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Economy, International, Politics

Pacific nations agree on ‘core elements’ of new TPP trade deal

Canada and the 10 other Trans-Pacific Partnership countries reached an agreement on Friday on “core elements” of the free trade pact, pledging to adhere to strict labour and environment standards, hours after the talks nearly collapsed earlier in the day.» 

Economy, Lifestyle, Science and Technology, Society

Canadians and wireless tech

Canadian use of internet and wireless phones, continue to rise This morning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released its annual Communications Monitoring Report. The CRTC is a public regulatory agency for broadcasting and telecommunication and its annual reports» 

Economy, Politics, Society, Work & Labour

Parental Leave extended in time, not money

Parental leave from the workplace, following the birth or adoption of a new child, is being extended in Canada, from 12 months to 18. The extension however, is one of time, not money, and only at the federal level. In» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics, Society

Pipeline delays; deliberate? Who’s to blame

The Trans-Mountain pipeline project to nearly triple its capacity of oil from Alberta to the Burnaby is once again becoming heated. Kinder-Morgan, the U.S. company that owns Trans-Mountain wants to double the existing pipeline but has come under repeated opposition» 

Economy, Politics, Society, Work & Labour

Public services over private interests. The “We Own It” campaign.

There have been many instances around the world of public services being sold off to private companies. Another version is known as public-private partnerships or 3P in which building costs are shared by the taxpayer and a private company which» 

Animals, Economy, Health, History

Fish in the Rideau being tested for contaminants

Shortly after portions of the World Heritage Site Rideau Canal were added to the federal contaminated sites list, comes word that fish are now being tested. Portions of the canal recently tested showed a variety of toxic materials in the» 

Economy, Politics

More than 3,000 Canadian entities, 3 former PMs, named in Paradise Papers leak

[Based on reporting by Valérie Ouellet, Dave Seglins, Rachel Houlihan, CBC News]  More than 3,000 Canadian entities and individuals, including three former prime ministers and key Liberal Party fundraisers, are named in the Paradise Papers, a leak of millions of records» 

Economy, International, Politics

Canadian support for transpacific free trade deal nearly doubles: poll

As the leaders of eleven Pacific Rim countries gather in Vietnam next week to put the finishing touches on a resuscitated transpacific free trade deal, a new poll shows a surprising jump in Canadian support for the new accord. Many» 


Economy blows past expectations with 35K jobs in October

Canada’s economy pumped out 35,000 new jobs in October nearly twice as many as economists were forecasting, Statistics Canada reported Friday. The agency said the employment gains were driven by a rise in full-time positions which swelled by 88,700, while» 

Economy, International

Canada calls reduced U.S. lumber duties ‘unfair’

Two Canadian cabinet ministers are calling the United States’ latest duties on Canadian softwood lumber “unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling.” The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that most Canadian producers would pay countervailing and anti-dumping levy of 20.83 per cent,»