Biz briefs see Walmart cuts, Joe at work, West Jet cheapie

Walmart Canada will cut staff in Canada in what it calls a restructuring. One report said that 475 workers would be let go, but Walmart says it will be fewer. It gave no number. Walmart Canada employs about 91,000 associates. The company operates 410 stores in Canada, according to its website.


The Globe and Mail says the new president of Rogers, Joe Natale, will “obsess” over customer service. Hope so. Still, Joe can’t make arithmetic go away when it comes to cost. We’ll see.


West Jet Airlines says it will create a super-cheap airline to catch flyers prepared to squeeze into tiny seats to save a buck. This move will also steal business from other start-ups like Canada Jetlines Ltd. and Enerjet, both of which are trying to raise money for their budget operations.