Ian Bickis

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RBC facing heat in Texas for stance on divisive issues like guns and climate change

Royal Bank of Canada has become caught up in efforts by Texas to limit action by banks against gun manufacturers and fossil fuel companies as attention intensifies on the divisive issues.

Rogers saga 'a teachable moment' on Canada's out-of-date corporate rules, experts say

The boardroom feud at Rogers Communications Inc. has highlighted shortcomings in how Canada regulates companies across the country, a number of corporate governance experts said as they reacted to a recent court decision that appeared to bring an end to the saga.

Malls are reopening — but will shoppers come back?

Malls across the country are beginning to open their doors after weeks of government-mandated shutdowns, but both operators and retail tenants are stepping into uncharted territory amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small businesses demand action, not just talk, on rent relief amid COVID-19 crisis

Small businesses are hoping for promised rent relief from both landlords and government as the COVID-19-related shutdown drags on and their bills pile up.

Major landlords promise flexibility as COVID-19 eats into tenants' ability to pay rent

Some of Canada's biggest landlords say they're committed to working with tenants who have lost their job because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Storytelling platform Wattpad to open office in Halifax

Storytelling platform Wattpad says it will open what it calls a second headquarters in Halifax to tap into the city's talent pool as the company grows.

Tech hubs in smaller cities gain traction as companies hunt for labour

A new report from real estate services firm CBRE has found tech companies are turning to smaller cities like Victoria, B.C., and Guelph, Ont., as they look for new talent.

Advisory panel raises range of concerns about Sidewalk Labs' plans for Quayside

Preliminary commentary from Waterfront Toronto's digital strategy advisory panel released Tuesday said the plan from Google's sister company Sidewalk for Quayside is "frustratingly abstract" and that some of the innovations proposed were "irrelevant or unnecessary."

Bell scales back rural internet plans after CRTC decision on rates

Bell Canada says it will cut about 200,000 rural households from a broadband internet build-out to offset the impact of a regulatory change that lowers the wholesale broadband rate it can charge smaller providers.

Farmers look to capture carbon as warnings of climate shocks grow louder

Canadian farmers are cultivating some sustainable farming techniques identified as particularly useful for an industry it concluded must make drastic changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.