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Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:22 PM ET

Toronto Star - Business

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

8 hours ago

Beyond self-checkouts: Carts, apps look to make grocery shopping hassle-free -- The artificial intelligence-equipped carts are the latest aspect in grocers' efforts to streamline the shopping experience as consumers became increasingly accustomed to convenience.

7 hours ago

Bring your own equipment and wait for work: Working for Uber is a lot like being a dock worker a century ago -- The technological "innovations" of the gig economy companies don't give them a free pass on basic workers rights, writes Jim Stanford.

8 hours ago

A new ranking shows that Canada is home to 10 of the best business schools for the world -- A new ranking by Corporate Knights evaluated 146 business schools around the world to see which ones were doing the best job at baking sustainability considerations into their core courses, institutes and faculty research. Canada, it turns out, is home to many of them.

9 hours ago

China's central bank to take steps to curb rising consumer prices -- As consumers are squeezed by higher costs — driven in part by surging pork prices due to outbreaks of African swine fever — policy-makers need to respond to reduce the pressure, the PBOC said in their quarterly report.

10 hours ago

CN conductors' union gives 72-hour strike notice as talks continue -- The company says its offer to enter into binding arbitration was declined by the union. A strike could begin at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 19 now that the notice has been provided.

1 day ago

It's that time of year when Canada's stock losers can go wild -- As 2019 draws to a close, many stock investors could end up selling low, creating wild gyrations for two of Canada's riskiest industries.

5 days ago

The toughest part of becoming financially stable is getting started -- Like a fitness regime, saving money requires discipline and regularity to see the results. And, to succeed in the long-term, it needs to be thoroughly ingrained in your lifestyle for it to stick, writes Lesley-Anne Scorgie.

6 days ago

Here's how 'going green' can pay off for your portfolio -- Many green energy companies have seen jumps in their share prices as people become aware of the changes taking place in the energy sector, writes Gordon Pape.

6 days ago

Retired? No mortgage for you: How the stress test is making it tougher to borrow later in life -- Many people are shocked to discover that the amount they can borrow decreases drastically when they retire because the stress test looks at your income.

13 days ago

Wake up and deal with the real reasons you're in debt -- Many people overspend for emotional reasons, writes Lesley-Anne Scorgie. Here's how to break the cycle.

13 days ago

Strategically review your employer savings plans before the end of the year -- Employees should actively investigate their options and invest accordingly.

20 days ago

Jennifer Wells: True confessions from a holiday overspender: Why this year I'm setting a budget -- Canada's debt-to-income ratio has roughly doubled over the past 30 years. This year I'm going to do my part to keep my spending under control, writes Jennifer Wells.

1 day ago

Jennifer Wells: Why Hydro One's decision to focus on Ontario is good for us all -- Hydro One's cross-border ambitions were cut short, which is better for its customers here at home, writes Jennifer Wells.

4 days ago

Self-driving cars won't be here as quickly as you think. And that's a good thing -- It's a long road ahead to reach full self-driving, but for some industries, planning ahead will put them in the driver's seat, writes Duncan Stewart.

6 days ago

Vancouver real estate crackdown's next step: a big watchdog -- British Columbia has led the charge against spiralling home costs, introducing new taxes and policies to restrict foreign investment and speculation.

5 days ago

Canadians increasingly opt for variable mortgages, report finds -- CMHC report shows surge in both variable rate and uninsured mortgages.

10 days ago

Tarion to add condo cancellation warnings to purchase agreements -- The homebuilding and warranty provider says new measures will increase awareness. But buyers say it doesn't deter builders from cancelling projects.

24 days ago

Here's why the Liberal minority government could mean more affordable housing in Canada -- Experts say the Liberals will need support from the NDP, which could mean more units and larger rent subsidies.

24 days ago

Survey shows new Canadians will drive up housing demand in GTA -- A Royal Lepage report says newcomers account for 20% of all housing purchases in Canada, and are expected to lift prices in the GTA

1 month ago

Federal party platforms risk driving home prices further out of millennials' reach, warns expert -- Without boosting supply, political platforms that inflate the demand for homes that aren't available will raise prices, says Royal LePage CEO.

1 month ago

What's next for Goop? According to Gwyneth Paltrow, 'it's a process' -- While Paltrow remains tight lipped about her exact plans for the lifestyle-and-wellness e-commerce business, she did say a line of food was among a number of "options" for the company.

5 days ago

Regulation in the digital age -- Federal agencies, states and Congress have started investigating the market power and potential anti-competitive behavior of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, with potential solutions ranging from tougher enforcement and breaking them up.

5 days ago

Apple plans stand-alone AR and VR gaming headset by 2022 -- CEO Tim Cook has talked up AR for some time, and the technology is the core of Apple's next big hardware push beyond the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

5 days ago

AI is learning everything from us — including our biases -- As new, more complex AI moves into an increasingly wide array of products, like online ad services and business software or talking digital assistants, tech companies will be pressured to guard against the unexpected biases that are being discovered.

5 days ago

5G race could leave personal privacy in the dust -- New networks will collect more data on the physical world. Experts warn public policy hasn't caught up.

5 days ago

WeWork employees feel sting as ex-CEO stands to reap -- Thousands of staff are slated to be laid off soon as the company rapidly tries to cut costs and steer the company toward a path to profit.

24 days ago

Tesla to build factory in Germany after subsidies announced -- German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier called the announcement a "glorious success" for the country's attractiveness as an auto industry location, especially in the race to develop and produce electric cars and batteries.

4 days ago

Chinese buyer of British Steel looks to grow abroad -- The deal adds to a string of global acquisitions by Chinese companies that want to speed their growth in industries from computers to cars to chemicals by obtaining technology, brands and sales networks.

4 days ago

Exxon's climate trial is over, but the legal war is just beginning -- Regardless of who wins, there are states, municipalities and environmental groups lined up around the block, suing or planning to sue the energy company and other energy companies for being the main perpetrators of a planetary catastrophe.

4 days ago

The problem with diamonds is they keep getting cheaper -- The lower prices and a glut of the type of stones that go into a discount-store engagement ring or pair of earrings have pushed the global diamond trade into crisis.

4 days ago

Canadian gas drillers zero in on plan for floating LNG project off B.C. coast -- Rockies LNG Partners, which represents producers including Advantage and Peyto, sees a floating liquefied natural gas facility as a less-expensive option that also would have a "significantly" smaller environmental footprint.

4 days ago

Nike pulling its products from Amazon in e-commerce pivot -- The athletic brand will stop selling its sneakers and apparel directly on Amazon's website, ending a pilot program that began in 2017. The split comes amid a massive overhaul of Nike's retail strategy.

4 days ago

Next in Google's quest for consumer dominance—banking -- The tech giant is expected to launch a finance project, code-named Cache, next year, with accounts run by Citigroup Inc. and a credit union at Stanford University, a tiny lender in Google's backyard.

4 days ago

The Boeing 737 Max crash in Ethiopia killed five of his family members. Now this Toronto man is trying to stop the plane from flying again -- When Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down six minutes into its flight on March 10, it shattered Paul Njoroge's world.

1 day ago

Hexo Corp. destroying cannabis grown in unlicensed area of Niagara facility

2 days ago

Aurora Cannabis shares sink on weak results and halting construction of cannabis plants -- The halts came as the Edmonton-based company reported net income of $10.4 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30, compared with net income of $104.2 million for the same quarter last year.

1 day ago

Canada's high flying cannabis sector falls on hard times over retail

2 days ago

A paranoid guide to fighting the 'bugging epidemic' -- Tiny cameras have been found in places where they shouldn't be, like Airbnb rentals, public bathrooms and gym locker rooms. So often, in fact, that security experts warn that we are in the throes of a "bugging epidemic."

1 day ago

North American stock markets climb to record highs on signals of trade truce

2 days ago

Canada denies numerous visas for Vancouver artificial intelligence conference attendees for second year -- Black in AI, a group promoting black representation in the field, started to publicly raise concerns recently after about a third of researchers set to attend its workshop at NeurIPS conference were denied visas.

2 days ago

CN Rail confirms job cuts as weakening economy cuts into freight volumes -- Canadian National Railway Co. is confirming job cuts as it deals with a weakening North American economy that has eroded demand for railroad transportation.

2 days ago