Why Toronto won by losing the bid for Amazon’s new headquarters

Toronto’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, known as HQ2, fell short to not just one location, but two — New York and northern Virginia according to reports — yet the Canadian city may be better off without the American giant. Amazon initially promised as many as 50,000 jobs at its HQ2 and there are reports that the company […]

Meet Canada’s unknown digital workers

Opportunities for work in Canada’s online gig economy are growing faster than in many other countries, according to the organization behind a new tool that sheds light on a part of the world’s workforce that largely goes unmeasured. The Online Labour Index uses an automated data collector to scan some of the top digital labour websites including Fiverr, […]

Google employees walk out to protest sexism, inequality

Hundreds of Google engineers and other company workers worldwide — including in Canada  —​ walked off the job Thursday to protest the company’s handling of executives accused of sexual misconduct, as well as workplace harassment and inequality. Walkouts were planned for 11:10 a.m. across different time zones, beginning in Asian countries. Protesters and supporters were posting photos and […]

Ontario ombudsman gets more than 1,000 complaints about cannabis store

Ontario’s ombudsman says his office has received more than 1,000 complaints about the province’s online cannabis store since it launched earlier this month. Paul Dubé says he’s set up a triage team to deal specifically with the flood of concerns over the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store. He says the most common complaints have involved delayed deliveries, […]

Sale of 3 coastal pulp and paper mills hailed as win for 1,500 workers in B.C.

Business leaders and the provincial government are hailing the sale of three coastal pulp and paper mills as a win for the 1,500 workers employed there. British Columbia-based Catalyst Paper Corp. has reached an agreement to sell three coastal mills to Paper Excellence Canada of Richmond, B.C.  They are located at Crofton and Port Alberni on  Vancouver Island and Powell River on the […]

CMHC says annual pace of housing starts slowed in September

The annual pace of Canadian housing starts fell to their lowest level in nearly two years in September. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the seasonally adjusted annual rate came in at 188,683 units last month, down from 198,843 in August. Thomson Reuters Eikon says economists had expected an annual rate of 210,000 for September. […]

Arrested Audi CEO leaves company in wake of diesel emissions probe

Suspended Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is leaving the automaker, parent company Volkswagen said Tuesday, more than three months after he was arrested as part of a probe into the manipulation of diesel emissions controls. Volkswagen said its supervisory board approved an agreement with Stadler that will see him leave with immediate effect. It said in […]

U.K. opposition Labour plans to give workers a third of seats on company boards

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party would require large companies to reserve at least one third of the seats on their boards for workers, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday. Labour said in a statement that the current corporate governance structure which gives priority to shareholder interests over others was feeding a short-term corporate culture and holding back economic growth. “In […]

Argentina announces new taxes, ministry cuts amid turmoil

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri announced new taxes on exports and the elimination of several ministries on Monday in a bid to halt economic turmoil that has sent the peso to record lows. Macri said in a televised statement that he will also allocate more economic aid and strengthen food plans for Argentines who suffer from […]