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

Household debt

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

Fourth snow removal operation of winter to begin Sunday night

Snow banks Montreal

Montreal’s last major snow removal operation wasn’t even done and now it needs a new one. After Saturday’s snowfall, which left over 30 centimetres of powder on the city, the city will begin clearing the snow at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. According to a statement issued by City Hall, the operation will take at least five days to be complete. Jean-Francois Parenteau, the city’s manager for citizen services, urged Montrealers to be cautious around snow removal machinery. “We are also asking motorists to respect the parking bans that will beRead More

Calgary band coming up with dozens of original songs to support cancer research

Calgary band coming up with dozens of original songs to support cancer research

A Calgary rock group is putting their songwriting skills to the test as they write and record 50 songs in 24 hours as part of an ambitious venture to support the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Chris Naish’s mom left a last impression on him, always being supportive of everything he did. “When she came to my hockey game, she would bring her knitting,” Naish says. “She was always very clear that I didn’t have to do anything to impress her.” Unfortunately, last March, Vickie lost her battle with cancer. NaishRead More

Police investigating two suspicious house fires in Antigonish County

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Police are investigating a pair of suspicious house fires that happened in Antigonish County within five days of each other. Antigonish District RCMP say in the early hours of Monday and Friday, fire crews responded to two separate house fires. Police say the homes were abandoned and neither had power or a heat source. Both homes were fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene and were complete losses. There were no injuries in either fire. Police are asking property owners to regularly check abandoned properties to ensure they are secure, and to report suspiciousRead More

Former Wolves player makes Team Canada’s hockey team

Former Wolves player makes Team Canada’s hockey team

From CTV Northern Ontario: The Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team named for upcoming winter games. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines USA News Headlines ABC NEWS Headlines

20,000 part-time college workers vote to unionize

Georgian College

Approximately 20,000 part-time support staff at the province’s colleges have voted to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. OPSEU says 84 per cent of the ballots counted were cast of in favour of joining the union. It says the supervised vote at all 24 Ontario community colleges was held in June 2016, but legal wrangling by the College Employer Council kept ballots from being counted until this week. OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas called the vote “a magnificent victory for part-time college support staff and for all the peopleRead More

Alberta NDP apologizes after Twitter dig at Stephen Mandel

Stephen Mandel

Alberta’s NDP has apologized for a tweet mocking Stephen Mandel ahead of his announcement to run for the Alberta Party’s leadership spot. The tweet has since been deleted, but included an upside down photo of an article featuring Mandel, mocking the politician’s upside down-themed campaign.   Today. #dreambigAB — Stephen Mandel (@SMandel_AB) January 10, 2018 The NDP used an article where Mandel, a health minister at the time, discussed putting funding for a cancer treatment centre on hold. Mandel’s daughter died of cancer recently.   We apologize for ourRead More

“Day of Action” today in support of Tim Hortons workers

Tim Hortons

Organized labour has called for a ‘day of action’ Wednesday in support of workers at Tim Hortons. Certain individual franchise owners have balked at having to pay the Wynne government’s mandated 14-dollar an hour minimum wage, and have resorted to measures like eliminating paid breaks. London is among more than 15 communities across ontario, where protests have been called for on Wednesday, outside Tim Hortons stores demanding that the company not roll back workers’ wages and benefits. A local demonstration will take place at 3 p.m. at the Tim HortonsRead More

Pedestrian dies after being struck by Canada Post truck: Toronto police

Toronto police say a pedestrian died in hospital after she was struck by a Canada Post truck Tuesday evening in the city’s east end. Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says officers responded to a call at about 6:15 p.m. of a woman pinned under a truck, in the Eglinton Avenue East and Birchmount Road area. Douglas-Cook says the woman was rushed to hospital in critical condition, where she later died. Police have not identified the woman publicly, but Douglas-Cook says the woman was in her 70s. She says officers with the TrafficRead More

EQAO testing under review with public input

From CTV Northern Ontario: The Ministry of Education is reviewing student assessments to modernize the province’s curriculum. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines USA News Headlines ABC NEWS Headlines