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

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

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

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

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. &#

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

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

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

The new Invest Ottawa business acceleration program officially launched yesterday. Forty dynamic technology startups spent the day at Bayview Yards, taking their first steps to becoming Ottawa’s next global player. This program is designed to rapidl

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

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

Invest Ottawa advisor, Ron Gagnier, has been helping get projects off the ground for decades; helping turn innovation into commercialization. In this three-part series, Ron walks through the do’s and don’ts of product development and chats with an I

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

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