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The tortuous path to Shopify's anti-gun policy

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When Tobi Lütke set out 13 years ago to build an online site for selling snowboarding equipment, he had little idea just how complicated the whole enterprise would become. Today he is piloting a $1-billion-a-year corporation whose technology underpi

When he was six years old, John Tyson won a sand castle-building contest at McNabb Park. In retrospect, the other youngsters probably never had a chance. Tyson, who now resides in Barrhaven, went on to become an industrial designer best known for cr

In an unexpected move, Shopify late Monday toughened the terms of its service agreement to prohibit the sale of many types of guns and ammunition. In so doing, the Ottawa firm has infuriated online retailers who relied on Shopify’s earlier pro

Many brewers in the nation’s capital say they can’t afford to offer customers $1 beers because dialling sale prices back to 2008 levels – when the cost of everything it takes to make the beer have increased – is just bad for business. &#

Ottawa’s home buyers showed some resistance in July to prices in popular neighbourhoods from Westboro to New Edinburgh. Instead, they travelled further west and south in search of less expensive houses still within commuting distance. That, at
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Did bonuses fuel the Phoenix fire?

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The question has been following Marie Lemay for years: Did the prospect of pay bonuses induce her public service executives to launch the Phoenix Pay system before it was ready? The deputy minister for Public Services and Procurement Canada — the de

After the government failed in its first attempt to build a new compensation system in the 1990s, Public Services commissioned a series of reports to analyze what went wrong and how to avoid similar mistakes. Too bad few bothered to read them. • The

Shopify’s losses widened in the second quarter as the e-commerce specialist continued to invest heavily in its global rollout. However, the Ottawa firm also posted better-than-expected revenues. Shopify reported Tuesday that its net loss in th

Monday morning, 10 a.m. John Cassandra was strangely nervous, which was odd because he knew the result of the call he was about to make. The staffing services specialist was in his office in the Hartford suburb of Glastonbury, Conn., surrounded by a

A Starbucks in Little Italy was on fire Friday night, in the Preston Square complex, at 347 Preston Street. Ottawa Fire Services were alerted to the fire by an alarm company and one 911 call reporting smoke in the kitchen area of the coffee shop. Wh

At first glance, a survey published Wednesday of 50 North American cities appears to have astonishingly good news for the capital region’s tech sector. CBRE, a commercial real estate firm, concluded that Ottawa ranked first in high-tech employ

Cyril Leeder and Bernie Ashe have reemerged in the Ottawa business landscape thanks to the acquisition of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets. The two well-known Ottawa sports executives have been announced as key parts of a new ownership group for the 36-ye

In the end, exhaustion. And, one likes to believe, some shame on the part of the professionals who fed for so long off Nortel’s estate. Ernst & Young, the consultants in charge of Nortel’s nine-year long bankruptcy proceedings, began

It has been a bizarre couple of years for Masha Krupp, the outspoken head of the Ottawa translation company that bears her name. Major business dealings with the federal government have been abruptly terminated twice. She fought back successfully in

Given the sheer scale and continuing growth of Amazon, it was only a matter of time before the electronic commerce Leviathan made a serious move into the national capital region. This is a $177.9-billion global juggernaut (2017 revenues) that last y

It’s official. Amazon is setting up shop in the capital. After weeks of speculation, the construction company hired by Amazon to build a behemoth distribution centre in the east end issued a news release Tuesday morning confirming the deal. “W

It was the day that everything changed for Mitel Networks, the catalyst at the heart of Kanata’s tech industry. On April 9, 2018, the directors of the 45 year-old firm — led by chairman and co-founder Terence Matthews — logged in one by one to

It’s a perennial pattern in the National Capital Region. Tourists scramble to find hotel rooms on Canada Day and are willing in most cases to pay full price. The following weekend? Not so much. During last year’s Canada Day weekend, for

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson dropped into an Ottawa real estate firm Wednesday morning to get a glimpse of the industry’s new virtual reality technology that is allowing potential buyers to “explore” available properties without leaving their home. Watso

The capital region’s jobless rate has been a steady 4.4 per cent for three straight months, Statistics Canada reported Friday. The federal agency said this was despite a net drop of 1,200 jobs from May to June. The region’s labour force,

Perhaps it was just a matter of time, but some of the steam has gone out of the housing market in Ottawa’s western districts — from Tunney’s Pasture to Britannia. While homeowners in these areas still registered year-over-year gains of f

The Capital Region’s jobless rate remained at a historically low 4.4 per cent in May, the same as in April, Statistics Canada reported Friday. It’s the lowest unemployment rate in at least 31 years. Data compiled prior to 1987 reflects d

Sandro “Sam” Giannetti was known as the quiet brother, the one who presided over Little Italy’s Preston Hardware with a smile and a ready contribution for any good cause. “He could never say ‘no’ to anyone, if a t
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In honour of Canada Day, we bring you the top 10 things you might not know about Canada’s businesses. North America’s oldest brewery? We’ve got that one nailed.  

Magna International has announced its intention to close its Grenville Castings unit in Perth by June 2019. The closure of the plant, which is a subsidiary of Magna’s Cosma International Unit, will affect as many as 380 employees. John Fenik,