National Newswatch

HBC correcting merchandising misstep, managers get better tools: CEO

Jun 13 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Shoppers at Hudson's Bay stores may see more personnel on the floors at the busier locations later this year, and more upscale merchandise than last year, as the retailer's management team works to revive the chain's sales growth.   Hudson’s Bay Co. chief executive Helena Foulkes told analysts Thursday that the Toronto-based company's main Canadian banner recognizes that it put too much emphasis […]

Liberals looking to balance tensions between telecom carriers, consumers

Jun 5 2019 — David Paddon — MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The federal minister responsible for telecommunications said Wednesday that the Liberal government is very aware that there's a tension between the needs of consumers and Canadian wireless carriers. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains told an industry conference that he's heard their warnings that future investments in communications networks could be threatened by policy […]

Judge OKs class action by former BlackBerry employees claiming severance pay

May 28 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — An Ontario judge has cleared the way for a class action on behalf of about 300 former employees of BlackBerry Ltd. who are seeking severance or termination pay from the technology company. The suit alleges, among other things, that BlackBerry had attempted to avoid paying the employees what they were owed by arranging to transfer the […]

Canadian firms targeted with increasingly sophisticated phishing techniques

May 28 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Fraudsters have become creative in disguising email that contains dangerous links and attachments and Canadian firms may be falling for the scams more often than those in other countries. "We've seen everything from fake divorce papers to fake medical diagnoses, sometimes not even for the recipient of the email," Proofpoint senior vice-president Ryan Kalember […]

Postmedia invests in The Logic’s subscription-based digital news service

May 22 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Postmedia Network Inc. plans to buy a minority stake in The Logic Inc. — a digital-only Canadian media outlet with a mandate to break tech-focused news through investigative journalism, the two companies announced Wednesday. Andrew MacLeod, chief executive of Postmedia — owner the National Post and other publications — said that discussions began after he […]

Markham uses Collision to put spotlight on land parcel designed for innovation hub

May 21 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — The mayor of Markham is using a major technology conference to tell startup enterprises that his city north of Toronto is preparing a large parcel of land to be the home of a new innovation hub. Mayor Frank Scarpitti says Markham has designated about 770 hectares (1,900 acres) of private and city-owned lands that will be developed as […]

GM Canada to keep Maven car-sharing in Toronto as number of U.S. cities reduced

May 21 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — General Motors will continue to operate its Maven car-sharing service in Toronto despite plans to pull out of eight North American markets, including New York City and Chicago. GM Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright says the company continues to look for opportunities to improve and expand its Maven car-sharing operations in Canada. Maven's Toronto fleet started in February […]

CPP Investment Board posts 8.9% return for 2018-19, adds $35.9B to assets

May 15 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Canada Pension Plan Investment Board recovered from a weak quarter in late 2018 to produce a solid 8.9 per cent net return for its most recent financial year. The Toronto-based investment manager for the Canada Pension Plan announced Wednesday that its CPP Fund had $392.0 billion of net assets as of March 31, up $35.9 […]

DHX Media puts faith in creating content for streaming services for Apple, others

May 14 2019 — David Paddon — TORONTO — DHX Media Ltd. is expanding its presence in the United States through new partnerships with Apple Inc. and Comcast, DHX executives said Tuesday while discussing the company's third-quarter financial results  The Canadian producer and distributor of child and youth-oriented programming, such as Peanuts and other animation and the Degrassi live-action franchise, posted a bigger loss ($18.4 […]

Missing Ontario man’s family, friends search for clues on desert hiking trail

May 13 2019 — David Paddon — Dawne Robinson and about 10 other searchers spent Mother's Day searching a hot, dry, boulder-strewn hiking trail for clues of what happened to her younger brother, who vanished last July at Joshua Tree National Park in California. Paul Miller of Guelph, Ont., 51 at the time, was near the end of a hiking vacation with his wife Stephanie when he […]