Heather Bakdache

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More Canadian families are highly indebted, Statscan finds

A growing segment of Canadian families is highly indebted, leaving them more vulnerable to any economic shift such as a job loss, illness or rising borrowing costs.<p>More than a third, or 35 per cent, of families had a debt-to-income ratio above 2.0 as of 2012, meaning their overall debt level was at …

Geography may dictate the week’s economic signals

Alex Salmond's scheme to boost worldwide tartan sales worked out beautifully, didn't it? And so, for that matter, did Jack Ma's plan to sell off a piece of his gigantic Chinese flea market, Alibaba.<p>The question this week is whether the business news will continue to be positive – and, just as …

Mais d’où sortent tous ces drapeaux britanniques que l’on trouve en France?

« LES ANGLAIS n’aiment pas les Français et les Français n’aiment pas les Anglais. »<p>Avez-vous déjà entendu cette phrase? Son bien-fondé dépend …

Ontario’s full-day kindergarten splits classes – and raises concerns

Ontario's full-day kindergarten children are being squeezed into split-grades, prompting questions about whether the province's youngest students are fully benefiting from the Liberal government's much-touted play-based curriculum and leaving classroom teachers coping with the fallout.<p>A ministry …

The game isn't over yet for Nintendo's Wii U

Can Mario, Donkey Kong and Yoshi swoop in and save the underperforming Wii U?<p>The video game maker’s Wii U system has been on shelves for nearly two …

Doug Ford is more muddler than mastermind

Doug was supposed to be the smart one. In the early days of the Ford administration at city hall, many people thought that Doug Ford would be the mastermind of the outfit, the steadying influence on his wayward, loose-lipped brother. As things turned out, it was Doug, not Rob, who emerged as the …

Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one

New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms.<p>The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to diagnose and treat schizophrenia, a mental …

Story behind newly found shipwreck is especially tragic

Shipwrecks are tragic things by nature, but the story behind the Nelson, an 1899 wreck discovered Aug. 26 in Lake Superior, is as sad as they come: When the ship foundered in a sudden gale, the captain stayed aboard to lower the lifeboat, then jumped overboard—only to watch as the ship sank and …

Dear Scotland: An open letter from your Canadian cousins

Dear Scotland,<p>You probably don't know this, but you made us. The first European to cross the continent and reach our Pacific coast was Alexander Mackenzie – a Scot. Our first prime minister and chief Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald? Scottish. So too our second PM. Our country's …

Back to School: 10 Easy Weeknight Dinners Your Family Will Love

<b>1. Broiled Asian-Style Flat Iron Steak</b><p>Flat iron steak is one of my favorite cuts of beef for home cooking. It's similar to flank or skirt steak, only much more tender -- in fact, after the tenderloin, it's the second most tender cut. Plus, it's cheap. Here, I've broiled it and topped it with a rich …

5 Fast, Easy, Fresh Comfort Food Recipes for Dinner

From shrimp to lamb stir-fry, these five quick, easy comfort food recipes will become weeknight dinner staples.<p>It's March, which means we're almost out of the woods—the snow is thawing (mostly), we're creeping up to 40 degrees in the daytime (in the northeast), and it's no longer dark at 5 p.m. But …

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The Mathematics of Ebola Trigger Stark Warnings: Act Now or Regret It

The Ebola epidemic in Africa has continued to expand since I last wrote about it, and as of a week ago, has accounted for more than 4,200 cases and …

MH370: Sonar Reveals Secrets Of Sea Floor

The hunt for missing Malaysian plane MH370 has revealed unsuspected secrets about the Indian Ocean, including underwater volcanoes and trenches dating back up to 100 million years.<p>High-resolution sonar has found no clear signs of the plane’s wreckage, but instead discovered a wealth of unexpected …