November 28th, 2020

Business

Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to buy local this holiday season

By The Canadian Press on November 28th, 2020

A new retail shopping event has arrived, encouraging consumers to support local, independent businesses during the holiday season. Small Business Saturday, wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is the latest sales campaign aimed at holiday shoppers. But unlike its larger retail counterparts, which tend to shine a spotlight on big box stores, Small Business ... Read More »

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UK, EU resume face-to-face trade talks with time running out

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on November 28th, 2020

LONDON – Teams from Britain and the European Union resumed face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal Saturday, with both sides sounding gloomy about striking an agreement in the little time that remains. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier returned to London to meet his U.K. counterpart David Frost. Talks have been held virtually for the ... Read More »

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Study suggests pandemic-induced recession could impact paternity leave take-up rates

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press on November 28th, 2020

OTTAWA – New research suggests a bump in the number of fathers who planned to take time off with a new baby under a nascent national leave program could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been just over a year since the government started offering the use-it-or-lose-it extra weeks of paid time off ... Read More »

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People to thank for Ottawa’s success with curbing COVID-19: health officer

By Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press on November 28th, 2020

OTTAWA – As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across Canada, the infection rate in Ottawa has been going in the other direction for weeks, putting the city on the right track to flatten the curve of the pandemic once again. The city’s chief medical officer, Dr. Vera Etches, said much of ... Read More »

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India farmers press on with protest despite offer to talk

By Ashok Sharma, The Associated Press on November 28th, 2020

NEW DELHI – Thousands of farmers in and around the Indian capital on Saturday pressed on with their protest against agricultural legislation they said could devastate crop prices, while the government sought talks with their leaders. Some protesters burned an effigy of Prime Minister Modi and shouted “Down with Modi,” as they rallied on New ... Read More »

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S&P/TSX composite index rises as loonie jumps above 77 cents US

By Anita Balakrishnan, The Canadian Press on November 27th, 2020

TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index crept higher on Friday as the loonie popped above 77 cents in afternoon trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.22 points at 17,396.56. The Canadian dollar traded for 77.01 cents US compared with 76.85 cents US on Thursday. The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday on ... Read More »

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A subdued Black Friday at retailers amid COVID-19 pandemic as sales move online

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press on November 27th, 2020

Black Friday shoppers appear to have heeded public health warnings, with more online purchases and little crowding at stores across the country against a backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases. Many brick-and-mortar stores were deserted compared with the usual crowds and fanfare of the one-day sales bonanza that traditionally launches the holiday shopping season. Some stores ... Read More »

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S&P/TSX composite rises as loonie hits 77 cents US

By The Canadian Press on November 27th, 2020

TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index crept higher as the loonie popped above 77 cents in afternoon trading. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.22 points at 17,396.56. On a short trading day in New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 37.90 points at 29,910.37. The S&P 500 index was up 8.7 points ... Read More »

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Sobeys brings back hero pay for Manitoba, Toronto, Peel workers as COVID cases rise

By The Canadian Press on November 27th, 2020

STELLARTON, N.S. – Sobeys says it is bringing back pay premiums for staff in locations where COVID-19 lockdowns are in effect. Parent company Empire Company Limited says it has reinstated so-called hero pay in Manitoba, Toronto and Peel Region in Ontario as rising cases of the virus in those areas have prompted the shutdown of ... Read More »

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News media lobby group asks MPs for rules to get compensation from Google, Facebook

By The Canadian Press on November 27th, 2020

OTTAWA – A lobby group for Canada’s newspapers and magazines is asking MPs to enact new rules to let its members negotiate compensation from social-media giants that post their content. News Media Canada wants the government to let the industry collectively negotiate with the likes of Google and Facebook. The group’s CEO, John Hinds, says ... Read More »

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It’s a subdued Black Friday at retailers amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press on November 27th, 2020

Would-be Black Friday shoppers appear to have heeded public health warnings, with little crowding at stores across the country against a backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases. Many brick-and-mortar stores were deserted compared with the usual crowds and fanfare of the one-day sales bonanza that traditionally launches the holiday shopping season. Some stores had short lineups ... Read More »

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