Stocks Finish Lower

Equities in Canada’s largest market ended lower Friday, led by declines in energy and consumer staple stocks, as investors stayed cautious ahead of next week’s federal election.

The TSX Composite dipped 111.74 points Friday to 20,490.36.

The Canadian dollar edged down 0.04 cents to 78.44 cents U.S.

On the corporate front — TC Energy has signed a deal to sell its remaining 15% stake in the Northern Courier Pipeline to a partnership that includes Suncor Energy and eight Indigenous communities. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange subtracted 9.07 points to 886.83.

All but two of the 12 TSX were lower, with energy sliding 1.96%, consumer staples down 1.56% and financials off 1.01%.

On the upside, health-care stocks were up 0.30% and industrials rose 0.24%.

ON WALLSTREET

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Ministers to give workers immediate right to request flexible working

Employees of all companies will be able to request flexible working arrangements when they start new jobs under proposals to be published by ministers.

It is understood that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) plans to allow millions of workers to request flexible working from day one at a new employer, replacing the current 26-week period.

The move, which one industry source said could be announced in the coming days, has been planned since before the 2019 general election but has been thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic’s profound effect on working patterns.

One insider pointed that employees would be given the right to request – rather than demand – flexible working, encompassing the time, location and hours of work.

That right, after six months in a new role, has been in place since 2014, although the proportion of the workforce actually allowed to work flexibly … Read more

Thomas Shivers: A Relentless Leader with a Progressive Approach

Relentless leaders set directions to make ideas into reality. They focus on producing ideas that have practical implications for them. What makes them stand out from the rest is their ability to listen to their team and recognize the effectiveness of their offerings. One such pioneer of relentless leadership is Thomas P. Shivers, who has been consistently recognized as an industry leader for his constant focus on results, accountability, and practical application.

With over 25 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in the workers’ compensation managed care marketplace, Tom has been instrumental in shaping the industry. As the CEO and President at FourStone Partners, he has created a unique consulting firm that has been widely praised for its innovation, effectiveness, and efficiency.

We, at Insights Success, caught up with Tom to unveil his entrepreneurial journey and how FourStone Partners is optimizing the performance of businesses.

An Entrepreneurial Journey

Tom founded … Read more

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