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GTA family fights rising costs of minor hockey

Every autumn, the Elbe family of Etobicoke goes hunting for deals on hockey equipment. The Elbes’ main stop is the “Big 60” event at National Sports Centre. It’s a 60-hour sale every November. The family never misses it. Brian and Lucy Elbe wade through the aisles with their two sons: Gabriel, 12, and Matthew, 9. Gabriel grabs a shiny green hockey stick off the shelf. “I want this one,” he says. “I like the colour!” His father checks the price tag: $299.99. “Me too!” Matthew shouts, unknowingly asking his father for an additional $300. “You guys aren’t getting those,” Brian Elbe says, handing the boys two other sticks to try. They grudgingly accept and it’s on to the next item. “You try and spend reasonably. … For an 11-year-old or 9-year-old, the top brand or the middle, it makes no difference.”

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Unemployment rate lowest in six years

Statistics Canada says Canada’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2008. In the new report, the data shows that the country’s economy created 74,100 new jobs in September, dropping the unemployment rate from…

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Report recommends more online post-secondary learning

The head of a national post-secondary student organization says Ontario’s plans for online learning won’t improve learning or save the system money. In February, a leaked report to the Ontario government indicated the province was considering the benefits of converting a third of university and college courses to the online realm. The leaked report, called, “3×3,” outlines plans to strengthen the post-secondary education system by providing easy to access online courses for students.

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Immigrant language tests leave some tongue-tied

Getting into Canada to work just got a little harder. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that starting July 1, newcomers under the Provincial Nominee Program in low-skilled professions will have to take a mandatory test in French or English before they’re allowed into Canada.