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Parents to shell out more than 400 per child for backtoschool

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TORONTO — Canadians will be digging a little deeper into their pockets during this year’s back-to-school shopping season, a new survey suggests.According to the Pollara survey, Canadians intend to shell out an average of $428 per child on items such as school supplies, clothing and technology as their kids head back to class.That’s an increase of 18.2% over last year, when they planned to spend an average of $362 per child.Back-to-school shopping typically marks the start of the peak selling season as retailers gear up for Christmas.Regionally, Quebecers plan to shell out the most on back-to-school shopping this year — an average of $501 per child — followed by shoppers in the Atlantic Canada and the Prairies, who intend to spend $450, on average.Ontarians lag at the back of the pack with plans to spend $390 per child, on average, while Albertans are budgeting for an average of $431 and shoppers in B.C. are planning to spend $403.Parents with kids who are in college or university plan to spend the most — an average of $572 per child.Those with high school kids plan to spend an average of $226 per child, while parents of kindergarten and elementary school children plan to spend $170.The online poll, which was funded by the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), surveyed roughly 1,000 Canadians.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.“The end of summer is an important time of the year for many businesses that sell back to school supplies,” Mike Bonner, vice-president of commercial banking at BMO, said in a statement.“Many will see an increase in the number of shoppers and dollars spent during the season, leading to a positive impact on their bottom line.” read more

It may look like a nearmiss but this pilot did exactly what

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first_imgUpdated 22.46pmTHE SPANISH AVIATION authorities have said that there was never any danger of two planes colliding, despite a video of the incident going viral.AENA, which runs most Spanish airports, told the El Mundo newspaper that an incident filmed over the weekend at Barcelona el-Prat airport was no reason for alarm.The paper quotes the spokesperson as saying that the landing could have taken place because there was a sufficient space between the two planes.The video, which has been viewed over two million times, shows a UTair Boeing 767-300 approaching to land when an Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 taxis across the runway.The pilot of the 767 is forced to pull up and execute a “go-around” manoeuvre. Source: Barcelona-El Prat In’tl/YouTubeAENA says that neither airline had presented a complaint over the incident and both planes were where they were supposed to be.Robbie Garland of the National Flight Centre at Weston Airport says that the manoeuvre is fairly common.“You would have it in your head that you might have to do a go-around right up until you land.“You would train for these situations hundreds of times, so it’s likely that the pilot was doing exactly what he trained for.”Read: Here’s what a fighter jet flying through canyons looks like from the backseatRead: Chocs away… The biggest Irish airshow of the year takes place this weekend in Co Limericklast_img read more