Proposed pot swag ban makes it harder to compete with illicit pot: producers

Proposed pot swag ban makes it harder to compete with illicit pot: producers
TORONTO — A proposed ban on the use of cannabis brand elements on T-shirts and other swag would make it more difficult to stamp out the black market after legalization and have “significant” unintended consequences, licensed producers said Monday. The Senate is set to make a final vote Thursday on an amended Bill C-45 before it goes back to the House of Commons for... Read More

Searching for daycare is an ordeal, but economists say don’t blame the market

Searching for daycare is an ordeal, but economists say don’t blame the market
Free market forces have given Canadians the ability to summon meals or cars at the touch of a button and demand a million dollars for an urban bungalow; but, as frustrated parents know all too well, the same forces haven’t solved the problem of finding childcare. The Canadian daycare market has a well-established surplus of demand, resulting in anxiety-inducing waitlists — joined as... Read More

Business group calls for lower tax rate for women-controlled companies

Business group calls for lower tax rate for women-controlled companies
OTTAWA — A cross-border council on women in business recommends that companies controlled by women should get lower tax rates. The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders made the suggestion in a report released Wednesday that offered recommendations for how companies can better support women in business. The group interviewed investors, institutions, asset managers, pension funds and venture capital firms and found... Read More

Shove EDC off taxpayers’ shoulders and into the private sector

Shove EDC off taxpayers’ shoulders and into the private sector
Canada’s export credit agency is good at what it does. But part of that is taking risks with taxpayers’ money. It’s time for that to end Export Development Canada (EDC) has a big problem – the kind of problem Crown corporations have no business courting. Canada’s export credit agency, EDC loaned Turquoise Hill Resources, a mining company, $1 billion. Unfortunately,... Read More

Dropping the gloves over pipelines

Dropping the gloves over pipelines
Kinder Morgan’s acknowledgement that doing business in Canada may not be worth the trouble represents a watershed moment in Canadian economic history Earlier this month, pipeline company Kinder Morgan announced it will suspend all “non-essential” activities and “related spending” on the federally-approved Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. In unusually clear language, Kinder Morgan explained that it can’t invest more money into... Read More

Things just aren’t what they seem

Things just aren’t what they seem
A recent book by best-selling detective author Michael Connelly is entitled Two kinds of truth. What he is referring to is the truth that a jury decides and the truth of what actually happened. This dual-reality can sometimes be found in various places in the world and its stock markets. Take for example, the switch of failed mining and oil and... Read More

Are food-sharing apps a blue ribbon-worthy idea or half-baked fad?

Are food-sharing apps a blue ribbon-worthy idea or half-baked fad?
TORONTO — Apps that allow home chefs to sell dishes prepared in their personal kitchens have cropped up in Canada, but uncertainties about health regulations and the strength of consumer demand are raising questions about whether the business models are blue ribbon-worthy or half-baked fads. Food-sharing platform LaPiat, which plans to launch in April, provides a platform for entrepreneurial cooks in the Greater Toronto Area to make some extra cash from... Read More

E-commerce not the only cause of death for Canadian malls

E-commerce not the only cause of death for Canadian malls
Malls were once a go-to shopping destination and a teenager’s hang-out of choice, but now face an uncertain future as some of their biggest tenants lay off employees, file for creditor protection or hang a “closed” sign in the window and leave for good. Beleaguered retailers have been quick to blame online shopping for their decline. But retail experts say scapegoating e-commerce is an oversimplification of a multifaceted problem: changing consumer tastes, demographic shifts, technological advances and... Read More

Questions help investors still the slippery siren’s call of investment bubbles

Questions help investors still the slippery siren’s call of investment bubbles
CALGARY — Financial planner Shawn Lantz of Edmonton says he knew the marijuana industry hype was getting out of hand when he got a call from an elderly client recently. “She’s a 68-year-old grandma … She phones me up and says, ‘Shawn, my kids bought this weed stock and it’s making lots of money. Should I buy some, too?'” He... Read More

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017
A look back at 2017 shows far too many instances in Canada where we got it all wrong By Gwyn Morgan Contributor Troy Media For my first column of the New Year, I’ve dipped into my collection of irrational, damaging or downright dumb happenings in 2017. The year saw major breakthroughs in the use of genetically-modified human cells to treat... Read More