Canadian exporters pumped despite challenges

Road bumps include difficulty hiring skilled labour and uncertainty over trade agreements with the U.S., according to survey

Canadian exporters pumped despite challengesCanadian exporters may face challenges these days but in the short-term they remain fairly optimistic. Export Development Canada’s Mid-Year Trade Confidence Index, a bi-annual survey of 1,000 Canadian exporters, finds that optimism is rising for all firm sizes, sectors and regions of the country. “Canadian exporters are pumped about higher global growth and are busy…

Cancerous tumour forces Dr. Howard Gimbel to give up eye surgery

Innovative surgeon intends to remain active as an owner, operator, teacher, mentor and coach to patients

Cancerous tumour forces Dr. Howard Gimbel to give up eye surgeryDr. Howard Gimbel, one of the world’s leading ophthalmic surgeons, will soon transition away from surgical practice due to a cancerous tumour that can’t be treated with radiation or chemotherapy. The Gimbel Eye Centre said in a news release on Thursday that treatment for the respected surgeon, eye specialist and business owner will include the…

New home prices remain stable in Calgary, Edmonton

New house prices rose 0.9% year over year in May across Canada, the smallest increase since February 2010: StatsCan

New home prices remain stable in Calgary, EdmontonNew home prices in Calgary and Edmonton remained relatively stable in May, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Thursday in its New Housing Price Index that prices in Calgary were down 0.1 per cent from April but remained the same in Edmonton. On an annual basis, new home prices in Calgary were…

Job vacancies on the rise in Alberta

Across the country, job vacancies are up in nine of the 10 largest industrial sectors. Retail alone registered a decrease: StatsCan

Job vacancies on the rise in AlbertaJob vacancies in Alberta were up 7,900 or 18.5 per cent in the first quarter, led by health care and social assistance, said Statistics Canada in a report released on Thursday. “Job vacancies were also up notably in construction; mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; and administrative and support services. Between the first quarters…

Community pharmacies key drivers of economic activity in Canada

Nearly 10,500 community pharmacies in Canada generate $1.68 billion in benefits to all levels of government: report

Community pharmacies key drivers of economic activity in CanadaA new report by the Conference Board of Canada says the community pharmacy sector generated more than $16 billion in economic activity and supported nearly 250,000 jobs in Canada. The Pharmacist in Your Neighbourhood: Economic Footprint of Canada's Community Pharmacy Sector report, which was released on Thursday, said Ontario contributed an estimated $6.3 billion, followed by…

BMO launches Smart Branches concept in Calgary, Edmonton

New banking environment is designed to bring together advice-based services and the latest in digital experiences

BMO launches Smart Branches concept in Calgary, EdmontonBMO Bank of Montreal is launching a new format in Canada. The bank has opened its first two Smart Branches in Alberta – in Edmonton at Whyte Avenue and 104th Street and in Calgary on Shaganappi Trail. BMO said the new branch formats, which have also been introduced in the U.S. by BMO, provide a…

Hikes in prices for repeat home sales in Calgary, Edmonton

In Calgary, prices are off by 3.46% from the peak in October 2014. In Edmonton, they’re 3.75% down from the peak in September 2007

Hikes in prices for repeat home sales in Calgary, EdmontonThe prices for repeat home sales in both Calgary and Edmonton were on the positive trend of growth in June, with the capital city recording one of the biggest national monthly increases. The Teranet-National Bank House Price Index, released on Thursday, said Edmonton prices rose by 1.5 per cent in June from May while Calgary…
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