Expensive housing here to stay unless governments change policies

Governments must begin to address their own roles in keeping housing prices high

Expensive housing here to stay unless governments change policiesThe recent rise in interest rates has dampened demand for home sales in Canada. The hike, inevitable given how historically low rates have been, has taken some of the froth off housing prices. However, given how high home prices still are in Canada, a useful question to ask is what governments can do to reverse…

The luxurious Lexus NX 350h AWD hybrid sips fuel

Will appeal to people looking for a hybrid with excellent fuel economy and luxury

The luxurious Lexus NX 350h AWD hybrid sips fuelThe Lexus NX 350h AWD is a compact luxury hybrid crossover. Introduced for the 2015 model year, the NX series is one of the most popular Lexus models. For the 2022 model year, a completely new version was introduced. The NX line shares some components with the related Toyota RAV 4, although the Lexus versions…

How to reduce the risk of phishing attacks

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. But don't wait until then to incorporate security measures

How to reduce the risk of phishing attacksPhishing has evolved into the most effective social engineering attack hackers use to infiltrate organizations. Phishing aims to con employees into unknowingly downloading malware or revealing their access credentials. The best defence is our individual vigilance. Phishing.org defines phishing as “a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text…

Woodfibre LNG ‘essentially assured to go ahead’

Enbridge investment builds on momentum following April milestone of notice to proceed

Woodfibre LNG ‘essentially assured to go ahead’The outlook for Canada’s extra-low emissions Woodfibre LNG project just got even stronger. A new $1.5 billion investment by Enbridge builds on momentum following the April milestone of notice to proceed being issued to the project’s main contractor. “Woodfibre is now essentially assured to go ahead with the recent announcement,” says Thomas Liles, vice-president with…

Professionals should be allowed to speak freely

Regulatory bodies should stick to their core purpose and stay out of politics

Professionals should be allowed to speak freelyThe Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) serves as the regulatory body for public school teachers in Ontario. When a complaint comes in, the OCT is obligated to investigate and, if the teacher is found guilty, decide on an appropriate consequence. By investigating complaints against teachers in that province, regulatory bodies such as the OCT play…

The good news: renewable energy sources have gained ground

The bad: they still satisfy only seven per cent of the world’s energy demand

The good news: renewable energy sources have gained groundBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen We are living through an extraordinary period in the evolution of international energy markets. Amid the turmoil and trade disruptions caused by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, energy reliability and security concerns have suddenly re-emerged with a vengeance. And the higher energy costs linked to the war are hitting…

Putin is the most dangerous terrorist on the planet

The world must awaken to the reality of Russian nuclear blackmail and terrorism

Putin is the most dangerous terrorist on the planetAfter the U.S. forces killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri last week, one of my friends texted me, “Putin is now the most dangerous terrorist on the planet.” It is difficult to disagree. While nearly 3,000 people had perished in the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks, the number of civilian casualties in the Russian war of aggression…

Hospital woes continue to mount – nothing new here

More money won’t solve the systemic, pervasive, and structural issues that plague Canadian health care

Hospital woes continue to mount – nothing new hereHospital staffing in Ontario is in crisis – as it is in Alberta, British Columbia, and the rest of Canada. Provinces are responding with what they perceive as solutions: Ontario is fast-tracking foreign-trained nurses, and Alberta has made the interprovincial movement of professionals easier. But while these moves will help reduce the red tape surrounding…

OPEC, IEA offer different projections on crude consumption

Two contrasting scenarios are emerging

OPEC, IEA offer different projections on crude consumptionCrude pundits are divided – literally on geopolitical lines, depicting the fault lines within the industry. Two contrasting scenarios are emerging. On one end is the demand gloom, while on the other is the possibility of a rise in global crude consumption. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is saying a fall in global…

Communication by device is not really communication

It has dulled our ability to have face to face relationships

Communication by device is not really communicationSomething is happening to human communication because of our reliance on technology. Technology is a mediating force – getting in between actual humans and their interaction. Technology also affects us physically and mentally. If you work on a computer all day, you are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome and a stiff neck. Use a hand-held…
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