HEALTH

The rise and fall of the COVID Alert app

Well, that’s a wrap on the COVID Alert app.

Canada is shutting down the national COVID contact tracing app we love to hate after changes to PCR testing regulations rendered it largely useless, per The Globe and Mail. 
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CYBERSECURITY

No more secret cyberattacks

With over four in five businesses impacted by cyberattacks staying quiet last year, the federal government has introduced a new security bill complete with a new set of reporting requirements for the telecoms, finance, energy, and transport sectors. 
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ENERGY

Why the cost of gas is so damn high

Search queries in Canada for ‘will gas prices go down’ and ‘why is gas so expensive right now’ are up 800% and 750%, respectively, this year, so we thought we’d get some answers. 
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ENERGY

Companies flee Alberta’s oil sands

Big oil companies are fleeing Alberta’s oil sands as the industry faces fire from the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing movement, per Bloomberg. 
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LABOUR

Are Canadian tech layoffs imminent?

Tech layoffs and hiring freezes seen in the US are creeping into Canada, with some experts worrying about worse job losses than the 2008 financial crisis, per The Globe and Mail
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MARKETS

Investors are straight-up not having a good time

For many investors, it’s been a tough few months of navigating the market’s choppy waters. 

If you’ve kept up with The Peak lately, you know the cost of things is up, which has led the world’s central bankers to kick interest rate hikes into high gear. Since US inflation data shows no sign of slowing down, investors worry that hikes will get even more aggressive
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TECH

Algorithms on trial

Meta is facing lawsuits across eight US states alleging that Facebook and Instagram contributed to mental health problems and suicides among young people—and this time it’s the platform’s algorithm itself that’s on trial.

What happened: Lawsuits filed across the US last week allege that Meta’s algorithms were designed to be addictive and led young people to destructive—and sometimes deadly—behaviour.
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LABOUR

Quebec is hiring, but you’ll need French

A debate about new immigration rules in Quebec is stirring up a conflict between businesses and a provincial government focused on protecting the French language—even if it means persistent labour shortages.

Catch-up: Quebec business leaders are concerned that policies adopted recently by Premier Francois Legault will discourage non-francophone speakers from moving to the province. 
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TRAVEL

You may experience some travel turbulence

The United States may have finally dropped its COVID testing requirements for international travellers, but a combo of flight cancellations, airport backlogs, and labour disputes around the world are likely to make summer travel more painful than usual.
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STREAMING

Spotify’s audiobook long game

In its never-ending quest to be the home of all things people use their ears to consume, Spotify is now making a push into the audiobooks space
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