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US home construction up 1.9% in September to 1.4 million

WASHINGTON–U.S. home construction rose a solid 1.9% in September after having fallen in the previous month, as home building continues as one of the bright spots of the economy.

The increase last month pushed home construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million homes and apartments after a 6.7% drop in August, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Theatre opens with sound installation

TORONTO - Audiences are set to be welcomed back to the Princess of Wales Theatre for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered indoor stage productions in March.

But rather than the traditional thrill of live performance, Mirvish Productions says theatregoers will be seated on stage and given sanitized headphones for a “socially distanced sound installation.”

'The thing you do around here:' Prairie fall suppers adjust to COVID-19 reality

Vehicles lined up more than three kilometres along a rural Manitoba road on the last Sunday afternoon of September as their occupants waited to grab a traditional Ukrainian feast in a brown takeout bag.

The community hall in Pansy, about 90 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, ran out of fried chicken, perogies, cabbage rolls and other goodies at about 4:30 p.m.

Recovery plan inspires confidence but Canadians like working from home

OTTAWA - A new poll suggests a slim majority of Canadians have some confidence that the federal government's economic recovery plan will strengthen the economy and create jobs after the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in the meantime, the poll also suggests the vast majority who can are happy working from home.

Yukoners turn to farming to build self-sufficiency, market for local food

Yukoners are turning to farming to boost self-sufficiency and build the market for local food, a trend local agriculture experts say is being reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We've seen a huge spike in people who want to garden and have backyard chickens, meat and rabbits,” said Sonny Gray, president of the Yukon Agriculture Association.

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable

Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Their forecast is based largely on market observations and feedback from people seeking information from Extension offices.

Golden Globes will serve plant-based meal at awards ceremony

LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes, known as the ‚“party of the year,” is going with a meatless menu for its 77th annual awards show.

Guests will be served a 100% plant-based meal just ahead of showtime Sunday. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that it wants the initiative to raise environmental awareness about food consumption and waste.