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Sunny Freeman is The Huffington Post Canada's national business reporter covering economics and business stories that make a difference in Canadians' lives. Sunny was previously a business reporter at The Canadian Press and has also worked at media outlets including The Toronto Star and The Vancouver Sun. You can find her on twitter @SunnyFreeman.

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Soft Landing For Canada's Real Estate Market Is Here, Says Royal LePage

(87) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:00 AM

Canada’s real estate market has hit a “soft landing,” according to one of the country’s largest real estate brokerages.

Royal LePage says most Canadian markets are now seeing slower-than-normal house price increases. But the average price of a home still went up between 3.8 and 6.6 per cent on a...

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Why A Balanced Budget Law Could Mean More Debt For Consumers

(55) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 8:24 AM

The Conservatives’ proposal to mandate balanced books “during normal economic times” for future governments could paint the economy into a corner, potentially allowing the government to reduce its debt at the price of encouraging consumers to increase theirs.

On the eve of plans to announce the first balanced budget in...

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Kevin Crull, Bell Media President, Abruptly Leaves Job After News Censorship Attempt

(14) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Bell Media president Kevin Crull will leave his post immediately, parent company BCE Inc. said Thursday in an announcement that referred to Crull’s intrusion into CTV and BNN’s news coverage of an unfavourable regulatory decision.

“Kevin Crull departs Bell with our thanks for his contributions to our customers...

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Air Canada Says 'No' To Jets At Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport

(10) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Canada’s biggest airline has come out against allowing jets to take off and land at downtown Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.

"We do not support jets at Billy Bishop - we prefer to see a growing downtown airport focused on short haul passengers using modern turboprop aircraft, which would be more...

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'Uberization' Of Everything Is Happening, But Not Every 'Uber' Will Succeed

(21) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 8:28 AM

  • One of the most important economic movements in a generation
  • Even restaurant reservations could be 'Uberized'
  • 'Uberization' could exacerbate income inequality

Take the power of Uber and apply it to X.

That’s the formula currently being touted by a deluge of tech startups seeking to convince investors...

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1 In 3 Suffer From Food Insecurity In Nunavut, StatsCan Data Reveals

(108) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:01 PM

More than one-third of households in Nunavut lack access to safe and healthy food — a level that is four times the national average, according to a new Statistics Canada report.

The report “Food Insecurity in Canada,” released Wednesday, found an average of 8.3 per cent of...

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Nutritional High Now Canada's First Publicly Traded Recreational Weed Company

(54) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Canada is now home to its first publicly traded recreational marijuana company, despite the fact that pot for non-medical use is illegal in this country.

Toronto-based Nutritional High International Inc. began trading Monday on the alternative Canadian Securities Exchange.

The company closed its initial public offering earlier this month...

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Ontario's Ring Of Fire, Formerly 'The Next Oilsands,' Sold For Peanuts

(59) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 9:56 AM

A junior miner will soon be the biggest player in Ontario’s fledgling Ring of Fire mining development, after agreeing to pay US$20 million for the properties of Cliffs Natural Resources, a U.S. mining giant who has abandoned hope of developing the area.

Toronto-based Noront Resources is getting quite the deal...

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Changing Channels: What The CRTC's New Rules Mean For The Future Of TV (Q&A)

(14) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:50 PM

When Canada’s telecom regulator announced the end of mandatory channel bundling Thursday, many of us were skeptical about whether it will be a true win for consumers.

The CRTC’s new “pick and pay” model that gives consumers more control over their cable packages won’t be introduced until...

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It's Time To Bring Back The Term 'Working Class,' New University Of Calgary Report Says

(96) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Who are these middle-class Canadians that politicians talk about so much?

The odds are you’re one of them.

The term “middle class” is so nebulous in Canada that it can include people earning less than $20,000 a year or someone who earns $100,000 a year, depending on which statistician...

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What Canada Can Learn From Sweden's Unionized Retail Workers

(45) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:10 AM

When Toys “R” Us arrived in Sweden in 1995 armed with a translation of its U.S. employee handbook, it underestimated the Swedes’ fierce commitment to the quality of their working lives.

The solidarity among Swedish workers was powerful enough to accomplish a feat that may seem inconceivable in Canadian...

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Income Splitting Won't Help Poor And Will Cost $2.2. Billion, Budget Watchdog Says

(80) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:30 AM

The Conservatives’ controversial income-splitting plan will do nothing for low-income families but will cost the government $2.2. billion and will eliminate jobs, Canada’s budget watchdog said Tuesday.

The plan, promised in the 2011 election, would allow one spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to their...

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Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage Awarded To Jonathan Zaid, Waterloo Student

(15) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:53 PM

An Ontario university student may have just established a precedent that could pave the way for coverage of medical marijuana by private insurance plans in Canada.

Jonathan Zaid, 22, says cannabis is the only thing that helps him concentrate long enough to get through his studies at the University...

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Toronto Plane Flying Low And Trailing Smoke Part Of Military Exercise

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:30 PM

A military training exercise had some Toronto residents on edge Wednesday afternoon.

The operations manager at the Oshawa Airport confirmed a Hercules airplane from CFB Trenton was flying low to the ground just east of downtown Toronto for a search and rescue exercise around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Diesel fuel from...

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In Toronto's Housing Market, A Battle Over Freedom Of Information

(10) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Toronto real estate broker Ara Mamourian believes so strongly in modernizing the real estate industry that he has decided to stand up to the local board.

His brokerage, SpringRealty.ca, resumed sending out a weekly email to registered clients containing purchase prices for homes sold in his area on Thursday,...

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For Working Women, A More Attainable Goal (If Their Families Will Allow It)

(12) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 6:22 AM

Forget “having it all.” The new, more attainable goal for working women (and men) is work-life balance — and it turns out that more Canadian women think their families are holding them back than their employers.

Two-thirds of Canadian women surveyed in BMO’s annual Women’s Day study said they...

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Just How Low Will The Loonie Go?

(60) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 4:41 PM

The Canadian dollar fell to below 80 cents on Friday, battered by bad news at home and good news south of the border, leaving economists scrambling to predict just how low it could go.

The loonie ended the week at 79.3 cents U.S., sinking after a report showed Canada...

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Health Canada Criticized By Police Over Medical Marijuana Enforcement, Documents Show

(90) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Health Canada was flooded with hundreds of letters from police and other officials questioning the department’s oversight of Canada’s medical marijuana program in the two years leading up to a push by Ottawa to commercialize medical pot.

The letters, obtained by HuffPost Canada under access to information laws, detail the...

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Zoocasa To Stop Publishing In-Depth Housing Data, Amid Industry Attempts To Control Info

(15) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Zoocasa, one of Canada’s only real estate brokers that has opened up property data to the public in an online database, says it will stop publishing deeper housing data at the request of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB).

It is the latest move by Canada’s real estate industry to...

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'Sophisticated' Mystery Tunnel Found Near Toronto's Rexall Centre, York University

(36) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Toronto Police will hold a press conference Tuesday after a mysterious tunnel was discovered near York University.

UPDATE: Toronto Police appealed to the public Tuesday for help identifying the people behind the tunnel and their motive for digging it. Full story.

Const. Victor Kwong told...

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