Ontario government strangling its wineries’ ability to compete

Likes to talk about its love for local wineries, but giving more shelf space to local vintners at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario would hurt provincial revenues

Ontario government strangling its wineries’ ability to competeShopping at the LCBO, Ontario’s government-owned alcohol retailing monopoly, is like buying liquor from a bank. The only difference is that bank tellers are nicer. It’s never fun buying wine and beer from bureaucrats. It’s better than it was in the ‘70s, but lousy just the same. Ontario’s wine producers aren’t that pleased selling to…

Tim Hortons: the coffee giant needs a fix

The iconic Canadian-owned business is now just part of a much larger portfolio. RBI needs to appreciate the intimate connection shops have with communities

Tim Hortons: the coffee giant needs a fixTim Hortons is slowly becoming a completely dysfunctional franchise system. Franchisees on both sides of the border are pressuring Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI), the new owners of coffee giant, to ease up on its increasingly strict rules around standards, pricing and inspections. Some franchisees have even called RBI’s approach abusive. And some are pursuing…

Canada 150 a time for reflection and renewed commitment

We have much to be proud of: a multilingual and cosmopolitan democracy, strong international friendships and a generous view of others. But challenges await

Canada 150 a time for reflection and renewed commitmentOn its 150th birthday this weekend, Canadians celebrate their peaceful and prosperous country. It’s also special occasion for those of us who were born elsewhere and have adopted Canada as our home. We especially know the gifts of Canada in contrast to less stable places. Canada 150 is a time to appreciate our accomplishments: the…

Counting calories is bad science, and doesn’t work anyway

It seems that those who eat at fast food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes

Counting calories is bad science, and doesn’t work anywayLast month, after Ontario mandated calorie counting on restaurant menus, Freshii Inc., the Toronto-based salads-soups-and-wraps healthy-eating chain, balked. The chain’s motto is “count nutrients, not calories.” But the calorie police moved in and forced the company to post the calorie counts on boards and menus. In the end, Freshii fell to the forces of junk…

Amazon’s appetite for disruption takes a bite out of the food industry

Given its ability to fuse efficient distribution and strategic market insight, the e-commerce giant could well become the leading food retailer in North America

Amazon’s appetite for disruption takes a bite out of the food industryAmazon is intent on becoming the world's most powerful retailer, with the help of food sales. Amazon's US$13-billion takeover of Whole Foods isn’t shocking. It’s been rumoured for months. Now the mammoth Amazon, with its large revenues and small profits, has confirmed those rumours by making the biggest deal in its history. And acquiring troubled…

Lowering costs, not raising wages, key to helping low-income earners

Remove trade barriers, end supply management and reduce payroll taxes – don't hike minimum wages – if you really want to address income discrepancies in Canada

Lowering costs, not raising wages, key to helping low-income earnersPeople tend to applaud minimum wage increases but those increases more likely harm those who policy-makers want to help. New Brunswick’s government has raised the minimum wage by 35 cents to $11 an hour, the 12th provincial increase since 2007. This moves the wage floor to the highest level in three decades. The minimum wage…

Serving up an unpalatable minimum wage for the food industry

The effects of artificial intelligence and the rise of the digital world will force us to rethink how we produce, process and distribute food

Governments jumping on the $15-an-hour bandwagon are missing an opportunity to look at how the next technological revolution will affect our food systems. And that’s a shame. The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, to match Alberta. In…

Atlantic Canada’s golden opportunity for American immigration

Tell them Atlantic Canada is building, and that they will be key players in the growth of Canada’s most beautiful region as it prepares for the 21st century

Atlantic Canada’s golden opportunity for American immigrationAtlantic Canada should move quickly to capitalize on political and strategic uncertainty south of the border by identifying, seducing and recruiting some of the best and brightest Americans to relocate northward. Encouraging this migration should be the key element of a Canadian strategy shaped by Americans’ uneasiness about the new administration of President Donald Trump. For Atlantic Canada,…

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …

... the government should take this opportunity to firm up its balance sheet, pay down some debt and give relief to Islanders who need it

Budget puts P.E.I. on good fiscal path but …The P.E.I. government’s 2017 budget includes a rare and welcome projection: a balanced budget. In the past decade, across all of Atlantic Canada and party lines, surpluses have been few and far between. Deficits have also become fashionable at the federal level. Given this environment, the Prince Edward Island government deserves credit for getting back to…
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