Layoffs begin at uranium operations: Cameco to top up workers’ benefits

Layoffs begin at uranium operations: Cameco to top up workers’ benefits
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The last of 845 employees facing a 10-month layoff at two uranium operations in northern Saskatchewan will have worked their last shift by the weekend. Cameco announced the shutdown at its Key Lake mill and McArthur River mine in November. Only care and maintenance crew will remain. The company says it has finalized a plan it hopes... Read More

Google’s AI push comes with plenty of people problems

Google’s AI push comes with plenty of people problems
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently declared that artificial intelligence fueled by powerful computers was more important to humanity than fire or electricity. Yet the search giant increasingly has to deal with messy people problems. It has vowed to employ thousands of human checkers just to catch rogue YouTube posters, Russian bots and other purveyors of unsavoury content. And... Read More

WestJet Airlines says discount carrier Swoop to begin service on June 20

WestJet Airlines says discount carrier Swoop to begin service on June 20
CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. says Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20. The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton, and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax. Swoop will add six weekly flights between Hamilton and Edmonton and between Hamilton and Winnipeg on June 25. Service between Abbotsford and Edmonton will begin... Read More

Trend Micro sets up Toronto lab for ‘ethical hackers’ to expose security threats

Trend Micro sets up Toronto lab for ‘ethical hackers’ to expose security threats
TORONTO — International cybersecurity company Trend Micro is setting up a new Toronto research lab for “ethical hackers” in collaboration with Canadian telecom giant Telus Corp. Trend Micro Canada — part of a global company that originated in Silicon Valley but relocated its headquarters to Tokyo — said it expects the new office to house about 100 of the cybersecurity researchers within two years. “It’s... Read More

‘That pipeline is going to get built:’ PM dismisses B.C.’s Trans Mountain move

‘That pipeline is going to get built:’ PM dismisses B.C.’s Trans Mountain move
EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion will happen despite British Columbia’s latest attempt to hinder the project. Speaking on Edmonton talk radio station CHED, Trudeau says the pipeline, which would take Alberta crude to the West Coast for shipment to Asian markets, is in the national interest and will go ahead. B.C.’s environment minister has said... Read More

Five things to know about the merger of PC Points and Shoppers Optimum

Five things to know about the merger of PC Points and Shoppers Optimum
Two of Canada’s better-known rewards programs merge today as Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus become PC Optimum. Loblaw says they’ve had some “bumps” during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. However, the company says it’s seeing massive interest in the program and will continue to focus on making the conversion process as... Read More

If you sold or used Bitcoin last year, the CRA needs to collect its due

If you sold or used Bitcoin last year, the CRA needs to collect its due
TORONTO — It may seem early to start thinking about filing taxes, but this year’s return could be particularly time-consuming for Canadians who have flocked to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, especially those who don’t realize they owe the government money. No need to worry if you’ve purchased Bitcoin but haven’t touched it since. But once that cryptocurrency is translated into a real-world dollar amount —... Read More