F.Y.I. – FOR YOUR INFORMATION – FROM STAR METRO TORONTO AND THE NATIONAL POST

WHEEL-TRANS is part of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It serves users with physical, cognitive, sensory and mental health disabilities. In 2019, the service has been projected to provide 4.3-million trips, with a budget of $149-million.In 2016, about 30,000 former international students became permanent residents of Canada. In 2018 that number almost doubled to 54,000, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.TORONTO has seen 342 shootings in 2019 so far, the highest year-to-date number since at least 2014. But gun deaths are significantly down from 2018. There’ve been 29 in 2019, compared to 42 last year at this time. Police Chief DOUG SAUNDERS’ new anti-gun project has resulted in 240 arrests and 525 charges – 35% of them firearm related.Generation Squeeze, founded by a University of British Columbia professor, says it now takes 13-21 years to save a 20% down payment for a home in the Greater TORONTO Area (GTA), or nearly 30 years in Metro VANCOUVER. Renting could well be out-of-reach for families who work in TORONTO and earn less than $100,000.From The NATIONAL POST – Canada’s population so far in 2019 is 37.6-million. We have 10,795 centenarians; 40.8 is the average age of Canadians.

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