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Canadian economy contracted 5.4 per cent in 2020, worst year on record

Canadian economy contracted 5.4 per cent in 2020, worst year on record

OTTAWA — The Canadian economy posted its worst showing on record in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, shutting down businesses and putting millions out of work. Statistics Canada says real gross domestic product shrank 5.
Expect debt collections activity to pick up as economy reopens: experts

Expect debt collections activity to pick up as economy reopens: experts

Credit experts say Canadian consumers who are in debt should prepare for collections agencies to ramp up their activity as the economy reopens.
Review: Isabel Allende offers bold exploration of womanhood

Review: Isabel Allende offers bold exploration of womanhood

"The Soul of a Woman," by Isabel Allende (Ballantine) Acclaimed writer Isabel Allende’s short memoir, "The Soul of a Woman" is a bold exploration of womanhood, feminism, parenting, aging, love and more.
Canopy Growth launches first CBD drinks in U.S. as legalization talk intensifies

Canopy Growth launches first CBD drinks in U.S. as legalization talk intensifies

Canopy Growth Corp. will deepen its U.S. presence by launching four sparkling cannabidiol waters there before possible federal legalization. The Smiths Falls, Ont.
Harmonizing at home changes life of sisters in the Staves

Harmonizing at home changes life of sisters in the Staves

NEW YORK — Many nights growing up, some combination of the Staveley-Taylor sisters huddled on the staircase to listen when their parents invited friends over and took out guitars to sing Bob Dylan or Crosby, Stills and Nash songs.
Singer Phil Collins' Alamo artifacts collection on display

Singer Phil Collins' Alamo artifacts collection on display

SAN ANTONIO — Artifacts collected by Phil Collins went on display Tuesday at the Alamo after the legendary musician donated the items to the state of Texas.
Comic-Con to remain virtual in 2021, cites financial strain

Comic-Con to remain virtual in 2021, cites financial strain

San Diego Comic-Con will remain virtual for the July event, but organizers are planning for a smaller-scale gathering later this year.
Lady Gaga's dog walker speaks out after Hollywood shooting

Lady Gaga's dog walker speaks out after Hollywood shooting

LOS ANGELES — Lady Gaga's dog walker, who was shot last week during a robbery in Hollywood when two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen, described the violence and his recovery “from a very close call with death" in social media posts Monday.
Stratford Festival plans next stages with two outdoor summer venues

Stratford Festival plans next stages with two outdoor summer venues

TORONTO — The show must go on at the Stratford Festival, but this summer it'll be happening outdoors.
George Weston reports fourth-quarter profit down on one-time charges

George Weston reports fourth-quarter profit down on one-time charges

TORONTO — George Weston Ltd. reported its fourth-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as it was hit by one-time charges.