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Huge jump in lumber costs means more expensive homes

Canada is a land of forests. Wood and lumber for construction is common and plentiful in Canada and should in theory be inexpensive. Not so since COVID-19. The cost of construction lumber has spiked considerably – in some cases up »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Pipeline project cost estimates soar

A new potential problem has arisen for the long-controversial Trans-Mountain pipeline project.  That problem is an estimated 70 per cent increase in the cost. The some 1,000 kilometre pipeline project will twin a nearly seven decades old existing line from »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Study suggests Canadian food prices to surpass inflation in 2020

The study by Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and the University of Guelph in Ontario is called “Canada’s Food Price Report 2020” Its’ the tenth annual report, and  it notes that climate change, with its accompanying bad weather, is an »

Health, Society

Doctor worries ‘birth tourism’ strains health resources

There is an increasing number of foreign nationals coming to Canada to have their babies here, thus ensuring the infants get Canadian citizenship and access to social services like health and education. Unlike Canada, most countries do not accord citizenship »


Cost of abortion pill covered by Saskatchewan government

As of today, the government of the province of Saskatchewan will cover the cost of Mifegymiso, a drug that can terminate a pregnancy of up to nine weeks. This comes one week after the province of Manitoba declared it would »

Economy, Health

Eating healthy food: becoming too costly?

Canadians find it more difficult to choose healthy food options A recent survey has revealed that fully half of all Canadians say it’s becoming more difficult to buy healthy foods. About 40 per cent say that following the recent edition »


Christmas gifts cheaper than in 1984: analysis

Canadians often complain that life is getting more and more expensive but a new analysis suggests that is not true when it comes to buying Christmas presents. The research by the Montreal Economic Institute reconstructed a basket of goods that »

Economy, Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Cost of migrants crossing “irregularly” into Canada average $14K each

(public comments open at bottom-Comments will be posted after moderating) It is illegal to cross into Canada anywhere other than at an official border point. The Trudeau government however has changed the terminology from illegal crossing to irregular crossing. After »


Infrequent cannabis users spent little or nothing

The Canadian government’s statistics agency says people who only used cannabis once or twice in the third quarter of 2018 spent little or nothing on the drug, “perhaps reflecting the social or sharing culture of cannabis users.” About 14 per »


Tobacco and alcohol cause most harm in Canada: study

Substance use costs Canadian society almost $38.4 billion a year or $1,100 for every person in the country, according to new research. Alcohol and tobacco use account for 70 per cent of these costs and opioids ranked a distant third. »