Canada News

Vancouver man files human rights complaint over advance poll locations

VANCOUVER—A Vancouver man has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal claiming the city’s most vulnerable people are being shut out of voting in advance polls for the Nov. 15 civic election. Mark Handley says in a statement that the locations for the advance polls are too far away from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside …

Man shot by Calgary police after producing a BB gun that looked like a real gun

CALGARY—A man who was a resident at an assisted living complex for single men with mental health and addictions issues was shot and killed by police. Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson says the officer involved in the shooting at Lanigan Place has been on the force for the last four years. Hanson said officers knocked …

Urban Living leads 2015 Canadian real estate trends – PwC report

According to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Urban Land Institute joint report released last Tuesday, homeowners’ preference of convenient city life over more generous suburban life are driving Canada’s real estate markets. Based on an annual outlook on real estate trends, moving downtown has emerged in the past years and will continue to do so …

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. expects steady housing market in 2015

OTTAWA — The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says it expects housing starts in 2015 to be about the same as they were this year, and in line with economic and demographic trends. The national housing agency says “some moderation is expected” in 2016. The CMHC says that on an annual basis, it expects housing …

Canadian dollar advances in wake of strong U.S. economic growth data

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was higher Wednesday as the latest data showed stronger-than-expected U.S. economic growth during the third quarter. The loonie rose 0.08 of a cent at 89.44 cents US as growth in the July-September period came in at an annualized pace of 3.5 per cent. Economists had expected a gain of three …

Tim Hortons takeover by Burger King may prove stale for Canadians: study

  TORONTO — Widespread layoffs and strict cost cutting measures could befall Tim Hortons if Burger King’s parent company takes over the chain, says a study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The left-leaning think-tank released a scathing review of 3G Capital’s past takeovers on Thursday and concluded that the Brazilian private equity firm’s …

Man, woman face charges in 13 year, $3M credit card fraud, Toronto police say

TORONTO — A Toronto man and woman are facing multiple charges in connection with an alleged credit card fraud that stretched over 13 years and amounted to more than $3 million. It’s alleged that between May 2001 and August 2014, the suspects applied online for more than 100 credit cards using other people’s names. Police …

Ontario hikes income threshold to qualify for legal aid funding to $11,448

TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberal government is raising the income threshold for people to qualify for legal aid funding to $11,448 — about half the poverty line — starting Nov. 1. The income threshold for a family of five to qualify for legal aid rises to $28,317. Ontario has different levels of criteria to qualify for …

PM Stephen Harper announces tax cuts, increased benefits for families

Vaughan, Ontario — Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced new measures to help make life more affordable for Canadian families. He was joined by Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), and Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South. The proposed new measures …

United Nations official praises Canada’s stand on human rights in Iran

OTTAWA — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says Canada’s tough stand on the issue gives strength to those inside the country. Ahmed Shaheed offered that assessment as Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird welcomed him to his Centre Block office on Parliament Hill on Thursday morning. “Canada’s leadership in this regard …

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