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BC Government ignores advice from MSP task force, brings in payroll tax
The chair of British Columbia's MSP Task Force says the government did not heed its advice in introducing a payroll tax as the only measure to cover the costs of getting rid of MSP premiums in 2020.
Vancouver's hot housing market just got tougher for wealthy Chinese  Financial Post
OTHER VOICES: BC Budget: a good start to tackling housing affordability crisis  North Shore News
Industry group to challenge Alberta's ban on BC wine, deeming it ...
The B.C. Wine Institute says it is seeking an injunction against Alberta's ban on vintages from this province, calling the move "unconstitutional.
Court challenge coming by BC Wine Institute against Alberta wine ban  Financial Post
BC Wine Institute to legally challenge Alberta's ban on our wine  News1130
Walmart partners with SPUD for Metro Vancouver grocery delivery
Walmart will store its own groceries in a 74,000-square-foot warehouse in Burnaby that Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. operates | Glen Korstrom.
Walmart bringing home grocery delivery to Vancouver  CTV News
Walmart courts urban Vancouver customers with launch of fresh grocery ...  Financial Post
Quebec pension fund manager Caisse earns over 9% return in 2017
Quebec's Caisse de depot pension fund manager says it earned a 9.3 per cent return in 2017, ending a three-year streak of decreasing returns.
Global equities power Caisse to 9.3% return as pension fund manager warns of ...  The Globe and Mail
Caisse ready to pounce as market fragility makes it open for correction: CEO
Metrolinx to test Wi-Fi on GO Transit trains and buses this spring
According to Metrolinx, the test trains won't run on any particular routes, but the Wi-Fi-enabled buses will be deployed on routes more heavily used by students.
Wi-Fi is coming to GO trains and buses in the GTHA
Wi-Fi access coming to some GO trains, buses  CTV News
CRTC is throwing consumers to 'telco sales dogs' by not probing practices ...
OTTAWA - A consumer watchdog group says Canada's telecom regulator is abdicating its responsibility by refusing to launch a public inquiry into the sales practices of the country's major telecommunications service providers.
Call for Public Inquiry into Telecom Sales Practices Denied by CRTC  iPhone in Canada (press release) (blog)
CRTC rejects call for inquiry into aggressive sales practices  Telecompaper
Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting believed that a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.
Fed minutes: All signs pointing to more rate hikes ahead  CNBC
Federal Reserve shows rising confidence in inflation, economic outlook  The Globe and Mail
Nova Scotia eatery's enormous six-pound donair eluding extreme eaters
It's six pounds of roasted meat, tomatoes, onions and sweet garlic sauce atop a pizza-sized pita - and so far no one has been able to eat it all.
'Some people, they've trained for this:' Are you up for the ...  CTV News
Enormous six-pound donair eluding extreme eaters in Nova Scotia community  The Guardian
UK bank RBS tests 'digital human' teller to help customers
A subsidiary of British banking giant Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is running a pilot program using an artificial intelligence (AI) powered "digital human" to help customers with basic banking questions.
RBS hires 'digital human' on probation  Gulf Times
NatWest recruits AI bot Cora to answer customer questions
NL Liquor Corp calls for proposals from stores who want to sell pot
As Canada rolls closer toward marijuana legalization, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation has put out the call for potential retailers, and the proposed sales structure is not sitting well with one St. John's man with plans to open a ...
Newfoundland and Labrador Cannabis Regulators Request Canna-business Proposals  Ganjapreneur