Canadians blowing lots of dough on buying lunches survey

TORONTO — A new survey suggests more than half of Canadians head to a restaurant for lunch at least once a week — a habit that’s costing many Canucks some serious dough.The poll by Visa Canada suggests that while eating out might be convenient, the price tag attached to that “gourmet” sandwich is not so appealing.[np-related]The survey suggests the majority of the 60% of Canadians who eat out once a week spend between $7 and $13 on their meal.It also suggests the average Canadian who opts to buy a lunch spends about $8.80 on the meal — and Ontarians appear to eat out the most often, with 20% hitting up restaurants three or more days per week.The poll suggests those who never take the time to pack a lunch could likely spend about $45 on take-out lunches per week, or $2,340 per year if they get take-out every day.Quebecers seem to make a habit of packing their own lunch more than anyone else, with the survey suggesting half brown bag it every day. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,952.33, down 81.31 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 1.14 per cent, to $2.66 on 6.1 million shares. Brazil says it will ask the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel after consultations with Canada failed to resolve its complaint about government subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. The South American country said it will ask the WTO to examine more than 20 subsidy programs granted to the Montreal-based company for the development of its CSeries aircraft.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Down 15 cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $36.85 on 5.7 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 2.88 per cent, to $3.37 on 5.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $11.54 on 4.3 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 80 cents, or 3.16 per cent, to $24.50 on 4.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 20 cents, or 3.61 per cent, to $5.34 on 3.6 million shares. read more

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