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Locked in legal fight over rents, HBC's big plan to survive COVID-19 may be to go small

It would be easy to look at The Bay's dispute with landlords across the country and make some assumptions: that it can't pay its bills, or that it's being crushed by the pandemic-sized wave crashing into retail everywhere.
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Sarnia, Ont. mayor urges Michigan to keep pipeline open, says economies are at risk

SARNIA, ONT. -- The mayor of Sarnia is warning that the economies of two countries will be put at risk if the governor of Michigan proceeds with a move to shut down an oil and gas pipeline that runs under the St.
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A subdued Black Friday at retailers amid COVID-19 pandemic as sales move online

Black Friday shoppers appear to have heeded public health warnings, with more online purchases and little crowding at stores across the country against a backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases.
Many brick-and-mortar stores were deserted compared with the usual crowds and fanfare of the one-day sales bonanza that traditionally launches the holiday shopping season.
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Sobeys brings back hero pay for grocery workers in lockdown areas

Grocery chain Sobeys has reinstated a program that will see its workers in areas locked down because of COVID-19 get a pay bump.
Empire Co., which owns Sobey's, has brought back so-called "hero pay" for its hourly workers in Winnipeg, Toronto and Peel region, which is just west of Toronto.
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Indigenous communities secure $100M to clean up old and gas wells

Indigenous leaders have secured an allotment of funding to clean up old oil and gas wells on First Nation and Métis land in Alberta, after more than half a year of lobbying, including several meetings with the premier and energy minister.
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Air Canada pilots approve new contract as carrier looks to grow cargo business

MONTREAL -- Air Canada pilots have ratified changes to their contract that will help the carrier grow its cargo business, as airlines scramble to minimize the pandemic's toll on their bottom lines.
The Montreal-based airline said Friday that it would convert several of its retired Boeing 767 aircraft to carry freight and that it had appointed a new executive, Jason Berry, to oversee its cargo division.
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Black Friday sales on now have traditionally been the domain of big, national chains with beefed-up advertising budgets. But this year, there's a growing push to make sure that the annual bonanza of consumer spending goes as much as possible to the stores that need it most: small, local retailers.
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Indian police agree to allow protesting farmers into capital

NEW DELHI -- Thousands of angry Indian farmers protesting against new agricultural laws were allowed to enter the national capital late Friday after they clashed with police who had blocked them at the outskirts of the city.
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Indigenous communities secure $100M to clean up oil and gas wells

Indigenous leaders have secured an allotment of funding to clean up old oil and gas wells on First Nation and Métis land in Alberta, after more than half a year of lobbying, including several meetings with the premier and energy minister.
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Another week gone, Brexit trade talks remain stuck

BRUSSELS -- The European Union said Friday that another week of talks with Britain on a new trade deal has gone with barely any progress. Its chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is heading to London for ever-more pressing weekend negotiations to avoid chaos when Britain's trade agreements with the EU end at New Year.
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China hikes taxes on Australian wine amid political tension

BEIJING -- China is raising import taxes on Australian wine, stepping up pressure on Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus.
The anti-dumping duties of up to 212.1 per cent take effect Saturday.
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Black Friday shopping in a pandemic: COVID-19 closes some stores, sales move online

Black Friday, the one-day shopping bonanza known for its big bargains and large crowds, has arrived.
While rising COVID-19 cases and weeks of staggered deals have muted the usual fanfare of the shopping event, retailers are banking on today's sales to bolster their bottom line.
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China slaps 200 per cent tax on Australia wine amid tensions

BEIJING -- China on Friday added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for a probe into the origin of the coronavirus.
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