SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — No one saw it coming, not even Bruce Linton or Chuck Rifici, the politically astute entrepreneurs who launched Canopy Growth, the marijuana juggernaut responsible for Smiths Falls’ unexpected resurgence. Five years ago, Li

Ottawa police are warning residents to be aware of the resurgence of a scam involving online offers of employment. Police said the fraud begins with the offer of employment from a questionable source on the Internet. Sometimes the employment offer i

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
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A St. Paddy's Day Parade traffic alert

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Motorists should avoid parts of downtown Ottawa on Saturday morning because of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a two-mile race event. Most of the delays will be felt between 10 a.m. and roughly 1 p.m. The parade will start at city hall on Lau

Ottawa’s real-estate market split in two in January as the number of residential properties sold actually slipped year over year while there was a surge in the sale of condominiums. Perhaps not surprisingly, prices in the two sectors diverged.

When is an exemption not an exemption? It seems like such a silly question. Yet, after a recent exchange with Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her staff, it may be a question worth addressing. Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 members

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

After years of battling side by side on the ice, he had their trust. So when Marc Brunet offered to bring friends in on a big investment opportunity, they lined up with cash in hand, they say. But now, years later, with their teammate facing charges

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

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

A tornado struck their house, and a terrible thing it was. But nothing like the hurricane that has swept their lives. Nicole Lowden, an Ottawa paramedic, is outside the crisis centre at West Carleton Secondary School, finally eating something after

For the better part of two years, John Criswick was in constant pain. “There were times when I was completely immobilized,” the Ottawa entrepreneur says. “I wouldn’t know from day to day how it was going to feel.” His m
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Le Germain Hotel Ottawa is expected to open its doors to the public as early as May

Perhaps it was just a matter of time, given the huge risks. But when Diablo Technologies filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, it was still something of a surprise. Just 16 months ago, the Ottawa-based memory technology specialist had pocketed th

Beside a wall of his Gatineau warehouse, J.R. Chardon keeps more than 9,000 wine glasses. Neatly boxed and stacked, the glasses are the property of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival. But Chardon has had them for more than a year, since the end of th

Shopify handily topped expectations Thursday when it reported third quarter revenues of $270.1 million, up 58 per cent from $171.5 million during the same period a year earlier, and significantly ahead of the consensus estimate of $255 million. (All

The modern face of farming in this region is changing. In the first of a multi-part series, this paper looks at the evolution underway in agriculture and how it’s changing our rural and urban communities. On Saturday: Urban farmers. When the f

The terrifying thing about tornadoes is their randomness, with disproportionately few suffering the brunt of the pain. So it was in the capital region Friday when mere hundreds of households — out of more than half a million across the region — were

The jobless rate in the capital region tumbled to 4.8 per cent in March, from 5.1 per cent in February, reflecting the addition of 2,600 net new jobs while the labour force grew by just 400. It’s the lowest jobless rate in Ottawa-Gatineau sinc

Canada Post was forced to hire as many as 3,000 additional seasonal staff this year to deal with a, record breaking, 20 per cent increase in packages over the Holiday Shopping season. According to the shipping company, more than one million parcels

When Randall’s Decor opened its first paint store on Bank Street in 1948, William Lyon Mackenzie King was prime minister, the current leader’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, was a newborn and a loaf of bread cost 14 cents. Back then, the tiny shop

Chuck Rifici and Bruce Linton briefly found common cause when the marijuana industry launched, but relations fractured under the pressure of building Tweed Marijuana at warp speed. Linton and his allies on the board of directors sacked Rifici, who i

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

It’s the big question at the heart of the $700-million lawsuit launched Nov. 23 by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. Why would Trinity Development founder John Ruddy — the target of that suit and one of the city’s most experienced rea

It was a startling omission. For half an hour last Thursday, board members of the National Capital Commission spoke in favour of a resolution that would give RendezVous LeBreton’s two main partners — Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Tri