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Retail sales rise 1.3 per cent to $55.2 billion in November as online shopping surges

Retail sales rise 1.3 per cent to $55.2 billion in November as online shopping surges

OTTAWA — Retail sales climbed for the seventh straight month in November as Black Friday deals and a rush to order online gifts early to avoid shipping delays pushed sales up 1.3 per cent to $55.2 billion, Statistics Canada said Friday.
WestJet grounds Max flight before takeoff after system indicates 'potential fault'

WestJet grounds Max flight before takeoff after system indicates 'potential fault'

CALGARY — WestJet says a Boeing 737 Max that was scheduled to fly from Calgary to Toronto on Friday returned to the gate before taking off due to a warning in the cockpit.
P.E.I. lozenge plant lays off 30 workers after weak cold and cough season

P.E.I. lozenge plant lays off 30 workers after weak cold and cough season

CHARLOTTETOWN — A lozenge plant in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing an "almost non-existent" cold and cough season amid COVID-19 restrictions.
BMW loses skirmish in $175M claim against Autoport over damaged cars

BMW loses skirmish in $175M claim against Autoport over damaged cars

TORONTO — BMW Canada has lost a skirmish in its quest for $175 million in compensation from storage company Autoport for alleged damage to thousands of imported vehicles.
Canadian tech companies pledge to give staff time to get COVID-19 vaccinations

Canadian tech companies pledge to give staff time to get COVID-19 vaccinations

TORONTO — Canadian businesses are grappling with how they'll handle the vaccination of staff and for some, that means allowing workers to get the shot on company time.
U.S.-bound air passengers will need to show proof of negative COVID-19 test

U.S.-bound air passengers will need to show proof of negative COVID-19 test

Canadians looking to head south of the border will soon need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before they can board a flight to the United States. Air Canada said Friday that as of Jan. 26, all customers aged two or older arriving in the U.S.
Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

SAN DIEGO — In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol o
Ontario task force recommends sweeping reforms to province's securities regulator

Ontario task force recommends sweeping reforms to province's securities regulator

After a 10-month investigation, a task force commissioned by the Ontario government has issued a range of sweeping recommendations to reform the province's securities regulator.
Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years

Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years

WASHINGTON — Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, pushing the entirety of 2020 to a pace not seen in 14 years and providing one of the few bright spots for a U.S. economy mired in a global pandemic.
Testing, sick leave, enforcement needed to slow workplace spread in Ontario: experts

Testing, sick leave, enforcement needed to slow workplace spread in Ontario: experts

TORONTO — As Ontario struggles to beat back a dire wave of COVID-19, workplace spread has been singled out by public health experts, mayors and top health officials as a major source of infections.