California bans pesticide linked to brain damage in children

California bans pesticide linked to brain damage in children
LOS ANGELES — California environmental officials say a popular agricultural pesticide they say has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with its manufacturer. Under the deal announced Wednesday, all California sales of chlorpyrifos will end on Feb. 6, 2020. Farmers will have until the end of 2020 to exhaust... Read More

US nuclear, uranium mining industries hope for Trump bailout

US nuclear, uranium mining industries hope for Trump bailout
WASHINGTON — A plea from uranium mining companies and nuclear power plant operators for tax breaks and other federal financial boosts is going before President Donald Trump, as his administration studies reviving the U.S. uranium industry in the name of national security. Trump is scheduled to receive recommendations Thursday from a task force of national security, military and other federal... Read More

North American stock markets bounce back on signal China open to partial deal

North American stock markets bounce back on signal China open to partial deal
TORONTO — North American stock markets bounced back from two days of losses on signals that China is open to a partial trade deal despite some aggressive U.S. moves ahead of talks on Thursday. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 85.92 points at 16,379.87. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 181.97 points at 26,346.01. The S&P 500 index was up 26.34... Read More

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (16,379.87, up 85.92 points). The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 30 cents, or 17.34 per cent, to $1.43 on 8.7 million shares. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 20 cents, or 0.61 per cent, to $32.57 on 5.1 million shares. Encana... Read More

TransUnion Canada says data on 37,000 Canadians may have been compromised

TransUnion Canada says data on 37,000 Canadians may have been compromised
TORONTO — TransUnion Canada says the personal information of about 37,000 Canadians may have been compromised between June and July. The company says the data was accessed through the fraudulent use of one if its legitimate business customer’s login credentials. TransUnion says it has notified those whose information may have been accessed as well as the privacy commissioners. Company spokesman David Blumberg... Read More

OECD floats sending tech tax proceeds to countries where revenues are generated

OECD floats sending tech tax proceeds to countries where revenues are generated
TORONTO — A global economic body has proposed a new way of taxing tech giants and other multinationals, a topic that is gathering attention around the world and has become an election issue in Canada. The plan from the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which advises 134 countries, comes after France and the United States agreed in August to find a way... Read More

Survey finds two-thirds of business owners disappointed by federal policies

Survey finds two-thirds of business owners disappointed by federal policies
TORONTO — A new survey says two-thirds of Canadian business owners believe current federal policies have failed to help grow their enterprises. The poll by Angus Reid, commissioned by cloud management company Sage, also suggests that confidence among entrepreneurs is split, with roughly half planning to invest in their businesses in the next 18 months. Of those opting not to put more... Read More

Industrials lead Toronto stocks higher, U.S. stock markets also gain ground

Industrials lead Toronto stocks higher, U.S. stock markets also gain ground
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index headed higher in late-morning trading, boosted by gains in the industrials sector, while U.S. stock markets traded higher. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 49.06 points at 16,343.01. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 131.47 points at 26,295.51. The S&P 500 index was up 19.46 points at 2,912.52, while the... Read More

Nobel prize honours breakthroughs on lithium-ion batteries

Nobel prize honours breakthroughs on lithium-ion batteries
STOCKHOLM — If you’re reading this on a mobile phone or laptop computer, you might thank this year’s three laureates for the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. Yet the batteries developed by the British, American and Japanese winners that make those devices possible are far more revolutionary than just for on-the-go computing and calling. The... Read More