The Supreme Court of British Columbia has certified a class-action lawsuit against Mac's Convenience Stores and three immigration consultants alleged to have collected thousands of dollars from foreign workers who were promised jobs that didn't exist.
Vancouver will likely lose more gas stations as land values soar and high-density zoning along major corridors in the city encourages more fuel companies to cash out, says a commercial real estate expert. “Gas stations are typically located in prime areas on corners of major crossroads, and just the opportunity costs of capital that’s built within those sites, and how it’s been growing over the years — it makes sense to me,” said Curtis Scott, manager of market intelligence for Western Canada with Colliers International. “I think it is a trend, for sure. But I think it depends on the organization that is managing the gas station,” he said. “From a real estate standpoint, you’re unlocking a lot of capital. It’s a unique opportunity.”
“One really sad and tragic thing is that we’re seeing businesses who are actually closing down because of property taxes,” said Scott Crockatt, from the Chamber of Commerce.
Toronto-based Steam Whistle Brewing and Saskatoon-based Great Western Brewing Co. say the system effectively provides an unconstitutional trade barrier.