Homeowners ill-informed about flood compensation, poll suggests

Many Canadian homeowners may be misinformed about whether they’ll get federal compensation for basements flooded due to severe weather, a newly released survey suggests. The poll — commissioned last summer for Public Safety Canada — found 40 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: “The government will take care of me and my home if there’s major overland flooding.” But an ...

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Airport screening rules revamped for transgender travellers

The federal agency in charge of security at Canadian airports has changed its screening procedures to increase sensitivity and privacy for transgender travellers, but advocates worry the procedures could be problematic if staff aren’t properly trained in how to carry them out. An internal operations bulletin by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), issued Sept. 28, 2016, and obtained by CBC through ...

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How to fight back against rising bank fees on chequing accounts

Canada’s big banks continue to enjoy big profits. But that hasn’t stopped them from charging customers a host of personal banking fees. In fact, fees have become an ever more important part of their revenues. Many banks are also making it more difficult to avoid one of the largest and most irritating fees — that pesky chequing account charge that can cost up to ...

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How coffee grounds turned firewood could be a lifeline for refugees

The remnants of your morning cup of coffee could be a lifeline for refugees living in camps in sub-saharan Africa. A group of University of Toronto students have created Moto, an alternative to firewood that uses recycled coffee grounds. Sam Bennett, Lucy Yang and Gowtham Ramachandran say the Moto log could potentially eliminate the need for women and children living ...

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