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WestJet Airlines and pilots resume contract negotiations in Calgary

WestJet Airlines Ltd. has resumed contract negotiations with its pilots in Calgary, where the airline is based.

Talks between the airline and pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association began Monday and moved from Halifax, where they took place last week, the airline said in an email.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 02:21 PM

EPA blocks some media from Pruitt water contaminants summit

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday blocked The Associated Press and at least two other news organizations from attending a national summit on harmful water contaminants.

The meeting, convened in Washington by EPA chief Scott Pruitt, was open to invited media only, EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said. Wilcox said there was no room at the event for an AP reporter.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 01:25 PM

Boom island: Little Prince Edward Island enjoying a buoyant economy

CHARLOTTETOWN - Tourists visiting tidy, bucolic Prince Edward Island should keep their eyes open for some swagger this summer: The smallest province is on a tear.

An expected steady rhythm of hammers and saws is just one indicator of an economic boom.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 11:32 AM

Officials: Indian police kill 9 anti-pollution protesters

NEW DELHI - Officials say nine protesters were killed when police opened fire on demonstrators demanding the closure of a south Indian copper plant.

Thousands of protesters turned out Tuesday amid months of rallies against the Sterlite copper smelting plant, which demonstrators say has polluted the area's groundwater.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 11:16 AM

McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims

NEW YORK - Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities.

The workers one of them a 15-year-old from St. Louis alleged groping, propositions for sex, indecent exposure and lewd comments by supervisors. According to their complaints, when the women reported the harassment, they were ignored or mocked, and in some cases suffered retaliation.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 11:03 AM

Siri winning battle of the virtual assistants in Canada: poll

TORONTO - In the heated battle between Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft to get consumers hooked on their virtual assistants, Siri seems to be enjoying the first-mover advantage.

Just shy of 40 per cent of Canadian adults recently used a virtual assistant, according to a report by the Media Technology Monitor, which polled almost 8,200 Canadians by phone late last year.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 10:50 AM

Wholesale sales up 1.1 per cent to $62.8 billion in March: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 1.1 per cent to $62.8 billion in March, led by the motor vehicle and parts subsector.

The agency says the increase more than offset a decline in February.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 09:56 AM

Internet resellers see 5G wireless as a new type of challenge from big carriers

TORONTO - A review of Canada's broadband internet services by the country's competition watchdog is overlooking a critical issue when it comes to wireless technology, according to veteran telecom entrepreneurs who have battled the big carriers for years.

The Competition Bureau announced this month that it will study ways to improve competition in the broadband wireline market, given that 87 per cent of Canada's internet subscriptions are with a few traditional phone or cable companies such as Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw or Quebecor's Videotron.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 08:24 AM

Deloitte Canada names Craig Alexander as firm's first chief economist

TORONTO - Deloitte Canada has named Craig Alexander as the firm's first chief economist.

Alexander is a former chief economist for TD Bank.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 07:47 AM

Canada's G7 goal on development: luring private capital to poor nations

OTTAWA - When G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week, Canada hopes the meetings will generate fresh ideas on how aid money can be leveraged to entice the private sector to boost investments in poorer parts of the world.

The challenging search for solutions will take place in Whistler, where finance and international development ministers will gather together for the first time at formal G7 meetings.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 07:35 AM