Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically

Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically
NEW YORK — Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically. Amazon says it saves such commands to improve the service. But the practice has raised concerns with privacy experts who say the recordings could get into the wrong hands, especially as Amazon and other companies use human reviewers rather than... Read More

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (16,790.40, up 6.11 points). NextSource Materials Inc. (TSX:NEXT). Materials. Down 2.5 cents, or 45.45 per cent, to three cents on 18.2 million shares. The Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Financials. Up 47 cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $76.14 on 7.5 million shares. B2Gold... Read More

Privacy Commissioner raises concerns over Sidewalk Labs data proposals

Privacy Commissioner raises concerns over Sidewalk Labs data proposals
TORONTO — Ontario’s privacy commissioner has raised concerns over the management of personal data that would be collected in Toronto’s Quayside development by Sidewalk Labs. Sidewalk Labs, a Google sister company seeking to develop part of the Toronto waterfront into a tech-heavy neighbourhood, has proposed that an independent urban data trust be established to oversee the data collected, among other privacy measures. Commissioner Brian Beamish... Read More

Rogers creating 350 jobs next year at new call centre in Kelowna, B.C.

Rogers creating 350 jobs next year at new call centre in Kelowna, B.C.
KELOWNA, B.C. — Rogers Communications is opening a new customer call centre in Kelowna, B.C., that the company says will create 350 jobs. The centre is scheduled to open next summer and Rogers says it is expected to handle about one million interactions with Rogers and Fido customers a year. The company says in a news release it will open the centre in the city’s... Read More

Air Canada CFO says it could navigate a recession better than 10 years ago

Air Canada CFO says it could navigate a recession better than 10 years ago
MONTREAL — Air Canada is better prepared for a potential recession than it was for the financial crisis a decade ago, which plunged the company into five consecutive years of losses, says its second in command. Deputy CEO and chief financial officer Mike Rousseau said he is “highly confident” that a recession “of equal severity” would weigh far more lightly... Read More

Banks battle it out in health-care sector as Ontario doctors launch own solution

Banks battle it out in health-care sector as Ontario doctors launch own solution
TORONTO — The doctor’s office has become a fierce battleground for Canada’s biggest banks. But as financial institutions expand their physician-focused offerings in a bid to snag the wealthy clientele, some health care professionals are taking their investments into their own hands. The Ontario Medical Association has been developing its own pension-like solution tailored for physicians, which should be up and running by the... Read More

Future of auto retail is online, but showrooms to stay, Hyundai Canada CEO says

Future of auto retail is online, but showrooms to stay, Hyundai Canada CEO says
TORONTO — The head of Hyundai Canada says the future of car buying is online, up to a point. President and CEO Don Romano says the company, which launched its Genesis line of higher-end cars as an online only option in 2016, learned that many buyers still want to walk through a showroom. Romano says the company, which also introduced... Read More

Energy sector weighs on Toronto stock index, U.S. stock markets trade lower

Energy sector weighs on Toronto stock index, U.S. stock markets trade lower
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower in late-morning trading as the energy sector stepped back, while U.S. stock markets also lost ground. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 17.98 points at 16,766.31. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 141.35 points at 26,829.36. The S&P 500 index was down 19.58 points at 2,965.29, while the... Read More

Canopy Growth leads inaugural list of top 30 performing stocks on the TSX

Canopy Growth leads inaugural list of top 30 performing stocks on the TSX
TORONTO — Canopy Growth Corp. heads the Toronto Stock Exchange’s inaugural list of top 30 performing stocks over the past three years. The list based on dividend-adjusted share price appreciation features newer and established listed companies. Canopy’s shares have appreciated by 1,823 per cent as of June 30, more than double the second-place finisher Shopify Inc. at 883 per cent.... Read More

Bulgarian economist selected as new leader of IMF

Bulgarian economist selected as new leader of IMF
WASHINGTON — A Bulgarian economist who grew up when her country was a communist nation has been selected to be the next leader of one of capitalism’s premier institutions, the 189-nation International Monetary Fund. Kristalina Georgieva, a top World Bank official, was chosen by the IMF’s executive board on Wednesday to become the IMF’s managing director. She succeeds Christine Lagarde... Read More