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Economy, Society

New Brunswick initiative encourages residents to vacation within province 

The government of New Brunswick announced on Wednesday a new initiative to encourage its residents to vacation within the province.  The initiative, called the Explore NB Travel Incentive program, was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help stimulate »

Health

Some Quebecers to be allowed to work in offices starting this weekend

Quebec’s Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced on Wednesday that the Quebec government is allowing businesses in the private sector to bring up to 25 per cent of their workforce back into offices starting this Saturday. The Quebec government suggested prioritizing »

Society

VIA Rail temporarily lays off about 1,000 workers amid pandemic 

Canada’s national passenger railway service VIA Rail is temporarily laying off about 1,000 union workers due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the travel industry, the company announced in a press release Wednesday. The layoffs will take effect on »

Economy, Society

Air Canada suspending service on domestic regional flights

Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service of 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports across Canada, according to a press release from the company on Tuesday. “These structural changes to Air Canada’s domestic regional network are »

Economy, Society

Canadian government invests $30 million to support Quebec tourism industry

The Canadian government is investing $30 million to support Quebec’s tourism sector,  according to a press release from the Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) on Tuesday.  Out of the $30 million of funding, $13.5 million will be given »

Society

Canadian, Quebec governments inject $50 million to support Montreal businesses

The Canadian and Quebec governments pledged $50 million to support Montreal businesses that have been struggling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement from the city’s Mayor Valerie Plante Monday morning. The Canadian government will provide up to $30 »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Retail businesses open in Saskatchewan next week

The province of Saskatchewan will begin its second phase of reopening next week according to an announcement from the province’s Premier Scott Moe yesterday.  Starting on May 19, retail businesses, shopping malls, personal services, such as barbers and hair stylists, »

Health, Society

McDonald’s Canada reintroduces takeout in 30 test locations

McDonald’s Canada is reintroducing in-restaurant takeout services in 30 locations to test new protective measures that will be adapted for restaurants across the country, according to a press release from the fast food chain this morning.  “To keep our guests »

Economy, Health, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Grocers attempt to calm food supply worries, but difficulties ahead

As fears about the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 virus increase, it has led to many cases of panic buying. While there has been some surprise about a rush to hoard toilet paper, it has also spread to panic buying of »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Rising CO2 emissions to hit labour productivity in poorest countries

Extreme heat caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will lead to big losses in productivity, taking a heavy economic toll on countries that can least afford it, according to a new study by Canadian researchers. Heat exposure »