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Waldorf Astoria Hotel Closing for Transformative Makeover

NEW YORK—The word “grand” matched few hotels in the world better than New York City’s Waldorf Astoria, but this bastion of gilded splendour is now closing for two to three years for a transformative makeover. The last guests were checking out by noon Wednesday after enjoying the rich Art Deco style of the old Waldorf one last time. When the …

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Trudeau is Striking Right Balance with U.S., China, Says Former Liberal PM Paul Martin

Canada should work to strengthen its ties with China and other countries while ensuring it maintains a good relationship with the United States, former prime minister Paul Martin said Tuesday. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sought to deepen Canada’s ties to China, he’s also building a relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump who has taken an anti-China stance in …

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With IPO, Canada Goose Banks on all-weather Migration: Jennifer Wells

One was cherry red and one was Pacific blue and then hubby Henry wore a black one. Regular devotees of Madam Secretary could not have missed Tea Leoni’s occasional habit of sporting a Canada Goose parka, even when it looked as though her more-Gucci-than-Goose character might expire wrapped in all that down. The Canadian maker of extreme winter wear isn’t …

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All the World’s a Stage for Canada’s Culture, Says Joly

After decades of public policy nurturing, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Canada’s cultural sector is mature and ready to take off on the world stage. “2017 will be the year of Canadian content; clearly, we want to export,” Joly said, referring to markets, including China, which she called highly open to Canadian ventures in the performing arts, augmented reality, movies …

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Millennials Tapped to Drive A&W Expansion

Barmil Mallhi will open an A&W in The Junction on Feb. 23, under a new franchising model with the burger chain aimed at getting more millennials into the business. “I always wanted to run my own business and I love food. I am a foodie person,” said Mallhi, 30, a wife and mother of a 5-year-old, whose educational background is …

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Snapchat CEO’s Social Media Vision is Paying Off

LOS ANGELES — When Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy were undergraduates at Stanford University, they made an unconventional observation about what makes a social network valuable. Thanks to the rise of Facebook, most everyone believed that networks became exponentially more valuable by amassing more users. But Spiegel noticed that in real life, even people with thousands of acquaintances spent most …

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Mojito with Your Manicure?

VANCOUVER—From book stores to barber shops, businesses across British Columbia can now ask the provincial government for permission to serve liquor. Under new legislation that came into effect Monday, any business can now apply for a liquor licence, unless it caters primarily to minors and or is based inside a motor vehicle. A barber shop in Vancouver’s trendy Gastown neighbourhood …

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May Set to Announce Britain’s Plans for a Clean Break from the EU

LONDON—Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain “half-in, half-out,” Prime Minister Theresa May will say Tuesday, disappointing businesses and voters who want the country to stay in the bloc’s single market. In her most detailed speech on the U.K.’s exit strategy, May will promise to forge “a new and equal partnership” with …

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Competition Bureau Drops Probe into Apple’s iPhone Deals with Canadian Carriers

OTTAWA—Canada’s competition watchdog is dropping its investigation into Apple’s iPhone contracts with the country’s wireless carriers. The regulator launched the probe in 2014 after it received information suggesting Apple’s agreements with the Canadian carriers imposed potentially anti-competitive sales and marketing requirements. But the federal agency says it hasn’t found sufficient evidence that Apple’s contract terms had a significant effect on …

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Part-time Work Fuels Canada’s Labour Market in 2016

Canada’s job market ended 2016 with a bang — recording an unexpected boost in full-time work in December — even though last year was all about the part-timers. Statistics Canada’s year-end employment review Friday said the country added 153,700 net new part-time jobs last year and just 60,400 full-time positions — a number so low it was statistically insignificant. The …

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