Big telcos hike internet prices amid soaring demand, revenues

You can run but you can’t hide from internet price hikes. That’s what Sean Barry in Powell River, B.C., learned after leaving his provider, Shaw, following a couple of price increases. He switched to competitor Telus in September only to discover that the cost of his current Telus internet plan is also going up — by $5 a month. “I […]

Economic growth in Canada and the world is slowing, OECD says

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development released new data on Monday that suggests Canada’s economic forecast has gotten progressively gloomier for almost a year, an outlook that it shares with most other major world economies. “In the United States and Germany, the tentative signs of easing growth that were flagged in last month’s assessment, have been […]

Lockout at one of Canada’s largest smelters drags into 2nd year, with no end in sight

A Discount mini-bus, escorted by several security guards, edges toward the makeshift checkpoint that guards the lone road in and out of the sprawling ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour, Que. The bus’s path is blocked by a dozen picketers, who cup their hands to the tinted windows and try to identify the obscured figures inside. “There were scabs in there, […]

Enbridge pipeline foes look past regulators after another loss in Minnesota

Opponents of Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement are turning their attention to fighting the project on other fronts after a Minnesota regulatory panel took one of its final steps Thursday and reaffirmed its approval of the project. The Public Utilities Commission unanimously rejected petitions by environmental and Native American groups that […]

Deutsche Bank confirms police investigation stemming from Panama Papers

Some 170 police officers, investigators and prosecutors raided the German offices of Deutsche Bank on Thursday on the suspicion bank employees helped clients set up offshore companies in tax havens to launder hundreds of millions of euros. The investigation emerged from an analysis of documents leaked from tax havens in recent years, including the 2016 […]

Hidden camera reveals how bank employees mislead and upsell on pricey credit card insurance

A Marketplace hidden camera investigation is raising questions about how bank employees are selling a pricey and controversial product marketed to help with credit card payments if you lose your job or get sick. It’s called credit card balance insurance, or balance protection insurance — and if you’ve signed up for a credit card, chances […]

‘Mismatch’ between what telco customers expect and what they actually get, CRTC told

Government-ordered hearings into complaints about Canada’s largest telecommunications providers got underway Monday with an industry-funded ombudsman saying his group has limited insight into problem sales practices. The Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services — a private-sector body — has found the biggest problem is a “mismatch” between what customers expect and what they actually get, […]

Canada still short of police officers trained to spot drug-impaired drivers

The number of police officers trained to recognize drug-impaired drivers is lagging far behind the number that police chiefs said would be needed after cannabis is made legal for recreational use nationwide on Oct. 17. According to a senior government official, 833 Canadian police officers have been trained as drug recognition experts (DREs). That’s a far […]