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

The jobless rate for the national capital region dropped to 4.5 per cent in September, from 4.7 per cent in August, Statistics Canada reported Friday. This marked the seventh straight month the unemployment rate was below five per cent, normally a s

The founder of cannabis “industry trailblazer” Canopy Growth has been named the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal’s 2018 CEO of the Year. Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation will

If last month’s tornadoes affected the business of buying and selling homes in Ottawa it was not immediately evident in the data published this week by the Ottawa Real Estate Board. The number of homes and condominiums sold across the city app

ALMONTE — It’s called Vodkow and, yes, it’s vodka from a cow. Because any udder name would just be wrong. The Dairy Distillery is on the verge of commercial production in a gorgeous new building with a “modern barn” look and

No one doubted this deal would be approved. Canopy Growth, the Smiths Falls marijuana products company, confirmed Wednesday that shareholders representing more than 95 per cent of the company’s shares have approved a deal that will see Constellation

One of the most impressive aspects of the capital region’s response to Friday’s tornadoes was how quickly everything was locked down. If you had managed to reach Dunrobin less than an hour after a tornado destroyed more than 50 homes and

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

Farm Boy, the Ottawa-based grocery chain, is being sold to the owner of Sobey’s. The proposed $800 million deal was announced Monday morning by Empire Co. Ltd., Sobey’s parent company. However, it’s unclear how much things will cha

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

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

Perhaps it was the heat and humidity, but momentum slowed in Ottawa’s housing market in August. The average price for residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing Service climbed a relatively modest 3.1 per cent year over year to $

In all the great songs written about pot, from Bob Marley’s Kaya to John Prine’s Illegal Smile, none have ever dealt with the problem of there being too much weed. As legalization looms on the Canadian horizon, suppliers concerned about not being ab

Long before he launched the medical marijuana company now known as Canopy Growth, Bruce Linton took at least 16 business trips to India. Most times, he planned to visit the Taj Mahal mausoleum in Agra, one of that country’s most famous tourist

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

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