Air Canada union files human rights complaint over flight attendant treatment

Air Canada union files human rights complaint over flight attendant treatment
TORONTO — The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says it has filed a human rights complaint alleging “systemic discrimination and harassment” of its members. The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the airline’s policies on uniforms and makeup are discriminatory towards female flight attendants on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and race. It adds the company’s new onboard service... Read More

Shock and oil: Alberta premier threatens to turn off taps in B.C. dispute

Shock and oil: Alberta premier threatens to turn off taps in B.C. dispute
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to turn off the oil taps in a fight with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada — or both — but says her government is ready to pass legislation to make it happen. “Our key focus is getting people’s... Read More

Canada gets relief, for now: Excused from U.S. tariffs for undetermined period

Canada gets relief, for now: Excused from U.S. tariffs for undetermined period
WASHINGTON — Canada can breathe easier, for now: It’s getting relief from U.S. tariffs for an undetermined period, as one of only two countries receiving a provisional exemption from the steel and aluminum penalties set to clobber the rest of the world. U.S. President Donald Trump signed proclamations Thursday slapping tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per... Read More

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (15,538.70, up 66.09 points) Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down one cent, or 0.09 per cent, to $11.20 on 7.2 million shares. Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Down two cents, or 7.02 per cent, to 26.5 cents on 5.2 million shares. Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health... Read More

Thousands face empty homes tax in Vancouver as declaration deadline passes

Thousands face empty homes tax in Vancouver as declaration deadline passes
VANCOUVER — Nearly 8,500 homes have been declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the city’s new empty homes tax. The figure not only includes properties that were deemed unoccupied for six months or more, but also those that claimed one of the various exemptions to the levy. It also includes about 2,100 homes that will be hit with the... Read More

Questions help investors still the slippery siren’s call of investment bubbles

Questions help investors still the slippery siren’s call of investment bubbles
CALGARY — Financial planner Shawn Lantz of Edmonton says he knew the marijuana industry hype was getting out of hand when he got a call from an elderly client recently. “She’s a 68-year-old grandma … She phones me up and says, ‘Shawn, my kids bought this weed stock and it’s making lots of money. Should I buy some, too?'” He... Read More

WestJet Airlines chief executive Gregg Saretsky retires, replaced by Ed Sims

WestJet Airlines chief executive Gregg Saretsky retires, replaced by Ed Sims
CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. says chief executive Gregg Saretsky is retiring effective today. Saretsky joined WestJet in June 2009 as vice-president, WestJet Vacations, and became chief executive in March 2010. Under Saretsky’s leadership, WestJet nearly doubled its fleet, launched WestJet Encore and started service to Europe. The airline says he is being replaced by Ed Sims, WestJet’s current executive... Read More

Quebec’s maple syrup producers losing ground as U.S. imports rise: report

Quebec’s maple syrup producers losing ground as U.S. imports rise: report
MONTREAL — The Montreal Economic Institute is calling on Quebec’s maple syrup federation to loosen its rules as the province’s share of the market declines. A report by the institute says syrup imports from the United States are increasing, while Quebec struggles with unsold inventory. Report author Alexandre Moreau blames the province’s maple syrup federation, which sets quotas and controls production and marketing in the province.... Read More

CMHC says pace of housing starts picked up in February compared with January

CMHC says pace of housing starts picked up in February compared with January
OTTAWA — The pace of new home construction picked up unexpectedly in February driven by strength in the condo market in major cities, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday. Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported that building permits rose beyond expectations in January — particularly in the condo market — signalling continued strength in the multi-family dwelling category. CMHC said the seasonally adjusted annual rate of... Read More

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (15,472.61, down 72.58 points) Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 53 cents, or 4.51 per cent, to $11.21 on 11.1 million shares. Aurora is the latest Canadian licensed marijuana producer planning to list on an international exchange. The Edmonton-base company has been looking at listing on the Nasdaq... Read More