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Ex-politician Nigel Farage accused his bank of refusing his business because of his political views. Frank 2012/Shutterstock

City watchdog finds no evidence for recent political ‘debanking’ – but private banks have been picky for centuries

Research shows banks – especially private banks – have always been concerned about their customers’ social status and respectability.
David Maimon’s cybersecurity research group noticed a flood of checks in underground markets, which opened a window into much broader criminal activity. Collage by Kimberly Patch

Behind the scenes of the investigation: Heists Worth Billions

Professor David Maimon describes how his team investigated criminal enterprises on the dark web.
Wearing a protective mask, a dog walker ventures out as heavy smoke from northern Alberta forest fires blankets downtown Calgary on May 16, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Canadian financial institutions are fuelling the climate change crisis

Canadian financial institutions — banks, pension funds and private equity firms — fund the fossil fuel industry and are therefore helping fuel the climate crisis. Why won’t Ottawa hold them to account?
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has released guidelines for financial institutions to address climate change risks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

OSFI’s new guidelines: A step toward making banks and insurers more conscious of their climate impacts

OSFI’s guidelines are a small step towards making financial decision-makers more conscious of their influence on climate outcomes, but there is still work to be done.

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