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Anxious about COVID-19 and returning to work? Here's what you need to know

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 01:00

With more businesses reopening, some employees are anxious about going back to work, worried their health could be at risk and wondering if they have any rights not to return. Here's what you need to know about your employment obligations if you are called back to work and any recourse you may have.

Detroit automakers hope to restart North America plants May 18

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 08:39

Major U.S. automakers are planning to reopen North American factories within two weeks, potentially putting thousands of workers back on the assembly line as part of a gradual return to normality.

Norwegian and Carnival cruise lines headed in opposite directions as industry cautiously plans reopening

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 07:39

The world's third-largest cruise ship operator cast doubt on its ability to stay afloat as a company for much longer, even as one of its biggest rivals said it is taking its first tentative steps toward reopening after COVID-19.

Canada's trade deficit widens to $1.4B in March as exports and imports fall to lowest levels in years

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 06:28

Canada's trade deficit widened to more than $1.4 billion in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic dragged down both imports and exports to their lowest levels in years.

Fear on tap as COVID-19 chokes off small brewery sales

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 01:00

Many of the county's 1,100 craft breweries fear for their survival as they watch their profits plummet and are forced to lay off staff amid pandemic restrictions that have shutdown taprooms, bars, restaurants, entertainment events and other key sources of revenue.

There's been no spike in personal and business bankruptcies, but surge is expected this fall

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 01:00

With the coronovirus pandemic leaving many in a precarious and dire financial situation, the conventional wisdom is that there would be a spike in bankruptcies. But that's not happening — not yet, at least.

Canadian Tim Bray quits as VP of Amazon Web Services, cites firing of activist employees

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 16:57

The Canadian vice-president of Amazon Web Services has quit, citing the company's firing of employees he said voiced concerns over work conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

See McDonald's new European restaurant for the coronavirus era

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 14:01

See what it's like to visit a new type of McDonald's restaurant for the coronavirus era in Europe.

Grocery chain Longo's now requires customers to wear masks in store

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 08:36

Longo's now requires customers to wear a mask while shopping in the chain's stores, the latest development for a grocery industry trying to stay one step ahead of COVID-19.

J.Crew files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid pandemic

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 04:55

The owner of J.Crew is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy just over three months after the first person in the United States tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Air Canada reports $1.05B first-quarter loss due to impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 04:35

Air Canada says it lost $1.05 billion in its first quarter compared with a profit of $345 million in the same quarter last year as governments imposed travel restrictions around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Path of COVID-19 economy even harder to predict than that of virus itself: Don Pittis

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 01:00

Even if the medium- and long-term uncertainty remains for both the COVID-19 illness and the Canadian economy, fresh trade and jobs data this week will give a firmer grip on what is happening in the present.

Ontario woman demanding refund after Swoop changes departure city of flight

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 04:00

Jackie Lauzon is fighting to get a refund for a trip to Halifax after Swoop changed time, date and city of her departure.

Auto parts factories retool to make medical equipment, while worry grows over sector's future

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 01:00

Canadian auto parts factories that have been idled by the COVID-19 shutdown have changed production lines to make things like face shields and gowns needed by health care workers, but it doesn't replace lost auto-sector revenue and some are worried about industry's future.

COVID-19 wipes out demand for fossil fuels — will they bounce back?

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 01:00

People are creatures of habit and may eventually return to the same lifestyles they had before COVID-19. On the other hand, the severe lockdown may be just enough to change those personal and professional routines and usher in an era less reliant on fossil fuels.

'We just want to go home': More than 300 Canadian crew members still stranded at sea aboard cruise ships

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 01:00

While cruise lines ceased operations in mid-March due to the global spread of COVID-19, thousands of crew members remain on board, stranded at sea or stuck in ports.

Reopening Canada's economy | Business Panel

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 13:16

Our weekend business panel discusses plans to reopen commercial enterprises in some regions of the country with restrictions. Plus, a new report from Canada's parliamentary budget officer suggests Canada's GDP will shrink by 12 per cent this year.

Back to work, but how? Here's what offices may look like after COVID-19

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 01:00

As Canadian employers look ahead to the end of the COVID-19 lockdown and a return of office staff, plans are being made for a wide range of new safety protocols. Some of the policies could improve office life, but most will be tedious and aggravating.

Tesla loses $13B in market value after CEO Elon Musk tweets 'stock price is too high'

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 15:03

Shares of Tesla tumbled nine per cent on Friday after CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the electric carmaker's high-flying stock was overly expensive.

Irving Oil targets summer for tanker shipments of Western Canadian crude

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 13:12

Refiner says it has regulatory approval for its plan, which would increase its use of domestic oil from offshore Newfoundland and Western Canada.

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