Their trip to Canada has led to tragedy — and more than $1M in medical bills

Their trip to Canada has led to tragedy — and more than M in medical bills

Pegah Khaki spends every day with her husband. She bathes and shaves him; she brushes her teeth. Through his life, Hamid Sarabadani has been what some might call a neat freak. Even now, irresponsive in his hospital bed, his wife knows he would want to look clean and well groomed. Those aren’t her only tasks … Read more

Trudeau government and Freedom Convoy update

Trudeau government and Freedom Convoy update

OTTAWA — The night before the Liberal government invoked the Emergencies Act to deal with so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser told the federal cabinet that “there was potential for a breakthrough” with the occupation around Parliament Hill , newly released documents show. The revelation comes from meeting minutes and … Read more

Personal bankruptcies are on the rise

Personal bankruptcies are on the rise

At the same time the cost of living is creeping ever higher, so too are the number of insolvency filings from Canadian consumers. Data released by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada shows that the number of Canadians filing for personal bankruptcy may be returning to pre-pandemic levels. During the height of the … Read more

Labor shortages could be here for years, report suggests

Labor shortages could be here for years, report suggests

Clogged airports, shuttered hospital emergency wards, understaffed restaurants, main street storefronts lined with “help wanted” signs. Canada’s shortage of qualified workers is ubiquitous: there are more than one million vacancies across the country — outnumbering unemployed workers for the first time since tracking began in 2015, according to a new report by BMO. Though a … Read more

Record spending, tax credits and a new park: 10 things to know about the Ontario budget

Record spending, tax credits and a new park: 10 things to know about the Ontario budget

Reduce, reuse, recycle, reintroduce. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has reduced waste by not printing new budget books for his reintroduced spending plan that reuses policy promises and recycles many projections from the April 28 fiscal blueprint. Here are some highlights of Bethlenfalvy’s 2022-23 budget tabled at Queen’s Park after Tuesday’s throne speech: It’s a record … Read more

Alberta’s minister for women apologizes for giving prize to essay arguing women ‘not exactly equal to men’

Alberta’s minister for women apologizes for giving prize to essay arguing women ‘not exactly equal to men’

CALGARY—Alberta’s associate minister for the status of women has apologized for her role in awarding third prize in an essay contest to an entry that argued women are “not exactly equal” to men and that voiced concern about children being replaced by “foreigners.” The contest, which was meant for young women interested in politics, has … Read more

MPPs defy Doug Ford, re-elect Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature

Record spending, tax credits and a new park: 10 things to know about the Ontario budget

MPPs have defied Premier Doug Ford’s wishes and returned veteran Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature. Ford had backed challenger Nina Tangri, who was vying to be the first woman to hold the job refereeing the legislative proceedings and overseeing operations at Queen’s Park. But in a secret-ballot vote Monday, the opposition New … Read more

Thanks for wanting me, says Hong Kong activist to cops

Thanks for wanting me, says Hong Kong activist to cops

RICHMOND, BC—All in all, being wanted isn’t so bad, Victor Ho says. Sitting at a park picnic table in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond, Ho, a retired Chinese-language newspaper editor, said the Hong Kong Security Bureau placing him on a wanted list for his role in a new push for democracy in the region doesn’t … Read more

Ontario has a doctor shortage. This is one way to ease it

Ontario has a doctor shortage.  This is one way to ease it

For four years straight, Dr. Makini McGuire-Brown has applied to get one of the limited residency spots in Canada for internationally-trained doctors. And each year, the Toronto resident has been turned down, a refusal which means she can’t get the Canadian clinical experience she needs to get licensed in Ontario. “It’s really heart wrenching,” McGuire-Brown, … Read more

Why are so many Toronto city councilors leaving?

Why are so many Toronto city councilors leaving?

Wanted: Toronto city councillors. Must work a minimum of 60 unpredictable hours a week, including evenings and weekends; often attends nine-hour meetings as well as numerous press conferences, ceremonies and social functions, including backyard barbecues and high school commencements. Must have a high tolerance for abuse and invective. Sometimes violent. Pay is a flat rate, … Read more