Crosscountry: news from across Canada — September 2016

Montreal raw food entrepreneurs have launched a new line of juices made from scrap fruits and vegetables, while a Sudbury man remains unscathed after punching a black bear.


“Scrap” juice

You wouldn’t think “waste” or “scrap” would be the most appetizing words for describing juice ingredients. But they are perfect for Loop juices, reports Montreal business weekly Les Affaires. And the juices also happen to be delicious.

“Save the world one vegetable at a time” seems to be the motto of Loop Juice, which was cofounded by raw food entrepreneur David Côté, who also launched the Crudessence raw food restaurant chain in Quebec.

Loop’s line of fruit and vegetable juices is made from the surpluses of distributor Courchesne Larose, and includes flavours such as “King of the Hill” — a mix of cantaloupe, carrots, fennel, clementines, pineapple, green apple, lime and curcuma. There is nothing scrap-like about the prices, though: the juices retail for $3.99 to $4.99.


Bear fists

Black bear

Many will recall the famous quote that news is not about a dog biting a man, but about a man who bites a dog. In that vein, a Sudbury man’s feat of punching a black bear and walking away relatively unscathed definitely qualifies as news, as reported by The Guardian.                                

After startling a bear cub, Rick Nelson, a former black bear hunter who had taken boxing classes, found himself facing its 145.1-kg mother. As the bear was standing on her hind legs in attack position, Nelson remembered that bears are right-handed, and prepared his defence and swing accordingly, hitting the mother directly on the snout and drawing blood.

The blow was not decisive, however, and Nelson was readying himself for the moment of truth. But the cub that had gotten the ex-boxer in trouble also saved him as it scuttled away — and its mother followed as if nothing had happened.


Tax paradise

Canada is still No. 1 for corporate tax competitiveness, according to KPMG’s Focus on Tax 2016.

The report calculates the impact of all business tax costs, including corporate income tax as well as capital taxes, sales and property taxes, in 10 countries and 111 cities. At 52.4, Canada’s total tax index (TTI) gives us a strong lead over our closest competitor, the UK (64.5).

In seventh spot, the US has a TTI of 100, followed by Japan (108.2), Italy (110.5) and France (136.6). As for cities, Toronto (47.4), Vancouver (49) and Montreal (57.4) take the first, second and fourth places, respectively.


Kudos for kiddy banks

Young student

Canadian parents are more focused on saving for their children’s education than parents in other western countries are, reports Yahoo! Finance, based on an HSBC report.

A survey of 6,241 parents in 15 countries (434 in Canada) showed that 72% of Canadian parents have started saving for their children’s postsecondary education, compared with 65% in the US and 46% in the UK. Moreover, 53% of parents with household incomes of less than $65,000 give priority to education compared with 40% of households above that income level.