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Kevin Hart: Hosting MDA telethon is a 'major level-up'

LOS ANGELES - Kevin Hart says hosting a re-imagined online fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is “a major level-up for me.”

“It's different from anything that you've really seen me do. And there's a great reason behind it,” said the comic and actor, who is leading the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon online on Saturday.

Unifor reaches tentative $1.5B deal with Fiat Chrysler

TORONTO - Unifor says it has reached a tentative agreement for 9,000 workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Canada, averting a strike at six plants across the country.

The deal must now be voted on and approved by the workers.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias calls it the “best economic agreement” in more than two decades.

Central banks must have digital currency alternative if Facebook’s Libra blocked: BoC

OTTAWA - A senior official at the Bank of Canada says central banks should have their own digital currency ready as an alternative if they decide to say no to one being developed by Facebook.

The social media giant has spent the last 16 months or so developing a digital currency it calls Libra.

Surging appliance sales lead to shortages

TORONTO - Appliance stores are grappling with a double whammy of surging demand and supply chain problems, resulting in mounting backorders ahead of the busiest shopping season of the year.

Retailers say a combination of home renovations, new construction, discounts for energy-efficient appliances and pent-up demand following store closures last spring has led to record sales.

Malls say visits with Santa will be different this year, but still magical

Shopping centres say meeting Santa will be just as magical for children this Christmas, even if it has to be at a distance of two metres - or via webcam.

At some malls, like Carrefour de l'Estrie in Sherbrooke, children will have a virtual connection to Santa Claus so they can tell him what they want for Christmas.

U.S. trade hawks setting sights on foreign berries, produce

WASHINGTON, Wash. - After waging war on Canadian dairy, steel and aluminum, Donald Trump's White House is setting its sights on foreign berry farmers and vegetable growers.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is exploring whether domestic farmers are being hurt by imports of blueberries and raspberries from Canada and Mexico.