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It was a sweet year for maple syrup production in US, Canada

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The United States and Canada produced record amounts of maple syrup this year, thanks to the weather and more people getting into the business or expanding their operations.

U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics released this month show the U.S. produced 4.2 million gallons, the greatest amount since record-keeping began in 1916.

New report on child labour raises call for supply chain transparency law

OTTAWA — A new report says Canadian consumers may be unwittingly buying goods made by child labourers.

And those who want to make ethical buying decisions are largely in the dark about what companies are doing to prevent child labour in their supply chains, says the World Vision Canada report to be released today.

Exxon shareholders reject climate-change resolutions

DALLAS — Shareholders at Exxon’s annual meeting rejected several resolutions backed by environmentalists that would have pushed the company to take a stronger stand in favour of steps to limit climate change.

CEO Rex Tillerson said the company was balancing its responsibility to produce more energy to meet growing demand with environmental considerations.

If you renovated your house, you need to update your home insurance

OTTAWA — Homeowners need to regularly check and update their home insurance policies or risk having insufficient coverage when disaster strikes, insurance experts say.

The need to review and update a policy is especially important for those who have done renovations because changes to the property could render the policy void if the insurer hasn’t been informed.