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TORONTO — After 20 years of celebrating non-fiction writing, organizers say the RBC Taylor Prize will shut down next year. The Charles Taylor Foundation says the prize, which comes with a $30,000 cheque, will be awarded for the last time in March. First awarded in 2000, the prize honours late Canadian writer and historian Charles Taylor’s commitment to literary […]

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says his government is still working toward its commitment to an open cannabis retail system, and more stores will be opening in the new year. The Progressive Conservative government had initially said there would be no cap on the number of retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized. But a […]

OTTAWA — The federal government’s new western outreach ambassador says there might be room to look at changing legislation at the heart of anger towards the Liberal government in Canada’s West. Manitoba MP Jim Carr is no longer in cabinet, but he has a new role helping the government as Justin Trudeau’s special representative for the Prairies. Carr is undergoing […]

TORONTO — Loblaw Companies Ltd. is introducing an online marketplace that will include brands and products that it has not traditionally sold. The online marketplace will include new vendors available through Loblaw’s PC Express service. The retailer says the third-party companies will be introduced in five expanded categories at the launch. Loblaw says the offerings will go […]

TORONTO — Picking up her third Grammy nomination is wonderful in itself, but for Nova Scotia opera singer Barbara Hannigan this one feels especially personal. It’s because members of the recording academy selected “Benjamin: Lessons in Love & Violence” for best opera recording. The project was written by English composer George Benjamin with Hannigan’s voice specifically in […]

TORONTO — Ontario is creating a council on provincial-federal relations, headed up by Premier Doug Ford. Ford says the team, including several senior cabinet ministers, will work with federal counterparts on priorities such as infrastructure, health care and economic growth. The government says its priorities will include pushing for increased funding through Canada Health Transfers, removing […]

TORONTO — When an annuity of almost a thousand dollars a month stopped coming in to Neil Hewton’s 94-year-old mother, she just thought it was supposed to end. It was only months later, when her son had to take over her finances after a health scare, that he caught the strange cutoff in payments. “It’s kind of flukey […]

KITCHENER, Ont. — Waterloo Brewing Ltd. says it has lost $2.1 million in what it calls a social engineering cyberattack. The Ontario brewery says the incident occurred in early November and involved the impersonation of a creditor employee and fraudulent wire transfer requests. Waterloo Brewing says it initiated an analysis of all other transaction activity across […]

TORONTO — Bikram Choudhury built a hot-yoga empire on his ability to heal. And as filmmaker Eva Orner sees it, that’s what makes the pain left in his wake so devastating. The Australian director’s Netflix documentary “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” charts Choudhury’s rise and fall as the speedo-clad founder of the global Bikram Yoga franchise. […]

OTTAWA — Gov. Gen. Julie Payette is honouring 39 people with the Order of Canada this morning, including actor William Shatner, writer Ann-Marie MacDonald and lawyer James Lockyer. Shatner is being given one of Canada’s highest civilian honours for his 60-year career in theatre, television and film; MacDonald for her art and advocacy for women […]