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2014-07-10 16:23:35

TORONTO, July 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) today recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate it targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on July 16, 2014. Looking ahead, the Council called for the Bank to hold the target at 1.00 percent through the rest of 2014, but called for a target of 1.75 by July 2015. The MPC provides an independent...

2014-07-09 12:25:52

TORONTO, July 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian governments need to move beyond defined-benefit (DB) versus defined-contribution (DC) pension model debates, and towards a middle-ground option that incorporates attributes of both designs, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Target-Benefit Plans in Canada - An Innovation Worth Expanding," authors Mel Bartlett, Angela Mazerolle, and Jana Steele call for the changing of pension standards legislation to accommodate single-employer...

2014-06-25 12:26:07

TORONTO, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian provinces have parted ways when it comes to their share of public- versus private-sector investment, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "The Public Purse versus Private Wallets: Comparing Provincial Approaches to Investing in Economic Growth," author Philip Cross, former Chief Economic Analyst at Statistics Canada and C.D. Howe Institute Research Fellow, exposes what is driving investment in each province: business or government....

2014-06-11 12:24:42

TORONTO, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian provinces should be concerned about slipping high-school students' scores - in reading, science and mathematics - as assessed by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), according a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Warning Signs for Canadian Educators: The Bad News in Canada's PISA Results," author John Richards addresses some concerning trends in provincial PISA results, in particular declining PISA math scores over the...

2014-06-04 12:25:00

TORONTO, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Many retirees face dramatic erosion of their savings due to outdated government rules, says a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Outliving Our Savings: Registered Retirement Income Funds Rules Need a Big Update," authors Alexandre Laurin and William Robson urge the government to re-visit its rules requiring mandatory minimum withdrawals from registered retirement income funds (RRIFs) and similar accounts, to protect Canadians from outliving their...

2014-05-29 16:24:29

TORONTO, May 29(th), 2014 /CNW/ - The C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) today recommended that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate it targets for monetary policy purposes, at 1.00 percent at its next announcement on June 4, 2014. Looking ahead, the Council called for the Bank to hold the target at 1.00 percent through the fall of this year, but called for a target of 1.25 by June 2015. The MPC provides an...

2014-05-27 12:27:38

TORONTO, May 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Despite having more family physicians per capita than many other jurisdictions, Quebec lags Ontario and Western Europe when it comes to access to primary care, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "The Case of the Vanishing Quebec Physicians: How to Improve Access to Care," author Claude E. Forget, former Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, calls for primary care reforms that focus on providing more care in communities and...

2014-05-14 12:27:47

TORONTO, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Current immigration policies overlook the unique challenges faced by immigrant children, resulting in higher dropout rates for those arriving in Canada as teenagers, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Don't Forget the Kids: How Immigrant Policy Can Help Immigrant's Children," authors Colin Busby and Miles Corak assert that various government policies do not take children's prospects into account, including the Temporary Foreign Workers...

2014-05-06 12:26:11

TORONTO, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Consumers should blame government policy, not retail price gouging for large Canada-US price gaps, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential," author Nicholas Li finds that rising wholesale price gaps over the 2004-2007 period reflect ill-advised Canadian government regulations, such as high tariffs as well as supply management. "In 2004, if a resident of British Columbia went to...

2014-04-30 12:26:28

TORONTO, April 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Urgent action by the federal government is required to address the persistently low high-school completion rates among young First nation adults living on-reserve, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In "Are We Making Progress? New Evidence on Aboriginal Education Outcomes in Provincial and Reserve Schools," author John Richards concludes that on-reserve education is in crisis. According to recently released 2011 census results, 58...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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