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Nova Scotia registers $341.6-million deficit for last year, driven by COVID-19 costs

Nova Scotia registers $341.6-million deficit for last year, driven by COVID-19 costs

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's deficit for the 2020-21 fiscal year is $341.6 million — a figure the province's finance minister says won't affect the new Tory government's election promise to spend significantly on health care.
Globe and Mail newspaper and union representing 250 employees reach tentative deal

Globe and Mail newspaper and union representing 250 employees reach tentative deal

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail and a union representing some 250 employees have reached a tentative deal on a new collective agreement.
Author Colleen Hoover's word-of-mouth success

Author Colleen Hoover's word-of-mouth success

NEW YORK (AP) — Colleen Hoover's years as a published — and self-published — novelist have been one long, pleasant surprise. The Texas-based writer broke through in 2012 when, through an Amazon.
Statistics Canada says wholesale sales dropped in July as lumber prices fell

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales dropped in July as lumber prices fell

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell 2.1 per cent to $70.1 billion in July, as building material and supplies sales plunged due to a drop in prices for softwood lumber.
US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says annual pace of housing starts slowed in August

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says annual pace of housing starts slowed in August

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts in August slowed compared with July as the rate of new home construction continued to slow from their highs earlier this year.
TC Energy sells remaining 15 per cent stake in Northern Courier Pipeline

TC Energy sells remaining 15 per cent stake in Northern Courier Pipeline

CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. says it has signed a deal to sell its remaining 15 per cent stake in the Northern Courier Pipeline to a partnership including Suncor Energy Inc. and eight Indigenous communities.
Indonesian court rules president negligent over pollution

Indonesian court rules president negligent over pollution

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court ruled Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other top officials have neglected to fulfill citizens’ rights to clean air and ordered them to improve the poor air quality in the capital.
SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s first private flight streaked into orbit Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism.

Most actively traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (20,693.79, up 140.54 points.) Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Up $1.35, or 3.13 per cent, to $44.51 on 30.