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Third of Canadians can’t pay monthly bills even as rates set to rise

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CALGARY — A new survey suggests a third of Canadians can’t pay their monthly bills, including debt repayments, against a backdrop of rising interest rates. The quarterly MNP consumer debt index survey finds the number of Canadians who can’t cover their fixed monthly expenses is up eight points since September. It also finds Canadians who are making ends meet have less disposable income, with an average $631 left after paying bills and contributing to debt repayment. That’s 15 per cent less money left over than in the previous quarter. TheRead More


Some Tims raise prices on certain breakfast items after Ont. minimum wage hike

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TORONTO – The parent company of Tim Hortons says restaurants in select markets have increased prices on certain breakfast items. Restaurant Brands International (TSX:RBI) of Oakville, Ont., says regular price adjustments are “a normal part of the restaurant business.” The increases come after the company landed in hot water with consumers when it was revealed some franchisees cut employee benefits to offset the impact of minimum wage hikes in Ontario. On Jan. 1 the minimum wage in Ontario increased to $14 per hour from $11.60 — a 21-per-cent jump —Read More


ABC News reporter suspended for ‘serious error’ on Flynn report

Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Published Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:30PM EST Last Updated Saturday, December 2, 2017 9:50PM EST NEW YORK — ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a “serious error.” Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, had reported Friday that during the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians. That would have been an explosive development inRead More


Canada’s top soldier talks North Korea, ISIS and military suicides in year-end interview

It’s been a busy year for Canada’s military. North Korea conducted 23 missile tests this year, three of which were inter-continental ballistic missiles that the rogue nation claims have the ability to strike anywhere in North America. In Iraq, political turmoil has forced Canadian Special Operation Forces soldiers to halt their “advise-and-assist” co-operation with Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers. Dozens of service members found guilty of sexual misconduct were forced out of the military. All the while, the Canadian Forces have been working to reduce the rate of military suicide, aRead More


Funicular in city’s river valley expected to open Dec. 9

CTV News has confirmed the City of Edmonton expects the mechanized river access project in the river valley to open on December 9. The project includes a funicular and a staircase that connects 100 Avenue to the river valley, with a viewing deck at the top and a promenade at the bottom. Work on the $24 million project started in early 2016, and it was slated to open in the fall of this year. Funding mainly came from the provincial and federal governments – with the city putting forward $1.7Read More


Employee exposed to bear spray during robbery at Okotoks store

Police have released a surveillance photo of a suspect wanted in connection to an armed robbery at a Telus store in Okotoks on Wednesday. A man entered the store at about 3:40 p.m. and sprayed an employee with bear spray before fleeing the scene. The man made off with an undisclosed amount of property. The employee was temporarily disabled by the spray. Anyone with information is asked to call Okotoks RCMP at 403-995-6400 or Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.  Source linkRead More


School bus strike averted in Durham Region

A school bus strike that could have impacted about 10,000 students at 103 schools in parts of Durham Region and east-end Toronto was averted late Wednesday night. Unifor and First Student Canada signed a tentative agreement for 260 drivers just ahead of strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Details will be released after a ratification vote to be held in the coming days. Naureen Rizvi, Unifor’s Ontario regional director, said unpaid hours and low wages were keys issues at the bargaining table. Under the previous contract, drivers are only paidRead More


Metrolinx wants to run above ground power lines to electrify all-day GO train service

In order to bring all-day, two-way GO train service to the Barrie corridor, Metrolinx will need to electrify the line, but that requires power. Metrolinx wants to tap into a hydro transmission station on Tiffin Street and run power lines down the city’s existing freight rail corridor to the Allandale GO station. It also requires a partnership with the city. “It’s important. We want the service to happen. It’s not like there is another corridor,” says Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. Metrolinx wants to build the lines above ground, but theRead More


Mother threw infant at father’s feet, cracks skull during fight: police

NEW ORLEANS – Authorities say a Louisiana mother threw her infant son at his father’s feet, fracturing the baby’s skull. Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports the infant’s father said he had been arguing with 24-year-old Heidy Rios, of Terrytown, when she threw the 3-week-old baby at his feet and uttered an expletive, telling him to “take” his son. The father took the child to a New Orleans hospital on Thursday, and doctors determined the infant had fractured his right temporal bone. Authorities say the injuries aren’t life-threatening. Rios initially told investigators sheRead More


FIFA says doping is not widespread in Russian soccer

MOSCOW — FIFA defended Russia’s right to host the World Cup amid a series of doping scandals, saying Tuesday that there is no sign of “widespread” drug use in Russian soccer. Russia has been stripped of dozens of Olympic medals for doping and coverups, including tampering with samples. Soccer is among the sports where positive tests were apparently covered up, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation last year. “From the information we have, we cannot talk about widespread doping in football in Russia,” FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura saidRead More