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Sep 15, 2015

TSX advances as higher oil price boosts energy stocks

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index
gained half a percent by midday on Tuesday, lifted by a rise in
energy companies in the wake of a moderate rise on the price of
crude oil.

Caution remained a dominant theme on global markets, with
investors waiting to see if the U.S. Federal Reserve will hike
interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade following a
policy meeting later in the week.

Sep 15, 2015

Migration not a problem, ‘Desierto’ film star García Bernal says

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Migrant thriller “Desierto”
relies on gripping action to send a sharp message about heated
rhetoric sowing the seeds of violence, but the film’s star Gael
García Bernal has no problem distilling it into words.

“The main problem right now with that subject matter is that
we view it as a problem. It’s not,” said the Mexican actor, who
had his own visa troubles getting to the Toronto film festival
for the movie premiere. “Immigration is something that has
happened since humanity began.”

Sep 14, 2015

TSX declines ahead of Fed decision, oil prices weigh

TORONTO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index fell
on Monday over slumping oil prices and worries about the U.S.
Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates this week.

With investors trying to position themselves ahead of the
Fed decision, volatility in commodity prices due to worries over
the Chinese economy, currency swings and mixed economic data
also added to the market’s uncertainties.

Sep 14, 2015

Lance Armstrong disgrace revisited as crime movie in ‘The Program’

TORONTO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The rise and fall of Lance
Armstrong, from cancer-beating Tour de France champion to
admitted drug cheat, made for an epic heist flick, said the
director of “The Program,” which had its world premiere at the
Toronto International Film Festival on the weekend.

“I think it is a crime story, I think it’s a heist movie,”
British director Stephen Frears said. “He pulled it off and then
he threw it all away.”

Sep 13, 2015

Gender fluidity and family love star in ‘About Ray’

TORONTO (Reuters) – A teen’s struggle over identity is approached with humor as well as gravity in “About Ray,” the latest movie to focus on transgender issues as the subject of gender fluidity becomes a prime time debate.

The story revolves around three generations, a lesbian matriarch, a single mother, and a teen who is born female but is determined to become Ray.

Sep 11, 2015

Drop in crude oil price drags TSX down

TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index fell
on Friday as energy shares tumbled alongside the price of oil
after Goldman Sachs cut its crude forecast.

Investors were also looking ahead to next week’s meeting of
the U.S. Federal Reserve, which could prove pivotal if the
central bank decides to raise interest rates for the first time
in nearly a decade.

Sep 10, 2015

TSX gains on energy, some retailers, Bombardier

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index rose
on Thursday, buoyed by a surge in Bombardier’s stock, gains in
some retailers on rosy results and a bump higher in oil and gas
company shares as the price of crude oil rallied.

Still, overall gains were muted, as investor uncertainty
over global growth prospects lingered ahead of a U.S. Federal
Reserve rate decision next week.

Sep 10, 2015

TSX pushes higher amid investor uncertainty

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index rose
in morning trading on Thursday, buoyed by gains in some
retailers on rosy results, although investor uncertainty
remained over global growth prospects and ahead of a U.S.
Federal Reserve rate decision next week.

Shares in Dollarama Inc rose 4.2 percent to C$83.44
after the discount retailer reported better-than-expected

Sep 9, 2015

Bombardier soars, but resource slump pushes TSX lower

TORONTO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index fell
on Wednesday, hurt by broad weakness among miners and energy
companies that overshadowed a surge in shares of train and plane
maker Bombardier.

The index’s heavyweight energy group lost 2.1 percent, as
oil prices fell nearly 4 percent, pressured by
ample supply and concerns that slowing economic growth is
curbing demand.

Sep 9, 2015

TSX plods higher as investors eye China stimulus

TORONTO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index rose
on Wednesday, encouraged by the prospect of further stimulus out
of Asia as Canada’s central bank held rates steady.

China’s Finance Ministry said it would strengthen fiscal
policy, boost infrastructure spending and speed up tax reform,
helping lift Chinese shares for a second day.

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      "Canada tech, media and telecoms reporter based in Toronto, with emphasis on Research In Motion and including coverage of Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus, the new mobile entrants and the tech companies filling in the gaps. Previously spent two years in Cairo bureau chasing Orascom Telecom's Naguib Sawiris. Prior to that, spent a year learning the ropes in London."
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