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Ottawa “deeply concerned” by protests blocking railway lines

February 14, 2020

Ottawa is “deeply concerned” about protests by aboriginal activists that are blocking key railway lines and hitting the shipment of much-needed supplies, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Friday. Indigenous communities opposed to the construction of a gas pipeline project

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Kraft Heinze debt rating cut to “junk” by Fitch

February 14, 2020

Kraft Heinz Co.’s debt rating was cut to “junk” by global credit ratings agency Fitch on Friday, a day after the ketchup and sausage maker reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales and wrote down the value of some businesses. Shares of Kraft

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Manufacturing sector hit hard as CN shuts down eastern rail corridor

February 14, 2020

Canadian National Railway Co. has shut down operations in Eastern Canada as its rail lines continue to be blocked by anti-pipeline protesters, the country’s biggest railroad operator said on Thursday. The protests by an indigenous community opposing the construction of

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Immigration system not meeting needs of employers: report

February 13, 2020

The immigration system is not meeting the needs of small and medium-sized employers who are facing significant labour shortages, finds a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The biggest issues are a mismatch between the jobs

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Waterloo Brewing signs three-year deal with Hiram Walker

February 11, 2020

Waterloo Brewing Ltd. has announced a new three-year agreement with Hiram Walker & Sons Limited to produce a new line of ABSOLUT vodka sodas and cocktails. “Hiram Walker & Sons Limited’s choice to work with us continues to reaffirm our strategy

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Ottawa to invest $3.5 million for cleaner mining initiatives

February 11, 2020

Ottawa has announced a $3.5-million investment in two projects that are helping to green Canada’s mining industry. “Our government continues to invest in projects that are positioning Canada’s mining industry to lead the clean energy future,” says Paul Lefebvre, secretary to Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural

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Samuel acquires remaining shares of Burloak

February 11, 2020

Samuel, Son & Co., Limited announced the acquisition of all remaining shares of additive manufacturer Burloak Technologies. “Our early belief in the transformative potential of additive manufacturing is paying off,” stated Colin Osborne, Samuel’s president and CEO. “The rapid development of

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Manufacturers installed fewer robots in 2019 than previous year

February 11, 2020

U.S. companies installed fewer robots in 2019 than they did the year before, the first cut back since 2015, as a downturn in manufacturing fuelled by trade wars and weaker demand dampened appetite for the machines. Shipments fell to 23,758,

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VELO3D, Honeywell partner on additive manufacturing of aerospace parts

February 11, 2020

VELO3D and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership to qualify VELO3D’s Sapphire system as a viable manufacturing platform for 3D print production of aircraft components. “We are qualifying VELO3D’s Sapphire system with the aim of printing geometries that can’t be fabricated

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Omron donation helps university expand mechatronics lab

February 11, 2020

Omron Foundation – the charitable arm of Omron – announced recently the donation of robotics equipment to California State University, Chico (Chico State) for a new and expanded mechatronics laboratory and classroom space. “Omron’s mission is to improve lives and