Terence Corcoran: Trudeau’s inner circle was right to try sparing SNC-Lavalin’s life

Terence Corcoran: Trudeau’s inner circle was right to try sparing SNC-Lavalin’s life

With the resignation of Gerald Butts as his principal secretary, an even tighter circle of implied culpability now surrounds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Somebody within the Prime Minister’s Office at one time did something that puts Trudeau and the PMO at the centre of a political manipulation scheme designed to protect one of Canada’s national…

Innovation Nation: AI godfathers gave Canada an early edge — but we could end up being left in the dust

Innovation Nation: AI godfathers gave Canada an early edge — but we could end up being left in the dust

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The…

There are more people older than 65 than younger than 5 for the first time – here’s how that’s changing the world

There are more people older than 65 than younger than 5 for the first time – here’s how that’s changing the world

Koki Nagahama/Getty Images The world’s population is aging while many countries’ birth rates fail to keep up. There are now more people over the age of 65 than there are under the age of five – a dispersion that’s never occurred before, according to Deutsche Bank. The data point is part of a broader trend with…

Southwest has blamed an ‘unprecedented’ number of canceled flights on a mechanics union — and the stock is tanking

Southwest has blamed an ‘unprecedented’ number of canceled flights on a mechanics union — and the stock is tanking

It’s not been a good week for Southwest Airlines. The carrier on Wednesday blasted a mechanics union for hundreds of cancellations in recent days, a level it’s calling unprecedented. “On Feb. 12, just days after our last negotiations session with AMFA, we experienced an unprecedented number of out-of-service aircraft in four specific maintenance locations despite…

Diane Francis: Money laundering by foreigners is what’s really destroying housing affordability in Canada

Diane Francis: Money laundering by foreigners is what’s really destroying housing affordability in Canada

Of all the recent legal shenanigans in Ottawa, the failure to plug money laundering loopholes remains the most egregious. Here’s the problem: Canadian cities rate highly among the most desirable in the world, but also the most unaffordable. Vancouver took the top spot for unaffordability in 2017 based on the gap between low incomes and…

Carl Icahn just disclosed a huge stake in Caesars and is calling for the company to sell itself (CZR)

Carl Icahn just disclosed a huge stake in Caesars and is calling for the company to sell itself (CZR)

Tom Smith stares at a slot machine screen while gambling at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York. Legendary investor Carl Icahn disclosed in a Tuesday filing that he had a 9.8% stake in the gaming giant Caesars. Icahn urged the company to sell itself, and said that he plans to talk to the…

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was ‘never supposed to be a secret’

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was ‘never supposed to be a secret’

In early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update — users would now be able to use Google Assistant on their devices. The problem — users didn’t know a microphone even existed on their Nest Secure devices to begin with. The existence of the micrphone…

‘Enormous economic harm’: Auto tariffs would add to pain of other trade measures, report says

‘Enormous economic harm’: Auto tariffs would add to pain of other trade measures, report says

U.S. tariffs on auto imports would compound the pain of other recent trade measures, with the impact spilling across borders, even if Canada, Mexico and South Korea are exempted from the levies, says a leading analyst at the Center for Automotive Research. “We make things together, parts cross our borders multiple times using U.S. components…

Gerald Butts and Justin Trudeau ‘would finish each others’ sentences’

Gerald Butts and Justin Trudeau ‘would finish each others’ sentences’

As a student at McGill University in the 1990s, Justin Trudeau sat down near some stone pillars and posed for a photo with another student, who decades later would emerge as the architect of his policies as prime minister — Gerald Butts. The two were clad in nearly identical attire — sandals, ripped acid-washed jeans…

How Jordan Peterson became the face of an MBA program in Texas

How Jordan Peterson became the face of an MBA program in Texas

To meet Jordan Peterson, a once obscure University of Toronto psychology professor turned bestselling author and free speech warrior, Jeff Sandefer piloted his Cessna Citation through a pea soup fog to Des Moines, Iowa, from Austin, Texas, last fall. Sandefer made a fortune in the oil industry, started a private investment firm, got hooked on…