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January 4, 2019 7:52 PM Trade tensions prompt supply chain changes for firms in China

On Wednesday afternoon, Apple Inc. cut guidance sending its stock down 10 per cent and the S&P 500 down 2.5 per cent. CEO Tim Cook, in a letter to investors, cited trade issues, “We believe the economic environment in China has been further impacted by rising trade tensions with the United States.” The following morning, Kevin Hassett, chairman of the U.S. Council 11

January 2, 2019 10:45 PM Team Canada’s Ian Mitchell, Shane Bowers juggle hockey, academics

The Calahoo, Alta., native is thriving in the college environment. Last year, he was second in the NCAA last year when it came to points by a rookie defenceman. This season he has 11 points in 14 games. He’s also excelling academically. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect was selected as a National Collegiate Hockey Conference distinguished scholar-athlete 7

January 2, 2019 4:56 PM Weather warnings issued for several parts of B.C., as new storms arrive

The weather office says a further 10 centimetres of snow will fall over parts of northeastern B.C., including the Peace River and Pine Pass on Highway 97, but the system, and another packing 90 km/h winds on the central coast, should ease by Wednesday afternoon. The storm will then slide south prompting winter storm warnings for the Sea-to-Sky Highway 7

December 23, 2018 5:09 PM Hand-held self-checkout emerges at Canadian retailers with middling results

He has noticed customers prefer hand-held self-checkout when buying a few items, but that letting a cashier ring up a purchase is more ideal when someone has a full cart or basket. “(Hand-held self-checkout) is not for everyone and it is not for every occasion,” he said. “I know some retailers have had checkout on the app and some customers liked it and some didn’t 24

December 20, 2018 4:08 PM Canada can hit Paris promise if we switch to electric cars and public transit

Canada is promising to cut current emissions nearly 200 million tonnes a year by 2030 but recent reports suggest it has to do almost twice that to do its part in curbing global warming. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada will increase its goals by 2020, as is required under the Paris agreement. Environment officials are also updating 16

December 19, 2018 3:48 AM Saskatchewan to spend up to $3.3 million on scrap tire cleanup

REGINA—The Saskatchewan government says it will spend up to $3.3 million to clean up more than 6,600 tonnes of scrap tires at a defunct recycling plant. The Assiniboia Rubber Recycling plant closed in February 2014 and the company that operated it went into receivership later that year. That left residents of the town with an eyesore and the government 19

December 4, 2018 4:28 PM First Nations voters flipped 22 ridings in 2015 and ready to do it again

He talked about putting his organization’s “Closing the Gap” document in front of each party during the last federal election. It outlined priorities on everything from the environment to Indigenous languages and he said it sent the message that they had better be part of a party’s platform if it wanted power. Bellegarde says he wants to see a few key pieces 22

December 2, 2018 4:34 PM Study finds most Canadian cities fail on climate change plans

“Where are most of our people and property?” Thistlethwaite said. “They’re in cities. There’s a concentration there of exposure.” Cities are caught in a bind, he said. Not only are they already strapped for cash to fill potholes and run buses, but their main source of income can conflict with the need to plan for climate change. “Their revenue’s from property 25

November 27, 2018 8:48 PM Auto expert warns of ‘more to come’ after GM’s plan to close Oshawa plant

“If there is a ‘canary’ out there it has been slowly dying for quite some time,” DesRosiers said by email. “I am not saying that Canada will become Australia and eventually lose all its vehicle assembly operations but there is more to come, I just don’t know which plants and when they will disappear.” Auto production has declined to about 2 million units 30

November 27, 2018 5:30 PM Scotiabank ‘confident’ its energy portfolio can weather oil slump

Scotiabank’s energy loans accounted for $14.8 billion, or 2.6 per cent of its loan book in the fourth quarter, according to financial disclosures. Of that, $3.4 billion was tied to Canadian exploration and production, including $1.2 billion directly linked to Western Canada Select oil. Bank of Nova Scotia and Bank of Montreal have the highest direct 21