Why selling our Toronto home to be mortgage free didn’t work

Why selling our Toronto home to be mortgage free didn’t work

Real estate is emotional. Why? Because a home is more than walls and a roof, it’s a container for our lives, our families, our communities. As part of an occasional series, we’ve asked local writers to share their stories on real estate and housing. It was spring 2021 and houses in our East York area … Read more

‘Freedom’ protesters are angry and returning to Ottawa

‘Freedom’ protesters are angry and returning to Ottawa

The honking. The semi-trucks clogging the streets around Parliament Hill. The constant bellows of “freedom!” For three weeks this winter, that scene was a crisis for police, politicians and downtown Ottawa residents that only ended after the federal government invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act to clear what it described as a dangerous damaging and illegal … Read more

Record damages awarded in disability insurance lawsuit

Record damages awarded in disability insurance lawsuit

Hospital director Sara Baker suffered a stroke in 2013 that her doctors said left her unable to work, but for six years her insurance company refused to pay her long-term disability benefits and spent 375 hours covertly surveilling her. On Friday night after a long-delayed five-week trial, a jury Baker $1.5 million in punitive damages … Read more

Who should get a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose—and when?

Who should get a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose—and when?

As the protection given by a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine begins to wane for many Canadians, the question is quickly rising of whether eligibility for a fourth shot should be expanded — and if so, when. It’s a topic on which infectious disease experts are not in universal agreement. Currently, a fourth dose of … Read more

Doug Ford defends appointing his nephew to cabinet

Doug Ford defends appointing his nephew to cabinet

Premier Doug Ford has explained his theory of relativity. Defending the appointment of his newly elected nephew to cabinet, the first said Monday that Michael Ford’s “extensive experience” made him a minister — not his family connections. “He’s been democratically elected four times now,” Ford said of his sister’s 28-year-old son. “Two years as a … Read more

Wages are rising—for some. Are you likely to see a pay bump?

Wages are rising—for some.  Are you likely to see a pay bump?

For many Canadian workers, wages are not keeping up with the rising cost of living. While the latest jobs report from Statistics Canada revealed that wage gains for permanent workers reached 4.5 per cent in May, Consumer Price Index data for that same period showed overall inflation rising to 7.7 per cent. In short, workers … Read more

The chain of violence behind this Toronto mom’s horrific death by fire

The chain of violence behind this Toronto mom’s horrific death by fire

Warning: The following story contains graphic details. Henrietta Viski had been trying to escape. That’s what 17-year-old Zoe Budai emphasizes when she talks about her mom, and about what happened in the years leading up to the day earlier this month when she came back to her Scarborough home from the grocery store to see … Read more

Fugitive Quebec man identified as victim in Playa del Carmen double murder

Fugitive Quebec man identified as victim in Playa del Carmen double murder

A Quebec fugitive has been identified as one of the victims of a double murder in the resort town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico on Monday morning. The man whose throat was cut was Raphael Huppe, journalist Luis Horacio Najera confirmed on Wednesday after speaking to an official source connected to the investigation. Huppe was … Read more

Dad of kids killed by drunk driver Marco Muzzo was arrested day before death

Dad of kids killed by drunk driver Marco Muzzo was arrested day before death

The Ontario father of the three young children killed by drunk driver Marco Muzzo was arrested and Tasered when officers were called to his home the day before his death by suicide, Peel police confirm. Peel police were called to Edward Lake’s Brampton address on June 19 — Father’s Day — to “investigate an altercation … Read more

Here’s what is changing with Canada’s COVID travel vaccine rules

Here’s what is changing with Canada’s COVID travel vaccine rules

Starting Monday, travelers will no longer have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to board a plane or train in Canada. In an announcement last week, the government unveiled plans to suspend vaccine mandates for both domestic and international travellers, as well as crown-regulated transportation workers and federal government employees. It was well-received … Read more