Solar boom or bust? Companies seek tariffs on solar imports

Solar boom or bust? Companies seek tariffs on solar imports
Cheap solar panels imported from China and other countries have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry, where rooftop and other installations have surged 10-fold since 2011. But two U.S. solar manufacturers say the flood of imports has led one to bankruptcy and forced the other to lay off three-quarters of its workforce. The International Trade Commission is... Read More

Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure
Facebook will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators, bowing to pressure that it be more forthcoming with information that could shed light on possible interference in the 2016 presidential election. The social media giant also said it will make political advertising on its platform more “transparent.” It will require ads to disclose... Read More

National Bank of Canada says data exposed includes name, birthdate and phone number

National Bank of Canada says data exposed includes name, birthdate and phone number
National Bank of Canada says a website error may have exposed the personal information of nearly 400 of its customers, including their names, birthdates, phone number and email address. The Canadian lender says in a statement the problem related to an electronic form on its website and did not expose clients’ banking information, social insurance numbers or addresses. The bank... Read More

How to participate in the growing number of privacy class actions in Canada

How to participate in the growing number of privacy class actions in Canada
With Equifax among the latest in the increasing number of privacy class actions being launched in Canada, affected consumers looking to join such lawsuits may be surprised to learn that in many instances they’ve already been opted in. In most provinces in the country, anyone who has the same legal complaint as a plaintiff who launches any type of class... Read More

Provinces, territories push feds to loosen restrictions on infrastructure cash

Provinces, territories push feds to loosen restrictions on infrastructure cash
Provincial and territorial governments are asking the federal Liberals to loosen the strings tied to billions in upcoming infrastructure spending, including more relaxed spending requirements if it means too much of a hit to their budgets. The group is also asking Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to let provinces and territories move money between funding programs in case there are greater... Read More

Year-end deadline for new NAFTA looking impossible, trade experts say

Year-end deadline for new NAFTA looking impossible, trade experts say
NAFTA negotiators appear to have adopted the lament of the White Rabbit: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Battalions of negotiators for Canada, Mexico and the United States have been working at a breakneck pace trying to reach agreement on a revamped North American free trade pact by the end of the year but so far they have... Read More

Equifax Canada says 100,000 Canadians may be affected by cyberattack

Equifax Canada says 100,000 Canadians may be affected by cyberattack
Equifax Canada says approximately 100,000 Canadian consumers may have had their personal information and credit card details compromised in the massive cyberattack on the credit data company made public earlier this month. The company said Tuesday the investigation is ongoing and it appears that the breached data may have included names, addresses, social insurance numbers and, in limited cases, credit... Read More

Trudeau, Scheer draw election battle lines over small biz tax proposal

Trudeau, Scheer draw election battle lines over small biz tax proposal
A jousting match erupted Monday between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as the Liberal government’s plan to end “unfair” tax advantages for some wealthy small business owners dominated the return of Parliament. As they exchanged blows, the two leaders gave what is likely a preview of the themes that will underlie their respective election campaigns in... Read More

Montreal emerges as luxury real estate ‘hot spot,’ Sotheby’s report says

Montreal emerges as luxury real estate ‘hot spot,’ Sotheby’s report says
Montreal is emerging as a luxury real estate “hot spot,” while Vancouver and Toronto sales should pick up this fall after somewhat sluggish times, according to a new report. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s rosy outlook comes despite a slew of policy changes, including some from Ottawa and a couple provincial governments designed to cool the country’s hot housing markets. However,... Read More

British PM, Trudeau say Canada-EU trade deal a ‘basis’ for new bilateral talks

British PM, Trudeau say Canada-EU trade deal a ‘basis’ for new bilateral talks
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May say their two countries are working towards a new bilateral free trade deal to take effect after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Both leaders say the template for a deal would be the long-heralded Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, that comes largely into effect this week between... Read More