Why the Ontario Trucking Association wants foreign workers to fill trucker shortage

The Ontario Trucking Association says there’s a desperate shortage of truckers in Ontario and they have a solution: bring in foreign workers. The association says it wants to bring in more foreign workers to do the job because long-haul trucking is a job people in Ontario don’t want. The country’s largest transportation union, Teamsters Canada, says that’s […]

Netflix hikes U.S. prices by up to 18 per cent

Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 per cent to 18 per cent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago. Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. That option offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously. […]

Stats Canada planning to ask gender questions in ‘pilot’ census – and answering is mandatory

Next year, Statistics Canada is going to be asking 250,000 Canadian households some personal questions it has never asked before — and answering them honestly is mandatory. The agency is conducting what it calls a “pilot” census next May and June to road-test questionnaires and procedures for the next full-scale census, set for 2021. After more than […]

Is the divestment movement really hurting fossil fuel companies?

Hello, friends! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.) This is our last newsletter of 2018. But fear not: We will be back. Look for the next issue of What on […]

Couche-Tard to swap U.S. convenience stores and gas stations with CrossAmerica

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have signed a deal to swap convenience and gas station assets in the United States. Under the agreement, Couche-Tard has agreed to sell 192 U.S. convenience and fuel retail stores to CrossAmerica, with an aggregate value of about $184.5 million US. Meanwhile, CrossAmerica has agreed to sell to […]

The unintended consequences of Alberta’s mandatory oil production cut

One of Canada’s largest oil companies is listing a series of potential pitfalls from the Alberta government’s decision to impose a mandatory cut to oil production in the province. On Friday, as part of its announcement of 2019 capital spending, Suncor outlined how the production cut could negatively impact the company. While the majority of the oilpatch […]

Espionage, ID theft? Myriad risks from stolen Marriott data

The data stolen from the Marriott hotel empire in a massive breach is so rich and specific it could be used for espionage, identity theft, reputational attacks and even home burglaries, security experts say. Hackers stole data on as many as 500 million guests of former Starwood chain properties over four years including credit card […]

Liberals cut taxes, mend fences with Canadian businesses

It probably shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Canadian businesses are happy with the federal government’s fall economic update. Relations between Ottawa and the business community had been downright frosty. But billions in tax breaks should go a long way to warming things up a bit. Businesses and the government initially found themselves at […]

Canada Post makes new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Canada Post has issued what it calls a “time-limited” contract offer to its employees in the hope of ending rotating strikes that have created a historic backlog of undelivered parcels. The offer came just hours after online sales and auctioning giant eBay called on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract […]

U.S. cannabis stock Curaleaf debuts in Toronto

U.S. cannabis retailer Curaleaf Holdings Inc opened lower in its trading debut in Toronto on Monday after amassing $400 million in the biggest equity raising in Canada’s marijuana industry. Curaleaf opened at $8.70 Cdn on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), lower than the offer price of $11.45 Cdn. It recovered a mid-morning but remained below […]