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Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum similar to scrapped version

Aug 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's new sex-education curriculum retains many elements of a previous Liberal government document that the Progressive Conservatives had slammed as ideological, leading critics Wednesday to accuse them of playing politics with students' health. When in Opposition the Tories largely stayed away from naming specific concepts in the curriculum that they had an issue with, […]

Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum similar to scrapped version

Aug 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's new sex-education curriculum retains many elements of a previous Liberal government document that the Progressive Conservatives had slammed as ideological, leading critics Wednesday to accuse them of playing politics with students' health. When in Opposition the Tories largely stayed away from naming specific concepts in the curriculum that they had an issue with, […]

RBC’s Q3 net income rises to $3.3B, misses estimates on weaker capital markets

Aug 21 2019 — Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada increased its dividend as its third-quarter profit rose by five per cent to hit a record, but the lender's latest earnings missed estimates as challenging market conditions weighed on its capital markets division. Earnings from its investor and treasury services arm also fell, but strength in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and insurance […]

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Aug 21 2019 — Andy Blatchford — OTTAWA — Canadian annual inflation hit the Bank of Canada's ideal target for a second straight month, providing a stretch of price stability that's unlikely to weigh heavily on next month's interest-rate decision. The inflation number came in at two per cent last month, Statistics Canada said Wednesday, which kept it right at the mid-point of the central bank's range of one to three per […]

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Aug 21 2019 — Andy Blatchford — OTTAWA — Canadian annual inflation hit the Bank of Canada's ideal target for a second straight month, providing a stretch of price stability that's unlikely to weigh heavily on next month's interest-rate decision. The inflation number came in at two per cent last month, Statistics Canada said Wednesday, which kept it right at the mid-point of the central bank's range of one to three per […]

Ethics commissioner ready to testify to committee today: NDP critic

Aug 21 2019 — — The NDP’s Charlie Angus says he expects ethics commissioner Mario Dion to be in a position to testify today before a parliamentary committee about his findings on the prime minister’s breach of the Conflict of Interest Act. But whether the House of Commons ethics committee moves ahead with the study of Dion’s report rests in […]

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Aug 21 2019 — — Canadian annual inflation came in at two per cent in July to hit the Bank of Canada’s ideal target for a second straight month. Compared with a year earlier, consumers paid less last month for gasoline, internet services and traveller accommodation, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9 per […]

Ontario government releases updated sexual-education curriculum

Aug 21 2019 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government has released the new sexual-education curriculum, replacing a much-criticized teaching plan brought in after the Progressive Conservatives took power last year. A statement from the province Wednesday said the curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 has been updated following feedback from the public and consultation with experts. The sex-ed curriculum comes after an interim teaching plan based on 1998 materials was […]

Here’s a list annual inflation rates for July in the Canadian provinces

Aug 21 2019 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was two per cent in July, Statistics Canada says. Here's what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets): — Newfoundland and Labrador: 2.0 per cent (0.9) — Prince Edward Island: 0.7 (0.5) — Nova Scotia: 1.1 (1.6) — New Brunswick: 1.8 (1.7) — Quebec: 2.2 (2.2) — Ontario: 2.1 (2.0) — Manitoba: 2.2 (2.7) — Saskatchewan: 2.0 (2.0) — Alberta: 1.3 (1.4) […]

Here’s a list of July inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

Aug 21 2019 — The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was two per cent in July, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets): — St. John's, N.L.: 0.6  per cent (0.9) — Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.0 (0.6) — Halifax: 1.8 (1.6) […]

Country music star George Canyon to run for Tories in Nova Scotia

Aug 21 2019 — — One of Nova Scotia’s best-known country music stars is walking on to the political stage. George Canyon has announced he’s running as a Conservative candidate in the riding of Central Nova in the upcoming federal election. His name was added to the Tory roster after existing candidate Roger MacKay dropped out this week, for what […]

Liberals unhurt, Tories not helped by scathing SNC-Lavalin report: Poll

Aug 21 2019 — — A new poll suggests a scathing ethics report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall — and it hasn’t helped the Conservatives. Indeed, the Leger poll suggests the two parties were locked in a dead heat, with the support of 33 […]

Alberta to limit oil production to end of 2020 as pipeline delays persist

Aug 20 2019 — — The Alberta government says some oil companies may have to limit their production until the end of 2020 as pipeline delays persist. Energy Minister Sonya Savage says the current limit is being extended because there are no new pipeline expansions on the horizon in the near term that could open markets. Production limits were supposed […]

Trudeau pledges to raise issue of falling media revenues at G7 leaders’ summit

Aug 20 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to take the issue of declining news revenues amid domination by tech giants to the G7 leaders’ summit in France later this week. The subject resurfaced when Groupe Capitales Medias, a cash-strapped French-language newspaper chain, filed for creditor protection Monday. The same day, the province announced a $5-million […]