Premier announces doubling of enforcement fines, 5-day sick leave benefit for Manitoba

Premier Brian Pallister says the province will implement a paid sick leave program in Manitoba. Pallister also said further public health restrictions will be coming later Friday. “The new Manitoba … Read More

Premier announces doubling of COVID fines, 5-day sick leave benefit for Manitoba

Premier Brian Pallister says the province will implement a paid sick leave program in Manitoba, a doubling of all enforcement fines and that further Pallister also said further public health restrictions … Read More

Air Canada reports $1.3-billion Q1 loss as pandemic continues to limit travel

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2021 8:59 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Air Canada reported a loss … Read More

Air Canada urges Ottawa to lift hotel quarantine as it reports $1.3B Q1 loss

Air Canada called on Ottawa to ease travel restrictions as the airline, which reported a first-quarter loss of $1.3 billion, plans for its post pandemic recovery. “The current mandatory hotel … Read More

Ottawa consulting on stricter border measures, won’t stop flights from India

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is indicating the federal government is looking at additional COVID-19 measures to protect international borders but won’t stop flights into Canada from India. In an interview … Read More

Canada’s plans to deal with COVID-19 deficit, childcare spark questions

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland‘s Budget 2021 plan to deal with the historic deficits created by COVID-19 spending are raising concerns from Conservatives that the targets are not clear enough. At … Read More

Liberals eye ‘lost generation’ risk with sweeping COVID-19 recovery plan

The federal Liberals are betting big that ambitious new spending programs like childcare and a potential economic reopening as early as July will be enough to prevent deep scarring on … Read More

B.C. could hit 3,000 new COVID-19 cases a day if contact trends don’t go down: health officials

COVID-19 variants are driving virus transmission to the point where the province could hit 3,000 new cases per day, if trends continue. New provincial modelling shows even if social gatherings … Read More

British Columbia set to unveil latest COVID-19 modelling data Thursday afternoon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are set to present the latest round of COVID-19 modelling at 2 p.m. PT, Thursday. The latest numbers are … Read More

Canadians will lose jobs amid COVID shutdowns, but may rebound ‘quickly’: employment minister

On the heels of promising new job numbers from Statistics Canada, employment minister Carla Qualtrough said Canadians can expect to see another dip in employment figures as new shutdown measures … Read More

COVID-19 opened ‘window of political opportunity’ to implement national childcare: Freeland

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday stressed the importance of childcare and early education, saying that the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a “window of political opportunity” to … Read More

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine won’t be the ‘workhorse’ in Canada’s rollout

A policy expert says the Canada’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shipment timeline is the result of naivety and a lack of ambition, while an infectious disease physician says it … Read More

Canada still ‘a long way off’ from COVID-19 economic recovery, experts say

Nicki Laborie considers herself one of the “lucky” business owners in Toronto, who has been able to keep her businesses afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laborie, who owns Toronto restaurants … Read More

Feds set aside billions to support health care systems under pandemic strain

The federal Liberals have introduced legislation to provide $7.2 billion to cash-strapped provinces, territories and municipalities, with more than half going to immediate health-care needs. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says … Read More

COVID 19 weakened environmental rules across Canada, mostly in Alberta: study

A University of Calgary study has found Alberta relaxed more environmental rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic than any other government in Canada. Victoria Goodday at the university’s School … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Is it time to shorten the 40-hour workweek?

Would you believe it if you heard Canadians used to work 10 hours a day … every day? In fact, the fight for an 8-hour workday began more than a … Read More

Quebec to table budget on March 25 as coronavirus crisis continues

The Quebec government will unveil its budget for the 2021-2022 year on March 25 as the health crisis drags on. Finance Minister Eric Girard made the announcement Tuesday, one day … Read More

Coronavirus: Should food processing workers get vaccine priority?

As the COVID-19 crisis edges into a second year, the food processing industry wants provinces to include plant workers in the next phase of vaccinations. After a two-week shutdown, the … Read More

Canadian businesses owned by women taking nearly twice as long to recover from COVID-19

Amanda Munday’s business had just become profitable and hired its ninth staffer when the pandemic hit. Overnight, revenues at her drop-in coworking and childcare space in Toronto’s East End, fell … Read More

People who lost jobs in 2020 had wages below Canadian average, report says

Canadians who lost their jobs due to the recession sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic all had something in common: They made $27.81 an hour or less. But the biggest decline … Read More

Federal data gives most detailed picture yet of where CERB went in Edmonton

The city of Edmonton had about 15.03 per cent of its residents receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) last year. An analysis of federal data by The Canadian Press … Read More

2 of Alberta premier’s caucus members join coalition fighting COVID-19 restrictions

Two members of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s caucus are challenging the province’s COVID-19 economic restrictions and have joined a national coalition pushing against lockdowns. Drew Barnes, the United Conservative legislature … Read More

Toronto Police Service to issue thousands of body-worn cameras to officers by October

The Toronto Police Service says all front-line officers will be deployed with body-worn cameras by the end of October. Superintendent Michael Barsky, who oversees the project, says roughly 650 officers … Read More

Fact or Fiction: Are ‘circuit breaker’ lockdowns going to cut it? Or is it time for #COVIDZero?

Remember that time in the summer of 2020 when many provinces — including Ontario — eased their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions after the daily recorded cases plummeted? Well, some experts say … Read More

Fishing, agriculture sectors worried new travel rules will impact foreign workers

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted February 2, 2021 2:43 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ FREDERICTON – Fishing and farming … Read More

Notley blasts Kenney for lifting health restrictions as new COVID-19 variants arrive in Alberta

Opposition Leader Rachel Notley criticized Premier Jason Kenney on Friday for announcing the lifting of more public health restrictions just days after the health minister said strong public health measures … Read More

Air Transat temporarily suspends operations, citing new COVID-19 travel restrictions

Air Transat announced Friday it is suspending its regular operations effective immediately. The move comes after the Canadian government announced tighter COVID-19 travel restrictions, including requiring Canadian airlines to suspend … Read More

Report finds Alberta left millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 funds ‘on the table’

The Alberta government failed to access more than $300 million in available federal supports for things like long-term care and low-wage essential worker top-ups amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to … Read More

British Columbia will not impose restrictions on inter-provincial travel, premier says

Lawyers working for the B.C. government have concluded the province cannot legally restrict non-essential travel. Premier John Horgan had sought legal advice after concerns travel from outside B.C. had contributed … Read More

WestJet returning Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX 8 to service with commercial flight

After nearly two years, Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX 8 aircraft are returning to Canadian skies. WestJet is set to become the first Canadian airline to return the aircraft to commercial … Read More

Transport Canada officially lifts the ban on Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 planes

Canada’s aviation authority has officially lifted the order grounding Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX 8 planes. Nearly two years after grounding the fleet, Transport Canada announced earlier in the week it … Read More

U.K. COVID-19 variant: Thousands of truckers stuck at border on Christmas Eve

Trucks inched slowly past checkpoints at the English port of Dover and headed across the Channel on Thursday to the French port of Calais after France partially reopened its borders … Read More

Pregnancy during COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for Canada’s expectant mothers

Canada’s expectant mothers say they are juggling a wider range of challenges than ever in their pandemic pregnancies. “We wanted to have a baby, but at the same time, it’s … Read More

Second COVID-19 outbreak declared at LNG Canada, 15 workers test positive

Health officials have declared a second COVID-19 outbreak on a massive liquified natural gas project in northern British Columbia. At least 15 workers in the diversified transportation unit of the … Read More

The carbon tax is going up. Here’s how much more you could pay at the pumps

The federal government’s carbon tax in provinces without their own emissions reductions plans will keep rising after 2022 to hit a total of $170 per tonne by 2030 under a … Read More

Trudeau set to make climate announcement as MPs prepare for holiday break

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to address details of the sweeping promises his government made on the plan for mitigating the economic and environmental impacts of rapid climate change. … Read More

Over 41,000 children living in poverty in Nova Scotia, and numbers rising, says study

By The Staff The Canadian Press Posted December 9, 2020 1:10 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ A newly released study … Read More

Bank of Canada keeps key rate on hold, warns 2021 will have bumpy economic start

Positive news about vaccine delivery won’t be enough to give the economy a shot in the arm to start 2021, the Bank of Canada said Wednesday as it kept its … Read More

Forcing workers to get coronavirus vaccine a legal minefield for employers: experts

Canada’s first coronavirus vaccine could get the green light in a matter of days. For many businesses, a vaccine promises employers a return to some form of normal. Many will … Read More

Your employer can’t force you to get vaccinated, but experts warn of challenges ahead

Canada’s first coronavirus vaccine could get the green light in a matter of days. For many businesses, a vaccine promises employers a return to some form of normal. Many will … Read More

Liberals introduce coronavirus spending bill days after unveiling economic update

The Liberals have officially started the clock toward a key vote that will determine the fate of billions of dollars in new pandemic-related aid — and the minority government. The … Read More

Quebec rolls out new rules for shopping malls, stores to limit coronavirus spread

Quebec is implementing new restrictions in shopping malls and stores to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus across the province. Public Security Minister and Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault announced … Read More

Quebec tightens measures for shopping malls, stores to limit coronavirus spread

Quebec is implementing new restrictions in shopping malls and stores to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus across the province amid an uptick in cases, hospitalizations and deaths linked … Read More

National child care coming in 2021 budget, Liberals pledge

The federal government is proposing millions of dollars in new spending as a down payment on a planned national child-care system that the Liberals say will be outlined in next … Read More

Canada hints at ‘major’ coronavirus recovery plan but still no brakes on spending

The Canadian economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will likely not begin until “deep into 2021” but how the government plans to gauge when it is time to turn on … Read More

All eyes on Ottawa as Freeland set to deliver hotly awaited coronavirus fiscal update

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is set to share more details on the government’s spending plans as officials continue pouring money into the coronavirus crisis, still with no clear end … Read More

Air Canada looks to grow cargo business amid COVID-19 challenges

Air Canada pilots have ratified changes to their contract that the airline says will help it grow its cargo business. The Montreal-based airline has seen its business plunge this year … Read More

The coronavirus rent subsidy caps how much business chains can get. Is that unfair?

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is calling on the government to remove the cap on how much chain restaurants and businesses with multiple locations can receive under the coronavirus rent … Read More

Some Canadians employed, but putting in 0 hours due to coronavirus pandemic: analysis

Canadian service workers are faring even worse during the pandemic than previously thought with hundreds of thousands of those who still have jobs not actually putting in any hours at … Read More

Cirque du Soleil wraps up sale transaction, emerges from creditor protection

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group says it has completed the sale of the company to a group of its creditors led by Catalyst Capital Group. The company announced the closing … Read More