SATIRE: During last year’s US election campaign, Donald Trump promised to bring back industrial jobs and “make America great again”. Manufacturing jobs haven’t materialized yet, but Trump has been good for one industry — political satire.
PALM BEACH: President Donald Trump calls his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida the “Winter White House”. The First Family spends weekends there as often as possible. Not everyone in the upmarket town of Palm Beach is pleased.
HEALTH AND SAFETY: The Canadian government has announced plans to ban the use of asbestos by 2018. The announcement has come as a surprise to many Canadians, who thought the hazardous building material had been banned years ago.
TOURISM: Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic are happy about the benefits that visitors bring. But they want the government to regulate tourist numbers, as more and more cruise ship passengers come to their isolated villages.
GENTRIFICATION: The favelas (slums) in Rio de Janeiro have become safer in the past five years. But it’s not all good news for locals, despite increasing numbers of tourists, especially during the 2016 Olympic Games.
START-UPS: The American Dream was built on stories of people from small towns starting businesses that became nationally and internationally successful. Such stories still exist, but they are becoming more and more unusual.