Inflation rate picks up to 2% in December

The cost of living increased at a two per cent annual pace in December, as cheaper energy prices were offset by higher prices for just about everything else. Statistics Canada reported Friday that the cost of food went up by 2.9 per cent in the past year, while alcohol and tobacco products went up by 4.4 […]

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 […]

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 […]

G20 shows steady rise of Chinese clout and fraying U.S. ties in Latin America

It took only minutes for Argentine officials to react to the White House’s version of what was said in the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his G20 host Mauricio Macri: the Americans weren’t reporting the discussion accurately. It was spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders who had described the bilateral talks in terms sure to […]

Canadian MPs criticize Facebook’s Zuckerberg for U.K. parliament no-show

Facebook came under fire on Tuesday from lawmakers from several countries — including Canada — who accused the firm of undermining democratic institutions and lambasted chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for not answering questions on the matter. Facebook is being investigated by lawmakers in Britain after consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, obtained […]

Samsung apologizes for illnesses at chip, liquid display factories

Samsung Electronics apologized Friday for illnesses and deaths of some of its workers, saying it failed to create a safe working environment at its computer chip and display factories. The announcement by the South Korean technology giant came weeks after the company and a group representing ailing Samsung workers agreed to accept compensation terms suggested […]

Sunwing flight in 2017 avoided ‘catastrophic’ disaster as jet took off too slowly

Britain’s air safety regulator revealed details Wednesday of a Sunwing flight last year that narrowly avoided disaster after the flight crew inputted incorrect air temperature readings, which caused the jet to overrun the runway, run over a warning light and left it with just enough speed to get into the air. According to a report from […]

Early data suggests no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization, police say

Canadian police have not seen a spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month since legalization, but there needs to be more awareness of laws around storing marijuana in vehicles and passengers smoking weed, law enforcement officials say. The Canadian Press canvassed police forces and provincial and territorial Crowns across the country and while some said it […]

Bell and Rogers to defend sales practices at CRTC hearing

Canada’s two biggest telecommunications companies will get their turn to speak on Friday in a five-day probe by Canada’s telecom regulator into sales practices in the industry. Officials from BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. will address a panel at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Friday, their first chance to participate in the five-day public probe by […]