Let private enterprise retail cannabis in Nova Scotia

A private retail model offers more entrepreneurship overall, particularly in rural areas, and better distribution

Let private enterprise retail cannabis in Nova ScotiaAllowing private cannabis retailers in Nova Scotia would be most consistent with the One Nova Scotia Report and good for entrepreneurs. Yet the online survey the Nova Scotia government organized to ‘consult’ the public about cannabis distribution betrayed a preference for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC) to monopolize retail. New Brunswick and Ontario will…

Grocers seek to restock the industry with innovation

Recent Canadian grocery sector layoffs are about redefining business models more than trimming costs

Grocers seek to restock the industry with innovationDownsizing is never easy. And just weeks before the festive season, reducing staff is bad for morale. But industry changes are forcing Canada’s grocers to rethink store structures, including staffing. Metro let 250 people go recently. Loblaws announced 500 layoffs. Then Sobeys said it was cutting 800 employees – about two per cent of parent…

Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store

The Amazon effect has Loblaws and others reimagining their businesses. Consumers will have greater choice and convenience – from their homes

Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery storeThe bricks-and-mortar food retailing model is losing its lustre in Canada. The signs are everywhere. Loblaws is the latest grocer to commit to home delivery. Starting in December, the leading food retailer in Canada has an ambitious plan to deliver food for a fee from coast to coast. The company has spent millions to make…

Newfoundland needs a legislative budget officer

While no single solution will resolve the province’s fiscal crisis, an LBO would ensure that elected officials are informed in their deliberations

Newfoundland needs a legislative budget officerOur 40 members of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly are constitutionally required to deliberate and vote on billions of dollars’ worth of spending contained in budgets, supplementary estimates and program proposals annually. And yet outside of those select few MHAs who bear the title of finance minister or premier, our elected representatives lack…

Give us our daily bread: why a food cartel probe is necessary

The Competition Bureau’s investigation into bread pricing is likely intended to tell Canadian grocers to stop squeezing food processors

Give us our daily bread: why a food cartel probe is necessaryIs a bread cartel alive and well in Canada? The Competition Bureau is investigating major grocery chains in search of evidence of retail bread price fixing. Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Walmart and other companies have acknowledged the probe. Why is bread is being targeted by the bureau? Demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that grocers are colluding…

The rise in ready-to-eat: grocers adopt restaurant tactics

The ‘grocerant’ model is going mainstream, driven by consumers who want quality, convenience and reasonable prices

The rise in ready-to-eat: grocers adopt restaurant tacticsLike hip sectors such as the high-tech industry, the food industry is developing a lingo to describe market shifts. The term ‘grocerant,’ a combination of grocer and restaurant, has been around for a few years but is going mainstream now. Grocerant accurately captures an emerging food industry trend. According American market researcher NPD Group, grocerants generated…

Food industry struggles to serve up convenience

Here's why consumers are spending more on food, even though food prices may be decreasing

Food industry struggles to serve up convenienceFood inflation at the grocery store continues to be an illusion in Canada, but Canadians are paying more for food. That's because restaurant prices are going up – way up, as is traffic at restaurants. According to Statistics Canada, food prices have dropped once again over the last month, by almost one per cent. Retail…

NAFTA’s demise would force agri-food sector to adapt

Blame Washington all you want for the NAFTA impasse, but Canada has not demonstrated it wants to liberalize its trading position either

NAFTA’s demise would force agri-food sector to adaptTalks to refresh North America's trade agreement seem to be heading nowhere, and that could spell serious trouble for our agrifood sector. Wanting to push back on Mexico’s influence over the U.S. economy, Washington now seems to favour a bilateral deal with Canada. But for our agrifood sector, many wonder how life will look like without…

Trudeau’s small business tax grab will hit Atlantic Canada hard

Ottawa’s plan is confiscatory and destructive for a region where everyone already pays far too much in tax

Trudeau’s small business tax grab will hit Atlantic Canada hardImagine for a moment you live in Saint John, or Halifax or any other city, town or hamlet in Atlantic Canada. For years, you resisted the temptation to advise your children and grandchildren to move away from the region, even though opportunities, jobs and decent incomes are in short supply. Nevertheless, you long encouraged your…

The no-zero policy finally gets a failing grade

But dumping the misguided practice in Newfoundland and Labrador schools is just the beginning – much more reform is needed

The no-zero policy finally gets a failing gradeThe long-standing no-zero policy in Newfoundland and Labrador schools is no more. The chief executive officer of the English School District recently announced that teachers are once again free to deduct marks for late work and assign marks of zero when work doesn’t come in at all. This is a significant step forward, not only…