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Why hundreds of U.S. Frito-Lay workers have been striking

Workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas, say it used to be one of the best jobs in town -- a place of shared meals, group outings and community.
In recent years, though, employees and union members say the facility where Doritos, Cheetos and Tostitos are made has become another toxic work environment.
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Despite pandemic fears, it's game on for advertisers as Tokyo Olympics kick off

Masked athletes, empty venues, no fans: an Olympics like no other has launched in Tokyo but for Canadian advertisers, it's largely business as usual.
Canadian companies are sticking with plans to promote their brands during coverage of the Summer Games despite growing fears it could become a superspreader event as more athletes test positive for COVID-19.
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World markets mixed after modest gains on Wall St

BANGKOK -- European markets opened higher on Friday after a mixed day of trading in Asia, amid persisting worries that the more contagious delta variant of COVID-19 will dent recoveries from the pandemic.
Benchmarks rose in Paris, London and Frankfurt but fell in Hong Kong and Shanghai fell.
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MEG Energy boosts 2021 production guidance on strong six months and Q2 profits

CALGARY -- MEG Energy Corp. boosted its full-year production guidance after reporting $68 million in net profits in the second quarter on a near doubling of revenues.
The Calgary-based company earned 22 cents per diluted share, up from a loss of three cents per share of $9 million in the prior year.
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Stocks open higher on Wall Street, on track for weekly gain

BANGKOK -- Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Friday, keeping the market on track for a weekly gain following a big drop at the beginning of the week. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in the early going.
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Statistics Canada says retail sales fell by 2.1 per cent to $53.8 billion in May, as many businesses remained close during the third wave of COVID-19, but the agency expects to see a return to growth once June numbers are available.
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TORONTO -- Industrials and technology sectors boosted Canada's main stock index in late-morning trading, while U.S. markets also moved higher in the final day of trading for the week.
The S&P/TSX composite index was up 81.72 points at 20,179.84.
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Air Canada anticipating recovery in demand as travel restrictions are eased

Air Canada is anticipating a recovery in demand in the coming months as travel restrictions are eased and leisure passengers look to get away after being grounded by COVID-19.
Although overall bookings remain below pre-pandemic levels, customer interest began to increase in June with the elimination of quarantines for fully vaccinated returning Canadians and the removal of other travel restrictions.
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TORONTO -- Stock markets in Canada and the U.S. closed higher Friday after a day of gains for multiple sectors, including industrials, technology and energy.
The S&P/TSX composite index was up 90.91 points at 20,188.43.
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Air Canada earnings show demand for travel is returning — but slowly

Air Canada reported improving but still big losses in the second quarter as travel demand started to rise.
The Montreal-based company says it lost $1.17 billion or $3.31 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $1.75 billion or $6.44 per share a year earlier.
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Wildfires are causing the price of lumber to spike again

The price of lumber rose at its fastest pace in more than a year on Thursday, after timber companies warned that wildfires in Western Canada are hurting their business.
The price of a lumber futures contract jumped by more than 10 per cent, triggering circuit breakers designed to halt trading.
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England quarantine rules being relaxed to avoid shortages

LONDON -- The British government has sought to ease food supply pressures in England by exempting more than 10,000 workers from quarantine rules that led to staff shortages and empty shelves and fears of panic-buying.
However, it has come under criticism Friday for being too hasty in lifting coronavirus restrictions in England and for not doing more to help other crucial sectors, such as transport, the emergency services and energy industry.
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Wildfires are pushing up lumber prices — but not for why you might think

The price of lumber rose at its fastest pace in more than a year on Thursday, after timber companies warned that wildfires in Western Canada are hurting their business.
The price of a lumber futures contract jumped by more than 10 per cent, triggering circuit breakers designed to halt trading.
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