Oilpatch CEOs support Indigenous bid for Trans Mountain

Some oilpatch CEOs are supporting a bid by Indigenous groups in Western Canada to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and the proposed expansion project. Indigenous leaders are in Calgary this week to find consensus on what type of ownership and management system would be ideal. The Indian Resources Council (IRC) is behind the potential bid […]

Banning Huawei from building new 5G wireless network won’t really hurt Canada’s big telecom firms

If the federal government moves to ban Huawei from working to build Canada’s new 5G network, it is unlikely to have a major financial impact on two of the country’s top communications companies who have partnered with the China-based firm, analysts say. Huawei’s equipment is already used in telecommunications infrastructure run by Canada’s major cellphone carriers, namely BCE and Telus. Those two companies are currently in […]

Q&A: The case for more Alberta refineries

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley this week breathed new life into an old NDP pledge to try to build more refineries in the province. More refineries would mean more jobs, more options for Alberta bitumen and more wealth for the province — or so the government’s argument goes. She’s canvassing the industry for private sector interest until Feb. […]

Premier wants new oil refinery built in province

The Alberta government is issuing a request for expressions of interest from the private sector to build a refinery in the province that would use oil extracted here. Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday that a new refinery is one way to reduce the oil price differential that is battering the Alberta treasury. “Let’s stop the talk and start […]

BlackBerry unveils secure smart-city service as CEO opens up about big tech

BlackBerry Inc. is making a play to integrate itself into smart cities and vehicles. The Waterloo, Ont.-based technology company announced Monday that it has built a new service to provide infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lights to exchange information securely. BlackBerry will waive the service fees for the product for automakers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle […]

Unhappy Second Cup franchisees sue coffee chain

A group of Second Cup Ltd. franchisees is suing the struggling Canadian coffee chain, alleging the company’s actions have been detrimental to them. The current and past franchisees outline a long list of complaints against their franchisor in a lawsuit filed earlier this month in the Superior Court of Quebec. None of the allegations has […]

Agribition panelists encourage Sask. First Nations to explore economic potential of cannabis production

Cannabis has been a hot topic all year — and a Wednesday panel discussion at the Western Canadian Agribition aimed to explore the economic potential for First Nations communities following legalization of recreational pot. The annual livestock show and agriculture festival, which kicked off at Evraz Place in Regina on Monday, featured an Indigenous Agriculture Summit on Wednesday, […]

Loblaws cranks up self-checkout with app that scans items while you shop

Loblaws is ramping up self-checkout with new technology called “shop and scan” — a system that lets people scan their items with a phone app while shopping, saving time at checkout. On Thursday, Loblaws will begin testing shop and scan at five grocery stores in the Greater Toronto Area, and will expand to three more locations in the region […]

Canada could ratify new NAFTA even if U.S. tariffs stay put: Trudeau

Canada might ratify its new North American trade deal with the United States and Mexico even if the U.S. doesn’t drop its tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. In an interview with CNN, portions of which are airing Tuesday as U.S. voters cast ballots in pivotal midterm elections, Trudeau said […]

The truth about teatoxes: Why health experts say this celeb-endorsed craze is unnecessary

It’s one of the latest celebrity-endorsed crazes sweeping social media: Teatoxing, the idea you can detoxify your body, reduce bloat, boost energy, burn stored fat and ultimately flatten your tummy — in part by drinking tea. But according to Health Canada, the sale of some of these popular brands — with catchy names like FlatTummy […]