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Scotiabank chief economist doubtful on recession, expects interest rate cut

Jan 22 2020 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia's senior vice president and chief economist isn't fretting over a potential recession because he believes predictions that one will hit Canada are "exaggerated." "We don't think a recession is likely whether that's in the U.S., whether it's in Canada ..." said Jean Francois Perrault at the bank's investor day in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday. "We […]

Cannabis edibles to go on sale digitally this morning via Ontario’s online store

Jan 16 2020 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario cannabis shoppers scooped up thousands of edibles and vape products within an hour of them going on sale for the first time on the Ontario Cannabis Store's website. The online retailer experienced 2,000 transactions on Thursday in the hour after 70 products — cannabis-infused chocolates, cookies, soft chews, mints, tea and vapes — were made available at 9 a.m. local time. Some […]

Skip the blow dry or wash your hair in advance to save on salon costs

Jan 14 2020 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — When women visit Amy Stollmeyer at the salon they're often fixated on colouring, styling or cutting their locks, but there's something else the senior hair stylist says consumers can trim: the price. It's easy to find a strip-mall salon that will charge between $16 and $30 for a cut, but Stollmeyer has noticed millennials flocking to locations that offer a more robust range […]

Canadians grapple with cancelled flights and few travel options after Iran crash

Jan 10 2020 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ali Najafi's phone has been ringing non-stop all week. The co-owner of Vancouver-based Apadana Travel Corp. — like so many of his travel agency counterparts — has been inundated with calls from frantic Canadians scrambling to get home from Iran or cancel planned trips there following recent tension and tragedy in the Middle East. "We are really busy […]

Bank economists share optimism for 2020, despite international uncertainty

Jan 8 2020 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's top bank economists predict the country will see a few bright spots in 2020, even as the globe grapples with uncertainty in the Middle East and China. The country will likely experience wins in the equity, housing and oil markets, leading economists told attendees at a Toronto breakfast put on by the Economic Club of Canada on Wednesday. Avery […]

Edibles, vapes and other cannabis products on sale in Ontario but hard to find

Jan 6 2020 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario cannabis store shoppers with a hankering for edibles were out of luck Monday. Most of the province's licensed retailers had yet to receive their first shipments of 59 products including soft chews, cookies and chocolates that were slated to start appearing in stores that day. But the Ontario Cannabis Store, the province's pot distributor, said products are on their way and […]

Edibles, vapes and other cannabis products on sale in Ontario but hard to find

Jan 6 2020 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario cannabis store shoppers with a hankering for edibles were out of luck Monday. Most of the province's licensed retailers had yet to receive their first shipments of 59 products including soft chews, cookies and chocolates that were slated to start appearing in stores that day. But the Ontario Cannabis Store, the province's pot distributor, said products are on their way and […]

Sidewalk Labs may lose interest in Quayside project if transit isn’t built, CEO says

Mar 6 2019 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The chief executive officer of an Alphabet-backed entity planning a high tech neighbourhood in Toronto revealed Thursday that mass transit might be the project's deal breaker. Dan Doctoroff of Sidewalk Labs told The Canadian Press in an interview that his company may lose interest in the project if transit to the area isn't built. "At the end […]

Canadian Civil Liberties Association threatens lawsuit over Sidewalk Labs project

Mar 5 2019 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is threatening litigation related to Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto's plans for a high-tech neighbourhood. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory on Tuesday, the civil society dedicated to defending Canadian rights and freedoms said the Quayside project should be "reset" before Waterfront […]

Canadian Civil Liberties Association threatens lawsuit over Sidewalk Labs project

Mar 5 2019 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is threatening litigation related to Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto's plans for a high-tech neighbourhood. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory on Tuesday, the civil society dedicated to defending Canadian rights and freedoms said the Quayside project should be "reset" before Waterfront […]

NDP MP calls for Facebook investigation following UK media reports

Mar 4 2019 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — NDP MP Charlie Angus is calling for an investigation into Facebook's conduct following U.K. media reports that alleged a former federal infrastructure minister was pressured into making privacy commitments in order to land a Facebook data centre in Canada. In a letter to the federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger, Angus said he would like the […]

New Waterfront Toronto chair says it’s too early to cancel Quayside project

Mar 3 2019 — Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — When Ontario's auditor general released a report in early December calling on Waterfront Toronto to slow down on its smart city project with Alphabet Inc.-backed Sidewalk Labs, it prompted the provincial government to fire three Waterfront Toronto board members, including chair Helen Burstyn. Burstyn's replacement — lawyer and real estate development executive Steve Diamond — was named and […]