WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he won’t weigh into a debate over a squash club that doesn’t allow women to become members and where one of his backbenchers held a fundraiser.
“I do respect it’s a private organization. Private organizations have to make their own rules. They’ll have to decide, I suppose, on this issue like they have to decide on others,” Pallister said Wednesday.
TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. and the Canada Revenue Agency faced off in a Toronto court Wednesday in a $404-million dispute involving allegations that the grocery giant’s Barbadian banking subsidiary was misused for tax avoidance.
The Tax Court of Canada hearing focused on Barbados-based Glenhuron Bank Ltd. was largely procedural ahead of a trial due to start on April 23.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Celine Dion has pulled out of another two concerts in Las Vegas, making it five shows she’s had to cancel this month due to illness.
A statement on Dion’s Facebook page says concerts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday were cancelled because she “has been suffering for the past week from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords due to a lingering cold.”
A popular Winnipeg clothing retailer is closing up shop at the end of the month amid a dispute surrounding its name.
Oak + Oar posted to its Facebook page that it has been in the process of trying to trademark its name since 2014. A Canadian retailer and designer in Vancouver with a similar name opposed their trademark application and the two have been in a standoff ever since.
HALIFAX – As the fight against the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag ratchets up around the world, Atlantic Canada’s biggest municipality is looking to join the growing ranks of cities and countries banning, restricting or taxing single-use plastic bags.
Halifax council has asked city staff to examine a plastic bag ban, a move that would follow the lead of Montreal, where single-use plastic bags were banned at the start of the year, and Victoria, where a ban takes effect July 1.
With Canadian beer consumption falling and taxes on the alcoholic beverage set to rise, the industry is calling on the federal government to scrap a plan to tie annual tax hikes to inflation.
Beer Canada, a trade association for the country’s major brewers, has launched a campaign asking suds-loving Canadians to sign a petition requesting that Finance Minister Bill Morneau axe the escalating beer tax. The association argues that further hikes will result in more expensive prices and less industry investment.