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Washing your hands is better than disposable gloves for preventing COVID-19 spread, Public Health says

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 01:00

For the general public, regular hand washing is actually a better way to ward off COVID-19 than wearing gloves, said the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on Saturday.

Rona Ambrose, Canada's former health minister, joins e-cigarette company Juul's board of directors

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 14:18

Rona Ambrose, Canada's former health minister, has joined the board of directors of e-cigarette company Juul.

What's hot at grocery stores; How COVID-19 could change nursing homes forever: CBC's Marketplace cheat sheet

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 06:00

CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need from the week.

Malls need major rethink to survive pandemic, retail consultants say

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 01:00

Tina Kerger has been going to malls for decades, but she's turned to online sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. Convincing shoppers like Kerger to come back is the next challenge for brick-and-mortar stores, retail consultants say.

Travel restrictions turn peak season into bleak season for tourism sector

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 01:00

The May long weekend typically marks the beginning of the peak travel season within Canada, but border closures and travel restrictions have thrust the country's tourism sector into what industry insiders are calling an unprecedented crisis.

Oil revenues plunge for many Indigenous communities in Western Canada

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 01:00

In recent weeks, focus has been paid to the plight of corporate Calgary as large oilpatch companies reporter billions of dollars in financial losses. But far away from those downtown towers, many First Nations are dealing with the repercussions of the current crisis in the energy sector.

Former Amazon VP opens up about decision to quit in support of COVID-19 'whistleblowers'

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 12:39

Former Amazon VP Tim Bray resigned after allegations three Amazon employees were fired for voicing covid-19 safety concerns. Now, Bray wants the world to know: “This isn’t just an Amazon problem”

Amazon to end $2 per hour pandemic pay raise, OT incentives for Canadian warehouse workers

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 11:34

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman confirmed Saturday the online retail giant will stop paying employees the extra $2 per hour and double overtime incentives they had been receiving since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Trudeau non-committal on airline bailout as Air Canada lays off thousands

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 08:08

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to keep working with airlines hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic but wouldn't address whether a bailout of the beleaguered industry is on the table, one day after Canada's largest airline revealed plans to slash its workforce by at least half.

Sneeze guards and shower curtains? Probably not in Canada as restaurants reopen, experts say

Sat, 05/16/2020 - 04:00

Sit down for a meal at restaurants around the world right now, and your table could feature anything from shower curtains pulled round your party to a triple-wall of sneeze guards surrounding lone diners.

Air Canada to ask flight attendants to reduce hours, take leave or resign: union memo

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 14:43

An internal bulletin to members from the Canadian Union of Public Employees says Air Canada will ask workers to slash their schedules, go on leave for up to two years or resign with travel privileges.

Facebook buys Giphy for $400M

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 13:14

Facebook has bought Giphy, a popular tool for creating the animated images known as GIFs that pepper conversations around the internet.

COVID-19 pushed Canadian home sales down to record low in April, but prices holding steady for now

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 06:38

Canada's residential real estate market plunged dramatically last month, as the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 pushed buyers and sellers to the sidelines.

New U.S. rule aimed at Huawei's influence focuses on semiconductor suppliers

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 06:31

The U.S. administration on Friday moved to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei Technologies from global chipmakers, in an action that could ramp up tensions with China.

Lufthansa prepares to resume flights to Canada in June

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 17:35

Lufthansa plans to offer three weekly non-stop flights from Toronto to Frankfurt and back starting on June 3, officials with the German airline say.

McDonald's to restart takeout service at 30 locations across Canada

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:50

Fast food chain McDonald's is taking its first cautious steps toward getting back to normal, as the company says it will soon restart takeout services at 30 of its restaurants across Canada.

Mortgage arrears rate could spike to double what it was in 2009, Bank of Canada says

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 07:33

Emergency measures to deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are showing encouraging signs of working, but Canada's economy is still facing an uncertain future, the Bank of Canada says.

Another 2.9 million people filed for U.S. jobless benefits last week, bringing COVID-19 total to 36 million

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 06:47

Almost three million Americans filed for government jobless benefits last week, bringing the eight-week total during the coronavirus pandemic to more than 36 million people.

Some grocery chains now require shoppers to wear a face mask

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 01:00

A growing number of retailers now require — or request — that shoppers wear a face covering in their store during the COVID-19 pandemic.

No slacking allowed: Companies keep careful eye on work-from-home productivity during COVID-19

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 01:00

Heads up, Canadians working from home. If you thought your new arrangement was a licence to slack off, think again. The boom in people doing their jobs off site during the COVID-19 lockdown has led to rising interest in services that help employers remotely monitor their workers' productivity.

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