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Plan to boost big Swiss firms' liability fails in referendum

GENEVA — A proposal that could have stiffened penalties against companies based in Switzerland if they violate human rights or harm the environment abroad failed in a Swiss referendum on Sunday.
Big Six banks to remain cautious at end of fiscal year as recovery stretches on

Big Six banks to remain cautious at end of fiscal year as recovery stretches on

TORONTO — Three promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates may be driving stock markets higher and fuelling hopes for an economic rebound, but experts say Canada's major banks will continue playing it safe as they report earnings and wrap up their fiscal
Angry Indian farmers reject government offer for talks

Angry Indian farmers reject government offer for talks

NEW DELHI — Protesting farmers on Sunday rejected the Indian government's offer to hold immediate talks if they ended their blockade of key highways they've held as they seek the scrapping of legislation they say could devastate crop prices.
'Nightmare on Main Street:' After a tough year, campaign urges consumers to buy local

'Nightmare on Main Street:' After a tough year, campaign urges consumers to buy local

A new retail event encouraged consumers to support small businesses on Saturday, reminding shoppers that the holiday season is a critical time for many neighbourhood mom-and-pop shops.
Asia Today: Speed of viral spread causes concern in S. Korea

Asia Today: Speed of viral spread causes concern in S. Korea

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the third straight day on Saturday, the fastest spread of infections the country has seen since the early days of the pandemic.
UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out

UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out

LONDON — Teams from Britain and the European Union resumed face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal Saturday, with both sides sounding gloomy about striking an agreement in the little time that remains.
India farmers press on with protest despite offer to talk

India farmers press on with protest despite offer to talk

NEW DELHI — Thousands of farmers in and around the Indian capital on Saturday pressed on with their protest against agricultural legislation they said could devastate crop prices, while the government sought talks with their leaders.

Most actively traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (17,396.56, up 45.22 points.) Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B). Industrials. Up 6.5 cents, or 15.12 per cent, to 49.5 cents on 21.
Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week: Fiscal update Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to deliver a long-awaited update on the health of federal finances on Monday.
S&P/TSX composite index rises as loonie jumps above 77 cents US

S&P/TSX composite index rises as loonie jumps above 77 cents US

TORONTO — Canada's main stock index crept higher on Friday as the loonie popped above 77 cents in afternoon trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.22 points at 17,396.56. The Canadian dollar traded for 77.01 cents US compared with 76.