to be well acquainted with the rules and regulations of a country to save yourself from a pitfall. Travel advice regarding that country or purchasing an appropriate guidebook would help you to get rid of expensive bills during a trip. If you want to get rid of any kind of legal complication, be well versed with the legal system of the country you are about to visit.

Go for a travel insurance policy that will cover majority of your entertainment and fun activities. There are a lot of travel insurance plans where most of the activities are not covered. Go for the one that covers all that you have planned for the trip. This will help you to get rid of expensive bills that may be too much for you to bear. You also need to apply for an ehic card if you are planning to travel somewhere in the European Region or in Switzerland. Ehic card helps you to get access to any kind of state healthcare benefits in the European Economic Region and in Switzerland. A good travel insurance plan would prevent you from spending money for any kind of fun outdoor activities or even in terms of any unwanted accidents. To apply for an ehic you have to visit the National Health Services website for more details. For getting a suitable travel insurance plan, you have to search internet or talk with the travel agents in order to get a nice plan.

Be acquainted with the place where you are going to travel. You have to know every detail about the place you are going to stay and whether there are any hidden charges involved along with the hotel fare. Also be sure about the kind of food you would like to have and research a lot to find a pocket friendly food joints near your hotel.

If you are planning to shop, search for places where you will get good stuff at rates within your budget. This will prevent you to spend too much of money for buying stuff for your close ones. Make a note of all those places that have good stuff at pocket friendly rates.

Apart from all these, plan day to day activities of your trip. This will save you from the last minute plans that involved unwanted expenses. Also make a note of emergency numbers and get your travel documents ready beforehand. This will save you from any confusion while you are in difficult situations. These are the times when people panic and tend to spend a lot of money.

You need to apply for an ehic card and also get your travel insurance ready at least 15 days before you leave for your trip. An awesome trip only involves proper planning that will save you from unwanted expenses and unnecessary expensive bills.

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Ontario Line subway construction permanently shuts down beloved Toronto bakery



The Danforth is set to lose yet another neighbourhood favourite to the Ontario line subway construction as Greek bakery Akropolis Pastries prepares to close its doors for good after over 40 years in business. 

They announced on Instagram that they’ll shut down in mid-August, sharing a painting of the storefront alongside a simple message thanking their customers.

Dozens of people took to the comments to express their love for the establishment and their years of service to the community.

“Thank you for your friendly customer service & delicious goodies. You will be missed,” said one customer. 

Another added, “You always had the best akropolis pies and always great service. Good luck!”

Several more chimed in with hearts and crying emojis, as well as shout-outs to their favourite dishes. 

The bakery’s president, Bill Gekas, confirmed to the Toronto Star that he received official notice that Akropolis was to be expropriated in the winter of 2022.

He says that the offer from Metrolinx, who had previously promised to compensate affected business owners accordingly, was below market value and that he planned to take the company to court. 

He continued, further pressing the company for taking away affordable housing from his upstairs tenants without providing them a suitable replacement. 

Akropolis isn’t the first Greektown business to announce its expropriation, with Flox on Danforth and Home Hardware the most recent neighbour to share that they’ve fallen victim to the Ontario line.

They also certainly won’t be the last, as Metrolinx has confirmed that they’ll be shuttering 13 businesses on the Danforth to make way for construction. 

The forthcoming transit line is currently due to open in 2031 — although, if the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is any indication, that won’t be the case. 

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Canada considers capping international student visas to address housing crisis



The Canadian government is considering a cap on international student visas to tackle the housing crisis.

During a press conference on Monday, Housing Minister Sean Fraser told reporters that a cap is “one of the options” Ottawa is considering to address the lack of housing amidst the “explosive growth” of temporary immigration programs like the international student program.

“The international student program has seen such growth and in such concentrated areas that it is really starting to put an unprecedented level of demand, in some instances, on the job market,” he explained.

“But given the economic conditions we’ve been living with for the past couple of years, you see it in a more pronounced way on the housing market.”

Fraser stressed that the conversation isn’t about blaming newcomers for Canada’s housing challenges.

He acknowledged that these issues have been decades in the making and have been perpetuated by previous Liberal and Conservative governments.

“[Governments] retreated heavily from making the basic investments in social housing that is now revealing itself through the market today,” said Fraser.

According to official data, as of December 2022, there were over 800,000 foreigners with active international student visas in Canada.

Fraser says that before seriously considering a cap, the government plans to work closely with Canadian universities to ensure these students have a place to live.

He adds that that includes addressing some of these institutions’ exploitation of international students.

“When you see some of these institutions that have five, six times as many students enrolled as they have spaces for them in the building, and you see them continue to pop up in plaza colleges across the country, you’ve got to start to ask yourself some pretty tough questions,” said Fraser.

According to the housing minister, the government has no immediate plans to lower the number of international student visas.

Fraser says he’ll be discussing options with Immigration Minister Marc Miller.

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Toronto’s financial woes could mean delay of Eglinton LRT and Ontario Line opening



Facing a budget deficit of a whopping $46.5 billion over the coming decade, the City of Toronto and Mayor Olivia Chow have got their work cut out for them in trying to reduce costs and increase revenue during what is now being called an “unprecedented financial crisis.”

Among 13 suggested courses of action that staffers put on the table during an Executive Committee meeting last week are a new municipal sales tax, an increase in land transfer taxes for multi-million dollar homes, and permitting the Toronto Parking Authority to charge higher fees for on-street parking, which is currently capped at $5 an hour.

Though these very feasible options were the most widely-reported ones, there are a few parts of the new 192-page long-term financial plan that are quite concerningly being overlooked.

As local political expert and columnist Matt Elliott noted in the latest edition of his City Hall Watcher newsletter, the City Manager and Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer have made a couple of pretty bold recommendations for paths forward, taking aim at the provincial government for not allocating more funding to the city.

Further down the list, we find a few items that feel more dramatic than the aforementioned levies, including, at number 11, a push to potentially refuse to fund the operation of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Finch West subway lines that the city is currently on the hook to pay for.

As Elliott illuminated, the document states that “It was never foreseen that these new operating costs would begin in circumstances when the City had such limited capacity to afford them. Deferring the launch of these two transit lines could reduce the 2024 pressure by up to $106 million.”

Similarly, item 12 advises that “City Council inform the Province of Ontario that in the absence of a new funding model for transit operations in the City of Toronto… the City will pause negotiation of further funding agreements for Provincial Priority Transit Projects and any future provincial transit expansion projects.”

These priority transit projects include the Ontario Line, on which construction has already commenced, most noticeably at Queen and Yonge.

Though these are only proposed ideas for ensuring a better fiscal future at this point, we will have to see which, if any, of the recommendations leadership heeds.

Though there would be inevitable backlash to pressing pause on the decade-plus-in-the-making Eglinton Crosstown LRT or the forthcoming Ontario Line, would anyone in the city really be surprised if a major public transportation project was delayed yet again?

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