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Mail could stop Friday, business group concerned

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is encouraging the postal service to find a solution to what they see as a growing pension problem and urging a quick settlement before any mail disruption.

Before Monday’s 72-hour notice of a postal lockout, the CFIB issued a letter to Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra calling for a settlement and noting pension costs must be lowered to ensure plans are sustainable and don’t force rate hikes or service cuts on customers.
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Seniors eligible for low-interest home repair loans

Eligible seniors can now borrow up to $40,000 in low-interest loans to help them stay in their homes longer. Application forms for the Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program are now available.

The government says the program will help eligible senior homeowners finance needed repairs and renovations that will help them remain independent, including widening hallways and installing walk-in tubs. […]

Columns

National Column: Effort matters more than pep talks

I like a good speech, too, just like you. Even when it doesn’t always line up precisely with the facts.

Canada’s Parliament has seen many distinguished visitors, but those who were there will be talking about Barack Obama’s speech for years to come. In the perilous hour, with Britain apparently pulling out of the European Union and Donald Trump the likely Republican nominee for president, Obama made a detailed and compelling case for a more generous path. […]