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Factory sales up, along with job numbers

May 16, 2019

Canadian factory sales were up by 2.1 per cent in March from February on higher motor vehicle sales, as well as petroleum and coal products, Statistics Canada said on Thursday. Excluding vehicles and parts, manufacturing sales increased by 1.8 per

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Carbon levies drive inflation up 2%

May 16, 2019

Canada’s annual inflation rate edged up to two per cent in April from 1.9 per cent in March, driven in part by a carbon levy that pushed up gasoline prices in six provinces, Statistics Canada data showed on Wednesday. Prices

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U.S. close to resolving aluminum, steel tariffs with Canada/Mexico

May 15, 2019

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday said the United States is close to resolving steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico, the Wall Street Journal reported. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is scheduled to meet with Canadian

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SICK named among top 50 robotics companies

May 15, 2019

SICK, Inc. has been named a Top 50 Robotics Company from the Robotics Business Review (RBR50). “SICK’s LiDAR sensors are used on countless mobile automation applications to provide an intelligent solution for the safe use of autonomous mobile robots,” said

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DSM, Origin partner to develop new materials for additive manufacturing

May 15, 2019

Royal DSM today announced it is partnering with Origin to work together to develop new materials for additive manufacturing and explore new applications. The companies have been working together for months to optimize DSM’s unique photopolymer material for Origin’s ‘programmable

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Workplace health, safety, mental well-being important to job seekers: poll

May 14, 2019

Ninety-four per cent of Canadians currently employed say that workplace health, safety and mental well-being is important when choosing a job, according to an Angus Reid poll commissioned by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC. Yet B.C. employers lost 2.75 million

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Amazon rolls out packing machines to replace workers

May 13, 2019

Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders. The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor

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April job bonanza encouraging news for embattled Trudeau Liberals

May 10, 2019

The Canadian economy added a record 106,500 jobs in April, Statistics Canada said on Friday, a timely boost for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who trails in opinion polls less than half a year before the October general election. The April

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200 locked-out aluminum workers protest outside shareholders’ meeting

May 10, 2019

Some 200 locked-out members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9700 from the ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour, Que., drove more than 12 hours to demonstrate at Alcoa’s shareholders’ meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. this week. A delegation of union representatives equipped with shareholders’

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GM, Unifor put positive spin on Oshawa plant transformation

May 8, 2019

Hundreds of jobs have been saved at an Oshawa, Ont. General Motors plant as the company invests $170 million to transform the facility. GM Canada and Unifor announced that the current facility, which manufacturers several vehicles, will transition to stamping