North Dakota officials ask judge to dismiss lawsuit over highway closure during pipeline protests

North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it. The federal lawsuit brought by two members of the Standing Rock […]

Coal-fired plants shutting down, despite Trump’s promises

More U.S. coal-fired power plants were shut in President Donald Trump’s first two years than were retired in the whole of Barack Obama’s first term, despite the Republican administration’s efforts to prop up the industry to keep a campaign promise to coal-mining states. In total, more than 23,400 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation were shut […]

Western oil price rally unlikely to last after curtailments begin: expert panel

It’s unlikely a dramatic improvement in western Canadian oil prices since Alberta announced forced production curtailments two weeks ago will continue after the cuts begin on Jan. 1, 2019, a panel of experts agreed Thursday. The difference between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend heavy oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices had widened to […]

Total number of new mortgages slumped in second quarter, says CMHC

Rising interest rates coupled with slower income and population growth helped temper demand for new mortgages in the second quarter, according to Canada Mortgage Housing Corp. The federal housing agency says fewer Canadians opened new mortgages in the three-month period ending June 30, even though the total number of active mortgages and the value of those […]

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old son: a feline-themed logic game that would appeal to his passion for cards and cats. But when the Edmonton child psychologist pulled out her phone to show her son a funny cat video on Facebook, she fears she may have inadvertently tipped him […]

‘They kill jobs’: Meet Canadians who refuse to use self-checkout machines

Tom Eburne and his wife, Peggy, are self-checkout virgins. They refuse to use the machines, determined to keep cashiers employed. “We will resist as long as we can,” said Tom Eburne, who lives in Chilliwack, B.C. “I think any job loss is a step backwards.” A new Dalhousie University grocery shopping study found that out of […]

Marlboro maker places $2.4 billion bet on Canadian marijuana company

One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is taking a 45 per cent stake in Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider said Friday. Altria will pay another $1.4 billion for warrants that if exercised would give the […]

Canada ‘not surprised’ Trump taking risky move in order to ratify new NAFTA

Any relief Canadian officials felt over Friday’s signing of NAFTA may fade away, as U.S. President Donald Trump announced he’s taking a risky all-or-nothing approach to getting the new trade pact ratified by Congress. As he left the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Trump told reporters on board Air Force One that he plans to […]

Three ways the new NAFTA deal kept changing after it was announced

Turns out the negotiations to revise the North American trade agreement didn’t end when the agreement was announced Oct.1. The 60-day period leading up to its formal signature in Buenos Aires on Friday included an additional two months of haggling over specific parts of the deal. Several significant changes were made over the last two months during a […]