Mark Warner

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Alberta pushes for rule change to spur Chinese investment

Alberta's new political leadership is calling on Ottawa to take another look at foreign investment rules blamed for a dramatic drop in energy investments from China.<p>When the federal government gave its approval of the $15.1-billion (U.S.) takeover of Nexen Energy ULC in late 2012, it came with a …

Canada

BCE faces off with Rogers over NHL GamePlus mobile app offerings

The National Hockey League season has barely begun and BCE Inc. is already facing off against Rogers Communications Inc. over how Rogers is using its sweeping NHL broadcast rights.<p>Rogers struck a 12-year, $5.2-billion deal for the NHL rights last November, promising its content on television and …

Ottawa approves Wind Mobile buyout deal with conditions

OTTAWA — A plan by an investment group led by Tony Lacavera to buy out Wind Mobile’s majority shareholder has won approval from Ottawa, as the …

UK banks to face competition inquiry

<b>A competition inquiry that could result in a major shake-up of banks' current accounts and small business banking has been launched.</b><p>The probe, first proposed in July, has now been confirmed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).<p>It will investigate the difficulties customers face in …

Scotiabank’s Caribbean setback signals growing sore spot for Canada’s big banks

Trouble in the Caribbean is becoming a popular refrain on Bay Street these days: The Bank of Nova Scotia is the latest to suffer, announcing it will …

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal close at hand, leaders say | The Star

Ministers negotiating an agreement initially gave themselves a deadline of the end of 2013 to hammer out a deal. They are trying to reach an …

Justice Department Probes Generic Companies After Price Hike Reports

A probe into the recent price hikes for some generic drugs appears to be widening. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice issued subpoenas to two generic drug makers – Impax Laboratories and Lannett – seeking information about their interactions with competitors.<p>The disclosures come four months …

Coalition pushes to delay Ottawa's corruption rules

A powerful coalition of business groups wants Ottawa to suspend its new anti-corruption rules amid complaints the regime is too harsh and risks disqualifying many top suppliers from selling to the government.<p>The massive lobbying push comes after Ottawa threatened to ban companies such as …

Canada

Are anti-corruption laws really tackling the problem?

Some scholars say anti-corruption laws in Canada and the United States are too transaction focused and fail to look at the system as a …

How Obama’s position on Keystone is a blatant rejection of NAFTA’s principles

<i>Mr. Obama’s public position on Keystone as a foreign project that undermines U.S. self-determination appears to be a blatant rejection of the</i> …

Telus joins BCE in challenging Rogers’ GamePlus NHL app

Telus Corp. is weighing in on a dispute over exclusive National Hockey League content and joining BCE Inc. in accusing Rogers Communications Inc. of trying to edge out competition under the guise of innovation.<p>The fight, which BCE took to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications …

Alstom Said to Face More Corruption Charges From U.K. Prosecutor

Alstom Power Ltd, a subsidiary the French engineering company is selling to General Electric Co., will be charged by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office …

‘A lot of choices to be made’ about GM’s future in Canada, says new president

General Motors Co. will have a manufacturing presence in Canada beyond 2016, but “there are a lot of choices to be made” when it comes to just how …

Rogers fires back over sharing NHL GamePlus app with competitors

Rogers Communications Inc. says it never would have developed a companion app for tablets and smartphones that lets hockey fans customize their viewing experience if it had to share that technology with its competitors.<p>The company's GamePlus mobile application is an add-on feature to GameCentre …

Customers

U.S. Said to Seek Multibank Accord in Criminal FX Probe

U.S. prosecutors are seeking to settle criminal currency-rigging cases with multiple banks at the same time, allowing lenders to avoid being singled …

Canada Auto-Bailout Funds Issued with Limited Research: Watchdog

When Canada disbursed billions of dollars in the auto-sector bailout nearly half a decade ago, it did so without reviewing the automakers’ final restructuring plans and with limited research on how the loans would be repaid, a government watchdog says.<p>Canada’s Auditor General, the equivalent of the …

Canada’s $9-billion auto sector bailout lacked proper oversight, says Auditor General

The federal government was flying blind at some points during its bailout of General Motors of Canada and Chrysler Canada during the financial …

Auto-bailout money at peril in early stock sale, Auditor-General says

About $4-billion of bailout money that helped rescue Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co. in 2009 will never be recovered if the federal and Ontario governments sell their remaining shares in GM soon.<p>That amount is less than the $6.6-billion the governments estimated they would have to write …

Automotive Industry

BCE argues against competitors’ access to new fibre technology

BCE Inc. is facing off with small Internet providers over its claim that it would scale back investment in high-speed fibre-optic services if Canada's telecom regulator forces it to open access to competitors.<p>Executives from BCE appeared before a panel of the Canadian Radio-television and …

Bell Canada

Denied entry: Bell Canada files complaints over lack of condo access

Bell Canada says conflicts with some real estate developers have left it unable to serve customers in a significant portion of new condos in the crucial Toronto market.<p>Over the past year-and-a-half, the BCE Inc.-owned company has filed five complaints with Canada's telecom regulator over problems …

Defending the auto bailout — how the AG got it wrong

One of the things you learn early on as a deputy minister in Ottawa is how to suffer in silence.<p>The work of government departments is an easy target …

Germany won’t block Canada-Europe trade deal despite investor-state clause

Germany has dropped its objection to the controversial investor protections in the Canada-Europe free-trade agreement, clearing the way for the deal to take effect in 2016 as planned.<p>German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a vocal critic of the deal's investor-state provisions, now says his country …

New lawsuit claims NCAA violated Fair Labor Standards Act

A new lawsuit filed by a former college soccer player alleges that the NCAA and its institutions violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which …

Hailo says Uber blocked potential investors

<b>Taxi app Hailo has complained rival Uber has blocked potential investors from offering funding.</b><p>Speaking to the BBC, Hailo chairman Ron Zeghibe alleged Uber would talk to potential investors only if they agreed not to invest in Hailo or other rivals.<p>Hailo recently abandoned its business in North …