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Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show
Posted on May 21, 2018 | 20:19
Although suicide is rare among young children, the latest findings reinforce the need for better research into the racial disparities, lead author said
Stress Test Causing National Housing Slump: CREA
Posted on May 18, 2018 | 11:32
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) blames the mortgage stress test introduced in January for slow activity across the nation in April. The housing market has cooled in all respects from April of last year, when the market peaked: the average sale price declined by 11.3 per cent to $495,000, and home sales by 2.9 […]
Modernizing community pastures: A made-in-Manitoba tragedy of the commons
Posted on May 17, 2018 | 09:56
Modernizing community pastures: A made-in-Manitoba tragedy of the commons
Lynne Fernandez

In February, a provincial news release about changes to agricultural Crown lands advised that, "The Manitoba government has launched a consultation focused on agricultural Crown lands, to ensure upcoming policy changes reflect the views of the livestock industry while improving fairness and transparency in the system […]."

How will these changes affect the Community Pastures Program, part of what was the federal government's Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration initiative? Referred to as "Canada's greatest success story," the program started in 1935 to deal with the devastation the Dust Bowl brought to the southern prairies. It included initiatives to deal with...

Dispatches from the front lines of Alberta politics: Jason Kenney reveals his nasty streak, again
Posted on May 17, 2018 | 00:36
Dispatches from the front lines of Alberta politics: Jason Kenney reveals his nasty streak, again
David J. Climenhaga

My, my, Jason Kenney's vow to become the new Mr. Congeniality of Confederation sure didn't last very long, did it?

Twitterists are having fun comparing the Alberta Opposition leader's response to a gentle jab by Premier Rachel Notley in the Alberta legislature Tuesday afternoon with what he had to say about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday. Actually the same day, seeing as it must take a few minutes at least to type out a typical anti-Liberal screed in the Calgary Sun.

Debating how best to complete the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in the House, Premier Notley remarked that Kenney may have moved back to Alberta, but he sure acts as if he's still picking up his mail...

Variable Rate War Heating Up
Posted on May 16, 2018 | 14:48
Mortgage shoppers looking to get a variable rate are in luck. The country’s biggest banks are currently slashing rates and clamouring for their business. A week after BMO announced its 2.45% variable mortgage rate promo (prime – 1.00%) for new and existing clients, TD responded by matching the rate at a discount of prime – […]
Brokerage joins industry's pinnacle
Posted on May 15, 2018 | 23:44
Brokerage joins industry's pinnacle

After only a few short years of operation, it’s already joined the summit of the Canadian mortgage industry

Impact of higher rates transcends demographic lines – poll
Posted on May 15, 2018 | 00:21
Impact of higher rates transcends demographic lines – poll

Over half of Canadians aged below 35 reported seeing negative effects of rates on spending

Should You Be Paying Your Mortgage Down Aggressively?
Posted on May 10, 2018 | 10:08
Last year a third of mortgage holders in Canada chose to pay their mortgages aggressively, which is to say they paid more than the amount required. And the numbers were higher for those who bought their properties after 2013. Instinctively it would make sense to pay off your mortgage as quickly as you can, to […]
Big Bank Mortgage Rates Rising: What it Means for You
Posted on May 01, 2018 | 14:12
Four of Canada’s Big Six banks have now raised their posted mortgage rates since last week, sparking concern by homebuyers and existing homeowners about the implications. TD kicked off this round of rate increases last week by raising its various mortgage terms, including an astounding 45-bps increase to its 5-year fixed rate, which jumped from […]
The Latest in Mortgage News – The Stats Are In
Posted on April 27, 2018 | 12:45
There have been a number of reports released over the past few weeks that have provided some interesting insight into the state of the housing and mortgage markets. New reports have touched on everything from foreign buyer statistics and credit quality to the latest financial crunch facing condo investors. Here are some of the highlights: […]
The State of Mortgage Consumers
Posted on April 25, 2018 | 12:54
Mortgage consumer debt reached a record level in the second quarter of 2017, yet mortgage holders have proven capable of managing their increasing monthly obligations. That’s according to CMHC’s recently released Mortgage and Consumer Credit Trends report, which said Canadian households’ credit market debt reached a record $1.70 for every dollar of disposable income. Mortgage […]
Mortgage Regulations Cool March Home Prices
Posted on April 20, 2018 | 10:30
Housing legislation in Ontario and British Columbia, introduced in 2017 to cool their overheated urban markets, has continued to do just that, while dragging down average home prices year-over-year across the country. “Government policy changes have made homebuyers and sellers increasingly uncertain about the outlook for home prices,” said Canadian Real Estate Board (CREA) President […]
BoC Holds Rates, But Future Hikes on the Table
Posted on April 18, 2018 | 15:44
The Bank of Canada left interest rates where they were today, citing weaker-than-expected data in the first quarter. In its Monetary Policy Report, which was also released today, the bank noted that the Governing Council considered recent economic data “very carefully” and concluded the softness was due mainly to two temporary factors: the new mortgage […]
Benefits of Cash-Out Mortgage Refinancing
Posted on April 09, 2018 | 08:39
Most people experience a point in their lives when they need access to a large amount of cash, whether it be for a major purchase, home renovation, investment or an emergency. When you don’t have the funds on hand, you can always access the equity in your home through a cash-out mortgage refinance. Following a […]
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