1. Average house price in Canada up 17% in January
The average Canadian home was worth $470,297 in January, up 17% from the same month a year ago. However, those numbers are hugely skewed by the Toronto and Vancouver markets. If you strip out B.C. and Ontario from those numbers the average value drops 0.3% to $286,911.
+1: New mortgage rules took effect yesterday, but experts are saying the government can do more to tackle rising home prices.
2. How sexual assault allegations have caught up to Peyton Manning 20 years later
“Will anyone remember this when Peyton Manning puts on his gold Hall of Fame jacket? Naughright will. A certain sort of sarcastic sportswriter will. It will definitely get more mention than it would have 20 years ago. But there still will be a Hall of Fame jacket — well-deserved, going by what happened on the field — and there will still be that opening speaker imploring all those in the Canton crowd to remember what a standup, moral man Peyton Manning is, and what a fine exemplar of the Tennessee Volunteers he turned out to be.”
3. Convenience built on a mountain of cardboard
E-commerce now works in hours, not days. The $350-billion-a-year industry has doubled in size over the last five years. But between the millions of tons of cardboard and the emissions from increasingly personalized freight services, the environmental cost is staggering.
+1: Last January was the hottest global temperature anomaly on record.
4. Is your parmesan cheese actually wood?
“The cheese police are on the case.”
5. Inside BuzzFeed’s play to become the next global tentpole media company
“How BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti is building a 100-year media company.”