Aimia to launch Aeroplan charter airline after end of Air Canada partnership

Aimia to launch Aeroplan charter airline after end of Air Canada partnership
MONTREAL — Aeroplan aims to get into the airline business by offering charter flights to its most popular destinations as the loyalty program prepares for the end of its exclusive partnership with Air Canada in 2020. “We have routes where we have enough redemption demand today that we can fly a daily charter throughout the year on some particular routes,” Jeremy Rabe said in... Read More

Rogers CEO sees new Ignite TV service as part of a ‘connected home’ revolution

Rogers CEO sees new Ignite TV service as part of a ‘connected home’ revolution
TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. expects to ramp up marketing for its new Ignite TV service through the second half of this year as its “connected home” strategy builds momentum, chief executive Joe Natale said Thursday. “Don’t look at Ignite as sort of a big bang or one-day wonder. It’s really meant to be a rolling campaign that will build over time,” Natale told analysts... Read More

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney
NEW YORK — Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men. Comcast can now focus on its pursuit of European pay-TV operator Sky, a deal that would give the Philadelphia-based cable and media company a larger presence outside the... Read More

Montreal’s La Presse announces new official not-for-profit status

Montreal’s La Presse announces new official not-for-profit status
Montreal-based La Presse news group says it has officially adopted a not-for-profit structure. President Pierre-Elliott Levasseur announced on La Presse’s website that the outlet is fully independent from the Power Corporation of Canada as of Saturday. Going forward, Levasseur says the 130-year-old publication will operate as a “social trust” that will be administered by retired Supreme Court justice Louis LeBel. La Presse first announced its intention to shift... Read More

Rewards program Aeroplan renews multi-year agreement with Carrot Rewards

Rewards program Aeroplan renews multi-year agreement with Carrot Rewards
MONTREAL — Aeroplan says it has renewed a multi-year agreement with Carrot Rewards, a free wellness mobile app. The extended partnership allows Aeroplan members in Ontario, B.C. and Newfoundland and Labrador to earn miles. The program is expected to expand to the rest of Canada soon. Carrot Rewards joined the Aeroplan program in 2016. Air Canada announced last year that it... Read More

CRTC levies fines against two companies under Canada’s anti-spam law

CRTC levies fines against two companies under Canada’s anti-spam law
OTTAWA — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it has fined two companies for the first time under Canada’s anti-spam law for allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs through online ads. The CRTC fined Datablocks $100,000 and hit Sunlight Media with a $150,000 penalty. Both companies have 30 days to file written responses to the CRTC... Read More

B.C. signs agreements with licensed producers to supply legal marijuana

B.C. signs agreements with licensed producers to supply legal marijuana
VANCOUVER — British Columbia has signed agreements with licensed producers to supply recreational marijuana after legalization this fall, and boasts its stash will feature an “exclusive and competitive” assortment of pot products. The Liquor Distribution Branch, which will be the only wholesaler of cannabis in the province, has entered into memorandums of understanding with 31 producers that responded to its request for information process.... Read More

Stampede spirit boosts attendance but Calgary economy still in recovery mode

Stampede spirit boosts attendance but Calgary economy still in recovery mode
Calgary’s economy is looking good as Stampede spirit grips Canada’s oil and gas headquarters city — although not quite as good as it was a few years ago. The annual outdoor event set an attendance record for its parade day last Friday and cumulative attendance through Tuesday is second only to the overall record set in 2012 when the Stampede celebrated its 100th anniversary. Ben Gerwing, president of manufacturer... Read More

Cineplex to add at least five more virtual-reality experience centres

Cineplex to add at least five more virtual-reality experience centres
TORONTO — Cineplex says it’s adding at least five more immersive, virtual-reality experience centres in Canada over the next several years. The Void Experience Centres combine virtual reality technology and sensory effects, like touch and smell, to give users an immersive experience incorporating movie franchises, like “Star Wars” and “Ghostbusters.” Cineplex already operates one of the centres at its Toronto... Read More