The Demise of Sears Canada Voted Canadian Press’s Business Story of the Year

The Demise of Sears Canada Voted Canadian Press’s Business Story of the Year

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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Shoppers enter and leave a Sears retail store in Toronto on Thursday, October 19, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

A smattering of retail chains closed their doors in another tough year for the industry in 2017, but the demise of Sears Canada seemed to resonate most with Canadians, many of whom grew up devouring its annual holiday wish book and shopping at the department store.

The high-profile closure and ensuing controversies helped make Sears Canada’s demise the 2017 Business News Story of the Year. It received 47 per cent of the votes from journalists in an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press.

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Canadian Grocers Make $3M Per Year from Penny-Rounding: UBC Study

Canadian Grocers Make $3M Per Year from Penny-Rounding: UBC Study

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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A woman leaves a grocery store Friday, May 15, 2015 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

VANCOUVER – Grocery stores across the country are cashing in on the demise of the penny, according to a young researcher at the University of British Columbia.

Third-year economics and mathematics student Christina Cheng has written a paper that says Canadian grocers are making $3.27 million per year from penny-rounding.

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Connor Hellebuyck with 24 Saves, Jets Blank Blues to Split Home-and-Home Set

Connor Hellebuyck with 24 Saves, Jets Blank Blues to Split Home-and-Home Set

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55) screens St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, December 17, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Connor Hellebuyck was happy to have a hand in some payback.

Less than 24 hours after Winnipeg was shut out 2-0 in St. Louis, Hellebuyck made 24 saves as the Jets ended a two-game losing skid with a 4-0 win over the Blues on Sunday.

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‘Avery Keeps Me Going:’ Survivor Recalls 10 Freezing Hours with Young Daughter

‘Avery Keeps Me Going:’ Survivor Recalls 10 Freezing Hours with Young Daughter

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Kristen Hiebert, who almost died in a car crash in January, 2016 is photographed in her home in Boissevain, Manitoba, Thursday, November 16, 2017. Almost two years after the crash, the 28-year-old continues to adapt to life without her lower legs – amputated due to frostbite – and continues to work to build a better life for herself and her daughter Avery, now 6. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

BOISSEVAIN, Man. – Kristen Hiebert has a tattoo on her arm, written in Arabic, that sums up her outlook since the night she and her young daughter almost froze to death on the side of a rural Manitoba highway.

“I lived. I suffered. I changed,” she says, reading it to a visitor.

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Rafael dos Anjos Beats Robbie Lawler by Unanimous Decision at UFC Winnipeg

Rafael dos Anjos Beats Robbie Lawler by Unanimous Decision at UFC Winnipeg

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Rafael Dos Anjos, left, battles against Robbie Lawler in main event action at the UFC Fight Night – Lawler vs Dos Anjos event in Winnipeg on Saturday, December 16, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Rafael dos Anjos limped up to the stage and had a line of blood trickling down his neck. And he was the winner.

Dos Anjos claimed his third straight victory as a welterweight with a unanimous decision over Ruthless Robbie Lawler in the headliner UFC Fight Night card in Winnipeg Saturday.

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Manitoba Pilot Killed in Crash Near Baldur

Manitoba Pilot Killed in Crash Near Baldur

RCMP Logo VehicleA 60-year-old Gillam man was killed Friday when his private plane crashed near Baldur, Manitoba.

Family confirmed on social media that the pilot was Harold Parsonage. RCMP say he took off in a Piper aircraft from Gillam en route to a private landing strip in the RM of Argyle. He was scheduled to land at 6:30 p.m.

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Railway Executive Hunter Harrison Dead at 73

Railway Executive Hunter Harrison Dead at 73

By The Canadian Press

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Canadian Pacific Rail CEO Hunter Harrison addresses the company’s annual meeting in Calgary on May 1, 2014. Railway executive Hunter Harrison has died, CSX Corporation confirms in a statement. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hunter Harrison, the plain-spoken, gruff American who rewrote the Canadian railroading book during his years heading both of this country’s largest railways, has died. He was 73.

CSX Corp., the American railroad Harrison began leading earlier this year, issued a statement on Saturday announcing his death.

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Employees Purchase a Local Saskatchewan Paper to Keep It from Closing

Employees Purchase a Local Saskatchewan Paper to Keep It from Closing

By The Canadian Press

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(Newspapers image via Shutterstock)

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A group of employees at a Saskatchewan daily newspaper say they’ve reached a deal to purchase the outlet and run it as an independent publication.

Star News Publishing says it’s sold the Prince Albert Daily Herald to a group of employees led by publisher Donna Pfeil.

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