James Dunne

Producer, CBC News Business

James Dunne researches, produces and writes stories for the CBC News business unit. Based in Toronto, he's covered business for about 15 years starting with local news, before moving on to the show Venture and co-creating the series Fortune Hunters. His work for those programs won awards at the New York Festivals and Columbus International Film and Animation Festival. James has a master's degree in public policy and administration and has also worked on special projects as well as the World at Six on CBC Radio One. Contact James at james.dunne@cbc.ca

Latest from James Dunne

With tech incubators bringing investment and inspiration, Black entrepreneurs feel they can 'change the world'

With venture capital funding plunging and Black founders historically facing greater challenges than others raising money, tech incubator programs in Canada are trying to help Black owned startups succeed. The objective of incubators like the Black Innovation Programs at Toronto Metropolitan University’s DMZ is to help Black-owned tech companies hone their ideas, find mentors, and connect with investors.

How women-led companies are trying to make condoms more appealing — to everyone

With sexually transmitted infections surging to alarming levels in Canada and the U.S. over several years, a number of female entrepreneurs have moved into the condom industry, intent on making change. 

Turning empty offices into housing is a popular idea. Experts say it's easier said than done

With office vacancy rates at high levels in several Canadian cities and a shortage of housing, the idea of turning old empty offices into apartments or condos is attracting attention. Experts say the concept is good, but it’s not a fix all to solve complex housing issues.

More Canadian workers have paid sick days than ever. Should paid sick leave be the law for all?

New laws mandating paid sick leave for some employees has ramped up the conversation about whether that should be the norm. Some say paid sick leave should be mandatory by law across Canada; others say employers shouldn’t have to pay the costs and that the government should let businesses decide.

These students are facing real-world economic pressures. Mandatory financial literacy classes may help

November is financial literacy month, and as economic matters have become more complex some experts say financial literacy courses should be compulsory at high schools across Canada, even as some provinces have updated financial education curriculum.

Got a gas furnace? Higher prices to heat your home 'not going away'

Homeowners who use natural gas for heating will have to get used to higher prices say experts, due to increased exports and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But, homeowners can take steps to reduce their heating bills — including getting off gas altogether.

Is it game over for the Hockey Canada brand? Maybe, say ad experts

As company after company has cancelled sponsorships with Hockey Canada over its mishandling of gang-rape allegations and millions in payouts to complainants with sexual misconduct claims, communications experts are not sure the organization can ever recover with advertisers.

Indigenous entrepreneurship: Making a business case for reconciliation

Financial incentives are helping Indigenous entrepreneurs move into non-traditional sectors such as fashion, IT, marketing and transportation. According to experts, that expansion is a key part of economic reconciliation, as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action.

Do unions at Starbucks mean the labour movement is picking up steam?

A growing effort to unionize Starbucks cafes in the U.S. and Canada as well as Amazon warehouses, Apple stores, and Indigo book shops has union leaders and experts wondering if this the start of a shift in labour movement after decades of decline in the private sector.

Giant German bus company hits the highway in Canada

FlixBus, a German bus company that operates in 37 countries serving more than 2,500 destinations, launched its Canadian operation this week in Toronto.