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Anthology project aims to rewrite refugee narrative
Posted on September 18, 2018 | 07:37
Anthology project aims to rewrite refugee narrative

Utopia, translated literally, means "no place," according to Canadian writer Karen Connelly, who has landed at Berlin's 18th International Literature Festival directly from Lesvos, Greece, her other home. It's a fitting statement concerning the subject matter of the panel she is sitting on. (The word was coined by Sir Thomas More in 1516 as the title of a book -- it's a marriage of the Greek for "ou" (not) and "topos" (a place). Its meaning is an ideal place that does not exist).

Connelly, a human rights activist whose 11 books of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction include three books that have explored the stories of Burmese dissidents, political prisoners and...

Corporate Canada wants Trudeau to adopt Trump-style tax reform
Posted on September 18, 2018 | 05:23
Corporate Canada wants Trudeau to adopt Trump-style tax reform

Parliament reconvened Monday. Conservative opposition MPs were pleased to embarrass the government by welcoming a floor-crossing former Liberal MP.

Meanwhile, notable behind-the-scenes efforts by corporate executives are underway to garner support across the aisles from both Liberals and Conservatives to bring Trump-style tax reform to Canada, in the form of tax write-offs to boost manufacturing industry profits.

The specific ask from corporate Canada was unveiled in a September 11 speech by CIBC CEO Victor Dodig, who was speaking to the Toronto Empire Club, a one-time bastion of Tory privilege, on the theme of competitiveness.

Canada needs to...

Yesterday's floor crossing will have little impact but gives Conservatives some drama lessons
Posted on September 18, 2018 | 00:39
Yesterday's floor crossing will have little impact but gives Conservatives some drama lessons
David J. Climenhaga

One way or another, as of yesterday at least 143 politicians have crossed the floor of the House of Commons or a Canadian legislature since Confederation.

If you can't name any or many of them offhand, there's a good reason. A successful floor crossing usually generates a bit of excitement for a day or two but doesn't have much impact in the long run.

Still, Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leona Alleslev's defection yesterday from the Liberal to the Conservative benches of the House of Commons after rising on a point of privilege had to be among the most dramatic of the lot.

This shows that while the Conservatives have spent a lot of time vilifying Justin Trudeau...

Biting cold headwinds to hit Canadian markets – poll
Posted on September 17, 2018 | 19:41
Biting cold headwinds to hit Canadian markets – poll

Rising interest rates, stricter mortgage rules to weigh upon home sales and price growth

Benefits of Homeownership Reaffirmed in New Study
Posted on September 17, 2018 | 15:42
Despite deteriorating housing affordability across the country, buying a home is still the more affordable option when compared to renting. A new report from Mortgage Professionals Canada has determined that, despite the rapid rise in home price, those who are able to invest in a home would end up “significantly better off” in the long […]
Homeownership Rates Dropping in Most Major Canadian Cities
Posted on September 14, 2018 | 11:12
Home prices aren’t the only aspect of the housing market waning these days. For the first time in over 45 years homeownership rates are also on the decline in Canada. The share of homeowners is dropping in 11 of 13 provinces and in 88 of the country’s largest 100 cities, according to an analysis conducted […]
Canada should act on risks posed by global interest rates – CIBC
Posted on September 13, 2018 | 00:47
Canada should act on risks posed by global interest rates – CIBC

Federal government should consider boosting immigration and economic competitiveness

Q3 2018 Bank Earnings – Mortgage Morsels
Posted on September 12, 2018 | 11:44
The dust has settled following the latest round of big bank earnings, which unveiled another solid quarter and record earnings. The new B-20 regulations and higher interest rates so far appear to be having little effect on mortgage growth (aside from CIBC), with RBC reporting that customers are “self-adjusting” to the new landscape. One big gift […]
CMHC releases housing starts data for Toronto, Vancouver
Posted on September 12, 2018 | 00:08
CMHC releases housing starts data for Toronto, Vancouver

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts in the country’s two most expensive markets have not grown much, if at all

The Latest in Mortgage News – Fallout of High Home Prices
Posted on August 30, 2018 | 12:56
Despite slowing price gains in Vancouver and a moderation in Toronto, average home prices are still notoriously expensive. So how are these prices affecting the lives of residents in these two cities? Thanks to a new comprehensive survey released this week, we finally have some answers: High Home Prices Taking Toll A new survey from […]
Insurance Premiums May Rise in 2019
Posted on August 16, 2018 | 10:47
OSFI is tightening mortgage lending again. But this time, it’ll be less impactful for consumers. The banking regulator issued its final Mortgage Insurer Capital Adequacy Test (MICAT) guideline last week. MICAT is the “framework for assessing the capital adequacy of mortgage insurance companies,” OSFI says, and it takes effect January 1, 2019. According to National […]
Reaction to CMHC’s Clampdown on Mortgage Fraud
Posted on August 13, 2018 | 11:50
Last month the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) formally asked the Canada Revenue Agency to take a more active role in verifying income claimed on mortgage applications in an effort to clamp down on mortgage fraud. The CMHC says the move is necessary given that “the industry’s current detection tools have not kept pace […]
The Latest in Mortgage News – Is the Housing Market Turning a Corner?
Posted on August 08, 2018 | 16:13
While Vancouver area home sales are still posting year-over-year declines, signs are appearing in the Greater Toronto Area that the worst of the housing correction is now over. Experts say that likely won’t be enough to stave off a slowdown in national GDP growth, however, which in part will be impacted by the housing market’s […]
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