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  • Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

    This week in Canadian business news, small business owners and investors alike will be watching closely Monday as the country votes in a federal election, Cineplex's CEO is expected to testify in the company's court case against Cineworld Group PLC, and Statistics Canada will release retail trade figures for July.

    A woman wears a face mask as she walks by a COVID-19 rapid testing business in Montreal, Sunday, September 12, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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FINANCES DURING COVID-19

Canada extends pandemic benefits through to Oct. 23

The federal government is tapping the brakes on its plans to phase out pandemic aid programs this summer, deciding instead to freeze benefits at current levels and extend help by an extra month beyond the previously planned end date.

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FILE - This Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, shows a marijuana plant at in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, Calif. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday, July 29, 2019 that softens penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and allows for the expungement of some past convictions. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)