Brexit tension leads U.K. to seek deeper ties with Canada

As the United Kingdom works to finalize its split from the European Union, it’s about to ramp up efforts to expand its footprint in Canada.​ Brexit has hit another roadblock as the European Union (EU) and U.K. attempt to work out exactly what their future relationship will look like. Both sides are trying to come up with […]

Ontario government introduces legislation regulating recreational pot

The Ontario government has introduced legislation governing the licensing and regulation of the province’s private cannabis retail marketplace. The Progressive Conservative government says the bill will also allow those over 19 to smoke recreational cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted, loosening the rules put in place by the previous Liberal regime. The province […]

U.S. central bank chief issues warning on Canadian housing without even realizing it: Don Pittis

The world’s most powerful central banker has confirmed that U.S. interest rates are on the way up — and if history is any guide, Canadian rates are going up with them. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was optimistic about U.S. jobs, growth and the benign effect of current trade disputes, but one of his comments […]

Hackers steal $60 million US in cryptocurrency from Japan exchange

Hackers have stolen $60 million US worth of cryptocurrencies from a Japanese digital currency exchange, the operators said Thursday. Tech Bureau Corp. said a server for its Zaif exchange was hacked for two hours last week, and some digital currencies got unlawfully relayed from what’s called a “hot wallet” — the place where virtual coins are stored […]

Feds to spend $117M for Churchill railway sale, repairs

The federal government is spending $117 million to help facilitate the deal to sell and begin repairs to the flood-damaged rail line to the northern Manitoba town of Churchill. The deal, which sees Denver-based Omnitrax Inc. sell the railway, a marine fuel tank farm and the Port of Churchill to Arctic Gateway Group, was announced Aug. 31. On Friday, Ottawa […]

Fiat Chrysler boosts autonomous vehicle testing in Michigan

Fiat Chrysler says it’s invested more than $30 million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeastern Michigan to boost development and testing of autonomous vehicles and advanced safety technologies. The company said in a statement Wednesday that a new facility at the proving grounds begins testing this month and incudes an autonomous highway-speed track, a safety-feature […]

Facebook files patent infringement complaint against Blackberry in U.S. court

Facebook Inc. has filed a patent infringement complaint against BlackBerry Ltd. in a San Francisco court. The social media giant alleges that Waterloo-based BlackBerry and its BBM Enterprise instant messaging application is infringing on patents on voice instant messaging technology that Facebook holds. Facebook is also taking aim at BlackBerry’s use of global positioning systems […]

Toyota recalls 1 million hybrid models over wiring issue, 7,200 in Canada

Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it planned to recall around 1.03 million vehicles, including its gasoline-hybrid Prius model, in Japan, North America, Europe and other regions due to an issue with the engine wire harness which can pose a fire risk. Following a domestic recall announcement by Japan’s transport ministry, Toyota said that in […]

Alberta pulling out of federal climate change plan until pipeline construction resumes

Alberta will pull out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national climate change plan until construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets back on track, Premier Rachel Notley said Thursday after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed approvals for the project. “As important as climate action is to our province’s future I have also always said that taking the […]

‘It’s not right’: Walmart criticized for charging more for plus size clothing

Walmart Canada is facing criticism for charging more for plus size clothing, a policy some shoppers consider an unjust “fat tax.”   “It’s unacceptable,” said Walmart shopper, Shannon Mozak in Edmonton who sometimes buys plus sizes. “It’s a form of shaming people.” Walmart and some other retailers markup their plus size clothing with the justification that bigger sizes cost […]