Critics ask why rules to protect air passengers are still waiting in the wings

Transport Canada’s air passenger bill of rights has been more than two years in the making, and some critics say they expected the government would have more to show for it by now.  On Monday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau unveiled proposed regulations designed to protect air travellers, including minimum compensation requirements for flight delays and lost luggage. It’s […]

Canada quietly concludes additional auto talks with Japan

Canada and Japan have agreed to additional trade rules on motor vehicle safety and environmental standards, according to a side letter tabled in the House of Commons Tuesday. The new measures take effect with the rest of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal on Dec. 30. North American auto manufacturers — Fiat Chrysler, Ford and […]

GM plant in Oshawa, Ont. to shut down

Sources inside the government have confirmed that a General Motors plant in Oshawa is set to close. It’s unclear how many employees will lose their jobs, since this is part of a larger global restructuring plan, the sources said. In a statement, Unifor, the union representing auto workers at the plant, said they have not heard “complete […]

Oil bottlenecks pose ‘extraordinary’ challenge for Western Canadian energy sector: report

Alberta’s “ongoing and acute” issues with getting crude to market pose an “extraordinary” challenge for the province’s energy sector, says a new report from Scotiabank Economics. But it says the provincial government must set a “high” bar for intervening directly in the energy sector, adding it should only be done in “an effort to prevent extreme value destruction.” […]

After massive oil spill, spotlight shifts to agency regulating N.L. offshore industry

Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest-ever offshore oil spill has raised a storm of questions about who has the power to turn oil production on and off in risky situations.  In the eye of that storm: the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, a federal-provincial regulatory body that critics say defers to the wishes of offshore oil companies on numerous […]

Federal pilots union surprised Air Transat given weeks to fix ‘major’ safety system problems in 2015

When Transport Canada audited Air Transat’s safety system in 2015 and found 22 problems, including missed maintenance checks on Boeing 737s and workers without proper training, the airline was given up to a month to come up with some of the necessary fixes. Those deadlines, outlined in a three-year-old report recently released under Access to […]

The truth about teatoxes: Why health experts say this celeb-endorsed craze is unnecessary

It’s one of the latest celebrity-endorsed crazes sweeping social media: Teatoxing, the idea you can detoxify your body, reduce bloat, boost energy, burn stored fat and ultimately flatten your tummy — in part by drinking tea. But according to Health Canada, the sale of some of these popular brands — with catchy names like FlatTummy […]

Greyhound service in Western Canada stops at midnight: Now what?

Small towns from Osoyoos, B.C., to Massey, Ont., will lose their bus connection to the wider world Wednesday night, when Greyhound Canada ceases its service to Western Canada. The last Greyhound bus pulls into a station in Western Canada Wednesday night at midnight, the victim of high costs and declining ridership, according to U.S. parent […]

Woof! Dogs in the office make for relaxed environment, businesses say

At some offices, dogs are more popular than people. On any given day, seven to 10 pups bounce around Benevity, a tech firm in Calgary. Workers play fetch with their pets or let them sleep at their feet. Sometimes the furry critters play with each other, livening up the already colourful, relaxed office in Bridgeland. […]

Canada still short of police officers trained to spot drug-impaired drivers

The number of police officers trained to recognize drug-impaired drivers is lagging far behind the number that police chiefs said would be needed after cannabis is made legal for recreational use nationwide on Oct. 17. According to a senior government official, 833 Canadian police officers have been trained as drug recognition experts (DREs). That’s a far […]