‘Horrendous’ bomb-defusing game for kids sold at Walmart offends some shoppers

A kids’ bomb-defusing game sold in Canada at Walmart has offended some shoppers who find it inappropriate, particularly in an era of terrorism threats. “It’s horrendous, especially in a day and age like this,” said Sharon Butler, a parent who discovered the item recently at a Walmart store in London, Ont. Called “Cut The Wire,” the […]

Canada’s major grocery chains slow to tackle the mounting problem of plastic waste

When you throw your food’s plastic packaging into a blue bin you probably don’t expect it to be exported across the world to be dumped or burned. But that’s exactly what could happen. Exclusive images provided by Greenpeace show mountains of plastic packaging dumped next to palm plantations, near waterways and burned on the roadside in […]

As Bezos divorce unfurls, investors wonder — what does it mean for Amazon?

Amazon shares seesawed on Thursday as investors questioned how the impending divorce of company founder Jeff Bezos would affect his control of the most valuable company on Wall Street and its ambitious expansion plans. Bezos, whom Forbes lists at the world’s richest person, worth an estimated $136.2 billion US, said via Twitter on Wednesday that […]

Airline passengers could be entitled to hefty compensation for delays, lost bags

Canadian travellers who are bumped from flights due to overbooking, or have to deal with lost or damaged luggage, could soon be eligible for hundreds of dollars in compensation. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) outlined today a proposed new regulatory regime with specific financial entitlements for travellers. The proposed regulations include: A requirement for airlines to provide […]

Why Christmas is bad for the environment and what you can do about it

Christmas is a time of celebration, but once the party’s over, plenty of garbage is hauled to the curb.   Environmental group Zero Waste Canada estimates that from mid-November to mid-January, the average Canadian generates about 25 per cent more trash than during the rest of the year. The reason: people buy more stuff over the holidays, and […]

Sask. construction industry loses 14,000 jobs over 3 years, association says

Trevor Stein’s company spent nearly a year wiring new apartment complexes in Saskatoon’s Stonebridge neighbourhood. After Stein invoiced the owner, Block 1, for more than a million dollars for wages and materials, he learned the British Columbia real estate company was seeking creditor protection. The company never did pay him or a number of other local […]

Bank of Canada holds key interest rate steady at 1.75%

The Bank of Canada has decided to keep its benchmark interest rate right where it is while it digests the impact of its previous policy decisions and the cooling economy. The central bank revealed Wednesday it will keep its benchmark interest rate — known as the target for the overnight rate — at 1.75 per cent. […]

Sears pensioners hope to recoup their losses in $509M lawsuit

A court decision has given Sears Canada retirees hope they can recoup some of the millions of dollars missing from the now-defunct retailer’s underfunded pension plan.  An Ontario Superior Court judge on Monday gave the green light to two lawsuits targeting U.S. billionaire businessman, Eddie Lampert and his hedge fund, ESL Investments, in connection with $509 million in dividends […]

GM cuts will be painful but better now than during a recession: Don Pittis

“It could have been worse,” will be of no comfort to those affected by the shutdown and job losses at General Motors. It has been a shock to affected families and to the communities where plants are closing. “It’s going to affect the province, it’s going to affect the region,” said Oshawa, Ont., mayor John Henry after hearing […]