Economy

Small businesses in Peel Region brace for another hit with 2nd coronavirus lockdown – Toronto

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The main strip of downtown Brampton has been quiet for most of this year on its busiest days. The original COVID-19 lockdown seems to have permanently affected how and whether any of the small businesses on Main and Queen streets do business. The scene was no different Friday afternoon …

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Retail sales accelerate in September with 1.1% monthly growth – National

Retail sales accelerate in September with 1.1% monthly growth - National

Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 1.1 per cent to $53.9 billion in September to mark the fifth consecutive monthly increase since the record drop in April due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Economists on average had expected an increase of 0.2 per cent, according to financial data firm …

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Manitoba ministers to discuss business supports Friday morning – Winnipeg

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The Manitoba government is expected to announce supports for business at a Friday morning press conference. Finance Minister Scott Fielding and Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler will speak to reporters at a 9 a.m. media briefing. Read more: Coronavirus: Manitoba clamps down on gathering sizes, stores can …

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YMCA cuts 110 southwestern Ontario jobs citing coronavirus pandemic strain – London

YMCA cuts 110 southwestern Ontario jobs citing coronavirus pandemic strain - London

The strain of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario to cut more than 100 jobs at various locations throughout the region. Between gyms, childcare and education centres, YMCA has dozens of branches in the region including locations in London, Sarnia, Strathroy, Windsor and Woodstock. …

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Hotels in Quebec to get helping hand as tourism industry hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic – Montreal

Hotels in Quebec to get helping hand as tourism industry hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic - Montreal

Quebec has unveiled a plan to help hotels weathering the financial storm from the novel coronavirus health crisis, but places with more than 300 rooms will have to wait. Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx announced Wednesday that the province is injecting $38 million into hotels with four to 299 rooms …

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China testing imported food packaging for coronavirus, angering several countries – National

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Major food-producing countries are growing increasingly frustrated with China’s scrutiny of imported products and are calling on it to stop aggressive testing for the coronavirus, which some say is tantamount to a trade restriction. China says it has found the virus on the packaging of products from 20 countries …

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Shoppers urged to buy local to help Alberta small businesses during COVID-19 holiday season

Calgary pie shop Pie Junkie hopes for a busy holiday shopping season

Consumers in Alberta are being urged to shop locally to help small businesses stay afloat this holiday season, as they continue to grapple with the economic woes of the COVID-19 pandemic. The next few weeks are usually the busiest money-making time for small businesses in the province, but the …

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Alberta charity considering changes to fundraiser involving Kenney, other political leaders

An event with Premier Jason Kenney shared on Facebook.

An Alberta charity says it is reconsidering a virtual and in-person fundraising event involving Premier Jason Kenney and other political leaders in light of recent criticism on social media. Jennifer Martin, president of Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories, says the group checked with health officials to …

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Calgary bar makes ‘tough decision’ to shut down as Alberta COVID-19 cases grow

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It was a tough and painful call to make but a necessary one, according to the owner of Dickens pub. On Facebook, Chris Hewitt said the curfew isn’t enough to get the COVID-19 cases under control in Alberta so he is closing temporarily for two to three weeks. “Rather …

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Manitoba premier to discuss supports for business amid coronavirus – Winnipeg

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Manitoba’s premier is expected to discuss supports for business during COVID-19 Monday afternoon. Brian Pallister has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 p.m. Global News will stream the event live in this story. Read more: Manitoba reports 10 additional coronavirus deaths, 392 new cases Monday Last week health officials …

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