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Canada defies recession fears with surprise August job gains

Canada’s economy unexpectedly added jobs in August, mostly full-time work in services such as education and health care, in another sign of momentum in a labour market that has defied the oil price shock.
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Toronto area home prices soar near 10% in August
Home prices in the Greater Toronto Area soared nearly 10 per cent in August, a month that saw buyers flocking to more affordable homes and condos in the suburbs.
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Boom or bust, booze business remains robust, says Corby CEO
The head of a Canadian alcohol distributor acknowledges that while his business is not entirely immune to the effects of a recession, it does come with a protective bumper.
G20 to focus on global instability, slow growth: Joe Oliver
Structural reforms being planned by the world’s major economies have taken on increased importance because global growth has fallen behind forecasts, Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver told Reuters on Friday.
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Economists expect Bank of Canada to keep key rate low until 2017
The latest round of policy easing in Canada is probably over but interest rates are expected to stay low for longer as the central bank tries to lift the economy out of a mild recession, a Reuters poll of economists found.
Oil companies facing forced asset sales as banks assess funding
Companies from Penn West Petroleum Ltd. to Athabasca Oil Co. are under pressure to sell assets to keep the money flowing.
Penn West faces New York delisting as rout makes it penny stock
Penn West Petroleum is facing the loss of its New York listing, closing off another funding option for the cash-strapped Canadian oil producer to survive a crude price crash that’s forced it to fire 400 workers.
Why David Rosenberg says it’s time to buy into Canada again
The chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates has been waving the caution flag for the past nine months but he now says the worst is over and investors should be looking to buy.
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The next bull cycle for oil won't start until late 2016, warns analyst
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Samsung to make new smartwatch available to competition
The watch will be available as of October, it said at an event in Berlin tied to the IFA, Europe’s largest consumer electronics trade show.
Canada a petro-economy no more as car exports surpass energy
A Statistics Canada report Thursday showed shipments of motor vehicles surpassed those of energy in July for the first time since 2007, as oil prices plunged and a weaker currency enhanced the competitiveness.
Fall toy trends: Cooking sets for boys, action figures for girls
The push to break down barriers imposed by traditional gender roles has been going on for years, and it’s making its presence known in more and more areas of everyday life.
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Toronto area home prices soar near 10% in August
Home prices in the Greater Toronto Area soared nearly 10 per cent in August, a month that saw buyers flocking to more affordable homes and condos in the suburbs.
Greater Vancouver house prices soar 20% to average $1.47M
The average price for single-family detached homes in Greater Vancouver has jumped 20 per cent to a record $1.47-million over the past year as the affordability gap widens between houses and condos.
Here is how much rent costs across Canada
Wondering how much fellow Canucks are paying in rent? Thanks to data compiled by a Canadian apartment listing website, now you can find out how much renters across the country are asked to fork over each month.
House sales plunge in Calgary as energy sector job losses mount
Calgary’s housing market is showing signs of fracturing amid a fresh wave of layoffs announced by major energy companies in the city.
Toronto luxury home sales soar as international buyers snap up real estate
Sales of the most expensive luxury homes soared in Toronto in the first seven months of the year, fueled by foreign demand for housing Canada's largest city.
Buying a home? This is what you can afford in Canada
Affordability declined during the second quarter in the two most expensive markets, Vancouver and Toronto, a report by Royal Bank says.
Presales lead Toronto condo boom in first half of year
Toronto’s condo sector is shaping up to have one of its strongest years on record, dispelling fears that Canada’s largest housing market is ripe for a correction.
Real Estate Watch: Getting rid of nightmare tenants
A landlord advocate says Toronto homeowners are facing a growing problem: Fake tenants who convert rented homes into illegal rooming houses.
Home prices to rise despite economic slowdown: Poll
Canadian home prices are set to rise a little over 5 percent this year and 2 percent in 2016 despite a slowdown in activity as the economy weakens, a Reuters poll found.
Housing market ‘collateral damage’ for BoC amid rate conundrum
Canada's housing market could be a sacrificial lamb for the Bank of Canada as it tries to bolster a flagging domestic economy, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Emanuella Enenajor.
Cadillac Fairview sells 30% of TD Centre to Ontario Pension Board
Cadillac Fairview said it has agreed to sell a 30 percent stake in the Toronto-Dominion Centre office complex to the Ontario Pension Board, the companies said in a statement.
Real Estate Watch: RBC downplays chance of housing market crash
RBC Economics is shrugging off the prospects of a crash in the Canadian housing market even as some market watchers warn overvalued home prices could spell disaster for homeowners.

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