Big telcos hike internet prices amid soaring demand, revenues

You can run but you can’t hide from internet price hikes. That’s what Sean Barry in Powell River, B.C., learned after leaving his provider, Shaw, following a couple of price increases. He switched to competitor Telus in September only to discover that the cost of his current Telus internet plan is also going up — by $5 a month. “I […]

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 […]

7-day holiday work weeks highlight pay disparity between urban, rural mail carriers

Postal workers across Canada are being asked to work seven-day weeks during the holiday season, but differences in how some are paid is sparking complaints of unfairness. The federal government passed back-to-work legislation on Nov. 27, bringing an end to six weeks of rotating strikes across the country. Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of […]

Cannabis producer Aphria drops 30% after short seller calls acquisitions ‘worthless’

Shares in Canadian cannabis company Aphria Inc. fell to their lowest level in more than a year on Monday after a short seller published a report alleging the company has wasted hundreds of millions on foreign acquisitions that are essentially worthless. At a short-selling conference in New York, Gabriel Grego of Quintessential Capital Management outlined his […]

Alberta premier to announce measures to deal with oil price differential

Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley will announce tonight what many expect will be a mandatory industry-wide cut in oil production to address a price drop she says is costing the provincial treasury $80 million a day in lost revenue.  Notley’s announcement is aimed at addressing the difference in the price of Western Canadian Select, the type […]

Trudeau, Trump and Pena Nieto to sign new USMCA trade agreement in Argentina

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will sign the new United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement on continental trade in Argentina Friday morning. While Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be present at the event, the three leaders themselves will sign the new trade deal. Even after the deal is signed, it remains a long way […]

‘This isn’t what we were promised’: Amid GM closures, Trump’s economic policies are coming home to roost

At one time, Donald Trump’s words sounded reassuring to Tommy Wolikow. Now more than a year later, they just torment him. “Don’t move, don’t sell your house,” the U.S. president urged a cheering crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, in July 2017, promising to resurrect the region’s dwindling manufacturing jobs. “They’re all coming back.” Wolikow, a 36-year-old father of […]

Foreign caregivers want major reforms to improve conditions, streamline residency

A national coalition of advocacy groups wants major reforms to Canada’s foreign caregiver program in hopes of improving working conditions and offering a more reliable path to permanent residency.  A new report published on Sunday features personal stories of hundreds of care workers who have struggled with family separation, difficult, and at times, abusive work […]

Delays at Sturgeon Refinery add to Alberta heavy oil price discount woes

A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected. That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to […]