As heat waves get hotter, experts warn against becoming ‘air conditioned society’

Hundreds of people who perished during the historic heat wave in British Columbia last summer died in homes ill-suited for temperatures that spiked into the high 30s and beyond for days, a report by BC’s coroners’ service found this month. It was hot outside, but inside it was often much hotter, with tragic consequences. Of … Read more

Are 4th COVID-19 doses needed amid Omicron spread? Experts weigh in – National

It has been six months since Canada opened up COVID-19 booster shots for all adults in the country and many are now wondering if they are due for another one. Nearly 50 per cent of the Canadian population has received a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines, but fourth doses, as of now, are only recommended … Read more

Where Canada stands if the global economy weakens

The latest forecast for the global economy shows a grim outlook of the world torn by the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s war against Ukraine. Almost all countries are expected to experience slower growth in 2022-23 due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, according to a recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). … Read more

Got COVID-19 again? What you need to know about reinfections – National

Toronto resident Leshae Moses has been infected with COVID-19 four times. The 22-year-old personal support worker says she was reinfected with the virus despite being fully vaccinated. But she is not worried about catching it again. “I think I’ll be okay,” Moses said. Even as new COVID-19 cases in Canada are declining, the highly-transmissible Omicron … Read more

Surge in gas prices pushing ride-hailing, taxi drivers on the edge: ‘Very difficult’ – National

Record-high gas prices in Canada are driving concerns for taxi and ride-hailing app workers across the country, with many struggling to make ends meet. The Canadian national average for gas prices has surpassed $2 per liter for the first time ever this year, according to GasBuddy and the CAA. That means drivers are spending more … Read more

Recession fears are growing. Here’s how younger Canadians can prepare – National

Experts say younger Canadians can prepare for a possible recession by assessing their financial capabilities and limitations. Amid soaring inflation and the Bank of Canada increasing interest rates more aggressively relative to past tightening cycles, concerns about a possible recession are growing. A lacklustre stock market is adding fuel to the fire, as market declines … Read more

Trudeau mum over Biden’s move to exclude ‘less like-minded’ countries from summit – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t saying whether he supports President Joe Biden’s decision to exclude Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba from this week’s Summit of the Americas. Trudeau acknowledges that some of the countries in the Western Hemisphere are “less like-minded” than others. But he says they all share a number of urgent issues, such as … Read more

Remote, hybrid work dividing Canadian employees as many required on-site – National

Employees like Matt Fairbanks are one of the reasons the hospitality and restaurant industry is struggling to find workers even as the pandemic wanes. The 34-year-old former bartender has moved from slinging beers in Toronto to selling software to restaurants for a Saskatchewan company – which he does remotely. “I was always kind of one … Read more

Canada leaning toward a new era of 1970s-style stagflation, economists say – National

Canada is leaning toward a new era of 1970s-style stagflation as the pace of economic growth slows yet inflation remains stubbornly high, economists say. The abnormal mix of rising prices and high joblessness gripped the country 40-odd years ago. Supply shocks sent energy costs soaring, interest rates climbed to devastating heights and was rampant. Now … Read more

1st Canadian rare earth mine starts shipping minerals critical to greener economy – National

Canada has begun supplying the world with minerals to a greener economy with the country’s first rare earth mine delivering concentrated ore. “Canada and its allies are gaining independence from the rare earth supply chain from China,” said David Connelly of Cheetah Resources, which owns the Nechalacho Mine southwest of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. … Read more