Cannabis dispensaries get real Oct. 17, 2018; municipal leaders can’t wait

Cannabis dispensaries get real Oct. 17, 2018; municipal leaders can’t wait
VICTORIA — On the day Canadians can legally buy and use recreational marijuana, the clock will start ticking for cannabis dispensaries already open across the country, say politicians and pot industry insiders. On Oct. 17, provincial licensing, monitoring and approval regulations on legal marijuana retail standards will become law and the cannabis business will get real for marijuana shops currently operating outside... Read More

Visual-effects studio Scanline VFX to open Montreal location, creating 300 jobs

Visual-effects studio Scanline VFX to open Montreal location, creating 300 jobs
MONTREAL — Oscar-nominated visual effects company Scanline VFX has announced it will open a new studio in Montreal next month. The company announced Friday that it expects to hire 300 people over the next three years in visual effects, technical and support roles. The Montreal facility will be be led by Geoffrey Baumann, who recently supervised all visual effects on Marvel’s “Black Panther.” It will... Read More

B.C. judge approves Victoria’s plastic bag bylaw going into effect in July

B.C. judge approves Victoria’s plastic bag bylaw going into effect in July
VICTORIA — The mayor of Victoria is hailing a court victory allowing the city to enact a bylaw that will prohibit grocery stores from offering or selling plastic bags to shoppers. Lisa Helps says in a news release that the B.C. Supreme Court decision represents an important step in moving away from unsustainable business practices that create high volumes of waste from single-use plastic bags. The Canadian... Read More

Shopify to provide e-commerce platform for online B.C. cannabis sales

Shopify to provide e-commerce platform for online B.C. cannabis sales
VANCOUVER — British Columbia has selected Shopify Inc. to provide an e-commerce platform for the online sale of non-medical cannabis in the province. The Liquor Distribution Branch, which will be the sole wholesale distributor and public retailer of cannabis, says the Ottawa-based company was selected because of its proven record of on-time service, user-friendly design and approach to anticipating consumer needs.... Read More

Liberals set hiring, procurement rules for federally-funded projects

Liberals set hiring, procurement rules for federally-funded projects
OTTAWA — Cities, provinces and territories building new roads, bridges, water and transit systems funded with federal dollars will have to let Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants have a hand in those projects under new rules being unveiled today. The idea of so-called community benefits will be a mandatory requirement for major infrastructure projects the federal government will help pay for through its... Read More

Here’s a list of May inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

Here’s a list of May inflation rates for selected Canadian cities
OTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in May, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets): — St. John’s, N.L.: 1.6 per cent (1.5) — Charlottetown-Summerside: 2.5 (2.3) — Halifax: 2.1 (2.7) — Saint John, N.B.:... Read More

What makes a beer a beer? Feds brew changes to national beer standards

What makes a beer a beer? Feds brew changes to national beer standards
OTTAWA — Your beer is about to undergo a government makeover. Federal officials are proposing changes to national beer standards that would widen the number of ingredients permitted in a pint and force brewers to list every ingredient on a can or bottle. Even the Canadian definition of “beer” would change. The changes would mark a major overhaul of beer standards... Read More

B.C. government intends to crack down on hidden ownership of real estate

B.C. government intends to crack down on hidden ownership of real estate
VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is taking steps to end opportunities to anonymously invest and hide wealth in real estate. Finance Minister Carole James says a new, publicly accessible registry is being created to identify the owners of real estate in the province. A news release from the Ministry of Finance says the first-of-its-kind registry in Canada is aimed at improving... Read More

Manulife cutting 700 jobs as part of digital business transformation

Manulife cutting 700 jobs as part of digital business transformation
TORONTO — Manulife Financial Corp. says it will cut its workforce by about 700 jobs as part of a wider restructuring of its operations as it makes a greater push to digital. The company says the job cuts will come through voluntary exit programs and natural attrition over the next 18 months. Manulife says it will require fewer staff as... Read More

Reduce taxes, fees to help grow Canada’s airline industry, lower prices: study

Reduce taxes, fees to help grow Canada’s airline industry, lower prices: study
MONTREAL — A new study suggests federal and provincial governments can help ease some of the frustrations of travellers and grow the country’s air transport sector by reducing taxes and fees imposed on the industry. Alexandre Moreau of the right-leaning Montreal Economic Institute says Canada’s massive geography and low population density help keep airline prices high, but even a small reduction in taxes and... Read More