Susan Noakes

Senior writer and editor

Susan Noakes is a senior writer and news editor with CBC News. She spent five years at newspapers in Hong Kong and has worked for the Toronto Star and Asian Wall Street Journal. At CBC, she has covered arts, science and business.

Latest from Susan Noakes

After death of spouse, CPP survivor's benefit can be a shock

A senior couple who both get CPP benefits and Old Age Security (OAS) can live comfortably — with about $3,500 a month in income if they’re both getting the maximum benefits. But what happens when one spouse dies and the other is left alone? That's where it gets tricky.

Why the Canada Pension Plan will still be solvent — and then some — when you retire

Financial advisers say there is a misconception that the government can dip into the money, as well as unfounded worry over whether it might run out as the baby boomers all enter retirement and begin drawing their pensions. People also are confused over how much they'll get.

Wind power making gains as competitive source of electricity

It’s taken a decade of technological improvement and a new competitive bidding process for electrical generation contracts, but wind may have finally come into its own as among the cheapest ways to create power.

Canadians weighed down by lines of credit they don't understand

Over the past 15 years, home equity lines of credit have emerged as the driver of mounting non-mortgage debt in Canada — yet many Canadians don't understand what they've signed up for and are not moving to pay them off, a new survey suggests.

Ontario solar industry wants red tape cut for rooftop projects

Since the Ontario government cancelled more than 738 solar rooftop projects earlier this year, the solar industry has been racing to create a new free-market regulatory regime in the province.

Your grocery bill could rise 3.5% in 2019, study predicts

The price of food could increase by up to 3.5 per cent in 2019, an annual study of food prices predicts, but there’s good news for Canadian consumers buying meat and seafood, which are projected to become cheaper.

Telecom mediator sees 57% spike in complaints in 2017-18, mainly about wireless

The federal watchdog dedicated to resolving customer complaints about telecommunications and television services saw a 57 per cent spike in complaints in 2017-18, most of them involving wireless providers.

Iran sanctions may have little impact in Canada, except on oil prices

Canadian businesses are likely to feel little impact from U.S. sanctions on Iran, though there may be oil price volatility. The effectiveness of the sanctions may depend on how tough the U.S. decides to be on international companies that violate them.

Greyhound service in Western Canada stops at midnight: Now what?

The last Greyhound bus pulls into a station in Western Canada at midnight Wednesday, the victim of high costs and declining ridership, according to U.S. parent company Greyhound.

TREB says it has released disputed real estate data

The Toronto Real Estate Board says it has released sold prices and other real estate data to its members, and will allow them to make it public in accordance with a Competition Tribunal ruling.

Fed chair Jerome Powell signals slow, cautious approach to raising rates

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell signals he expects the Fed to continue gradually raising interest rates if the U.S. economic expansion remains strong.

TREB loses Supreme Court bid to appeal release of real estate sold figures

The Supreme Court of Canada says it won't hear an appeal from the Toronto Real Estate Board that would aim to keep its members from publishing home sales data.

Rich man, poor man: The high-income guy can expect to live 8 years longer

A C.D. Howe study of life expectancy in Canada finds men in the highest earning group can expect to live eight years longer than men who are the lowest earners. For women, the gap in longevity between the richest and the poorest is much less, just three years.

If the doctor is listening, you have 11 seconds

After a doctor poses a question — such as "what brings you here today?" — patients get a median time of 11 seconds to answer before the doctor interrupts them, according to the findings of a new U.S. study.
Second Opinion

Doctors should help patients fight disease and treat their well-being, too, according to medical journal essay

An essay in the British Medical Journal urges doctors and patients to start thinking differently about what it means to be returned to health. It envisages medicine that doesn't stop at the hospital door, but also sets conditions for a healthy life even among people who live with chronic conditions.