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Health Canada's Medical Pot Program Racks Up Millions In Costs As Approvals Fizzle

(48) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:18 AM

Health Canada expects to spend more than $2 million this year to review applications from companies vying for entry into the commercial medical marijuana market, some of them having burned through millions of dollars trying to navigate a process that insiders say is mired in red tape.

The federal government,...

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Target Canada's Employee Fund: Some Get 'Severance' Pay, Some Have To Keep Working

(98) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 1:16 PM

It turns out Target’s employee trust for its 17,600 laid-off Canadian workers isn’t much of a severance package for those who have to work throughout the chain's full 16-week wind-down period.

Target CEO Brian Cornell unveiled the $70-million trust, to be kept separate from what...

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NAFTA's Chapter 11 Makes Canada Most-Sued Country Under Free Trade Tribunals

(39) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Canada is the most-sued country under the North American Free Trade Agreement and a majority of the disputes involve investors challenging the country’s environmental laws, according to a new study.

The study from the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) found that more than 70 per cent...

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Ontario To Put A Price On Carbon Emissions: Environment Minister

(59) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 7:22 PM

The Ontario government plans to put a price on carbon emissions to cut down on greenhouse gases, making good on a seven-year-old promise to fight climate change.

The province’s environment minister said Tuesday his new climate strategy will set Canada’s most populous region on a path to reduce its...

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Tech Trends Of 2015: Deloitte's Predictions May Surprise You

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Some of 2015's tech trend predictions might surprise you:businesses are expected to set the trends, Millennials will fork out money for digital entertainment and print is not dead.

That's according to Deloitte's TMT Predictions for the year ahead.

Check out more of the biggest trends expected in 2015:

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Tech Trends Of 2015: Deloitte's Predictions May Surprise You

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Some of 2015's tech trend predictions might surprise you:businesses are expected to set the trends, Millennials will fork out money for digital entertainment and print is not dead.

That's according to Deloitte's TMT Predictions for the year ahead.

Check out more of the biggest trends expected in 2015:

...
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Tech Trends Of 2015: Deloitte's Predictions May Surprise You

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Some of 2015's tech trend predictions might surprise you:businesses are expected to set the trends, Millennials will fork out money for digital entertainment and print is not dead.

That's according to Deloitte's TMT Predictions for the year ahead.

Check out more of the biggest trends expected in 2015:

...
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Tech Trends Of 2015: Deloitte's Predictions May Surprise You

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Some of 2015's tech trend predictions might surprise you:businesses are expected to set the trends, Millennials will fork out money for digital entertainment and print is not dead.

That's according to Deloitte's TMT Predictions for the year ahead.

Check out more of the biggest trends expected in 2015:

...
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Tech Trends Of 2015: Deloitte's Predictions May Surprise You

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Some of 2015's tech trend predictions might surprise you:businesses are expected to set the trends, Millennials will fork out money for digital entertainment and print is not dead.

That's according to Deloitte's TMT Predictions for the year ahead.

Check out more of the biggest trends expected in 2015:

...
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Canada's Labour Force Participation Rate Hits 13-Year Low

(85) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 3:04 PM

The number of Canadians who have a job or are actively looking for work has reached a 13-year low.

Canada’s labour participation rate fell to 65.9 per cent in December, according to the latest jobs report released Friday. That’s the lowest level of participation since October, 2001, just after the...

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Michael Geist: Rightscorp Misleading Internet Subscribers With '$150,000 Fine' Claim

(10) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 6:50 PM

Canada’s new copyright legislation is just a week old and there is already a report of a company exploiting the system by misleading consumers into paying a fee to avoid legal woes.

Michael Geist posted a letter on his blog Thursday allegedly from the copyright trolling firm Rightscorp...

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Canada's New Unauthorized Downloading Rules: A Q&A With Michael Geist

(17) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Canada’s latest anti-piracy legislation has some downloading fans questioning whether it’s time to swear off their favourite torrent sites — or whether the warning system creates a legal watchdog who can bark but not bite.

The Copyright Modernization Act, which took effect Jan.1, requires Internet service providers to send...

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Guaranteed Annual Income's Obstacles 'Insurmountable,' Fraser Institute Report Argues

(121) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 12:05 PM

The idea of a minimum annual income for every Canadian could provide a more efficient alternative social safety net, but reform is an unlikely and unrealistic option, according to a new report from a conservative think tank.

The Fraser Institute report “The Practical Challenges of Creating a Guaranteed Annual...

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Uber's New Year's Eve Surge Pricing Could Be Steep For Users

(7) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Uber is warning customers that its controversial surge-pricing system will be in effect on New Year’s Eve, which the company expects to be its busiest night ever.

The car-service company expects the highest demand between 12:30 and 2:30 a.m., which will drive fares up via Uber's pricing...

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Champagne Sales Fizzling As Domestic Sparkling Wine Popularity Grows

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Most businesses slow down around New Year's Eve, but one overflows in sales: champagne. But bubbly makers have been struggling since the recession and might be about to see sales fall further, according to a Scotiabank report.

Like other luxury goods, champagne consumption is something of a barometer of...

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Sony Hack: BlackBerrys To The Rescue

(23) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 10:39 AM

BlackBerrys are back in vogue — at least at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Executives dusted off the once-cutting edge smartphones following a well-publicized cyberattack, according to several reports.

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times report that Sony staff hauled out old BlackBerrys from a basement storage room...

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Gas Prices Predicted To Fall To 5-Year Low Across Canada

(11) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Happy New Year, drivers!

Gas prices across Canada are expected to fall to levels not seen since 2010 on the last day of 2014.

Ontario and B.C.'s Lower Mainland are expected to see prices drop by two cents a litre, according to the gas price projection website

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The Biggest Risks To Canada's Economy In 2015, And Beyond

(59) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 12:39 AM

We welcome 2015 at a rather tumultuous time for the global economy — from falling oil prices to hacker threats against a movie studio, to a crucial election in Greece.

The global economy is at a crossroads that could see it either finally escape the aftermath of the 2008-2009...

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Boxing Day Takes A Beating At Black Friday's Hands, But Still A Contender

(6) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 12:28 AM

Boxing Day, the long-reigning busiest shopping day of the year, could be eclipsed by Black Friday for the first time this year. But experts say shoppers can rest assured there’s room for both sales events on the Canadian retail scene.

“Black Friday is the new Boxing Day, but Boxing Day...

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THE 4,000 KILOMETRE COMMUTE
How the struggle for a living wage gave rise to Canada's own temporary migrant workers

(56) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 7:50 PM

Like most towns and cities in Atlantic Canada, nearly everyone in Miramichi, N.B., knows someone who works "out West." (Photo: Sunny Freeman/HuffPost Canada)

Mark English draws out every sip of coffee, savouring the last few hours at home before a six-hour...

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