MPPs defy Doug Ford, re-elect Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature

MPPs have defied Premier Doug Ford’s wishes and returned veteran Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature. Ford had backed challenger Nina Tangri, who was vying to be the first woman to hold the job refereeing the legislative proceedings and overseeing operations at Queen’s Park. But in a secret-ballot vote Monday, the opposition New … Read more

Ontario has a doctor shortage. So why isn’t the Ford government licensing more internationally trained physicians living here?

For four years straight, Dr. Makini McGuire-Brown has applied to get one of the limited residency spots in Canada for internationally-trained doctors. And each year, the Toronto resident has been turned down, a refusal which means she can’t get the Canadian clinical experience she needs to get licensed in Ontario. “It’s really heart wrenching,” McGuire-Brown, … Read more

Rachel Notley has a second chance. Is the Alberta NDP ready?

EDMONTON—For the last three years, Rachel Notley has watched as the party that ushered her out of the Alberta premier’s office has descended into fractured infighting aboard a rudderless ship. But the Alberta NDP leader says she isn’t much focused on all the drama enveloping the United Conservative Party in the wake of Premier Jason … Read more

‘Why are they not hearing us?’: Students and youth workers talk about what they really need to cope with violence in their lives

This is not Aretha McCarthy’s first roundtable. The constant stream of government meetings to discuss gun violence, but, in her view, not act has left the Toronto youth worker and her colleagues fed up. “Why are they not hearing us?” she said. “You’re saying that we’re the voices, but yet still you’re not listening to … Read more

Toronto rents expected to jump by another 15% over the next six months, experts say

Fahd Mobada has never had trouble renting an apartment in Toronto until this year. The 22-year-old engineering student at the University of Toronto and his roommate applied to nearly 10 two-bedroom rentals in June, but despite having good credit scores, savings and references, prospective landlords chose applicants who were putting down offers hundreds of dollars … Read more

Where GTA home prices jumped and slumped: Most regions see prices drop but Oakville gets a boost with high-end sales

The summer might be hot but Toronto’s real estate market is not. In most regions and neighbourhoods average sale prices were down month-over-month as some plummeted by more than 31 per cent due to low sales activity. In July, the GTA’s housing market continued to soften as home prices dropped for a fifth consecutive month. … Read more

Brampton’s former integrity commissioner is suing councillors for millions in damages over her firing. The mayor backs her claims

Brampton’s former integrity commissioner is suing the city and the councillors who voted to fire her for $20 million in damages, in a lawsuit that appears to have the support of Mayor Patrick Brown. In a 22-page statement of claim, labour lawyer Muneeza Sheikh said her March dismissal was part of a conspiracy by several … Read more

Ontario Health CEO admits system is under ‘tremendous strain’ and talks about 5 challenges rocking hospitals

Ontario Health CEO talks about 5 challenges rocking hospitals in the province | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:” “,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”As well, since May, ER patient volumes are almost back up to pre-pandemic levels, he says. They are hovering at about 500,000 people a month, after numbers dropped in 2020 and 2021, according to data from Ontario Health.”,”type”:”text”,”isParagraph”:true,”isHeading”:false},{“type”:”textBreakPoint”,”insertAt”:”contentLongBreakPoint”},{“text”:”Even before … Read more

How this 30-year-old paid off nearly $50,000 in debt in less than two years

It was a wake-up call nearly $50,000 in the making. Between three credit cards, a line of credit, personal loans from friends, account overdraft and a car loan, Eduek Brooks had found herself with tens of thousands in debt hanging over her head — $47,328 worth, to be exact. Brooks, now a financial educator in … Read more

He earns $90,000 a year and rents out half his home for additional income. Can this 27-year-old buy a second property?

A homeowner at 27, Ben is looking ahead to the future, already considering how he could upgrade to a larger home when it comes time to start a family. But with a mortgage rate of 1.84 per cent, he’s concerned about what might happen in three years’ time when his rate is up for renewal. … Read more