National Newswatch

Study finds about one-third of Indigenous grads find work with Indigenous employers

Sep 22 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — A first-of-its-kind research study by two national Aboriginal groups has found that Indigenous employers provide Indigenous workers with better job satisfaction than other employers while paying them comparable incomes. The study, released Tuesday, is based on responses from Ontario participants in a 2020 national survey of Indigenous students who received financial help toward […]

Group wants Parliament, courts to hold social media to same standard as publishers

Sep 21 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is calling on Parliament to restrain social media platforms from distributing harmful or hateful content by applying the same laws that publishers and broadcasters already face. The lobby group's executive director says courts should be penalizing social media platforms that knowingly spread harmful content. Daniel Bernhard made the comments […]

Cogeco directors spurn Rogers, Altice again in an exchange of accusatory letters

Sep 16 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Cogeco Communications Inc. and its parent company are accusing Rogers Communications Inc. and its American partner of using "bad faith tactics" in their attempt to buy the company without support from its controlling shareholder. In a letter released two weeks after Rogers and Altice USA Inc. announced a $10.3 billion offer, Cogeco's lead […]

Independent internet providers cheer court decision upholding CRTC wholesale rates

Sep 10 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed appeals by some of Canada's largest telephone and cable companies Thursday, handing an interim victory to the country's independent internet providers. The court also ordered the network owners including Bell, Rogers and others to pay costs of the appeal to TekSavvy Solutions Inc., which is the largest […]

Entrepreneurs prepare to scale up their food businesses in the COVID era

Aug 21 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — When Isabelle Lam and Jaimie Lee met while studying at McGill University's dietetics and nutrition program in Montreal, they discovered they were both from the Toronto suburb of Markham and became fast friends. The two dietitians went on to co-found Remix Snacks during the final year of their undergraduate work in 2018 and have since appeared as contestants on CBC's "Dragons' Den" and landed […]

Independent ISP TekSavvy blames large carriers, cabinet for a planned price hike

Aug 20 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — One of Canada's largest independent internet companies is raising prices for the second time this year amid an ongoing battle over the wholesale prices charged by network owners. Ontario-based TekSavvy notified its customers by email this week that its residential internet prices will go up by as much as $10 per month, starting Oct. 1. That's on top of a $5-per-month […]

Texas startup will make a BlackBerry-branded 5G phone for North America, Europe

Aug 19 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. is teaming up with startup OnwardMobility for a new 5G version of the smartphone with the physical keyboard and enhanced security that once made the Waterloo, Ont. company's devices ubiquitous. The plans were announced jointly Wednesday by BlackBerry along with the Austin, Texas-based OnwardMobility and by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Taipei-based Foxconn that has been Apple Inc.'s primary iPhone maker […]

Satirical columnist, author Allan Fotheringham dies at his Toronto home, age 87

Aug 19 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Columnist and author Allan Fotheringham, known for his biting satirical commentaries aimed at the rich and the powerful, died Wednesday at his home in Toronto. He was 87. For 27 years, Fotheringham's columns appeared in the prominent last-page spot of Maclean's magazine, where readers often turned to read his take on Canadian news and politics before turning […]

Brookfield prepares for governments, private sector to grapple with post-COVID debt

Aug 13 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Brookfield Asset Management Inc. has assembled a huge pile of cash and funding commitments from its partners to take advantage of huge opportunities that will arise for it as a result of the COVID crisis, executives said Thursday Chief executive Bruce Flatt told analysts Thursday that Brookfield currently has US$77 billion available to deploy as […]

CAMH, Western among Canadian orgs. affected by ransomware attack on Blackbaud

Jul 30 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — At least two prominent fundraising organizations in Canada have notified their donors that their personal information may have been compromised in a May ransomware attack. Ransomware is a type of software designed to lock an information servers or data and prevent it from being used by the host organization unless a payment is paid, often […]

5G phones and networks are here, but the features and effects are unclear

Jul 26 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Amid much fanfare, Canada's Big 3 telecom companies introduced fifth-generation networks in major cities earlier this year and a few smartphones with 5G capabilities are now available for sale. Yet after years of promises about next-generation wireless powering self-driving cars and robotic surgery, it's still unclear exactly what the newly launched networks are […]

Rogers expects Q3 will show signs of recovery but pandemic’s impact will remain

Jul 22 2020 — David Paddon — TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. is cautiously predicting that its three main business units are past the worst parts of the pandemic, but it remains uncertain about how back-to-school sales will unfold. The Toronto-based wireless, cable and media company missed analyst expectations as its net profit and adjusted earnings were cut in half in the […]