Texting service used by schools complains about fees charged by Bell, Rogers

Two of Canada’s largest mobile phone services are being targeted by a social media campaign launched by Remind.com, a San Francisco-based company that provides a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents. Remind is calling on its Canadian users — nearly one million individuals, according to the company — to pressure Rogers and […]

Medical insurance fraud widespread, as employees, providers rip off benefit plans

Employers and their insurance providers are reeling at the proliferation of fraud rings — groups of employees that work together to abuse and exploit benefit plans, with medical services providers as their eager accomplices. “You’re sitting in the lunchroom when a co-worker comes in and says, ‘I’ve got $1,000 worth of massage receipts, $2,000 worth […]

Aurora Cannabis to supply medical pot to Mexico

Aurora Cannabis says it will supply medical cannabis to Mexico through a partnership with pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor Farmacias Magistrales. Farmacias recently got the green light to import cannabis, which Aurora says is the first and only import license granted by federal Mexican authorities to date. Aurora’s chief executive Terry Booth says the exclusive partnership […]

Why cutting oil production seems so utterly un-Albertan

Alberta is supposed to be the home of the free market, the province of privatization. It’s a wide-open market to sell beer, wine, cannabis, and even insurance of every kind. Take a test for your driver’s licence and the person in the right hand passenger seat works for a business, not the government. The province […]

How did Black Friday eclipse Boxing Day in Canada?

The once-uniquely American shopping tradition of Black Friday is now bigger in Canada than Boxing Day. That’s according to the Retail Council of Canada’s (RCC) annual Holiday Shopping Survey, which showed that 40 per cent of Canadian consumers plan to open their wallets on the day after American Thanksgiving compared to the 35 per cent who plan […]

With no budget for rural internet, nobody’s made a plan, auditor general says

Canada’s auditor general says people who live in rural and remote parts of the country don’t have high-speed internet access because the federal government doesn’t want to pay for a plan to give it to them. In a report Tuesday, Michael Ferguson says the government has been told again and again by different authorities that […]

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 beefs up CraveTV to include new HBO shows without cable TV subscription

Bell Media has beefed up its streaming service CraveTV with new HBO shows and other exclusive content without the need for a television subscription, for a higher price. The company announced on Thursday that it is expanding its CraveTV brand to include new programming from HBO, along with all content on channels previously known as […]

Alberta could become innovation leader for low-carbon future, says RBC CEO

Alberta has a “historic opportunity” to capitalize on its sustainable energy innovation and technological prowess, says the president and CEO of RBC.  “Alberta has led the world with a meaningful carbon price and cap on emissions,” said David McKay, speaking Friday at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “As I’ve said for years, this is very significant and […]