Dianne Buckner

Dianne Buckner has reported on entrepreneurs for two decades. She hosts Dragons' Den on CBC Television and is part of the business news team at CBC News Network.

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Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify looks set to challenge Amazon

Could it be that a Canadian company — founded by three snowboarders in Ottawa — might emerge as a serious rival to the behemoth of the business world, Amazon?

Smartphones, other distractions can be more deadly than impaired driving, data suggests

In Ontario so far this year, provincial police have tallied more fatalities from distracted driving than impaired driving, writes Dianne Buckner.

Health Canada issues safety alert, prohibits the sale of some ethanol-fuelled firepots

This week, Health Canada alerted consumers, retailers and manufacturers that certain types of firepots and portable fireplaces are now prohibited. The department said it has received reports of 12 flame-jetting incidents resulting in two deaths and 26 burn injuries.

Canadians will soon have even more options in streaming — but can they afford them all?

Canadian viewers will have more choices than ever this winter, as a growing list of companies launch streaming services here. Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and others will be offering entertainment using the subscription model that Netflix pioneered.

Divesting from U.S. gun industry is not so easy if you pay into Canada Pension Plan

Public pension plans have been selling off gun stocks for years, but the Canada Pension Plan still owns an estimated $37 million worth of stock in companies that make handguns, assault rifles and bullets, Dianne Buckner writes.

Small businesses, residences on Great Lakes being 'destroyed' by high water this summer

Small business owners are struggling to cope with record high water levels in the Great Lakes. And while some blame the weather, others are pointing fingers at Canadian and American officials who manage shared bodies of water.

Consumers love food delivery apps, but high commissions eat at restaurant owners

So many Canadians are ordering meals via delivery apps, you'd think restaurants and the apps are cashing in big time. In fact, some restaurants won't even sign with an app, due to commissions of up to 30 per cent.

Business gets on board the plant-based protein train

Meat alternatives are moving quickly to the mainstream, with companies marketing products to the all types of consumers, not just vegetarians or vegans.

The working-at-home blues: Loneliness, depression a risk for those who are isolated

More Canadians are working at home than ever before, but for those who do it full-time, there's a risk of isolation and depression.

Sleep-deprived Canadians are fuelling a boom in alternative products

Sleep-deprived Canadians are driving a boom in products designed to help them get a good night's rest. Despite the lack of evidence that they work, weighted blankets, diffusers, 'smart' mattresses and bedtime stories for grown-ups are selling fast.

Can a 34-year-old Canadian business school dropout rescue Britain's HMV?

Canadian Doug Putman, 34, is making a big bet on the return of the retail music industry in Canada and now abroad. The president of Sunrise Records recently purchased 100 HMV stores in the U.K. after the music chain filed for bankruptcy protection.

Insta-worthy destinations: How businesses are creating experiences for the selfie fan

A growing number of companies are building their business models around the selfie, attracting people with destinations that beg visitors to take out the phone and snap away.

Cultural funding fight with Netflix reignites age-old debate — what is Cancon anyway?

The campaign to force streaming companies like Netflix to contribute to the Canada Media Fund, which kickstarts Canadian productions that tell Canadian stories, has renewed the long-standing debate in this country about what exactly constitutes Canadian content.

Virtual dealership promises no used car salesmen

A virtual used car dealership called Clutch intends to exploit the bad reputation of used car salesmen by offering a service with no sales staff, and a "concierge" to bring the car to the customer for a test drive. No commissions and no showrooms means the startup is also promising lower prices.

Fitness in your home à la Netflix: On-demand, unlimited subscription classes

Instead of a subscription to stream TV and movies on demand, a growing number of companies want to sell you a subscription for on-demand, unlimited fitness sessions. Peloton, Echelon and Fly Anywhere are three U.S. companies that want to cater to Canadians with a convenient way to work out.