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Maple Leaf shutters wiener facility, shifts production

TORONTO — Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) has closed its wiener production plant in Hamilton as part of a broader plan to move the operations to a bigger plant in the same city.

The meat products maker said Friday that about 26 employees would lose their jobs, while the remaining 187 staff are being moved to the company’s single-largest production facility, also in Hamilton. READ

Scotiabank sees slow growth in housing; modest drag on economy

TORONTO — Scotiabank says Canada’s housing market is in the process of transitioning to slower growth and will remain on a “subdued trajectory” over the next several years, imposing a modest drag on output growth as the effects make their way through the broader economy. READ

Canadian government scolds Jimmy Carter over pipeline position

The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government. READ

Studies suggest public unsure of energy industry benefit

Public opinion research contracted by Ottawa suggests the pro-resource-development Conservative government has not yet convinced Canadians of the national benefits of the energy industry. READ

Canadian home sales in March rise 4.9 per cent from year ago

The Canadian Real Estate Association says the number of homes sold last month was up 4.9 per cent compared with the same month last year, but remained below the 10-year average. READ

Canucks owners join aboriginal businessman to pitch pipeline for B.C.

VANCOUVER — An aboriginal businessman and former motivational speaker has teamed with the British Columbia billionaires best known for their ownership of the Vancouver Canucks to pitch an alternative to the struggling Northern Gateway pipeline. READ

Cost of weather catastrophes under-appreciated

OTTAWA — As a return on investment, Duff’s Ditch has been a spectacular success. READ

National Bank says Quebec must restore trust

Quebec’s new Liberal government must immediately restore a “climate of trust” to reverse two years of lagging confidence that has hurt the province’s economic growth, National Bank’s CEO said Thursday. READ

Major retailers victorious against Quebec's French signs law

MONTREAL — A judge has ruled that major retailers do not have to modify their commercial trademark English names into French, as the province’s language watchdog had hoped. READ

Not to blame for failing to move crop, railway says

WINNIPEG — The president of Canadian National Railway is criticizing the federal government for over-regulating railways based on an unusually cold winter and a bumper grain crop. READ

Customer growth, Latin American expansion key priorities for Scotiabank

KELOWNA, B.C. — Scotiabank’s key focus this year will increasing its presence in Latin America and growing its customer base, the bank’s chief executive said Tuesday. READ

Quebec Liberal majority victory seen as positive for economy

MONTREAL — Quebec’s new Liberal majority government must work to revive the province’s economy and create jobs, business leaders said Tuesday. READ

Victoria McDonald’s blacklisted amid foreign workers controversy

VICTORIA — Three Victoria McDonald’s restaurants were put on a federal blacklist Monday for alleged abuses of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, prompting the fast food chain to move quickly to cut ties with the franchise owner. READ

Survey finds more optimism or hiring, spending

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada’s latest sampling of business sentiment shows company confidence in the economy is turning decidedly positive, and that may be good news for Canadian workers. READ

Grocery wars not good for industry

The grocery price wars that have pushed a kilogram of bananas below the price of a chocolate bar may be good news for consumers’ wallets, but those who watch the industry see a race to the bottom that may leave shoppers with less selection and dwindling customer service. READ

Big companies paying fair share

OTTAWA — Canada’s largest firms want it known that they are indeed paying their fair share of taxes, even if governments have slashed corporate rates to new lows. READ

Medical marijuana producers banking on massive sales

VANCOUVER — From the outside, there’s little to distinguish MediJean Distribution Inc.’s headquarters from the unremarkable office complexes and warehouses that surround it in a sprawling slice of industrial suburbia near Vancouver. READ

Creating great living spaces for men at Port + Quarter

For some men, interior design doesn’t extend much beyond finding the right spot for their beer fridge and big-screen TV. Many others, however, want their surroundings to reflect something deeper. Enter Michelle Miazga. READ

Ottawa plans hefty fines for foreign worker program abuse

OTTAWA — Firms that abuse the temporary foreign workers program to replace Canadian employees could face hefty penalties under changes proposed in the budget implementation bill introduced Friday. READ

Ottawa turns deficit corner

OTTAWA — The federal government appears to be turning a corner in its fight against the deficit, posting a second consecutive monthly surplus in January and ahead of its goal of meeting the $16.6 billion deficit target for the year. READ

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