‘Dining of the future’: vegan restaurant boom fuelled by meat eaters

‘Dining of the future’: vegan restaurant boom fuelled by meat eaters
Foodies say Canada is in the midst of a renaissance in plant-based dining as vegan restaurants sprout up across the country and traditional establishments update their menus to make them more animal-friendly. But restaurateurs say the proliferation of options is being driven not by observant vegans, but by dabbling omnivores looking for appealing meat-free fare. “I think we’re living in kind... Read More

Facebook executive and ex-Liberal adviser defends his access to Trudeau cabinet

Facebook executive and ex-Liberal adviser defends his access to Trudeau cabinet
OTTAWA — A Facebook executive with ties to the ruling Liberals was grilled today about his preferential access to senior members of the Trudeau cabinet, even though no one from the social-media giant, including himself, is a registered lobbyist in Canada. In his appearance before a parliamentary committee, Facebook Canada’s public policy head Kevin Chan was questioned by New Democrat MP Charlie Angus on why... Read More

Acacia Mining production drops 45 per cent as Tanzania troubles persist

Acacia Mining production drops 45 per cent as Tanzania troubles persist
TORONTO — A subsidiary of Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. says gold production at its Tanzanian operations plunged 45 per cent last quarter as it grappled with export restrictions from the country. London-based miner Acacia Mining, owned 64 per cent by Barrick, says the drop in production resulted from reduced operations at its Bulyanhulu mine and producing mostly from lower-grade stockpiles at its Buzwagi mine.... Read More

Feds ordered savings review for Gordie Howe bridge over cost concerns: documents

Feds ordered savings review for Gordie Howe bridge over cost concerns: documents
OTTAWA — The federal government ordered a review of the budget for a new cross-border bridge in Windsor, Ont., after concerns arose that the cost was in danger of exceeding spending targets, newly released documents show. Officials found ways to save money on the Gordie Howe International Bridge “without significantly changing the risk” to the federal government, noted one slide from a presentation that... Read More

Ford’s plan to cut Ontario corporate tax and halt wage hike benefits big business: Wynne

Ford’s plan to cut Ontario corporate tax and halt wage hike benefits big business: Wynne
TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberal premier says Tory promises to cut the provincial corporate income tax while halting a minimum wage hike would benefit big business while leaving workers in the lurch. Kathleen Wynne says Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford may say he fights for the little guy, but his policies favour “the big guy.” She says Ford has always been... Read More

Kinder Morgan CEO says recent events confirm Trans Mountain may be ‘untenable’

Kinder Morgan CEO says recent events confirm Trans Mountain may be ‘untenable’
CALGARY — The CEO of Kinder Morgan says events in recent days have reinforced his concerns about the viability of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project. “It’s become clear this particular investment may be untenable for a private party to undertake. The events of the last 10 days have confirmed those views,” Steve Kean said on a conference call Wednesday. “We’ve pointed out... Read More

Supreme Court ruling corks B.C. vintners’ hopes for free trade of Canadian wines

Supreme Court ruling corks B.C. vintners’ hopes for free trade of Canadian wines
VANCOUVER — Officials representing wineries in British Columbia say they are disappointed by the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that upholds current interprovincial trade laws. Miles Prodan, the president and chief executive officer with the British Columbia Wine Institute, says the ruling is not the decision it was hoping for. He says the institute was optimistic the high court would instead clear... Read More

High cost of dental services prompting some patients to seek alternative options

High cost of dental services prompting some patients to seek alternative options
MONTREAL — An unaffordable price tag kept Melanie Laxson out of the dentist’s chair until the pain became unbearable. With no access to insurance, the 38-year-old says there’s no way she could afford the full cost of a dentist. Canadians spend about $12 billion per year on dental services, but six million people annually avoid dentists because of costs, said a 2014 report... Read More