Unofficial ban on critiquing minority cultures allows dictators to flourish: Banoo Zan
By Saloni Bhugra Three years after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, an “unofficial ban” on critiquing minority cultures is allowing dictators to flourish, says Iranian-born poet and author Banoo Zan. On Dec 7, 2021, a suspect in the murder of Khashoggi was arrested in France. The arrest took place... Read more
Podcast: Movember, November – Raising awareness for men’s health
Every November, men grow moustaches and sport them all month long. That’s because those who participate raise money for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health for the Movember foundation. According to the Movember website, one in nine Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.... Read more
Homebuyers demand for pre-approved loans high despite chaotic market
Home buyers are rushing into loan pre-approvals, fearing the overheated market will be aggravated by a sharp rise in housing prices and mortgage interest rates. MNP, Canada’s leading accounting and business consulting firm, has recently released a Consumer Debt Index Report that reads 31 per cent of Ontarian homeowners... Read more
Restaurant and bar industry still trying to rebuild after mass staff exodus
The restaurant and bar industry continues to face struggles in the wake of restrictive COVID-19 policy that led to the departure of thousands of servers and other staff. The industry lost roughly 180,000 workers nationwide, according to Statistics Canada, with many showing no interest in returning to their former... Read more
Ontario optometrist resume eye exams for OHIP-insured patients as job action paused
Optometrists in Ontario have resumed eye exams for children and seniors. On Sept. 1 optometrists withdrew services to OHIP-insured patients in a funding dispute with the Ontario Government. The Ontario Association of Optometrists has now agreed to enter negotiations with the Ministry of Health. The OAO paused its job... Read more
Coffee prices are going up — here’s why trouble’s brewing
The price of a cup of coffee could get even higher. A devastating frost in Brazil — a top producer of coffee beans — is driving up farming costs, and it might cause a hike in prices at local cafes and grocery stores by the end of this year.... Read more
“We’re hosting as a legitimate soccer country”: 2026 World Cup preparation crucial to Canadian soccer
FIFA officials were in Canada over the past few weeks to check out two potential host cities for the Canadian matches during the 2026 World Cup, Toronto and Edmonton. The 2026 tournament will be hosted across three countries: Canada, Mexico and the United States, with Canada expected to host... Read more
Podcast: Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together… already? Thomas Hall and Devin Heroux talk back-to-back Olympics
For the first time since the Summer and Winter Olympics began alternating every two years in the 1990s, the athletic world is set to have two Games very close together as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic pushing back Tokyo 2020 to this past summer. Those Olympics just wrapped... Read more
Liberals highlight agenda in “historic” throne speech from GG Mary Simon
The Liberal government made promises on COVID-19 pandemic recovery, fighting climate change, moving forward on reconciliation and growing the economy in the throne speech delivered Tuesday. “The decade got off to an incredibly difficult start, but this is the time to rebuild,” Gov. Gen. Mary May Simon said, reading... Read more
New women’s shelter opening in Peel Region
A new women’s shelter, Women & Children Precious Shelter, is set to open early next year in Brampton, just as studies have shown violence against women and children on the rise due to the isolation and quarantine measures created by the pandemic. Tamara Whilby, a nurse and director of... Read more