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MONTREAL - Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he shares the cautious optimism of Canada's transportation industry that a deal will be reached to modernize NAFTA.
The minister said the sustained efforts by the federal and provincial governments to reinforce the importance of the trade deal to American politicians are bearing fruit.
BOISE, Idaho - A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world is fighting an attempt to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children's book author.
The Boise, Idaho-based James Castle Collection and Archive said in documents filed Tuesday in federal court that Allen Say's book "Silent Days, Silent Dreams" steals images created by Castle, who died in 1977, and that its lawsuit should be allowed to move forward.
BRAMPTON, Ont. - Loblaw says court documents regarding an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scheme won't be released tomorrow after an unidentified individual filed an application against releasing them.
The information to obtain, which outlines why the Competition Bureau wanted search warrants in the case against at least seven companies, including Canada's three major grocers, has been sealed for 30 days and was scheduled to be released Thursday morning.
OTTAWA - Investment firms, human rights groups and aid agencies gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to the Liberal government's decision to create an independent watchdog to enforce responsible conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad.
International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced the new position, saying the office would be first of its kind in the world, and that he would take an active role in making sure it prevented any bad corporate behaviour that might tarnish Canada's broader brand.
TORONTO - Shareholders of Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP) voted overwhelmingly in favour of an acquisition by licensed cannabis producer CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) at a special meeting today.
Approximately 99.4 per cent of the votes, representing more than 271.8 million outstanding common shares, were cast in support of a plan that would see Newstrike shareholders receive 33 CanniMed shares for each 1,000 shares of Newstrike.
TORONTO - The loonie rebounded from its earlier losses following the Bank of Canada's dovish interest rate hike announcement Wednesday, as Wall Street soared to new highs.
The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.48 cents US, down 0.04 of a U.S. cent, recovering from greater losses earlier in the session after the central bank said it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:
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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A Burger King franchise was issued a public health order because Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers were sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant.
Burger King said in an emailed statement that it had spoken with the independent owner of the location.
WASHINGTON - Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government's doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night.
Democrats' votes are needed to advance the stopgap measure through the Senate, but they have been rebuffed in their demands to add protections against deportation for younger immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
OTTAWA - The economy's impressive run has prompted another interest-rate hike from the Bank of Canada — but looking ahead it warned of the broadening negative impact of NAFTA's uncertain future.
The central bank pointed to unexpectedly solid economic numbers as key drivers behind its decision Wednesday to hike the trend-setting rate to 1.25 per cent, up from one per cent. It was the bank's third increase since last summer, following hikes in July and September.