Category "Canada"

3Jun

Simcoe County to increase service on Route 3 of LINX Transit

by BBG Hub

The County of Simcoe is increasing service on LINX Transit’s Route 3, between Barrie and Orillia, Ont., beginning Monday.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, county officials have been monitoring transit ridership and have adjusted service levels accordingly.

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The new change will bring service on Route 3 closer to pre-pandemic levels.

Currently, Route 3 operates five trips per day, including morning and afternoon services, but on Monday, three additional trips will be added.

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The additional trips for Route 3 northbound will include departure times of 5:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. The additional trips for Route 3 southbound will include departure times of 10:05 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:25 p.m.

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LINX Transit’s Route 3 moved to a reduced schedule due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Georgian College and Lakehead University started to offer online classes.




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28May

Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s new home retrofit program

by BBG Hub

The federal government on Thursday launched a new program allowing Canadians grants of up to $5,600 in energy-saving home upgrades and evaluations.

The program, called Canada Greener Homes Grants, will be worth $2.6 billion over the next seven years. Homeowners would be allowed to get up to $5,000 for energy-efficient retrofits to their main homes, as well as another $600 to help with home energy evaluations.

The grants, announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan Thursday, comes as part of the Liberal government’s agenda to tackle climate change.

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“Canadians are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills and do their part to fight climate change,” said O’Regan in a press release Thursday. “The Canada Greener Homes Grant is good for your wallet, good for the economy, and good for the planet.”

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According to that statement, homeowners would be able to make improvements and upgrades including the replacement of windows and doors, sealing air leaks and adding insulation, as well as improving heating and cooling systems.


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The grants also cover the purchasing of renewable energy systems, such as solar panels.

Here’s how Canadian homeowners can take full advantage of the program.

Who’s eligible?

Homeowners should first make sure they’re eligible for the program, having all the documents to prove homeownership on hand.

According to the federal government, only one homeowner per home would be able to register and would have to prove that the home is their “primary residence” through a government-issued ID or utility bill.

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Other groups, like local Indigenous governments and housing management bodies partnering with Indigenous organizations, are also eligible for the program, and are allowed to register multiple homes.

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Eligible property types for the program include:

  • Single and semi-detached houses
  • Row housing
  • Townhomes
  • All-season cottages
  • Mobile homes on a permanent foundation
  • Permanently-moored floating homes
  • Residential portions of mixed use buildings
  • Small multi-unit residential building, which must be three storeys or less and with a footprint no bigger than 600 m2.

If eligible, homeowners can now officially register for the program online or through a government phone number. Anyone registering for the program in Quebec and Nova Scotia need to apply directly through their province, while those in P.E.I. are encouraged to apply through theirs.

Applicants now need to make sure a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation gets completed — by an NRCan registered energy advisor — before and after they complete their retrofit upgrades. EnerGuide evaluations that were completed before December 1, 2020 will not be eligible for reimbursement.


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Earlier this week on Monday, O’Regan announced that the Liberal government was spending $10 million to recruit and train up to 2,000 people as energy advisors. According to the program, the evaluation would help homeowners choose which retrofits make the most sense for their home.

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Registrants can pick from several organizations who have these advisers, based on their location, to complete their pre- and post-evaluations — ending up with an EnerGuide home rating, label and a report with recommendations for home energy improvement.

Picking your retrofits

According to the program, retrofits recommended by your energy adviser are the only ones eligible for reimbursement and a list should be included in your pre-evaluation.

Before picking which retrofits you purchase and install, there are several things should know.

All retrofits must be purchased in Canada, and online purchases are only eligible if they are located in Canada.


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Certain types of retrofits can only be reimbursed to a certain amount as well, and there are some that can only be installed by licensed professionals.

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Heat pumps, water heaters, renewable energy — and furnaces and boilers in the case of homes located in Northern Canada — must be installed by those with a licence to do so, and can all be reimbursed at the maximum amount of $5,000.

Retrofits that are not mechanical or electrical and don’t need to be installed by licensed professionals include air sealing, insulation, windows and doors, thermostats and certain resiliency measures. All of these retrofits are eligible to be reimbursed at different values, with a full list available online here.

The program also warns to take your budget into consideration as well, and to make sure any contractors hired to install retrofits are fully licensed.

“As the homeowner, you are responsible for choosing products and materials and getting the necessary building and utility permits,” the program detailed.

“If a building permit is not required nor issued, you and your contractor are responsible for making sure all products, services and installations meet relevant building codes and standards.”

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Lastly, homeowners need to make sure they’re documenting all purchases and evaluations every step of the way. The program’s website said all invoices, receipts, proof of work and attestation forms need to be kept until March 31, 2028.

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After completing your retrofits, applicants can now book their post-retrofit evaluation, and apply for a reimbursement online with proof of their evaluations, retrofit receipts and installation costs.

According to mortgage and home value expert Alex McFadyen, home renovations are at an “all-time high” and people should be incentivized to do such improvements.

“Depending on what rebates someone uses, they could easily add that back into the prepayment of the mortgage or invest that into something that will pay them a greater return,” McFadyen said in an email.




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27May

Grant to be greener: New federal incentive for energy efficient home upgrades | Watch News Videos Online

by BBG Hub



The Canada Greener Homes Grant is the federal government’s new program to help Canadians make their homes more energy efficient. David Akin explains what kind of renovations are eligible, and how much money is on the table.


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24May

Labour shortage hitting Quebec’s I.T. sector hard

by BBG Hub

Quebec’s high tech sector is suffering from a severe labour shortage and there isn’t a large pool of potential employees to draw upon.

The coronavirus pandemic forced a lot of employees to work from home and during the time, many saved money and shopped online, creating a spike in the consumer supply chain.

This helped fuel more innovation in the automation industry and major high tech employers started posting new vacancies but struggled to fill the positions.

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“There is a labour shortage in many sectors, but more acutely, more particularly in the information technology areas,” Jean Boulet, Quebec’s Labour Minister, said during a press conference.

The minister is setting up cash incentives to encourage those out of work to find jobs in the high tech business, including offering $650 a week in financial assistance during a three-year period.

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“Automation has become extremely important to increase the productivity levels of Quebec companies,” Boulet said.

Boulet says there are ten thousand I.T. vacancies across the province. In Montreal alone, hundreds of positions are listed in the careers sections of some of the world’s largest high tech companies.


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But the labour shortage isn’t just hurting high tech companies.

Montreal’s restaurant business is struggling to hire workers and it comes just as outdoor patios and terraces are set to open on May 28.

“It is possible that the owner will work more hours than normal because they will have to fill the position,” François Vincent, the Quebec V.P. of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, told Global News.




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13May

Simcoe County to roll out new automated cart system for curbside waste collection

by BBG Hub

The County of Simcoe will be rolling out a new automated cart system for curbside waste collection beginning on Nov. 1.

The new system is meant to provide an enhanced way for residents to manage their waste each week.

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“We’re confident that residents will find the easy-to-wheel carts to be a far more convenient solution than carrying and storing multiple bags, containers and open bins each week,” Simcoe County warden George Cornell said in a statement Thursday.

“We know that the switch to bi-weekly collections in early 2020 was challenging for residents, and with increased vertical storage, the cart system will be a significant improvement.”

Between August and October, county officials say eligible locations will receive three complimentary carts — one for garbage, one for recycling and another for organics — and instructions for the new system.

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Then, beginning on Nov. 1, the new collection provider Miller Waste Services will start collecting curbside waste through the automated system.

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Starting Nov. 1, residents’ collection days and times may also change, although garbage and recycling will still be collected biweekly and organics will still be collected weekly. Beginning the same date, the county will also move to a four-day collection schedule.

The changes don’t apply to Barrie and Orillia.

More information about the new waste collection system can be found on the county’s website.




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12May

Saskatchewan to begin sending out negative COVID-19 test results via text

by BBG Hub

Saskatchewan residents who have gotten tested for COVID-19 may receive their results, if negative, through an automated text messaging system beginning May 19.

The province says the Saskatchewan Health Authority will introduce data collection through the online requisition form at both drive-thru and static testing sites staring Friday.

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“All patients who have a positive COVID-19 test result will still receive a call from public health, providing them with direction on self-isolation and to complete contact tracing questions,” the province said in a press release Wednesday.

“If your COVID-19 test is negative, you can receive your results by text message to your cell phone.”

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At the time of your COVID-19 test, people will be asked if it is okay to receive their negative test results through text.

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“These text messages will be identified as originating from the SHA and you will be asked to verify if you are the correct recipient for the results,” the province said.

“If you are not the right recipient and an incorrect contact number has been provided, the SHA will use other contact methods to provide those negative test results to the right person.”

The province said nobody will be asked to provide any personal information via text.


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8May

Feds to create new system to help process immigration applications more quickly

by BBG Hub

Ottawa says it will create a new digital platform to help process immigration applications more quickly after the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need for a faster shift to a new system.

The federal government pledged in the 2021 budget to spend $428.9 million over the next five years to deliver the platform that would gradually replace the existing case management system.

The new platform will launch in 2023 to improve application processing and provide more support for applicants, the government said.

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Alexander Cohen, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, said the new system is part of a wider shift towards digital platforms across the department and government.

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“(This new) platform will ensure that our immigration system can efficiently handle the increasing number of cases,” he said. “It will reduce the use of paper applications and be simpler and easier for applicants.”

Robert Falconer, a researcher at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, said the processing rate of permanent residency applications has been declining over the last six years.

Falconer said an analysis of government data shows that the number of received permanent residency applications was 34 per cent higher than the number of finalized applications last year.

In 2019, he said, that figure was 21 per cent.

Cohen said intake of applications has significantly increased over the past few years.

“There are just more applications than ever before and so we’re only going to process as many applications as there are spaces for in the (immigration) plan.”


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The department has launched an online application portal that allows some permanent residency applicants to apply digitally, Cohen said.

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While the portal will eventually expand to all permanent residency programs, it is now available to a random selection of applicants in seven programs, he said.

Falconer said there are around 120 immigration programs in Canada and close to half of them require applicants to fill out paper-based applications.

COVID-19 restrictions probably made it more challenging for immigration officers to process applications, especially paper-based applications, he said.

He said officers would have to travel to a central receiving location to pick up the applications or find a way to have them mailed securely to their homes.

Falconer added the government has recently created several new programs under the economic immigration class, including one to allow Hong Kong residents to immigrate to Canada and another to enable temporary residents including international students to apply for permanent status.

“Using the economic class as a catch-all, when there’s already a lot of paper-based applicants, I think, can put a lot more stress and confusion and complexity on economic class immigration officers,” he said.

“Each new public policy, there are going to be specific requirements there, and the more requirements we have for officers, the slower it means the applications will (be processed).”

Improving the integration between the federal immigration system with the provincial nomination systems should also be a priority, Falconer said.

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“We have 10 different provinces, each with their own paper-based application processes or electronic systems,” he said.

“Alberta for a long time — my home province here —  their provincial nomination system was purely paper-based. But then, in the past couple years, they decided to integrate their provincial nominee system with the Canadian federal government system.”

He said almost half of all immigrants who arrive in Canada under economic class programs come through sub-provincial programs.

“The actual larger issue here, I would say, is actually federalism, and maybe to align the provincial and federal governments on the issue of immigration,” he said.

Andrew Griffith, a former director of citizenship and multiculturalism at the Immigration Department, said it has tried to simplify the process recently by allowing more online transmission of documents.

“These changes are not that easy to implement overnight,” he said.

Griffith said Ottawa’s promise to spend close to a half billion dollars to put in place a new immigration application processing system will be an interesting one to watch because implementing big IT projects presents challenges for the government.

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The department should find ways to get rid of any duplication and overlap that may exist in the current immigration system, he said.

“Do we need all those steps? Can some of these steps be automated? Can we use (artificial intelligence) to make determinations?”

Cohen said the immigration department launched in 2018 two pilot projects using computer analytics to help immigration officers triage some online visa applications.


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“This computer analytics technology analyzes data and recognizes patterns in applications to help identify routine and complex cases,” he said.

“The goal is to help officers to identify applications that are routine and straightforward for thorough but faster processing, and to triage files that are more complex for a more extensive review.”

He said all decisions on every application are made by a visa officer in all cases and the department’s artificial intelligence tools are not used to render decisions.

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“We’re always looking to leverage technology to improve the process for Canadians and those who wish to come here.”





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28Apr

Families remember those lost in Cyclone helicopter crash on one-year anniversary

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For family members of the six Canadian Forces members lost when a Cyclone helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean a year ago, this week is a time of grieving loved ones amid the challenges of a pandemic.

At the CH-148 helicopter’s home base in Nova Scotia, Sailor First Class Shane Cowbrough had hoped to be gathering with crew members of the HMCS Fredericton on Thursday. His stepdaughter, Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, was among those who died on April 29, 2020.

But the 47-year-old’s plans to be with Abbigail’s shipmates at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater on the anniversary of the crash off Greece have been cancelled.

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“That gathering would have been a healing point, but we’ll raise a glass to our fallen comrades at some point down the road when (COVID-19) numbers are back under control,” said Cowbrough, who entered the military at roughly the same time as his stepdaughter.

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Originally the military had planned an outdoor ceremony to unveil a memorial near the entrance to the base in Eastern Passage, N.S., but due to COVID-19 restrictions the ceremony Thursday will be virtual and released on video. Family members were being allowed to visit the site Wednesday in small groups.

Meanwhile, in the base’s museum, Abbigail Cowbrough’s cadet cap is among the items on display in a remembrance room – a spot where crew, friends and families can sit and reflect in the years to come.


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On Monday, Shane Cowbrough sat before a carved, wooden heart with the words “Nova Scotia Strong,” and described his stepdaughter’s unusual combination of self-discipline and effusiveness.

“Free spirited, determined, giving, loving, all the best characteristics of what we aspire to,” he said of the 23-year-old, who first came into his life as a determined teenager in Peterborough, Ont., after he married her mother.

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Many Canadians viewed a video of the young officer piping “Amazing Grace” on the ship’s deck after a mass shooting in Nova Scotia killed 22 people, just 11 days before the Cyclone crash.

Tanya Cowbrough, Abbigail’s mother, said in a telephone interview it was her daughter’s nature to try to make others feel better, and she had a deep faith nurtured at a Baptist church in Dartmouth.

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The mother said she had watched with amazement as her daughter announced in her early teens she had joined the air cadets and then went on to take up the bagpipes – both pursuits that were unknown to her family.

“She was fierce, she was a badass and she didn’t take any nonsense,” she said. “She took her military job seriously. It was her life.”

Marie-Claude Miron, the mother of Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin, travelled from her home in Trois-Rivieres, Que., to be with her son’s widow in Halifax on the anniversary, even though pandemic restrictions meant she had to stay in self-isolation near the base.

“I came to get support, to be with Catherine, his wife, and be together in such a difficult time. I could have stayed in Quebec, but it was important for me to come down,” she said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

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Her son is remembered by the family for his curiosity and “zest for life,” she said. “It’s such a loss, for not only us, but for the military. He was a genius,” she said.

“From a really young age, he was always asking, ‘Why this? Why that?’ The number of questions he could ask in one day was incredible …. He would ask not only why the Earth is round, but where is it located, how big is the universe? It was never-ending, he was curious about everything,” his mother recalled.


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The crash was the largest loss of life in one day for the Canadian Armed Forces since six Canadian soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan on Easter Sunday 2007.

Cowbrough served with Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, a naval warfare officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, while the aircrew included Miron-Morin, Capt. Brenden MacDonald, Capt. Kevin Hagen and Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins.

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Major Simon Rocheleau, who was in charge of the air detachment on the deployment, said in an interview Monday that each crew member had memorable qualities.

MacDonald, from New Glasgow, N.S., was “an excellent pilot, and it was almost frustrating how easy everything came to him,” adding that he behaved as “a big brother” to his colleagues. The other pilot, Hagen, originally from Nanaimo, B.C., was “cool, calm and seemed shy, but when you got to know him was an excellent colleague to have.”

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He described Matthew Cousins, an electronic sensor operator from Guelph, Ont., as the oldest one in the group, “who would wait in the back and let the young folks try, and – just before we failed – would jump in and suggest a better way.”

Rocheleau recalled Matthew Pyke, a naval warfare officer from Truro, N.S., as “new in his trade and always willing to learn,” and “after each shift he would ask questions.”

Senior military officials investigating the crash have revealed there was a “conflict” or “competition” between the Cyclone helicopter’s automated controls and its pilot moments before the aircraft plunged into the water at high speed.

A pilot attempted to make a number of manoeuvres while the Cyclone’s autopilot was still engaged. Rather than shutting off, the autopilot started to work against the human pilot before the helicopter crashed.

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The aircraft fleet has resumed operations despite the investigation not being fully completed, and Miron said she is hoping for more answers from the final report.


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“We need (the report) to understand …. When they told us the same type of helicopter was flying again, one month after the accident, I got so mad,” she said. “It was incomprehensible. It felt like Max gave his life to test a machine.”

In the meantime, the crew of HMCS Fredericton has created a memorial patch, designed by Sgt. Scott Galbraith, who participated in the deployment aboard the frigate. It depicts the evening sky that would have been over the sea when the helicopter crashed.

Rocheleau said military members will wear the patch until the anniversary and then bring it back annually to wear in the month before the date of the crash, as a lasting tribute.

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Miron says the gesture is a comfort, and she is working on other memorial efforts so her son will be recalled in his hometown.

“What’s important is to remember that they are deeply courageous and they were giving part of themselves so we can keep our freedom. They are all unique,” she said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 28, 2021.




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18Apr

New Alberta subscription service helps Indigenous entrepreneurs

by BBG Hub

An Edmonton woman is hoping to bring more awareness to Indigenous entrepreneurs through a new subscription box.

Mallory Yawnghwe, originally from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Northeastern Alberta, said she has attempted to help Indigenous entrepreneurs for most of her life. She was ecstatic this year when she was able to take the support further.

In March, Mallory launched the Indigenous Box, a subscription that celebrates Indigenous entrepreneurs. It can hold about seven items, and it highlights businesses all over Canada.

“When we did our incorporation and we got the documents back from the lawyers, and it said president and CEO, I was just in tears,” Yawnghwe said.

Yawnghwe said it was made possible after she won a pitch contest for startup companies.

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“We actually just put up a countdown timer. It was a blank web page, with my emoji on there. Nobody knew what the countdown was for,” Yawgnhwe said.

“People were constantly viewing and we got more and more traffic everyday. We saw hundreds of people were visiting our website.”

Afterward, the launch orders poured in, and the boxes were quickly sold out. Yawnghwe said they made more available, and it sold out again.

All the boxes are packed by Yawnghwe and her family at their Edmonton home.

People have ordered boxes from every province and territory in Canada.

“We’re overwhelmed, but we have so much gratitude, too,” Yawnghwe said. “We didn’t do any marketing or take out any ads. It’s all word of mouth.

“I got it down to a very specific calculation of how things fit in the box, the weight of the box and how it’s all themed together. Our first box was with women and honing in on the self-care.”

Her family, meanwhile, doesn’t just help her pack.  Yawnghwe’s 13-year-old daughter, Kamryn Yawnghwe, is excited her handmade kokum scarf button earrings were part of the first edition box.

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“It’s exciting, because I used to sell them at craft sales, and mostly family and a few people in Edmonton were wearing my earrings, but now it’s across Canada,” Kamryn said.

Kamryn is also inspired to see her mom living her dream.

“I am proud of her. She has been waiting to start this business with my dad, and it’s good that she go the grant to start the business.”

Edmonton-based business Mother Earth Essential is also included in the first box. Carrie Armstrong has been making soaps, candles and other products for 15 years, and has soap products in hotels across the country.

“It’s so exciting. I’m proud of (Yawnghwe), and she has done such a good job of it,” Armstrong said.

“Someone was going to do it because it’s such a great idea. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner, but I think it happened with the perfect person, because she has done such a remarkable job.”

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Armstrong said when she first started her company, there weren’t many other Indigenous businesses. She hopes the box will lead to people learning more about Indigenous culture.

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“When I first started, it was 2006. Things have shifted a lot in Canada since I’ve started the business, as far as acceptance of Indigenous business,” Armstrong said.

“It’s that sharing of knowledge, and breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions that are out there.”

The summer Indigenous Box will soon be available, and it’s also expected to sell out. Yawnghwe has dreams of demand growing in leaps and bounds.

“To see just our cartoon image on the box means a lot for our communities, and our kids,” she said. “So to see people that look like them represented in mainstream contemporary ways.

“If we can help somebody find an Indigenous product, then we are just over the moon.”


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16Apr

London’s Globally Local makes history, again, with public offering on TSX Venture Exchange – London

by BBG Hub

The London vegan fast-food company Globally Local, which several years ago opened Canada’s first vegan fast-food restaurant, has now become the world’s first vegan fast-food company to go public.

As of Friday, investors can purchase stock in Globally Local Technologies Inc. (TSXV:GBLY), parent company of the fast-food chain, which has been listed on TSX Venture Exchange, a stock exchange for emerging companies.

James and Vasiliki McInnes, the husband and wife duo who founded the company, say it’s part of an ambitious multi-million-dollar plan to expand the fast-food chain’s footprint across North America, and to disrupt the fast-food industry with the “proprietary plant-based proteins and dairy alternatives” it manufactures.

“We think that our public offering and subsequent expansion will make it easier for people to eat sustainable food,” James McInnes told 980 CFPL Friday by email.

“We need to make the choice to eat-for-the-planet easy and affordable – (I) think that’s something people can really get behind.”

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With two locations currently open, in Toronto and Windsor, work is underway for Globally Local to open six new stores in Ontario, along with at least 20 more across North America in the next 12 months. The company also plans to expand its manufacturing capability.

Globally Local’s first storefront on Dundas Street in London closed last month, but a new store is set to open soon on Commissioners Road East.

McInness said at least $4.2 million had been raised from the company’s go-public event, an amount he believes “will be enough for us to execute our 12 month plan.”

According to a press release, Globally Local worked out an agreement with TSXV-listed capital pool firm Black Lion Capital Corp. to consolidate as Globally Local Technologies Inc., rather than go with an initial public offering.

The couple were set to be on hand Friday to ring the closing bell of the TSX. By the end of the trading day, GBLY’s share price had risen to 0.97 from its opening at 0.70.


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Globally Local’s debut on the stock market this week is just the latest chapter in a remarkable local success story that has played out over the last several years.

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The company first made a splash in the London food scene in 2016 when it debuted a plant-based burger at the city’s annual salute to barbeque — RibFest. Its chickpea-based burger, a play on McDonald’s iconic Big Mac, turned out to be a major hit.

“To our amazement, there was so much demand for it that we sold out at that event,” McInnes told 980 CFPL’s Mike Stubbs in a separate interview.

The amount of interest and support was just incredible. That kind of kicked off us going into the fast-food business, to be honest.”

Up until that point, Globally Local had been a vegan meal kit company running out of the old Farmer Jack’s location, he said.

“We had developed and tested a whole bunch of different meal kits, and we found that the ones that people loved the most were the ones that were those iconic fast-food items that, at the time, they were making in their home,” he said.

Following the success of their RibFest appearance, McInness says Globally Local then expanded to a popular food truck, and by December 2016, had its first storefront location on Dundas Street in downtown London — the country’s first vegan fast-food restaurant.

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Months later, a second (since-closed) drive-thru location opened at Highbury and Cheapside streets, and the Globally Local food truck found itself traversing the province, popping up at various festivals.

“We knew that we had to bring this to the world, we had to scale this up,” McInnes said.

“We’re so fortunate to have started here, because, I believe, if you can get something to succeed in London, it can succeed anywhere in the world,” he added, referring to London’s status as a popular product test market.

“That was that proof of concept that just took us to the next level.”

In 2018, the company opened its own London-based manufacturing facility in a bid to keep its product supply chain controlled, keep costs and prices in line with other fast-food options, and develop new products, including “proprietary automation technology” in its restaurant kitchens, according to a press release.

More information can be found on the Globally Local website.




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