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September 19, 2018 7:15 PM Plenty of talent in Blue Jays pipeline

Kevin Smith: No one was surprised to see Guerrero on MLB Pipeline’s team of the year, announced earlier this month, but with him on the second team, was shortstop Smith. The Blue Jays’ No. 6 prospect hit .302 with 25 home runs, 93 RBIs and 29 stolen bases between the Class A Lansing Lugnuts and the Class A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays. Smith, 22, focused 7

September 7, 2018 10:09 PM NHLers rate Tavares deal from multiple angles

“I was hoping he would sign with us,” said Kane, “but I like the fact a big-time free agent left and did something you don’t see too much in the NHL. I think it sets a tone, sets a precedent for players. I like the fact he had the courage to make that move.” It’s fair to say that what other NHLers thought of Tavares’ decision was based, at least a bit, on geography 7

September 7, 2018 1:03 PM Loss of part-time jobs drives Canada’s unemployment rate, but full-time work rises

Ontario experienced the biggest decrease of the provinces by far with a loss of 80,100 jobs — almost all of which were part-time positions. Compared with 12 months earlier, national employment was up 0.9 per cent following the addition of 171,700 jobs, including 326,100 full-time positions. The latest report also says average hourly wage growth, which 8

September 6, 2018 9:00 AM Home prices rise against tighter supply in August

August appears to have cemented the Toronto region’s real estate recovery, with average resale home prices up 4.7 per cent year over year to $765,270, including single-family homes and highrise apartments. That is about $34,000 higher than the average a year ago. The number of detached-house sales increased 19.2 per cent in the 905 areas outside of Toronto 12

August 17, 2018 5:15 PM Stocks in Toronto higher, inflation report helps boost loonie

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 7.89 points at 25,566.62. The S&P 500 index was down 3.27 points at 2,837.42, while the Nasdaq composite was down 45.60 points at 7,760.93. The Canadian dollar traded up at 76.38 cents US compared with an average of 76.03 on Thursday after Statistics Canada reported the annual inflation rate hit 3.0 per cent in July, its highest 12

August 16, 2018 6:19 PM Canadian manufacturing sales gain 1.1 per cent in June

OTTAWA—Canadian manufacturing sales rose more than expected in June, boosted by a 16 per cent surge in oil and coal shipments. Statistics Canada said Thursday manufacturing sales were up 1.1 per cent to $58.1 billion in June, following a 1.5 per cent increase in May. “Coupled with other better recent economic data — and absent an unexpected shock — the economic 16

August 10, 2018 1:34 PM Turkey’s currency nosedives on economic concerns, U.S. dispute

Erdogan on Thursday portrayed the currency drop as a “campaign” to harm Turkey and called on the people not to worry. “If they have their dollar, we have the people, we have Allah,” he said. Last week, he called on Turks to convert their foreign currency and gold into Turkish lira to help the currency. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak — who is Erdogan’s 17

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 9, 2018 1:33 PM Housing starts lower in July, fewer multiple-unit projects after busy June, CMHC says

OTTAWA—Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says there was a slowdown in housing construction starts in July, following a near-record high in the previous month. The federal Crown corporation says the seasonally adjusted rate of housing starts dropped to 206,314 units in July, from 346,200 in June. Urban multiple-unit projects such as condos and apartments 13

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