Western Canada News

Vancouver's 'boldest' plan for property tax surges that are killing local businesses

As beloved neighbourhood eateries, mom-and-pop shops and cultural institutions across Vancouver blamed soaring property taxes for driving them out of business in recent years, politicians said they’d look at what can be done.

Now, after several years of study, Vancouver staff are expected to propose a solution to council on Wednesday.

Details had not yet been made public by Tuesday evening, but were provided by people who attended a closed-door briefing at city hall on Friday. Two who attended said the proposal is the biggest step yet addressing a problem business representatives have been complaining about for years.


Grande Prairie shoppers spent upwards of $4.7 B in 2018

Shoppers in Grande Prairie spent more than $4.7 billion dollars in the area last year. That’s according to numbers collected as part of the 2019 Retail Market Analysis.

“Grande Prairie’s retail market is one of resilience and high performance. The City has multiple new and well-established retail nodes that provide a range of formats and opportunities for local, national and international brands to succeed. Grande Prairie is the epitome of what a regional retail hub can and should be,” says Kieron Hunt, President of Key Planning Strategies.

Hunt notes that Grande Prairie benefits from being far enough away from Edmonton and close enough to cities in Northeastern B.C. to provide shopping and services for a much broader area than most urban centers.


Edmonton vape shops say city police misinterpreting provincial law

A number of vape shop owners in Edmonton say city police are jumping the gun and over-stepping boundaries with the force's crackdown on flavoured products.


Alberta Leads Provinces in Cannabis Sales Since Legalization

Of all the provinces, Alberta is the leader in cannabis sales. Why is this? It has a little something to do with legislation.


Sleep Country Canada Grows in Alberta

The retail is celebrating the opening of a new store in Leduc, Alberta. Located south of Edmonton, this will be the first Sleep Country store in Leduc. The new store is conveniently located at 2338 46th Avenue East.