Push to repeal bylaw allowing stores north of Toronto to open on Family Day

Push to repeal bylaw allowing stores north of Toronto to open on Family Day
Labour groups and some politicians are pushing to repeal a bylaw that allows retailers north of Toronto to stay open on holidays such as Family Day. Councillors in York Region, which consists of nine municipalities including Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ont., voted 17-3 in favour of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw in November. The legislation exempts all businesses from a provincial... Read More

Bombardier may lay off hundreds at its Quebec railway plant if no orders come in

Bombardier may lay off hundreds at its Quebec railway plant if no orders come in
MONTREAL — The railway division of Bombardier Inc. says losing out on a large electric train contract in Montreal may force it to lay off workers this fall at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., unless it wins some new contracts. Spokesman Eric Prud’homme describes the situation for the facility as perilous once the contract to make new subway cars for... Read More

N.L. unveils plan for faster, cheaper offshore oil and gas development

N.L. unveils plan for faster, cheaper offshore oil and gas development
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Cash-strapped Newfoundland and Labrador has announced a 12-year plan to speed and enhance development of its offshore oil and gas resources. The province will review regulations and advance tie-back technology to allow more extraction at existing sites with less cost. The province also wants to enhance subsea and seismic technology to develop what it estimates is... Read More

Canadian producers buoyant about 2018 as duties expected keep prices high

Canadian producers buoyant about 2018 as duties expected keep prices high
MONTREAL — Softwood lumber duties aren’t dampening the spirits of Canadian lumber producers as strong demand from rising U.S. housing starts and tight supply is expected to keep prices high throughout 2018. The number of U.S. housing starts beat expectations by surpassing 1.33 million in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, with single family starts increasing 7.6 per cent. Housing permits approached 1.4 million. Conifex... Read More