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Businesses will carry most of carbon tax load

Posted on 04 April 2019

Individuals and families will be getting some money back from the federal government under the new carbon tax scheme that begins April 1. But businesses, especially small and medium-sized ones, are still left in the dark about what rebates or exemptions may be available to them, if any. Unlike individuals who are eligible for annual rebates from Ottawa’s “climat ...

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Ottawa funds anti-pipeline groups, snubs workers

Posted on 04 April 2019

The campaign was aimed at uniting Canadians behind resource development, but an Alberta-led 200-truck pro-pipeline rally that rolled from the west to the capital in February exposed a gap in how groups in favour of and against pipelines are supported. United We Roll relied on private donations and the trucker’s own pockets to fuel and feed the 2,200-kilometre-long campaign. ...

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As income pie shrinks, Ottawa and business community talk past each other

Posted on 04 April 2019

Our collective share of the pie shrunk last year. You might have seen reports that the trade deficit remained an expanse of misery in January. The same day that Statistics Canada released those dreary numbers, it also published its annual report on the distribution of household wealth, or, if you prefer, “Distributions of household economic accounts for income, consumption, saving ...

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Is downtown-centric service an LRT Achilles heel? (And other notes from the official plan report)

Posted on 04 April 2019

Over the past few days I’ve been skimming the framing report for Ottawa’s new official plan — Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036. It was presented to the planning committee in mid-February and contains the city’s evaluation of the forces that will change Ottawa in the coming century. It maps out several possible scenarios for Ottawa’s future, in the categories of the economy, so ...

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Renfrew’s Deslaurier's gets support from Business Development Bank of Canada

Posted on 04 April 2019

A wave of business transitions is taking place across Ontario, with many entrepreneurs retiring and looking for ways to exit their business. Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, a family business with a 40-year history in the Ottawa Valley, is one such company that has come up with a unique transition to new ownership while maintaining the family name; the change was announced in July ...

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Business as Usual at Child Check-Mate Following USSC Group Acquisition

Posted on 28 March 2019

USSC Group, the owner of Fogmaker fire suppression systems for commercial vehicles, has acquired electronic school bus driver alert manufacturer Child Check-Mate Systems. The move could signal greater integration between the companies’ core competencies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Joe Mirabile, president and CEO of USSC Group told School Transportation News on Mond ...

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Canadians question ratification of North American trade deal with Trump tariffs still intact, Ottawa official says

Posted on 28 March 2019

OTTAWA - Many Canadians question why Ottawa should ratify a new North American free trade deal given Washington’s refusal to lift U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from its northern neighbor, a top Canadian official said on Monday. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland made her remarks to reporters in Washington after meeting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to ...

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The good, bad and the unknown of Apple's new services

Posted on 28 March 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — It took a while, but finally — and with the carefully curated help of Oprah, Big Bird and Goldman Sachs — Apple has at last unveiled a new streaming TV service, its own branded credit card and a news subscription product. The moves have been largely expected and so far don’t appear to drastically alter the competitive landscape the way Apple has done with pre ...

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Ottawa's Stage 2 LRT receives billion-dollar provincial backing

Posted on 28 March 2019

The provincial government of Ontario, Canada has committed up to C$1.208 billion (US$900 million) in funding to Ottawa's Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. On March 6, the Ottawa City Council approved the Stage 2 LRT project, which is an ambitious plan to expand the O-Train network in order to bring 77 percent of the city’s population within five kilometers (3.1 miles) of ra ...

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Ottawa must consider all jobs in all provinces: Eyre

Posted on 04 March 2019

Saskatchewan’s energy and resources minister says the federal government should work equally hard to protect all Canadians’ jobs, whether they are engineers in Quebec, automotive workers in Ontario — or oilfield employees in Saskatchewan. “The concern must always be with all sectors, and the impact on all jobs, in all provinces,” Bronwyn Eyre told reporters on a conference cal ...