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Five things to watch for in Canadian business

Posted on 08 January 2018

TORONTO - Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:
Bank of Canada reveals business outlookThe central bank's quarterly survey of companies is released on Monday, and will hopefully provide a clearer picture of Canada’s business climate. The bank’s previous survey showed that optimism remained intact despite higher interest rates and predictions that the ec ...

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Global stocks rise after strong Wall Street week

Posted on 08 January 2018

BEIJING - Global stock markets rose Monday following Wall Street's strong week as traders looked ahead to data releases from China, Japan and the Eurozone.KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX rose 0.4 per cent to 13,372.75 and France's CAC 40 gained 0.3 per cent to 5,486.07. London's FTSE 100 was off 7 points at 7,717.49. On Friday, the DAX gained 1.2 per cent, the CAC 40 added 1.1 per c ...

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Pot-tax squabble to blaze up in Ottawa

Posted on 11 December 2017

OTTAWA - A cross-country squabble over how best to divvy up the proceeds of Canada's coming legal-weed windfall is about to intensify as finance ministers gather for high-stakes talks in Ottawa.For the provinces and territories, a key question looms: what entitles Ottawa to claim so much as half of the tax revenues that will start flowing when marijuana is legalized next summer?The provi ...

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House this? Federal housing strategy targets poorest Canadians

Posted on 23 November 2017

B.C. housing advocates are lauding the federal government’s new national housing strategy, which promises $40 billion over the next 10 years directed towards the lowest-income Canadians.“Today we’re proud to say: we’re back,” Canda’s federal minister of families, Jean-Yves Duclos, said during a press conference in Vancouver on Wednesday. “The federal government is back in h ...

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How Canadian homes became debt traps

Posted on 16 November 2017

In 1998, Ann bought a one-bedroom condo in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. Gainfully employed at a printing company, she found the monthly mortgage payments were within her budget (Ann and others quoted in this story asked that Maclean’s not use their full names). The building was on the older side, and eventually she got the itch to update the decor. She intended to replace ...

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Tips to take charge of your finances and live within your means

Posted on 10 November 2017

(NC) Are you stressed about money? Being in control of your spending is one way of reducing stress in your life. According to Statistics Canada, most of us are burdened with high levels of household debt. Simply put, too many people are spending more than they earn. They are saving less and not saving enough for retirement. At the same time, people are living longer. Living within your me ...

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Amazon wants to leave packages in your home, Walmart will put groceries in your fridge

Posted on 06 November 2017

Stephanie Reisner enjoys the convenience of online shopping, but when Amazon invited her to try a new service where packages would be left inside her home, she balked.
"It's a bit invasive," says the author who lives in Denver.  "They're getting a little too personal." On Nov. 8, Amazon will launch Amazon Key , where a delivery person gains access to your home while ...

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WestJet unveils more details about Swoop

Posted on 01 November 2017

Flying on WestJet's low-cost carrier Swoop will come with a price: ancillary fees that will cost travellers about twice what they pay on the mainline carrier, the CEO of the Calgary-based airline said Tuesday.
Gregg Saretsky said he expects non-fare fees on Swoop, which is set to launch in June, will be very similar to so-called ultra low-cost carriers in the U.S."We're about $19 per gu ...

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Instagram moves beyond its all-or-nothing approach to comments

Posted on 27 September 2017

Instagram already has tools to filter your comments, but sometimes that's just not enough. What if you're tired of comment spam, or just don't like that creep who tries to flirt with you on every post? You can finally do something about it outside of reporting individual users. Instagram is rolling out comment controls that give you tight control over who can leave feedback on your ...

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Twitter trials an expansion beyond 140 characters

Posted on 03 October 2017

Twitter for the first time is expanding beyond its 140-character limit, the company announced today. The social network says it will now try out a longer limit of 280 characters in select languages, including English, in order to allow people to share their expanded thoughts without running out of room to tweet.
The feature will initial ...