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By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press

RBC joining global tech giants in setting up lab in AI-friendly Montreal

MONTREAL — Canada’s largest bank is joining global tech giants in setting up a research lab in Montreal to take advantage of the city’s growing artificial intelligence expertise.

The Royal Bank of Canada will open a Borealis AI lab in the new year, joining labs in Toronto and Edmonton. It hopes to have 10 researchers on staff in the first year of operation.

WestJet unveils more details about Swoop

Flying on WestJet’s low-cost carrier Swoop will come with a price: ancillary fees that will cost travellers about twice what they pay on the mainline carrier, the CEO of the Calgary-based airline said Tuesday.

Gregg Saretsky said he expects non-fare fees on Swoop, which is set to launch in June, will be very similar to so-called ultra low-cost carriers in the U.S.

Canadian railways call for infrastructure spending despite large grain shipments

MONTREAL — The country’s two largest railways are calling for federal investments to boost the rail capacity of Vancouver’s North Shore,despite moving large quantities of grain last year.

Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) transported 21.8 million tonnes of the 2016-2017 Western Canadian grain crop, beating its record from two years earlier by two per cent.

St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments up 18 per cent in first half of season

MONTREAL — The St. Lawrence Seaway is recovering from the worst cargo season in years with an unexpected resurgence in exports of iron ore and grain in the first half of the shipping year.

Cargo shipments increased 18 per cent between March 20 and July 31 from a year ago to 16 million tonnes, according to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

Air Transat to test new taxiing system next year

MONTREAL — Air Transat is planning to test and deploy a new system next year that would allow an aircraft to taxi from the runway to the gate without having to use a plane’s engine, thereby cutting operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Montreal-based carrier would be the world’s first airline to use the WheelTug system, according to the company that developed it.

Montreal company begins sales of smart technology sports bra that coaches runners

MONTREAL — A Montreal company is entering the competitive sports bra market by launching a smart technology product specifically targeting female runners.

OMbra contains sensors that read biometric signals such as heart rate, movement and breathing rhythms, which are streamed to an app that coaches runners to obtain optimal results.