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‘There’s no point in credit card points’

In the News   |   October 18, 2019

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There was a surprising twist when a personal finance newsletter called The Lean House Effect recently pitted credit card travel points against cashback for the title of best reward program. Cashback won, but that’s not... read more

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What you need to know about a potential minority government in Canada

In the News   |   October 17, 2019

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With the Liberals and Conservatives still close in the polls days before the Oct. 21 federal vote, a minority government is becoming a more likely prospect. New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh even floated the idea... read more

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Momentum shifts to Elizabeth Warren in Democratic debate

In the News   |   October 16, 2019

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Former vice-president Joe Biden offered a forceful rebuke of President Donald Trump’s attacks on his family, calling him “the most corrupt president in modern American history” during the first Democratic debate since the launch of... read more

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‘They haunt us for the rest of our careers:' One doctor’s experience treating victims of gun violence

In the News   |   October 15, 2019

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Dr. Dave Paskar is a trauma surgeon at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. He explains first-hand how the victim of a shooting is treated, and what it’s like telling relatives the worst news about their injured... read more

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Nearly two-thirds of North American bird species under survival threat due to climate change: Audubon society

In the News   |   October 11, 2019

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Nearly two-thirds of all bird species in North America will be at an increased risk of extinction if the world does not act to reign in climate change, a new report has found. Among the... read more

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China’s message to NBA and other companies: love of country comes first

In the News   |   October 10, 2019

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China’s hostile reaction to an NBA executive’s tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong has opened a window into the potency of nationalistic sentiment in the country, where consumers and sports fans have... read more

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Should you tip when buying coffee or a sandwich?

In the News   |   October 9, 2019

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Some readers are going to freak when they read the headline on this edition of the newsletter. They already question current tipping customs in restaurants and bars. Now, they’re having to confront the idea of... read more

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Toronto Syrian restaurant shuts down due to threats, assault following altercation at Maxime Bernier fundraiser

In the News   |   October 9, 2019

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People stop to read a note taped to the front window of Syrian restaurant Soufis on Oct 8. Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail A Toronto restaurant run by Syrian refugees has closed after an altercation... read more

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Winnipeg-born James Peebles among winners for Nobel Prize in physics

In the News   |   October 8, 2019

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James Peebles, a Winnipeg-born cosmologist who correctly predicted the discovery of a remote signal from the very early universe, has won the Nobel Prize in physics, making him the third Canadian to win the coveted... read more

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Flurry of attacks but no knockouts in chaotic federal leaders’ debate

In the News   |   October 7, 2019

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In a chaotic clash, the leaders of Canada’s six main parties met for their only English-language debate on Monday night, a meeting marked by a flurry of attacks on a crowded stage where the leaders... read more

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Feel like a slave to your debts and your job? A personal finance movement based on early retirement is here to help

In the News   |   October 7, 2019

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Neal Chambers is a 39-year-old electrical engineer with a problematic work-life balance. Basically, the balance is off: Work is winning, and Mr. Chambers wants to change that. For advice and moral support, he’s attending a... read more

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Bloc Québécois urges Quebeckers to elect MPs ‘who resemble you’

In the News   |   October 4, 2019

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The Bloc Québécois is calling on Quebeckers to vote for candidates “who resemble you” in the election, prompting NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to denounce the message as unacceptable and divisive. In his closing statement during... read more

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Ontario education workers poised for full strike action on Oct. 7

In the News   |   October 3, 2019

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Note:  The strike was called off when a tentative agreement was reached on October 6, 2019. The union representing 55,000 custodians, secretaries and education-support workers at Ontario schools is threatening to strike on Monday if... read more

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It will be ‘extremely difficult’ for watchdog panel to probe police actions in Hong Kong, Canadian expert says

In the News   |   October 2, 2019

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A panel probing police actions in Hong Kong faces constraints that will make its job “extremely difficult,” according to a Canadian expert hired as an adviser by the investigative body. Last month, Hong Kong’s Independent... read more

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21st century crucial for humanity and the planet: Sir Martin Rees

In the News   |   October 1, 2019

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Earth has been around for about 45 million centuries but, according to astrophysicist and author Sir Martin Rees, the century we’re living in is different in a crucial way. For the first time, a single... read more

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