Michael Buble tour to hit Canada, starting in Vancouver

Michael Buble

TORONTO — Jazz crooner Michael Buble has announced new tour dates that will hit several Canadian cities next year. The North American leg of his tour will kick off in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 13 and go through parts of the U.S. before landing in his hometown of Vancouver on April 12. It will then hit Edmonton on April 15 and wind through several cities on this side of the border. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Nov. 19. The four-time Grammy Award winner will release hisRead More

Rugby Canada strikes deal with sevens players, ending two-month boycott


Rugby Canada and its disgruntled sevens players have come to an agreement ending the player boycott. Thirteen sevens players, including co-captains Nate Hirayama and Harry Jones, had boycotted training since their contracts ended Aug. 31. The players, who had been practising by themselves, returned to training Thursday at the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre in Langford, B.C. Time is of the essence. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series season opens Nov. 30 in Dubai. The two sides had been at odds since Rugby Canada announced in early AugustRead More

Bus company looks to pick up where Greyhound Canada dropped off

Rider Express - bus service in western Canada

Rider Express is set to expand outside of Saskatchewan and will soon operate six buses along the Trans-Canada Highway between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia. The company hopes to fill the void that will appear when Greyhound Canada halts all of its service in western Canada on October 31. “When we heard about Greyhound closing western Canada service then we decided to try and provide the service,” said Firat Uray, owner of Rider Express Transportation. “Right now we have six buses but in the future, if we need moreRead More

Bank of Canada raises key interest rate target

Bank of Canada raises key interest rate target

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is raising its trend-setting interest rate as the resilient economy hums along and a big source of trade uncertainty is finally out of the way. In making the decision Wednesday, the central bank also sent a signal that suggests it will take a more aggressive approach to future hikes than previously expected. The central bank delivered a quarter-point rate increase for the fifth time since the summer of 2017 — and first time since July — to bring the benchmark to 1.75 per cent.Read More

Canada looking at Saudi LAV contract, people ‘expect consequences’: Trudeau

Canada looking at Saudi LAV contract, people 'expect consequences': Trudeau

OTTAWA – Canada is looking at what can be done regarding the $15-billion contract to sell armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Canadians and people around the world will expect consequences” for the killing of a journalist. Speaking with reporters on his way into a caucus meeting, Trudeau said Canada continues to be “extremely” concerned over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudis have has denied murdering the reporter after he disappeared after entering a Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.Read More

Ontario promises possible Canada Post strike won’t delay pot deliveries

Canada Post possible strike

The Ontario government says it has a backup plan in place to ensure the delivery of recreational cannabis in case of a Canada Post strike next week, but it isn’t saying what that arrangement is. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli insisted the province would be able to fill orders made through its cannabis website if the Canadian Union of Postal Workers proceeds with rotating strikes starting Monday. Asked how the province would proceed, Fedeli said Thursday there was “no sense” in detailing a contingency plan for a strike that might notRead More

Postal union issues strike notices to Canada Post, could walk off job Monday

Canada Post

OTTAWA — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it has given strike notice to Canada Post that workers could walk off the job as early as next week. The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees says rotating strikes will begin Monday if agreements aren’t reached with the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers bargaining units. It says it’s pushing for improved job security, an end to forced overtime, and better health and safety measures. Locations of the rotating strikes have yet to be determined. The possibilityRead More

Marijuana legalization in Canada won’t change NHL – yet

nhl marijuanna

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press Published Monday, October 15, 2018 3:31AM EDT As Riley Cote took and delivered countless punches over more than a decade of junior and pro hockey, he was eager to avoid painkillers. Early on, marijuana was touted to the enforcer as a healing option. “I started noticing some therapeutic benefits,” Cote said. “It helped me sleep, helped with my anxiety and general well-being.” Now a handful of years into retirement, Cote is a proponent of cannabis and its oils as an alternative to more addictive drugsRead More

Alberta’s minimum wage hike: highest rate in Canada

Alberta’s minimum wage hike: highest rate in Canada

Beginning October 1, the minimum wage in Alberta will jump from $13.60 per hour to $15 – the highest rate in the country. The province believes the upcoming increase will bring an overall positive impact to the economy. “The $15 minimum wage will make life more affordable for women, single parents, families and everyone who has been working a full-time job or more but is still struggling to put food on the table and pay their rent,” said Minister of Labour Christina Gray. But an economics professor at the UniversityRead More

Cruise passengers who were supposed to go to Bermuda arrive in Atlantic Canada

Cruise passengers who were supposed to go to Bermuda arrive in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX — Cruise ship passengers who planned on a warm-weather vacation but ended up in Atlantic Canada instead say they’re disappointed about the last-minute change in plans, but they understand the need to put safety first. Norwegian Dawn, with a guest capacity of 2,300, was originally supposed to travel to Bermuda, but swept into Halifax on Sunday morning instead — an itinerary change thanks to hurricane Florence. Cristi Legare, who got off the boat with her family in 10-degree-weather, says Norwegian Cruise Line told her about the change at aroundRead More