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Loblaw, CRA Face Off in Court in Dispute That Could Cost Grocery Giant $404M

Loblaw, CRA Face Off in Court in Dispute That Could Cost Grocery Giant $404M

By Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

Loblaws
A Loblaws store is seen Monday, March 9, 2015 in Montreal. Loblaw is planning to build dozens of new stores and renovate more than 100 others this year, creating thousands of retail and construction jobs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. and the Canada Revenue Agency faced off in a Toronto court Wednesday in a $404-million dispute involving allegations that the grocery giant’s Barbadian banking subsidiary was misused for tax avoidance.

The Tax Court of Canada hearing focused on Barbados-based Glenhuron Bank Ltd. was largely procedural ahead of a trial due to start on April 23.

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Fans’ Frustration Grows as Celine Dion Cancels Another Two Vegas Concerts

Fans’ Frustration Grows as Celine Dion Cancels Another Two Vegas Concerts

By The Canadian Press

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Celine Dion is shown performing on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City on July 27, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Clement Allard)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Celine Dion has pulled out of another two concerts in Las Vegas, making it five shows she’s had to cancel this month due to illness.

A statement on Dion’s Facebook page says concerts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled because she “has been suffering for the past week from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold.”

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Atlantic Canada’s Biggest City to Look at Banning Plastic Shopping Bags

Atlantic Canada’s Biggest City to Look at Banning Plastic Shopping Bags

By The Canadian Press

Plastic Bags
A shopper leaves a grocery store carrying his groceries in plastic bags Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Brossard, Que. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

HALIFAX – As the fight against the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag ratchets up around the world, Atlantic Canada’s biggest municipality is looking to join the growing ranks of cities and countries banning, restricting or taxing single-use plastic bags.

Halifax council has asked city staff to examine a plastic bag ban, a move that would follow the lead of Montreal, where single-use plastic bags were banned at the start of the year, and Victoria, where a ban takes effect July 1.

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Beer Canada Calls on Feds to Axe Increasing Beer Tax as Consumption Trends Down

Beer Canada Calls on Feds to Axe Increasing Beer Tax as Consumption Trends Down

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

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A Toronto beer store is pictured on Thursday, April 16, 2015. A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal government to stop its plan to annually increase a tax on the drink. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

With Canadian beer consumption falling and taxes on the alcoholic beverage set to rise, the industry is calling on the federal government to scrap a plan to tie annual tax hikes to inflation.

Beer Canada, a trade association for the country’s major brewers, has launched a campaign asking suds-loving Canadians to sign a petition requesting that Finance Minister Bill Morneau axe the escalating beer tax. The association argues that further hikes will result in more expensive prices and less industry investment.

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Jones Recruits Birchard to Play Third at National Curling Championship

Jones Recruits Birchard to Play Third at National Curling Championship

By The Canadian Press

Shannon Birchard
Manitoba skip Shannon Birchard celebrates her semifinal win over Ontario in this February 2013 file photo. (CCA / MICHAEL BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY / MARK O’NEILL)

WINNIPEG – With third Kaitlyn Lawes bound for the Winter Olympics, Jennifer Jones has recruited Shannon Birchard to join her team at the upcoming Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Lawes, who was Jones’s vice when they won an Olympic gold medal in women’s curling in 2014, qualified with teammate John Morris to play mixed doubles next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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‘I Fell, I Cried:’ Asylum Seeker Suffers Severe Frostbite After Crossing Border

‘I Fell, I Cried:’ Asylum Seeker Suffers Severe Frostbite After Crossing Border

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi
Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi is shown at the Hospitality House Refugee Ministry in Winnipeg on Tuesday January 16, 2018. Fiowole-Kouevi says he was not sure he had made it to Canada when, struggling to work with frozen fingers in -23C weather, he dialled 9-1-1 on his cellphone. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

WINNIPEG – Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi says he wasn’t sure he had made it to Canada when — overcome by bitter cold and barely able to use his hands — he took a risk and dialled 911 on his cellphone.

Fortunately for the 36-year-old from Togo, he had made it across the border near Emerson, Man. in the dead of night. He is the latest African asylum-seeker to face the possibility of losing his fingers to frostbite after crossing the border on the open prairie in the dead of winter.

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Survey Finds 1/3 of Canadians Can’t Pay Monthly Bills as Rates Set to Rise

Survey Finds 1/3 of Canadians Can’t Pay Monthly Bills as Rates Set to Rise

By The Canadian Press

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Canadian $100 bills are counted in Toronto, Feb. 2, 2016. A new survey suggests a third of Canadians can’t pay their monthly bills, including debt repayments, against a backdrop of rising interest rates. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

CALGARY – A new survey suggests a third of Canadians can’t pay their monthly bills, including debt repayments, against a backdrop of rising interest rates.

The quarterly MNP consumer debt index survey finds the number of Canadians who can’t cover their fixed monthly expenses is up eight points since September.

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Gesundheit! Stifling a Sneeze Can Cause Injuries in Rare Cases, Experts Say

Gesundheit! Stifling a Sneeze Can Cause Injuries in Rare Cases, Experts Say

By Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

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In this Jan. 14, 2005 file photo, a man sneezes holding a tissue in Berlin, Germany. According to a case study published Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in the journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors in England say stifling a big sneeze can be hazardous for your health in rare cases, based on the very unusual experience of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to stop a sneeze. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)

TORONTO – With cases of flu continuing to rise in Canada, there’s likely a whole lot of “achooing” going on across the country. But ear, nose and throat doctors advise against trying to stifle those sneezes, as such suppression can in rare cases lead to injuries.

One of the most serious is detailed in the journal BMJ Case Reports, published online Monday, in which a 34-year-old man from the United Kingdom ruptured his throat after pinching his nose and clamping his mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze.

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From Drywall to Metal: Study Finds Gulls Tough Enough for Landfill Diet

From Drywall to Metal: Study Finds Gulls Tough Enough for Landfill Diet

By The Canadian Press

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A gull flies over the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, on a cold Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Gulls at landfills are so common that their stomach contents are sometimes use to monitor plastic in the environment. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Probst)

OTTAWA – Gulls at landfills are so common that their stomach contents are sometimes used to monitor plastic in the environment.

But research out of Carleton University in Ottawa has found that plastic is just the start.

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Shaw BlueSky TV Takes Television to the Next Level

Shaw BlueSky TV Takes Television to the Next Level

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Shaw BlueSky TV

Television these days has become complicated. From endless viewing options, built-in features you didn’t know existed, to not being able to find what you want, when you want.

Shaw BlueSky TV is a completely different viewing experience than what you’ve traditionally become used to when you sit down to watch the big game or catch up on your favourite Netflix show.

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