has been since September, 2010. This was not a surprise at all but there were some different
messages contained in Governor Mark Carney’s commentary and in the Bank’s Monetary Policy
Report published the same day as the rate announcement was made.
results of the combination of survey data from both consumer and industry participants are
interesting, provocative and, in some areas, a little sobering.
In construction, weekly earnings increased 5.3% to $1,133.09, and growth was widespread across all industries in this sector.
mortgages, some expected and some not, rocked the Canadian mortgage world last week.
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MONTREAL - Over one million Montrealers were affected by a boil-water advisory Wednesday after an apparent malfunction at the country's second-biggest filtration plant.
The advisory applied to almost the entire island and even some neighbouring areas. Local officials described it as unprecedented in the recent history of the city.
WASHINGTON - The American political brawl over the approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline shifted into overdrive on Wednesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives made yet another attempt to take the decision out of U.S. President Barack Obama's hands.
The Northern Route Approval Act, expected to pass the House easily, would allow for a congressional green light of the pipeline and nix the need for a presidential permit. It faces a far less certain future in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.
CALGARY - Normally, the lawyer for a Canadian on death row in Montana would not be happy in limbo.
But Ron Waterman, lead counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, is gaining confidence that his lawsuit challenging the way the state carries out its executions could end up with a positive ending for Ronald Smith.
LIMA, Peru - Prime Minister Stephen Harper insisted Thursday that he did not know about — nor was asked to sign off on — the arrangement that saw his chief of staff cut a personal cheque for $90,000 to Sen. Mike Duffy.
Harper, currently on a trade mission in South America, took questions on the Senate expenses scandal for the first time since news emerged about the controversial cheque written by his former right-hand man.
LIMA, Peru - Canadian mining companies hope that Stephen Harper's visit to Peru will lead to better use of the billions in royalties and taxes that are sitting idle in a country where poverty is still a large problem.
Harper met mining executives Wednesday before a lengthy tete-a-tete with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso.
LIMA, Peru - A transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's replies to questions about the Senate expenses scandal during a news conference Wednesday in Lima with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso:
Q: My question is about the resignation statement of your former chief of staff, which indicated that he merely did not tell you the means by which Sen. Mike Duffy got his money and, to date, neither he nor you have denied that you did know there was a deal. My question first is, what exactly did you know about the deal? Second, what were the terms of that deal? And third, what does it say about your leadership that your senior staff could even imagine this was ethical?
TORONTO - Toronto police are searching for a thief who stole the contents from the purse of a woman who jumped to her death in a subway station Wednesday morning.
Police say the woman left her purse on the subway platform before jumping in front of a train at College station.
HAMILTON - Two men are now facing first-degree murder charges in the death of Tim Bosma, the Hamilton father who took two men on a test drive and never returned.
Bosma's remains were later found burned beyond recognition at a farm belonging to one of the suspects. But Hamilton police said they still don't know why he was killed.
VANCOUVER - The leader of British Columbia's New Democrats plans to stay on as head of the Opposition while launching a sweeping review of his party's failed election campaign.
Adrian Dix said he takes "full responsibility" for last week's election loss, and he promised to get to the bottom of what happened.
HALIFAX - The father of a seven-year-old boy whose mouth was allegedly taped closed by an after-school monitor says school officials in Halifax reacted slowly and incompletely to the incident.
Chris Procunier said Wednesday that his wife Jennifer saw impressions from the tape on the boy's mouth after the alleged incident last Thursday afternoon.
EDMONTON - Police say a hostage taking at the Edmonton courthouse is over.
Tactical officers responded to the downtown building shortly before noon.
TORONTO - Rob Ford's staunchest supporter attempted on Wednesday to quell the storm of controversy raging around Toronto's mayor over his alleged use of crack cocaine by citing his record in office and blasting the media.
Councillor Doug Ford, who took no questions following a statement that was mostly a stump speech, did little to address the allegations that have plagued the mayor for almost a week.
OTTAWA - Mike Duffy says he's pleased that his expenses will again be reviewed by the same Senate committee that gave him the green light last month.
The Conservative-dominated upper chamber has decided that its secretive internal economy committee will re-examine Duffy's controversial housing and expense claims in light of new information gleaned from recent media reports.
QUEBEC - The Quebec government is turning to public opinion as it seeks to set guidelines for minority rights.
The cabinet minister responsible for drafting a so-called "Charter of Secularism" says the government will seek public input as it delays debate on the plan until the fall.
OTTAWA - The Harper government's recent bid to give police more information about Internet users would have unlocked numerous revealing personal details — from web-surfing habits to names of friends, says a new study by the federal privacy watchdog.
The online surveillance bill was effectively a digital key to determining someone's leanings, the people they know and where they travel, says the office of Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.
TORONTO - American talk-show hosts have discovered the joys of a favourite Canadian pastime: cracking jokes at Toronto's expense and poking fun at the stereotypes of a boring city the rest of Canada loves to hate — all courtesy of the cocaine controversy swirling around Mayor Rob Ford.
Late-night audiences giggled or roared at gags, mock interviews and phoney drug parties involving the beleaguered mayor and a flag-waving moose, eh.
TORONTO - Health Canada has issued a recall for a number of adult novelty products containing small, powerful magnets that can be swallowed or inhaled by children.
BuckyBalls novelty sets contain a number of rare earth element magnets many times more powerful than traditional magnets.
HAMILTON - Tim Bosma was a jokester, a mischievous man with a "crazy laugh," but most of all he was just a regular guy — and it cost him his life, family and friends say.
There was standing room only in a banquet hall in Hamilton, where hundreds of people gathered to remember the 32-year-old father who was killed after taking two men on a test drive.
TORONTO - Canada is lifting a nearly 30-year-old ban on gay men giving blood, though for the time being only those who are abstinent will be allowed to donate.
The new policy, which Canadian Blood Services hopes to have in place by mid-summer, will allow men to donate blood if they haven't had sex with another man for five years before the donation.
OTTAWA - Opposition leader Tom Mulcair is calling on the prime minister to release all the documents connected to a $90,000 payment to a now-disgraced senator.
Stephen Harper's chief of staff resigned over the weekend after it was revealed he gave Sen. Mike Duffy the money to pay back taxpayers for his disallowed housing expenses.
TORONTO - CBC-TV is resurrecting its campy competition series "Battle of the Blades."
The public broadcaster says eight rugged hockey players and eight figure skating stars will shimmy their way through ice dancing contests as part of the upcoming 2013-2014 broadcast lineup.
CHICAGO - Brian Urlacher wasn't sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he's calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.
And what a career it was:
She was born in the United States and has played all her soccer there, but Rachel Quon has been asked to join the Canadian women's team for a match against her home country.
Quon was included on Canada's roster for its sold-out June 2 friendly with the U.S. at Toronto's BMO Field. Coach John Herdman said Wednesday that Quon has a family connection that allows her to play for Canada and has accepted the invitation, although FIFA must still grant final approval.
Coach Kieran Crowley and the Canadian rugby team are about to embark on a key summer, one that will sorely test their resources and ultimately determine whether Canada returns to the Rugby World Cup.
The former All Black has more than 40 players at his disposal, but some are injured or still playing for their club sides in Europe. Given the sport's nature in Canada, others are juggling work commitments.
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods for saying he would have "fried chicken" at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inappropriate.
"I want to send an unreserved apology. I did not want to offend anyone," Garcia said Wednesday. "My answer was totally stupid and out of place."
DORTMUND, Germany - Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze will miss Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, leaving the team without one of its best players.
Dortmund confirmed Wednesday that Goetze will not be fit in time to face his future club at Wembley Stadium in London. It would have been the 20-year-old Goetze's last game for Dortmund before his 37-million euro switch to Bayern next season.
LONDON - Olympic officials agree that more targeted, out-of-competition testing in high-profile sports is needed to catch the drug cheats who are escaping the net, IOC President Jacques Rogge said Wednesday.
Rogge told The Associated Press that sports leaders who attended a summit at IOC headquarters in Switzerland concluded that better testing — rather than more tests — is the best way forward in the anti-doping fight.
MOSCOW - Sochi Olympic organizers say authorities will ensure security at the "highest possible level."
A deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon in April has revived fears of security arrangements at the 2014 Games in Sochi, the resort town on the edge of Russia's restive southern provinces which have been engulfed in Islamic insurgency.
LONDON - Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico entered the IOC presidential race Wednesday, promising to use his business experience to guide the Olympics through the world's troubled financial times and proposing to deploy IOC staff permanently in host cities to help organize the games.
The 60-year-old Carrion, a banking executive who chairs the IOC finance commission and has spearheaded multi-billion dollar television rights deals, became the third member to declare as a candidate for the most powerful job in the Olympic movement.
SASKATOON - Saskatoon Blades captain Brenden Walker and his teammates know their time together is almost up.
The 20-year-old overage centre leads a veteran roster at the MasterCard Memorial Cup that's looking to go out on top after a trying season that still has a chance for a happy ending.
SASKATOON - The Halifax Mooseheads are still searching for perfection.
If they find it before the end of the MasterCard Memorial Cup, it's hard to imagine them not lifting the trophy after Sunday's final.
MIAMI - Delmon Young homered and Ryan Howard added three hits and three RBIs to help carry the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Tyler Cloyd (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings after being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier in the day.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Thornton set the tone for the San Jose Sharks with a dominant first period. After that, the Sharks did their best to hang on and tie up their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings.
Thornton set up Brent Burns' first-period goal and Logan Couture added a power-play goal early in the second to give the Sharks just enough offence to beat the Kings 2-1 Tuesday night to knot their series at two games.
BALTIMORE - Nate McLouth homered leading off the bottom of the 10th inning, Chris Dickerson hit a pair of solo shots and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
McLouth hit a 1-1 pitch from Vidal Nuno (1-1) into the bleachers in right-centre to give the Orioles their first win since May 12.
SAN ANTONIO - When Tony Parker started running low on masterful plays, Tim Duncan was there to take over and lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Duncan scored San Antonio's first six points of overtime and the Spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Daniel Paille snapped a tie with 3:31 left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.
Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can advance to the conference finals as early as Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Only three teams in NHL history have rallied from an 0-3 hole to advance.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Five innings in a triple-A start would have been enough to give Ricky Romero's confidence a big boost. Unfortunately for the lefthander, he stuck around for the sixth.
Romero showed small signs of improvement in his third start before enduring a troublesome finish as the Buffalo Bisons defeated the Charlotte Knights 8-7 in 10 innings on Tuesday.
TORONTO - Right-hander Ramon Ortiz has done a decent job filling in for Toronto's banged-up rotation over his last two starts.
He was rewarded with another start Tuesday night and made his first appearance against the Tampa Bay Rays this season. It didn't take them long to figure him out.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - It took 40 years for Original Six rivals Boston and New York to face off again in the playoffs.
Beantown's Bruins seem intent on wrapping up the long-awaited get-together in a hurry.