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Average amount owing on mortgages rises 5 per cent, TransUnion Canada says

TransUnion Canada says the average amount owing on mortgages was up nearly 5 per cent in the second quarter, even though a change in Ontario regulations last spring appears to have reduced the volume of home sales. The credit monitoring agency says the average mortgage balance in this year’s second quarter was $198,781, up 4.8 per cent from that period …

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B.C. seeks intervener status in court cases against Trans Mountain pipeline

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government has applied for intervener status in court challenges against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The NDP government announced earlier this month that it would be joining the legal fight against Ottawa’s approval of the $7.4-billion project and hired former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice. Several First Nations and municipalities have filed legal challenges against …

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Free agent Upshall, 33, hungry for NHL job

TORONTO — It’s apparent the moment Scottie Upshall opens his mouth: This is not his first rodeo. Although the 14-year NHL veteran from Fort McMurray, Alta., remains unsigned, lingering on the free-agent market as September nears, he does not seem overly concerned. “There’s a hunger with staying in the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup, helping a team get to …

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