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Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing

The cost of renewables has been sinking. Harnessing the excess could be huge.<p>Think the plummeting costs of solar and wind are transforming the energy landscape? Then you should be betting on ways to warehouse that power.<p>To understand why, consider: Unlike almost all their rivals in the …

Renewable Energy

Government vows better, faster service with revamped Phoenix client centres

After more than two years, Canada’s public servants can finally call a Phoenix client centre and talk to colleagues who can sort out their botched …

Canada

Small-business owners worried about NAFTA can breathe a sigh of relief

The headlines about the NAFTA renegotiations have been jarring for Canadian business owners. Almost daily, they hear that the talks are going well or that they are going poorly, and it’s hard to know what any of it means for those trying to sell their products and services in the U.S. market.<p>At the …

Small Business

Deere Earnings Miss Estimates Amid Rising Material, Freight Costs

Farm equipment maker <b>Deere & Company</b> (DE) reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings early Friday.<p>X<p><b>Estimates</b>: Earnings to jump 34% to $3.33 …

Stock Markets

When It Comes to Tech, Venture Capital Grows Less Venturesome

Masayoshi Son is at it again: Not content with one $100 billion tech fund, the SoftBank founder this week said it’s “just a matter of time” before he launches another.<p>If and when that happens, it’s likely to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots in the tech sector.<p>The Japanese company’s $97 …

Venture Capital

Major U.S. investors keeping eye on Canada as Trudeau pushes trade in Manhattan

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will work the room at a business luncheon in Manhattan today on the merits of free trade and global economic …

Canada

Dashdash, a platform to create web apps using only spreadsheet skills, nabs $8M led by Accel

Sometimes I think of spreadsheets as the dirty secret of the IT world today. We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of productivity tools on the market tailored to help workers with different aspects of doing their job and organising their information, in part to keep them from simply dumping …

Software

Morgan Stanley Says a Shipping Revolution Has Oil Headed for $90

Forget Iran and OPEC -- there’s another issue that will keep oil prices supported for the next two years, according to Morgan Stanley.<p>Brent crude …

Oil

Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices for Prime members in new grocery showdown

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Whole Foods Market are making a surgical strike in the already brutal grocery price war.<p>On Wednesday, Whole Foods debuted a much-anticipated loyalty program that offers special discounts to Prime customers, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and …

Whole Foods

Amazon threatens to move jobs out of Seattle over new tax

Warning issued after council votes for corporate wealth tax to help tackle city’s housing crisis<p>Amazon has threatened to move jobs out of its hometown of Seattle after the city council introduced a new tax to try to address the homelessness crisis.<p>The world’s second-biggest company has warned that …

City Politics

Bankers With Broken English Are Luxembourg's Brexit Bottleneck

Luxembourg’s citizens can quickly impress with their language skills, switching with ease between their local tongue and German, French and …

Private Equity

Healthtech sees its best fundraising quarter ever

In Q1 2018, global digital health and healthcare IT funding set a new all-time record for funding in a quarter, and the sector shows no signs of slowing down. This is an area my research firm, Mercom, actively tracks, so I wanted to share a breakdown of our key Q1 2018 findings.<p>Overall, VC funding …

Digital Health

WeWork Wants to Be its Own Landlord, Using Other Investors' Money

In mid-2017, the giant landlord Brookfield Property Partners L.P. was in advanced talks to buy the Lord & Taylor department store building in New York City for about $700 million, when an unexpected buyer swooped in and sealed a deal, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>Behind the deal was …

Real Estate

Federal gov't signs $500M non-competitive contract with IBM

The Liberal government has signed a $500-million deal with IBM Canada Ltd. without any competitive bidding — a move being slammed by Canada's …

Canada

How many Air Miles does your purchase earn? It depends on the fine print

Nearly 11 million Canadians have an Air Miles card, but many of them may not be aware of how those miles are collected.<p>"Sobeys states on their …

Personal Finance

The Tortuous Road to a Brexit Customs Deal

It’s hard to keep up with the convolutions of the Brexit debate in Britain. The latest twist concerns what type of customs arrangement the U.K. should have with the European Union, by far its largest trading partner, after the U.K. leaves the bloc.<p>The British government wants to leave the EU’s …

United Kingdom

Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP Leader, Set For What May Be Her Last, Best Shot

She’s running on “change for the better.” It won't come cheap.<p>It feels like the sun is finally switched on but Andrea Horwath has us inside a …

Canada

Ashley Madison's CTO says Facebook's dating app idea may not be popular with users because 'they are the product'

At the beginning of May, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was entering the dating app scene, wanting its users to create "the most meaningful relationship of all."<p>Zuckerberg's new venture drew a lot of attention from other leaders in the industry, including the CEO of Happn, Didier …

Relationships

Trump Lawyers Take Aggressive Stance on Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s legal team is striking a more combative tone with Robert Mueller, suggesting publicly that the president may decline to cooperate with the special counsel’s prosecutors.<p>That tougher stance comes as the Mueller probe already faces a time crunch because of the …

Donald Trump

Why Fund Managers, Accountants May Rest Easier This Weekend

Managers at many mutual funds have one less thing to worry about after a Securities and Exchange Commission move this past week.<p>The SEC proposed a fix for an issue that could have forced some funds to change their auditors for conflict-of-interest reasons, which had the potential to be laborious …

Finance

‘There could be war,’ France’s Emmanuel Macron warns if Trump withdraws from Iran deal

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that war could ensue if U.S. President Donald Trump withdraws from the 2015 deal in which Iran agreed to …

Donald Trump

EU Threatens Subsidy Cuts to Rein In Rebel Nations

The European Union’s executive branch is raising the ante in its clash with Poland and Hungary over democratic values: Play ball or risk being cut out of EU funding.<p>A proposed sanctions mechanism would empower the European Commission, the EU executive, to suspend funds when it finds that a …

Europe

Warren Buffett Lays Out a Berkshire Future Without Him

OMAHA, Neb.—Warren Buffett tried to reassure shareholders at the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. annual meeting Saturday that the company’s success would continue once he is no longer at the helm.<p>Berkshire promoted Mr. Buffett’s two potential successors, Greg Abel and Ajit Jain, to vice chairmen in January …

Investing

Elon Musk's Ire Reveals a Wall Street-Silicon Valley Divide

Wall Street and Silicon Valley have never been happy bedfellows, and that was on full display this week during Tesla’s quarterly earnings call. These …

Wall Street

California expected to mandate solar panels for new homes

California is expected next week to mandate that most newly constructed homes include solar panels starting in 2020.<p>The California Energy Commission will vote on the new solar energy standard Wednesday, Southern California News Group reported.<p>“California is about to take a quantum leap in energy …

Solar Power

This Ontario dad hasn’t been able to claim the child tax credit in years — and he’s not alone

Andrew Haines has two children under the age of 18 but says he hasn’t been able to claim either one of them on his tax return for years.<p>Haines, who …

Canada

Feds open new pay centre amid ongoing Phoenix turmoil

The federal government is trying to hit the reset button on its two-year-old bid to repair and replace the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system.<p>Federal cabinet minister Carla Qualtrough was dispatched Friday to Miramichi in northeastern New Brunswick, where she officially opened the centralized …

Canada

Anheuser-Busch orders hundreds of hydrogen trucks from zero-emission startup Nikola

The deal, for “up to 800” trucks, is 20 times as big as the one the beer distributor struck with Tesla<p>Hydrogen-powered semi truck startup Nikola Motor Company announced today that Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beer, has placed an order for “up to” 800 of its zero-emission big rigs. Nikola …

Anheuser-Busch

Gas prices spike and Canadians keep filling up

Gas prices keep climbing across the country, yet Canadians show no sign of slowing down how much gas and diesel they pump into their cars and …

Oil

Senators push for colleagues to amend cannabis bill

Senators from various political factions are pushing for their colleagues on a key committee to amend the Trudeau government’s cannabis legalization …

Cannabis