February 20th, 2020

Business

Restaurant Brands raises dividend, as Popeyes chicken sandwich boosts sales

By The Canadian Press on February 10th, 2020

TORONTO – Restaurant Brands International Inc. raised its dividend as it reported its sales grew compared with a year ago, boosted by its new chicken sandwich at Popeyes. However, the company says performance at Tim Hortons did not reflect the strength of the brand and that it would work to refocus on its “founding values” ... Read More »

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Pornhub stars walk runway at Namilia’s fashion show

By Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press on February 9th, 2020

NEW YORK – Fashion label Namilia deconstructed Asian stereotypes in the porn industry, empowering the demure, submissive woman with bold dominatrix looks worn exclusively by Asian models at Sunday’s show, including several Pornhub actors. The Herotica collection shown during New York Fashion Week flipped on its head the traditional, buttoned-up Chinese dress. The gown kept ... Read More »

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Cannabis 2.0 offers window into pot returns policies and challenges

By Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press on February 9th, 2020

TORONTO – Soon after cannabis products started flying off shelves following legalization, Canopy Growth Corp. had an $26.9 million problem. The Smiths Falls, Ont.-based company told investors and analysts during a November conference call to discuss its financial results that it was grappling with $20.5 million worth of product being returned from provincial retailers and ... Read More »

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A look at how workplaces can prepare for possible coronavirus outbreak

By Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press on February 9th, 2020

TORONTO – Companies wary of what an infectious outbreak could do to their workforce and bottom line are revisiting contingency plans as the new coronavirus continues to spread. Marie-Helene Primeau of the Montreal-based risk management company Premier Continuum says she’s spent recent days fielding questions from several firms seeking guidance on what to do if ... Read More »

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On 10-year anniversary of Vancouver Olympics, public figures reflect on mixed legacy

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on February 9th, 2020

VANCOUVER – When Gregor Robertson took office as mayor of Vancouver, he said he didn’t anticipate the “financial meltdown” of a planned housing development as the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralymics approached. Olympic Village, a community of about 1,100 condominium units along the edge of the city’s False Creek, was expected to house 3,000 athletes ... Read More »

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Avenatti seeks to limit questioning in Nike extortion trial

By Jim Mustian, The Associated Press on February 8th, 2020

NEW YORK – Defence attorneys asked a federal judge Saturday to prevent prosecutors from quizzing Michael Avenatti about other criminal charges he faces should he decide to testify about allegations he tried to extort Nike for millions of dollars. The celebrity lawyer could take the witness stand as soon as Monday at his New York ... Read More »

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Kenney sets sights on Democratic hopefuls aiming to block Keystone XL pipeline

By The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2020

WASHINGTON – Alberta’s Jason Kenney is the latest Canadian premier to take aim at U.S. Democrats, calling out presidential hopefuls who want to block the Keystone XL pipeline expansion. Kenney, speaking at a news conference at the Canadian Embassy in Washington alongside four of his provincial counterparts, wondered aloud – without being asked – why ... Read More »

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Ins and outs of travel insurance amid novel coronavirus outbreak

By The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2020

VANCOUVER – Travellers nervous about globe-trotting during the novel coronavirus outbreak may be eligible to receive a refund for cancelling their travels, say insurance experts, but it depends on the destination, their insurance policy and other factors. “I think in any case of sort of an epidemic like this, it’s really an evolving situation and ... Read More »

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No handshakes at meet and greet? Tech show adapts to virus

By Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press on February 7th, 2020

LONDON – A major European technology trade fair has a low-tech idea for reducing virus risks: go hands-free. Organizers of this month’s Mobile World Congress show are advising attendees to adopt a no-handshake policy, threatening to dampen visiting executives’ ability to meet and schmooze customers. Show organizers also plan to step up cleaning and disinfecting ... Read More »

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Barr’s call for U.S. control of 5G providers quickly rebuked

By Tali Arbel, The Associated Press on February 7th, 2020

NEW YORK – Trump administration officials, increasingly intent on preventing Chinese global technological domination, keep floating the idea that the U.S. government should take a more direct hand in running next-generation 5G wireless networks. But the notion isn’t terribly popular – not even within the administration. On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr said the U.S. ... Read More »

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