Illegal ride-hailing underway in B.C. while government reconsiders laws

Illegal ride-hailing underway in B.C. while government reconsiders laws
VANCOUVER — As the British Columbia government explores the impact of allowing ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, a number of companies have already been operating illegally in the province. The Passenger Transportation Branch said at least seven app platforms are known to be in use by drivers and consumers in Metro Vancouver. An advisory issued by the branch last fall said the drivers, not the app developers, are assuming the... Read More

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (16,319.24, up 1.59 points) Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 26 cents, or 1.87 per cent, to $13.63 on 25.9 million shares. Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (TSX:AAR.UN). Real Estate. Up $1.37, or 20.39 per cent, to $8.09 on 21.9 million shares. Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $2.21, or 5.54... Read More

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017
A look back at 2017 shows far too many instances in Canada where we got it all wrong By Gwyn Morgan Contributor Troy Media For my first column of the New Year, I’ve dipped into my collection of irrational, damaging or downright dumb happenings in 2017. The year saw major breakthroughs in the use of genetically-modified human cells to treat... Read More

Vancouver’s empty homes tax prompts audits, call to complete forms

Vancouver’s empty homes tax prompts audits, call to complete forms
VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver has launched its empty homes tax audit system meant to ensure residents are complying with the program. The deadline for homeowners to declare if their residence is empty is Feb. 2, but the city says it has already sent out notices requesting that some property owners provide evidence to support their declaration. Mayor Gregor Robertson says in... Read More

Sorry, parents, Apple can’t keep kids from getting addicted to phones: experts

Sorry, parents, Apple can’t keep kids from getting addicted to phones: experts
TORONTO — Tech experts say parents shouldn’t count on Apple making its phones and tablets less addictive for kids. While two of the tech giant’s biggest shareholders are pushing for new features to help limit damaging screen time for children, experts say there is no easy fix and the responsibility will remain with parents to do what’s best for their kids. Apple... Read More

CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts slowed in December to 216,980

CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts slowed in December to 216,980
OTTAWA — Housing starts in Canada hit their highest total in a decade in 2017, but are expected to slow this year, economists said Monday. BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic said the full-year tally of housing starts for 2017 came in at 221,000. “Canadian homebuilding activity had its best year in a decade in 2017, backed by underlying demographic support and... Read More