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

AMC Theatres unveils $20-a-month rival to MoviePass

AMC Theatres unveils $20-a-month rival to MoviePass
NEW YORK — AMC Theatres, the world’s largest movie theatre chain, has unveiled a $20-a-month subscription service as a rival the flagging MoviePass. The theatre chain on Wednesday unveiled a new service to its loyalty program, AMC Stubs, allowing subscribers to see up to three movies a week for a monthly fee of $19.95. That’s more expensive than the $9.99 monthly fee for MoviePass,... Read More

Disney ups Twenty-First Century Fox to more than $70.3B

Disney ups Twenty-First Century Fox to more than $70.3B
NEW YORK — The mouse is chasing the fox. Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a $70.3 billion counterbid for Fox’s entertainment businesses following Comcast’s $65 billion offer for the company. The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms. They are amassing ever more programming to better compete with technology companies... Read More

Best year ever for B.C. Ferries vehicle traffic, foot traffic also surges

Best year ever for B.C. Ferries vehicle traffic, foot traffic also surges
VICTORIA — BC Ferries’ year-end results show vehicle traffic was higher than ever last year, resulting in consolidated net earnings of $59.9 million. The company says in a news release that fiscal 2018 also had the highest level of passenger traffic in two decades. Ferries president Mark Collins says the strong fiscal performance helps the company increase service, invest in new vessels... Read More

A by-the-numbers look at what 5G wireless could mean for Canada’s economy

A by-the-numbers look at what 5G wireless could mean for Canada’s economy
OTTAWA — A study commissioned by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association lays out the potential benefits from the deployment of powerful, ultra-fast 5G wireless networks. A look at the findings in the Accenture report, by the numbers: $40 billion: Estimated economic growth from the adoption of 5G technology by 2026. $26 billion: Amount estimated to be spent on 5G network infrastructure... Read More

Competition heating up for price-sensitive passengers as Swoop set to launch

Competition heating up for price-sensitive passengers as Swoop set to launch
MONTREAL — Competition is heating up for Canada’s most price-sensitive travellers as WestJet Airlines gears up to launch the country’s second ultra-low cost airline Wednesday. Swoop, an offshoot of WestJet Airlines, will make its maiden flight on its pink and white aircraft before the sun rises in Hamilton, Ont. on a trip to Abbotsford, B.C. “From my perspective coming into this fresh — I’ve been in... Read More

B.C. lawyer awarded $1 in suit against client who posted negative online review

B.C. lawyer awarded $1 in suit against client who posted negative online review
VANCOUVER — A British Columbia lawyer has been awarded $1 in damages after suing a former client for posting a negative review online. Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee and her firm Acumen Law allege in court documents that a Google Plus review calling her the “worstest lawyer” led to a decline in client calls. The reviewer did not respond to the civil claim or appear in... Read More

Rogers cutting one-third of digital content and publishing team, about 75 jobs

Rogers cutting one-third of digital content and publishing team, about 75 jobs
TORONTO — Rogers Communications is cutting the size of its digital content and publishing team by about one-third. The Toronto-based company says about 75 full-time employees have been laid off, reducing the size of that team to about 150 people. Rogers says the job cuts reflects the “headwinds” faced by its industry, which has been dealing with a years-long change... Read More

US retail sales climb in May by the most in 6 months

US retail sales climb in May by the most in 6 months
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose by the most in six months in May, as consumers spent more at home and garden stores, gas stations and restaurants. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.8 per cent last month, the largest increase since November. Excluding the volatile gas and auto categories, sales also rose 0.8 per cent. Consumers are very confident in the... Read More