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

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:03 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

(70) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:42 AM

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 | 8:36 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 | 7:00 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 | 5:00 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 | 12:23 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 | 4:54 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

(124) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 7:17 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?

(54) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 3:36 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 | 12:27 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 | 8:57 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 | 2:45 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 | 8:41 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 | 11:47 AM

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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Ontario's Ring Of Fire Gets A Development Corporation As First Nation Objects

(28) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:01 PM

The First Nation band closest to the Ring of Fire says the Ontario government is failing to live up to promises it made to the community and has neglected to include First Nations in initial plans.

Webequie, a tiny isolated community, is taking issue with Ontario’s decision to create...

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Porter Airlines Looking To Sell Billy Bishop Terminal

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Porter Airlines is putting its terminal at Toronto’s small and controversial island airport up for sale.

The airline, which flies exclusively into and out of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, said Friday it has decided to sell its home base for an undisclosed amount in order to focus on...

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Holt Renfrew To Close Stores In Ottawa And Quebec City

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 3:15 PM

High-end retailer Holt Renfrew is closing its stores in Ottawa and Quebec City, while it focuses on growing the size and selection at its flagship stores.

The closure of those two stores at the end of January will put 157 employees out of work, but the company said its employee...

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Fraser Institute Blasts Canada's 'Biased' Labour Relations Laws In New Report

(83) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 6:30 AM

Just when it seemed that the debate over right-to-work laws had calmed, Canada’s most well-known conservative think-tank has released a report blasting the country’s “biased” labour relations laws for stalling jobs and investment.

After assessing various labour relations laws in the private sector for their “flexibility” — defined for the...

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Foreigners Are Taking Over Canadian Real Estate

(40) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 7:26 PM

The housing market is so inflated that the international community warns of a bubble ready to burst and locals fret that soaring prices have pushed the dream of home ownership forever out of reach.

Some weary house hunters have...

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Burger King, Tim Hortons Merger: 5 Ways Canada's Coffee Shop Will (And Won't) Change

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:55 PM

There Will Be ‘Absolutely’ No Tims Coffee At Burger King

Burger King apparently has no intentions of selling Tim Hortons coffee in its restaurants, despite prior speculation that the ability to make a mark in the brewing “coffee wars” among fast food restaurants in the U.S. might...

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