February 26th, 2017

Business

Facing the music: Sunrise Records to move into 70 closing HMV locations

By David Friend, The Canadian Press on February 26th, 2017

TORONTO – Sunrise Records is placing a major bet on Canadian music sales with plans to move into 70 retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada. The Ontario-based music retail chain has negotiated new leases with mall landlords across the country. Sunrise’s expansion gives the company a quick foothold in the Canadian music scene just ... Read More »

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Israel to Amazon: Stop selling Holocaust-denying literature

By The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

JERUSALEM – Israel’s official Holocaust memorial has asked Amazon to stop selling literature on its site that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism. Yad Vashem’s director of libraries Robert Rozett says he has dispatched a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offering his assistance to “curb ... Read More »

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Improved technology saves maple syrup producers time, energy

By Lisa Rathke, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

UNDERHILL, Vt. – Maple syrup doesn’t get that rich flavour and colour in an instant. It’s a long process from tree to bottle. But an improved technology could keep maple sugarers from working late into the night boiling sap into syrup. The new machine can remove more water from sap, leaving a higher sugar content ... Read More »

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Last BlackBerry-designed phone with physical keyboard to hit stores in April

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press on February 25th, 2017

TORONTO – Fans of BlackBerry’s classic physical keyboard will have reason to celebrate when the last product designed in part by the former smartphone leader becomes available in April. The Waterloo, Ont.-based firm played a role in developing the KEYone, named for the return of the QWERTY keyboard that other smartphone designers have mostly long ... Read More »

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Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway

By The Associated Press on February 25th, 2017

SARAJEVO, Bosnia – Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia’s main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding. Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town of Kakanj, ... Read More »

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Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

By Carla K. Johnson And Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press on February 25th, 2017

CHICAGO – As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative has ... Read More »

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Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

By Paul Elias, The Associated Press on February 25th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market. The market is expected to explode after voters in the state legalized the ... Read More »

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Quebec entrepreneurs hope to add positive touch to Oscar nominee gift bags

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on February 25th, 2017

MONTREAL – Along with luxury vacations, diamond bracelets and personal training sessions, celebrities who receive unofficial gift bags at the Oscars this year will also get a modest offering from Quebec. The famously over-the-top swag bags, whose value usually runs in the six figures, is distributed annually by a Los Angeles-based marketing company to the ... Read More »

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Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

By Elliot Spagat, The Associated Press on February 24th, 2017

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signalling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great wall” along the 2,000-mile border. The agency said it will request bids on or around March ... Read More »

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Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index registers biggest one-day loss in five months

By Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press on February 24th, 2017

TORONTO – Canada’s largest stock market racked up its biggest one-day loss in five months Friday as a broad-based decline across all sectors and disappointing corporate earnings pulled the commodity-heavy index lower. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index plunged 247.73 points or 1.57 per cent to 15,533.47, with energy, consumer staples and consumer discretionary ... Read More »

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US stocks eke out last-minute gain as utilities rise

By Marley Jay, The Associated Press on February 24th, 2017

NEW YORK – A late push helped U.S. stocks finish higher Friday after indexes spent most of the day lower. There was far more selling than buying on Wall Street overall, but the Dow Jones industrial average managed to extend its winning streak to an 11th day. Energy companies and banks struggled. Investors continued to ... Read More »

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