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Book distributor Thomas Allen & Son to close in 2023, pass contracts to Firefly Books

TORONTO — Thomas Allen & Son, one of Canada's oldest book distributors, will close its doors in a matter of months, becoming what the company's CEO describes as another casualty of consolidation in the publishing industry.
'Hiccup!' Spirits low after vodka brand auction runs dry

'Hiccup!' Spirits low after vodka brand auction runs dry

THE HAGUE (AP) — Shareholders of dismantled Russian oil company Yukos were low in spirits Tuesday after the top bid in an auction of several iconic vodka brands came up short.
Panel calls for stronger leadership of FDA foods program

Panel calls for stronger leadership of FDA foods program

A panel on Tuesday called for changes at the federal agency that oversees most of the nation's food supply, saying revamped leadership, a clear mission and more urgency are needed to prevent illness outbreaks and to promote good health.
Cenovus Energy to boost oil production in 2023

Cenovus Energy to boost oil production in 2023

CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. will boost production in 2023 to meet what it believes will be continued strong global demand for oil in the year ahead.

Oil spill smears coast in Venezuelan tourist hotspot

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An oil spill has polluted more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of coastline at the city of Lechería, one of Venezuela's top tourist destinations, the city's mayor said Tuesday.
WSP Global buying Swiss engineering consulting firm BG Bonnard & Gardel Holding SA

WSP Global buying Swiss engineering consulting firm BG Bonnard & Gardel Holding SA

MONTREAL — WSP Global Inc. says it has signed a deal to buy BG Bonnard & Gardel Holding SA, a Swiss engineering consulting firm. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.
Housing market decline continues as Toronto home sales drop 49 per cent from year ago

Housing market decline continues as Toronto home sales drop 49 per cent from year ago

TORONTO — Canada's housing market is continuing to slow as home sales in some of the country's biggest cities retreated in November.
Canadians look to side hustles to make up for inflation pressure, but at what cost?

Canadians look to side hustles to make up for inflation pressure, but at what cost?

MONTREAL — Canadians' budgets are being stretched thin as the cost of living climbs — and to compensate, some are taking on a side hustle.
Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies

Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies

MEMPHIS, Tenn.

David Tennant says series on Litvinenko poisoning is timely

LONDON (AP) — David Tennant remembers seeing in the news the image of Alexander Litvinenko lying in a hospital bed.
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