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Six percent of Manitoba pot revenues to go to “social responsibility fee”
The provincial government says a “social responsibility fee” of six percent will be applied to a cannabis retailer’s total annual revenues to pay for education, safety enforcement, and addictions programs. Read more…


Licence to host: Councillors discussing regulation AirBNBs in Yellowknife
The proposal suggests hosts for AirBNB and other short-term rentals get a $100 business licence every year. They would also have to comply with any territorial legislation applicable to businesses, like yearly fire code inspections, among other things. Read more…


Jasper bursting at the seams as businesses struggle to house employees
The Town of Jasper, home to 5,000 people, annually plays host to nearly 2.5 million tourists. But, as the park grows, the town cannot grow with it – causing headaches for local businesses. Read more…


Niagara Region’s lawyer tried to influence probe, watchdog says
The lawyer hired by Niagara Region to represent its staff and politicians during an investigation into the illegal seizure of a reporter’s computer attempted to manipulate the outcome of the report, says Ontario’s Ombudsman. Read more…


Canada’s premiers meet Indigenous groups, although three major groups decline
Canada’s premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major Aboriginal groups refused to participate in the gathering for the second year in a row. Read more…


Lawyer retained to study Manitoba’s contentious election blackout law
The Manitoba government has retained a lawyer to review how the controversial ban on certain government communications during by-elections is interpreted. Read more…


Brampton, Mississauga reach deal with Peel Region over cannabis tax revenue split
The Region of Peel and its two largest municipalities have reached an interim agreement divvying up the municipal share of cannabis tax revenue once pot becomes legal in the fall – with the region getting 75 percent, while the two cities split the remaining 25 percent. Read more…


Windsor poised to tax hotel guests to fund tourism promotion
The City of Windsor is poised to join other municipalities in Ontario taking advantage of new provincial legislation that allows them to levy a hotel room tax of up to four percent. Read more…


Vancouver man bequeaths Kitsilano heritage house to the city
A charming Kitsilano heritage house with an assessed value of nearly $3 million won’t land in the hands of AirBNB landlords or become a target for speculators, thanks to the careful planning of its late owner. Read more…


Downtown Sault Ste. Marie improvements approved by council
City council approved moving forward on several projects to launch the downtown development projects and spruce up the city’s core. Read more…