GTA home prices continue to rise despite a dramatic drop in sales volumes, Amazon finalizes its Whole Foods buyout offer at $13.7 billion US, and WorkSafeBC’s latest campaign focuses on contractors’ risks when exposed to asbestos. These are the stories we’re following this week:

  1. Consumers can expect to see lower food prices at Whole Foods as Amazon closes its buyout offer at $13.7 billion US this week. Via Huffington Post Canada (link defunct).
  2. WorkSafeBC’s latest campaign warns contractors about the dangers of asbestos for workers and businesses. Via Journal of Commerce
  3. Manitoba has finalized and signed a health care funding agreement with the federal government; $10.7 million will be going towards mental health and home care services. Via CBC News
  4. Softwood lumber shipments to the US have fallen 1 % since duties were added to Canadian imports this year. Via Financial Post
  5. Despite a dramatic drop in the volume of home sales, home prices in the GTA continued to soar in July, and the industry association expects a record year. Via Toronto Star

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