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The Canadian town of Asbestos is in the middle of a rebrand

by Emma Jacobs Jan 23, 2020
The Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos was the world's largest asbestos mine when it closed in 2012.
The city hall in Asbestos, Quebec. After more than a decade of debate, the former mining town has decided to change its name.
Emma Jacobs

Congress just passed the USMCA. Now it's Canada's turn.

by Marielle Segarra Jan 17, 2020
It'll be months before the trade deal goes into effect.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sign the USMCA.
Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images

A sign of the times: Montreal project aims to save vintage signage

by Emma Jacobs Dec 26, 2019
It's a rescue and restoration mission.
The neon sign from the Silver Dragon Café was taken down when the business was acquired by a new owner. It joined the collection of the Montreal Signs Project.
(Montreal Signs Project)

Canadian farmers caught in the middle of U.S.-China disputes

by Emma Jacobs Sep 30, 2019
Since Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou late last year, Chinese imports of several agricultural crops have slowed or stopped altogether.
Soybeans growing on a farm in Canada.
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Trade policy

Canada's Prime Minister in DC to discuss USMCA... or is it CUSMA?

by Kimberly Adams Jun 20, 2019
Canada's Prime Minister is in DC Thursday talking trade and the "new NAFTA".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a visit to China last year. Next week, Trudeau is meeting with President Donald Trump.
Etienne Oliveau/Getty Images

Canada legalized marijuana, but still less than half of sales are from legal sources

by Ben Bradford Jun 19, 2019
Canada legalized production, sale and consumption of recreational cannabis last fall, the second nation in the world to do so after Uruguay.
A Canadian flag with a weed leaf on it is waved at a celebration of National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images
Trade showdown

VP Pence is off to Canada to push for "new NAFTA" deal

by Renata Sago May 29, 2019
The Trump administration hopes Ottawa lawmakers will approve the deal before their summer break — and an election that could unseat PM Justin Trudeau.
Steel coils lay in a yard at ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant on June 4, 2018 in Hamilton, Canada..
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A company that encourages bartering finds it needs ... currency

by Emma Jacobs May 21, 2019
One Canadian company made a transition from the oldest system of commerce ... to one of the newest.
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Canadians in the pot business need to be careful crossing U.S. border

by Quinn Klinefelter Dec 18, 2018
Crossing to even discuss the U.S. cannabis industry can be considered trafficking.
A woman waves a flag with a marijuana leaf on it next to a group gathered to celebrate National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/AFP/Getty Images

GM Canada's company town has learned from past layoffs

by Emma Jacobs Dec 6, 2018
As the automaker's Oshawa, Ontario, plant has shed jobs, the local economy has been forced to diversify.
Image of the General Motors plant and headquarters in the 1940s.
Courtesy of the Archival Collection at the Oshawa Museum