House-hunting Canadians saw their buying power increase this week as the benchmark five-year mortgage rate reported by the Bank of Canada fell for the third time this year, easing a key stress test faced by borrowers. The central bank said the rate fell to 4.79 per cent, after decreasing to 4.94 per cent in May and to 5.04 per cent in March.
OTTAWA — Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna says new measures must be taken to protect Canadian politicians from threatening behaviour. Her comments come after police launched an investigation this week into an incident at her constituency office, as well as reports that two other Ottawa-area politicians also faced threats recently.
OTTAWA — WE Charity is scaling back its operations, making dozens of layoffs in Canada and the United Kingdom, while also looking to sell some of its real estate holdings in Toronto. The charity has been embroiled in a political controversy since the Trudeau government chose it to run a now-abandoned student-volunteer program.
Teacher unions should put their “political differences” aside and work with Ontario’s PC government, Premier Doug Ford says. Ford said he has been able to work with all types governments including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in Ottawa.
Nepean MPP Lisa MacLeod will be under police protection in Ottawa after “threatening emails” and an unexplained “mischievous incident” targeting the minister after she appeared on a local radio program to condemn recent harassment against other local female politicians. MacLeod appeared on CFRA to speak out against the harassment recently faced by MP Catherine McKenna after a man posted a video to social media last week spewing vitriol and misogyny at a staffer who answered the door of McKenna’s Catherine Street office.
A Toronto restaurant discriminated against a woman who uses mobility devices and “publicly humiliated” her by refusing to let her use its bathroom four years ago, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled. In a decision issued this week, the tribunal says Haily Butler-Henderson “experienced adverse treatment” when she was repeatedly refused access to a downstairs washroom at the Pentagram Bar and Grill on Aug. 19, 2016.