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Canada's economy ends Q1 with a whimper as GDP shrinks in March

Business investment tumbled during the first three months of the year, and the economy shrank in February and March. That's feeding concern about an even deeper slowdown ahead.
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Oil prices head for fourth straight month of gains, as U.S. fuel demand expected to rise
Oil prices rose on Tuesday, heading for the four straight monthly gain, with investors betting on higher U.S. fuel demand as peak driving season arrived in the No. 1 oil consumer.
Trudeau won't have to face sanctions for 'Elbowgate'
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not have to deliver any more apologies or face any parliamentary sanctions for knocking into a New Democrat with his elbow.
BlackBerry signs 1-year contract with security agency at U.S. Pentagon
BlackBerry says it has signed a one-year contract with a civilian agency that provides security for the Pentagon.
Sherritt seeks three-year extension on repayment of $720M in debt to weather downturn
Sherritt International is asking noteholders for a three-year extension on the repayment of $720-million in unsecured debt.
Saks Fifth Avenue will open third Canadian store in Calgary in 2018
Saks Fifth Avenue says it will open its third Canadian store in Calgary in January 2018.
Valeant's former CEO Mike Pearson to receive $9M severence, to remain a consultant through 2017
Michael Pearson, the former chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International , will receive a $9 million severance payment and agreed to a consulting agreement worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a document filed with regulators.
Carl Icahn acquires "large position" in Allergan, backs CEO
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said on Tuesday he had acquired a "large position" in Botox-maker Allergan and that he was very supportive of CEO Brent Saunders.
U.S. consumer spending surges on strong auto sales, inflation creeps up
U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than six years in April and inflation rose steadily, more signs of an acceleration in economic growth that could persuade the Fed to raise interest rates as early as June.
Airline industry growth may be 'shifting down a gear': IATA
The glowing outlook for the world’s airlines is beginning to dull a little amid data showing that international passenger traffic rose by just 4.6 per cent in April, the slowest year-over-year pace since January, 2015.
Too many unknowns to recommend fracking in western Newfoundland: Review panel
There are too many unknown risks and data gaps to green-light fracking, says a government-appointed panel that studied hydraulic fracturing in western Newfoundland.
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Morneau shuts down idea of EI benefits for new regions
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government isn't going to provide extended EI benefits to any more regions of the country, even those that are the on cusp of meeting government requirements for the extra help.
Cenovus CEO questions Trump’s call for profits on Keystone XL
Donald Trump will need a lesson in basic energy economics if he becomes President of the United States, according to one of Canada’s most prominent oil and gas executives.
300 South African firefighters arrive in Fort McMurray
A chartered Air Canada flight from Johannesburg arrived in Edmonton late on Sunday night with 300 firefighters who will help battle the Fort McMurray fires.
Why investors may want to consider reducing exposure to Canadian banks
Despite a strong quarter for Canadian banks, one portfolio manager says it’s time to reconsider exposure to the sector.
Larry Berman: Why investors didn’t need to ‘sell in May’ this year
ANALYSIS: So May is almost over, and most markets around the world are up, putting the notion of 'sell in May and go away' in question.
Mortgage arrears are on the rise in Canada’s oil-rich provinces: CMHC
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says homeowners in Alberta and Saskatchewan fell behind on their loans at a higher rate in the first quarter. And the agency is warning that oil-price uncertainty is still the biggest risk to this country’s housing sector.
Why trading up in Canada’s hottest housing markets is harder than it used to be
Buy a starter home. Build some equity and your career. Then maybe some babies enter the picture. It’s time to trade up to that next-level home. That used to be the preset course for many Canadians, but that narrative appears to be coming undone in the country’s hot housing markets.
Canadians in debt denial: Survey
The national debt delusion is apparent in the latest survey from Ipsos Reid showing Canadians are resigned to a lifetime of debt, while clinging to the belief that their financial future is bright. Your Personal Investor Dale Jackson breaks down the highlights.
CRTC may pull plug on pick-and-pay cable packages when Blais departs, expert predicts
Canada’s broadcast regulator will likely cancel its so-called pick-and-pay cable rules after current chairman and CEO Jean-Pierre Blais’ term ends in July 2017, broadcast lawyer and consultant Peter Miller predicts.
Oil prices edge higher in thin trade; OPEC meeting looms
Oil prices inched up toward US$50 a barrel on Monday, although uncertainty ahead of an OPEC producer-group meeting later in the week was expected to cap gains.
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Top Picks from Keith Richards: Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR ETF, Chartwell Retirement Residences, Cash
Top Picks Keith Richards, Portfolio Manager, ValueTrend Wealth Management of Worldsource Securities.
For many Canadian families two incomes are better than one, report shows
A report by Statistics Canada says the percentage of dual-income Canadian families with children has nearly doubled over the last 40 years.

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