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Canada should spend more on early childhood education, new report says

In the News   |   February 20, 2020

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Canada risks its competitiveness if it fails to invest in the learning and development of the country’s youngest children, according to a new report that is calling on the federal government to spend more on... read more

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Just when the housing market needs a firm hand, Ottawa makes it easier to get a mortgage

In the News   |   February 19, 2020

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So much for the adult supervision of our housing market. The federal government was onto a good thing when it introduced a stress test for home buyers a few years ago that demanded they be... read more

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Trudeau tight-lipped on plan to end rail blockades ‘quickly and peacefully’

In the News   |   February 18, 2020

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The blockade of a critical rail link between Montreal and Toronto has caused the largest disruption in Canadian National Railway Co.’s modern history, the company warned Monday, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from an... read more

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Canadian Tire expanding in-store pickup program to support growing e-commerce efforts

In the News   |   February 14, 2020

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Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. will roll out lockers for online order pick-ups at hundreds of its stores in the coming year, as the company works to convince online shoppers to visit its stores. The retailer... read more

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Industry groups warn rail protests are hurting supply chain

In the News   |   February 13, 2020

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Canada’s retailers and manufacturers are braced for shutdowns and dwindling supplies as demonstrators blocked ports and rail lines, bringing much of the country’s rail-freight network to a halt. Industry groups said on Wednesday that the... read more

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E-learning in Ontario: Way of the future or an ineffective teaching model?

In the News   |   February 12, 2020

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For the past decade, the Michigan education system has been an e-learning laboratory, with students required to do some of their coursework online in order to graduate from high school. The experience of Michigan, along... read more

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China turns up state hero-making machine in bid to shift narrative around coronavirus outbreak

In the News   |   February 11, 2020

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Stung by public criticism as the Wuhan virus outbreak continues to claim lives, Chinese authorities have reinvigorated the state hero-making machine, with official media promoting stories of sacrifice, dedication and love in arduous times. A... read more

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New review of evidence suggests association between excessive screen time and mental distress in teens

In the News   |   February 10, 2020

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A new paper by Toronto researchers says smartphones and social media are likely contributing to a rise in self-harm and mental distress among children and teens, the latest finding in the debate over whether excessive... read more

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Privacy watchdog takes Facebook to court over possible misuse of personal information

In the News   |   February 7, 2020

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The federal Privacy Commissioner is taking Facebook Inc. to court over the possible misuse of the personal information of Canadians in a case that highlights the complex process behind the enforcement of the country’s privacy... read more

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Senate votes to acquit Trump of impeachment charges

In the News   |   February 6, 2020

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The Republican majority in the Senate has acquitted President Donald Trump, ending the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history and capping a months-long drama that pushed the partisan divisions in American politics to their... read more

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Federal Court of Appeal clears a hurdle for the Trans Mountain pipeline

In the News   |   February 5, 2020

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The federal government’s duty to consult with Indigenous peoples over resource development does not grant them veto powers, the Federal Court of Appeal says, ruling that Ottawa met its obligations for consultation before it reapproved... read more

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Research supports Canada’s decision to reject a coronavirus travel ban

In the News   |   February 4, 2020

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When the World Health Organization declared a public-health emergency over the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, the agency’s director-general entreated the world: Don’t impose travel restrictions on people from China. The next day, the United... read more

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Extracurriculars stop at all Ontario public elementary schools as labour action escalates

In the News   |   February 3, 2020

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Extracurricular activities will cease in all Ontario public elementary schools this week, on top of two strike days, as labour action escalates following the breakdown of talks between the teachers’ union and the province. After... read more

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Canada to release list of proposed banned plastic products in months, minister says

In the News   |   January 31, 2020

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Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says Ottawa is on track to meet its 2021 target for regulations banning certain single-use plastics, which he said would likely include bags and straws. In an interview with The Globe... read more

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Top Tory contenders will fight carbon tax if they win leadership race

In the News   |   January 30, 2020

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The key contenders in the Conservative leadership race say they plan to keep fighting the federal carbon tax, if they win the party’s top job. While Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole and Marilyn Gladu have tried... read more

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