What’s behind your mortgage rate

What’s behind your mortgage rate

It looked like a puzzle: As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, central banks—including the Bank of Canada—quickly cut interest rates to cushion the blow. But rates on new mortgages didn’t decline much, and some actually went up. Why? Remember that your lender’s funding cost determines most of the mortgage rate. The cost of funding jumped in […]

Bill Withers, soul singer behind Lean on Me, dead at 81

Bill Withers, soul singer behind Lean on Me, dead at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine, has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner, who […]

Slippery, Snidey, Snakes – The Legal Firm Behind Tommy Robinson’s Latest Case

Slippery, Snidey, Snakes – The Legal Firm Behind Tommy Robinson’s Latest Case

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'In the blink of an eye': After a whole family dies on Flight PS752, what happens with what's left behind?

'In the blink of an eye': After a whole family dies on Flight PS752, what happens with what's left behind?

When Shaho Shahbazpanahi went to check in on the home of his close friends while they visited Iran, no one could have predicted they would never return — and that he would bear the responsibility of figuring out what to do with the pieces of their lives left behind. Razgar Rahimi, Farideh Gholami and their three-year-old son, Jiwan Rahimi, were about […]

Greg Moore replaces Sheldon Keefe behind Marlies bench

Greg Moore replaces Sheldon Keefe behind Marlies bench

The Maple Leafs hired Greg Moore as head coach of the Toronto Marlies, replacing Sheldon Keefe, now coaching the NHL club. The 35-year-old Moore has spent the last two seasons as head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Chicago Steel. He also served as a guest coach at the Leafs’ development camp and has […]

It's Black Friday — and Canadians are leaving Boxing Day behind

It's Black Friday — and Canadians are leaving Boxing Day behind

Canadian shoppers craving a deal increasingly turn to Black Friday — a sales bonanza imported from the U.S., where retailers have long slashed prices the day after their Thanksgiving holiday — seemingly at the expense of another sales spree, Boxing Day. Industry watchers say consumers plan to spend before Christmas and check gifts off their […]

Sponges, clips, get left behind in patients

Sponges, clips, get left behind in patients

More than 550 objects have been unintentionally left in Canadian medical and surgery patients between 2016 and 2018, and the problem appears to be getting worse. A new report released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says 553 foreign items — such as sponges and medical instruments — were left behind over that […]

Water main job done, but construction mess left behind

Water main job done, but construction mess left behind

Polite people clean up their mess when they’re finished, but construction contractors that work for the city aren’t always in that category. Construction is messy, particularly in a populous city like ours, where roads, sidewalks and even people’s lawns are often dug up as part of jobs that keep things going in the right direction. […]

Who’s the man behind Toronto’s Dear Evan Hansen

Who’s the man behind Toronto’s Dear Evan Hansen

It was just supposed to be a story — something he could tell his friends and family back home. After all, how many Canadian theatre artists can say they got flown to New York to perform songs by Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul in front of Pasek and […]

Canadians are behind some of Tony Awards' most celebrated productions

Canadians are behind some of Tony Awards' most celebrated productions

Hadestown, one of the leading contenders at the Tony Awards Sunday, is among several celebrated Broadway productions that were created with the help of Canadians. The smash hit musical is a re-telling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, an ancient Greek tragedy in which Orpheus travels to the underworld to retrieve his beloved Eurydice. Before beginning its Broadway […]