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Fast Canadian business news. Get up-to-speed quick with a fun and smart breakdown of the three biggest Canadian and global business stories in less than 10 minutes. Sponsored in part by Moneris - Check out their Yes, We Are Open Podcast at yesweareopenpodcast.com
 
On History of the 90’s we’ll travel back in time through the stories that defined a decade. The last 10 years of the 20th century was a time like no other, from Columbine to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Seinfeld, Air Jordan, and the Spice Girls …if it happened in the 90’s you’ll hear about it on this podcast. Join Kathy Kenzora as we journey through the History of the 90's every other Wednesday.
 
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Scotiabank, Tim Hortons, Telus, and Canadian Tire have suspended funding for Hockey Canada following the organization’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations against its players. If you’re a fan of haggling with salespeople at car dealerships, we have bad news: Ford plans to shake up the tried-and-tested dealer model of car sales, using the sal…
 
The federal government is “doubling down” on its supercluster innovation program, slapping on a fresh coat of paint and publicly reasserting its importance in driving Canadian innovation. Asset management behemoth Blackstone made it clear it has no interest in investing in single-family homes as part of its expansion into Canadian real estate, but …
 
In 1992 HIV/AIDS hit a grim milestone in the United States when it became the number one cause of death among men ages 25 to 44. Since there was still so much stigma attached to the illness, people were often dying without even telling their closest friends and family that they were sick. They died alone because of the shame they felt about having …
 
On Sunday, G7 nations said they were standing with Ukraine for “as long as it takes” in their fight against Russia. On Monday, they translated those words into action with a plan to cap the price of Russian oil, depriving Vladimir Putin of a key revenue source. We’ve all heard calls to save the bees and now we might be hearing calls to save the ber…
 
The rumour about Netflix’s next big move is true and, no, it’s not the one you heard about them bringing back your fave cancelled show (#GLOWSeason4Now): Ads are officially coming to the platform. Hybrid work may seem like a nice compromise between employers who want workers in seats and employees who’d rather not spend hours commuting every week b…
 
Amazon has introduced its first fully-autonomous mobile robot designed to safely and easily lift and move large carts around its warehouses, part of a larger effort to automate its sprawling fulfillment centres. Canadian airlines will soon need to offer customers a refund for cancelled or delayed flights, even if the reason for the disruption is be…
 
Loblaws has partnered with DoorDash to launch a new rapid grocery delivery service that promises to get customers their fave foodstuffs in 30 minutes or less, available in 12 Canadian cities by the end of August. Shopify is rolling out over 100 new products and features as the company looks to get a leg-up on its biggest threat, a scrappy young ups…
 
TikTok announced that Oracle’s cloud servers will be the new home of US users’ data, but a new report from Buzzfeed detailing how state-side user data was repeatedly accessed from China. Canada’s healthcare system is teetering on the brink of crisis and governments must act swiftly to avoid a full-blown meltdown, according to a growing chorus of to…
 
Get your metal straws and tote bags ready, because the age of single-use plastic items is coming to an end in Canada as the federal government rolls out its long-anticipated plan to ban disposable plastic items like bags, cutlery, and containers. Canadian summer camps are struggling to find enough camp counsellors to meet the end-of-school-year rus…
 
JOIN US AT OUR PEAK DEBATE ON JUNE 27th IN TORONTO: https://readthepeak.com/debates/billionaires-media-democracy While we’re still reeling from Tim Hortons’ app scandal, unsure if we can ever trust a mobile fast food ordering platform again, the federal government has introduced new laws to crack down on the sort of privacy invasions and data misha…
 
A new government report on money laundering in BC revealed that billions of dollars of criminal funds have flowed through casinos, real estate and luxury goods every year As the government attempts to very quickly pass laws that force digital streamers to follow Canadian content rules, the Senate has made it clear they’re going to take their sweet …
 
Following a 0.75 percentage point interest rate rise from the US Federal Reserve yesterday (its largest since 1994), Bay street is now putting the probability of an identical hike coming out of the Bank of Canada’s July decision at 80% Streaming platform Apple TV+ reaches a ten-year, US$2.5 billion deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) to become the …
 
We break down why gas prices across the country have hit record highs. With over four in five businesses impacted by cyberattacks staying quiet last year, the federal government has introduced a new security bill complete with a new set of reporting requirements for the telecoms, finance, energy, and transport sectors. Canada is shutting down the n…
 
During the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the North American blood supply became contaminated with HIV from infected donors. As a result, by the mid-1980s, about 10,000 hemophiliacs were infected with HIV. 13-year-old Ryan White from Kokomo, Indiana was one of those who contracted the virus through a tainted blood product and after he was barred …
 
The TSX re-enters correction territory and S&P falls into bear market as recession fears intensify with rising inflation. Layoffs and hiring freezes in the US tech sector are creeping into Canada, with some prominent industry figures worried that tech could lose more jobs than during the 2008 financial crisis. Big oil companies are fleeing Alberta’…
 
BoC Governor Tiff Macklem now says rates may need to move above 3% to tame inflation, putting a rarely seen 0.75% hike on the table for the Bank’s next meeting in July. The United States may have finally dropped its COVID testing requirements for international travellers, but a combo of flight cancellations, airport backlogs, and labour disputes ar…
 
Researchers at some of Canada’s top universities will continue to partner with Huawei even after the federal government banned the telecoms giant from the country’s 5G networks. In its annual Financial System Review, the Bank of Canada warned that high levels of household debt and record-high home prices are the top vulnerabilities that could lead …
 
Politicians in Canada and all over the world are jumping on the idea of seizing Russian assets to help rebuild Ukraine, despite a number of practical and legal hurdles. Soon you’ll be able to use your Scene card to save on more than just cinema popcorn, as Sobeys’ parent company Empire drops Air Miles to unlock better insights into customer data. S…
 
The price of lumber has bucked the inflation trend by plummeting more than 50% from recent peaks, as people adjust their spending priorities for a post-pandemic lifestyle. From fish-and-chip shops to big corporations, more than 3,300 workers across 70 companies in the UK will work 80% of their hours for 100% of their pay as part of the world’s larg…
 
Municipal governments across the country, including Winnipeg, Ottawa and Charlottetown are enforcing new regulations to get a grip on the booming short-term rental market, ahead of the busiest summer travel season in years. Elon Musk threatened to walk away from buying Twitter in a letter that accuses the company of not complying with his request f…
 
Amidst rampant inflation and supply-chain disruptions, Canadian dairy farmers feel squeezed to get their products onto grocery store shelves. Billionaire CEO Elon Musk is feeling "super bad" about the economy and will move to pause hiring and cut ~10% of his Tesla workforce, he said in an email to executives on Thursday. Canada’s got a bigger produ…
 
Montreal-based Repare Therapeutics has entered a deal (potentially worth US$1.2 billion) with pharma giant F Hoffman La Roche to create a new drug to treat cancerous tumours. Almost half of Canada’s asset managers, researchers and lenders are “not very satisfied” or “totally dissatisfied” with available company data for so-called “green” investment…
 
The Bank of Canada (BoC) is continuing to aggressively hike interest rates to combat high inflation, announcing another 0.5 percentage point raise yesterday to 1.5%. Canada’s largest employers are now required to report wage-gap data, part of an effort to shine a light on pay discrepancies across the country. Some of North America’s largest food an…
 
Canadians could soon find it difficult to cool down this summer as lifeguard labour shortages start to impact beaches and pools across the country. Over four million Canadians who use the Tim Hortons mobile app may have had their day-to-day movements recorded without their knowledge Job hunters tired of sending out cover letters that may never be r…
 
The World Bank ranks the Port of Vancouver the 368th most efficient port in the world, meaning it’s one of the least efficient. The Port Authority boss warns that issues will remain unless a proposed extension is approved. EU leaders are set to endorse a proposed ban on Russian oil, which makes up 29% of the bloc’s oil imports. The proposal will ba…
 
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Canada could start supplying Europe with liquefied natural gas (LNG) by 2025 ahead signalling a new openness to accelerating LNG projects on the East Coast. The federal government issued a policy that aims to make internet access more accessible and affordable by forcing large telecoms to provide s…
 
The SEC is proposing new regulations of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance funds amid accusations of greenwashing. World Bank President David Malpass said it's hard to see how a global recession will be avoided, as the impacts of the war in Ukraine continue to take their toll on the world economy. With close to US$3 billion of art sold …
 
Pfizer announced plans to sell brand-name drugs at not-for-profit prices in low-income countries, starting in Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi, Senegal, and Uganda. Big pharma sees Africa as the last remaining high growth market. Quebec’s Bombardier has launched a new private jet capitalizing on soaring demands for chartered air travel amongst the world’s wea…
 
Snap’s shares took a 30% tumble after the social media company’s CEO announced it would miss its revenue and profit targets. The revenue slowdown is attributed to economic pressures and ad tech changes. Airbnb is leaving China, a signal that big western tech has can’t survive in the world’s second-largest economy. The home-sharing company will remo…
 
Before the streaming wars began, or YouTube and Vine gave rise to social media as we know it, there was a different, albeit surprising, force dominating pop culture: basic cable. On Basic!, go behind the scenes of a glorious time in pop culture, when shows like MTV’s The Real World, ESPN’s SportsCenter and AMC’s Breaking Bad made basic cable a must…
 
Almost a million people in Ontario and Quebec were left without power this weekend as a severe thunderstorm rocked the area. A report from ****The North American Electric Reliability Corporation predicts widespread blackouts this summer. Joe Biden is launching a new trade agreement with 12 Indo-Pacific countries (and no Canada), in a bid to economi…
 
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) posted a 6.8% return on investments this past fiscal year, but lost 2.9% last quarter alone amidst global pressure on public equities and stock market selloffs, particularly in China. As the EU works toward banning Russian energy imports (increasingly unclear what this means anymore in response to th…
 
US Soccer scored a big goal for wage equity, reaching a historic equal pay agreement with its men’s and women’s national teams With ~US$1.6 trillion of cryptocurrency’s market cap wiped out since its November highs, investors, celebrity endorsers, and regulators alike are reckoning with the industry’s increasingly uncertain future Business bankrupt…
 
Horror stories about long wait times at Canadian airports have flooded the news in recent weeks, and now the government is asking airlines to shrink their schedules and cancel planned flights to reduce the stress on airports. Google claims Canada’s Online News Act would break the internet, but NOT in a good way. Economists are now predicting that C…
 
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were one of the most famous celebrity couple of the 90s. So when a homemade sex tape from the couple’s honeymoon was stolen from a safe in their garage it became the biggest viral video of the era. For many years most people assumed the couple had leaked the tape themselves in a weird publicity stunt. On this episode o…
 
Across the Pacific, New Zealand dairy producers launched a formal complaint alleging dairy tariffs violated the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Alberta government is looking at over 40 new applications for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects to use underground caverns across the province to store captured carbon. From bedr…
 
India announced a ban on wheat exports over the weekend, a move that threatens to drive up already-high food prices and worsen shortages of key crops caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It’s inflation week. We’ll get April inflation numbers on Wednesday, and analysts are forecasting a similar pace of price rises (6.7%) as the previous month. Th…
 
In the midst of a week packed with inflation concerns, stock market pressures, and the breakdown of popular stablecoins, the volatility of cryptocurrency is on full display. Canadian seniors are turning to reverse mortgages as they consider new ways to fund their retirement—one private lender, Equitable Bank, saw a 262% year-over-year surge in its …
 
As more people take advantage of the opportunity to work remotely, extend vacations, or just take a vacation at all, Airbnb has unveiled changes to its platform that cater to longer stays. Alberta’s highest court has ruled that a 2019 federal environmental impact law overreaches into provincial jurisdiction and is therefore unconstitutional. For al…
 
Clearview, the surveillance company that rose to fame for scraping social media to build a huge facial recognition database, agreed to permanently ban most private companies from using its service under a court settlement in Illinois. The stock split club just added a new (and unexpected) member: Nintendo. The Japanese game giant announced a 10-for…
 
If you’re wondering what’s up with stocks lately, you probably already know the answer is that nothing’s up. We break down the latest markets news. Quebec’s stringent new French-language laws are expected to pass before summer, which would leave tens of thousands of (previously exempt) businesses forced to adopt higher standards around French signa…
 
Despite a Canadian horse being one of the favourites, Canadians couldn’t bet on last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby through single game sports betting apps because the government excluded it from new regulations. One in five container ships globally are currently stuck at major ports due to service and route disruptions stemming from lockdowns in Shangh…
 
Calgary’s Neo Financial has raised C$185 million led by billionaire Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures—launching the challenger bank into Canadian unicorn status, or a valuation of over $1 billion. Shopify missed profit estimates and announced the largest acquisition in its history, a US$2.1 billion deal for startup Deliverr to expand its warehousing and…
 
Markets are trying to connect the dots on the future of ride-sharing, as Uber doubles its revenue from last quarter but Lyft’s weak earnings outlook has dragged both companies’ stock prices down. Canada has become one of the first countries in the world to hold crowdfunding platforms to the same reporting standards as banks for large or suspicious …
 
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