Toronto may need emergency centres to house refugees, says Mayor Tory

With only 20 rooms vacant, Toronto is within seven days of evoking an emergency plan to house the growing number of refugees settling in the city after crossing the U.S.-Canada border, Mayor John Tory says. “We could not, cannot and should not be doing this alone. If these daily arrivals continue, as we expect them to, to some degree or another, we will be in a position within the next se [...]

22 May 2018

How Toronto is 'at the lead' in the effort to save its bees

The city of Toronto is taking the lead in the fight to save local bee populations, according to one of the country's top environmental groups — at a time when the pollinators are suffering from the use of pesticides, habitat loss and a long, harsh winter.Ontario beekeepers struggling after long winterThe city has over 360 native species and is on the forefront of [...]

22 May 2018

New online hub gives young Toronto professionals a way to give back

Dozens of not-for-profits have already signed up for the service Upon moving back to Toronto after graduating from Queen’s University a couple of years ago, Alexander Carbone wanted to find a way to volunteer his time and give back to those in need. The problem was, he didn’t know where to look to ensure his skills were being put to good use. Seeing a niche to be filled, Ca [...]

22 May 2018

Chinese international students are being targeted in kidnap scams, Toronto police warn

Toronto police are again warning the public of a scam targeting Chinese international students following another occurrence this month. Police were first alerted of the scam in November after at least three people were targeted. The students were told by a caller — posing as a Chinese law enforcement or government official — to go into hiding and not to use their cellph [...]

22 May 2018

Chinese demand for Toronto real estate on the rebound

The appetite of wealthy Chinese for Toronto’s real estate might now be recovering after “dropping like a bowling bowl” upon the implementation of the foreign buyers’ tax last year, according to the latest study conducted by international property portal Juwai.com. The analysis, which looked at Juwai’s index of Chinese would-be buyers of Toronto homes, noted that the number of inquiries [...]

22 May 2018

Four Tips to Create the Perfect Sleeping Environment

How much sleep you need to get each night changes throughout your lifetime. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough sleep, no matter what our age. Although there are situations that are out of our control, many of us are sabotaging our efforts to get more shuteye and we don’t even know it. If you want to wake up feeling rejuvenated, you need to do a little work to turn your bedroom in [...]

13 March 2018

This is what analysts think will affect home prices in 2018

Analysts are predicting a cooler housing market in 2018, with falling prices in the first few months of the year. But what is it that will pull prices downwards? It’s impending mortgage rule changes that are to blame, according to a recent Reuters poll of Canadian analysts. Beginning January 1, a new mortgage stress test will require all uninsured mortgage borrowers to qualify against th [...]

21 December 2017

Prominent West Vancouver realtor denies he demanded $75k bonus

A prominent West Vancouver realtor denied that he unethically demanded a $75,000 bonus from a client in a $2.7-million property sale, a Real Estate Council of B.C. disciplinary panel heard on Thursday.Shahin Behroyan faces seven allegations.The council alleges that in November 2014, Behroyan indicated to Hamid Gamini, his client, that a $75,000 bonus “was required by the representative of” a c [...]

15 September 2017

Black markets for illegal cigarettes found in Vancouver, Toronto

Chinese cigarettes, barred from legal sale in Canada, are being briskly bought and sold by black-market vendors in Vancouver and Toronto, some of whom are getting the product from travellers purchasing cigarettes duty free and then exchanging them for services in Canada.An examination by The Globe and Mail found more than 300 advertisements selling Chinese cigarettes in one week on VanSky, a popul [...]

07 September 2017

Canada-China relations enters golden age

Late September 2016, Premier Li Keqiang paid an official visit to Canada. This was the first in 13 years. The visit led to the consensus that will focus on strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries in the areas of politics and trade. The joint statement released by both countries contained 29 items. This was followed by the signing of relevant agreements and announcement [...]

31 August 2017

Government Gives OK, but Companies Must Actually Build Pipelines: Carr

OTTAWA—Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is defending the government’s ability to get major resource projects moving, saying the government has approved a number of proposals and it’s up to their proponents to get them built. Carr made the comments at the end of a meeting of federal and provincial energy ministers in New Brunswick on Aug. 15, where TransCanada’s Energy East p [...]

24 August 2017

NAFTA 2.0 to Offer Greater Clarity, Opportunity for Canadian Tech

Canada’s tech ecosystem will benefit from a long-overdue revamping of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), though some thorny and complex issues need to be resolved. “Modernize in accordance with technological revolution” is Canada’s first core objective for the NAFTA renegotiations, which began in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16, as outlined by Foreign Affairs Minister [...]

24 August 2017

Accidental Deaths of Endangered Right Whales Threatens Their Survival

PORTLAND, Maine—A high number of accidental deaths this year among the endangered North Atlantic right whale threaten the survival of the species, according to conservation groups and marine scientists. The right whales, which summer off Canada’s Atlantic coast and New England, are among the most imperilled marine mammals on Earth as populations have only slightly rebounded from the [...]

24 August 2017