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Runny nose, stay home? Canada schools debate how to act on common cold symptoms

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Just four days into the new school year, Trevor Boutilier’s five-year-old son was sent home from his Ottawa kindergarten with a runny nose and slight cough, and told to stay away until he’d had a COVID-19 test and was symptom free.

FILE PHOTO: A teacher helps a student close his personal hand sanitizer as he arrives for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School, part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo

The local testing center was overrun, so Boutilier drove his son miles out of the city to a small town for the test. They waited for four days for the result, which came back negative.

By then, his son, who suffers seasonal allergies, had been symptom free for days and missed nearly a week

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Pent-Up Demand Drives Canada Home Sales and Prices to Record

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Oppenheimer: 3 Stocks That Could Surge Over 100% From Current Levels

So far, September has been a wild ride of ups and downs. Following the recent bout of volatility, stocks have ticked higher again. But as uncertainty regarding another rescue program and the presidential election continues to linger, where does the market go from here? Weighing in for Oppenheimer, Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus argues that any market dips appear “relatively contained and orderly,” and present longer-term investors the chance to find “babies that got thrown out with the bathwater.” He noted, “For nervous investors the recent downdraft has presented opportunity to take some profits without FOMO (fear of missing out).”As for the tech heavyweights that powered the market’s five-month charge forward, the strategist believes “current expectations that technology stocks will remain under pressure for some time seem exaggerated.” Stoltzfus adds that the “core of technology stocks did not

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Sells 264,204 Shares of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW)

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board lowered its position in Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) by 60.2% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 174,715 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock after selling 264,204 shares during the period. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s holdings in Lowe’s Companies were worth $23,607,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in LOW. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado increased its position in Lowe’s Companies by 3.9% in the 1st quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 144,989 shares of the home improvement retailer’s stock valued at $12,476,000 after acquiring an additional 5,436 shares in the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas raised its position in Lowe’s Companies by 14.4% in the

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Lowe’s Canada launches VIPpro program at its Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate stores

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BOUCHERVILLE, QC, Sep. 10, 2020 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) —
The launch of this new program is part of Lowe’s Canada’s action plan to become the number one destination for Pros in Canada

As part of its efforts to continuously improve the customer experience of home improvement and construction professionals at its Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate stores, Lowe’s Canada, one of Canada’s leading home improvement retailers, is launching its VIPpro program today. This new program is designed to offer Lowe’s Canada Pro customers an improved and integrated purchasing experience, with added flexibility and benefits. From now on, they will have access to the same discounts and advantages throughout the Lowe’s Canada corporate store network, no matter the banner, as well as to a host of useful features on the new VIPpro mobile application.

“One of the

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New Home Construction in Canada Hits Its Highest Since 2007

(Bloomberg) — Construction on new homes surged to the highest level in more than a decade as Canada’s housing market continues to defy expectations of a slowdown.

Housing starts surged to 262,396 units in August on an annualized basis, up 6.9% from an already elevated 245,425 units a month earlier, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday in Ottawa. The highest monthly total since September 2007 was powered by new construction in Toronto and Vancouver, particularly multiple units like condos.

It’s the latest sign of a housing market that’s booming, even as the economy emerges from the steepest downturn since the Great Depression. Prices for existing homes in the largest cities such as Toronto have climbed to record highs on the back of strong demand, scant inventory and historically low borrowing costs.

Multiple-unit starts in Toronto surged in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, CMHC said. But there may be drawbacks.

“The

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