by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2015 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch in Canadian business this week:Climate confab: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris that kicks off Monday. His appearance comes on the heels of a Liberal government announcement of a five-year, $2.65 billion contribution to help developing countries tackle climate change.Newfoundland and Labrador votes: People in Newfoundland and Labrador go to the polls on Monday. According to public opinion surveys, Dwight Ball’s Liberals will either win by a big landslide in Monday’s provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador — or by a modest one.GDP: Statistics Canada releases the GDP numbers for the third quarter and September on Tuesday in an ever-reliable gauge of the health of the Canadian economy.Banks bonanza: Scotiabank and BMO report their fourth-quarter results on Tuesday, the National Bank of Canada and the Royal Bank report on Wednesday, and TD and CIBC report on Thursday. Also this week: the Bank of Canada announces its decision on the target for its critical overnight rate on Wednesday. The central bank is expected to hold steady on its key lending rate.Oilpatch: Canadian Oil Sands, the largest partner in the Syncrude oilsands project and the takeover target of Suncor Energy, announces its 2016 spending plans on Tuesday. Enbridge, the Calgary-based energy delivery company, does the same on Thursday.
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 2:39 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greek journalists strike as part of anti-bailout action Store workers take part in a protest against planned reforms in the country’s pension system outside the Labour ministry in Athens, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The Greek government launched a new round of negotiations with rescue creditors Monday over the course of the country’s latest bailout program, amid highway blockades and angry union reaction to proposed pension reforms that are central to the talks.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) ATHENS, Greece – Greek journalists walked off the job Wednesday ahead of a general strike set to disrupt services across the country to protest pension reforms that are part of the country’s third international bailout.The media strike pulled all news broadcasts off the airwaves and left news websites without updates, while no Thursday newspapers would be printed.Unions have called for a nationwide general strike on Thursday that will shut down everything from state schools to public offices, while state-run hospitals will operate on emergency staff only. Public transport, including domestic flights, will also be disrupted.Overhauling the pension system is one of the main reforms the government must make, but critics say it will lead to dozens of professions paying most of their income in social security contributions and taxes.The planned reforms face vociferous opposition from a wide variety of professions, including farmers, lawyers, doctors, casino workers, artists, engineers and gas station workers.