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September 8, 2018 6:40 PM ‘Smiling’ seal spotted on N.L. beach dies, prompts DFO warning

SALMON COVE, N.L.—What began as a unique photo opportunity ended in sadness last week, as a young harp seal died just a couple of days after it charmed spectators on the shores of a popular Newfoundland beach. Leona Rockwood went to Salmon Cove Sands on the Avalon Peninsula early Labour Day morning to take some pictures of the sunrise, but was delighted 9

September 4, 2018 6:07 PM Quebec securities regulator helping companies disclose exposure to modern slavery

MONTREAL—Quebec’s securities regulator is offering to help public companies disclose their exposure to modern slavery, including forced labour, human trafficking and child labour. The Autorite des marches financiers says Canadian companies could be exposed directly or indirectly to the tens of millions of people around the world who are estimated to be affected 16

September 4, 2018 1:12 AM Trump’s NAFTA threat leaves Trudeau locked in high-stakes game of poker

That’s because Trudeau has leverage, too. It comes, in part, from members of Congress who want Canada in the deal. Trudeau could stand firm if he were willing to bet either that Trump would not submit a Mexico-only agreement to Congress or that Congress would not be willing to approve such an agreement. “I think it’s a dicey congressional atmosphere 20

August 18, 2018 1:49 AM Walmart eyes virtual reality shopping system, according to patent filings

Trekking through a crowded, cavernous Walmart supercentre isn’t much fun. But what if you could do it from the comfort of your own home through virtual reality? The world’s biggest retailer wants to find out, according to filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company has applied for two patents that detail a “virtual show room” and fulfilment 13

August 15, 2018 9:23 PM New federal holiday will honour residential school survivors

OTTAWA — A new holiday is coming to your calendar, one that will mark the dark legacy of Canada’s residential school system. In its ongoing pursuit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government is consulting First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups to create a new “national day” to honour those who attended the infamous church-run schools 12

August 10, 2018 1:20 PM Surge in part-time work in Canada offsets full-time losses as unemployment rate drops to 5.8 per cent

OTTAWA—A rush of new part-time jobs offset a drop in full-time work last month to help the economy post a net gain of 54,100 positions and drop the unemployment rate to a four-decade low. The July jobless rate was 5.8 per cent, down from 6 per cent the previous month, Statistics Canada said Friday in its latest labour force survey. The country gained 16

August 7, 2018 2:27 PM Buck-a-beer by Labour Day weekend, Doug Ford says

Buck-a-beer will be available by Labour Day weekend — and brewers who get on board will get free promotions in LCBO stores, Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday. Speaking at a brewery in Picton, Ford said “the day you’ve been waiting for is finally here. We’re bringing back buck-a-beer to Ontario,” as promised during the election campaign. He said by Aug. 27, brewers 14

August 1, 2018 10:44 PM Quebec labour tribunal rules against worker alleging harassment after cat’s death

MONTREAL—A Quebec labour tribunal has sided with an employer who refused a woman’s request to work from home on the day her cat died. Chantal Dumais filed a complaint alleging she was forced to leave her job in 2015 due to various incidents of alleged psychological harassment. She says in an interview one example was when she wasn’t paid after staying 18

July 26, 2018 9:48 PM No timeline for SIU probe into Danforth gunman’s death

The duration of SIU investigations has been the subject of complaint by police officers and the public, a criticism noted by Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Michael Tulloch in his recent review of civilian police oversight. Saying that “long delays benefit nobody,” Tulloch wrote in his report that he’d anecdotally heard that the SIU would “often take 12 to 16 months 20

July 20, 2018 2:30 AM American flag burned outside L.A. offices of congresswoman Maxine Waters

“The Oath Keepers would like nothing more than to inflame racial tensions and create an explosive conflict in our community,” Waters said in a statement a day earlier urging counter-protesters to stay away. She said the group, which has formed militias across the country, has a history of attempting to stoke violence. A few dozen counter-protesters including 15