Sarah Rieger writing for the CBC:
A couple who won a grocery shopping spree were motivated to go as quickly as they could on Saturday, because they weren’t filling their own pantry.
Chantal Leroux and her partner Ryan Warren won a contest to grab as many items, up to $500, as they could in 50 seconds from Bragg Creek Foods.
“We were really excited to receive the call,” said Leroux. “I immediately envisioned grabbing all sorts of things for my own cupboard and then after I reflected a couple seconds later, I thought what a great opportunity to be able to give back.”
Watch Ryan Warren grab nearly $600 worth of groceries in less than a minute »
In 40 days Canada hosts the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver—the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls.
Albert Elliott spends his days as a crossing guard, helping to keep young people safe as they get to and from school. And virtually every evening, he can be found at a Moncton homeless shelter, where he helps with dinner and sets up beds for the night.
On Facebook, Charlie Burrell, who runs the shelter, posted a tribute to Albert Elliott:
“He is an exceptional, loving human being with a heart of gold, and he’s always so happy and positive.”
Read more at CBC
The Canadian Liberal government is looking to lift two million Canadians out of poverty by 2030 without committing to new spending.
Justin Trudeau’s government will introduce legislation “as early as possible” to entrench the official poverty line into law. The new plan links multiple federal programs to efforts to reduce poverty and predicts those measures will lift about 650,000 Canadians out of poverty by 2019, next year.
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos pointed to a list of already announced federal programs to reach that goal.
Duclos was in Vancouver Tuesday to unveil the Liberal’s anti-poverty plan, called “Opportunity for All — Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.”
It calls for a reduction in the rate of poverty by 20 per cent from 2015 levels by 2020 and by 50 per cent by 2030.
That would mean about 2.1 million people would no longer live under the poverty line within 12 years.
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U.S. News & World Report has released their annual “Best Countries” index.
They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa). Countries were graded 65 different ways, from how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” to “quality of life,” to name a few.
Interestingly, both the UK and the USA are down one position in this year’s rankings.
- Germany (up 1 from 2017)
- United Kingdom (down 1 from 2017)
- Australia (up 1 from 2017)
- United States (down 1 from 2017)
- Netherlands (up 1 from 2017)
More at US News & World Report
Five years ago the top five cities were Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Hamilton.
This year the top five are Ottawa, Quebec City, Hamilton, Edmonton, and Windsor.
“There are two key reasons to move,” BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote in the report. “To find a job, if you don’t have one; or to take a better-paying job, if you do.”
BMO’s “ranking of labour market attractiveness,” as the report calls it, is purely data-driven. “Mountains vs. lakes, or seafood vs. beef, are among many other important considerations, but such lifestyle factors are ignored here,” Kavcic wrote.
BMO looked at factors such as median household income, job growth, house prices and rental rates to determine their rankings.
- Honda Civic
- Honda CR-V
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Corolla
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford Edge
- Lexus RX
- Chrysler Pacifica
- Dodge Charger
Read about it at Driving.ca
Twenty-seven per cent claim they have no wiggle room after covering their monthly obligations. Another 44% say they’re within $200 of insolvency every month.