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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HALIFAX - A small New Brunswick community was mourning the loss of a young fisherman Saturday as search efforts continued for two other crew members who were aboard a vessel that went aground off the province's northeast coast.
Military efforts to find the two missing crew members were called off around 3:45 p.m., about 10 hours after the boat issued a distress call after heading out to sea offshore of Tabusintac.
EDMONTON - A spectator has been killed after a Jeep demonstration at an Edmonton fundraising event went disastrously wrong.
The event was called "Jeeps Go Topless" and was being held in the parking lot of a shopping centre to raise funds for the Edmonton Food Bank.
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will not be hosting his weekly radio show this weekend after explosive allegations that he was recorded on a video appearing to smoke crack cocaine.
CFRB program director Mike Bendixen has tweeted that Ford and his brother Doug, a city councillor, won't be behind the microphones this Sunday for their two-hour talk show "The City" on the Toronto station.
STE-THERESE, Que. - A father and his two boys, ages 10 and seven, were fighting for their lives Saturday after an early morning fire at a home north of Montreal.
The family's mother and their three-year-old girl were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.
OTTAWA - A federal agency that ensures banks and other financial institutions follow the rules has itself broken the rules on hospitality spending.
The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada spent well in excess of the maximum allowed for a gala dinner in Toronto last November.
OTTAWA - British Columbia's stunning election upset has turned on its head one of the strongest arguments pollsters have always used against banning or restricting public opinion surveys during campaigns.
Since George Gallup pioneered political polling some 75 years ago, pollsters have maintained their surveys are vital to the health of democracy.
OTTAWA - Sen. Pamela Wallin is leaving the Conservative caucus, the second senator in as many days to do so amid a storm of allegations of dubious expense claims.
Wallin's travel expenses, which total more than $321,000 since September 2010, have been the subject of an external audit by Deloitte since December.
CALGARY - Calgary police have charged a man in the stabbing deaths of a woman and her young son.
Thirty-five-year-old Chona Manzano and five-year-old Gabriel Manzano were found dead Thursday in a home on the northwest edge of the city.
Zombies will be stumbling around a Saskatchewan lake this weekend, but not to worry.
The world is not ending, but people are training for it.
VANCOUVER - A former British Columbia lieutenant governor appointed five months ago to help implement recommendations from the Robert Pickton inquiry resigned Friday, saying he's been "served with documents" related to a series of lawsuits filed by the children of four murdered women.
But Steven Point's departure raised immediate questions about the explanation both he and the provincial government provided, with the mother of one of Pickton's victims saying Point told her he was considering stepping down more than a month ago and the lawyer involved in the lawsuits denying Point has been formally served with anything.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says he's interested in politics but has no immediate plans to make it his next career.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, he was asked whether he might use his newfound fame as a springboard into the political arena.
OTTAWA - The Senate was scrambling to salvage its reputation Friday as it declared it would take a sober second look at Sen. Mike Duffy's expense paperwork — and as another embattled senator stepped down from the Conservative caucus.
Sen. Pamela Wallin, like Duffy a former CTV broadcaster, said she would recuse herself from Conservative ranks pending the outcome of a comprehensive audit of her travel expenses — more than $321,000 since September 2010.
WINNIPEG - A man found not criminally responsible for beheading a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba has been granted more privileges.
The Criminal Code Review Board has ruled that Vince Li can go on more escorted day trips from the Selkirk Mental Health Centre where he is in custody.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. - The suspect in the slaying of New Brunswick businessman Richard Oland is his son Dennis, say search warrant documents that were executed in the investigation.
A Saint John, N.B., judge quashed on Friday a publication ban on the identities of those subject to the search warrants.
OTTAWA - Canada's inflation story is fast becoming one about disinflation.
Statistics Canada reported Friday that the annual rate fell an astonishing six-tenths of a point to 0.4 per cent last month, the lowest it's been since October 2009, as gas prices plunged by six per cent — also the biggest drop since October 2009 — and many other consumer goods registered outright declines.
OTTAWA - Windows rattled, walls swayed and knick-knacks toppled from store shelves near the national capital Friday as Canadians across a wide swath of Ontario and Quebec felt the disconcerting tremors of a 5.2-magnitude earthquake.
In the tiny town of Shawville, Que., about 18 kilometres from where Earthquakes Canada located the temblor's epicentre, residents described thinking at first there had been an accident or an explosion.
Toronto's Rob Ford is a sensation south of the border thanks to reports of a videotape that appears to show him sucking on a crack pipe, a story with apparent parallels to the spectacular travails of Marion Barry, the crack-smoking former mayor of Washington, D.C.
Fox News, USA Today, The Associated Press and New York magazine were among the American media outlets carrying stories on the latest scandal to plague Ford after the U.S. website Gawker reported that someone associated with Toronto's drug trade tried to sell the video to one of its reporters.
WINNIPEG - Elijah Harper, the Cree politician who inspired Canadian aboriginals by blocking the Meech Lake constitutional accord while clutching an eagle feather in the Manitoba legislature, has died.
Harper's family said he died Friday morning in an Ottawa hospital of cardiac failure due to diabetes complications.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may be dominating headlines with allegations of crack cocaine use that he has labelled ridiculous, but he's hardly the first to earn attention for questionable behaviour. Here are a few other mayors who have found themselves in an uncomfortable spotlight, in courtroom or occasionally even behind bars.
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, whose tenure has been plagued by controversy and embarrassment, found himself embroiled in a new scandal Friday amid two independent reports he was caught on video appearing to smoke crack cocaine.
Leaving his home and again at city hall, Ford refused to answer any questions, but was quick to dismiss one of the reports as yet another smear job, although neither he nor his lawyer called the video fake.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Yankees manager Joe Girardi has proved to be quite adept at lineup juggling and position shuffling during an injury plagued first two months. Still, there's one player he thinks he would be unable to do without: Robinson Cano.
The All-Star second baseman hit a pair of two-run homers to back a solid effort by David Phelps, and New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays for the ninth straight time at Yankee Stadium, 7-2 Saturday.
CHICAGO - In case they weren't aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they're going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit.
The Red Wings hammered home that message on Saturday.
BOSTON - In the corner of the Boston Bruins' locker room, hanging from the hooks in Andrew Ference's stall, is a yellow running singlet with the team's "Spoked B" logo on the front.
It's the same one Lucas Carr had on when he finished this year's Boston Marathon about 2 minutes before the bombs went off at the finish line, the one Carr was still wearing when he headed back down Boylston Street to help those injured in the explosions.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Australia's Will Power found extra speed during Saturday morning's practice, then posted a four-lap qualifying average of 228.844 mph to tentatively grab the Indianapolis 500 pole.
Defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay is second at 228.282, with rookie Carlos Munoz of Colombia third at 228.171.
ROME - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry in the Italian Open final Sunday — exactly a week before the French Open starts.
In Saturday's semifinals at the Foro Italico, Federer held off a stiff challenge from rising Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 6-4, and six-time Rome champion Nadal defeated sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4 — a day after Berdych rallied to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic.
STOCKHOLM - History of some sort will be made in Sunday's final of the IIHF World Championship.
Switzerland will play for the first gold medal in that country's history. Sweden wants to be the first host country to win a world title since 1986.
OTTAWA - It might be a lot to ask, but the Ottawa Senators are hopeful Jason Spezza will be just what they need to get back into their playoff series with Pittsburgh.
Spezza, who hasn't played since January 27 after undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc, will draw into Ottawa's lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series that the Penguins lead 2-0.
PARIS - David Beckham has been named Paris Saint-Germain's captain for Saturday's game against Brest in the French League, his final home match before retiring at the end of the season.
PSG clinched the league title last weekend, making Beckham the first English player to win the championship in four different countries after title success with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
BARDONECCHIA, Italy - Mauro Santambrogio of Italy won a weather-affected and altered 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, and favourite Vincenzo Nibali finished second to extend his overall lead.
Santambrogio, who rides for Vini Fantini, won in a time of 4 hours, 42 minutes, 55 seconds in in rainy, windy and even snowy conditions, beating Nibali in a final sprint at the top of the steep Jafferau climb. Carlos Betancur was third.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes say they expect captain Eric Staal to be ready to start next season after suffering a scary-looking knee injury during an international tournament.
The team said Staal underwent an MRI on his right knee Saturday and it revealed a third-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Bills defensive end Mario Williams isn't any closer to getting back his $785,000 diamond engagement ring from his former fiancee, Erin Marzouki.
And Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee, upped the ante on Friday by releasing a series of text messages he said were between his client and Williams that indicate how despondent the player was over their breakup in November.
ATLANTA - Justin Upton gave Atlanta the lead with a sixth-inning grand slam and the Braves finally unveiled their full-strength lineup, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night.
Upton drove in five runs hitting behind Jason Heyward, who had two hits with a RBI in his first game back after having his appendix removed April 22.
CLEVELAND - Jason Kipnis' three-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Kipnis' home run came on an 0-1 pitch from Lucas Luetge and capped a two-out rally that began with a walk and an infield hit.
SASKATOON - London goalie Anthony Stolarz wasn't sure he would get into another game this season after watching Knights counterpart Jake Patterson lead the club back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Ontario Hockey League final.
But after his teammate came down with the flu this week, Stolarz jumped at his chance Friday, leading London to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the host Saskatoon Blades in the opening game of the 2013 Memorial Cup.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Ottawa's star is playing anything like one.
Pittsburgh's star is being The Star, and Sidney Crosby is a big reason why the Penguins already have the Senators in a very precarious playoff position.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - In a revolving-door season, Joe Girardi is grateful he has to spend little time worrying about Hiroki Kuroda.
There are those moments, though, that the New York Yankees' manager has to remind himself the Japanese ace is not one of the many young faces in his clubhouse.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Friday that the organization strongly disagrees with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for a hit that knocked out Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.
"It is abundantly clear that this was a clean hockey hit," Wilson said in a statement. "As noted by the NHL, Raffi's initial point of contact was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit on an opponent who was playing the puck. He did not leave his feet or elevate, he kept his shoulder tucked and elbow down at his side, and he was gliding — not skating or charging."
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jose Reyes says he is progressing in his rehabilitation from a severely sprained left ankle, and the shortstop looks forward to joining his Toronto Blue Jays teammates on the field before the All-Star break.
Wearing a Superman T-shirt, the bearded Reyes flashed a big grin Friday while reconnecting with his teammates in the visitors' clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. He was on the field during batting practice, playing catch and standing out near his position.