January 21st, 2019

Business

China’s 2018 economic growth sinks to 3-decade low

By Joe McDonald, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2019

BEIJING – China’s 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low, adding to pressure on Beijing to settle a tariff war with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.6 per cent over a year earlier, down from 2017’s 6.9 per cent, official data showed Monday. Growth in the three months ending in December dipped ... Read More »

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China’s 2018 economic growth edges down amid trade war

By The Associated Press on January 20th, 2019

BEIJING – China’s 2018 economic growth decelerated to 6.6 per cent after activity in the final quarter of the year declined amid a tariff battle with Washington. Data announced Monday showed economic growth cooled to a post-global crisis quarterly low of 6.4 per cent in the three months ending in December from the previous quarter’s ... Read More »

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Keep it positive in a campaign year, Trudeau tells MPs while attacking Tories

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sharpened his core re-election message on Sunday, telling his MPs to present a positive message to Canadians while he branded his Conservative opponents as a detached party of the elite. The prime minister delivered a campaign-style speech at the start of a two-day Liberal caucus retreat on Parliament Hill, ... Read More »

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Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is telling his MPs they must stay focused on helping Canadians at home in this coming election year, despite the anxiety created by global turbulence. The prime minister is referring to the China-U.S. trade war and the pending Brexit divorce of Britain and Europe, as well as the threat of climate ... Read More »

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Kenzo explores designer’s roots at Paris Fashion Week

By Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2019

PARIS – Psychedelic Peruvian paintings covered panel upon panel of Kenzo’s fall menswear show that celebrated of one of the designer’s fascinating Chinese-Peruvian heritage. Here are some highlights of Sunday’s installment of Paris Fashion Week. KENZO DESIGNER’S ROOTS The set, painted by artist Pablo Amaringo, evoked scenes inspired by the hallucinogenic Amazonian “ayahuasca” brew – ... Read More »

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Tall timber towers taking root in Canada as builders look to go green

By Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2019

TORONTO – Six years ago architect Michael Green took the stage at a TED conference and called for an global era of wood-framed skyscrapers. Some were skeptical. “People really thought I was an idiot,” said Green in a recent interview. “I got constant comments from my peers just saying this guy didn’t know what he ... Read More »

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French yellow vests protest despite Macron’s outreach

By Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2019

PARIS – Thousands of yellow vest protesters rallied Saturday in several French cities for a 10th consecutive weekend, despite a national debate launched this week by President Emmanuel Macron aimed at assuaging their anger. In Paris, protesters started their march at the Invalides monument in Paris, home to Napoleon’s tomb, to remember the 10 people ... Read More »

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UK’s Labour Party seeks ‘frank’ debate on Brexit impasse

By Gregory Katz, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2019

LONDON – Britain’s opposition Labour Party is calling for an “open and frank debate” on the government’s stalled Brexit plan and an increased role for Parliament in managing Britain’s departure from the European Union but still won’t meet with Prime Minister Theresa May. Keir Starmer, the party’s Brexit spokesman, used a speech Saturday to say ... Read More »

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Labour Party seeks ‘frank debate’ on UK’s Brexit plan

By Gregory Katz, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2019

LONDON – Britain’s Labour Party is calling for an “open and frank debate” on the government’s stalled Brexit plan and an increased role for Parliament – but still won’t meet with Prime Minister Theresa May for talks. The main opposition party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer plans to use a speech Saturday to say it is ... Read More »

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Canada’s stock market rallies on hopes of trade deal, crude hits two-month high

By Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2019

TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rallied Friday to end a second strong week on growing signals of a potential resolution in the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies. North American markets reacted positively Friday to reports that China has offered to eliminate the annual U.S. trade deficit by 2024 by gradually increasing ... Read More »

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