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May 25, 2018 7:50 PM Federal deficit on track to meet $19.4B projected in 2018 budget

Federal government posted a $10.6B deficit in March 2018 Canada is on track to meet its projected annual deficit figure of $19.4 billion for this fiscal year, according to new figures released by the Department of Finance. "There was a budgetary deficit of $10.6 billion in March 2018, compared to a budgetary deficit of $10.4 billion reported for March 7

May 25, 2018 10:30 AM Lynn Crosbie’s novel Chicken takes over where Clockwork Orange left off

Parnell Wilde is a has-been actor who had his fleeting moment of fame four decades ago (somewhat like Malcolm McDowell himself) in Ultraviolence, a follow-up to A Clockwork Orange. Now in late middle age, paunchy, balding, often drunk and living in a rented dump, Parnell is reduced to taking gigs such as wearing a chicken costume for a budget TV commercial 6

May 24, 2018 8:00 AM Alberta's income tax 'advantage' exists for the poor and the rich, but not those in between

Middle-income earners in Alberta pay more than those in Ontario and British Columbia Alberta governments of every stripe love talking about the "tax advantage" in this province. And it's generally true that Albertans pay less tax — on the whole — than other Canadians, when you add up all the different types of taxation that all three levels of government 8

May 14, 2018 9:23 PM Beyond Lois Lane: Margot Kidder’s most notable roles

Kidder won the best performance by an actress in a leading role Genie Award for this comedy that also starred Annie Potts. In her final years, Kidder appeared in several of Toronto entrepreneur Frank D’Angelo’s low-budget crime films. This was her last. Cookie de Varen was Kidder’s six-episode recurring role on this college-set sitcom. Kidder returned 8

May 9, 2018 11:01 AM South Sudan pleads with U.S. not to cut aid, as White House is threatening

U.S. is South Sudan's largest donor, but says it is 'losing patience' even as ceasefire talks near South Sudan's government urged the United States on Wednesday not to "abandon" the country after Washington said it would review its assistance programs because it could not continue a partnership with leaders perpetuating "endless war". "We are asking 24

April 14, 2018 5:13 PM Tiger Roll wins Grand National in photo finish

10-1 shot holds on despite late challenge from Pleasant Company Tiger Roll won the Grand National Steeplechase in a photo finish over Pleasant Company as Irish horses dominated the world's most famous steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on Saturday. A 6.4-kilometre race was won by a matter of inches in the closest finish to the Grand National 18

April 8, 2018 4:00 AM In Ontario, get ready for a grudge match

Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford believe in their bones that their view for Ontario’s future is the right one. Neither can understand the perspective of the other. These are very difficult campaigns for incumbent governments because not only are voters not listening to the new ideas and policies the government is campaigning on, they dismiss messaging that suggests 15

April 3, 2018 7:03 PM IOC says cities that have hosted Olympics before have advantage in bid for 2026 Winter Games

Calgary is one of nine cities considering lone or joint bids for the 2026 Olympics. Dubi says it’s important for Calgary to make sure that any budget put forward is strong and down to the last detail. He says that would include looking at the numbers from Vancouver in 2010 and to factor in realistic figures looking ahead to 2026. Other cities that have expressed 26

March 31, 2018 8:14 PM Harbourfront Centre unable to pay $1.4 million in tax and rent, says City of Toronto staff report

The city shouldn’t expect to collect any of the nearly $1.4 million a top cultural hub owes in rent and property taxes, says Toronto’s treasurer. Despite attracting more than three million people a year to the city’s central waterfront, Harbourfront Centre faces rising operating costs, a $16 million repair backlog, no significant increases in support 19

March 29, 2018 9:42 PM Federal, provincial governments support creation of Calgary Olympic bid corporation

City takes another step toward determining if a bid for 2026 Winter Games is right for Calgary Calgary has support if it chooses to form a bid corporation for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. On Thursday, the city announced both the provincial and federal governments have pledged support for the creation of an Olympic bid corporation 17