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The Canadian economy grew by just 0.1 per cent in April from March, but it received a big boost from the country’s hot housing market, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Thursday.
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More Brits looking for jobs in Canada after Brexit, according to job website Indeed
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S&P cuts rating on European Union to 'AA' after Brexit
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings said on Thursday it had cut its long-term credit rating on the European Union to 'AA' from 'AA+' but raised its outlook to "stable" from "negative" after the United Kingdom voted to leave the bloc.
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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson abruptly quits prime minister race
Boris Johnson pulled out of the race to become Britain's next prime minister on Thursday, in a shock move that upturned a political order shaken by last week's vote to leave the European Union.
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Northern Gateway pipeline approval stymied after court quashes approval
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Carney hints at more stimulus as post-Brexit uncertainty intensifies
Mark Carney is laying the groundwork for more stimulus. Just hours after Boris Johnson pulled out of the race to replace David Cameron, the BOE's governor highlighted Brexit-induced uncertainty.
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Hershey Co said on Thursday it had rejected a US$23 billion preliminary offer by Mondelez International Inc that would seek to expand the latter's U.S. footprint and create the world's largest confectioner.
Moves to slow Canada’s housing market would be 'tragic', mortgage industry warns
While the federal government takes steps to assess whether it needs to do more to cool Canada’s housing markets, the country’s mortgage industry warns it would be “tragic” to slow housing activity in the country.
Former London Mayor Boris Johnson abruptly quits prime minister race
Boris Johnson pulled out of the race to become Britain's next prime minister on Thursday, in a shock move that upturned a political order shaken by last week's vote to leave the European Union.
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TSX, Wall Street stocks rebound after two-day Brexit rout
Stocks rose worldwide for the first time in three days and the British pound and the euro climbed slightly on Tuesday as investors snapped up Brexit-bashed assets.
Sobeys parent’s stock price tumbles on big loss in quarter
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Rogers shakes up Hockey Night in Canada, with several job cuts and Ron MacLean's return
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Conrad Black withdraws request for tax hearing on sale of Toronto home
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Canada lifting visa requirement for Mexican visitors, Mexico to allow Canadian beef
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is dropping its visa requirement for Mexican visitors as of December 2016, while Mexico has agreed to lift long-standing restrictions on Canadian beef imports by October.
EU leaders tell Britain to exit swiftly
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Larry Berman: Brexit – now what?
ANALYSIS: One of the main reasons Britons voted to leave the EU was that they did not like the unelected officials in Brussels increasingly influencing their future. I wrote last week that this is likely the beginning of the end of the EU as it exists today. And I expect it could take five years or longer to fully play out, though it could be much sooner.

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