Goodbye gas furnaces? Why electrification is the future of home heating

It's a stereotype, but it's true — Canada's winters are cold. And many of us stay toasty by burning fossil fuels such as natural gas in our furnaces or the boilers that feed our radiators.
In an effort to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets to reduce global warming, the U.K.
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Statistics are great unless they measure the wrong things: Don Pittis

If prices are rising by about two per cent, as inflation data is likely to show this week, why did one of my newspaper subscriptions just go up by 17 per cent?
And if wages are rising at about four per cent, as recent jobs data has shown, why are some provincial governments insisting that wage increases be held below one per cent?
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Trump thanks farmers for backing him through China trade war

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- U.S. President Donald Trump thanked farmers Sunday for supporting him through a trade war with China as he promoted a new North American trade agreement and a separate one with China that he said will massively benefit farmers.
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Billionaires richer than 60 per cent of the world's population: Oxfam

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND -- The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 per cent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.
It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.
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Canadian airlines feel the pressure of flight-shaming and the 'Greta effect'

MONTREAL -- Swedish may not be the lingua franca of the aviation world, but ask any airline executive about the term "flygskam" and they'll likely know exactly what it means.
Flygskam -- Swedish for "flight shame" -- is a growing environmental movement that highlights the flight sector's carbon footprint, putting pressure on Canadian carriers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while managing the cost of passenger guilt.
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Asian shares mostly higher before central banks' decisions

TOKYO -- Asian shares were mostly higher Monday as investors awaited central bank decisions and earnings reports due out in coming weeks. U.S. stock markets will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr.
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Davos chief welcomes views of Trump, Greta Thunberg at forum

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -- The head of the World Economic Forum says it's "reassuring" that U.S. President Donald Trump and climate activist Greta Thunberg will both return to its annual meeting in Davos this year, noting that concerns about the environment will be a key topic.
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World shares mixed ahead of central bank decisions

TOKYO -- Shares were mixed in Europe and Asia on Monday investors awaited central bank decisions and earnings reports due out in coming weeks. U.S. stock markets will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr.
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Cyprus blasts 'pirate state' Turkey's new gas drilling bid

NICOSIA, CYPRUS -- Cyprus on Sunday denounced Turkey as a "pirate state" that flouts international law as Turkey's bid to drill for natural gas in waters where Cyprus has economic rights rekindled tensions over energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.
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Feds give $500K to project to promote northern mining at annual conference

VANCOUVER -- The federal government is spending $500,000 to lure investors to develop untapped mineral resources in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Yukon MP Larry Bagnell announced the initiative in Vancouver on Sunday on behalf of Melanie Joly, minister of economic development and official languages.
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Inside the anti-vaccination movement: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.
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Marketplace producers travelled to Washington, D.C.
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Trump to promote China, Mexico-Canada trade deals to farmers

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. -- U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to discuss new U.S. trade agreements with Canada, Mexico and China during an appearance Sunday at a convention of American farmers.
When Trump spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention last year, he urged farmers to continue supporting him even as they suffered financially in the fallout from his trade war with China and a partial shutdown of the federal government.
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Worse than 2008? B.C. forest industry facing unprecedented struggle

VICTORIA -- The crisis facing British Columbia's forest industry is intensifying as markets decline, mills shut and a strike involving 3,000 forestry workers enters its seventh month.
The multiple threats are deeper than the global meltdown of 2008 and may rival the damage wrought by B.C.
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