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Quebec increases maple syrup production amid internal revolt, foreign competition

Quebec, the world’s largest producer of maple syrup, is ramping up output as it fends off rising competition from the U.S. and neighbouring provinces as well as a farmer rebellion from within. The province is adding five million taps over the next two years to its existing 43 million spigots. Simon Trépanier, executive director of the Quebec Maple Syrup Federation, ...

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‘Feeling squeezed out’: Will a move to save Vancouver’s housing past compromise its future?

In a city where “bulldozer-bait” homes can fetch close to $3 million, Vancouver’s chief planner is faced with a choice that could shape the city for decades to come.   Are up to 12,000 pre-1940 homes — an immense swath of the city’s housing supply — worth preserving at the expense of a younger generation of people who feel they’ll never be able to afford them? Thousands ...

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‘I feel bullied,’ says condo owner taken to court over backyard garden items not allowed in bylaws

An Ontario woman says a dispute with her condo board and property management company over minor garden infractions has left her emotionally devastated and contemplating moving out. Jayne Pilot of Brampton was sitting by the pool at her condo complex with friends last July when she was handed an envelope containing a court summons. “I was shocked,” says Pilot. “I ...

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Plutocrats with their crony capitalism are taking over again in the U.S.: Don Pittis

Can one of the richest cabinets in White House history since the late-19th-century Gilded Age make the United States equal again? Many have their doubts. In fact there are signs that instead, the U.S. is moving in the direction of what Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, once decried as “crony capitalism.” Freeland wrote her award-winning book Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the ...

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West White Rose extension project to get sanction as early as March

A big announcement is set to pump some excitement into the Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas industry. Sources tell CBC News that Husky Energy is just weeks away from officially sanctioning the long-awaited West White Rose extension project, with construction to begin as early as this spring. After more than two years of evaluating its development options for the ...

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Toxic Jewelry and holiday scams: CBC Marketplace’s consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? We got you. Here’s this week’s Marketplace cheat sheet. Get this in your inbox every Friday. Sign up for the Marketplace newsletter. Rotten reno Paul Gough says he’s had to take time off work to act as a contractor and make his home livable again. (CBC) First, a tree landed on his roof. Then he ended up with rats rotting in the walls. ...

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When will oil demand peak? Depends on our driving habits

In the past, forecasters had a relatively simple method of estimating whether demand for oil would increase or decrease and by how much. For the most part, they simply looked at the economy. If people were making more money, it was safe to assume they would spend more, travel more and head to the car dealership more often. Now, technologies like electric cars, ...

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Ineffective laws fuelling Canada’s online piracy problem, U.S. copyright group says

Ineffective laws that lag behind international standards have made Canada a hot spot for online piracy and copyright infringement, according to a group of rights holders that has again placed this country on its global watch list. In an annual report submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative, the International Intellectual Property Alliance — a network that represents American copyright owners in publishing, ...

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‘I was in shock’: Why Canadians are still struggling with runaway cellphone charges

After CBC News ran a story about a cellphone customer who got hit with a $24,000 data roaming charge, more customers started writing in with their own nightmare bill stories.  And most involved big data charges.  “It’s still haunting me and makes me angry,” wrote Toronto’s Lobsang Yargye, who received an unexpected data roaming bill for $1,117.  As we do more of our ...

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When fake news and marketing don’t mix: 20th Century Fox apologizes for movie’s ad campaign

Experts say the backlash to an ad campaign by film studio 20th Century Fox offers an important lesson in modern marketing: advertising and fake news don’t mix in today’s media environment. A marketing campaign for A Cure For Wellness, director Gore Verbinski’s new thriller about a mysterious Swiss health spa, created a small constellation of fake local news websites with headlines like ...

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