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.
PAYMENT METHODS: In much of Europe, cheques have not been used for more than a decade. But in Canada, paper cheques are still in use, especially by businesses. Now a public-policy think tank says it’s time to eliminate them.
SUBSCRIPTION BOXES: Do you like surprises? Many people do, which is the idea behind monthly subscription boxes — parcels containing items like cosmetics or books. Subscribers, who receive a box a month, never know exactly what the boxes will contain.