Economy

Coronavirus: Coffee shops battle to stay in business amid pandemic

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Shane McPherson stops to talk to a reporter in front of the Starbucks location on Front Street East in downtown Toronto. Two days before the store is scheduled to close permanently, McPherson offers an opinion about what’s going on. “I think they flooded the market too much. It’s time …

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Lethbridge animal hospital discusses vet shortage during COVID-19 pet boom – Lethbridge

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The veterinarian and animal care industry all across Canada was already experiencing a shortage in trained professionals and now the pandemic has made things even busier with a recent influx of pet owners. “We’re always looking for vets, they’re definitely hard to come by, especially vets that want to …

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COVID-19 pandemic affecting financial confidence, debt in Saskatchewan: report

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of our daily lives in Saskatchewan, including personal finances. A recent report conducted by MNP found people’s economic pain has carried over from last year. Financial experts say much of the anxiety people are feeling is a result of the pandemic, including …

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COVID-19: City of Peterborough engages public on 2020 temporary changes in downtown – Peterborough

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The City of Peterborough is reviewing the experiences had by residents and businesses during the temporary public space changes made in the downtown core from June to October 2020. Those changes included reducing lanes on George and Water streets to accommodate more patio and sidewalk space for physical distancing …

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More restrictions means more pain for local business – Okanagan

More restrictions means more pain for local business - Okanagan

The local tourism industry is bracing for more pain. Last week, the federal government announced Canada’s major airlines will suspend service to all Caribbean destinations and Mexico starting Sunday until April 30. In addition all international passenger flights must land at only four airports in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and …

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Biden warns of growing ‘cost of inaction’ on $1.9T coronavirus economic aid plan – National

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U.S. President Joe Biden is warning of a steep and growing “cost of inaction” on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan as the White House searched for “creative” ways to win public support for a package that is getting a cold shoulder from Senate Republicans. In the age of …

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

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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 were needed to protect against new COVID-19 variants that have already arrived in Alberta. At a news conference in …

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

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 flights to sun destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico. The Montreal-based company, however, announced a complete suspension of all …

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Alberta mayors say dine-in lunch that broke COVID-19 rules was to support business community

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A handful of rural politicians have thrown their support behind a defiant Alberta business that broke COVID-19 rules. Bonnyville Mayor Gene Sobolewski, Lac La Biche County Mayor Omer Moghrabi, and Greg Sawchuk, reeve of the M.D. of Bonnyville all had a sit-down lunch at Lakeland Grill in Bonneville Wednesday, …

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Lethbridge organizations react to $17M in provincial funding for performing arts, sports, rodeo – Lethbridge

Lethbridge organizations react to $17M in provincial funding for performing arts, sports, rodeo - Lethbridge

On Thursday, the province of Alberta announced it would provide $17 million in grants through the Stabilize Program, to help performing arts, sports and rodeo organizations as they continue to suffer financially as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will come in the form of a one-time grant …

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