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Government Memo Criticized Top Biologist For Comments On Oilsands

(36) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:10 PM

One of Canada’s top biologists says he will not stop talking to the media after a government memo accused him of bias and speaking out of turn about the environmental impact of Alberta’s oilsands.

Queen’s University professor John Smol said Monday he was shocked and outraged to learn earlier...

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Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. Issues Recall Over Mouldy Pot

(11) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:59 PM

A mouldy batch of White Widow pot is the target of the latest medical marijuana recall by Health Canada.

Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. is voluntarily recalling the lot after tests showed the product contained mould. The tests were conducted after Health Canada inspectors learned customers had complained...

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What We Don't Know About Canada's Housing Market Could Sink Us

(72) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Is Canada in a major housing bubble? Without crucial data that lenders and government are withholding, it’s practically impossible to tell. In this series, HuffPost Canada examines the gaps in our knowledge and why that missing data matters.

If Canadian home prices suddenly plummeted by 20 per cent, what percentage...

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Netflix Doubles Profits, Expands To New Countries In Bid For Global Dominance

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Netflix is getting closer to world domination as it doubles profits, builds a global subscriber network and rapidly expands across borders.

Check out the video above for the top five things you should know about Netflix today, in Canada and around the world.

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Walmart Canada's 20th Anniversary Marked With Nod To Charity Work

(110) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:04 AM

An upcoming ad campaign will feature ordinary Canadians thanking Walmart for the $200 million in charity contributions it has made in Canada since it opened up shop 20 years ago.

Since it opened in 1994, Walmart Canada has expanded to 390 locations, and has employed one out of every 100...

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With Household Debt Near Record Highs, BoC Mulls Major Interest Rate Policy Change

(30) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says low interest rates may become the “new normal” as Canadians have taken on so much debt that any rate spike could send shockwaves through the economy.

The head of the central bank told CBC’s The Current on Thursday that his...

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Ontario Budget: Businesses Oppose Proposed Mandatory Pension Plan

(32) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Canadian business groups are railing on Ontario’s re-released budget over the proposed mandatory pension plan in a fight that could shape up to be the province’s Obamacare moment.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses and the Retail Council of Canada released statements condemning Monday’s budget for its inclusion of...

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Canadian Home Sales Report For June 2014: Six Key Reactions

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 3:24 PM

The average Canadian home price jumped an annual 6.9 per cent in June, suggesting that the market is still on a tear that has long passed the real estate slowdown many had predicted.

The Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday that sales in June climbed 11.2 per cent above the...

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Canada's Housing Market Overvalued By 20 Per Cent, Fitch Warns

(56) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Ottawa may need to step in again to cool an overheated housing market that is showing no signs of slowing, according to a global credit rating agency.

Fitch Ratings said Monday that Canadian home prices are overvalued by 20 per cent based on historical drivers of home price growth....

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Temporary Jobs Are Canada's Future: Report

(83) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 9:27 AM

A pronounced shift toward temporary gigs and unstable positions could become the new normal for this generation as demand for short-term workers rises across the country, according to one of the country’s biggest employment firms.

The latest job figures show the economy unexpectedly shed some 9,400 jobs in June. That...

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Globe And Mail Strike Watch: Staff, Management Reach Last-Minute Deal

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:51 PM

The Globe and Mail’s management and employees have reached an 11th hour tentative deal, just before a strike deadline Wednesday afternoon.

Several Globe journalists tweeted news of the deal.

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Canada's Housing Markets See 'Widening Affordability Gap'

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Tension is mounting in Canada’s tale of two housing markets.

The gulf between price hikes in major cities and the rest of Canada widened during the second quarter of the year. In major cities, short supply continues to run up prices, long after experts predicted a softening in the...

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Potential Canadian Housing Bubble A Concern For 7 In 10 Lenders: Report

(26) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Seven in ten Canadian mortgage lenders are concerned the country’s real estate sector is headed toward an unsustainable bubble that could burst at any time, according to a new survey.

The poll by analytics company FICO found that risk managers at Canadian banks are worried not only about real estate,...

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Buy Canadian? Price Matters More, Survey Shows

(132) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 7:59 AM

The American invasion of Canadian retail is disconcerting to shoppers, but cost-conscious consumers are more driven by price than buying Canadian when making purchases, according to a survey of HuffPost readers.

HuffPost Canada’s unscientific poll of more than 1,820 readers revealed some telling trends among Canadian shoppers — from a...

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The Canadian Shopping Mall: Neither Canadian Nor A Mall, Anymore

(164) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 7:22 AM

There was a time when the Canadian shopping mall was more than a mecca for consumer culture. It was a community space that functioned as an exercise circuit for seniors, a fun escape for moms on maternity leave and the default weekend hangout for teenagers.

Today, it's an environment under...

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Turn Strip Clubs Into Brothels, Industry Group Urges Government

(31) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Some of Canada’s strip club operators think they have a better solution for sex workers than the government — and it involves turning their clubs into licensed brothels.

The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada is proposing an alternative Canadian model for prostitution to the Conservative government’s recently proposed Bill C-36,...

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Not Needed For Canadian Oil To Reach China: IEA

(46) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 2:20 PM

On the day Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline project is expected to get the government green light, the International Energy Agency released a report saying the controversial pipeline is unnecessary for the expansion of Canada’s oil and gas exports to China.

The body’s Medium Term Oil Market Report for 2014...

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Medical Marijuana 'Investor Warning' Issued By Canadian Securities Administrators

(61) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Canadian financial regulators have issued a rare investor alert warning about the risks of buying stock in companies who want to jump into the medical marijuana sector.

The CSA issued a statement Monday “urging investors to be cautious when considering investing in medical marijuana stocks.”

Only one of Canada’s 20...

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Canada's $6.8-Billion Deficit In Food Trade Points To A Manufacturing Problem

(118) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 9:23 AM

There’s a kink in Canada’s food chain. While the country’s agriculture commodities are a booming business, 60 per cent of our food is shipped abroad for processing before it ends up on our grocery shelves.

Food processing is the country’s largest manufacturing sector, accounting for more jobs and GDP...

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New Rules Will Force Pot Producers To Turn Over Patient Info

(79) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Health Canada is rolling out new regulations that would require medical marijuana companies to provide information about their patients and the doctors who prescribe the drug to medical colleges.

The proposed amendments to the newly enacted “Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” would allow provincial regulators, most of whom...

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