Business Outlook Survey – Winter 2016-17

Available as: PDF Data Available as: CSV, JSON and XML Results of the Winter 2016-17 Survey | Vol. 13.4 | 9 January 2017 The results of the winter Business Outlook Survey indicate that business prospects have improved following two years of overall modest activity. The responses reflect building domestic demand, a supportive export outlook and […]

U.K.’s Sky pulls ‘Urban Myths’ show starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

LONDON—A British broadcaster said Friday it was cancelling a TV comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson after the program was condemned by the late musician’s family. Sky Arts said it has decided not to broadcast the program “in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family.” It said Fiennes “fully supports our […]

What about the free bread basket? U.S. calorie-count rules raise complex queries from restaurants

NEW YORK—How might a bread basket for the table be counted under the United States’ new calorie posting rules? What about seasonal items, croutons for salads, or pizza that’s cut into squares? American restaurant and grocery chains scrambling to post calorie counts on their menus by spring have peppered the Food and Drug Administration with […]

Justin Trudeau’s Ontario road show takes on partisan edge

OTTAWA—Canadians who want to meet Justin Trudeau during his upcoming road tour town halls are being asked to first register their personal details with Liberal MPs. That puts a political taint on the prime minister’s attempt at grassroots mingling, Conservative MP Candice Bergen (Portage–Lisgar) said Wednesday. “Don’t call it an open town hall when it’s […]

Alex Ovechkin wastes little time notching 1,000th point

Alex Ovechkin wastes little time notching 1,000th point

Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach and exceed the 1,000-point plateau, leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Becoming the 84th player in NHL history to hit the milestone, Ovechkin put the team on his back as Washington won its seventh consecutive game and snapped Pittsburgh’s winning […]

Cone-shaped sea creatures finally get place on evolutionary tree

Cone-shaped sea creatures finally get place on evolutionary tree

It looks like an alien creature: a critter with a cone-shaped shell, long arms and tentacles fluttering out of its fleshy opening. It’s not from another world, but an ancient one. But until now, hyoliths didn’t have a place on Earth’s tree of life. The marine creatures that were mere centimetres long were discovered about 175 years ago. […]

Penny Oleksiak wants pools off Toronto’s budget chopping block

Swimming star Penny Oleksiak is stepping up to defend Toronto’s public pools, several of which are facing possible closure in the city’s 2017 budget process. As part of the budget process, city staff identified 12 outdoor pools and 36 wading pools that could close, as well as 10 Toronto District School Board pools whose services could be […]

New job for Obama as music industry continues to struggle: Don Pittis

New job for Obama as music industry continues to struggle: Don Pittis

When his current job runs out, U.S. President Barack Obama has been offered a new presidency — this one at the Swedish music-streaming company Spotify. When you read the requirements, the outgoing head of state is undeniably qualified for the job. But in the unlikely event he applies, getting the music industry back to its former strength seems as […]

What to do when travel dreams turn into a booking nightmare: Roseman

Travel can be stressful when things go wrong. Your dream trip can turn into a nightmare. Here are a few cases where I helped readers receive refunds after their travel bookings didn’t measure up. Alison Bukhari was planning a two-week vacation to Maui with her husband and three children. She used Expedia to search for […]