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‘It’s so frustrating’: Small businesses struggling to get money from Ontario support grant

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Delays in the Ontario government’s Small Business Support Grant are a big source of “frustration” for many small businesses awaiting funds during the province’s latest shutdown. The application process for the grant, first announced at the end of 2020, opened in mid-January. It offers between $10,000 and $20,000 to …

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COVID-19: Staff recommend no early closure of Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue

Click to play video: 'Bernard Avenue to close expanded patio spaces, reopen to vehicle traffic'

Despite a plea from the struggling food and beverage industry in the Okanagan’s largest city grappling with an indoor dining ban and travel restrictions, Kelowna city staff recommend against closing a downtown street earlier than planned to support local business. In a report to city council on Monday, staff …

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Southern Alberta businesses find success opening during pandemic – Lethbridge

Southern Alberta businesses find success opening during pandemic - Lethbridge

Starting a business in a pandemic is a daunting prospect, but for some in southern Alberta, the conditions fostered a perfect storm. “We watched all the worldwide support for bookstores and books and shopping local, and we just thought the business model was still sound,” owner of Lethbridge bookstore …

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Entrepreneurs offer at-home night out to support Edmonton restaurants – Edmonton

Entrepreneurs offer at-home night out to support Edmonton restaurants - Edmonton

With dine-in officially off the menu at restaurants across Alberta because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a local couple got creative with a way to bring the experience of a restaurant inside your own home. Coronavirus has sent the hospitality industry scrambling – and Vanessa Ojeda and Daniel De Oliveira …

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Black businesses pop up in North End storefronts for ‘Taking BLK Gottingen’ – Halifax

Black businesses pop up in North End storefronts for ‘Taking BLK Gottingen’ - Halifax

Saturday and Sunday, local Black businesses are setting up pop-ups in Halifax North End stores, cafes and food places, to show and sell their work in a historically Black neighborhood. Organized by North End Business Association and The Khyber Centre for the Arts, the “Taking BLK Gottingen” initiative marks the …

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Coronavirus: Some Alberta restaurants struggling despite being allowed to reopen

Coronavirus: Some Alberta restaurants struggling despite being allowed to reopen

It’s been nearly a month since the province of Alberta allowed restaurants to re-open for dine-in service but still, some restaurants are struggling to make ends meet. Mahmoud Hamadeh owns Olympus Donair in Edmonton’s Brander Gardens community and he says the pandemic has been really challenging for his small restaurant. …

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Edmonton teen shares love of art with neighbourhood – Edmonton

Paige Reid working on her chalk art on June 4, 2020

Paige Reid is brightening up her Edmonton neighbourhood, one driveway at a time. The 15-year-old budding artist said chalk art was an easy way to spend less time cooped up in the house. “It was a way to be outside and still do something I would have done inside anyway. …

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