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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


At-risk youth arts program looking for new space

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A program that helps at-risk youth stay off the streets through art is looking for a new place to go. Ottawa Innercity Arts is a program run by Ottawa Innercity Ministries. They operate in a space in St Paul & St Peter’s Church on Metcalfe Street. “Most of the kids are leaving home because of domestic violence. As bad as the streets are – home is much, much worst,” says Executive Director Ken MacLaren. But the church needs to close off a section of the building for required construction. ItRead 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


World media struggle to translate Trump’s Africa insult

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Warning: This story contains vulgar language NAIROBI, Kenya — U.S. President Donald Trump’s vulgar insult of Africa was a puzzle for many foreign media organizations, which didn’t have a ready translation of his epithet for their readers or listeners. Their answers ranged from “dirty” to, well, dirtier. While meeting with senators on immigration, Trump had questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa, according to one participant and people briefed on the conversation. His comments Thursday revived accusations of racism, roiled immigration talks,Read More


Police officials want more resources for Innisfil, Bradford

As the towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil continue to grow, there are concerns that police resources aren’t. The South Simcoe Police services board presented its 2018 budget to both town councils before Christmas. Both municipalities approved the addition of four new officers. “The population between Bradford and Innisfil is growing or has grown upwards of 35 per cent over the last four to five years, and the police service is basically status quo and has been for the last 10 years,” says Dan Tucker, president of the SouthRead More


Federal funding will go long way for Sask. Indigenous police force

Federal funding will go long way for Sask. Indigenous police force

CTV Regina Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:07PM CST Last Updated Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:42PM CST Federal investment in First Nations police forces will go a long for the only Indigenous police force in the province. The Government of Canada announced a $300 million investment on Wednesday to help make Indigenous communities safer. The money will be used to hire 110 new positions over the next five years across the country. “We expect the policing service to be invigorated by the extra resources that we’re putting in,” said RalphRead 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


Nanaimo high-schoolers' project to soar into space

Nanaimo high-schoolers' project to soar into space

In an island first, a group of high school students have learned their science project will be launched to the International Space Station. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines USA News Headlines ABC NEWS Headlines


Canada launches complaint against U.S. trade practices

Canada launches complaint against U.S. trade practices Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines USA News Headlines ABC NEWS Headlines


Toronto FC coach says Seattle had easier playoff run than his team

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Published Saturday, December 2, 2017 3:48PM EST TORONTO — The psychological warfare in advance of the MLS Cup final has begun with Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney suggesting that Seattle’s road to the championship game wasn’t as tough as his club’s slog through the East. While he conceded Seattle was the class of the Western Conference, Vanney said the West playoff games he had watched “weren’t nearly as intense or as high-speed or as hotly contested as the Eastern Conference was. And I think that’sRead More