Highlights/report

Arts and Entertainment, Society

English Canadian book sales drop dramatically

Over the last 13 years, Canadian publishers have seen a drop of more than 50 per cent in the sale of books by Canadian authors, according to a recent report. The More Canada report found books written by Canadians make» 

Society

Canadians to get unexpected money, warned of pitfalls

A new report suggests that if Canadians were to get an unanticipated windfall, 64 per cent say they would pay off their debts and share it with friends, family and charity. The report for BMO Wealth Management estimates an estimated» 

Society

Empower coast guard to save lives: senators

Canada’s search and rescue workers save an average of 15 lives daily and must be empowered, according to the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. A report from the committee recommends the coast guard be made a separate statutory agency» 

Society

Food insecurity increases in Toronto: report

Despite growing prosperity in Canada’s largest city, total visits to food banks have increased by 14 per cent over the last decade, according to a new report. The annual Who’s Hungry report was released by the Daily Bread Food Bank» 

Environment

Turtle spotting, reporting encouraged in Quebec

For the second year, the non-profit, Nature Conservancy of Canada, is encouraging residents of the province of Quebec to look out for turtles on the road and to report sightings online. A website called carapace.ca has been created to collect» 

Society

Disability is most cited reason for discrimination: report

In its 2017 annual report, the Canadian Human Rights Commission notes that disability was by far (59 per cent) the most often cited ground for discrimination by people in Canada. A combined proportion of 23 per cent of complaints related» 

Society

Fewer Canadians giving more to charity: report

“We’re delighted to say that Canada is an incredibly generous nation,” says Bruce MacDonald president and CEO of Imagine Canada, a non-profit that works to strengthen Canadian charities. “Annually, over $14 billion is given by individual citizens to charities so» 

Health

High-dose opioid prescriptions decrease, but not much

More than 40,000 people in the province of Ontario were given new prescriptions for high doses of opioid drugs in 2016, despite Canada’s worsening opioid crisis. That was a decrease of 25,000 new starts, or two per cent, from 2013.» 

Politics, Society

Fixing Ottawa’s troubled pay system will take years and more than $540M: auditor general

Fixing the federal government’s troubled pay system will take years and far more than the $540 million the Liberal government has set aside to clean up the mess, Canada’s auditor general said Tuesday. In his Fall 2017 report tabled in Parliament» 

Environment

Caribou decline, habitat still shrinking

Caribou populations continue to decline and disturbances in their habitat are still increasing in spite of a recovery strategy put in place by the Canadian government in 2012. The government has released a progress report on implementation of the strategy»