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From liquor stores to pot shops: How 2 Alberta companies are capitalize on cannabis

Neighbourhood liquor stores across Alberta will be converted into cannabis dispensaries, as one of the country’s largest medical marijuana producers buys a stake in the booze business.


Understanding, questioning enforcement: Local businesses weigh in on B.C. wine ban

Alberta consumers and B.C. businesses are being used as “pawns” in a provincial trade dispute, an industry group charged Tuesday, in reaction to news of a ban on bringing B.C. wines to the province.

Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president for Western Canada at Restaurants Canada, said the move announced by Premier Rachel Notley sets a precedent he described as “dangerous and costly for small businesses and consumers.”

“I think, as a country, we’re trying to strike down domestic and international trade barriers, and this decision certainly moves us in completely the wrong direction,” said von Schellwitz.


Permit granted to expand Castlegar Fabricland building - BC Local News

A development permit was issued for an expansion to the Fabricland building located at 1975 — 6th Ave.

The permit is for a 195 square metre addition to the existing 500 sq. m. store. The new addition will be occupied by Selkirk Eye Care.


Construction costs rise to $10 million for Skidegate Co-op - Haida Gwaii Observer

Construction costs for the new Skidegate Co-op store have hit a $4-million bump.

That is how much more the Haida Gwaii Co-op needs to borrow for a new, larger Skidegate store after the project went to bid at $6 million and found no takers at that price.

Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a $6-million loan for the new store last May, but they will have to vote again and raise the loan to $10 million for the project to go ahead...