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July 19, 2018 6:22 PM It’s time for Canada to get adventurous with bonds

At this time last year, when the central bank was only starting to tighten monetary policy, the spread was more than 100 basis points. While yields on Canada’s 30-year bonds fell seven basis points in the past 12 months, two-year yields have risen 71 basis points, increasing the relative attractiveness of longer bonds from the issuer’s perspective. “In spite 6

July 19, 2018 10:00 AM Debit, credit card spending reflects slowing retail sales: Report

All provinces saw spending growth with the exception of Newfoundland, which experienced a decrease of 2.4 per cent. British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario were the only three provinces to outpace the Canadian average, realizing year-over-year increases of 4.6 per cent, 4.2 per cent and 3.4 per cent. “Looking at our data from the last three years, we’ve 7

July 18, 2018 6:56 PM Rogers faces earnings test in crowded Canadian wireless market

Canada’s Big Three telecommunications companies aren’t expected to take a hit from Shaw Communications Inc.’s move into mobile offerings when they report second-quarter results, according to analysts. The telecom stalwarts are attracting an influx of contract wireless customers, following the trend over the past two years as Canada’s population rises 8

July 18, 2018 2:42 PM U.K. investigators probe Russian access to Facebook data from Cambridge Analytica scandal

LONDON—British authorities looking into inappropriate use of data gathered by political consultant Cambridge Analytica from millions of Facebook users say some of the systems that accessed the material appear to be in Russia or a group of former Soviet states. The Information Commissioner’s Office, which is investigating data analytics by political campaigns 5

July 17, 2018 4:45 PM ‘I didn’t know how to refuse’: Two survivors share stories of sexual assault in U.S. immigration detention centres

“He grabbed my breasts … He put his hands in my pants and he touched my private parts,” she said. “He touched me again inside the van, and my hands were tied. And he started masturbating.” In 2014, a 19-year-old asylum seeker, “E.D.,” was staying in a family detention centre in Pennsylvania with her 3-year-old son. A few months into her seven-month stay, she was sexually 6

July 17, 2018 12:42 PM Algonquin College warns students, alumni after hackers infiltrate databases

The school, which also has campuses in Perth and Pembroke, says an investigation has not found any direct evidence that any data was accessed or taken, nor was any financial or health information exposed in the incident. The college says it alerted 4,568 people via email on Monday that their information, including birth dates and home addresses, may have been exposed 5

July 16, 2018 9:39 PM Hundreds of Canadian glaciers shrinking, study finds

The Canadian Arctic is experiencing some of the fastest climate warming anywhere on Earth. The annual average temperature on Ellesmere Island has increased by 3.6 degrees. Data from other points in the Arctic suggest rising temperatures mean the elevation needed for snow to last through the summer has risen by 300 metres. White found most of Ellesmere’s 9

July 16, 2018 12:57 PM An Indiana man thought the gun he was cleaning was unloaded. His 6-year-old daughter is now dead

Gun manuals and training protocols remind owners to check to see if a weapon is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction before starting to clean. Yet accidental shootings are a significant cause of death in the U.S. In 2013, a North Carolina man was wiping down his shotgun when it unexpectedly went off and his 10-year-old son was shot in the head. In 2015, a Pennsylvania 8

July 13, 2018 10:29 PM Netflix subscriber growth faces new test after $46-billion rally

Netflix Inc. will get a chance Monday to validate the more than US$40 billion added to its market value since the company’s blowout earnings report in April. The main question hanging over Netflix’s second-quarter results — much like the first — is whether the company can add enough streaming subscribers to satisfy investors, whose bullish bets have made the stock 11

July 5, 2018 5:03 PM App traps: how cheap smartphones help themselves to user data

Upstream Systems, a London-based mobile commerce and security firm that uncovered the GMobi app’s activity and shared it exclusively with the Journal, says it bought four new devices that, once activated, began sending data to GMobi via its firmware-updating app. This included 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identification, or IMEI, numbers 60