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

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

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

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

Federal government and First Nations to approve B.C. fish farms: province

Federal government and First Nations to approve B.C. fish farms: province
VICTORIA — Fish farmers in British Columbia have four years to show their open-net operations don’t harm wild salmon and to get approval from First Nations to locate them in their territories as part of new rules introduced Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said the government is setting new standards for the renewal of fish farm operating tenures to protect wild salmon... Read More

Cannabis producer Tilray files for public offering on Nasdaq stock exchange

Cannabis producer Tilray files for public offering on Nasdaq stock exchange
NANAIMO, B.C. — Cannabis producer Tilray Inc. has filed for a proposed initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company says it has not determined the number of shares to be offered or the price range for the offering. It will trade under the symbol TLRY. The company says it does not intent to list on any... Read More

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (16,316.53, down 67.10 points) Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 41 cents, or 4.49 per cent, to $9.54 on 14.9 million shares. Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $4.42 on 12.6 million shares. Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 12... Read More

Japan halts wheat imports after genetically modified wheat found in Alberta

Japan halts wheat imports after genetically modified wheat found in Alberta
CALGARY — The Canadian government is trying to reassure Japan and other trading partners that genetically modified wheat found in southern Alberta is limited to a few plants growing along a remote access road and has not been detected in the wider supply. Japan has temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat as it reviews the tests that Canadian officials have already done,... Read More

Protester yells ‘our salmon are dying,’ at B.C. premier during news conference

Protester yells ‘our salmon are dying,’ at B.C. premier during news conference
VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan’s news conference about protecting British Columbia’s wild salmon stocks was interrupted by a protester shouting “you sold us out,” and “our salmon are dying.” The woman loudly accused Horgan of allowing the province’s ocean-based aquaculture industry to continue operating while wild salmon stocks are struggling to survive. The woman, who identified herself as Tsastilqualus, says she is from... Read More