Russian oil is doing just fine

When Russia invaded Ukraine back in February, sanctions sounded like the right idea: Squeeze Russia’s economy until the fallout renders it unable to continue fighting the war.

But in reality, things have played out a little bit differently. 
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Take your pineapples on pizza somewhere else

La vita isn’t very dolce right now for Domino’s after the pizza chain failed to take off in the saucy dish’s birthplace.
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Europe's rivers are running dry

Extreme heat and low rainfall threaten to dry up a key part of the Rhine river, blocking passage through one of Europe’s most important shipping routes.
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Hand over the corporate cards

As a wave of economic uncertainty hits Big Tech, Microsoft is reining in the fun money.  
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No more green bubbles

Android users know that there is no greater indignity than being the only green bubble in a friend group of iPhone users. Google is now stepping up to fight this injustice. 
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Holding airlines accountable

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Canada’s airlines and airports, the government has launched an investigation into the flight cancellations making headlines
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Netflix tries to level up

Did you know that Netflix has games? You’re not alone if you answered no: 99% of its subscribers have never experienced the joy of playing Exploding Kittens, Hextech Mayhem, or any other game on the platform. 
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Where are Canada’s nurses?

Hospital shutdowns that began in small communities have now spread to big cities, as provincial healthcare systems strain under devastating nursing shortages. 
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China’s getting robotaxis

If you find yourself hailing a ride in Wuhan and Chongqing, you won’t have to worry about making awkward chitchat with the driver… because soon, there won’t be one.   
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A soft year for tech

“I am ashamed of myself for being so elated by big profits in the past” are not exactly the words you want to hear from your CEO ahead of a make-or-break earnings report. 
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What Biden’s climate bill means for Canada

The US Senate passed large parts of President Biden’s domestic agenda yesterday in a landmark bill that will spend almost US$400 billion on clean energy programs and put the White House’s climate goals within reach.

Why it matters: As a former Prime Minister once said, living next to the United States “is like sleeping with an elephant [...] one is affected by every twitch and grunt.” And hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending—quite a bit more than a twitch—is going to reverberate through Canada’s economy. 
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Canada’s energy battleground moves east

Big battles over energy policy aren’t just for Western Canada anymore. Environmental groups are gearing up to fight plans to build new energy infrastructure on the East Coast that would export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Canada to Europe.

What happened: Major environmental campaigners, including the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, launched the “StopTheGas” coalition last week to oppose LNG projects on the East Coast. 
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Amazon’s quest to be in every corner of your home

What do Amazon and your mom in 2013 have in common? They both wanted a Roomba.
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The big opportunity in India

It sure would be nice if Canada could boost its GDP by $8 billion, wouldn’t it? Well, what if we told you there was one way to do exactly that? 
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Our American gun problem

Canada will ban the import of restricted handguns this month, part of a broader effort to curb gun violence after the country’s deadliest mass shooting in 2019, per The Washington Post. 
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GM’s Super Cruise gets some super news

Good news for people whose hands get super sweaty after gripping a steering wheel for too long: GM’s advanced driver-assist system (ADAS) will soon be more available in Canada. 
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No chips for Canada

Ciao, from the new big chip player in town. 
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Major miner problems

Over 1,000 miners in Nunavut could be out of a job come September as a major mine that accounts for almost a quarter of the territory’s economy might be forced to shut down. 
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Batgirl is stuck in the shadows

If you’re ever feeling bad about your spending habits, this might cheer you up: Warner Bros. has canned its upcoming “Batgirl” movie despite shelling out US$90 million to make it. 
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Pelosi’s Taiwan visit sparks fury

If there’s anything we can learn from Nancy Pelosi’s jaunt to Taiwan–specifically, the criticism surrounding it–it’s that the world is pretty freaked out about China right now. 
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