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VOD seeing rapid growth

Nov 27, 2015 / 2:56 pm
Even though the overwhelming majority of Canadians still watch live TV, a new study says there has been "rapid" growth in people accessing video on demand through their service providers. Canadian audience measurement firm Numeris released a report Friday which found about 90 per cent...

McDonald's will prosecute

Nov 27, 2015 / 2:12 pm
McDonald's Mexico says it will prosecute whoever planted a rodent's head in one of its hamburgers, causing authorities to close down one of its restaurants near Mexico City. A company statement says it will hire the best investigation firm to find the identity of the person responsible...

Best Buy crashes on big day

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:50 am
One of Canada's largest tech retailers has incurred the wrath of Black Friday shoppers who say a website malfunction prevented them from taking advantage of the annual markdowns. The online backlash against Best Buy Canada began shortly after the company tweeted Thursday night that its Black...

Shopping madness begins

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:31 am
Nearly 100 million shoppers were expected to head to stores on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season in the U.S. Add that to the millions who shopped Thursday on Thanksgiving, a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S. where the holiday has traditionally been reserved...

Costco veggie mix recalled

Nov 27, 2015 / 6:21 am
A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California, has recalled...

Turkey-Russia spat deepens

Nov 26, 2015 / 3:39 pm
A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder. The spat reflected...

Marijuana by courier

Nov 26, 2015 / 3:32 pm
The CEO of one of Canada's licensed medical cannabis producers says a delivery-by-courier model would be a good first step as the new Liberal government looks to allow recreational access to the drug. "I think there may be an interim opportunity for distribution to happen quickly, to...

Fill 'er up with gumweed

Nov 26, 2015 / 10:14 am
Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future. Now, scientists...

Struggling to pay bills

Nov 26, 2015 / 9:22 am
A new survey from Manulife Bank suggests that nearly 40 per cent of Canadians have struggled to cover their household expenses at least once in the past year. Sixty-two per cent of those polled said they were never "caught short" without enough money in their bank account to cover...

Charity 'an investment'

Nov 26, 2015 / 9:17 am
More than nine in 10 Canadians follow the example of reformed miser Ebenezer Scrooge and give to charity every year, but experts advise taking a page from his tightwad ways and treat those charitable donations like an investment. Philanthropy professionals and charity watchdogs say that as the...

More fines for VW

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:30 am
South Korea said Thursday it fined Volkswagen $12.3 million and ordered recalls of 125,522 diesel vehicles after the government found their emissions tests were rigged. Hong Dong Gon, a director at the Ministry of Environment, said in a live television broadcast that the ministry will continue...

Bad news for rhinos

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:16 am
A South African judge on Thursday struck down a government ban on the domestic trade in the horns of rhinos, alarming some conservationists who say the decision could intensify the slaughter of the threatened species. Judge Francis Legodi said the South African government had failed to properly...

No guarantees for oilpatch

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:06 am
Canada's new natural resources minister met with his Alberta counterpart and oil industry executives in Calgary on Wednesday, but gave them little to cheer about. "Canadians elected a new government and they expect a new approach," said James Carr to executives attending the...

Pipeline reports go online

Nov 26, 2015 / 6:00 am
The National Energy Board is making more information about the safety of pipelines it regulates available to the public. Starting immediately, inspection reports are going to be posted on the regulator's website. Chris Loewen, vice-president of operations at the board, says the watchdog...

$750/pill price drop reneged

Nov 25, 2015 / 3:01 pm
After weeks of criticism from patients, doctors and even other drugmakers for hiking a life-saving medicine's price more than fifty-fold, Turing Pharmaceuticals is reneging on its pledge to cut the $750-per-pill price. Instead, the small biotech company says it's reducing the price for...

Mining collaboration pact

Nov 25, 2015 / 2:44 pm
Alaska and British Columbia have reached an agreement that promises to protect shared environments and collaborate on proposed mining projects that have raised concerns on both sides of the border. Premier Christy Clark and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed the deal that formalizes commitments to...

Big biz parties on the outs

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:16 am
The era of the big-ticket corporate holiday bash appears to be on life support in Calgary. "We produce events across North America and everywhere else we're fine, but in Calgary we're down 80 per cent," said David Howard, president of The Event Group, a party planning company...

Nazi themed ads pulled

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:53 am
An ad campaign that featured Nazi imagery has been pulled from the New York City subway system. Seats on the 42nd Street shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal were wrapped in Nazi regalia to promote an Amazon video series called "The Man in the High Castle." The show...

Toyota recalls vehicles

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:38 am
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.6 million vehicles for defective air bags supplied by embattled Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp. The recall includes 22 models sold in Japan, including the Corolla and Vitz, manufactured from January 2004 through December 2005, as well as vehicles in Italy,...

Ukraine's Russia restrictions

Nov 25, 2015 / 9:14 am
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbour. Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its...

Maple Leaf cutting jobs

Nov 25, 2015 / 6:32 am
Maple Leaf Foods is cutting more than 400 salaried jobs in a move to cut costs and streamline the organization. The meat processing company says the majority of the cuts will be completed before the end of the year, with the remainder in 2016. The cuts come as the company nears the end of a...

Investing in aging

Nov 25, 2015 / 6:09 am
As aging baby boomers fuel growing demand for health-care services, investors are increasingly turning their attention to medical office buildings — a niche within the real estate market that some argue is recession proof. "Doctors are paid by the government in Canada, so they're...

Keurig goes 'Kold'

Nov 24, 2015 / 2:02 pm
You might be hard-pressed to remember the last time you cracked open a can of soda and thought to yourself: "There's gotta be an easier way to drink this." Yet the problem that probably doesn't exist is now the project that Keurig is leaning its hopes on. Nearly 18 years...

Skills not matching need

Nov 24, 2015 / 1:04 pm
The head of one of Canada's largest banks says the country's post-secondary institutions are not producing enough graduates with the right skills to drive future economic growth. CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig tells The Canadian Press in an interview that much of Canada's eventual...

Lost luggage worse in winter

Nov 24, 2015 / 9:48 am
Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage — December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags. To avoid problems, arrive at the airport early enough to let your bag get to the plane, and print out a copy of your itinerary from...

Future of self-driving cars

Nov 24, 2015 / 6:20 am
Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public's hands, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Transportation Just two years ago, the agency struck a cautious tone. Its...

Coca-Cola pulled the strings

Nov 24, 2015 / 6:09 am
A non-profit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world's largest beverage maker was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network, which is led by a professor at...

A new climate image

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:19 pm
The advent of new leadership in Ottawa and Alberta will allow Canada to shed its international reputation as an environmental pariah, premiers asserted Monday as they arrived for their first formal meeting with a prime minister in nearly seven years. Premiers praised Justin Trudeau's...

Sask. eyes green power

Nov 23, 2015 / 10:45 am
SaskPower says it's going to develop wind, solar and geothermal power so that 50 per cent of power will come from renewable sources by 2030. SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh calls it a directional target and says details about where wind or solar facilities might be located still have to be worked...

Fraud losses could hit $70M

Nov 23, 2015 / 10:06 am
Mass marketing fraud is big business and Canadians continue to fuel the enterprise. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), Canadians were scammed out of nearly $69.5 million by mass marketing fraudsters in 2014. This year is shaping up to be more of the same, with $35 million in...

Art putchase reaps points

Nov 23, 2015 / 9:57 am
Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life. All because he bought a painting. Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani's...

ABC deal for Miss America

Nov 23, 2015 / 9:53 am
The Miss America organization has agreed to a new three-year broadcast deal with ABC. The deal announced Monday between the organization and Dick Clark Productions will keep the pageant on ABC through 2018. The pageant is televised from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall each...

4K TV: do you need it?

Nov 23, 2015 / 9:50 am
If you're shopping for a TV, get out a tape measure and do some quick calculations before you head to the store. And count the number of gadgets you'll want to connect to your screen. Buying a TV is no longer just choosing how big a screen you want. Here are some big decisions...

Buyout builds pharma giant

Nov 23, 2015 / 5:23 am
Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a US$160-billion stock deal that will create the world's largest drugmaker. It's also the largest so-called inversion, where an American corporation combines with a company headquartered in a country with a lower...

Carbon tax for Albertans

Nov 22, 2015 / 12:22 pm
Alberta has released its long-awaited report on climate change policy. Premier Rachel Notley has accepted a report suggesting the province implement a carbon tax that will apply across the economy. The levy would start at $20 a tonne of greenhouse gases in 2017 and will move to $30 a tonne...

Trudeau, premiers to meet

Nov 22, 2015 / 7:51 am
Five things to watch in Canadian business this week: Premiers' confab: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits down with the country's premiers on Monday, the first such meeting since 2009. The new prime minister invited Canada's 10 premiers and three territorial leaders to Ottawa for the...

SE Asia economies unite

Nov 22, 2015 / 7:39 am
Thirteen years after mooting the idea, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than both the European Union and North America, and one that hopes to compete with China and India. The 10 leaders in the Association of...

Ending state cyberattacks

Nov 21, 2015 / 6:17 pm
A senior American security official has suggested it remains to be seen whether China will honour an agreement reached this year on state-sponsored cyberattacks on private businesses. The United States and China have "core differences" on the subject, Admiral Michael Rogers, the...

Ford workers OK contract

Nov 21, 2015 / 7:24 am
Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers. The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-per cent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22...

Can 'Force' top Avatar?

Nov 20, 2015 / 3:43 pm
Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new "Star Wars" movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go. But does that mean the movie's destined to be the biggest of all time? Though several signs point in that direction, the outcome isn't...
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