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With the federal election coming up, Cambridge Times and Metroland Media decided to take a local look at the issues dominating the campaigns. Here’s a local look at housing, and what the federal candidates and parties are promising. HOUSING Over the last five years, Waterloo Region has been a part of a surging housing crisis, with the average detached home selling for $919,914, according to the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors. A report from the City of Kitchener found that over half o
BEIRUT (Reuters) -The Lebanese government will resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund while beginning reforms demanded by donors, according to a draft policy programme that aims to tackle one of the worst financial meltdowns in history. New Prime Minister Najib Mikati's government will also resume negotiations with creditors over a restructuring of public debt on which Lebanon defaulted last year, the draft seen by Reuters on Wednesday said.
Canada's housing market continued to show signs of a slow cool-down in August, as the number of sales ticked lower even as selling prices still headed higher compared to where they were a year ago. The Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday that 48,379 homes changed hands in August, down 0.5 per cent from July — and down by about 14 per cent compared to the number of sales clocked this time last year. About half of all markets are seeing more houses change hands, while the other half ar
Nearly three million Americans have signed up for health insurance on the U.S. government website Healthcare.gov during a special enrollment period that began on Feb. 15, President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday. Biden, a Democrat, re-opened the online health insurance marketplace to give more Americans a chance to take advantage of benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The special enrollment period was open through Aug. 15.
Kemptville’s first sanctioned powerlifting event was held on September 4. Hilda Siegel, powerlifting record holder and owner of Power Pole Performance, and Curd Hos of Iron Hos Gear organized the event. Sixteen lifters participated in the event. Hilda says lifters set “record after record, there were honestly too many to count.” Melissa Cohoe set a Canadian record and was the best female amateur for the day. Sandra Jodoin‑Legue set another Canadian record and was best pro female lifter for the d
Sewage lagoons were a topic of discussion for both the Village of Carbon and the Village of Rockyford during their regular council meetings held on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8 respectively. In Carbon, at least one of the lagoon holding cells is having issues with back-up stemming from lack of maintenance. Sludge and slime was last cleaned from the lagoon in 1999 and was scheduled for maintenance in 2011. However, this maintenance was not completed and the lagoon is now a deca
It was free money, but it left Ollie Schwartz frustrated. "My grandkids will have to be geniuses to get out of this hole," said the retired senior, standing on her front steps in east Calgary. The one-time $500 payment Schwartz got was mailed to anyone eligible for Old Age Security this summer. But for Schwartz, the cheque in her mailbox was one more example of government spending driving a deficit that should be the biggest issue candidates debate this federal election. And in that, she's not a
Attendees at the Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival were happily singing the blues on Sept. 10-12, as a modified and safe version of the festival returned to Kincardine. It was a weekend chock full of entertainment and activities for visitors. On Friday and Saturday evening, a ticketed event on the main stage featured a lineup of some of the most renowned artists in the blues industry. Saturday during the day, at the BIA Street Festival, live music was performed in four downtown venues at n
It started with a dodgy plate of chicken wings. It ended with Jeremy Arnot's job. The B.C. man was fired last year for failing to follow his employer's COVID-19 protocols during a bout of diarrhea; he's now seen his employment reinstated by a labour arbitrator who says companies must provide workers with clear policies and training related to the coronavirus. "An employee's report of diarrhea during this pandemic is not a sufficient justification for demanding a COVID test. The employer must est
LONDON, Ont. — The Ontario government says it will expand its GO Train service to London. The new weekday service will also connect customers to Stratford and St. Marys. GO Train trips between London and Union Station in Toronto will begin Oct. 18. The provincial government says the pilot project will include one trip leaving from London in the early morning, and one return trip in the evening. The trip from London to Toronto’s Union Station will take about four hours. Between London and Kitchen
Drivers heading south toward Montreal were brought to a standstill Wednesday morning, and the situation stayed that way for hours after a vehicle slammed into a sign structure on Highway 15 in Laval. No one was injured in the crash, which happened at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, but it weakened the sign structure enough that transport officials worried it would collapse. The highway's southbound lanes were closed between du Souvenir and Cartier boulevards. By 7 a.m., traffic in the area was backe
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: As the fourth wave of COVID-19 continues to impact Ontario, local virus case numbers have been increasing. As of press time, according to the Durham Region Health Department, Scugog has ten active cases, with nine people in home isolation and one person in a hospital. To date, Scugog has had 17 deaths and 354 resolved cases. Uxbridge has six active cases, all in-home isolation. Since the start of the pandemic, Uxbridge has had 26 deaths and 457 resolved cases. Brock
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Thomas Carrique read the September 1 front page story ‘Police services are starting to challenge stigma of mental health” and contacted The Expositor to clarify the extensive supports provided to officers following the shooting death of Constable Marc Hovingh last November and to talk about the transformation in mental health programming within the OPP organization. Two and a half years ago the OPP did not have a full-time psychologist or partnerships
Municipal Council awarded the last two 2019-2020 Civic Awards at the Council Meeting of September 7. While other Civic Awards were presented in December of 2020, these two recipients were unable to attend at that time. This was the first opportunity that Council had to present these awards in person. Mayor Nancy Peckford said, “It gives Council a lot of pleasure to recognize and honour the selfless efforts and dedication of two individuals who volunteer in service to their 1neighbours, friends,
Chatham-Kent has become one of Ontario's COVID-19 hotspots in the fourth wave of the pandemic. There are 116 active cases in the municipality as of Tuesday, along with two outbreaks and 16 people in hospital. Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health, said the uptick is being fuelled by the delta variant, which is highly contagious. "Our contact tracers are worked off their feet dealing with this," he said on CBC Radio's Windsor Morning on Wednesday. Most of the cases are being linked back to d
Voters will decide on September 26 whether to allow terminations within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. View on euronews
Germany's conservatives, trailing in polls less than two weeks before a national election, launched a stinging attack on Wednesday on the European Central Bank's loose monetary policy. Friedrich Merz, the expert for fiscal and economic policies in the team of conservative top candidate Armin Laschet, said that, in contrast to central banks in Japan and the United States, the ECB was still not normalising its monetary policy. "This is having a significant impact on savings and pensions," Merz told a news conference in the southern city of Stuttgart, standing next to Laschet.
Runners gathered on Sunday, September 12 to participate in the 2021 Dinosaur Half Marathon. Despite rainy conditions, a total of 207 participants ran in the five, 10, and 21 kilometre races. Kade Wolf-Bernard of Edmonton (right) placed 26 in the 5K event with a total time of 54:53. Jakub Sumbera from Invermere, B.C. placed first in the half marathon with a time of 1:14:40. Ryan Albano placed first in the 10K event with a time of 36:43, and Sterling Hopman of Airdrie placed first in the 5K with a
At least 227 land and environment defenders were killed in 2020, making it the deadliest year on record — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to a report released by international NGO Global Witness this week. That is more than four people killed per week and likely an undercount, the group stated. The report identifies several high-level findings, including that nearly three out of four killings were in the Americas, and a third of all lethal attacks were against Indigenous people
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Infections following monsoon rains have led to a fever outbreak in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least 114 people in the past three weeks, health officials said Wednesday. The state’s Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh told The Associated Press that most cases were caused by dengue, a seasonal viral infection spread by mosquitoes, followed by leptospirosis, scrub typhus, and malaria. Leptospirosis and scrub typhus are bacterial infections, while malaria is