today’s headlines


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

South Bruce OPP officer injured, two cruisers damaged as man tries to avoid capture

South Bruce OPP

A man who allegedly drove a vehicle at two cruisers and injured an officer was caught after fleeing his vehicle in South Bruce. OPP say about 1 p.m. on Saturday, a blockade was set up to try to apprehend a male wanted in connection to uttering threats in an incident involving a firearm two days earlier in the Township of Huron-Kinloss. The man had been seen in a vehicle on Bruce Road 6 in Ripley. Police say when they attempted to block the roadway, the man drove toward it andRead More

How 14-year-olds may help choose Saskatchewan’s next premier

How 14-year-olds may help choose Saskatchewan’s next premier

Jennifer Jellicoe and Kevin Menz, CTV Saskatoon Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:40PM CST Last Updated Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:43PM CST Saskatchewan residents as young as 14 years old may be voting for the next premier, even if they aren’t eligible to vote in the province’s elections. Voters in general elections must be over 18, but, because the next premier will be chosen via the Saskatchewan Party leadership race, youth between 14 and 18 years old are eligible to take part in the decision due to the party’s membershipRead More

U.S. House passes spy program after baffling Trump tweets

U.S. House passes spy program after baffling Trump tweets

Deb Riechmann and Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 3:51PM EST WASHINGTON — After a confusing morning of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans’ communications swept up in the process. Legislation to renew the program that allows spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad passed the HouseRead More

Suspect sought after Walmart parking lot road rage

Walmart suspect

Amherstburg police are looking for an individual – alleged to have pulled a knife during a road rage incident in a Walmart parking lot. Authorities have released surveillance pictures of the man after a complainant said he was confronted by another driver at around 5:45 p.m. Dec. 26. The complainant is reported to have been doing donuts in his vehicle and the suspect took exception to the style of driving. The fight escalated into a physical altercation. Fortunately, passers-by were able to break up the pair without any injury. SourceRead More

Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon out for season after suffering torn ACL

The Canadian Press Published Friday, December 1, 2017 8:29PM EST Last Updated Friday, December 1, 2017 8:36PM EST CALGARY — Canadian skier Marie-Michele Gagnon suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament to her right knee during a training run and will miss the rest of the season. Alpine Canada announced the injury in a statement Friday — a day after Gagnon also dislocated her left shoulder and had some sutures to her left forearm. “This is really disappointing because I initially didn’t think this injury was as severe as it is,”Read More

Some Christmas tree sellers paying more for trees

Buying a real Christmas tree could you set you back a few dollars extra this year.      Some sellers have noticed a small spike in prices from their suppliers. And that could make it tougher for some tree lots to turn a profit. Ray Dubois of Ron Paul Garden Centre said his most popular tree, the 6 to 7 foot Balsam Fir, has gone up $2 this year at his store. “They should of gone up more, but I can’t do it,” said Dubois.  The 67th Winnipeg Scout Group calculated eachRead More

Grey Cup weekend in Ottawa

Grey Cup weekend is here. If you’re looking to enjoy some festivities, here is a full breakdown. EVENTS Saturday only The Grey Cup Festival HQ (presented by Shaw): 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Lansdowne Park; free Family Fun Zone (presented by Canada 150): 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Landsdowne Park skate court, basketball court, and Great Lawn; free Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at TD Place Arena; free Nissan Titan StreetRead More

Despite criticism, 57 per cent of Canadians find Edmonton Eskimos name ‘acceptable’: survey

The term “Eskimo” is widely considered an ethnic slur by Inuit people, but a majority of Canadians don’t have a problem with the branding of the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, according to a new survey. Research released Thursday by Insights West, a Vancouver-based marketing research company, found that 21 per cent of Canadians find the football team’s name and logo unacceptable, while 57 per cent found it acceptable. Another 23 per cent said they were undecided. Even fewer Albertans took issue with the logo, the poll found, with 71 per centRead More

Ontario colleges, faculty clash ahead of contract vote, strike enters week 5

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Published Monday, November 13, 2017 3:39PM EST TORONTO — Ontario’s colleges and the union representing striking faculty members are accusing each other of spreading misinformation ahead of a contract vote in the labour dispute that has left half a million students out of class for a month. Some 12,000 Ontario college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians haven’t been at work since Oct. 15. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents the striking faculty, said the dispute was the longest strike in the colleges’Read More