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Lobaw ends the use of single-use plastic bags

Loblaw Companies Limited will remove all single-use plastic bags from its grocery stores, pharmacies and PC Express service.

The move follows previous Loblaw initiatives to reduce plastic waste, including its adoption of the pay-per-bag program nearly 15 years ago, which resulted in a 70% drop in plastic bag usage. in its stores. The grocer has set a deadline of the first quarter of 2023 for this initiative.

“As an organization committed to helping Canadians live well, we are proud to take a significant step forward on such an important environmental issue,” said Robert Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer of Loblaw. “Since 2007, our efforts to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags leaving our stores have resulted in a reduction of 13.8 billion bags likely to go to landfill.”

This announcement is part of the grocer’s broader ESG efforts. Specifically, it has tackled climate change through a number of other commitments, including aiming for net zero greenhouse gas emissions, making all test marks and packaging in store recyclable or reusable, and reduce the amount of food waste in its stores.

Scotiabank suspends Hockey Canada sponsorship

Scotiabank has temporarily withdrawn its support of Hockey Canada following a sexual assault lawsuit that was settled by the organization.

In an open letter that was also published as a full-page ad in The Globe & Mail, Scotiabank President and CEO Brian Porter said he was “appalled” by the details of the lawsuit, which are “contrary to the beliefs and values” of hockey and Scotiabank. He said Scotia’s sponsorship of the organization would be suspended “until we are satisfied that the right steps are being taken to improve the culture within the sport”.

Last month, details emerged that the organization had settled a lawsuit brought against it by a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by eight CHL-era players following a Foundation golf event. Hockey Canada in June 2018. The woman and the players, some of whom were also members of Canada’s World Juniors team that year, have not been publicly named and the allegations have never gone to court. The situation raised questions for the organization about whether or not some of its public funding was used in the settlement. The federal government also froze its funding to Hockey Canada last week until it agreed to place itself under the authority of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner and release a report prepared by his office. lawyers.

Scotiabank’s sponsorship of Hockey Canada, first signed in 2019, was aimed at growing women’s sport and making the sport more accessible at the grassroots level. This has also been central to his larger efforts within the sport, as well as his marketing efforts through the ‘Hockey For All’ platform. Scotiabank says its money that would have been spent on activities at the World Junior Tournament this summer will instead be diverted to the Hockey Canada Endowment Fund and the Women’s World Championship. Porter said he expects Hockey Canada to cooperate with a federal audit and provide assurance that Scotiabank sponsorship money was used “as intended.”

Rogers, Shaw and the Competition Bureau agree to mediation

Rogers and Shaw have agreed to enter mediation with the Competition Bureau over issues the regulator is having with the planned $26 billion merger of the two phone companies.

The companies had previously agreed to delay the deal to address Bureau concerns and avoid the case going to court, but their proposal to sell Shaw’s wireless service provider Freedom Mobile to Quebecor last week was not sufficient to adequately address the Bureau’s competition and wireless concerns. price, according to documents filed with the Court.

The first phase of mediation before the Tribunal will take place on July 4 and 5. If the two parties do not agree on the solutions proposed by the mediation, the case could go to trial and push the closing date of the agreement to the fall or the end of the year. The deal was previously expected to close this summer.

Ontario is building on its global reputation in AI

The Vector Institute, a non-profit organization focused on artificial intelligence, has extended its partnership with its founding industry partners for another five years, until 2027.

The arrangement reflects a “commitment to growing the AI ​​ecosystem in Canada,” said Garth Gibson, President and CEO of the Vector Institute. “Over the past five years, we have had the opportunity to collaborate on many fronts, from improving AI engineering capabilities to working with sponsors to support their customer attraction and retention goals. talents. Their renewed commitment will help ensure Canada’s leadership role in AI.

Established in 2017 with support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and private industry and in partnership with the University of Toronto and other universities, Vector’s scientific network includes more than 600 researchers and practitioners active in space from across the country. Its sponsors include Accenture, Air Canada, all of the “big five” Canadian banks, Deloitte Canada, Google, KPMG Canada, Loblaw, Nvidia, Shopify and many more.

“AI will touch every sector of society, from health to transportation, and will transform nearly every industry, making them more competitive. Ontario is at the forefront of AI. We are recognized as a world leader in the field. Yet there is an economic race between countries to adopt AI in their businesses,” says Ed Clark, President of the Vector Institute. “Continued industry engagement in this area will help ensure that Canada remains ahead of the pack.

With files by Josh Kolm

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