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Unifor splits with Canadian Labour Congress over workers’ right to choose union

The largest private sector union in Canada said Wednesday it is splitting with the Canadian Labour Congress over issues which include disagreements about the rights of workers to choose what union should represent them. In a notice posted on its website, Unifor national president Jerry Dias and Quebec director Renaud Gagne said the congress has …

NAFTA’s Chapter 11 dispute mechanism too costly for Canada at $314M, says report

A progressive group says it’s baffled that the Canadian government has worked at the NAFTA negotiating table to protect a dispute resolution system that allows companies to sue governments, estimating it has cost Canadian taxpayers $314 million. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says in a report to be published Tuesday that Chapter 11 provisions …

Shares in Calgary office manufacturer tumble after sudden CEO replacement

CALGARY— Shares in Calgary-based DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. (TSX:DRT) plummeted nearly 18 per cent on Tuesday after it made the surprise announcement its board was replacing its 70-year-old founder as CEO. A morning company press release presented the changes as part of succession planning with Mogens Smed staying on as executive chairman but on a …

Online storytelling app Wattpad gives users an ad free option for $5.99 a month

Canadians who prefer their online stories told without advertising to interrupt the dramatic flow can now subscribe to a “premium” version of the Wattpad app. But it’s going to cost them. The Toronto-based company says it is responding to reader requests — and hoping for a revenue boost — by rolling out a subscriber-paid version …

New era of oil supply certainty force changes in Canadian producers’ strategies

CALGARY — A shift in global oil markets sentiment is under way, replacing decades of scarcity fears with confidence in surpluses, capping oil prices and forcing changes in the way the industry works, observers say. “We’re moving from a mindset where oil was considered a scarce resource to one now where it’s more of a …

Toronto Montreal in 39 minutes? Hyperloop judges say this route is a winner

The Toronto-Montreal corridor has taken the prize as one of the strongest candidates in the world for a hyperloop system that could cut travel time between the cities from five hours to just 39 minutes. But transportation expert Martin Collier says there’s no way he’s going to be the first to buy a ticket to …

Tilray to build $30 million EU cannabis production operation in Portugal

CALGARY— Canadian cannabis producer Tilray says it will invest 20 million euros (about C$29.5 million) in a medical cannabis operation in Portugal after winning federal licences there to import cannabis seeds and clones and cultivate them. It says it plans to establish a campus at Cantanhede, about 220 kilometres north of Lisbon, that will grow, …

Energy East Pipeline review decision greeted as victory by environmentalists

CALGARY — In a decision cheered by environmentalists but considered a setback by the oil industry, Canada’s national energy regulator says it will allow wider discussion of greenhouse gas emission issues in upcoming hearings for the Energy East Pipeline. The National Energy Board said Wednesday it will for the first time consider the public interest …

NAFTA energy clause draws criticism from Canadian voices on the right and left

CALGARY — As NAFTA 2.0 negotiations begin, an old trade issue with a strange name has emerged to create unlikely allies across the political spectrum and staunch defenders in the oilpatch. The “proportionality clause” originally appeared in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1988 and became a major issue in that year’s federal election that …

In Brad Wall, private sector had ally whose voice rang louder than most

With Brad Wall’s departure from politics, the private sector is losing an ally whose voice reverberated louder than most on the public stage. During his 10-year tenure as Saskatchewan’s premier, Wall’s reputation as an advocate of free enterprise grew, whether he was defending the interests of potash or the oilpatch. “He has been a strong …

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