Category Archives: Retail

‘Making monsters of each other’: Businesses fear impact of Quebec language law

MONTREAL — As Quebec’s contentious language law heads closer to adoption, the province’s business community is growing increasingly anxious about what it could mean for their bottom line, with some companies considering leaving entirely. Known as Bill ...

Beer shortage caused by Molson Coors strike looms in parts of Quebec, bar owners warn

MONTREAL — The head of the Quebec bar owners' association says some suds sellers could soon run dry because of an ongoing strike at a Molson Coors brewery. In a phone interview, Renaud Poulin said he has received dozens of calls

Hudson’s Bay Co. calls donation of Winnipeg building an act of reconciliation

WINNIPEG — North America's oldest company with fur-trading roots is transferring what was one of its flagship stores to a First Nations group in what is being praised as an example of reconciliation in action. Animal pelts, blankets and other items

Sixth wave prompts renewed labour crunch in restaurants, retail and food processing

After two years of on-and-off lockdowns, Rachel Reinders felt a renewed sense of hope last month as pandemic restrictions eased and spring dawned on the cusp of a new patio season. But Reinders, who heads administration at the Lieutenant's Pump pub

‘Like a yo-yo:’ Disappointment for Red Deer businesses after UCP scraps meeting

RED DEER, Alta. — The owners of a café in Red Deer, Alta., spent $1,500 on extra stock anticipating a surge in business from the United Conservative Party's leadership review next month, but they and other business operators in the

Ottawa mayor urges feds to bring workers back downtown to save local businesses

OTTAWA — The mayor of Canada's capital city is urging the federal government to send its workers back to their downtown offices to bolster flagging local businesses. Jim Watson appealed directly to Treasury Board President Mona Fortier to remind her th...

Canadian Pacific Railway issues 72-hour lockout notice on Teamsters Canada

CALGARY — Close to 3,000 employees of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. could be off the job early Sunday morning. Calgary-based CP Rail said in a release Wednesday that it has issued 72-hour notice to the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference of its

Feds look to change cannabis drink regulations so Canadians can buy more at a time

TORONTO — The federal government is eyeing regulatory changes that could allow Canadians to purchase a greater number of cannabis beverages without exceeding public possession limits. A proposal shared this month in government publication Canada Gazett...

Colliers, Norton Rose exit Russia as Couche-Tard suspends operations in the country

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it is suspending its operations in Russia, effectively immediately, while Colliers International and North Rose Fulbright are ending their businesses in the country citing the increasingly brutal invasion of Ukraine C...

Calgary Chamber of Commerce slams Alberta’s move to cancel vaccine passport program

CALGARY — A major business group has slammed the Alberta government's decision to eliminate a proof-of-vaccine program, calling it "akin to ripping the Band-Aid off before the wound has healed." The Calgary Chamber of Commerce issued a strongly worded ...