Canada among targets of alleged Chinese hacking campaign

Companies in Canada were among the targets of two Chinese citizens charged with waging an extensive hacking campaign to steal valuable data over many years, U.S. authorities say. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, prosecutors say Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency to pilfer information from several countries. […]

Use cash to buy legal cannabis if you’re worried about privacy, watchdog says

Canada’s privacy watchdog is warning marijuana users to pay with cash rather than plastic if they’re worried about the collection of their personal information, among other guidelines published on Tuesday. In a statement posted on his website, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says pot sellers and buyers need to better understand their privacy rights and obligations […]

Canada Post says normal delivery times restored for most of the country

Three weeks after striking postal workers were forced back to work, Canada Post says it’s caught up on most parcel delivery backlogs that had been created by rotating walkouts. The Crown corporation says its normal holiday delivery service guarantees have been restored across most of the country, except Vancouver. The federal government legislated an end […]

Consumer group that battles the big telcos blames CRTC for its ‘dire’ financial troubles

If you own a cellphone, use the internet or watch TV, your life has probably been affected by one of the most influential consumer advocacy organizations in the country — a group on the verge of shutting its doors for good. For the past 42 years, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre [PIAC] has fought for better consumer protections from the […]

TSX at 2-year low, Dow loses another 500 points

New York’s Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 507 points or 2.1 per cent Monday, and the TSX was at a two-year low as investors turned cautious ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy guidance, expected on Wednesday. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise U.S. interest rates at the end of its two-day meeting on […]

Oilpatch stays home from B.C. conference after Whistler mayor calls for climate-change compensation

Oilpatch pushback to a letter written by the mayor of Whistler, B.C., has led to the cancellation​ of the energy-related portion of a high-profile investment conference held in the mountain community. In a recent letter, Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton asked the head of oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources to commit to pay for its “fair share of the costs […]

Apple to open $1B campus in Austin, Texas

Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a mile from existing Apple […]

National security ‘comes first’ on Huawei 5G review: infrastructure minister

Infrastructure Minister Franç​ois-Philippe Champagne says national security must come first in deciding whether to allow Huawei Technologies to take part in developing Canada’s 5G telecommunications network. In an interview, Champagne said Canada needs to be prudent and rely on the input of its intelligence services before ruling on whether the Chinese firm should be involved […]

Your grocery bill could rise 3.5% in 2019, study predicts

The price of food could increase by up to 3.5 per cent in 2019, an annual study of food prices predicts, but there’s good news for Canadian consumers buying meat and seafood, which are projected to become cheaper. Meat and seafood have seen sharp increases in recent years, but a shift away from eating meat […]

Deutsche Bank confirms police investigation stemming from Panama Papers

Some 170 police officers, investigators and prosecutors raided the German offices of Deutsche Bank on Thursday on the suspicion bank employees helped clients set up offshore companies in tax havens to launder hundreds of millions of euros. The investigation emerged from an analysis of documents leaked from tax havens in recent years, including the 2016 […]