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BMO reports $2.2B fourth-quarter profit, raises quarterly dividend 25%

BMO reports $2.2B fourth-quarter profit, raises quarterly dividend 25%

TORONTO — BMO Financial Group raised its quarterly dividend 25 per cent and beat expectations as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of nearly $2.2 billion, up from nearly $1.6 billion in the same quarter last year.

CWB Financial reports Q4 profit up from year ago, raises dividend

EDMONTON — CWB Financial Group raised its dividend as it reported its fourth-quarter profit rose compared with a year ago to beat expectations. The Edmonton-based bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share, up from 29 cents.
France signs weapons mega-deal with UAE as Macron tours Gulf

France signs weapons mega-deal with UAE as Macron tours Gulf

NICE, France (AP) — France announced the signing Friday of a 16 billion-euro ($18 billion) armaments mega-contract for the sale of 80 of its upgraded Rafale warplanes to the United Arab Emirates.
One in four Canadian shoppers overshot their Black Friday budget: report

One in four Canadian shoppers overshot their Black Friday budget: report

CALGARY — One in four Canadian shoppers blew past their budgets on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to a new survey.
Toronto region home sales top Nov. record, prices reach all-time high: TRREB

Toronto region home sales top Nov. record, prices reach all-time high: TRREB

TORONTO — The Greater Toronto Area's heated real estate market further intensified last month as home sales topped a November record and average selling prices reached a new all-time high.
Statistics Canada scheduled to unveil jobs numbers for November

Statistics Canada scheduled to unveil jobs numbers for November

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is scheduled to say this morning how the country's labour market fared last month. The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month to a pandemic-era low of 6.
New retrospective explores the 50-year career of First Nations artist Robert Houle

New retrospective explores the 50-year career of First Nations artist Robert Houle

TORONTO — The half-century long career of renowned Saulteaux and Anishinaabe artist Robert Houle is the focus of a new major retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario titled "Red is Beautiful.
State rests case at Smollett trial after star witnesses

State rests case at Smollett trial after star witnesses

CHICAGO (AP) — The state rested its case at Jussie Smollett's trial Thursday after key testimony from two brothers who said the former “Empire" actor plotted a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago and paid them to carry it out.
Baldwin: 'Someone is responsible' for shooting, but 'not me'

Baldwin: 'Someone is responsible' for shooting, but 'not me'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alec Baldwin said he feels incredible sadness and regret over the shooting that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set, but not guilt.
Senate passes stopgap funding bill, avoiding shutdown

Senate passes stopgap funding bill, avoiding shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday that avoids a short-term shutdown and funds the federal government through Feb. 18 after leaders defused a partisan standoff over federal vaccine mandates.