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.”
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.
WINNIPEG – Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi says he wasn’t sure he had made it to Canada when — overcome by bitter cold and barely able to use his hands — he took a risk and dialled 911 on his cellphone.
Fortunately for the 36-year-old from Togo, he had made it across the border near Emerson, Man. in the dead of night. He is the latest African asylum-seeker to face the possibility of losing his fingers to frostbite after crossing the border on the open prairie in the dead of winter.
TORONTO – With cases of flu continuing to rise in Canada, there’s likely a whole lot of “achooing” going on across the country. But ear, nose and throat doctors advise against trying to stifle those sneezes, as such suppression can in rare cases lead to injuries.
One of the most serious is detailed in the journal BMJ Case Reports, published online Monday, in which a 34-year-old man from the United Kingdom ruptured his throat after pinching his nose and clamping his mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze.