How the Canadian economy can continue to benefit from U.S. battle with China
News/Business: While the U.S. Federal Reserve continues to pour on stimulus in the form of low interest rates, a new Senate bill focuses economic development spending on beating China at its own game. For Canada to take advantage of the coming technological renaissance, it may need a clearer industrial policy of its own.
How a worldwide subscription scam network was traced back to Montreal
News/Canada: A Montreal-based marketing firm is at the heart of a scheme involving a massive network of streaming websites that has scammed thousands of internet users out small amounts totalling hundreds of millions of dollars with promises of free unlimited access to premium content that they do not offer, a Radio-Canada investigation has found.
When international travel resumes, Canada's borders and airports will be very different
News/Politics: Just as the 9/11 attacks did 20 years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic will transform the way people travel internationally — with hundreds of millions of dollars in new government spending planned for modernizing border security and updating public health measures at airports.
Is a summer hiring spree coming as COVID restrictions ease? Depends on who you ask
News/Business: As pandemic restrictions ease, businesses hope customers will flood back, spurring a surge in summer hiring. But while there’s optimism better days are ahead, not everyone is certain a wave of employment is about to wash over the economy.
Cruise lines say no change in sailing plans after new COVID-19 cases
News/Health: Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Corporation will push ahead with a return to cruises this summer despite two guests onboard Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Millennium ship testing positive for COVID-19.
Electronic logging devices becoming mandatory in semi trucks in Canada to combat driver fatigue
News/Canada/Manitoba: A new era in highway safety regulation begins in Canada on Saturday as electronic logging devices that track a driver's hours behind the wheel become mandatory in semi trucks travelling between provinces.
U.S. lawmakers planning economic battle with China have some questions — about Canada
News/World: A massive bill laying out the long-term U.S. strategy for competing with China is making its way through Congress. There is even a long section in it about Canada. As Alex Panetta explains, the bill presents potential challenges as well as some opportunities for this country.
Canada is easing its travel restrictions. Here's what you need to know
News/Business: Ottawa has embarked on Phase 1 of a multiphase approach to lift its travel restrictions. However, the government warns that the process will be gradual — based on scientific data and not people's pleas to reopen the borders.
Air Canada extends deadline for COVID-19 refunds, recalls 2,600 workers
News/Business: Air Canada says it will recall more than 2,600 employees as it prepares for an increase in demand for flights, while also extending the deadline for COVID-19 refunds. The airline said the employees will be brought back in stages in June and July.
Some Ontario businesses prepare to reopen after struggling to survive long-running lockdown
News/Business: Many Ontario businesses are preparing to reopen with some limitations after a frustrating period of ever-changing pandemic restrictions affecting retailers and services that were deemed non-essential.
Oilsands alliance to cut emissions based on old business plans, critics say
News/Business: Canada’s major oil producers are now united in trying to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, calling their plan good for the economy. But one group says it's a public relations push to get federal money.
El Salvador becomes the 1st country to approve Bitcoin as legal tender
News/World: El Salvador's legislative assembly has approved legislation making the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender in the country, the first country to do so, just days after President Nayib Bukele made the proposal at a Bitcoin conference.