‘A handful of little carnations’: Customers complain Bloomex’s bouquets don’t always arrive as advertised

When Pat Hodnett’s sister-in-law passed away last year, a bouquet of “cheerful” flowers seemed the perfect way to honour her memory. “Betty was a gardener … she loved happy, cheerful flowers,” said Hodnett.   Hodnett looked online and came across Bloomex.ca. With Betty in mind, she selected a bouquet of 50 daisies — an arrangement […]

StatsCan’s plan to harvest private banking info on hold, pending investigation

The country’s chief statistician says his agency’s controversial plan to harvest individuals’ banking information is on hold until the privacy commissioner completes an investigation into widespread concerns about the project. Statistics Canada recently caught nine financial institutions off-guard by asking them to share the private banking information of Canadians in 500,000 dwellings across the country. […]

Alberta Energy Regulator spent more than $14,000 flying boss to weekly meetings

The chief executive of Alberta’s oil and gas regulator no longer lives in the province and the organization is spending thousands of dollars to cover frequent flights from his home in B.C. to meetings in Calgary and Edmonton. Expense reports posted on the Alberta Energy Regulator website show that from last November until the end of October, the organization […]

VMedia to go public in proposed reverse takeover of junior oil company Phoenix

VMedia, the upstart internet and cable provider known for lower prices and a legal spat with rival Bell, is moving to become a public company, announcing a proposed reverse takeover of a resource company listed on the TSX Venture exchange. The move signals a growth strategy by VMedia, and a way to raise money to […]

Netflix taps bond markets for $2B US to pay for content

Netflix Inc announced its third tap of debt markets in a year on Monday, aiming to raise about $2 billion US as the streaming video pioneer invests heavily in original shows and acquiring content to fend off intensifying competition. Netflix bond prices were little moved immediately after the announcement, but can be expected to fall, […]

Sale of 3 coastal pulp and paper mills hailed as win for 1,500 workers in B.C.

Business leaders and the provincial government are hailing the sale of three coastal pulp and paper mills as a win for the 1,500 workers employed there. British Columbia-based Catalyst Paper Corp. has reached an agreement to sell three coastal mills to Paper Excellence Canada of Richmond, B.C.  They are located at Crofton and Port Alberni on  Vancouver Island and Powell River on the […]

Canada introduces new surtaxes to curb flood of steel imports

The federal government says it is imposing new surtaxes on some foreign steel to head off the threat of dumping. Beginning Oct. 25, imports of seven steel products will be subject to a 25 per cent surtax when the level of those imports exceeds historical norms, according to a release from the Department of Finance. […]

Property Brothers producer Cineflix faces class action suit over unpaid wages

The company that makes Property Brothers and dozens of other TV programs is being sued for millions in regular wages as well as overtime, vacation and public holiday pay claimed on behalf of hundreds of contract production personnel. The proposed class action suit claims Cineflix and its affiliates violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act and seeks […]

Saint John mayor wants focused industry talks after Irving Oil explosion, fire

Saint John Mayor Don Darling says he plans to have “focused discussions” with industry officials after an explosion and fire at the Irving Oil refinery Monday shook homes and sent at least four contractors to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. “It cannot be our norm here that we’re having fires and explosions,” said Darling. “These are accidents, […]