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Jesse Ferreras is associate news editor of trends and traffic for The Huffington Post Canada. He was previously an online editor at canada.com and the Pique Newsmagazine in Whistler.

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Alberta's Economy Set To Grow Faster Than Any Province Next Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 7:07 PM

Don't call it a comeback. Not a big one, anyway.

Alberta's economic growth is set to beat all Canadian provinces next year and the one after, says a TD Provincial Economic Forecast released Thursday.

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Calgary. (Photo: Songquan Deng/Getty Images)

Alberta is set to see...

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Canadian Wages Are Growing Slower Than They Have In 5 Years: StatsCan

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 4:12 PM

Weekly Canadian wages are growing slower than they have in half a decade, according to Statistics Canada.

On Thursday, the agency said average weekly earnings in July were $955 — down 0.2 per cent from the previous month and up only 0.1 per cent from a year earlier.

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Most Vancouver Millennials Live In The Family Home For Good Reason: Vancity

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 1:44 PM

Stereotypes around millennials are legend.

They party too much. They spend their cash on vacations. They shop for designer clothes, love eating out, and buy too many lattes.

If any of this is true, it's not why many of them are still living with their parents. A report by

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Canadian Dollar Value Could Plummet To Around 70 Cents US Next Year

(14) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 5:59 PM

Enjoy a loonie worth 76 American cents while you can. It could fall even further next year.

That's the conclusion reached by Martin Roberge, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity Corp. on Wednesday.

In a note to clients, he said the Canadian dollar could fall to the low 70s range...

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Forrester's Canada Customer Experience Index Shows Which Brands Treat Their Customers Best

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 5:50 PM

Strong customer experience is key to building a loyal client base — and some do it better than others.

Market research company Forrester collected data from Canadians showing which companies do it best.

It published its 2016 Canada Customer Experience Index on Thursday, giving a...

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Canadian Debt Levels Would Crush Them If They Were $200 Higher Per Month: Survey

(48) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 2:20 PM

It would only take another $200 in debt for many Canadians to collapse under their monthly payments, according to a new survey.

Consumer insolvency firm MNP Ltd. spoke with 1,502 Canadians earlier this month for its latest study.

Fifty-six per cent of respondents said they're only a couple...

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Expensive Vancouver Homes Are Owned By People In Traditionally Low-Income Jobs: MLA

(69) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 4:07 PM

Homemakers. Students. A waitress and a casino dealer.

These are just a few traditionally low-income professions you can work in and still, somehow, buy a home in one of Vancouver's priciest areas.

That's according to land title research by B.C. NDP housing critic David Eby. He pulled 250 titles for...

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A Donald Trump Presidency Could Mean Big Gains For Canada: RBC Report

(73) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 3:35 PM

A Donald Trump presidency could be good for Canada from a business standpoint, according to an RBC strategist.

Matthew Barasch, who works with RBC Capital Markets, published a report Sunday showing that the Great White North has plenty to gain if the Donald delivers on his campaign promises.

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U.S. Marijuana Sales Get Really, Really High On Fridays

(18) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 10:41 AM

"It's Friday, Friday, gotta get high on Friday."

Rebecca Black could have written her famous song about Washington state, and the habits of its people when buying recreational marijuana.

Ice Cube could have made a movie about it, too.

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Poster for "Friday," a...

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iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Cannot Be Drilled Into Your Device, Geniuses

(24) Comments | Posted September 26, 2016 | 6:37 PM

You're making a big mistake if you drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7.

For one thing, it won't work. For another, you might break your phone and not be able to cover it under warranty anymore.

A video posted to YouTube by the TechRax channel last week showed the user drilling a hole into an iPhone 7 where the headphone jack used to be on previous models.

He plugs headphones into the phone and you can hear music playing on the soundtrack. It's not clear whether the music is coming out of the phone's speaker or the headphones themselves.

TechRax advertises the tutorial as a good way to avoid avoid having to spend US$159 on AirPods, Apple's new wireless headphones.

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iPhone 7 with AirPods headphones. (Photo: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters)

But see, this whole thing is stupid for a number of reasons.

  1. The iPhone 7 comes with headphones you can plug into the port that's used to charge the phone;
  2. YouTube commenters reported drilling holes in their phones, only for them to stop working;
  3. You'll void the warranty on the phone if you do this, Fortune reported.

Really, for the amount of money it'll cost to replace the iPhone 7, you might as well just buy the AirPods.

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Purpose, NOT Profit, Keeps Millennials In Their Jobs: Study

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2016 | 4:55 PM

Millennials don't have it easy when looking for jobs.

And employers don't have an easy time keeping them.

But a white paper released by auditing firm Deloitte and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) last week provided a few tips on how to retain young workers.

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Shomi Shutting Down After It Just Couldn't Compete With Netflix

(104) Comments | Posted September 26, 2016 | 4:25 PM

The curtain is set to drop on a Canadian video streaming services that was intended to take on Netflix.

Rogers and Shaw announced on Monday that they will shut down all Shomi operations on Nov. 30.

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"We're really grateful to Canadians who enthusiastically invited us...

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World's Most Valuable Companies Have Seen Tech Take Oil's Place

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2016 | 10:42 AM

A lot can change in a decade. That much is obvious when you look at the world's 10 most valuable companies.

The World Economic Forum provided a glimpse this week at how the world has shifted in its shortlist of companies with the biggest market values today.

In...

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Boycott Nestle, Says Petition After Company Outbids Town For Water

(119) Comments | Posted September 23, 2016 | 2:55 PM

A national boycott of Nestlé is launched just one day after it emerged that the company bought a supply of safe drinking water out from under a small town.

Activist group The Council of Canadians launched the boycott on Thursday amid news that Nestlé outbid the Township of...

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Stimulus Spending Won't Be As Good For Canada's Economy As The Liberals Said: TD

(23) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 8:20 PM

Stimulus spending will give Canada a boost over the next two years; it just won't be as good for the economy as the government said it would be.

So says a quarterly forecast by TD Economics released Thursday.

The bank was generally complimentary of the Liberal government's spending plans, but...

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Airbnb Is Sapping Toronto Of Rental Housing: Report

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 7:26 PM

Airbnb: It's not so much about "sharing" your space with travellers as renting out entire homes.

And it's sapping rental housing out of certain neighbourhoods in Canada's biggest city, said a Thursday report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

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Luxury Car Sales Show Even Canada's Rich Are Stretching Themselves Thin

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 2:51 PM

Luxury car sales have grown fast and furiously in Canada over the past three years.

A chart released by Bank of Montreal economist Alex Koustas demonstrates just how much sales have revved up lately.

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The information shows that car sales with Manufacturers' Suggested...

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Canada's Most Trusted Brands Include Food And Outdoor Retailers

(39) Comments | Posted September 22, 2016 | 1:26 PM

It takes a lot of work to build a trustworthy brand.

You need strong customer service, social and environmental values, and authenticity — among other things.

The Gustavson Brand Trust Index asked 6,384 Canadians to rank 276 different companies based on trust earlier this year.


The index,...

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Canadian Banks Set Up Almost 2,000 Offshore Companies In The Bahamas: Records

(24) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 4:41 PM

Three major Canadian banks set up thousands of offshore companies in one of the world's top tax havens, leaked records show.

RBC, CIBC, and Scotiabank registered 1,960 companies in the Bahamas over the course of 26 years, The Toronto Star reported Wednesday.

RBC was responsible for 847 companies,...

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Toronto's Most Expensive Condos Reside At Major Intersections

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 2:39 PM

Toronto: a city where one block can make a $41,000 difference when it comes to housing.

That's according to real estate brokerage TheRedPin.

The company crunched home sales in 24 different intersections in the Six for a year-long period. It found that a walk from Yonge to Bay...

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