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Canadian retail workers face volatility of on-call shifts

TORONTO — The rise of so-called precarious employment in Canada — mainly work in the services and retail sectors — has brought with it some questionable employer practices that have employees stressed out and labour activists fuming.

They’re calling for the elimination of “on-call” shifts, a practice where management schedules shifts for part-time employees each week, but then requires them to call in ahead of their start time to find out if they’re actually working. READ

Halifax-based CanJet suspends flying operations, looks for new business plan

The Halifax-based charter airline CanJet suspended its flight operations today, saying it is redoubling its efforts to find a profitable business plan. READ

Economy shrinks in second quarter, pushes Canada into recession

Canada’s economy hit reverse for the second straight quarter of 2015 — knocking the country backwards into its first technical recession in six years, fresh Statistics Canada data revealed Tuesday. READ

Decision reserved in Constitutional challenge of cross-border beer rules

Lawyers for a New Brunswick man fighting a fine for buying cheap booze and bringing it into the province reiterated their position that the provincial laws are unconstitutional as they presented closing arguments Friday. READ

Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman ends relationship with company he founded

Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman is ending his relationship with the adultery website he founded 14 years ago, weeks after the Toronto-based company was hacked in an attack that dealt a blow to its reputation for discretion. READ

Imperial has hopes for long-dormant Mackenzie Gas project in Canada’s Arctic

Imperial Oil is hanging on to hope that its long-dormant plan to tap into natural gas fields in the Far North may eventually come to fruition. READ

Extradition hearing postponed for former Centerra Gold CEO detained in Bulgaria

A hearing to determine whether to extradite former Centerra Gold CEO Leonard Homeniuk to Kyrgyzstan has been postponed to give that country more time to submit evidence, his wife said Thursday. READ

Stock markets continue to recover from big declines, loonie up sharply

North American markets were soaring Thursday in the wake of a rebound on China’s main market and a report showing the U.S. economy expanded at a much faster pace than previously estimated in the second quarter. READ

Beer trial told Fathers of Confederation wanted free trade among provinces

A court case on whether a man from New Brunswick can legally buy cheaper cases of beer in Quebec delved into Canadian history Wednesday, hearing from a constitutional expert on the intention of the Fathers of Confederation regarding free trade between the provinces. READ

TSX solidly higher; New York indexes soar after six days of heavy losses

The Toronto Stock Exchange was solidly higher while indexes in New York soared as buyers there returned to end a six-day slide, the longest on Wall Street in more than three years. READ

Chinese interest rate cut helps TSX, New York markets rebound after tumult

The Toronto Stock market rebounded Tuesday, making up for much of the loss of the previous session as China again cut interest rates in a move aimed at reviving the world’s second-largest economy. READ

Bank of Canada says house prices have increased debt, but risks well managed

Rising home prices have increased household debt levels, but steps taken by regulators to tighten mortgage lending rules have helped manage the associated risks, according to the Bank of Canada. READ

Constitutional challenge set for New Brunswick court in cross-border beer battle

A New Brunswick man is preparing to launch a constitutional challenge over the right to buy his beer in Quebec, a case the defence says could have wider implications for interprovincial trade. READ

Police say Ashley Madison hack is taking a toll on families around the world

A massive cyberattack on a website facilitating extramarital affairs is taking a toll on families across the world, Toronto police said Monday as they announced two unconfirmed reports of suicides and a string of extortion crimes related to the hack. READ

Toronto stock market stems losses after deep plunge in early trading

The continuing rout on China’s main market prompted a worldwide sell-off Monday that sent North American markets into a tailspin in early trading before recovering somewhat by late afternoon. READ

As crude hits six-year lows, towns in Alberta’s oilpatch feeling the pinch

Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been since the Great Recession and mayors in Alberta’s oilpatch are noticing the difference. READ

Energy East pipeline would stress whales: Conservation Council of New Brunswick

The company planning to build the Energy East pipeline says concerns raised in a new report about the potential impact of the project on whales and some fisheries in the Bay of Fundy are unfounded. READ

Housing activity will slow ’modestly’ in 2016 as interest rates rise: RBC report

Activity in Canada’s real estate market will slow “modestly” next year as interest rates begin to rise, according to a new report from RBC Economics. READ

Canadian home sales activity slip in July but remained at high levels: CREA

The Canadian Real Estate Association says there were fewer housing resales nationally in July for the second consecutive month, but the number of transactions remained near the highest levels in several years and prices continued to climb. READ

Toxic gas leak contained at Sudbury mining facility

Toxic gas that leaked from a Sudbury mining facility early Thursday has dissipated and no longer poses a risk to the community, the mining company said. READ

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