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How the struggle for a living wage gave rise to Canada's own temporary migrant workers

(52) 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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Jian Ghomeshi Dropped As A Client By PR And Crisis Management Firms

(57) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:40 PM

The crisis management experts and public relations firm who represented Jian Ghomeshi have both dropped the former CBC star as a client.

Public strategy company Navigator Ltd. issued a statement Thursday saying that it no longer advises Ghomeshi.

“Regrettably, the circumstances of our engagement...

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Canada's Privacy Commissioner Got No Useful Information About RCMP's Warrantless Data Collection

(8) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Canada’s privacy watchdog says it wasn’t able to determine whether the RCMP’s warrantless access requests for subscriber data from telecoms were legal because the police service isn’t keeping proper records.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner issued a report Thursday warning government bodies to keep proper records of requests...

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TiVo Comes To Canada: Cogeco To Launch Set-Top Box Starting Monday

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:20 PM

TiVo, the set-top box that lets Americans record live TV to watch later, has landed in Canada.

Cogeco Cable, which only operates in Ontario and Quebec, will launch TiVo in Ontario on Monday and will roll out in Quebec in the spring.

With the TiVo rollout, Cogeco will be...

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Black Friday In Canada About To Eclipse Boxing Day: Survey

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Black Friday could be the new Boxing Day when it comes to scooping up deals, according to an early holiday shopping survey.

Accenture’s 2014 holiday shopping survey suggests that Boxing Day is losing its position as Canada’s best day to shop for deals, as the popularity of the post-U.S. Thanksgiving...

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Toronto Election 2014: This Is How Olivia Chow Lost

(30) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 9:23 PM

More than two years worth of polling data from Forum Research paints a telling portrait of the Toronto mayoral campaign.

Polls weighing the odds for the three candidates were being carried out well before any of them officially entered the race. And they show Olivia Chow maintained...

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Health Canada's Anti-Marijuana Campaign A Study In Contradictions

(96) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 10:03 AM

“The science is clear” on the dangers of marijuana, claims a new government ad campaign. But it’s a murky message because when it comes to the medicinal benefits of the drug, the same government also maintains there isn’t enough scientific study.

The controversial new anti-drug crusade aims to encourage...

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Minimum Wage Hike Won't Kill Jobs, Might Create Them, CCPA Study Says

(74) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Increasing the minimum wage does not drive up unemployment levels, according to a three-decade study published Tuesday.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), a left-leaning think tank, says it found no consistent connection between raising wages for workers at the bottom of the payscale and employment...

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Urban Planet's Ad For 'Student Volunteers' Raises Questions About High School Co-Ops

(97) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Help Wanted: responsibilities include selling, hanging and folding clothes.

The ad reads like a posting for the typical after-school mall gig. But the difference is this student won’t be paid.

A Kijiji job posting for “student volunteers” at the Urban Planet in Oshawa, Ont., posted Sept. 30, was...

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Canadian House Price Growth Slowing, Market in 'Goldilocks' Zone: Royal LePage

(8) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Good news for homebuyers: There are finally some signs that the astronomical climb in Canada’s average home price is starting to abate. The good news for home sellers? Prices are still growing at a steady pace, according to the most recent survey by one of the country’s biggest real estate...

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Regional Inequality In Canada Among Worst In Developed World: OECD

(13) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Canada’s regional disparity is among the widest in the developed world, but the gap between the richest and poorest regions has actually shrunk since the financial crisis, according to a new OECD study.

The country’s regional levels of inequality of economic output per person (GDP per capita)...

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CMHC Brings Home Ownership To The Masses, And Billions In Risk To Taxpayers

(14) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:23 PM

When business professor Ian Lee asked a taxpayer-funded, multibillion-dollar insurance scheme for information about the risks in its portfolio, his request was denied. The information was deemed “commercially sensitive,” he recalls being told.

But it wasn’t, Lee insists. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is a government-run institution, not a...

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Sun News' Future Uncertain After Postmedia Buys Its Sister Papers

(62) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:54 PM

The future of the struggling Sun News Network is up in the air after its parent company Quebecor sold off the majority of the newspapers that provided the channel with content on Monday.

UPDATE: Quebecor said Monday night it is concerned about the long-term viability of the channel but...
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CRTC Rules Against Sun News Network In Dispute With Rogers

(176) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 8:17 PM

The struggling Sun News Network suffered another blow this week after Canada’s broadcast regulator ruled against it in a payment dispute with Rogers, the country’s largest cable company.

The CRTC sided with Rogers in hearings to determine how much the cable company should pay Sun News, which...

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Germany Scraps Tuition Fees. Should Canada Follow?

(58) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Attention Canadian students: How is your German?

If you’re tired of fretting about how to pay tuition as rates rise to record levels, you may want to consider making a move to Deutschland. Post-secondary tuition is now free across the country after fees were overturned in Lower Saxony, the last...

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International Coffee Day: Tim Hortons Explains Why It's Important To Slurp Your Coffee

(8) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:27 PM

In honour of International Coffee Day, Huffington Post Canada brings you a glimpse into the art behind Tim Hortons coffee.

And yes, there is an art, a really intense one actually, that involves a lot of sniffing, slurping and spitting.

The first time the beans are tested for...

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Smoke, Mirrors And Home Sales: Why Some Experts Don't Trust Canada's Housing Numbers

(40) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Carleigh Pawlikowski is a bit of a control freak. So when it came to the biggest purchase of her life — a first home — she was lucky to find herself in Nova Scotia, one of the only places in Canada where home buyers can get direct access to property...

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TPP Talks Dead In The Water, BMO's Doug Porter Says

(26) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 3:45 PM

The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement may be crucial for Canada’s economy, but it’s unlikely to close anytime soon, says one of Canada’s top economists.

The multilateral talks — involving hundreds of negotiators from 12 countries over an agreement that would create one of the world’s largest free trade areas...

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8 Things To Know About The Economy, From Canada's Big Bank Economists

(10) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Top economists from Canada’s big five banks assembled for a rare team prognostication Monday to weigh in on everything from how Millennials living with their parents are holding back the U.S. housing sector to why Canada will wait longer than the U.S. to raise interest rates.

The panel discussion...

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Ontario's 'Ring Of Fire' In Limbo: Cliffs Resources Says It Wants Out

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:47 PM

The largest player in the efforts to develop large-scale mining in Ontario’s Ring of Fire is signalling that it is looking to unload its $3.3-billion project in the region.

Cliffs Natural Resources said Thursday that it sent a letter to the Marten Falls First Nation to alert the band...

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