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Weaker growth in gas prices helps slow annual inflation rate to 1.3 per cent in May

Canada’s inflation decelerated last month as weaker growth in gasoline prices helped slow down the annual rate to a six-month low of 1.3 per cent in May, Statistics Canada said Friday. Economists were expecting a modest decline to 1.5 per» 

Economy, Lifestyle, Society, Work & Labour

Canada: When a house earns more than you

The title may be a bit confusing at first, so we’ll explain. Canadian housing has long been criticized as being greatly overpriced. Generally house prices had more or less followed general salary rates and inflation, so as a very rough» 

Economy, Environment, Politics, Science and Technology

Canada’s Marine Protected Areas: more scientific input and protection needed.

Recently 15 respected Canadian scientists sent a letter to Canadian politicians expressing concern about Canada’s current and future marine protected areas. All of the scientists are involved in various ways with marine research. Rodolphe Devillers (PhD) led the initiative. He» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics

Canada’s Green Party leader in Berlin: Don’t ratify CETA

The leader of Canada’s Green Party, Elizabeth May, was in Germany this weekend. She addressed a crowd  at the annual general meeting of the German Green party. She spoke against ratification of the Canada-EU free trade deal known as CETA» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Environmental Protection Act: new recommendations for GMO’s

In a wide ranging review of Canada’s Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) released last week, many recommendations were made for changes to the Act which has remained basically unchanged since 1999. Among them were recommendations regarding the introduction of genetically modified» 

Economy, Lifestyle, Politics, Sports

The kinder gentler parking meter

No-one has a particular fondness for parking meters. Old style mechanical meters are slowly being replaced by digital metering systems. These are perhaps even less appreciated as, unlike the old system, they give no indication of un-used time still available» 

Economy, Education, Immigration & Refuge, International, Science and Technology

Algonquin College failed in Saudi Arabia

Algonquin College‘s foray into Saudi Arabia did not end well. Algonquin College in Ottawa © algonquincollege.com The Ottawa-based public post-secondary school was anticipating revenues of $100 million dollars when it first set up the men only trade school in Jazan, Saudi» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Broadband tax rejected, cell phone charges reduced

Broadband and internet services in Canada, like cell phone services are among the most expensive in the world. And today, a parliamentary committee’s recommendation that new taxes be applied to broadband service, was immediately rejected by the Prime Minister during» 

Economy, International, Politics

Kelly Knight Craft: U.S. ambassador to Canada

Kelly Knight Craft is the choice of the White House to be the new US ambassador to Canada. The position has been vacant for 6 months since Bruce Heyman resigned from it in January. “I think it’s an inspired choice» 

Economy, Politics

Canada and U.S. remain ‘quite far apart’ on softwood lumber, Freeland says

Canada and the United States remain “quite far apart” despite “working very hard” to resolve the lingering softwood lumber trade dispute between the two North American neighbours, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday. Speaking to reporters following her keynote»