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Canada vows to aggressively defend lumber sector after duties confirmed by U.S.

The federal government vowed to aggressively defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry after the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously voted that American producers have been harmed by imports of subsidized Canadian lumber. “We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the forestry sector in Canada,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr told reporters in Ottawa. Carr called the …

Artificial intelligence to fuel a new cybersecurity race, say expert

MONTREAL — Technological advances in artificial intelligence are fuelling a new race between hackers and those toiling to protect cybersecurity networks. Cybersecurity is always a race between offence and defence but new tools are giving companies that employ them a leg up on those trying to steal their data. Whereas past responses to cybercrimes often …

Deloitte report urges Canadian companies to be more courageous about diversity

MONTREAL— Canadian business leaders need to take “courageous” actions to make sure their companies are more diverse and inclusive in order to remain competitive amid demographic and technological changes in the workplace, according to a new report released Wednesday. “Actions taken by many firms to date in the areas of diversity and inclusion have delivered …

Canadian airlines suspend winter flights to hurricane damaged St. Maarten

MONTREAL—Canadian travellers hoping to vacation in St. Maarten this winter will have to make alternative plans after hurricane damage forced several airlines to suspend service for the season. Air Canada (TSX:AC) issued an advisory on its website saying that damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria has resulted in its suspension of all flights to …

Canadian lumber producers hammered after negotiations failed to reach deal

MONTREAL — The United States will continue to hammer imported Canadian softwood lumber, but the U.S. Commerce department said Thursday that it will impose smaller penalties than originally announced. In its final determination, Commerce said most Canadian producers will pay a combined countervailing and anti-dumping rate of 20.83 per cent, down from 26.75 per cent …

Montreal construction boom spawned by strong economy and political stability

MONTREAL — Cranes crowd the Montreal skyline these days as a strong economy and political stability are fuelling a construction frenzy throughout the downtown core and beyond. Although tame by Toronto and Vancouver standards, developers in Canada’s second-largest city are investing billions of dollars in new condominium and office complexes, along with retrofitting older buildings. …

CN Rail on hiring spree after being surprised by laid off workers passing on jobs

MONTREAL— Canadian National Railways is on a hiring spree particularly in Western Canada, several years after a slowdown in demand prompted layoffs. The country’s largest railway says it hopes to add more than 600 conductors and crew members in the coming months after fewer laid-off workers than expected chose to return following a lengthy idle period. …

Unethical uses of AI need scrutiny to maintain public support: pioneers

MONTREAL — Two artificial intelligence pioneers warn that unscrupulous or unethical uses of the technology risk undermining the public image of an area of research undergoing rapid change. Canadian deep learning “godfather” Yoshua Bengio believes the sector and governments need to address concerns including the building of so-called killer robots and development of facial recognition that can …

Canadian snowbirds will face higher insurance costs even if unscathed by Irma

MONTREAL — Canadian snowbirds who were lucky enough to escape property damage from hurricane Irma will still face higher costs as insurance providers jack up premiums and condo associations levy special assessments, say Florida insurance experts. “We’re probably looking at across-the-board 15 to 20 per cent increase in property insurance costs over the next year,” …

Equifax data hack attracts attention of class action lawyers and privacy watchdog

MONTREAL — A large-scale security breach at credit monitoring company Equifax has already attracted the attention of Canadian class-action lawyers and the country’s privacy commissioner as the fallout from the massive hack gathered momentum Friday and thrust corporate concerns about cybersecurity into the spotlight. Several class-action law firms are circling after the Atlanta-headquartered company revealed …

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