Daniel Tencer
Dan Tencer is the business editor for HuffPost Canada and has been a journalist for more than 10 years. He has worked at the Ottawa Citizen, Maisonneuve Magazine, This Magazine and RawStory.com.

Most recently, he was editor-in-chief at TheMarkNews.com.

Entries by Daniel Tencer

PBO: Temporary Foreign Worker Program May Be Taking 1/4 Of New Jobs

(54) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:29 AM

The number of job opportunities in Canada is shrinking, and the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program may be to blame, according to an overlooked comment in a recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Office.

The report also suggests that one-quarter of new jobs in Canada could be...

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Canadian Housing Boom Ending, Will Be Drag On Growth: Scotia

(13) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Canada’s long housing boom is coming to an end, and because of the country’s growing reliance on real estate-related jobs, that will be a drag on the economy, Scotiabank predicts in a new report.

Senior economist Adrienne Warren says home resale activity will fall this year and next because “rising...

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Ontario's Economy Dragging Down The Rest Of Canada: Fraser Institute

(131) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:04 AM

Hey Ontario, stop being such a bummer. You’re dragging down the rest of us.

That’s the gist of the message coming from the right-leaning Fraser Institute in its latest economic report, “Can Canada Prosper Without a Prosperous Ontario?

The report argues that, in the space of a decade,...

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Bill S-4, Tories' Digital Privacy Act, An Attack On Digital Privacy: Critics

(108) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM

The Harper government’s Digital Privacy Act is being billed as “protection for Canadians when they surf the web and shop online,” but critics say it amounts to a wholesale threat to the privacy rights it ostensibly aims to enshrine.

Bill S-4, as the proposed legislation is officially known, would allow...

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Canada's Tax Burden On Labour Is Surprisingly Low, But Growing

(44) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 12:41 PM

With this year's tax deadline approaching rapidly, many people's thoughts are turning to the shell-shocking amount of money the government routinely takes from our paycheques.

On that front, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has some good news and some bad news.

First, the bad news: Canadians’ taxes...

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Facebook: Canadian Government Requested Data 366 Times in 2013

(32) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Facebook has released its second report on government requests for data, and it shows Canadian law enforcement asked for data on 366 Facebook users last year, involving 436 separate accounts.

There were 174 requests in the second half of 2013, down slightly from 192 requests in the first...

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Best Cities To Invest In Real Estate? Those Would Be Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary

(8) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Canadian cities top the world for the real estate markets that make the best bet for long-term investment, according to a study from U.K. property developer Grosvenor — but they may not be such a great investment in the short term.

Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary took the top three spots,...

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Heartbleed Threat Shuts Down CRA Website

(53) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Canada Revenue Agency has shut down public access to its tax-filing data amid reports of a major security flaw in a commonly used code for login services.

Individuals and businesses who have accounts at CRA website, allowing them to track their tax filings, were unable to access the accounts Wednesday...

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Quebec's Plan Nord Promises A Mining Boom

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:58 PM

The business community — both inside and outside Quebec — breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday night when Philippe Couillard's Liberals won a formidable majority government.

But for the resource sector, the defeat of the Parti Quebecois means more than just the removal of the risk of a separation...

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Canadian Housing Market Data So Poor Everyone Is 'Flying Blind': CIBC

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Ever notice how everyone seems to be wrong about Canada’s housing market? The pessimists predicting a housing bubble collapse have been wrong so far, but so have the optimists, who have been calling for a “soft landing” that hasn’t materialized.

Take, for instance, TD Bank’s prediction two years ago that...

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Oilsands' Economic Impact Is Not As Big As You'd Think

(204) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 7:49 AM

Many supporters of the Keystone XL have been warning that failing to build the pipeline — or at least some other infrastructure to carry oil — would be harmful to Canada’s economy.

But a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggests that while the oilsands are becoming an ever...

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U.S. Pushes Canada To Loosen Privacy Laws

(34) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 8:34 AM

The U.S. government is prodding Ottawa and some provinces to overhaul their privacy laws and allow Canadians’ personal data to be hosted on U.S. servers.

In its latest report on international trade barriers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (OUSTR) criticized federal and provincial regulations preventing public...

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Canada's 'Too Big To Fail' Bank Problem Is Worse Than U.S.: IMF

(140) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Even as other countries are working to reduce the problem of “too big to fail” banks, Canada’s financial industry is becoming more concentrated in the hands of a few large players, says a new study from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Such a high level of banking concentration “carries with...

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Canadian Cities Where An Average Income Will No Longer Buy You A House

(69) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Average-income families can no longer afford a detached house in more than a quarter of Canada’ largest cities, according to an analysis carried out by The Huffington Post Canada.

And while Toronto and Vancouver are famous for their high house prices, HuffPost’s survey shows those cities’ traditionally affordable suburbs are...

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One By AOL, New Ad Platform, Transforms Company's Advertising Business

(6) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:20 PM

AOL announced Wednesday a major overhaul of its advertising business with the launch of One by AOL, an ad platform that will integrate different ad campaigns — video, desktop and mobile, for instance — under a single product.

AOL appeared on the scene in the 1990s as a dial-up internet...

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Canada's Corporate Cash Hoard Is Nearly One-Third Of GDP: IMF

(112) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Canadian companies have been accumulating “dead money” — cash sitting idle in bank accounts — faster than companies in any other country in the G7, according to a report from the International Monetary Fund.

The issue of corporate cash hoards exploded in the wake of the financial crisis...

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Public Mobile Tells Customers They All Need New Phones After Telus Buyout

(14) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 1:27 PM

If Public Mobile’s 220,000 customers haven’t yet noticed any impact from the company being bought out by telecom giant Telus, they will soon.

That’s because, as of May, they will all need to buy new phones, at a likely cost to each of them of at least $49.

Public Mobile...

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Independent Quebec Keeping The Loonie? Bad Idea, Says Report

(53) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois recently suggested that an independent Quebec would keep the Canadian dollar, and would try to keep a seat on the Bank of Canada.

It was seen as a move designed to quell fears that Quebec could experience economic upheaval in the wake of...

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What Labour Shortage? Canada Has A Record Low Number Of Job Vacancies

(36) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:59 AM

The Harper government and some business groups have long argued that the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program is necessary to keep businesses running, given Canada’s supposedly dire labour shortage.

But the latest data on job vacancies from StatsCan puts a serious crimp in that argument.

There were...

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Harper Launches A Witch Hunt On Medical Pot Users

(40) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 5:16 PM

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...

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