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Data Points: B.C. retail sales drop as job vacancies retreat to pre-COVID levels

Data Points: B.C. retail sales drop as job vacancies retreat to pre-COVID levels

Even as sales slide, payroll growth points to labour market strength
Trudeau heads to Italy as shadows of war in Ukraine, Gaza loom over G7 summit

Trudeau heads to Italy as shadows of war in Ukraine, Gaza loom over G7 summit

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is headed to Italy on Wednesday to attend the annual G7 leaders' summit, which is taking place as two major geopolitical conflicts weigh on the international community.
More businesses give downtown a failing grade, but retail vacancy picture is improving: DVBA report

More businesses give downtown a failing grade, but retail vacancy picture is improving: DVBA report

Five per cent more business licences were issued in 2023 than in 2022, and the tourism, marine and technology sectors are thriving, says the annual report on downtown
Conservatives oppose Liberal tax changes that include adjustment to capital gains tax

Conservatives oppose Liberal tax changes that include adjustment to capital gains tax

OTTAWA — A motion increasing the proportion of capital gains that are taxed in Canada easily passed the House of Commons Tuesday, as the governing Liberals and Conservatives traded barbs about whether it will harm the middle class or make the country
ABC Vancouver votes to keep Ken Sim on Vancouver police board

ABC Vancouver votes to keep Ken Sim on Vancouver police board

Selection of mayor came despite challenge from Green Party's Pete Fry.
National Bank to buy Canadian Western Bank at $5 billion valuation

National Bank to buy Canadian Western Bank at $5 billion valuation

MONTREAL — Canada's banking sector is facing further consolidation as National Bank of Canada has reached an all-share deal to acquire Canadian Western Bank that values the lender at about $5 billion.
B.C. should step up on asylum claims, minister says in response to call for funds

B.C. should step up on asylum claims, minister says in response to call for funds

Government statistics show 65 per cent of asylum claimants arrived in Quebec last year, compared to just under two per cent in B.C.
Competition Bureau obtains court orders in investigation into Loblaw, Sobeys owners

Competition Bureau obtains court orders in investigation into Loblaw, Sobeys owners

The Competition Bureau has obtained two court orders requiring the parent companies of Loblaws and Sobeys to hand over information related to its investigation into alleged anticompetitive conduct.
Establishing new regulator for online harms law 'will take some time,' minister says

Establishing new regulator for online harms law 'will take some time,' minister says

OTTAWA — The Liberals know it will "take some time" to create a new regulator to compel internet giants to take steps to better Canadians against online harms, Canada's justice minister said Tuesday.
Green Leader Elizabeth May says no list of disloyal MPs in full spy watchdog report

Green Leader Elizabeth May says no list of disloyal MPs in full spy watchdog report

The Green Party leader told a news conference the full version of the classified report does not contain a "list of MPs who have shown disloyalty to Canada."
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