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Daniel Tencer

Senior Business Editor, HuffPost Canada

Daniel Tencer has written for numerous publications, including the Ottawa Citizen and The Raw Story. He has been the business editor at HuffPost Canada since 2011.

Harper Launches A Witch Hunt On Medical Pot Users

Imagine the federal government decided one day that a doctor-prescribed medication you're using is now illegal. Imagine the government then sent you a notice demanding that you write a letter to them, declaring you have destroyed all your illegal medication. And if you don't, the government says they will pass your confidential medical information -- and that of everyone else using this drug who doesn't write a letter -- to the police. Improbable as it seems, this is exactly what's happening to more than 37,000 Canadians right now. And apparently the Harper government considers this acceptable, because the medication in question is marijuana.
03/17/2014 05:16 EDT

Massive Telus Outage

Telus says it has restored service to customers experiencing a wireless voice outage. Service was affected by a "technical issue," the telecom giant said Friday afternoon, a couple hours after custome...
02/07/2014 04:14 EST

Porn Block Petitions Grow

As Britain’s internet porn filter becomes a reality over the next few months, a petition urging the government to bring the same rules to Canada is growing in support. But so are objections from membe...
11/23/2013 12:48 EST
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Wishful Thinking On The Economy Will Achieve Nothing

While Canada's energy businesses are booming, the country's manufacturing sector is dying a slow death. Unfortunately, anytime someone pipes up about this, Western Canadian policymakers demand a quick end to the debate. But if we don't address the issue now, we'll face a much larger employment problem in the future.
11/19/2013 12:11 EST

Canada's Taxpayers Are Giving Billions To A National Embarrassment

Canada won a distinction last month that most of us would rather we had lost: We had the most companies on a list of firms banned from doing business with the World Bank over corruption. All but a few of the Canadian companies banned from doing World Bank business were actually subsidiaries of one company: SNC-Lavalin. You would think a company that has brought so much bad publicity to Canada's name around the world, whose alleged corruption comes within a whisker of touching Canadian politicians, would be a toxic hot potato no government in Canada would want to touch. Well, you'd be wrong.
10/17/2013 12:32 EDT

The Tories Have Some Nerve Lecturing The World On Debt

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty went to Russia for the G20 conference this week, and decided that this would be a good time to pressure the world into cutting government spending and implementing austerity measures. Unfortunately, to the leaders at the G20 -- stuck as they are between deficits and sinking economies, between the option of printing money and doing nothing -- Harper and Flaherty are just as likely to come off as a bunch of self-righteous jerks.
09/05/2013 05:33 EDT

The Housing Boom Is Back, Baby

Even the optimists were calling for a correction to house prices in Canada, and even the optimists turned out to be too pessimistic. At least for now. The latest data from the Toronto Real Estate Boar...
07/17/2013 10:11 EDT

Bank Of Canada's New Governor Is No Mark Carney

Canada's new top central banker is no Mark Carney. That became clear on Wednesday, when Stephen Poloz, lauded the Canadian consumer for carrying the country through the global economic crisis of recent years. His comments so far suggest he isn't too worried about Canada's burgeoning consumer debt burden -- and that's a problem.
06/19/2013 04:49 EDT

Is It Time to Stop Coddling Canada's Banks?

In this day and age of free market orthodoxy, the banks don't like to think of themselves as having any sort of "moral obligations," only obligations to shareholders. But the protection Canadian banks enjoy -- the same protection that has allowed them to prosper internationally -- means that the banks do not operate in a free market environment, and if they want to continue having their cake and eating it too they should accept they have responsibilities towards the Canadians who have little choice but to bank with them.
04/14/2013 11:18 EDT