National Newswatch

Uber isn’t saying how many Canadians were affected by year-old hack

Nov 22 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Privacy advocates are raising alarms at how Uber is handling a year-old security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of millions of customers around the world. Uber admitted Tuesday that hackers stole names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders but has still not said which customers had their data stolen including […]

Nebraska approves alternative route for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

Nov 20 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Nebraska regulators approved passage of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline Monday, clearing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial $10-billion project but creating a new wrinkle by choosing an alternative route. The milestone comes after close to a decade of development on the project that Barack Obama rejected after years of review in 2015, only to have President Donald Trump issue the presidential […]

Nebraska approves alternative route for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

Nov 20 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Nebraska regulators approved passage of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline Monday, clearing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial $10-billion project but creating a new wrinkle by choosing an alternative route. The milestone comes after close to a decade of development on the project that Barack Obama rejected after years of review in 2015, only to have President Donald Trump issue the presidential […]

Governments, consumers dangerously exposed as data becomes new currency

Nov 16 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Would you sign on to a Wi-Fi service that promised to maliciously steal your data? That's what dozens of people at an Ottawa communications conference unwittingly agreed to this week when they signed a free Wi-Fi waiver, with the alarming clause inserted to emphasize the importance of consciously reviewing terms of service. It was a playful but poignant reminder of the need for heightened vigilance online, as corporations […]

Atco’s plans for power line in Jasper National Park meeting resistance

Nov 5 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — The roar of the chainsaw could soon join the calls of the wild in Jasper National Park as Atco Ltd. looks to string power across the town within the UNESCO World Heritage preserve. The Calgary-based power company maintains that a transmission line is the cheapest option for replacing the aging generators that currently power the off-grid town of Jasper. […]

Las Vegas attack leaves costly wake for uninsured Canadian victims

Oct 5 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Hudson Mack says he doesn't know the cost of his Victoria-based son's intensive medical care after being shot Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, only that he's sure it's already "catastrophic." Like many who make a short trip to the United States, his 21-year-old son Sheldon didn't buy travel health insurance before […]

Canadian industries concerned about knock-on effects of Bombardier tariffs

Sep 28 2017 — Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — The U.S. Department of Commerce's decision this week to slap major tariffs on Bombardier has raised concerns about ripple effects across Canada's trade exposed industries. Jean Simard, president of the Aluminium Association of Canada, said the decision to impose duties of 220 per cent on Bombardier's CSeries jets creates uncertainty across the manufacturing sector, including those supplying raw […]