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  • Water main break closes Lawrence subway station

    December 16, 2013 11:35 AM 13

    A water main break has shut down Lawrence station on the TTC's Yonge subway lane. Trains are bypassing Lawrence station in both directions and shuttle buses are operating between Eglinton and York Mills station.

  • Europe lifted by PMI data, China wobble hits Asia

    December 16, 2013 10:22 AM 21

    LONDON (Reuters) - Robust German PMIs helped Europe shrug off some mixed Asian data on Monday, though caution remained much in evidence just days away from what looks set to be a very close call on the fate of U.S. monetary stimulus. European stocks started the week in better form than they ended on Friday, as an upturn among Germany's export-oriented

  • Temporary foreign workers debate shines light on labour shortage in mining industry

    December 15, 2013 8:33 PM 17

    VANCOUVER -- Glen Paul still remembers his first week on the job at a copper-gold mine in British Columbia's Interior -- a position, he says, he landed three years ago as a "fluke" after taking a course to operate heavy machinery. Paul says he didn't start his training with a specific plan to end up in the mining industry, but there he was at the New Afton

  • Ottawa, provincial finance ministers set for showdown on CPP enrichment

    December 15, 2013 12:41 AM 17

    OTTAWA -- Finance ministers from across Canada are heading toward a showdown in the next two days on an issue they've kicked around for years -- whether to boost the Canada Pension Plan to ensure seniors have adequate income for the rest of their lives. The topic is on Monday's agenda for the concluding session of a federal-provincial meeting that starts

  • Loblaw recalls outdoor Christmas lights

    December 14, 2013 10:47 PM 12

    Loblaw is voluntarily recalling three types of outdoor Christmas lights due to the possibility of loose or exposed wires. There have been no reported injuries, but there is a risk of electrical shock, electrocution or fire, according to a statement released by the company Saturday. The lights were sold between September and December of this year at Loblaws

  • Low-income social housing residents anxious as Ottawa ends subsidies

    December 14, 2013 12:13 PM 30

    OTTAWA -- Christine Crawford is a poet and seamstress who suffers from chronic, debilitating asthma. For more than a decade, her sunny apartment in Ottawa's Sandy Hill Co-op has been her treasured oasis. Yet Crawford faces an uncertain future that's weighing on her this Christmas. In less than two years, Crawford could face the terrifying prospect of homelessness

  • BlackBerry dream fades on East Coast

    December 14, 2013 11:37 AM 20

    12/14/2013 06:36 AM Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Misty Legge and her husband Matthew had hopes for a bright future when they packed their bags six years ago and left their native Newfoundland and Labrador for jobs at the BlackBerry office in Halifax. Now unemployed, the young couple are struggling to find comparable work in the city. “I never dreamed

  • TTC police regain arrest powers

    December 14, 2013 12:42 AM 21

    Transit enforcement officers patrolling Toronto’s subways, streetcars and buses will soon regain arrest powers after almost three years of Toronto police taking the investigation role in serious incidents on the transit system. In 2014, the TTC officers will become special constables, a status they enjoyed until February 2011. They won't have guns or Tasers

  • Revenue agency says tax refund to Mafia boss was done in error, not corruption

    December 13, 2013 11:13 PM 14

    MONTREAL -- The Canada Revenue Agency says there was no fraud, collusion or corruption on the part of its employees in the issuing of a refund cheque for more than $381,000 to a now dead Mafia don who owed $1.5 million in back taxes. The agency acknowledged a weakness in the system controlling the issuing of the cheque and questionable employee performance

  • No end in sight for 2,000 Manitoba aboriginals displaced by 2011 flood

    December 13, 2013 7:00 PM 12

    WINNIPEG — A Red Cross study of Manitoba flood evacuees who have been out of their homes for almost three years has found many are on an “emotional roller-coaster” and are adjusting poorly to life in urban Winnipeg. John Byrne, director general of disaster management, says a needs-assessment conducted by the charitable organization at the behest of the federal