Toronto International Film Festival plans scaled-down event, virtual red carpets

The Toronto International Film Festival, one of the leading launching pads for fall movies and Oscar contenders, on Wednesday announced plans for a smaller 2020 edition that will include in-person and digital movie screenings, drive-ins and virtual red carpet premieres. The Toronto festival, held annually in early September, is typically a sprawling city-wide affair that […]

China launches new spacecraft, plans to build new space station

China launches new spacecraft, plans to build new space station

China launched a newly designed spacecraft on Tuesday as part of its program to build an orbiting space station, furthering its aspirations to rival the U.S., Russia and private companies in outer space exploration. The official Xinhua News Agency said the unmanned spacecraft and its return capsule were flung into space aboard a Long March […]

U.S. denies it plans to withdraw from Iraq as NATO stands firm on training mission

U.S. denies it plans to withdraw from Iraq as NATO stands firm on training mission

Canada’s defence minister insisted today the military mission in the Middle East will stay the course following hours of international confusion triggered by a leaked letter which suggested Washington was prepared to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Media reports about the letter from a senior Marine Corps brigadier general, led by the Reuters news agency, said the pullout […]

The Bank of Canada’s plans for 2020

The Bank of Canada’s plans for 2020

We’re reviewing our policy framework and tools The Bank’s monetary policy framework is scheduled for renewal in 2021. Our agreement with the federal government on the goals of monetary policy is reviewed every five years. In 2020, we’ll finish the work we’ve been doing since the last renewal in 2016. We have been thinking about […]

EasyJet plans to offset carbon on all flights

EasyJet plans to offset carbon on all flights

European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. The company says Tuesday it will offset the carbon “by investing in projects that include planting trees or protecting against deforestation.” The cost of the program is estimated […]

Strategically review your employer savings plans before the end of the year

Strategically review your employer savings plans before the end of the year

Many medium-to-large-sized employers offer some form of savings program for their staff; some with a matching component, such as the employer matches 50 per cent of the contribution that the employee makes up to a certain maximum value, while other programs are simply to facilitate savings exclusively from the employee. The draw for employees is […]

Federal leaders invoke Greta Thunberg to sell their own climate change plans

Federal leaders invoke Greta Thunberg to sell their own climate change plans

A day after an emotional Greta Thunberg lashed out at world leaders for their inaction on climate change, Canada’s federal party candidates couldn’t help but capitalize on the climate activist’s emotional address to sell their own strategies. Thunberg created quite a buzz following her appearance on Monday at the UN climate summit in New York. The 16-year-old Swede admonished heads of state, […]

'Cold comfort': Ottawa's plans to protect pensions not good enough, say critics

'Cold comfort': Ottawa's plans to protect pensions not good enough, say critics

The federal government’s latest proposed measures to protect pensions don’t actually accomplish much, according to pensioner groups disappointed with the policy outlined in the Trudeau government’s omnibus budget bill. In the wake of high-profile bankruptcies at Sears and Nortel that left former employees with greatly reduced pensions, the Liberal government promised action. It undertook consultations last fall […]