No Investigation into Duffy’s Allegations of Election Fraud

Protests followed misleading robocalls in 2011 election; Senator Mike Duffy alleged similar calls in BC in 2008. Despite Senator Mike Duffy’s testimony that Conservative operatives were behind misleading election eve phone calls in British Columbia in 2008, the Commissioner of Canada Elections has refused to reopen the investigation into the case.

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Commissioner Yves Côté said “technological obstacles” and legal constraints prevent his office from reopening the case.
Côté was responding to a request from Saanich-Gulf Islands MP and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who wanted the case reopened based on Duffy’s 2015 testimony that “black ops group at Conservative headquarters” were behind the calls.
“They used robocalls to misdirect NDP voters, to split the vote and allow Gary Lunn to win,” Duffy testified. He said Lunn didn’t know about the effort.

Côté wrote that the commissioner’s office, which …
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Specialized freelancers shaking up the traditional advertising business model

Art director and designer Nicholas Bujnak goes to work every day at the same ad agency in Toronto, but only until he’s finished covering for employees away during vacation season. After that, he’ll go somewhere else, or more likely to a number of places as he works on a slew of advertising projects all at the same time.

Freelancers such as Mr. Bujnak have long been a significant engine of the ad industry, sweeping in to add creative heft to a pitch for new business; helping to run hard at a client’s demanding deadlines; or simply covering for other employees on leave. Agencies navigating a fluctuating business have always needed extra hands on deck occasionally, but at numbers that may not warrant keeping them on the payroll permanently.More recently, however, there has been a growth in reliance on freelancers in the ad business as the nature …

Most Canadians support transgender rights but divided on bathroom policy

Poll shows 78% of respondents accept trans people, but a split remains on whether identification should be based on gender identity or biological sex

Canada has not escaped the so-called bathroom wars, though they never reached the same fever pitch as in the United States.
Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Most Canadians are now increasingly in favor of extending human rights to transgender people and would support legislation that protects them from discrimination, according to a new poll.
But the Canadian public remains split on some of the more contentious issues relating to trans people, including whether government identification should be based …
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Canada Stocks Edge Higher as Oil Surges on U.S. Stockpile Drop

(Bloomberg) — Energy producers dragged Canadian shares to a slight gain after a rally in crude oil sent the group surging by the most since June. The S&P/TSX Composite Index rose less than 0.1 percent to 14,803.26 at 4 p.m. in Toronto, with nine of 10 groups retreating. Energy shares jumped 2.3 percent to close at the highest level in more than a year.The rally in oil producers helped Canadian shares rebound after yesterday halting a three-day rally of 1.5 percent as the Bank of Canada warned of weaker inflation and economic growth prospects. The group has carried gains in the past …
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX firms as gains for energy offset broader losses

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starts, updates prices)* TSX closes up 6.51 points, or 0.04 percent, at 14,803.26* Energy is only one of 10 major sectors to gainBy Fergal SmithTORONTO, Sept 8 Canada’s main stock index edged
higher on Thursday as an oil price-driven rally in energy stocks
offset broader losses for the market.The heavyweight energy group climbed nearly 2 percent, the
only one of 10 major sectors to gain.”It is the energy sector that’s propping up the TSX today.
That’s on the huge rally we are seeing in energy prices,” said
Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst at CMC Markets …
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Canada economic growth uneven – central bank official

(Adds comments on exports, housing market, household debt)By Xiaoli Li Canada’s economy is
still running on two speeds, with household spending growth
holding up even as sectors linked to low commodity prices
struggle, Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Timothy Lane said on
Thursday.Lane reiterated the central bank’s cautious take on Canada’s
tepid economy a day after it held interest rates steady and
struck a dovish tone in its statement.While more new firms were starting up and jobs being created
in the United States, investment in Canada’s key energy sector
has shrunk rapidly, he said.

Lane said policymakers …
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Canadian housing starts fall in August- CMHC

Canadian housing starts fell in
August compared with July, data from the national housing agency
showed on Thursday.

The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts
fell to 182,703 units in August from a 194,663 rate in July.
Multiple urban starts fell by 7.3 percent to 111,378 units,
while single-detached urban starts dropped by 3.7 percent to
56,501 units.

(Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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Bank of Canada warns of risks to growth, holds rates steady

(Recasts, adds from bank statement, economist comment)By Andrea Hopkins and Leah Schnurr The Bank of Canada warned on
Wednesday that the economy could be weaker than it anticipated
just two months ago as exports disappointed, but the central
bank held rates steady as it stuck to a forecast that growth
will bounce back in the second half.In a statement that was bleaker than the market had
expected, the bank also said the U.S. outlook for business
investment has become less certain, despite a healthy labor
market and solid consumption.”Exports disappointed even after accounting for weaker
business and residential investment in the United States,
adjustments in the resource sector, and cutbacks in auto
production,” the bank said in the statement.

Canada is counting on U.S. demand to boost exports and lift
Canada’s economy out of the malaise as slumping commodity prices
hurt the key resource sector. …
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Poloz Sees Lost Ground on Growth, Holds Canada Rates Steady (1)

(Bloomberg) — Bank of Canada policy makers said risks of weak inflation and slower economic growth have increased, a message that contrasts with recent gains in output and exports.“On balance, risks to the profile for inflation have tilted somewhat to the downside since July,” when the last rate decision was made, policy makers led by Governor Stephen Poloz said in a statement.That marks a change from the previous statement, in which policy makers said the risks to the inflation profile were “roughly balanced.” Policy makers kept the benchmark rate on overnight loans between commercial banks at 0.5 percent, as anticipated by all 25 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.Wednesday’s statement downplays two key reports last week that showed the months-long gloom in the Canadian economy may be abating: merchandise exports surged 3.4 percent in July, narrowing a record trade deficit, and gross domestic product rose 0.6 percent in June, topping forecasts.“We …
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Tom Mulcair unlikely to return to parliament as NDP leader after low profile during summer

A year ago, polls predicted Tom Mulcair would be Canada’s next prime minister. But with the New Democrats dredging new lows in recent public surveys, party sources now suggest it is highly unlikely he will return to the House of Commons later this month as leader.
Mulcair announced at the NDP’s national convention in Edmonton last April that he would resign, after 52 per cent of delegates voted for a change in leadership. But he said he would remain in the top job on an interim basis until a replacement was chosen next October.
However, multiple party sources have expressed disquiet at the low profile Mulcair kept over the summer, avoiding public appearances on Canada Day, St-Jean-Baptiste Day and at Pride Toronto.
A number of current and former NDP MPs confirmed that discussion about giving Mulcair “an ultimatum” has carried on throughout the summer at senior party levels, and  …
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