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 […]

First Nations coalition wants to take the lead on major construction projects

Tired of waiting for major construction projects to come to them, a growing coalition of First Nations is instead taking the lead on ventures to better control their economic futures. “We really are in a place looking to diversify our economies,” said Jasmine Thomas, a councillor of the Saik’uz First Nation in central British Columbia. […]

CN bidding for Halifax container terminal

Canadian National Railway has submitted a bid to buy Atlantic Canada’s largest container terminal. The company says if successful, it will spend money to upgrade the Halterm container terminal in Halifax. “As part of our action-oriented approach to grow trade volume on our Eastern Network, CN is exploring the opportunity with a partner of getting involved […]

Union chief meets with Trudeau today to push for action on GM plant closure

The president of the largest private sector union in Canada meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today, still vowing to ramp up pressure on General Motors to shift production of another vehicle to Oshawa to stave off the closure of its plant there. Jerry Dias leads Unifor, the successor to the now-defunct Canadian Auto Workers. […]

Worry and frustration mount in Alberta as oil prices languish

The street outside Calgary’s downtown Hyatt hotel was teeming with pro-oil demonstrators Thursday, forcing police to close traffic along a busy avenue as the growing crowd spilled over the sidewalks.  While a business audience streamed inside the hotel to listen to the prime minister speak, the large crowd chanted, “Build that pipe!” and “Trudeau must go!” But amidst the rally’s clamour, there emerged an […]

Highlights of Bill Morneau’s 2018 fiscal update

Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his fall economic statement Wednesday. Here are the highlights of his fiscal update: Growth: 2 per cent forecast next year (up from 1.6) — and slightly higher inflation. Unemployment rate: 5.8 per cent next year, down from 5.9. Projected deficit: $18.1 billion for current fiscal year. Revised 2017-2018 deficit: $19 […]

Ontario Cannabis Store reports data breach affecting 4,500 customers

The Ontario Cannabis Store says a data breach through Canada Post has affected information from 4,500 customers. In a privacy update on its website, the OCS said the breach late on Nov. 1 affected about two per cent of its customer orders, and information was accessed by a person using a Canada Post delivery tracking […]

Manulife shares rise after rules over insurance deposits clarified

Two of Canada’s largest life insurance companies welcomed a Saskatchewan government decision that clarifies the rules for a type of insurance policy that’s been the focus of civil suits against them. Manulife Financial Corp. and IA Financial Group say they expect substantial aspects of the litigation against them will be resolved as a result of […]

Bell and Rogers defend sales practices at CRTC hearing

Canada’s two biggest telecommunications companies got their turn to speak on Friday in a five-day probe by Canada’s telecom regulator into sales practices in the industry. Officials from BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. addressed a panel at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Friday, their first chance to participate in the five-day public probe by the regulator. The […]

Beijing attacks USMCA clause seen as blocking efforts to expand trade with Canada, Mexico

China says it deplores a controversial new clause in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that calls on the countries to notify each other if they enter into trade talks with a “non-market” economy. In a scathing statement, the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa says section 32.10 of the new USMCA amounts to an act of political dominance […]