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How to Ensure You’ve Chosen the Right Equipment Rental Company

When it comes to construction projects, it’s understandable to become a little overwhelmed. After all, there are so many different things going on in construction of any kind that you want to just get through everything as quickly and as efficiently as possible. However, don’t make the mistake of quickly choosing just any plant hire or equipment rental company because …

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Oilsands alliance aiming to cut down on reliance for steam, a major greenhouse emissions source

CALGARY—An oilsands research alliance says it is entering its sixth year focused on finding new ways to reduce the sector’s need for steam, the generation of which leads to almost 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions. Dan Wicklum, CEO of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance or COSIA, says generating steam to separate heavy sticky bitumen from the northern …

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Why breaking up with Facebook can be hard to do

NEW YORK—Facebook’s latest privacy scandal, involving Trump campaign consultants who allegedly stole data on tens of millions of users in order to influence elections, has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network. There’s just one problem: There isn’t much of anywhere else to go. Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and …

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RBC chief Dave McKay tops big banks pay at $12.4 million as CEO wages rise 7%

TORONTO — The chief executives of Canada’s five biggest banks collectively earned roughly $53.6 million in the latest fiscal year, up more than seven per cent from a year earlier. But it was a particularly good year for TD Bank’s chief executive Bharat Masrani, who got a more than 20 per cent increase in total direct compensation to pull in …

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Trump’s new State Department hawk could be bad news for Iran

The revolving door at the Trump White House puts me in mind of something a certain close observer of a certain corporate leader once said about the latter’s management style: “He surrounds himself with weak people, because he thinks it makes him strong.” It was not a compliment. Granted, Gary Cohn, Trump’s recently departed economic adviser, and more recently Rex …

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U.S. companies cut NRA ties as pressure mounts

NEW YORK—U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre. Petitions are circulating online targeting companies that offer discounts to NRA members on its website. #BoycottNRA is trending on Twitter. Members of the NRA have access to special …

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Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media launches retirement savings fund to help support its programming

TORONTO—Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media has teamed up with a wealth management firm to launch a retirement saving fund geared toward Canadians who want to invest in the highly controversial and conservative online news site. The Wells Plus 6ix Rebel Freedom Fund is run by Alberta-based Wells Asset Management. The firm says the RRSP eligible income fund is directed at investors …

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Rail crunch leaves oil, wheat stranded on Prairies

WINNIPEG—A shortage of rail cars in Canada is leaving grain and oil shipments stranded on the Prairies, sending crude prices plummeting and leaving farmers in a cash crunch. The nation’s biggest railways haven’t been able to deliver enough cars after harsh winter conditions and as a sudden boom in energy production sparked a swell of demand. Some farmers have been …

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Home Capital says mortgage business may be shifting to alternative lender

Home Capital Group Inc. believes early results from this year suggest that mortgage business may be migrating to the alternative lender after the federal banking regulator introduced tougher rules for uninsured mortgages at the beginning of the year — even though it too is required to abide by the requirements. Preliminary indicators also suggest the credit quality of Home Capital …

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