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Bill C-13 Moves Ahead, Despite Claims Supreme Court Already Killed It

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:03 PM

The Harper government is set to push through a bill that critics say the Supreme Court has already in effect struck down.

Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians From Online Crime Act, comes up before the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Often referred to as the “anti-cyberbullying bill,” C-13 was the...

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Expanding Police Powers Online Not Popular Among Canadians: Poll

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Fewer than one in four Canadians support expanding the ability of law enforcement to access information about individuals’ internet usage, according to a new poll from Ipsos Reid.

The poll, carried out for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), found that individual rights outweigh the needs of law...

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Labatt Accused Of Planning 'Misleading Campaign' For Shock Top Beer

(7) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:57 AM

A Toronto beer blogger says Labatt is planning to pass off a multinational beer brand as a micro-brew, accusing the brewing company of preparing an “intentionally misleading” advertising campaign.

But Labatt says its future plans to market Shock Top beer haven’t been finalized.

Blogger Ben T. Johnson obtained...

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Julian Assange: Canada Supreme Court, ISPs Doing The Right Thing On Privacy

(32) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:13 AM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has praised the Supreme Court of Canada and Canadian Internet providers for pushing back against warrantless searches of telecom subscriber data.

In an interview with the Toronto Star, Assange said moves by Rogers and Telus to release their first-ever transparency reports this...

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Economy Shifting Gears To Service The Rich: CIBC

(60) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 10:29 AM

The world’s businesses are shifting gears to take advantage of the growing gap between rich and poor, and that means more services and products for the biggest earners, CIBC said Friday in a client note.

CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld summarized the lessons learned at a recent CIBC investors’ conference...

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Temporary Foreign Workers Subject To ‘Quasi-Indentured Status,' Jason Kenney Says

(50) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 11:08 AM

The Harper government has always had an ambivalent relationship with the Temporary Foreign Worker program, on one hand defending the businesses that say they have a legitimate need for the program, on the other working to rein in its abuses.

But recent comments from Employment Minister Jason Kenney would suggest...

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7 Things Harper Doesn't Want You To Know About The China Trade Treaty (And A Few He Does)

(84) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:27 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Harper government doesn’t want attention drawn to the deal it just signed with China.

Why? Because after two years of delays, the official announcement of an investor-protection treaty with the world’s second-largest economy came in the form of a...

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Disney At CRTC Hearings: We Don't Want To Leave Canada, But...

(14) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:02 PM

The Walt Disney Co. says Canada is a “valuable” market and it doesn’t want to pull out — but it’s paying close attention to the CRTC’s hearings on reforming TV regulations.

Disney’s VP for government relations, Susan Fox, told the CRTC Monday that it opposes the idea to unbundle channels...

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EI Premium Cut 'A Job Killer,' Critics Say

(55) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:46 AM

It took very little time for the Small Business Job Credit, announced by the Conservative government on Thursday, to start attracting negative attention.

Many economists say the move will do little to spur hiring — and may in fact prevent it.

The tax credit reduces the Employment...

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Canada's Wealth Gap Is Growing As Poor Get More In Debt: Report

(51) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Those rosy reports about Canadians’ net worth growing and the country's middle class being among the richest in the world are masking growing inequality in the country, according to a new report.

The left-leaning Broadbent Institute says Canada’s poorest 10 per cent of the...

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Canada Has Dutch Disease, Bank Of America Declares

(95) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Is Canada’s oil sector harming the rest of the economy? According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the evidence points to yes.

In a new report, the bank has come out squarely in favour of the "Dutch Disease" theory — the notion that Canada's oil and gas boom...

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Alberta Will Soon Be Building More Houses Than All Of Canada East Of Ontario

(46) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Here’s some more data to highlight just how ridiculous the gap between Alberta’s economy and the rest of the country has grown.

Combined, Quebec and the Maritime provinces have more than 10.5 million people, considerably more than double Alberta’s 4 million people.

But if things keep going as they...

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House Price Gap Grows, Making Dream Home A Fantasy: CIBC

(10) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:03 PM

If you’ve bought a condo and are hoping to upgrade to a single-family home someday, you may end up waiting longer than you expected.

According to a report from CIBC World Markets, the long run-up in Canadian house prices is making it harder and harder for families to move up...

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Ontario To CRTC: Regulate Netflix Like It's A TV Channel

(133) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:03 PM

The government of Ontario is pushing Canada’s federal telecom regulator to regulate new media services like Netflix much the same way it regulates traditional TV, requiring the U.S.-based service to pay for the development of Canadian content.

At a CRTC hearing Monday, an assistant deputy minister with Ontario’s Ministry of...

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Growing Number Of Canadians Unprepared For Financial Emergency: BMO

(40) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Three out of 10 Canadians “are living paycheque to paycheque or spending more than they earn,” according to a survey from BMO.

The survey found a growing number of Canadians would be unprepared in a financial emergency. More than a quarter (27 per cent) of respondents had one...

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Canada's Unemployment Rate Unchanged As Country Loses 11,000 Jobs

(82) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 8:48 AM

Canada turned in another disappointing performance on the jobs front in August, with StatsCan reporting a net loss of 11,000 jobs for the month.

That wasn't enough to budge the unemployment rate, which remained at 7 per cent.

But perhaps the most surprising number in Friday's jobs report was the...

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1 In 4 Canadians Fear They'll Lose Job To Technology: Survey

(4) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:55 AM

One in four Canadians fear they could lose their job to technology in the next few years, according to a survey from recruitment firm Randstad.

But not everyone is pessimistic about technology’s role in the economy. Sixty-eight per cent of respondents in the survey saw its impact as...

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8 Retailers At Risk Of Disappearing From Canada

(24) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:14 AM

It seems hardly a month goes by these days without announcements of layoffs or dismal earnings at Canadian retailers. Canada's economy is humming along (though job numbers could be better) so why are so many retailers closing stores like it's the middle of a recession?

There's no one simple answer....

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Canada-EU Trade Deal Text Leaked By German TV

(88) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:50 PM

A German news show has published what it says is the text of the Canada-EU free trade deal.

More than 520 pages of the 1,500-page document were posted to the website of German TV network ARD’s news show Tagesschau on Wednesday.

According to some experts now poring...

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StatsCan 'Error' Blamed As Unemployment Report Disappears From Web

(19) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Statistics Canada has taken the rare move of pulling an unemployment report offline, due to “an error in processing” of July’s labour market numbers.

StatsCan’s most recent unemployment report, released last Friday, was no longer available at StatsCan’s website as of Tuesday. Instead, there was a notice advising...

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