December 4th, 2016

Business

Office design, economic setbacks spur jump in corporate art collection auctions

By Dan Healing, The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

CALGARY – When Xerox Canada moved its Toronto headquarters into a 33,500-square-foot building in North York in August, it just couldn’t find a place for Dance of the Owl. The square stonecut-and-stencil print of an Inuit child playing with a lively owl was made in 1978 by artist Kenojuak Ashevak, who died in 2013 at ... Read More »

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Six things to know about the bovine TB outbreak: CFIA’s chief veterinary officer

By The Canadian Press on December 4th, 2016

OTTAWA – More than 22,000 cattle at farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan are quarantined due to bovine tuberculosis, causing hardship for ranchers and millions in compensation payments and other costs. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is testing cattle to determine the extent of the outbreak and the source of the contagious bacterial infection. So far ... Read More »

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UK foreign secretary downplays EU payment suggestions

By Danica Kirka, The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

LONDON – Britain’s foreign secretary dismissed as “speculation” suggestions that the U.K. would pay for tariff-free trade with the European Union after it leaves the bloc. Boris Johnson’s comments Sunday in an interview with the BBC came after David Davis, the minister in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU, said the government might ... Read More »

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Authorities to conditionally move from bridge near protest

By The Associated Press on December 4th, 2016

MANDAN, N.D. – North Dakota authorities have said they’ll move away from a key bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp by Sunday afternoon if demonstrators agree to certain conditions. A Morton County Sheriff’s Office news release details the conditions as outlined Saturday by Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney. “The question was asked ... Read More »

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Bolivia minister: country could face US aviation downgrade

By The Associated Press on December 3rd, 2016

LA PAZ, Bolivia – Bolivia’s Defence Minister says the U.S. could downgrade the country’s aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to the crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team. Defence Minister Reymi Ferreri said Saturday that the approval of the plane’s flight plan despite the route’s distance exceeding ... Read More »

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Emergency officials: We won’t let pipeline protesters freeze

By Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press on December 3rd, 2016

FARGO, N.D. – The head of North Dakota’s emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis. State Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz said it would be a “huge challenge,” especially during a mass evacuation, but his ... Read More »

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Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

By Tami Abdollah And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press on December 3rd, 2016

WASHINGTON – A presidential commission on Friday made 16 urgent recommendations to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, including creating a nutritional-type label to help consumers shop wisely and appointing a new international ambassador on the subject – weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The release of the 100-page report follows the worst hacking of U.S. ... Read More »

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Irving mill faces steep fines after being charged with polluting St. John River

By The Canadian Press on December 2nd, 2016

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Irving Pulp and Paper is facing 15 counts of polluting the St. John River at its mill near the Reversing Falls tourist attraction. An Environment Canada spokesman says Irving has been charged under federal Fisheries Act provisions on the deposit of harmful substances into fish-bearing water. James Parker says the mandatory ... Read More »

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U.S. Senator urges Canada to reverse dairy pricing policy

By The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging Canadian officials to reverse a pricing policy that’s designed to discourage Canadian cheesemakers from using imported, ultra-filtered milk from the U.S. in their products. Schumer says the new pricing policy essentially sets the price of Canada’s products below that of New York’s ultra-filtered milk imports, and ... Read More »

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Rally ebbs as investors seek safety after weak wage data

By Marley Jay, The Associated Press on December 2nd, 2016

NEW YORK – Investors made a small move back to safer assets Friday afternoon after the government’s November jobs report showed continued hiring, but weak wages. Indexes finished little changed as real estate and household goods companies rose, but banks, which have soared since the presidential election, took losses. Most stocks finished higher, and the ... Read More »

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Gold gains back most of its losses this week, boosts TSX index

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press on December 2nd, 2016

TORONTO – The price of gold helped boost the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index, while U.S. markets were mixed Friday. The S&P/TSX composite index rose 24.99 points to 15,052.52, lifted by the gold sector. The February gold contract climbed US$8.40 to US$1,177.80 an ounce, ending the week down 60 cents from where it was a ... Read More »

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