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Managing your personal finances on a smartphone? It’s addictive

Articles of Interest   |   July 27, 2021

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My smartphone ate my wallet, and I couldn’t be happier about it. In the past six months, I have migrated a lot of my banking, investing and monitoring of reward cards to my phone. My... read more

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Ryerson statue toppled as calls amplify for name change at Toronto university

Articles of Interest   |   June 8, 2021

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Ryerson University is facing growing calls from its faculty to change the name of the university after a campus statue honouring its namesake, Egerton Ryerson, was toppled following a sit-in to honour the victims of... read more

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Federal initiative to help Hong Kongers immigrate to Canada sees significant jump in applications

Articles of Interest   |   May 21, 2021

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A Canadian government program to help Hong Kongers immigrate to this country in the wake of Beijing’s crackdown on the former British colony has received more than 5,700 applications in its first three months, roughly triple the number that... read more

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Laurentian fires professors, slashes programs

Articles of Interest   |   April 13, 2021

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Laurentian University fired dozens of professors and slashed its program offerings in an unprecedented round of cuts on Monday aimed at tackling the university’s insolvency. The Sudbury school announced the elimination of 58 undergraduate and... read more

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TDSB tells staff to brace for online learning amid concerns over increase in COVID-19 cases

Articles of Interest   |   March 30, 2021

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The Toronto District School Board has warned its school staff to be ready to switch to remote learning as concern grows about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the province. An e-mail sent to... read more

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Should this young couple pay down their mortgage or invest?

Articles of Interest   |   March 8, 2021

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At 25 years of age, Liz and Tom have a $1.2-million house in Toronto and a mortgage of nearly $750,000. Tom earns $80,000 a year plus overtime as a skilled tradesman; Liz earns $66,000 a... read more

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Canada’s hockey dad Walter Gretzky was always there for his son Wayne, but never in his way

Articles of Interest   |   March 5, 2021

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Back when children were still raised free-range, there was no such thing as the sports parent. Star athletes had parents, but not so you’d noticed. It was not widely assumed mom or dad were the... read more

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Teenagers, don’t be swayed by bank pitches of cash and free electronics. Do your own research instead

Articles of Interest   |   January 25, 2021

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It has been a tough year for the under-20 crowd. Lockdowns, fluid class schedules and cancelled extracurriculars are now the norm. And there are the masks – so many masks. As a teen in 2021,... read more

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University ‘mega’ donations of more than $10-million are on the rise

Articles of Interest   |   January 25, 2021

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In the past two years, David Palmer has landed two of the largest philanthropic gifts in Canadian history, one of $100-million and one of $250-million. The donations are a windfall for the University of Toronto,... read more

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University of Alberta virologist Michael Houghton jointly wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

Articles of Interest   |   October 5, 2020

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A University of Alberta researcher known for his crucial role in identifying the virus that causes Hepatitis C has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Michael Houghton, director of the university’s... read more

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The 2020-21 academic year will be the best ever for postsecondary students who need a hand financially

Articles of Interest   |   July 2, 2020

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All that is fun about university and college has been pretty much wrecked by COVID-19 and physical distancing. But what students give up on the social side of their postsecondary education will be offset by... read more

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Canadian Arctic awash in microplastics, study finds

Articles of Interest   |   June 18, 2020

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Canada’s Arctic waters are widely contaminated by microplastics – minuscule particles and fibres that come from plastic debris that has broken down and remains in the environment with unknown effects. In the first large-scale survey... read more

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New report identifies 308 plant and animal species found only in Canada

Articles of Interest   |   June 4, 2020

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It’s known that Canada is home to tens of thousands of species of plants and animals, several hundred of which are listed under the federal Species at Risk Act. But what has been harder for... read more

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House of Commons approves $9-billion student aid package after Liberals agree to opposition changes

Articles of Interest   |   April 30, 2020

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The House of Commons approved a $9-billion package of new measures for students during a brief sitting Wednesday afternoon, after the minority Liberal government agreed to several opposition requests. The Senate will now sit Friday... read more

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On Earth Day, photographer Edward Burtynsky reflects on our duty as stewards of nature

Articles of Interest   |   April 22, 2020

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The Canadian artist writes that ‘the global call to action against COVID-19 is a test run for our inevitable fight with climate change – and that time is looming’ Edward Burtynsky is an internationally renowned... read more

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