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Earlier this month, Statistics Canada reported that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income slipped to 166.9 per cent in the first quarter.

That's down from 167.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.

The agency said that translates to $1.67 of debt for every dollar of disposable income. bnn.ca
The City of Vancouver says it incurred almost a quarter of a million dollars in costs related to two 4/20 marijuana day of protest rallies in April 2017.

According to a release from the city, the total cost for both events was $245,379.

This includes costs to the parks, fire and police departments, as well as costs for sanitation, traffic management and emergency management.

The city says the Sunset Beach event cost it $170,005 and another separate event at the Vancouver Art Gallery cost $75,374. The city notes that neither event was sanctioned by the city or the park board.

Of the $245,379, the most significant single cost was for policing, which the city says cost $170,670 between the two events.

The city says the figures do not include costs to BC Ambulance Service or Vancouver Coastal Health, or regular staff wages. cbc.ca
The BC Greens’ decision to make electoral reform one of three conditions to secure their support in the minority legislature will prompt the party to keep its eye on a long-term deal, one that will give it a chance to push the governing party to change B.C.’s voting system before the next election.

The reform the Greens are seeking is such a massive undertaking that it will drive the Greens to favour a long-term deal over any kind of one-off, vote-by-vote pact.

Adam Olsen, who was elected to represent the Greens for Saanich North and the Islands, said in an interview Thursday that electoral reform is a core value for his party, but it is not something that can be enacted quickly.

“This is a longer-term proposition,” he said.

Just redrawing the electoral boundaries – which would be required under some proportional representation models – can take two years. And he said the Greens don’t intend to impose their own ideas about the right model on the other parties. theglobeandmail.com
This might be the most Canadian apology ever.

And we say that knowing we’re a nation or sorryers.

Earlier this month, Caitlynne Hines found a note, and a case of Keith’s, waiting for her at her home in Halifax, NS.

She posted a photo of the apology alongside the beer online with the following caption:

Shout out to the guy who tried to break into our house at 4a.m. last night and left apology beer on the step this afternoon.

Since then, Hines’ post has been shared nearly 1,000 times on Facebook and garnered more than a hundred comments: dailyhive.com
Canada plans to phase in tougher regulations on the emission of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, but it will take between three and six years for the new rules to kick in.

The proposed regulations would mostly impact the oil and gas industry in Alberta and Saskatchewan, which is responsible for the bulk of methane emissions nationwide.

New rules requiring companies to control methane leaks and the release of methane from compressors are to take effect starting in 2020.

Together those sources make up about 43 per cent of total emissions related to oil and gas.

Regulations on methane venting and the release of methane from pneumatic devices, which make up another 43 per cent of emissions, would not come into force until 2023. cbc.ca
As Rumana Monzur was guided to the podium to give a speech to fellow law graduates at the University of British Columbia, a hush fell over the crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered at the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

Monzur had come a long way since she was savagely attacked by her then-husband in Bangladesh on a visit home in 2011.

He gouged out her eyes, permanently blinding her.

But Monzur, 38, persevered, returning to Canada to continue her studies and two years later, she started law studies at UBC.

On Wednesday, she graduated from the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

"As a result of this horrendous attack, and life-threatening attack, I became blind. I never saw the world again," Monzur told the assembly, which included her 11-year-old daughter. cbc.ca
Canada has proven itself to be the kind of nation that accepts diversity and taking in different cultures at a time when the rest of the world is grappling with intolerance, racism and religious phobias.

And certainly their Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is a man with a wonderful PR team behind him

Examples of him showing sympathy toward minorities in the country and immigrants are what have made him endearing.

Like this image of him letting Syrian refugees in the country showed that the nation believes in the idea of ‘One World’. .

As yet another example of being accepting toward people of non-Western cultures, Canada is issuing a special Eid postage stamp honoring their Muslim citizens

The stamp says Eid Mubarak without specifying which Eid so your desi re-gifting heart can use it not just for choti Eid but bari Eid as well. mangobaaz.com
A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office promising to tighten Canada's gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country.

The number of restricted firearms in Canada rose 5.5 per cent last year, reaching its highest point in more than a decade, according to the annual report from the RCMP's commissioner of firearms.

There are now 839,295 restricted firearms, many of them handguns.

The number of prohibited firearms in Canada, such as fully automatic guns, edged up 0.5 per cent to 183,333

According to the report, the biggest increases in the number of restricted guns occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador (10.4 per cent), the Northwest Territories (10.4 per cent), Saskatchewan (9.3 per cent), Yukon (8.9 per cent) and Nova Scotia (8.8 per cent). cbc.ca
Quebec's private, tight regulatory framework will be responsible for the sale of retail cannabis retail come its legalization in July 2018.

Chaired by the Minister for Public Health Lucie Charlebois, the group is has eliminated the hypothesis of entrusting the sale of recreational cannabis to convenience stores. 

Finance Minister Carlos Leitão has argued selling marijuana at the current network of pharmacies would be strange, or even "unnatural" as they can not a product harmful to health.

The private sector could nevertheless operate in parallel with a public network, kept out of grocery stores, video lottery terminals, bars, and gaming rooms, under the responsibility of Loto-Québec.  lapresse.ca
The Toronto Blue Jays are expecting third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to return from the disabled list in a time for to bat against the Texas Rangers.

General manager Ross Atkins shared the news during a guest spot on The Jeff Blair Show, saying "those guys" will be "a great addition to our team.”

The infielders are coming off rehab stints with the class-A Dunedin Blue Jays while Donaldson returns after a month-long calf injury. Tulowitzki has been sidelined since just after the season start, suffering from a right hamstring strain. sportsnet.ca