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  • Air Canada union files human rights complaint alleging ‘systemic’ mistreatment of flight attendants

    March 9, 2018 2:37 AM 14

    The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says it has filed a human rights complaint alleging “systemic discrimination and harassment” of its members. The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the airline’s policies on uniforms and makeup are discriminatory toward female flight attendants on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and race. It adds the company’s

  • Investing in firms with women at the top can ease volatility, study says

    March 8, 2018 6:37 PM 18

    Firms with more gender diversity among managers have consistently seen lower share-price swings, Bank of America said in a report. The study also looked at female participation on company boards, which has been “steadily improving” over the last decade but “still has a long way to go.” Just 11 per cent of the S&P 500 have at least one-third of their

  • TSX, U.S. markets up ahead of Trump’s tariff announcement

    March 8, 2018 4:45 PM 17

    The S&P/TSX composite index was up 48.18 points to 15,520.79, after 90 minutes of trading. The tariffs are expected to include some sort of temporary exemptions for Canada and Mexico. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 9.62 points to 24,810.98. The S&P 500 index was up 2.63 points to 2,729.43 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 11.36 points

  • Alexa speakers that laugh randomly have been fixed, Amazon says

    March 8, 2018 4:42 PM 17

    Amazon confirmed that in rare circumstances, the voice assistant can mistakenly hear the phrase “Alexa, laugh,” which under its normal programming would trigger it to chuckle. In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Inc.’s Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random. Some people

  • Amazon Echo’s Alexa has been randomly laughing at its users — and nobody knows why

    March 8, 2018 2:02 AM 17

    Amazon says it has changed the command for Alexa to laugh but did not say why the speaker would laugh when no one is talking. Several people who own Amazon’s Echo speakers have reported a strange bug: The Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for apparently no reason. Some users on Twitter and Reddit say the outbursts have been entirely spontaneous

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hits $100-billion milestone, Trump’s wealth sinks, annual Forbes list shows

    March 7, 2018 5:27 PM 14

    SAN FRANCISCO—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has become the first $100 billion mogul to top Forbes’ annual rankings of the world’s richest people. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s fortune sank during his first year in office despite a surging stock market. The Bezos milestone, revealed in Tuesday’s release of Forbes’ closely watched list, underscores the growing

  • Statistics Canada says country's trade deficit narrowed to $1.9 billion in January

    March 7, 2018 4:43 PM 13

    OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the country's merchandise trade deficit narrowed in January to $1.9 billion compared with a deficit of $3.1 billion in December. Economists had expected a deficit of $2.5 billion for January, according to Thomson Reuters. Statistics Canada says imports totalled $47.7 billion, down 4.3 per cent from a record level in December

  • U.S. stocks sink, TSX rises moderately after Trump adviser Gary Cohn’s resignation

    March 7, 2018 3:18 PM 13

    Canada’s main stock index is up in late-morning trading as U.S. stocks fell following the departure of a top economic adviser in the White House. Wall Street’s move lower follows weakness in global markets overnight after the departure of Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council. Cohn had been the leading internal opponent to President

  • Toronto, U.S. stock markets fall amid calls for Trump to back down on steel and aluminum tariffs

    March 6, 2018 5:28 PM 14

    North American stock markets were in the red in late-morning trading as U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan called on President Donald Trump to back away from his plan for broad international tariffs. Trump's plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have roiled stock markets as investors have feared they could ignite a trade war and damage the global

  • Loblaw adds cricket powder to President’s Choice line

    March 6, 2018 5:19 PM 15

    Loblaw says the flour is high in protein and has a ‘neutral flavour’, making it a versatile ingredient for many recipes. One of the country’s biggest retailers is betting bugs are the next big thing in Canadian cuisine. Loblaw Companies Ltd. is adding cricket powder to its lineup of President’s Choice products. In a statement Monday, Loblaw says the flour