October 19th, 2018

Business

California rolling forward with pot delivery regulations

By Brian Melley, The Associated Press on October 19th, 2018

LOS ANGELES – California moved a step closer Friday to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales of the drug as regulators rebuffed cities and police chiefs who are opposed to the rule. The proposal is a major issue that could ultimately end up in court as the state continues to set ... Read More »

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Ontario does brisk business with 100,000 pot orders in first 24 hours

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

TORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has received about 100,000 online orders in the first 24 hours that marijuana was legal in Canada. The government-run OCS says 12,000 of those orders came within the first hour after legalization Wednesday morning. Ontario will have no brick-and-mortar cannabis stores until April 1, 2019, with the ... Read More »

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New tax break rules for ‘opportunity zone’ investors

By Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press on October 19th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is proposing rules for investors in a new program that it says could have a big impact on economically depressed areas around the country. About 8,700 so-called “opportunity zones” have been set up in all 50 states to lure investors and developers with tax breaks. The rules from the Treasury ... Read More »

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Sky’s the limit as Calgary opens testing area for drones and new technologies

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

CALGARY – The sky’s the limit as the city of Calgary opens what it believes is the first testing area in Canada for drones, autonomous vehicles and other technologies. The city has set aside a 50-hectare site in its industrial southeast to offer airspace for an increasing demand from companies and educational institutions wanting to ... Read More »

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Thousands of Swoop passengers inconvenienced as airline cancels flights to U.S.

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

CALGARY – Thousands of Swoop passengers have been forced to make alternative last-minute flight plans after the WestJet Airlines discount subsidiary cancelled 16 flights in the coming days between Canada and the United States. Flights have been cancelled between Abbotsbord, B.C., and Las Vegas, and between Hamilton, Ont., and Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa and Fort ... Read More »

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Canada, U.S. defence giant set to launch high-stakes talks over warship deal

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal government and Lockheed Martin are preparing to launch high-stakes negotiations after the U.S. defence giant was given the first shot at a contract to design Canada’s $60-billion fleet of new warships. Government officials said Friday that Lockheed’s proposal beat out two rival submissions in the long and extremely sensitive competition to ... Read More »

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Enbridge targets mid-November to complete B.C. gas pipeline repair after blast

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

VICTORIA – The company that owns the natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned earlier this month in central British Columbia says repairs should be complete by the middle of November. Enbridge says in a statement that work to fix the 91-centimetre pipeline is underway, and subject to regulatory approval, it should be back in ... Read More »

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Canadian stock market gains with investors take defensive posture

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended the week on a positive note with investors taking on a more defensive posture. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 65.97 points to 15,470,10. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 64.89 points to 25,444.34. The S&P 500 index lost one point to end the ... Read More »

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Company extracting metals from asbestos waste gets $12M from Ottawa

By The Canadian Press on October 19th, 2018

Ottawa is giving $12 million to help a company extract magnesium from the waste of closed asbestos mines despite warnings from Quebec’s public health officers that the province’s workplace protections are still lacking. The federal funding for Alliance Magnesium comes a day after Ottawa unveiled its national ban against the use, import or export of ... Read More »

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Impoverished farm town is left behind in California

By Brian Melley, The Associated Press on October 19th, 2018

HURON, Calif. – A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican cookies ... Read More »

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