Month: April 2019

Liberals Use Budget Bill To Legislate ‘Right To Housing’ In Canada

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are using their omnibus budget bill to legislate a “right to housing” in Canada, a pledge advocates worry could fall short of being the historic step the government wants without a few parliamentary tweaks before summer. The budget bill would set into law rules...

Ontario To Legalize Online Gambling, Let Bars Serve Liquor At 9 A.M.

TORONTO — The Ontario government is making it easier for residents to drink, gamble, or do both at the same time, with sweeping changes made in Premier Doug Ford’s first budget. Bars will be allowed to start serving liquor at 9 a.m. every day of the week and advertise...

Sick And Dying Smokers In Quebec Class-Action Lawsuit May Not See A Dime

Today, it’s well-known that smoking can cause serious injury to health. There are graphic images of diseased lungs on cigarette packages to drive the point home. That wasn’t the case decades ago. Many people started smoking, and became addicted to nicotine, when they had no idea of how harmful...

Canadian Job Growth Stalls In March After A Long Winning Streak

OTTAWA — The economy shed 7,200 jobs in March after a pair of strong monthly gains that helped Canada to post its best quarter of job creation since late 2017. Statistics Canada’s labour force survey found the unemployment rate held firm last month at 5.8 per cent. “The party...

Canada’s Risky Housing Market Has Traded Places With The U.S., IMF Says

Canada’s housing market has grown riskier over the past two years, with risk levels similar to those seen during the financial crisis a decade ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report released this week. But there is good news: The measures Canadian policymakers have taken over...

No Alberta Premier Can Bring Back Oilsands Boom, Experts Say

EDMONTON — Getting Alberta’s economy running on all its fossil-fuel-powered cylinders is at the heart of the province’s election campaign. But some of Canada’s top energy thinkers — as well as international experts — warn there’s no pedal any premier can stomp to make that engine rev like it...