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Sep 23, 2013

CN Rail contract talks with Teamsters snagged on health, safety

TORONTO, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Contract negotiations between
Canadian National Railway and the Teamsters union
appear to have stalled as CN demands changes that union
officials say could jeopardize the health and safety of workers.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union, which
represents about 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic
coordinators, said on Monday that CN Rail, Canada’s biggest
railway, is seeking to have members work longer hours, perform
more tasks when alone and have less rest time between trips.

Sep 19, 2013

Canada hopes BlackBerry can make it on its own: minister

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – The Canadian government hopes BlackBerry Ltd will be able to make it on its own, Industry Minister James Moore said on Thursday.

His remarks come amid a backdrop of dwindling market share for the once-successful Canadian company, plans for a possible sale of the company and a recent report that it may shed a sizable number of its staff.

Sep 19, 2013

Ford to invest C$700 mln in Ontario plant as demand surges

OAKVILLE, Ontario, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co
said on Thursday it will invest C$700 million ($678 million) in
its Oakville assembly plant in Canada to boost North American
manufacturing capacity as demand in the region surges to
pre-recession levels.

The company said the investment would increase its annual
spending on Canada-made auto parts by about C$200 million to
nearly C$4 billion.

Sep 18, 2013

Ford to keep Edge, MKX vehicle assembly in Ontario -union

TORONTO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co will
announce on Thursday that its Oakville, Ontario, plant will
assemble the next generation of the Edge and MKX crossover
utility vehicles that are now produced at the facility, a union
official said on Wednesday.

“It’s obviously going to give us the next generation of the
Edge and the MKX, so it’s going to help us for sure. It’s going
to help the employees and the community,” said Gary Beck, head
of the union at plant, Unifor local 707, which represents
3,000-plus workers.

Sep 16, 2013

Bombardier’s all-new CSeries makes inaugural flight

MIRABEL, Quebec, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc’s
CSeries jetliner took flight for the first time on
Monday, the culmination of a $3.4 billion program to develop the
first all-new narrow-body plane of its size in decades.

The CSeries, which Bombardier says will be the world’s
quietest commercial aircraft, will carry up to 149 passengers.
It is the Canadian company’s big gamble to break into the
hyper-competitive, larger aircraft segment currently ruled by
Boeing Co and Airbus.

Sep 16, 2013

Bombardier’s all-new CSeries prepares for maiden flight

MIRABEL, Quebec (Reuters) – Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) carried out final preparations for the maiden flight of its CSeries on Monday, hoping to translate its ambitions to shatter an Airbus and Boeing duopoly into faster sales of Canada’s most ambitious jet.

Appearing in blue and white livery under broken skies, the jet was due to fly from Bombardier’s Mirabel factory in Quebec at 9.30 am, capping a 5-year $3.4 billion development of the first all-new plane in its class in decades.

Sep 12, 2013

Lululemon trims outlook as Luon impact drags; shares slide

TORONTO (Reuters) – Premium yogawear retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc (LULU.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), still recovering from an embarrassing recall of excessively see-through yoga pants, trimmed its outlook for full-year sales and profits on Thursday, sending its shares lower.

Lululemon said it expected mid single-digit comparable-store sales growth during the third quarter. That is down from the company’s heyday, when sales rose 10 percent and more from one quarter to another.

Sep 11, 2013

C$ firms to 3-1/2 week high after topping key level

TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar was
stronger against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, breaking
through the 100-day moving average after a string of solid daily
gains prompted by last week’s stronger-than-expected domestic
jobs report.

Divergent North American job reports last Friday were a key
impetus for the Canadian dollar’s rise. The reports showed
Canada added almost three times as many jobs as expected, while
U.S. employers hired fewer workers than expected.

Sep 10, 2013

Canada August housing starts weakest since April

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Canadian housing starts fell
more than expected in August to hit their lowest since April,
hurt primarily by slower condo construction, according to data
released on Tuesday that tempered property bubble fears.

The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts
was 180,291 units in August, the Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corp said.

Sep 9, 2013

Rain dims hopes for Bombardier CSeries’ first flight this week

TORONTO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Rainy, cloudy weather is
forecast for Bombardier Inc’s flight test site in
Quebec for much of this week, adding to suspense over the
unspecified date for the maiden flight of the Canadian
company’s all-new CSeries jetliner.

The 100- to 149-seat CSeries is the first completely new
narrow-body aircraft in its class in decades, and is
Bombardier’s attempt to break into a market dominated by Airbus
and Boeing Co.

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