Better wages, job protection, in new contract with big Manitoba grocer

Better wages, job protection, in new contract with big Manitoba grocer
WINNIPEG — About 3,500 workers at Superstore, Extra Foods, and No Frills stores in Manitoba have ratified a new contract with Loblaw. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 says in a statement posted to its website that the five-year agreement — voted on by its members on Sunday — improves wages and protects full-time positions. The union also says the... Read More

With Oct. 17 days away, recreational cannabis landscape still hazy

With Oct. 17 days away, recreational cannabis landscape still hazy
TORONTO — Jimmy’s Cannabis will be opening its doors to the public for the first time on Oct. 17 —  but it’s still not clear whether there will be any pot products on its shelves. The Saskatchewan-based chain of recreational pot stores is one of 51 retailers to receive a store permit and is putting the finishing touches on two locations, which feature reclaimed barnwood... Read More

Non-medical cannabis worth $3.3 billion to Canada’s economy in 2016: StatCan

Non-medical cannabis worth $3.3 billion to Canada’s economy in 2016: StatCan
OTTAWA — The illegal production and consumption of non-medical cannabis was worth about $3.3 billion in 2016, according a Statistics Canada analysis of the underground economy. The agency generally hasn’t included illegal drugs and prostitution in the underground economy, but it has been providing more cannabis-related data ahead of Oct. 17, when recreational use of pot becomes legal in Canada. The agency estimated underground economic activity... Read More

Pacini Restaurants moving beyond Quebec with expansion in Canada and U.S.

Pacini Restaurants moving beyond Quebec with expansion in Canada and U.S.
MONTREAL — Quebec-based Pacini Restaurants Inc. is aiming to pierce the U.S. market and expand across Canada as it prepares to open more than 200 locations across North America within the next decade. The privately owned Italian-style chain is looking to partner with hotel chains that it hopes will become franchisees. President Nathalie Lehoux says the company is looking to... Read More

Trilateral free trade deal extends hiring spree at Port of Montreal

Trilateral free trade deal extends hiring spree at Port of Montreal
MONTREAL — The Port of Montreal is taking on 50 new workers by 2019, a move that the association representing port employers says was prompted by the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal. The Maritime Employers Association president Stephane Morency says the trilateral accord — unveiled last week and set to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement — provides predictability and clears... Read More

Aid groups now using the same data technology as bitcoin

Aid groups now using the same data technology as bitcoin
LONDON — In the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, Amar Al-Eid heads toward the checkout of the food distribution store carrying supplies for his two children. The shopkeeper raises a black box to his face and scans the Syrian refugee’s iris. The transaction goes through and a day’s rations are secured. The data technology that underpins virtual currencies like bitcoin... Read More

Amazon ups wages for 350K, says it will advocate better pay

Amazon ups wages for 350K, says it will advocate better pay
SEATTLE — Amazon, which has faced political and economic pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month. The wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions. Employees at Whole Foods, which Amazon now owns, will get... Read More

Maple Leaf Foods buying Italian cured meats maker Viau Foods for $215 million

Maple Leaf Foods buying Italian cured meats maker Viau Foods for $215 million
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has signed a deal to buy Viau Foods, a maker of Italian cooked, dry-cured and charcuterie meats, for $215 million. Maple Leaf Foods chief executive Michael McCain says the deal expands its position in the market for premium dry cured and pepperoni meat products and adds production capacity in Quebec. Viau employs 470... Read More

Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, East Side Mario’s restaurant chain hit by malware outbreak

Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, East Side Mario’s restaurant chain hit by malware outbreak
VAUGHAN, Ont. — Recipe Unlimited Corp. says some of its Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, East Side Mario’s and other restaurants are experiencing a partial network outage after a malware outbreak. The company says it learned of the outbreak on Friday and as a precaution took a number of its systems offline and suspended internet access to affected locations. Some restaurants have... Read More

Manufacturers relieved, dairy farmers angry in wake of NAFTA replacement deal

Manufacturers relieved, dairy farmers angry in wake of NAFTA replacement deal
Reaction from Canadian business groups to the terms of a renegotiated trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico range from relief to dismay as the details of the proposed new pact begin to sink in. The deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to call the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), was reached late Sunday night amid 11th-hour... Read More