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Labour minister says 25 tickets issued in big-box store blitz, 242 stores inspected

Labour minister says 25 tickets issued in big-box store blitz, 242 stores inspected

TORONTO — Ontario's labour minister says 25 tickets were issued during a weekend inspection blitz of big-box stores that found the majority were following public health rules.
Statistics Canada says annual pace of inflation slowed in December to 0.7 per cent

Statistics Canada says annual pace of inflation slowed in December to 0.7 per cent

OTTAWA — The annual rate of inflation slowed in December as the pace of rising food prices decreased and the cost of air travel compared with a year earlier fell, Statistics Canada said. The agency said Wednesday the consumer price index was up 0.

Here's a list of December inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was 0.7 per cent in December, Statistics Canada says.

Here's a list December inflation rates for Canadian provinces

OTTAWA — Canada's national annual inflation rate was 0.7 per cent in December, Statistics Canada says. Here's what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets): — Newfoundland and Labrador: 0.6 per cent (0.8) — Prince Edward Island: -0.
EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House

EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden will be taking over as president of the United States, but they warned that the world has changed after four years of Donald Trump and that trans-Atla
Shareholders give OK to West Fraser deal to buy Norbord, consolidating wood sector

Shareholders give OK to West Fraser deal to buy Norbord, consolidating wood sector

TORONTO — Shareholders of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. and Norbord Inc. have approved a $4-billion all-stock deal that will marry two of Canada's big wood product producers.
Asia Today: China records new cases, defends response

Asia Today: China records new cases, defends response

BEIJING — China’s capital, Beijing, recorded seven more coronavirus cases on Wednesday amid a lingering outbreak in the country’s north.

Jack's back: Chinese e-tycoon ends silence with online video

BEIJING — China’s highest-profile entrepreneur, Jack Ma, appeared Wednesday in an online video, ending a 2 1/2-month absence from public view that prompted speculation about the future of the e-commerce billionaire and his Alibaba Group.
Buy America: How Biden's Made-in-America plan could impact Canadian companies

Buy America: How Biden's Made-in-America plan could impact Canadian companies

Canadian companies that bid on American government contracts could be cut out of the procurement process if Joe Biden follows through on his Buy American plan after he becomes U.S. president today, according to business and trade experts.
Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people.