John Herdman, who led the Canada’s women’s soccer team to back-to-back Olympic bronze medals, is taking over the Canadian men’s program.He replaces the fired Octavio Zambrano, who was named head coach of the Canadian men’s national team program last March. Herdman’s new title is national team head coach and men’s EXCEL director.The surprise announcement came Monday evening.“It was an organizational decision. Octavio’s departed Canada Soccer effective immediately,” Canadian Soccer Association president Steve Reed said in an interview.Reed denied that any specific incident had triggered Zambrano’s sudden departure. … [Read more...] about John Herdman to take over Canada’s national men’s soccer team
OTTAWA—A new survey suggests Canadian companies are more upbeat about the future than they were three months ago with more firms planning to boost investment and to hire more workers.The Bank of Canada poll found that overall business sentiment in the country has almost bounced all the way back to its summertime high.The results come a little more than a week before the Bank of Canada’s next interest-rate announcement — and will likely fuel predictions governor Stephen Poloz will raise the trend-setting interest rate for a third time since last summer.The bank’s latest business outlook survey says hiring intentions have increased since the fall, particularly in the service sectors, as labour shortages have become more common.The new poll of about 100 firms found that companies remain upbeat about their sales growth expectations over the next 12 months, although their outlooks have moderated somewhat as the strong run of recent sales activity returns to a more … [Read more...] about Canadian companies more optimistic about future, Bank of Canada says
Many Canadian parents know that paying for child care for young children while they go to work is painfully expensive. But do they (and our federal government) know that child care costs in Canada are among the highest in the world? This not only hurts families, this hurts our children; it hurts Canada’s economy. If the Government of Canada truly wants to help the middle classes and women’s equality as its party line touts, then it must make higher direct investments to child care.The new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on the rising cost of child care fees concludes that the typical family with young children pays about a third of its income to child care. To put this into perspective, this is about $21,096 a year on average in cities such as Toronto — more than triple the average tuition cost to put an older child through university for one year.This one-third ratio is much higher than in other parts of the world. Among 35 wealthy nations, … [Read more...] about Why can’t Canada keep up with other countries in child care?
ALTENBERG, GERMANY — Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Justin Kripps guided Canada to a golden sweep in record fashion Saturday at the Altenberg World Cup.Humphries and Phylicia George set a track record en route to victory in the women’s race while Kripps and Alex Kopacz set two start records before finishing first in the men’s competition.“This is just an absolutely huge day for our program and especially great to do it in Altenberg,” said Bobsleigh Canada high-performance director Chris Le Bihan. “This is one of the hardest gold medals to get on the World Cup. To show up in the Lion’s Den here in Germany and be able to perform and win is the real deal.”It was Humphries’ third victory of the World Cup season and her first with George in the sled. They opened with a record time of 56.22 seconds and finished the two runs in 1:52.62.“It feels really good and we are happy with the performance,” Humphries said. … [Read more...] about Humphries, Kripps guide Canada to World Cup bobsled gold
Environment Canada says a cold air mass is settling in over Atlantic Canada as parts of the region continue to battle the remnants of a fierce winter storm.The agency has issued extreme cold warnings for much of New Brunswick, while P.E.I. and swaths of western Nova Scotia have been advised to brace for wind chills below -30 C this weekend.Forecasters say storm surge will pound Newfoundland’s coasts, while brawny winds will develop on Saturday around Burgeo, Port aux Basques and the Avalon and Burin peninsulas before dying down in the evening. Read more: Bitter cold disrupts life on Canadian, U.S. east coast after winter storm brought snow, hurricane-force winds … [Read more...] about Extreme cold settles in as Atlantic Canada, U.S. East Coast battle remnants of fierce winter storm