TORONTO—As the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots kicked off the NFL regular season last night, many Canadians will be cracking open their wallets for another season of picking a winner.
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OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says the amount owed by Canadians compared with disposable income increased in the second quarter as debt levels rose more than income.
The ratio of household debt to disposable income climbed to 164.6 percent from 163.0 percent in the first quarter, the agency reported today.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—More than 1,000 years before Starbucks, caffeine was an international market-mover, with ancient civilizations trading holly and cacao-based chocolate beverages between what is now modern-day Mexico, the U.S. Southwest, and the South, according to a new study.
QUEBEC—Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she will make a funding announcement tomorrow related to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Wynne also is urging the federal government to streamline its process so more refugees can come to Canada.
She says Ottawa needs to “step up to that responsibility.”
EDMONTON—Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr are to be in court today to argue for an ease in his bail conditions.
Khadr wants to be able to visit his family in Toronto and get rid of his electronic monitoring bracelet.
LONDON—It was a day for the history books.
But it was not in her majesty’s temperament to make much of a fuss.
Yesterday around 5:30 p.m. (local time), Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in Britain’s proud and often turbulent history—dating back more than a millennium to the days when kings and queens enjoyed absolute power.
VANCOUVER—Three types of Smirnoff Ice coolers have been recalled in B.C. following a Canada-wide warning about possible glass contamination.
Smirnoff’s supplier, Diageo Canada, voluntarily recalled several of the alcoholic drinks last week because of the possibility they may contain small pieces of glass.
WINNIPEG—A man accused of sending letter bombs to his ex-wife and two lawyers was denied bail yesterday, but he plans to appeal.
Guido Amsel was ordered by provincial court Judge Heather Pullan to remain in custody pending his trial on charges that include three counts of attempted murder.
CALGARY—The staff at a Calgary bakery may have been flattered but mostly were worried on the weekend when a customer using a debit machine bought $49 worth of baked goods and left a whopping $525 tip.
Workers at the Sidewalk Citizen didn’t notice the generous gratuity until they were cashing out at the end of the day.
CUMBERLAND HOUSE, Sask.—Luck came in pairs for a Saskatchewan man who netted two whopping walleye over two days to win two major prizes in a fishing tournament.
Ronald Highway of Pelican Narrows was participating in the Senator Pierre Settee Memorial Heaviest Walleye Derby in Cumberland House on Saturday when he hooked a contender weighing nine pounds, 12 oz.