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Trade compromise needed

OTTAWA — It’s an open question whether Canada needs a free trade deal with Europe, but it is more certain that the Harper government does.

With a cloud suddenly appearing over the Stephen Harper’s “historic achievement” because of German concerns over a clause that allow firms to sue governments, free trade advocates are advising the prime minister to compromise if he has to, but get the deal done. READ

25 years on, Loblaw still pushes going green

When Loblaw (TSX:L) decided to start selling environment-friendly products 25 years ago, the word green had barely evolved from being a colour description. READ

Canada says talks on track

MONTREAL — The Canadian government isn’t commenting directly on a report Germany is poised to reject a proposed trade deal between Canada and the European Union, instead insisting that work to finalize the agreement remains on track. READ

Oliver rejects report calling for spending to create jobs, less focus on deficit

Finance Minister Joe Oliver is rejecting a recommendation from a report issued by the C.D. Howe Institute that he focus more on creating jobs than eliminating a tiny deficit. READ

BlackBerry appoints new COO

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry (TSX:BB) has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer. READ

Key policies out of step: report

OTTAWA — Public-opinion research for the federal Finance Department suggests key government policies are out of step with Canadians’ priorities, including the Northern Gateway project. READ

Loonie stronger than expected in July

TORONTO — The recent strength of the Canadian dollar has been a surprise, given that many economists expected it to stay weak throughout much of the year. READ

Analyst questions Target’s future in Canada

Target’s future in Canada is being questioned by some analysts after the U.S. discount retailer fumbled its initial launch across the country and has struggled to recover. READ

Wave of smarter data collection could transform how business works

A new wave of intelligent sensors, cameras and tracking devices is expected to sweep across Canada over the next few years, quickly transforming how business is done — much as smartphones took communications to a new level of performance. READ

Minimum wage in 2013 same as 1975

The average minimum wage has remained unchanged in real terms for almost four decades, but economists say more recent increases are likely to continue in the coming years. READ

'Serially disappointed’ about economy, Poloz keeps stimulative rates in place

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says the economy is still not strong enough to stand on its own and will likely need the boost from super-low interest rates for longer than he thought even three months ago. READ

Minimum wage in 2013 same as 1975 in constant dollars: Statistics Canada

The average minimum wage has remained unchanged in real terms for almost four decades, but economists say more recent increases are likely to continue in the coming years. READ

NEB delays Trans Mountain review deadline pending new route studies

VANCOUVER — The City of Burnaby’s refusal to co-operate with Kinder Morgan has forced a seven-month delay in a National Energy Board review of the company’s proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline through British Columbia. READ

June home sales rise from May and from year ago

OTTAWA — Canadian home sales heated up in June to their best pace since March 2010 after a sluggish start to the year due to the frigid winter and late spring. READ

B.C. sets sights on becoming Asia’s financial hub in the West

VANCOUVER — In a bid to lure more Chinese investment into the province, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has billed Vancouver “the most Asian city outside of Asia.” READ

Pipeline faces more challenges

VANCOUVER — The Gitga’at First Nation will ask the Federal Court of Appeal to recognize the band’s aboriginal title along the proposed tanker route where ships would be carrying oil from the Northern Gateway pipeline as part of a legal fight against the proposal. READ

Unemployment rate rises to 7.1 per cent in June; job losses among young

The Canadian economy’s capacity to generate meaningful job growth continued to fall short of expectations last month — particularly in Ontario — as employment surprisingly fell by 9,400 nationally in June and by 33,900 in the country’s most populous province. READ

Kenney to consider local exemptions to TFW program after provincial complaints

Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Friday he’s willing to consider “local exemptions” to his recent overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program. READ

Western provinces say they badly need temporary foreign workers

Western provinces have a genuine, pressing need for skilled labour and the federal government’s recent overhaul of its temporary foreign worker program goes too far, the interim Alberta premier said Thursday. READ

With Saskatchewan, N.B. on board, Ottawa says national regulator soon a reality

Finance Minister Joe Oliver welcomed the addition of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick to the federal drive to create a national securities regulator, setting up a timetable to have the new office in operation by the fall of 2015. READ

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