Phone fraudsters are getting more aggressive

Have you ever answered an unknown number out of curiosity? More times than not, it’s a crackly-voiced person on the other end, offering you some service or product that sounds too good to be true—and probably is. 

Airfares aren’t coming down to earth

Inflation may be descending elsewhere in the economy, but airfare (much like our flight puns in this story) is still flying high with no sign of landing any time soon. 

Driving the news: Flight ticket prices are up 27.4% from last year, according to a Financial Times analysis of 600 of the world’s most popular routes.

Alberta declares wildfire emergency

Wildfire season has arrived early in Alberta this year, forcing the province to declare a state of emergency over the weekend and expand evacuation efforts.

Driving the news: Premier Danielle Smith declared a state of emergency on Saturday, granting the government extraordinary powers to manage the crisis.

What to do this weekend

Our recommendations for what to eat, read, watch, and listen to this weekend.

Nathan Blecharczyk on the future of short-term rentals

We sat down with Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk on Free Lunch By The Peak to talk about travel trends as the cost of living rises. Here's a sneak peek into the conversation: 

The battle between AI and workers

From the role of AI in the writers' strike to IBM’s hiring freeze, it’s time to talk about how we plan to defend our jobs against the robots.

A new king is crowned

In case you haven’t been up since 4 a.m. waiting with bated breath and a full English breakfast, King Charles III’s coronation was this morning, generating fawning and furor. 

New grocery code leaves critics hungry

The grocery code of conduct that would govern the actions of Canada’s grocers and their suppliers is in its final draft, but it’s still leaving their top critics hungry for more.

TD scraps First Horizon deal worth billions

After weeks of speculation about the fate of a takeover deal that would make TD Bank the sixth-largest lender in America, the offer is officially off the table. 

Shopify lets go of its logistics dreams

Like our goal of reading 100 books, Shopify started the year with an unattainable dream that it’s now abandoned.

How to settle your bill with the CRA

Finding out you owe money at tax time can be a significant source of financial stress, but don’t fret. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will work out a repayment plan with you—once they return to work. 

The banking sector is still uneasy

While bankers no doubt rejoiced after the US Federal Reserve signalled it would move to pause rate hikes, the sector is still full of more tension than the final season of Succession.  

Airbnb wants you to bunk with strangers again

These days, it’s easy to find yourself in the midst of planning your dream vacation only to *checks bank account* realize, you know what, a weekend camping trip is actually just fine. 

What to do with all those Bed Bath & Beyonds?

If you’ve been looking to gift that special someone a lightly used retail outlet, act fast: nearly half of the now-emptying 65 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in Canada have been snapped up.

Breakin’ up BlackBerry

Just in time for the movie about its dramatic rise and fall, BlackBerry is back in the news. 

The battle to buy the Ottawa Senators

It’s not every day an NHL team goes up for sale, so interest in buying the Sens is booming. 

Hollywood writers go on strike

The Writers Guild of America (WGA)—the union representing 11,500 scribes behind American film and TV—is on strike after failing to reach a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, AKA, the suits that sign their cheques. 

The ‘Godfather of AI’ has some regrets

British-Canadian computer scientist and University of Toronto professor Geoffrey Hinton—known as one of the three “Godfathers of AI”—stepped down from his role at Google’s AI division so he could freely talk about the dangers AI currently poses. 

Celebrity partnerships? Not in this economy.

After realizing it couldn’t make a fashion line in partnership with freakin’ Beyonce marketable, Adidas is stepping back to reassess its entire business.

Strike ends for 120,000 federal workers

After 12 days of picketing, most striking federal government workers are back on the job.